Failover Clustering: Let’s spread the Hyper-V love across hosts!

This article was originally published on the Canadian IT Pro Connection. Some veteran IT Pros hear the term ‘Microsoft Clustering’ and their hearts start racing.  That’s because once upon a time Microsoft Cluster Services was very difficult and complicated.  In Windows Server 2008 it became much easier, and in Windows Server 2012 it is now … Continue reading Failover Clustering: Let’s spread the Hyper-V love across hosts!

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A Quick Tip for Hyper-V Users: Product Keys

I keep telling people that the best way to activate your servers and desktops is to have a Key Management Server (KMS) in your environment.  However not everyone has volume license keys, and when an IT Pro (or Dev) builds a lot of lab environments using their TechNet, MSDN, or MAPS licenses that is not … Continue reading A Quick Tip for Hyper-V Users: Product Keys

Getting Started With Hyper-V in Server 2012 and Windows 8

You all know by now that I am a huge Hyper-V fan… I have been using it since 2008, but with the latest release I am unabashedly loving Microsoft’s Layer 1 hypervisor.  The fact that it has been included in Windows 8  - as in, no different from the virtualization platform I use in my … Continue reading Getting Started With Hyper-V in Server 2012 and Windows 8

The Haiku Goes On…

Yesterday I began my journey to improve the world through haikus about Windows Server 2012.  Here is my second Windows Server 2012 haiku!  And remember… if you like the poem, you will love the product!  Download your evaluation copy today! Also… if you have a poem about Windows Server, Hyper-V, Windows 8, or Office 2013 … Continue reading The Haiku Goes On…

Windows Server 2012 Haiku

In 2009 there was a contest to write haiku about Windows Server 2008R2.  On Monday I was in a meeting with a colleague who reminded me of this, and I went back to my blog to see if I could find my original entries (A Windows 2008 R2 Haiku!).  It got me thinking… what would … Continue reading Windows Server 2012 Haiku

When I’m Sixty-Four… TERABYTES!

Okay, I am asking for a show of hands: How many of you remember 100MB hard drives? 80? 40?  While I remember smaller, my first hard drive was a 20 Megabyte Seagate drive.  Note that I didn’t say Gigabytes… Way back then the term Terabyte might have been coined already as a very theoretical term, … Continue reading When I’m Sixty-Four… TERABYTES!

Windows Server 2012 Videos from TechEd Australia

I wasn’t able to get to TechEd in Australia this year (or ever… sigh!).  However the folks from Channel 9 were, and they have a lot of the sessions available on their site.  I hope to find the time to sit through most of them over the next couple of weeks, but there are two … Continue reading Windows Server 2012 Videos from TechEd Australia

Default File Locations in Hyper-V

This post was originally written for the Canadian IT Pro Connection blog, and can be seen there at http://blogs.technet.com/b/canitpro/archive/2012/09/11/default-file-locations-in-hyper-v.aspx. Note: This article applies equally to the server-side and client-side hypervisor.  Although some scenarios may not apply to older versions, the technical steps apply to all versions of Hyper-V released to date. A virtual machine in … Continue reading Default File Locations in Hyper-V

Linux Integration Services for Hyper-V 3.4

This post was originally written for the Canadian IT Pro Connection blog, and can be seen there at http://blogs.technet.com/b/canitpro/archive/2012/09/11/linux-integration-services-for-hyper-v-3-4.aspx. Microsoft has been taking tremendous steps to prove that Hyper-V is not simply the best hypervisor for Windows users and administrators, it is also a viable option if you have Linux servers as well.  Last week … Continue reading Linux Integration Services for Hyper-V 3.4

Trying it Out: How to prepare to test your new operating system

This post was originally written for the Canadian IT Pro Connection blog, and can be seen there at Trying it Out- How to prepare to test your new operating system. This is a really exciting season for IT Pros across Canada.  Last week Microsoft released Windows Server 2012 to the public, and on October 26th … Continue reading Trying it Out: How to prepare to test your new operating system

It’s Coming… Can we now compare Hyper-V with vSphere as both new products prepare for launch?

On July 5th I published an article titled A Response to VMware’s ‘Get the Facts’ page comparing vSphere to Hyper-V & System Center’. In the seven weeks since it went live it has become the 4th most read article I have ever published (in seven years as a blogger), as well as being by far the … Continue reading It’s Coming… Can we now compare Hyper-V with vSphere as both new products prepare for launch?

Memory Limits in Windows 8 & Windows Server 2012

Hey folks!  While I have not seen this documented anywhere official (yet) I was just sent a list of memory caps on different SKUs of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.  If you have a need for speed, you are going to like the new changes! Windows 8 Client OS Windows 8: 128GB RAM Windows … Continue reading Memory Limits in Windows 8 & Windows Server 2012

Client-Side Hyper-V: How Microsoft is changing the game

I have been a virtualization guy for a long time, so when Microsoft released Hyper-V 2.0 with Windows Server 2008 R2 I was among the first to ask why they weren’t including it in the client OS.  In my opinion it was a no-brainer. With the launch of Windows 8 with the client-side Hyper-V, they … Continue reading Client-Side Hyper-V: How Microsoft is changing the game

Is it true? The Memory Tax is gone!

CRN is reporting that next week at VMworld VMware will be announcing that they are doing away with Virtual Memory Entitlements, which you have probably heard me refer to as the Memory Tax. According to the article (http://www.crn.com/news/cloud/240005840/vmware-kills-vram-licensing-will-focus-on-vsphere-cloud-bundles.htm?cid=nl_alert) VMware is trying to regain its competitive edge over Microsoft’s Hyper-V, which has over the past couple … Continue reading Is it true? The Memory Tax is gone!