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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: Windows Server 2012 Editions

    Windows Server 2012 comes in four editions Windows Server 2012 Datacenter and Standard are technically identical – there is absolutely no difference between them with regard technical capabilities. The only difference is the virtualisation rights included with the license (two VMs for Standard and as...
  • 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: 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: 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: Application Virtualisation (App-V) 5.0

    Everything you ever wanted to know about App-V 5.0 Guest post by Rory Monaghan An Introduction to App-V 5.0 This video is a good introduction to App-V 5.0 for somebody who has never used App-V before. It covers the topics of what it is, why you should use it, where you can get it and leads into how to...
  • 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: “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: 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: 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: 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: Windows Server 2012 launch events in Ireland

    “Nothing from Microsoft, and I mean literally nothing, has ever been this ambitious” —Jason Perlow, ZDNet Windows Sever 2012 is a game changer! It is designed to help organisations of all sizes embrace private and hybrid cloud computing in order to move faster, save money and compete more effectively...
  • 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: Virtualisation Licensing; VMware vs. Microsoft (Apples vs. Oranges)

    If you’re a big fan of VMware, I apologise (but this really has to be shared – you’d be a fool not to look into these price comparisons).   Microsoft’s Private Cloud Licensing   unlimited Windows unlimited VM   unlimited System Center 2012 Datacenter Edition which includes Operations Manager...