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  • Blog Post: VirtualboyTV.com: Hyper-V R2: Making Highly Available VMs

    Watched the first R2 clustering video yet ?  It’s a little bit of a pre-req for this one, but, if you haven’t seen it, you should still be able to take value from part 2 in this mini series on clustering in Hyper-V R2.  In this video, we start the creation process on top of our freshly built...
  • Blog Post: VirtualboyTV.com: Hyper-V R2: Dynamic Storage

    The second in the R2 video wave, focuses on a new capability in R2, namely, Dynamic Storage.  This is a capability which allows an administrator to add or remove a virtual hard disk (VHD) or pass through disk, to a running virtual machine, without incurring any downtime for that virtual machine...
  • Blog Post: VirtualboyTV.com: Microsoft VDI Part III: Client Side Experiences

    Microsoft VDI Part III: Client Side Experiences In this video, it's time to step into the shoes of a user and see what kind of experience they can expect using Microsoft VDI.  We'll look at the effects Custom RDP settings can have, and look at the different ways we can access the Virtual Desktops...
  • Blog Post: New virtualboy.tv video: Hyper-V and Pass-Through Disks

    Video #9 in the Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V series, is this video focussed on the use of Pass Through Disks with Hyper-V.  All the videos so far have used the .vhd file format for the virtual machines, of which there are 2 types; dynamic, and fixed.  A dynamic VHD is something you specify to...
  • Blog Post: VirtualboyTV.com: Hyper-V R2: Failover & Live Migration

    On to the final part of the mini-series on clustering, and we round off with the most exciting bit – seeing our creation come to life! In this video, I perform a number of Live Migrations, for the different VM types (VHD, Pass Through Disk and CSV), including using PowerShell for the migration (Yes,...
  • Blog Post: Announcing virtualboy.tv!

    For the last few weeks, in any spare moment I’ve had, I’ve been working away on a little side project to help enable our Partners and Customers to better understand our Virtualisation technologies.  Today, I’m happy to announce the launch of virtualboy.tv. Found over at http://virtualboytv.blip...
  • Blog Post: VirtualboyTV.com: Hyper-V and NetApp – Demo Part III

    It’s the final part, and this is where the fun starts! In the final part of this 4-part series, we take a look at some of the key capabilities of the NetApp storage backend, with which our Hyper-V cluster is integrated.  We look at the space savings achieved when using Thin Provisioning, DeDuplication...
  • Blog Post: Virtualboy on the Edge

    Anyone who’s been reading this blog for a while, will know about Virtualboy TV, and will also know that whenever you play a video from the site, it’s actually playing a video that’s hosted on Blip.tv.  Blip.tv has been a great host for my videos – it’s given me high resolution, multiple distribution...
  • Blog Post: VirtualboyTV.com: Hyper-V R2: Introducing Cluster Shared Volumes

    The 3rd video in this cluster-tastic mini-series focuses on introducing a completely ‘new-for-R2’ technology called Cluster Shared Volumes.  This new technology brings 2 major benefits.  The first, is it allows you to drop multiple VMs per LUN, and still retain the ability to individually migrate...
  • Blog Post: VirtualboyTV.com: Hyper-V R2: USB over Network with Fabulatech

    As virtualisation becomes more and more popular, one of the common questions I’m being asked is around USB and getting USB devices into the virtual machines.  This isn’t such a problem in the Desktop Virtualisation space – most technologies now allow for USB redirection of some sort, but in the...
  • Blog Post: VirtualboyTV.com: Windows Server 2008 R2: Remote Desktop Services Part 2

    RDS Web Portal - Installation & Configuration In this video, we build on part 1 , by introducing an alternative way to access the different RDS applications and sessions using the Web Portal.  We'll also take a look at some of the new functionality introduced in 2008 R2 such as User Assignment...
  • Blog Post: VirtualboyTV.com: Microsoft and Quest – vWorkspace 7.0 Videos

    It’s back, and it’s been a long time in coming!  I’ve been flat out for ages, so producing any videos for virtualboy tv has been a little difficult, but I’ve finally finished the short series on Quest vWorkspace , integrating with a Microsoft infrastructure.  Recorded a few months back, with...
  • Blog Post: VirtualboyTV.com: Windows Server 2008 R2: Remote Desktop Services Part 1

