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  • Blog Post: Create a virtual machine and adding a VHD file using powershell

    Or: How you can use Powershell to create virtual machines! With a few keystroke you can create a virtual machine and attach an existing VHD(X) file to it! I usually look for the fastest and easiest way to get things done. Always manually rebuilding my lab was tiresome and demotivating so I started...
  • Blog Post: Altaro giving all Hyper-V admins 50 free licenses of their desktop backup solution – End December 24th

    Altaro, developers of Altaro Hyper-V Backup, are giving something back this holiday season and are giving every Microsoft Hyper-V admin 50 licenses of their desktop backup software, that’s up to $2,000 worth of software.   There’s no catch! All you need to do is send them a screenshot of Hyper-V...
  • Blog Post: Are people moving away from VMware (towards Hyper-V)?

    Yes – people are moving away from VMware towards Hyper-V You only have to read the news – but just in case you missed all of this: “38 percent of businesses planning to switch vendors within the next year due to licensing models and the robustness of competing hypervisors”   “Microsoft Hyper-V is...
  • Blog Post: FREE Hyper-V Training.

    Introduction to Hyper-V Microsoft Virtualisation for VMware Professionals Microsoft Tools for VMware Integration & Migration The Microsoft Virtual Academy ( www.MicrosoftVirtualAcademy.com ) training portal offers quick and easy access to presentations, webcasts, whitepapers and other technical content...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 Deep Dive – Two Days of free training

    Is now all available online I will tidy this up (one day), but just to get the content out there, here it is: Day 1 (1) Dave Northey - Introduction and Fundamentals - 25 mins (2) Dave Northey – Manage and Maintain Availability - 25 mins (3) Dave Northey - Deploy and Manage Your Applications - 3 mins...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Immersion–FREE Training on the latest version of Hyper-V

    Hyper-V Immersion More and more customers are turning to Hyper-V as their first choice for virtualisation. Come along and find out why; Hyper-V has grown up a lot over the last three years and now includes the core functionality you need to meet your business and technical requirements. This session...
  • Blog Post: FREE Online Training for IT Professionals

    Microsoft Jump Start Series: Virtualisation, Hyper-V & Intune. These events run from 8:00am – 5:00pm PST (16:00 – 01:00 GMT). January 24, 2013, 8:00am-5:00pm PST Introduction to Hyper-V Jump Start Instructor Team: Symon Perriman and Jeff Woolsey This is the first of a three course series and is designed...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Comparison – Windows Server 2008 R2 vs Windows Server 2012

    Feature by feature comparisons of Hyper-V in both Windows Server 2008 R2 and 2012 I just went looking for a decent comparison of Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012.  I obviously found this excellent document on download.microsoft.com – but couldn’t find these high-level bullets...
  • Blog Post: A collection of Hyper-V stuff

    Microsoft’s only operating system without the name “Windows”? Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 SP1 Totally free, optimised for virtualisation, but with everything that’s on a Hyper-V solution based on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Enterprise Edition (Failover Clustering and Live Migration). Overview here...
  • Blog Post: A collection of Windows Server 8 stuff

    “The power of many, the simplicity of one” Windows Server 8 is only in a developer preview cycle as yet, but it’s still making a lot of noise: Watch this Windows Server 8 session from the //build conference.  It’s long – but a must if you’re interested in some awesome new features and functionality...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Windows Server 8 Hyper-V - New high-availability and migration features bring the "wow"

    Wow! If I had to pick one word to describe my reaction to the new and improved Microsoft Hyper-V features in Windows Server 8, then wow would be it. I had to share this with you – it’s a great write-up of some of the new features that we’ll see in Windows Server “8” Hyper-V The complete post is here...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 Deep Dive

    FREE Training on Windows Server 2012 in Dublin – April 22nd & 23rd A two day session (not for the feint hearted) – in Microsoft Ireland, Dublin (22nd & 23rd April). More details and registration here . See you next week?
  • Blog Post: Looking to move from VMware to Hyper-V?

