• Step-by-Step: Enabling Data Deduplication on Windows Server 2012 Volumes

    Hello folks, A new feature of Windows Server 2012 called Storage Spaces is designed to change the storage task for enterprises by providing an in-box storage virtualization that can use low-cost commodity storage devices. We’ve covered Storage Spaces a few time already: Storage Pools… Dive right in! Windows Server 2012 IT Camp – Lab #3 - Thin vs. Fixed provisioning…...
  • Step-By-Step: Migration of DHCP from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012

    Mitch, Pierre and I have been delivering #CANITPRO camps for some time now and we are thoroughly enjoying connecting with the IT community across Canada. Many IT professionals we have encountered have enjoyed both version "A", concentrating on Hyper-V, and version "B", centered around Windows Server 2012 tools and management, and have been enthusiastic to learn how Microsoft's latest server offering...
  • Tips and Tricks for Navigating the New Windows 8 User Interface

    Hello Folks, This is a re-post of a great article that our friend Mitch Tulloch wrote for the BizTech Information Technology site.   We are reproducing it with his blessing. Mitch is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional and lead author of several books including “The Windows 7 Resource Kit” and “Introducing Windows Server 2012” ( this one can be for free (get the PDF here )!! ) from Microsoft...
  • Step-By-Step: Deploying Virtual Desktops with Windows Server 2012

    What is desktop virtualization? Its many things to many people. Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Session Virtualization RemoteApp In this post we will only cover what desktop virtualization is and what components, needs and challenges are addressed by desktop virtualization. The Microsoft Virtual Academy has a great jumpstart session on VDI.  here is the overview recording.(see the link at...
  • Windows Server 2012: Roles & Features

    A colleague asked me earlier today if I knew off the top of my head how many roles and features there are in Windows Server 2012 , and I had to admit that I did not know.  As Albert Einstein once said, why memorize what you can reference.  However as a quick exercise I decided to not only count them, but type them up into an article for Kalvin… and for all of you! NOTE: I included all of...
  • Step-By-Step: Installing Oracle Linux 6 U3 on Hyper-V 2012 with LIS 3.4

    Everyone runs Windows… okay, that is not entirely true, but by 2012 it is the rare datacentre that does not have any Windows running. I have been crisscrossing the country and indeed traversing the globe telling people how wonderful Hyper-V and Microsoft’s virtualization story is as good as or better than it’s competition, whether that be VMware or KVM or whoever else. That often...
  • Step-By-Step: Extending USB storage into Hyper-V via Windows-To-Go

    Those who attended one of the Windows 8 #CANITPRO Camps earlier this year were privy to seeing the setup and enablement of a Windows-To-Go USB key as one of the presented demos. What makes this offering compelling is the fact that one could literally walk up to any computer, plug in your USB key and boot up into your work environment. There is a new option available with the introduction of Windows...
  • Next up: Toronto, Edmonton, and Vancouver!

    Wow… Calgary was a blast, and after three great sessions it is great to be home… temporarily. The next two weeks are a whirlwind of craziness. First up, I am presenting two sessions on System Center in Toronto on Monday. At the end of the day I hop into my car to head to the airport to catch my flight to Edmonton. Tuesday and Wednesday I am presenting sessions on Windows Server during...
  • Price Reductions for Virtual Machines and Cloud Services

    One of our influencers in Montreal Alexandre Brisebois, wrote this article on Tuesday. With his permission we are re-publishing it here, without any changes. Merci Alexandre! -M Earlier this month Amazon cut prices on Virtual Machines and I compared both Windows Azure and Amazon yearly pricing for Windows Virtual Machines . At the time Microsoft had not made any announcements about changes to their...
  • Azure IaaS: Infrastructure wherever you are, whenever you need!