    I’ve been desperate to get these videos out for weeks now, but the editing seems to have taken forever!  Oh, and there was other work to do too, obviously! That said, all 5 parts of the Windows Server 2008 R2: Remote Desktop Services Series are online now, over at TechNet Edge, and on Virtualboy...
  • Blog Post: Holiday time for me, so I leave you with the RTM of Windows Server 2008 R2…

    I’m off to Devon for a few days (to get away from vThis, and –V that!) and admittedly, the weather doesn’t look that great, but fear not, I’ve picked up a copy of ‘Mastering System Center Configuration Manager R2’, so I'll be keeping up with technology and expanding my skill set, hopefully. I guess that...
  • Blog Post: VirtualboyTV.com: Microsoft VDI Part II: Virtual Desktop Configuration

    Microsoft VDI Part II: Virtual Desktop Configuration In this video, I show you how to make the necessary configuration changes to your chosen Virtual Desktop OS's to get them ready for being a Virtual Desktop.  I then go on to create 2 types of Virtual Desktop; Pooled, and Personal.  I managed...
  • Blog Post: VirtualboyTV.com: Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 - Bare Metal to Live Migration

    Does this scare you? This, if you don’t know, is Hyper-V Server 2008 R2.  No proper GUI, pretty-much command-line oriented, and without doubt, in my eyes, the optimal way to deploy Hyper-V into businesses of all sizes.  Why this, over the GUI version of Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V? ...
  • Blog Post: VirtualboyTV.com: Hyper-V: Understanding Networking

    Would you like to learn more about Hyper-V networking?  Do you know your Private’s from your External’s? (Cue dodgy jokes)  Do you know your vLANs from your Teams?  Well, if not, this could be the video for you.  The video, through a mix of slides and demo, aims to explain the different...
  • Blog Post: VirtualboyTV.com: Hyper-V and NetApp – Overview

    After a barrage (21) of blog posts last month, this month has been pretty dry in comparison.  Main reason for that is, I’ve been busy building up the content repository for another wave of video loveliness and useful information.  Hopefully we’ll break double figures for the blog posts for...
  • Blog Post: VirtualboyTV.com: Hyper-V and NetApp – Demo Part I

    Straight into the 2nd video of this 4 part series: In the second of this 4 part series, we set up and configure a NetApp storage backend, to be used with a Hyper-V R2 Cluster.  We install and configure the system using NetApp System Manager, and walk through Volume and LUN creation, and more......
  • Blog Post: VirtualboyTV.com: Windows Server 2008 R2: Remote Desktop Services Part 4

    RDS Gateway - Installation & Configuration In this video, we introduce a level of security into our small demo environment, in the form of the RDS Gateway.  I install and configure the role service, and show how the user experience changes when the Gateway is protecting our infrastructure. Duration...
  • Blog Post: I go away for 1 week – what’s changed?

    I hinted in one of my final posts before holiday , that there would be some big announcements taking place in and around the virtualisation space.  Well, firstly, Windows 7 Release Candidate launched, and there is a tonne of information about that, here: Microsoft releases final Windows 7 system...
  • Blog Post: New virtualboy.tv video: Hyper-V Failover Clustering with Sanbolic Kayo FS

    Hot on the heels of my announcement a few days back , I’m pleased to announce a new addition to virtualboy.tv.  This video, builds on #7 in the series ( Hyper-V: Multiple VMs per LUN ) by showcasing how the use of a 3rd Party Clustered File System, namely, Sanbolic Kayo FS , can be used in addition...
  • Blog Post: VirtualboyTV.com: Hyper-V R2: Initial Installation and Configuration

    This is the first of my Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V videos, with a number more currently in the cutting room!   This first video, focuses on the installation, and initial configuration of Hyper-V as part of Windows Server 2008 R2.  Once I’ve enabled the Hyper-V role, I discuss and showcase...
  • Blog Post: VirtualboyTV.com: Windows Server 2008 R2: Remote Desktop Services Part 3

    RDS Connection Broker - Installation & Configuration In the previous videos, the RDS Web Portal was connected directly to the RDS Session host, and displayed applications and sessions accordingly, however in this video, we introduce the RDS Connection Broker, which, as the name suggests, will broker...
  • Blog Post: VirtualboyTV.com: Hyper-V and NetApp – Demo Part II

    Part 3 of 4, here we come! In the 3rd video, of this 4 part series, we validate, and build our Hyper-V R2 cluster, using the NetApp storage backend.  We also create a few highly available Virtual Machines to run on our cluster. Duration: 14m 16s Download this video, and more, on the Virtualboy TV...