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

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Charlotte area – Free Virtualization IT Pro Camp – Few spots still available for Nov 5th!

Join us at this free, one-day technical workshop on Microsoft Virtualization for VMware IT professionals. I will guide you through key scenarios and cover equivalent technologies from Microsoft and VMware. Complete all the hands-on labs and you’ll walk away ready to build your own lab environment for further evaluation and testing.

You must register at this site:

This event will help you to:
• Ramp up your knowledge of Microsoft virtualization technologies
• See how your existing VMware skillset translates in a Microsoft environment
• Compare and contrast the key Microsoft and VMware technologies
• Leverage available Microsoft tools to help manage a VMware environment
• Learn more about the upcoming enhancements to Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2

At a high level, as part of this course, you’ll learn about the following topics:
• Hyper-V Configuration, Clustering & Resiliency
• Virtual Machine Mobility, Backup & Replication
• Managing Hyper-V with Virtual Machine Manager
• A look at System Center VMM 2012 R2 Preview
• VMware: Management, Integration, and Migration

Session Requirements:
In order to participate in the labs, please bring a modern Windows-based laptop or Windows VM.

New Technet Radio Episode: How Microsoft IT Prepped the Network for the Cloud

Join me as I welcome Principal Network Architect, Todd Thorson to the show as we discuss how Microsoft IT prepared its network for the cloud. Tune in as we talk about the impacts the move to the cloud has had on its networks as well as major challenges that were met and how this enabled great experiences for users of cloud services and applications.

• [2:59] What impact does the migration to the cloud really have on our network?
• [5:22] What about from a branch office view?
• [8:45] Does this mean we need to start from scratch on network architecture?
• [9:37] Considering that Microsoft’s adoption plan is hybrid cloud, what does that mean from a network perspective?
• [11:32] What physical changes have we made to our network to cope with the changing network dynamics?