    On Tuesday Microsoft made a huge announcement with regard to Windows Azure and Virtualization.  The following release is from Jeff Woolsey: The Microsoft Cloud OS Vision just took a huge step forward today. Today, we are announcing: >> General Availability of Azure IaaS worldwide << Furthermore, to eliminate price as a discussion when comparing to the competition, namely AWS, we made...
  • Step-By-Step: Building a Private Cloud with Hyper-V Server 2012

    While attending a flurry of IT Professional user group meetings across Canada, I have spoken to many IT Pros experiencing great success is expanding their compute capacity utilizing Microsoft's enterprise-grade, bare-metal hypervisor solution. Hyper-V Server 2012 offers the same level of scale, clustering, live migration and DR-replication capabilities as the Hyper-V role found in Windows Server 2012...
  • The Virtualization Landscape

    Dan Stolts is a Senior IT Pro Evangelist with Microsoft. Earlier this month he sat down with Tony Asaro on TechNet Radio to discuss the Virtualization Landscape in a Heterogeneous World .  Listen in and let me know what you think! –MDG
  • Turn Your Blog Into A Windows 8 App

    I know what you're going to say. But Chris, I'm not a developer, sure I use HTML now and then but I don't have the time to create an App. I get it, your day job is kind of your night job too and there are only so many hours in the day. Don't worry, n ot only do we have a great way to help you turn your WordPress Blog into a Windows 8 app, if you hurry you could do it with very little or no development...
  • Step-By-Step: Virtual Machine Replication Using Hyper-V Replica

    As mentioned in previous posts, now that #CANITPRO Camp V2 is in play, labs from version 1 are being converted into Step-By-Step posts to be provided as a resource to IT Professionals. One of the labs conducted in version 1 of the camps was Virtual Machine replication using Hyper-V Replica. New to Windows Server 2012 , Hyper-V Replica is an asynchronous, virtual machine replication technology...
  • Step-By-Step: Enabling Remote Application Access

    Hello Folks, I’m In South Carolina right now enjoying the sun and the golf courses. However, like any IT professionals, I sometimes have to access my systems and tools to address certain issues remotely. You may need remote access to address other scenarios such as: Provide access to applications to devices that are unmanaged. Deliver one or more apps instead of desktop Secure...
  • Step-By-Step: Migrating From Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 to Hyper-V Server 2012

    Yesterday, I participated in a great Microsoft Jumpstart session entitled Live Q&A: Introduction to Hyper-V conducted by virtualization experts Jeff Woolsey & Symon Perriman . This session covered all aspects of Hyper-V and I was happy to assist in answering questions coming from the audience attending the event. One of the questions asked during the session was in regards to how to migrate...
  • Step-By-Step: Deploying Windows 8 with System Center 2012 Service Pack 1

    The past weeks have seen Pierre, Mitch and myself drink bigger doses of caffeine than what would be contained in the mug pictured above although Pierre might chime in that the mug looks no bigger than the espresso cups I use for my morning jolt. It has been a labor of love however, as all three of us enjoy getting our hands dirty developing the new #CANITPRO camps containing new content in regards...
  • Virtualization: CPUs and Cores and Sockets… Oh My!

    I have been getting a lot of questions recently about virtual machine CPU usage, especially around things like Symmetric Multi-Threading (SMT).  Jeff Woosley, the Principal Product Manager (WSSC) at Microsoft, recently sent out this clarification which many of you will find enlightening. –MDG --- Q: Should Symmetric Multi-Threading (SMT) be enabled or disabled? A: Hyper-V works fine with Symmetric...
  • Microsoft Virtual Academy: Live Q&A!

    The IT Pro Evangelism team, Microsoft Learning and the Microsoft Virtual Academy are pleased to announce the next FREE & PUBLIC event Live Q&A: Introduction to Hyper-V on Wednesday April 3 rd , from 8:30 am – 10:30am PST with virtualization experts Jeff Woolsey & Symon Perriman . Ask your customers to join this live online event designed for IT professionals that have questions about Microsoft...
  • Virtual Networking in Hyper-V 2012

    Microsoft has released a poster diagramming virtual networking in Hyper-V 2012.  Much of it revolves around Virtual Machine Manager, and is actually branded System Center 2012 SP1 .  If you are building or managing datacenters – even smaller ones – you should download this document and review it.  We all have something to learn from it! The VMM networking poster is available for download...