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HOW TO Create Windows PE Bootable USB in 2016

In an earlier article, I discussed how to create a Windows PE disk using the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows® 8 and Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows® 8.1 Update. Like all things in life, the information changes and that is why I try to do my best to update […]

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How To Make Bootable USB

Last month, in my effort to show support to Tim Ford (Blog | Twitter) efforts #iwanttoshare so, I wrote this article about HOW TO: Use ROBOCOPY to Move SQL Files. (Background: asked for fellow bloggers to write about entry level topics. He stated that from time to time he gets feedback that people reading our […]

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Hardware Changes in Windows 2012 RS VM’s

I have been reading a few of the latest Ebooks from Microsoft press lately: Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2 Introducing Windows Azure for IT Professionals In this book, I felt it gave one of the better summaries of the new changes with Hyper-V and I am just copying a section from them as seen below. […]

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HOW TO: Find the Physical host of a VM in Hyper-V

With the rising popularity of virtual machines, you may find yourself one day logging into a server troubleshooting an issue. Then all of a sudden it occurs to you that you are not sure if this machine is Physical or Virtual. Better yet you know this is a VM, but you are not sure which […]

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Huge collection of Free Microsoft eBooks (2013 Update)

Eric Ligman is a Microsoft Sales Excellence Program Manager and he just posted (today) a very helpful article on his blog. Last year, he listed a series of free Microsoft eBooks and he decided to update it again for this year. What I really like about both of his list of free books is that […]

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Hyper-V limits with Windows Server 2012

As stated in an early article of mine, there is a great free book from Microsoft Press that talks in good depth about Windows Server 2012. Today, I wanted to share some of the information that I learned from that book. (Limits and new features) Here is a simple comparison of the different limits between Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate 1 […]

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Troubleshooting a SCVMM 2012 transport error

Last week, I had someone reach out to me asking for help with a new SCVMM 2012 server. It was a new installation and for the most part it worked well for them during the past month. However, recently they started seeing the error below, which prevent them access to the Virtual Machine Manager: At […]

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Hyper-V limits with Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate

As stated in an early article of mine, there is a great free book from Microsoft Press that talks in good depth about Windows Server 2012. Today, I wanted to share some of the information that I learned from the book. (Limits and new features) Here is a simple comparison of the different limits between Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 8 […]

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Windows Server 2012 Release Dates

I got some great news for you and it is straight from a Microsoft’s blog Windows Server 2012 final release timing and that news is that they have provided release dates to Windows Server 2012. Release To Manufacturing (RTM): First week of August 2012 Release to General Public: 4 September 2012 These dates were also confirmed by another Microsoft […]

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Free version of Hyper-V Server 2012: Game changer in the making

With Virtualization gaining more traction in all phases of business, competitors are getting better with their products. Most Virtualization vendors offer some sort of free Virtualization software today, that is capable of handling a small to medium load. With that being said, the free hypervisor space is a very important segment for IT pros getting […]

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Technet releases new Windows Server 2012 Jump Start video series

As I stated in an earlier post here, Windows 2012 Release candidate one was released on 31 May 2012. This product is focused on being designed with cloud computing in mind and a lot of features were built with that focus. This will not be an easy upgrade where you just slip in a disc and click […]

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Hypervisor Backup Tools: New and Improved methods for virtual machines

You know, it is pretty amazing that over 50% of the servers in the world today are running as virtual machines. This means that they run on top of hypervisors like VMware’s vSphere, Microsoft’s Hyper-V, and Citrix’s XenServer. However, the need to protect data on those virtual machines or to recover individual files hasn’t changed […]

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New Free Ebooks (SQL and Windows 2012) from Microsoft Press!

Hey Everyone, I hope you all had a safe and wonderful 4th of July. As you may or may not be aware, Microsoft has released SQL Server 2012 and on 31 May 2012 released Windows Server 2012 (RC1) Release Candidate One (which should mean Release To Manufacturing or RTM should be soon) I highly encourage all […]

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HOW TO: Add Many NIC configuration settings with PowerShell

In yesterday’s post, I talk about using PowerShell to configure many NIC’s with NETSH. Today, I am going to cover doing it with PowerShell and make it simple where it will prompt for the information in a GUI. So first off, you will need to ensure that you have Executaion Policy changed to allow for […]

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HOW TO: Add Many NIC configuration settings with “NETSH”

I had a task recently that required me to spin up a new environment for testing. I had about 20 new virtual machines that I needed to deploy and they all had static entries. As you may or may not know, the SCVMM console does not allow you to copy and paste like you can […]

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HOW TO: Replace or Migrate Your Quorum Drive in Windows 2008 Cluster

Have you been in a position where you had to retire an external storage device like a SAN or DAS but you had your Quorum drive resource on it? Well, this post will walk you through the steps needed to swap out your drive. I was pleasantly surprised to see how much easier it is to […]

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HOW TO: Shut Down or Reboot Many Servers at Once in a Flash

Have you ever been in a situation where you needed to quickly shutdown a lot of servers in a hurry? Well, I got some good news for you, as long as you have an inventory list of all you servers then you can do it pretty quickly! This is a neat little trick, that allows […]

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HOW To FIX: Shadow (a.k.a. “ghosted”) NIC’s in Hyper-V or SCVMM 2008R2

In my last post, I talked about recovering from a failed Storage Migration (QSM) in SCVMM. After you attach the old VHD file, you may find that you are not able to add the NIC settings back, like the IP address because there is a hidden NIC that is in the system but does not […]

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HOW TO FIX: Hyper-V or SCVMM 2008R2 Failed Storage Migration (QSM)

Happy Easter everyone! 🙂 Earlier this week, I was moving VM’s from one shared storage device to another. I had an old HP StorageWorks SAN device that was failing on me and was out of warranty, so I needed to migrate my VM storage to a new EMC device. I ran into some issues and it kind […]

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