• Windows Server 2012 IT Camp – Lab #1

    In November I posted the first of several post that covered building a lab at home .  Here is the second of that series.  We will also cover the first Lab exercise in the Windows Server 2012 IT Camp we have been running across the country. We have our 2 physical machines: If you want to configure a boot from VHD on the 2 physical hosts, you can download the a pre-installed VHD from our evaluation...
  • Windows Server 2012 tuning guidelines

    Hello Folks, Following an IT camp a few weeks back, I was discussing tuning options in Windows Server 2012. After our discussion I started looking for some documented tuning parameters. A little like the documents I had found in 2011 for Windows 2008 R2 ( Make Windows 2008 R2 roar like a performance machine …). so I found one I think will benefit information technology (IT) professionals...
  • Storage Pools… Dive right in!

    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 old concept.  They give us the ability to use disks of different sizes and bus types and create a single ‘pooled disk.’ While Storage Pools are...
  • Happy Holidays and Thank You with 800 Microsoft Points

    December has always been a meaningful month. A month of firsts, which is ironic for the last month of the year. For many it is a time for reflection – looking back on the year that was while looking ahead to the year that will be. December is a month of holidays and relaxation, which is preceded by the mad dash to get our work projects done before the holidays, our holiday shopping finished before...
  • Blog Roll, Please!

    Happy New Year! Ok, not quite yet… or depending on when you read this it might be old news.  Either way, I look back on what we accomplished together in 2012 and am amazed… it was an incredible year for the IT Pro community in Canada.  We had several rounds of IT Camps (Virtualization, Private Cloud, Server 2012), A few Launch Events (System Center 2012, Windows Server 2012), and countless...
  • December 21, 2012 – The End of the World?

    Depending which camp you sit in, you may, or may not believe Friday, December 21, 2012 will be the end of the world. Being the eternal optimist that I am, I side with those who think that things will keep on the same as they did, that I’ll continue to eat too many Christmas cookies over the holidays and that I’ll be making resolutions about the gym and exercise in January. Before...
  • Windows Server 2012 IT Camp – Lab #3 - Thin vs. Fixed provisioning… That is the storage management question.

    Since the last few Windows Server 2012 IT camps a few discussions have sprouted regarding “Thin provisioning” in Storage Spaces. a new feature of Windows Server 20912.  Those discussions mainly revolved around 3 things: What is Thin provisioning? How will that bring me value? And, Why should I care? Thin Provisioning and Storage Spaces? Thin provisioning or “just-in-time allocations” is a method...
  • 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 servers – is just the icing on the cake. It is true that almost any IT Pro would be able to install and use...
  • Are you an Influencer who blogs? Tell us!

    It is amazing what you come across when you are not looking for it.  I was poking around this blog looking for something when I noticed my name in a list a the bottom of a post. It is a list of blogs that was probably put together three or four years ago by either Rick, Damir, or Rodney (or whoever was managing this blog at the time) following an e-mail to all of us that read ‘Hey, we’d love to...
  • Windows Server 2012 IT Camp – Lab #2

    In November I posted the first of several post that covered building a lab at home .  Then I followed up with Windows Server 2012 IT Camp – Lab #1 . This is third one in this series and it will cover the following: Details of the import virtual machines process in Hyper-v Virtual Machines Dynamic memory    The import virtual machines process in Hyper-v Importing a virtual machine...
  • Windows 8 & Windows 8 Devices

    This post was taken from a TechNet Flash Editorial written by Pierre Roman. I picked up my Microsoft Surface last week and it is awesome! My only problem is that now I can’t use it anymore. My daughters have adopted it. Which means I need to order another one. As a Microsoft employee I could have worse problems than the kids liking our products… But looking around my family room the diversity...