The Harsh Realities of the Exam Room

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how tough I found Exam 74-409 was in my article Another Tough Exam.  I also mentioned that Microsoft exams were meant to be tough, and going into an exam unprepared can (and usually will) come back to bite you. Last week I decided to bite the bullet … Continue reading The Harsh Realities of the Exam Room

Step by Step: Adding the GUI to Windows Server Core

HELP! Mitch, you told me that I should learn Server Core and I am trying, but you also told me that it wasn’t a problem to add the GUI back into a Server Core machine if I really needed it.  How do I do that? This is a question I have gotten a few times … Continue reading Step by Step: Adding the GUI to Windows Server Core

Become a Virtualization Expert!

For those who missed the virtualization jump start, the entire course is now available on demand, as is the link to grab a free voucher for exam 409. This is a single exam virt specialist cert. I would encourage you to take the exam soon before all the free spots are booked.   Full info … Continue reading Become a Virtualization Expert!

Server Core: Save money.

I remember an internal joke floating around Microsoft in 2007, about a new way to deploy Windows Server.  There was an ad campaign around Windows Vista at the time that said ‘The Wow Starts Now!’  When they spoke about Server Core they joked ‘The Wow Stops Now!’ Server Core was a new way to deploy … Continue reading Server Core: Save money.

What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2 Lessons Learned Week 1

Dan Stoltz asked me to republish this article, and it is well worth it!  Check out all of the links – a lot of great material! -MDG It has been an incredible start to the Windows Server 2012 R2 Launch Series.  Here is brief summary of what we covered so far… Windows Server 2012 R2 … Continue reading What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2 Lessons Learned Week 1

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

Creating a New AD Forest in Windows Server Core (Revisited)

Several years ago Steve Syfuhs and I sat down and figured out how to create a new Active Directory forest in Windows Server Core.  It was an interesting experience, and even though I later gave rights to that article to the Canadian IT Pro Team (at the time it was Damir Bersinic) when you search … Continue reading Creating a New AD Forest in Windows Server Core (Revisited)

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

Windows Server 2012: More than Virtualization!

Since it was in pre-release I have been evangelizing Windows Server 2012.  I have gone from sea to shining sea talking about it at Launch events, at Partner showcases, in IT Camps, at user groups talking about how much better it is than Windows Server 2008, but more importantly I chiefly discuss the improvements to … Continue reading Windows Server 2012: More than Virtualization!

What not to Learn… Revisited for 2013!

In October, 2011 I posted an article called vPTA: What NOT to take away from my 1-day virtualization training!  It was only partly tongue-in-cheek on the environment that I have been using for several years to demonstrate server virtualization from a pair of laptops.  A few months later Damir Bersinic took that list and made … Continue reading What not to Learn… Revisited for 2013!

Converting VHDs to VHDX and other questions…

Many of the articles I write for both The World According to Mitch and the Canadian IT Pro Connection come directly from people I meet through my travels.  They send me questions about technology by e-mail and rather than simply replying to them, if I feel the questions are relevant, I write them up as … Continue reading Converting VHDs to VHDX and other questions…

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!

Installing NetFx3 on Windows Server 2012

Okay… I am installing SQL Server 2012 on a Windows Server 2012 box, there shouldn’t be any problems.  Everything is proceeding normally until I get this message: Error while enabling Windows feature : NetFx3, Error Code : –2146498298 , Please try enabling Windows Feature : NetFx3 from Windows management tools and then run setup again. … Continue reading Installing NetFx3 on Windows Server 2012

Storage Pools… Dive right in!

This article was originally posted to the Canadian IT Pro Connection. Storage Pools are a new feature in Windows Server 2012 that at first glance (at the terminology) may look like  software RAID arrays that have been around for years, but are really a new concept, or at least several generations of advancement on the … Continue reading Storage Pools… Dive right in!