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  • Blog Post: Offline Servicing Toolkit v3 Beta!

    During the course of EnergizeIT I got a few questions about how to maintain your library of offline VMs that you have built for your test/lab environment or you have stored for various reasons.  I had mentioned the Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Toolkit and saw today that they kicked off the...
  • Blog Post: Analyzing Candidates for Virtualization

    Almost all workloads are now supported on one virtual platform or another.  There is a knowledge base article from Microsoft that outlines the support policy of it’s products that will help you determine what level of host OS, guest OS and application version you need to be at to obtain support...
  • Blog Post: TechDays TechNet Subscription Offer

    So you were at TechDays and you went home with your 6 month subscription to TechNet Plus and wonder what else there is besides software you can download?  How about some free virtualization training and some free exam vouchers?  You see there is a lot more to TechNet than just software you...
  • Blog Post: Get Ready for Windows 8 & Windows Server 2012 with MAP 7.0 Beta

    Last week we released a beta version of Microsoft Assessment & Planning (MAP) Toolkit 7.0.  The MAP Toolkit,  a free download , is an agentless, automated, multi-product planning and assessment tool for quicker and easier desktop, server and cloud migrations. MAP provides detailed readiness...
  • Blog Post: Recap on Resources: Free Training, Valuable Eval software and certification

    I’ve been a little spoiled with the weather while out and about getting ready for and helping deliver Techdays. It was Sunny, warm and quite nice – except for the departure day, little more rain and cold. Central Ontario was getting a nice warm spell as well – can’t complain for November weather for...
  • 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: Windows Server Virtualization

    Last week I participated in an event held in Cambridge called WWITPRO in the Know and gave a talk on Windows Server 2008 and Virtualization . I think the talk went well, but I had a couple of technical difficulties, and I wasn't able to complete the demos I had planned. So I've put together two 10 minute...
  • Blog Post: Demystifying Microsoft’s Virtualization Stack: #3 Disk Subsystems

    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: Red Hat Virtualization Support

    I was just catching up on some RSS feeds and came across this post from the Microsoft Virtualization team.  As of October 7th 2009 Microsoft and Red Hat will support each others OS on their respective virtualization platforms. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.2, 5.3, 5.4 have passed cert tests when running...
  • Blog Post: Exam Prep for 70-659 Part 7: Configuring Child Network Adapters

    As I wrote in an earlier post , there is no better time to write your exam for 70-659 Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization, than now and particularly before May 31, 2012. So to aid in that endeavour, Joseph Yedid, an IT specialist with Enhansoft in Ottawa, has put together a series of posts...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Private Cloud Guided Labs Now Available

    The cavalcade of virtual hands-on labs just keeps on going!  Not only can you try out the features and capabilities of Windows Server “8” beta (now Windows Server 2012) as I blogged about this morning, we have also just released a series of 14 guided labs to allow you to get you familiar with Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V in the Lab

    I met Mohamud Ashoor in my travels to Vancouver at various VanTUG events and we regularly chat on IM as well. A few weeks back he was telling me about his home lab setup and how he uses it to sharpen his skills, keep up with technology. In our discussions the topic of a blog post came up as Mohamud has...
  • Blog Post: IgniteIT Awards Finalist – B-Line Technical Services

      Project: Welaptega Reborn   The Challenge Describe the situation, challenge or problem you or your team faced.   This client based in Halifax was facing enormous challenges trying to keep their infrastructure system up and running. I found out about their issues when I visit their CEO...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 & Server 2008 Has Been Released to Manufacturing

    Hot off the presses!  Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 have hit the RTM Milestone!  From the Windows 7 team blog… I am pleased to announce that Windows 7 has RTM’d! As I mentioned previously, RTM officially happens only after sign-off occurs. What happens is a build gets designated as a RTM contender...
  • Blog Post: Things NOT To Take Away from the IT Virtualization Boot Camp

    There are some things we need to make clear to those who have participated in Mississauga, Vancouver and Ottawa, or will be participating in IT Virtualization Boot Camps in Montreal , Calgary , Edmonton (registration link coming soon), and Saskatoon . When we developed the IT Virtualization Boot Camps...
  • Blog Post: 4 New Technical Training Sessions - Get a "Jump Start" in the New Year

    We love travelling this great country of ours, especially when we get to connect with the IT Professional Community and to deliver in person events. If IT Camps have taught us anything, it's that there’s an huge appetite out there for deeply technical, hands on training. And rest assured...
  • Blog Post: Flight Delays, Lounges & Continuous Learning

    I write this while sitting in an Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge in Winnipeg waiting for my flight to Calgary for Prairie IT & DevCon West (March 13-16, 2012 at the Telus Convention Center).  I had actually planned to write this later tonight but because the we had to wait for our pilots on my...
  • Blog Post: “Where ya to ‘der b’y?” EnergizeIT East Coast Update

    People I chat with wonder what it is we do when we’re on the road with a series of activities that encompass a number of events like EnergizeIT. I’ve been peckin’ away at this post while were were on the road a week or so ago and finally made all the pieces fit and reordered in a chronological order...
  • Blog Post: TechDays 2011 Virtualization Content Area Resources

    So you attended TechDays in one of the cities OR you have teleported back from the future where TechDays Online has referred you back to some additional resources for anything and everything to do with the Virtualization Content Area sessions.  This is the one stop shop for all things virtualization...
  • Blog Post: Exam Prep for 70-659 Part 3: Configuring Virtual Networks and VLAN Security

    As I wrote ain an earlier post , there is no better time to write your exam for 70-659 Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization, than now and particularly before May 31, 2012. So to aid in that endeavour, Joseph Yedid, an IT specialist with Enhansoft in Ottawa, has put together a series of posts...
  • 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: Talking to MVPs & Customers at MMS 2012–Dave Kawula from Tricon Consulting.

    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: 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: Exam Prep for 70-659 Parts 11 & 12: Configure Authorization Rights and Manage VMware Hosts

    As I wrote in an earlier post , there is no better time to write your exam for 70-659 Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization, than now and particularly before May 31, 2012. So to aid in that endeavour, Joseph Yedid, an IT specialist with Enhansoft in Ottawa, has put together a series of posts...
  • Blog Post: Power Of Community–Virtualization Reality–Halifax Leg

    On the continuing Eastern leg of the Virtual Reality community tour – I drove from Sydney to Halifax yesterday morning in order to make an up time, avoid the fog (which closed the airport) in order to talk with professors and IT staff at Nova Scotia Community College. The meeting was setup by my...