Server Posterpedia Windows 8 Application

You’re designing a new SQL Server infrastructure for a client, but can’t remember if that high availability solution topology requires shared storage or not, and need to quickly look it up without searching through TechNet. How? With this application! Some genius has combined all of Microsoft’s server architecture posters into a handy Windows 8 application which is now available on the Windows App Store here

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Architecture Reference

I was lucky enough to pick one of these up in hard copy form at TechEd Australia 2012!! Very useful reference!

Download the full copies from Microsoft here ––ITPRO40886&WT.mc_id=aff-n-we-loc–ITPRO40886

What’s New in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V

I recently attended TechEd 2012 on the Gold Coast, and was pretty spoilt for choice as to what technologies I wanted to learn more about. I have an infrastructure background, and recently completed the MCITP Virtualisation Administrator certification for Windows Server 2008 R2, so Hyper-V was still fresh in my mind and one of those technologies I really enjoy using.

I didn’t expect much from the Hyper-V sessions at TechEd. I thought, hey, Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 really can’t have that much extra, surely… Was I wrong or what!?!?

My first session on Hyper-V, I was flabbergasted by the sheer number of new features and improvements introduced in 2012. As someone who’s always played with VMWare and recently shifted allegiance to the Microsoft side, it comes as no surprise that I continue to be impressed by Microsoft’s hard work in the virtualisation space. Hyper-V continues to innovate and add to it’s enterprise ready feature set, and it truly offers an alternative to other virtualisation platforms. Continue reading “What’s New in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V”

MCSE Private Cloud Certification

Released a few months ago, Microsoft have re-vamped their certification for the 2012 suite of products, introducing, most notably, the MCSE Private Cloud certification.

For all the MCITP’s, this shouldn’t come as bad news, requiring exorbitant amounts of further study and certification. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.

MCITP SA and EA’s automatically receive the MCSA 2008 qualification, which only requires 70-246 and 70-247 to upgrade to the MCSE Private Cloud certification.

As an MCSA 2008, you can simply study for and complete exam 70-246 – “Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012”, and, until January 31st 2013, complete the 2008 equivelant of 70-247, being 70-659 – “Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualisation”.

For more information about the MCSE Private Cloud certification, check out

Building a Hyper-V Lab – cheaply!

I’ve been trying to build a lab at home for a while, but have continued to put the thought aside, over and over. Not because I lack motivation, no, because it’s so damned expensive to purchase so much kit if I’m going to use it for a few months, and then not use it again.

My latest certification path is to complete the MCITP: Server Virtualisation cert, and so the time came for me to start thinking seriously, how am I going to do this? Continue reading “Building a Hyper-V Lab – cheaply!”