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  • Blog Post: Hyper-V: Microkernelized or Monolithic

    Type 2 Hypervisors (Virtual PC, VMware workstation, Virtual Server 2005R2 etc.) all have one thing in common.  They all have 2 Hardware abstraction Layers (HALs,) which means in a nutshell that they are useless for any kind of infrastructure workload.  When I say infrastructure workload what...
  • Blog Post: How to Build a Bootable USB Drive? or How to Install an Operating System from a USB Device?

    It seems that I hear this question at least once a week.  I heard the question at a user group meeting on Tuesday evening and promised that I would provide Detailed Step By Step instructions on how EXACTLY one might go about building a bootable USB device that can then be used to install an operating...
  • Blog Post: How to Burn Disks with Windows Server 2008 R2

    I believe that Windows Server 2008 R2 is the best Server operating system on the planet by a pretty wide margin over every other competitor in the marketplace.  Its just a rock solid amazing server platform!  Now that you know exactly where I stand on this topic let me also say that there are...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 9 Available for Download

    I have purposefully put off writing this post because I wanted to see the initial reaction to Internet Explorer 9.  Guess what?  There hasn’t been one.  It is amazing to me that when a product hits the market it takes very little time to find the bugs, and when the bugs come out the backlash...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1

    Today on the TechNet download center there are 5 new items.  Two of those Items are Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 with integrated SP1.  Of course as you can see if you choose either Windows 7 of Windows Server 2008 R2 from the new downloads menu you can also download the service pack...
  • Blog Post: Ethernet Driver Fix for Windows Server 2008 R2 on the Lenovo W510

    10 days ago now I showed you how to install Windows Home Server 2011 RC as a virtual machine running in Hyper-V .  If you recall I installed Windows Server 2008 R2 on my Lenovo W510 laptop.  I had set aside some time today to do some testing with the Windows Home Server.  One of the questions...
  • Blog Post: Installing Windows Home Server 2011 RC as a Virtual Machine in Hyper-V

    Windows Home Server might be the coolest IT product that Microsoft makes for the consumer marketplace.  For those of you that have not used Home Server it’s time to go and get yourself a copy .  Now is a particularly good time to get involved with Home Server because the product team is in...
  • Blog Post: How To Turn Off Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration

    I love my Lenovo W510 Laptop ! I use it to run Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V. I run all kinds of Virtual Machines on the W510 because it has 16GB of physical RAM. There are however a few hiccups in the process of using a Windows Server Machine to do demonstrations. This is one of the first I encountered...
  • Blog Post: Ten Days until Tech ED 2010 (and I can’t wait)

        If you are an IT Pro this is the biggest event of the year!  The who’s who of the IT world will descend on New Orleans in 10 short days to share ideas and learn from the best in the business.  There will of course also be the insane parties which have become a nice side benefit...
  • Blog Post: How To disable the Shutdown Tracker in Windows Server 2008 R2

    I use a Windows Server 2008 R2 machine that is installed on my Lenovo W510 laptop to do demonstrations almost every day.  Normally I would recommend that you leave your servers running all the time, however in this case I have a limitation of battery life that does not allow that practice and so...
  • Blog Post: 3 Things to Know Before You Upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7

    Yesterday we talked about Type 2 hypervisors and why you might want to actually use them.  I told you then that the main reason you use a type 2 hypervisor is to ease the transitionary pain of moving from one operating system to another.  No sooner did I print those words that one of my co...
  • Blog Post: Exporting/Cloning Virtual Machines on Hyper-V with Windows Server 2008 R2

    Hyper-V has some amazing features that make working with virtual machines just so easy. One of these features is the ability to make and export a clone of a virtual machine.  This exported virtual machine can then be imported and run on another Hyper-V server.  Let’s go through the process...
  • Blog Post: What is a Virtual Machine?

    Hyper-V is a platform that is used for running virtual machines.  Maybe it’s the term virtual which in the western culture has come to mean “not physical” or “Ethereal” or “not real” and I think the reason for this definition is because of the term “virtual reality.”  When it comes to virtual...