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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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 Windows Azure

    Update: Many readers of CANITPRO.Net have reached out and requested the PowerShell cmdlets be posted amidst the steps. As per everyone's request, below is the updated Step-By-Step including the PowerShell cmdlets. Back in March, we at CANITPRO.NET published a post entitled Step-By-Step: Migrating...
  • 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: New Virtualization User Group in Calgary

    Hello Folks, I wanted to introduce you to a new User Group in Calgary. This group is focusing on Microsoft Virtualization technologies. It provides support for people interested in Microsoft Virtualization Technology and Cloud Computing. Members of the CVUG are very welcome from all over the world...
  • Blog Post: Default File Locations in Hyper-V

    Note: This article applies equally to the server-side and client-side hypervisor.  Although some scenarios may not apply to older versions, the technical steps apply to all versions of Hyper-V released to date. A virtual machine in Hyper-V consists of a few files that account for its virtual hardware...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Top 8 Improvements Found in Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Replica

    With the RTM launch of Windows Server 2012 R2 comes an amazing set of features via such a short release cycle. This post details the top 8 improvements now found in Hyper-V Replica in Windows Server 2012 R2 " href="http://aka.ms/hv2012r2can" target="_blank">Hyper-V Replica in Windows Server 2012 R2 ...
  • Blog Post: Put your Career into Hyperdrive by Adding Hyper-V to your Skillset

    The world is increasingly becoming a multi-hypervisor world. With nearly two thirds of businesses on more than one virtualization platform, IT professionals are challenged to become experts in more than one virtualization offering. With time and resources always in limited supply, Microsoft has created...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Enabling Hyper-V for use on Windows 8.1

    CANITPRO Camps are always a great way for IT professionals to learn about the new Microsoft ecosystem offerings such as Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2 and others. These camps provide IT professionals both information regarding said ecosystem as well as hands on labs to complete. These...
  • 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...