    Gerry Forde recommends this “Gem” of free training on Hyper-V (Guest Post) As I am always saying to the guys at Microsoft, You have some great free training material why don't you highlight it better to the Irish TechNet Community. This piece of online training is a real gem for anyone who is converting...
  • Blog Post: “VMware Cloud Infrastructure Suite is really more of a marketing term” – did he really say that?

    VMware’s CTO, Dr. Stephen Herrod says “ a lot of individual products that don’t work well enough together yet ” And it’s on a YouTube video! scroll to the YouTube video at 3:12 “VMware Cloud Infrastructure Suite is really more of a marketing term. Those of you know our products deeply know that they...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Installation and Configuration Guide

    Two Irish Microsoft MVPs have just released their latest book for Hyper-V Big shout out to Aidan Finn and Damian Flynn . Go-to guide for using Microsoft's updated Hyper-V as a virtualization solution Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V offers greater scalability, new components, and more options than...
  • Blog Post: Introduction to Hyper-V and Failover Clustering

    Dave Northey explains why Hyper-V is a “no-brainer” for virtualisation   If you’re planning on virtualising Windows Servers, then regardless of who’s hypervisor you’re thinking of, you’ll more than likely end up buying the Datacentre or Enterprise licenses for Windows Server 2008 R2 (as that’s the...
  • Blog Post: Everything you ever wanted to know about Installing and Configuring Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012

    Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Installation and Configuration Guide Occasionally I’m asked if there are books that I’d recommend to help you learn Hyper-V Well, Aidan Finn gave me a copy of his one the other day.  It is currently being used as a paper weight I’m afraid (sorry Aidan)!  But I did...
  • Blog Post: Evaluating Windows Server 2008 R2 on your laptop without installing anything.

    This post describes how to dual boot your laptop into Windows Server 2008 R2 without actually installing anything! OK, I lied – it’s not possible to do it without installing anything.  But most people would go down the route of re-partitioning their disks or adding a second disk just to install...
  • Blog Post: FREE Training on Windows Server 2012

    Remote Desktop Services (RDS) & Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Alex Juschin (Microsoft RDS MVP) will be delivering a day of free training on Windows Server 2012 RDS & VDI in Microsoft’s Leopardstown offices on Tuesday 26th March. Places are limited, so register early. Details of the event...
  • Blog Post: Private Cloud Computing Academy – virtualisation seminars in 2011

    I wanted to give you a heads-up on what’s lined up for Private Cloud Computing Academy in 2011. Register now and block off time in your diary before you get distracted with Christmas mayhem! Microsoft has been working towards a Dynamic Datacentre vision for the last 8 years and now our story...
  • Blog Post: FREE Windows Server 2012 training in Belfast

    BT Training in Partnership with Andy Malone - Microsoft MVP - Present 4 Half Day Innovation Sessions On Windows Server 2012 On the 17th and 18th December @ BT Tower Belfast Event is Free to attend and light refreshments will be provided With a prestigious international career spanning 17 years, He is...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Installation and Configuration

    Dave Northey explains the Installation and Configuration of Hyper-V Including creating your first template VM Following on from my previous Introduction to Hyper-V post, I now go into a bit of detail. I do want to re-iterate that everything I talk about is FREE (well, free if you’re virtualising Windows...
  • Blog Post: Evaluating Windows Server and System Center on a Laptop (or two, or three) - Introduction

    Because we don’t all have six servers lying around! I have (finally) started blogging again! I now post on the Building Clouds blog on TechNet . And my first post there is the beginning of a series on how to evaluate Windows Server and System Centre on a bunch of laptops.. This was (probably) my last...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 training in Dublin

    Last few spaces available for our Windows Server 2012 Deep Dive event We are running a two-day deep dive training session next Monday 22nd & Tuesday 23rd in Microsoft’s offices in Dublin . We have some great speakers with some great content. Registration is still open – but there really is only a...
  • Blog Post: Live Migration using Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V (put to music)

    In the time it takes for you to listen to this one song (5 minutes 19 seconds), I build a cluster, create a highly available virtual machine and fail it from node to node multiple times. Failover Clustering with Windows Server 2008 R2 includes Clustered Shared Volumes (CSV) – the ability for multiple...