Installing Windows Server 2012 or Windows 8 without removing the current operating system

Many people have asked me recently how to install trials of Windows Server 2012 or Windows 8 on their current desktop or laptop.  This article applies if the laptop/desktop is running Windows 7 Enterprise, Ultimate, or Windows 8.  I will cover Windows XP in a separate post later.  There is also one restriction that this article cannot provide a solution for, and that is if you have Bitlocker enabled on the machine.  Since Windows 7 and above allow for booting a machine from a virtual hard disk, we will be utilizing this method during this blog post.  A virtual hard disk is simply a flat file that appears as a real hard disk in Windows.  The new Windows installer will Read more

The Windows 8 Store is now open!

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Great Article at Forrester about Windows Server 2012!

Here’s a quote from a Forrester article that I think best sums up the Windows Server 2012 story:   “It appears to me, based on numerous contacts with Microsoft and conversations with several Beta users, that this is essentially a complete rewrite of the OS, involving 1000s of developers over at least five years and probably somewhere between 40 and 50 million lines of code.”  All that I would add to this is, “And they got it right.” :)

Read the entire article here: http://blogs.forrester.com/richard_fichera/12-09-05-microsoft_announces_windows_server_2012

How does HyperV compare to vSphere?

I get asked a lot, how does the new HyperV compare to vSphere especially since VMworld just ended. Well now we have a document that provides spec by spec comparisons of vSphere and HyperV. This doc is up to date with all of the announcements made in the past two weeks on both Windows Server 2012 and VMware vSphere 5.1: http://aka.ms/hypervcomparedtovsphere   Also, here’s a free ebook that’s a good intro to Windows Server 2012: http://aka.ms/hypervintroebook