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  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Running A Windows 10 VM on Mac via Oracle VirtualBox

    Not two years ago, Mac users and PC users were at odds when Mac users would attend Microsoft events. How times have changed. At the recent Build and Ignite events, attendees touting Mac notebooks reveled in the numerous announcements brought before them in regards to how Microsoft plans to enable their...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Installing Windows 10 on Oracle VirtualBox

    If Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware Workstation 11 are not your first choice to test Windows 10 in a virtualized state, then steps on installing Windows 10 Technical Preview on VirtualBox might be of interest. Oracle’s general-purpose virtual management offering on x86 hardware is also free and can...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Testing Windows 10 Via VMware Workstation

    At a recent event at the Nova Scotia Community College, the ask was put forward with regards to testing Windows 10 Technical Preview on VMware Workstation. This is in fact possible and here are the steps to enable the requested setup. Step 1: Download the Windows 10 Technical Preview ISO Visit...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Creating a Windows 10 To Go Key Inside a Hyper-V VM

    Windows 10 will include many cool features to enable system administrators in securing client computing. Testing is key and this blog has detailed many ways IT Professionals can test Windows 10 Technical Preview without the requirement of loading it on a production machine. So I thought I would share...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Building A System Center Virtual Machine Manager Lab Part 1

    *This post was authored by Garth Gorling. Correction of author is forthcoming Virtualization, and more specifically Hyper-V , is awesome. While I am knowledgeable about Hyper-V, I'm always interested in learning more. I'm interested in having separate, isolated networks. I want users to be...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Creating and Running A Windows 10 VM on Windows 8.1

    With the Windows 10 Technical Preview now available , many IT Professionals and those who are technically incline are facing a decision to update an existing primary machine or to update a possible secondary machine with the newly released client software. There is however another option one could pursue...
  • Blog Post: Tips on Migrating A Hyper-V Cluster

    Microsoft did a brilliant job in creating a procedure to upgrade Hyper-V Clusters from 2012 to 2012 R2. During this simple migration, not a single virtual machine experienced downtime nor did any user notice any performance degradation. The following steps were observed when completing said migration...
  • Blog Post: What is Microsoft Azure StorSimple?

    In the enablement of people centric IT or BYOD, people are empowered at their organization to use devices such as smartphones and tablets to consume and create content on behalf of their organization. While focus on security has been top of mind as of late, some IT departments are now focusing on a new...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Migrating From VMware to Microsoft Azure

    Microsoft's investment in Azure is tremendous and by today's announcements show no signs of stopping. Announcements made at World Partner Conference also highlighted significant gains in Hyper-V 2012 R2 adoption over previous years. In light of this, last year's post entitled Step-By-Step...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Completing Storage Live Migration in Hyper-V 2012 R2

    With both Managing the Datacenter and Virtualizing the Datacenter #CANITPRO Camps coming to a close. Further details regarding the next upcoming will be made available soon. As you may be aware, Microsoft provides evaluation copies of Windows Server 2012R2 and Hyper-v Server 2012R2 to allow for testing...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Virtual Labs: Assisting in Advancing Your IT Expertise and Career

    Many of you may have recently attended a CANITPRO camp presided by Pierre Roman or I recently at a Canadian city near you. Those who attend have very exuberant as to what they have absorbed in terms of hands on labs and material presented. Many return to the organizations they represent and have implemented...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Creating A Simple Login Dashboard in Hyper-V 2012 R2

    After installing Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 or your Windows Server 2012 R2 is on Core version (without GUI enable) you realize that you don’t have much information at login regarding your local virtualization infrastructure. Normally, when you login to a Hyper-V server you will get a command...
  • 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: Step-By-Step: Creating A Windows Development Environment in Hyper-V

    Last week was a busy one for the CANITPRO.NET team as we ventured to Seattle to learn about the new upcoming advancements Microsoft has to offer. What is great about the event is the ability to collaborate with other countries as well as other expertise to create new ideas amidst all the new content...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V: 2013 Recap and Up-coming Content

    Hello Folks, This is my first day back to work in 2014 and I want to start by wishing each and every one of you a happy new year. Now, I spent some time during the holidays to reflect on what Anthony and I have been doing over the past year and where we want to go in the new year. and we decided to stay...
  • Blog Post: Utilizing PowerShell to Build an IT Camp

    I was recently conversing with a colleague complaining that he was always busy and was not enjoying his job because he felt as if he hardly had time to breathe. When asked what sort of tasks he did on a regular basis, his reply was simply: ‘If you have to do a task only once, do it manually. If...
  • Blog Post: What’s New in Hyper-V 2012 R2 Preview

    Download Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 Preview As most are aware, Microsoft's hypervisor-based server virtualization offering, Hyper-V, has been growing in capability for some time now. The Hyper-V 2012 release made available late last year allowed Microsoft's hypervisor offering to be that much...