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  • Blog Post: VDI–Shameless plug

    I have spent the last six months writing my first book, Getting Started with Windows VDI for Packt Publishing, basically because I want to create a one stop repository of the key elements you need to do this. The basic idea I had was to only use the Microsoft stack to do this and to explore the wider...
  • Blog Post: Lab Ops – PowerShell 4 and PKI

    In a Remote Desktop Services lab setup involving a gateway to allow connections to our virtual desktops over the internet we are going to need to use an SSL certificate to secure traffic between the remote devices and the gateway. Typically in the past we would have gone into a server running IIS and...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft VDA and Windows Embedded – A game changer for VDI?

    If you are following me on Twitter then you may have noticed that a few of my friends are reviewing a book I am writing on VDI for PackT . I wanted to write this up as a one shop stop on all you needed to know about implementing Microsoft based VDI using the various Remote Desktop Services server roles...
  • Blog Post: Lab Ops - Part 14 Putting Applications into the VDI Template with MDT

    In my last post I created a process to quickly create what MDT refers to as a Reference Computer and directly boot this from the LiteTouchPE_x64.iso in the deployment share. This was then shutdown and sysprepped so that I could use it to deploy VDI collections in Remote Desktop Services. Now I want to...
  • Blog Post: Evaluate This – Hyper-V Server 2012

    Hyper-V Server is a free operating system specifically designed to just run Hyper-V so basically a cut down core installation of a paid for edition of Windows Server.  The cut down bit refers to the fact that only the roles and features needed to run Hyper-V are there. However Hyper-V itself is...
  • Blog Post: BETT Notes and queries

    I am at BETT the largest education IT show in Europe for primary and secondary education , and attended by many IT Professionals who work in schools. As you can imagine we get a lot of very interesting questions and Simon and I are there to field them as best we can. I also had help from two ICT administrators...
  • Blog Post: Get your own best of the Microsoft Management Summit bits

    Many of us couldn’t afford to make it Vegas for the MMS 2011 so in the UK last month the UK TechNet team put together a one day event Best of MMS and we managed to get quite a few of the US speakers over for that.  However that day was quickly sold out, and I know many of you couldn’t get to it...
  • Blog Post: An introduction to Remote Desktop Services options

    I am sometimes confused when things get renamed, but it made a lot of sense for Microsoft to  renamed Terminal Services to Remote Desktop Services as it has changed out of all recognition from where it started.  In fact we made this simple video to show how much has changed in Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft VDI – it exists and it works

    I really enjoy going to technical community events even the ones that are run by Vmware, but you would think from the Vmware ones that Microsoft doesn’t have a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solution at all.  I don’t intend to turn this blog into a feature comparison of the two or anything...
  • Blog Post: TechDays Online 2012

    Simon and I are doing so many events that frankly our blogs are nearly dying of neglect so I am not even sure if anyone is out there reading this!   I am not apologising because it’s great to be out there meeting people at IT Camps, launch events etc. However not everyone can get to one of those...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Valuable Penguin

    I sometimes think the IT industry is a bit like a load of penguins on the pack ice, each one checking the others out to see who going to brave the ocean first.  In IT it’s nervousness about when to jump onto a new technology and if there is one technology that makes IT professionals really nervous...
  • Blog Post: Lab Ops 6 – Setup VDI in Windows Server 2012R2

    VDI bridges the world of the client and the server, and that can mean that in a world where IT professionals are either experts in one or the other ( Simon and I being  a case in point), most of us have a partial knowledge of how VDI works. There are other reasons why you might be forgiven that...
  • Blog Post: Evaluate This–VDI

    Microsoft is serious about Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, and the first sign of this in Windows server is when you try and add a role or feature..   If you opt for install Remote Desktop Services Installation and select Virtual Desktops as in my short screencast you can see that a lot of work has...
  • Blog Post: Remote desktop and VDI

    In my post yesterday I showed I gave you an introduction to Remote Desktop Services, today I want to contrast and compare a traditional remote desktop approach with the shiny new thing that is Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI),  in order to understand when to use them. First of all why would...
  • Blog Post: Lab Ops 7 – Setting up a pooled VDI collection in Windows Server 2012 R2

    In Windows Server you can create two kinds of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), personal or pooled.  A personal collection is a bit like a company car scheme where everyone chooses their own car. This means there needs to be car for everyone even if they are on leave or sick etc. and each car...
  • Blog Post: Lab Ops 4–Using PowerShell with Storage

    In previous posts I created a fileserver for my lab environment and used the UI to create a storage space on it.  Now I want to automate the creation of two storage spaces over the same storage pool, which will then underpin my VDI demos. At the time of writing the only resource I could find was...
  • Blog Post: Thoughts on Dynamic Memory

    Dynamic memory has some people worried.  I get it because even with my monster orange laptop (Dell Precision M6500) with 16Gb RAM and 600Gb of storage across 3  SSDs I can see my memory is better optimised and I can be really aggressive with the memory each virtual machine gets on start up...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Snapshots in Production

    It’s sometimes quite difficult to talk and think at the same time, and at our camps last week I think we may have caused some confusion around snapshots for virtual machines (VM) that are in production so I wanted to write this up from first principles so that I have somewhere to refer to in future....
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 R2 Active Directory - Offline Domain Join

    I was in Leeds yesterday at the Virtual machine User Group.. Alan and I were handing out a few Windows Server 2008 R2 architecture posters, when Tom Howarth   a well known virtual machine expert, spotted the Offline Domain Join feature.  He thought this would be really useful in provisioning...