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 …

System Centre Orchestrator 2012: why you should be using it

Firstly, what is Orchestrator? Orchestrator is a new member of the Microsoft System Centre suite, previously badged System Centre Opalis or Opalis Integration Services, and commonly referred to as SCO or SCORCH. Orchestrator is quite simply, a workflow engine. You define the workflow, it goes off and executes it. Workflow? Isn't that a business thing? …

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. …

Windows 8 – to be or not to be?

Microsoft has a track record for releasing horrible operating systems every now and then, as witnessed by the IT world more recently with Windows Vista. It begs the question, after a very successful Windows 7, what is in store for Windows 8? Will it be king, or will it flop? My motivation for this article, …

Lion-style Inverse Scrolling – On Windows XP

My home computer is a Mac, now running OSX Lion. I've become quite accustomed to the backwards/reversed scrolling which seems to be the default in Lion - and matches the "natural" swipe up/down gestures you would use on an iPhone or other touch screen device. Today I was looking around on my work Windows XP …