New Early Experts – Labs and Guides for 74-409 – Win Prizes Too!

In an increasingly multi-hypervisor world, more and more IT organizations are using Microsoft Hyper-V and Microsoft Azure to achieve superior performance and workload flexibility at the best possible price. With nearly two-thirds of businesses on more than one virtualization platform, adding Microsoft virtualization and cloud skills to your technical repertoire can improve your career options and prepare you to face new IT demands.

What is Early Experts? Read more

Step-by-Step Lab Guide for Building a Windows Server 2012 R2 Remote Desktop Services Environment

Today’s blog post is a real treat.  Why? Because it is a complete series of posts written by Eddie Kwasnik, an outstanding virtualization consultant that I have met through the Atlanta pro camp series last year.  Eddie has a passion for VDI and Terminal Services, and has recently decided to start blogging to share his knowledge with others.  In this blog series he dives into Windows Server 2012 R2 Remote Desktop Services(formerly known as Terminal Services).  He guides us through building our own environment step-by-step.  So let’s jump in and get started! 

The first post in the series dives into the beginnings of building the RDS farm:  “In our deployment, we will be logged into a single server and through Server Manager we will deploy our new Remote Desktop farm. Each of the servers designated in the environment are virtual, domain joined and were created from a template with the latest Windows updates. No other special changes or configurations were done to any of the servers with the exception of Read more

Disaster Recovery Planning for IT Pros Series Day 4 – Replication – How Hyper-V Replica Can Save the Day

Any good disaster recovery project requires the replication of the most critical workloads to somewhere other than the primary site in which they would normally operate.  This can be done in several ways, whether the solution is delivered via storage, application, operating system or hypervisor replication, IT shops have been performing replication for many years.  Let’s talk through each style of replication and the challenges that go along with each: Read more

Virtualization IT Camp Online Deck Now Available!

For those of you that joined today’s online virtualization pro camp here is the full presentation including over 80 additional slides that did not make it into the live event due to time constraints!

Why Server 2012 R2? – Remote Desktop Sessions and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

This new BYOD world makes for an ever-expanding number of devices, operating systems, and applications as well as the constant expectation that we all should be able to  access vital information from anywhere anytime.  Work and play have blurred so closely together that it is difficult to discern the two anymore.  All that being said, developers and application development shops find it increasingly difficult to keep up with this vast number of changing delivery mechanisms set in front of them, therefore it is imperative that traditional or legacy applications still remain functional even to a device that was never intended to run these types of apps.

Enter Server 2012 R2 Remote Desktop Sessions and Read more

Server 2012 R2 – Lab Guide – Part 4 – Step by Step – Hyper-V Over SMB

In Lab 1, you will join your Hyper-V Host to the Active Directory Domain that you created in an earlier lab so that you can then create a Virtual Machine on the Host using an SMB Share in a guest cluster.

In Lab 2, you will learn how to run Hyper-V over SMB file shares. Running Hyper-V over SMB enables many new scenarios. By creating highly available file servers, which contain high-performance storage, and leveraging file shares for virtual machine storage, you can create very large clusters of many Hyper-V servers without needing to attach complex and expensive SAN infrastructure. Read more

Server 2012 R2 – Lab Guide – Part 3 – Step by Step – Continuously Available File Server

In this lab, you will see how the new, continuously available file server in Windows Server 2012 allows user sessions to move from one file server node to another without any downtime. In this lab you will create the entire cluster environment starting with the configuration of the iSCSI storage and then the creation of the 2-node cluster. Once the cluster is complete, you will create the necessary cluster resources.


This lab assumes that you have completed these prior labs: Read more