Cloud-Based VDI!!! No.

I was having a conversation this week with a colleague about his plans to create a hybrid-cloud environment by moving many of his datacenter workloads onto Windows Azure. After all, it makes plenty of sense – eliminating new capital expenses and reducing ongoing operational expenses just makes sense. “And once we have tested it, we … Continue reading Cloud-Based VDI!!! No.

Building the IT Camp with PowerShell Revisited

I always said I am not hard to please… I only need perfection.  So when I wrote my PowerShell script to build my environment the other day I was pleased with myself… until I realized a huge flaw in it.  Generation 1. Actually to be fair, there is nothing wrong with Generation 1 virtual machines … Continue reading Building the IT Camp with PowerShell Revisited

Building an IT Camp with PowerShell

I have been telling people for a couple of years that if they want to ensure a good future in the IT field there are two things to learn: System Center and PowerShell.  I unfortunately am quite good with one, but have been referring to myself as a scripting luddite for quite some time.  It … Continue reading Building an IT Camp with PowerShell

If He Can Do It YOU Can Too!

I have been saying for the past couple of years that Microsoft’s Hyper-V is much simpler than vSphere, but I never imagined that I would see this:  Caleb, a 5th grader, shows us how to create a virtual machine, install an OS, and even create a virtual switch.  Not only was I impressed with how … Continue reading If He Can Do It YOU Can Too!

It’s Official: My SIXTH MVP Award Category

Two weeks ago 1,400 Microsoft MVPs gathered in Redmond, Washington (the MotherShip, as some call it!) to ‘geek out’ for three days (or as many as six for some, depending on pre-day and post-day events).  We spent at least two and as many as four days in closed-door sessions with the product teams for which … Continue reading It’s Official: My SIXTH MVP Award Category

Shared Nothing Live Migration: Goodbye Shared Storage?

This article was originally written for the Canadian IT Pro Connection. Many smaller companies and individuals with home labs see shared storage – usually a SAN (Storage Area Network) device as the impediment to Live Migration.  In April of 2011 Microsoft released the iSCSI Software Target 3.3 as a free (and supported) download.  At the … Continue reading Shared Nothing Live Migration: Goodbye Shared Storage?

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

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

Virtual Hard Disks: Best Practices for dynamic / thin provisioned disks and other stories…

  Virtual environments offer us many new options with regard to storage.  Whether you are using Hyper-V or VMware, a few of the options (and recommendations) are the same, even when the terms are different. One of the options I am often asked about is dynamically expanding hard drives.  MY first reaction is that I … Continue reading Virtual Hard Disks: Best Practices for dynamic / thin provisioned disks and other stories…