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    This is an updated version of the original Windows Server 2012 post. The genesis of which was an application requirement to install Media Player onto a couple of servers. This met with some muttering and cursing from my colleague in the nearby fabric covered box, as the option to install the Desktop...
  • Blog Post: Add-DatabaseAvailabilityGroupServer - You Must Provide A Value For This Property

    When creating a new Database Availability Group, there was a bit of rude shock when the installation failed.  This customer had deployed multiple Exchange 2010 DAGs over the lifespan of the product, yet their latest build ran into an issue.  They were able to create the DAG, but when adding...
  • Blog Post: Case Of the Disappearing GUI

    What is the difference between knowledge and wisdom? Is it as Miles Kington said, “Knowledge is knowing the tomato is a fruit, wisdom is not putting it in your fruit salad”. Or is knowledge learning by your experience, and wisdom is learning through other people’s experiences? Let’s...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Architecture Poster

    A picture says a thousand words.   This is one of the reasons that the various architecture posters are so popular as they provide an easy way to visualise the Hyper-V stack. Updated posters are now available for Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V.  In addition to the architecture poster,...
  • Blog Post: Free Microsoft Virtual Academy Courses For Server 2012 R2

    As announced on the Windows Server blog last month, the team has released Windows Server 2012 R2 for General Availability. Download the Windows Server 2012 R2 evaluation or use our free Windows Server 2012 R2 Virtual Labs to test the product online without installation. Then, learn directly from Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Windows Hyper-V 2012 & 8.1 Hyper-V Did Not Find Virtual Machine to Import

    Back in May 2013, we discussed an issue which caused the Hyper-V Did Not Find Virtual Machines To Import error. Well, as mentioned in that blog post there are a few reasons for this error message being displayed and it does depend on the versions of Hyper-V in use. There were some comments posted (thanks...
  • Blog Post: How To Import Windows 2008 R2 VM To Windows 2012 or 8.1 Using Boot To VHD

    One of the popular topics lately has revolved around the Hyper-V Did Not Find Virtual Machines To Import error. This issue can arise when we try and import a VM into Windows Server 2012 R2 or 8.1 which was originally exported from Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2. Such exported VMs from 2008 or 2008 R2...