A response to a VMware article… written by someone I respect.

While he may not be very well know to the Microsoft community, Mike Laverick is a legend in VMware circles.  Mike owns a blog called RTFM Education, a source of white papers for VMware technology, although he did start out as a Microsoft Certified Trainer.  He now works for VMware as a Senior Cloud Infrastructure … Continue reading A response to a VMware article… written by someone I respect.

Counting Down the Classics with the US IT Evangelists

  “On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me…” “Ninety-nine bottles of beer on the wall…” “Thirty-five articles on Virtualization…” All of these are great sing-along songs, whether for holidays, camping, bus-rides, or comparing virtualization technology.  Each one is a classic. Wait… you’ve never heard the last one? That’s okay, we … Continue reading Counting Down the Classics with the US IT Evangelists

What Does Being an MVP Mean to ME?

This month I will be speaking at the SMB Nation Fall Conference.  My main presentation will be on what IT will look like for small- and mid-sized businesses in what I call the ‘Post-SBS Era.’  I will be discussing Private Cloud, System Center, Virtualization, Office 365, Azure, and Windows Intune. I have also been asked … Continue reading What Does Being an MVP Mean to ME?

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

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!

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…

Can you convince your boss to let you get certified? UCA!

One of the benefits I get from conferences like Microsoft TechEd is reconnecting with friends and colleagues that I only see at these shows.  David and I have been friends for a couple of years, and when we discovered that we were  both staying over an extra night we decided to splurge and drive a … Continue reading Can you convince your boss to let you get certified? UCA!

Private Cloud Training from Microsoft Learning

Hey folks!  I have been asked to post here information about the release dates for Private Cloud training from Microsoft, so here it is: 10747A: Administering System Center 2012 Configuration Manager: June 29, 2012 (currently in Beta) 10748A: Deploying System Center 2012 Configuration Manager: June 29, 2012 (currently in Beta) 10750A: Monitoring and Operating a … Continue reading Private Cloud Training from Microsoft Learning

Virtualization Lessons–Both Positive and Negative!

As I sit in the back of the room for Microsoft Canada’s Virtualization Boot Camp Challenge today I see that the lab environments that we are providing to the attendees actually mimics the setup I use for my Virtual Partner Technology Advisor (vPTA) sessions.  As such, I am seeing a lot of potential for attendees … Continue reading Virtualization Lessons–Both Positive and Negative!