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 …

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 –¬†http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29189&ocid=aff-n-we-loc–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 …

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 …

Enable Intel VT-x & EPT in VMWare Workstation

Following on from my previous post, I forgot that VMWare doesn’t turn this on by default. You absolutely require passthrough of the Intel VT-x and EPT bits to the VM if you want to run Hyper-V. As shown in the screenshot below, it’s a quick drop down setting. You require this in addition to the …

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. …