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  • 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: 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: What not to Learn… Revisited for 2013!

    In October, 2011 I posted an article called vPTA: What NOT to take away from my 1-day virtualization training! It was only partly tongue-in-cheek on the environment that I have been using for several years to demonstrate server virtualization from a pair of laptops. A few months later Damir Bersinic...
  • Blog Post: Shared Nothing Live Migration: Goodbye Shared Storage?

    Many smaller companies and individuals with home labs see shared storage – usually a SAN (Storage Area Network) device as the impediment to Live Migration.  In April of 2011 Microsoft released the iSCSI Software Target 3.3 as a free (and supported) download.  At the time Pierre and I wrote...
  • Blog Post: When I’m Sixty-Four… TERABYTES!

    Okay, I am asking for a show of hands: How many of you remember 100MB hard drives? 80? 40?  While I remember smaller, my first hard drive was a 20 Megabyte Seagate drive.  Note that I didn’t say Gigabytes… Way back then the term Terabyte might have been coined already as a very theoretical...
  • 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: Accessing USB devices in a Hyper-V virtual machine

    Jeff Woolsey, Principal Program Manager at Microsoft for Windows Server answers the question: Can USB devices (like smart cards and storage devices) be accessed within a Hyper-V virtual machine? The answer is “Yes” and here are two possible scenarios: Scenario #1 (Primary): Centralized Desktop (VDI)...
  • Blog Post: Step-by-Step: Domain Controller Cloning

    Last week I posted an article that highlighted the new features supporting the virtualization of Active Directory in Windows Server 2012 .  As promised in that article we will now look at the process of cloning a Domain Controller. To follow along: Download the evaluation of Windows Servers 2012...
  • 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. ...