Out of Band Security Updates

If you run Windows Server this is very important.  Microsoft released today a number of out-of-band security updates for Microsoft Windows.  From what I have read, these patches (One of my servers has 14 applicable updates since 3am) will be applied to Windows clients as well as Windows Servers, but the vulnerability it protects is … Continue reading Out of Band Security Updates

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Hyper-V 2008 R2: Still good enough?

I manage a vSphere environment at work, and it is a real change from the last few years when I spent all of my time talking about Hyper-V.  I want to be clear - it is not better or worse, it is just... different.  We have a number of virtualization hosts, plus a physical domain … Continue reading Hyper-V 2008 R2: Still good enough?

Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft System Center 2012 R2

Folks you will not want to miss this!  Microsoft Press is giving away the ebook Introducing Microsoft System Center 2012 R2: Technical Overview.  It is written by Mitch Tulloch, Symon Perriman, and the System Center team... and is a great way to get up to speed on Microsoft's private cloud! Check it out at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoft_press/archive/2013/12/16/free-ebook-introducing-microsoft-system-center-2012-r2.aspx.

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.

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.

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!

Getting Certified: Things have really changed!

This article was originally published to The Canadian IT Pro Connection.Boy has it been an exciting year… Microsoft’s busiest release year ever!  On the IT Pro side we have System Center 2012 (a single product now, but truly seven distinct products for managing your environment!), Windows Server 2012, Windows 8… we have Windows Azure (which … Continue reading Getting Certified: Things have really changed!

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…

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!

From Server Core to GUI to… MinShell?

This post was originally written for the Canadian IT Pro Connection blog, and can be seen there at http://blogs.technet.com/b/canitpro. In Windows Server 2008 we were introduced to a revolutionary way to install Windows Server: Server Core. Server Core may look boring – there’s nothing to it except the command prompt – but to an IT … Continue reading From Server Core to GUI to… MinShell?

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

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