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  • 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: 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)...