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  • 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: 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...
  • 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: Configure IP Failover On Replica Virtual Machines

    Hello Folks, Last April, Anthony Bartolo , wrote about setting up Virtual Machine Replication Using Hyper-V Replica . Well, I’m revisiting some older post regarding Windows Server 2012 and I'm drilling a little bit more in these topics.  in this one I'll be looking at configuring IP failover addresses...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Differencing Disks: Making courseware, labs, and boot camps easier!

    One of the features of Hyper-V that has made courseware development and delivery easier for me is the ability to create Parent (or Base) and Differencing disks. It allowed me to reduce the ‘reset’ time at the end of a course (to prepare for the next delivery) from two hours per machine to...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Reaches RTM Milestone With Availability Slated for October 18th

    Yesterday Microsoft announced that they had achieved a great milestone: Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 had been released to manufacturing (RTM). This provides final software to Microsoft's hardware partners for them to complete their final system validations and in turn is the final step before...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Migrating From VMware to Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012

    This week is going to be a great week for Pierre, Mitch and I as activities are underway to create version 2 of the Windows Server 2102 #CANITPRO camp. Details regarding the new camp dates will be available shortly and will be posted predominantly on this blog. As mentioned on a previous post, most of...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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
  • Blog Post: Converting VHDs to VHDX and other questions…

    Many of the articles I write for both The World According to Mitch and the Canadian IT Pro Connection come directly from people I meet through my travels.  They send me questions about technology by e-mail and rather than simply replying to them, if I feel the questions are relevant, I write them...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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. ...
  • Blog Post: Failover Clustering: Let’s spread the Hyper-V love across hosts!

    Some veteran IT Pros hear the term ‘Microsoft Clustering’ and their hearts start racing.  That’s because once upon a time Microsoft Cluster Services was very difficult and complicated.  In Windows Server 2008 it became much easier, and in Windows Server 2012 it is now available in all editions...
  • Blog Post: Never Stop Learning - Virtualization & Private Cloud

    It's a pretty exciting time at Microsoft. We have a lot of new products that have just been released and others that are coming out soon. Based on what I've seen and gotten my hands on so far, I think those of you that work with Infrastructure (whether you're planning to virtualize or extend your virtualization...
  • Blog Post: 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 -...
  • Blog Post: A Quick Tip for Hyper-V Users: Product Keys

    I keep telling people that the best way to activate your servers and desktops is to have a Key Management Server (KMS) in your environment.  However not everyone has volume license keys, and when an IT Pro (or Dev) builds a lot of lab environments using their TechNet, MSDN, or MAPS licenses that...
  • Blog Post: Step-by-Step: Creating Differencing Disks

    Yesterday I told you how you can use Differencing Disks in courseware, for lab development, for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, for software development, and for any number of other uses.  They really are a very handy technology once you get to know them.  But how do you do that? Although usually...