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  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up – Deploy The Image

    Hello Folks, This is the last post in this series . In previous posts we covered Generate an inventory of our environment Setup our workbench to build our image Started building our image by importing the OS and Drivers Finalized the Image with Packages and Application Today we’ll use the image we already...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up – Packages, Applications and Finalizing the Image

    Hello Folks, Windows XP reached the end of it’s supported life last week . So, let’s resume our Windows 8.1 deployment series in order to help us deploy supported OS versions. In previous posts we covered: Generate an inventory of our environment Setup our workbench to build our image Started building...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up – Prepare for Lite Touch Installation

    Hello Folks, In this Windows 8.1 deployment series we have started looking at how we can streamline the deployment of Windows 8.1 in your environment. I know that every environment is different and that some of you will have very specific requirements, However this series looks at a generalized environment...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up – Machine Inventory

    Hello Folks, In this Windows 8.1 deployment series we have started looking at how we can streamline the deployment of Windows 8.1 in your environment. I know that every environment is different and that some of you will have very specific requirements, However this series looks at a generalized environment...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up – Setup your environment

    Hello Folks, Earlier in March I wrote that I was working on this series that covers the migration of XP to Windows 8.1 from the ground up. In this post we setup our environment. This environment will be crucial to take care of all the phases of our project. Plan Deliver Operate Let get going. First download...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up

    There has been a lot of talk about the end of Windows XP, the end of support for XP that is… As I write this post there is only a few days left for Windows XP support. What is end of support? (the following is taken word for word from here) After 12 years, support for Windows XP will...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V: Clustering & Resiliency. Step 7: Virtual Machine Configuration

    Hello Folks, In our “ From The Ground Up ” series, we have setup a SCVMM managed Hyper-V Failover Cluster. From the storage all the way to the clustering. Today we we’ll look at creating a virtual machine on our cluster via the GUI and later, using PowerShell. If you feel like doing it and getting your...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V: Clustering & Resiliency. Step 6: Clustered Shared Volume & Optimize.

    Hello Folks, Finally… Step 6 of our “ From The Ground Up ” series. Today we we’ll finish the storage equation by assign Shared Storage using iSCSI for our Cluster Shared Volume and we will optimize our cluster. If you feel like doing it and getting your hands on Hyper-V...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V: Clustering & Resiliency. Step 5: Shared Storage and Clustering

    Hello Folks, Here we are with Step 5 of our “ From The Ground Up ” series. In this episode we’ll create the shared storage that our Hyper-V cluster will utilize to store the virtual machine. And start the clustering configuration. If you feel like doing it and getting your hands on Hyper-V and SCVMM...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V: Clustering & Resiliency. Step 4: Logical Switches

    Hello Folks, Here we are with Step 4 of our “ From The Ground Up ” series. today we start pulling thing together. If you feel like doing it and getting your hands on Hyper-V and SCVMM you can download Windows Server 2012 R2 and Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 , setup your own lab and try it for yourself. In SCVMM...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V: Clustering & Resiliency. Step 3: Networking Part 3

    hello folks, This is the 5th post in our Hyper-V 2012 R2 from the ground up series. in the previous week we covered the following: Host Configuration using SCVMM 2012 R2 Clustering & Resiliency – Storage . Networking - Creating NIC teams and Virtual Switches Networking – Creating and Assigning Logical...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V: Clustering & Resiliency. Step 3: Networking Part 2

    Hello Folks, This is the 4nd post in our Hyper-V 2012 R2 from the ground up series. Last week we covered setting Host Configuration using SCVMM 2012 R2 and Clustering & Resiliency – Storage . Earlier this week we covered networking . Today we keep building our environment. In our “ from the ground...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V: Clustering & Resiliency. Step 2: Networking

    Hello Folks, This is the 3nd post in our Hyper-V 2012 R2 from the ground up series. Last week we covered setting Host Configuration using SCVMM 2012 R2 and Clustering & Resiliency – Storage . Today we keep going down the rabbit hole to see how deep it goes. Step 2 in our “ from the ground up ” series...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V: Clustering & Resiliency. Step 1: Storage

    Hello Folks, This is the 2nd post in our Hyper-V 2012 R2 from the ground up series. Earlier this week we covered setting Host Configuration using SCVMM 2012 R2. Today let look at Virtual Machine Clustering & Resiliency. As usual I encourage you to download Windows Server 2012 R2 or Hyper-V Server...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V: Host Configuration

    Hello Folks, Last week I wrote about the fact that we have been getting more and more questions regarding Hyper-V. Maybe it's the fact that we keep moving in the “leader” quadrant of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure . Or maybe its just because...