Browse by Tags

  • 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: 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: 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: Virtualization Resources for all Virtualization faiths (HyperV, VMware, Xen)

    Just got word that the High Definition videos of our recent JumpStart training program on the MS virtualization stack is now available online at TechNet Edge .   Yup ��� it’s your one stop shop to get access to over 15 hours of co-presented goodness on the following topics: Entire course on TechNet...
  • Blog Post: Important Webcast Tomorrow: Learn About Exciting Developments in Microsoft’s Private Cloud Strategy

    Tomorrow (January 17th) at 8:30am PST / 11:30am EST there is a really important webcast featuring Satya Nadella , the President of Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business.  If you are interested in hearing developments about Microsoft’s Private Cloud strategy including the System Center product line...
  • Blog Post: Trying it Out: How to prepare to test your new operating system

    This is a really exciting season for IT Pros across Canada.  Last week Microsoft released Windows Server 2012 to the public, and on October 26th they will release Windows 8.  As an IT Pro you are going to want to test these out, whether that be in your own environment at home or at the office...
  • Blog Post: Upgrading Hyper-V R2 to SP1

    With Service Pack 1 now released for Hyper-V R2 it is about time to start deploying it and updating your VMs.  As with anything there is a process to follow to ensure that everything goes smoothly and that the virtual machines can take advantage of all the features available in SP1.  We’ve...
  • Blog Post: Get Hands-On with System Center 2012 and Windows Server 2012

    After 20 IT Camp events across Canada , if there is one thing that we have heard loud and clear from many of you out there, it is that you like to get hands-on with our technology . This just means that we need to do more of them, and we are. Over the next 6 weeks we will be coming to a city near you...
  • 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: Talking to MVPs & Customers at MMS 2012– Manulife’s Journey to Private Cloud

    This year I get the opportunity to connect with the sizeable contingent of customers, Partners and Microsoft Valued Professionals (MVPs) attending the Microsoft Management Summit 2012 (MMS 2012) in Las Vegas April 16-20. Each of the individuals I spoke to were very excited about what they will see and...
  • 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: Demystifying Microsoft’s Virtualization Stack: #4 System Center Virtual Machine Manager integration

    Dave Kawula knows his stuff when it comes to Virtualization. When I asked him to put together some screencasts, we came up with a short series of them following the flow from planning through to deployment and management. I wanted to call each one out individually and wrap it together into a series ...
  • 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: How To Clean Up Cluster Nodes from Destroyed Clusters

    While delivering IT Virtualization Boot Camps and taking the participants through the process of creating a failover cluster, we found that a couple of times some of the individuals ran across issues when creating a Windows Failover Cluster from both nodes at the same time – you only need to create...
  • Blog Post: System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 now in RC.

    This one slipped through the cracks with all the Hyper-V in Windows 8 client hoopla of late. For hard-core Hyper-V administrators, we live and breath Hyper-V with System Center VMM running our environments. Well – I’ve been working with the Beta since it came out and I now have learned from my RSS reader...
  • 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: Hyper-V versus VMware: Virtual Disk Security

    Another great email came across my desk from Jeff Woolsey, Principal Program Manager at Microsoft for Windows Server, along with Yoganand Rajasekaran, one of our development team members and Ben Armstrong, the Virtual PC guy . This time the discussion is regarding access to other customer’s data across...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization Reality–Updated Cities and Registration

    Just wanted to give everyone an Heads-Up that I have been updating the original post regarding Cities, Dates and Registration Links for the Now In Progress Virtualization Reality Tour. You’ll notice that now the far West has been completed, mid west and central have been ADDED. You can choose to go there...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Reality: The truth about Microsoft’s Interoperable Virtualization Stack

    It started off as an idea a couple of months back. That idea was around getting the soup to nuts details on the Hyper-V / SCVMM / iSCSI solution into an entertaining session that could be delivered in person, online or by a group of individuals across Canada. Well – it’s ready. With the help...