System Center 2012 VHD

Hi guys,

With all the Windows 8 consumer preview you would almost forget that Microsoft has released a System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager RC – Evaluation (VHD) today.

You can download all 12 parts here.

System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager delivers industry leading fabric management, virtual machine management and services deployment in private cloud environments. System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager offers key new features that include hypervisor creation and management, network management, storage management, private cloud creation, self-service usage and service creation. It features deep investments in server application virtualization, service design and service modeling all of which can be used to efficiently offer an on-premises private cloud. Continue reading “System Center 2012 VHD”

Windows 8 consumer preview

As of today Microsoft has released the consumer preview of Windows 8.

There are several downloads for Windows 8 available at this time. Here’s an overview of the different kinds.

Windows 8 “Workstation” (All kinds of languages available)

Windows 8 “Server”

Windows 8 Consumer Preview Product Guide for Business

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Windows 8 Server Virtual Hard Disk (pre-installed)

Windows 8 Server Install, Deploy and Migrate documentation

Have fun downloading and remember if you have the Developer preview installed you cannot upgrade. You have to do a clean install.

Also this version doesn’t require a license key but will expire as of March 2013.

Boot 2 VHD

Hi guys,

Here’s a multi video instruction to setup your boot to VHD configuration. The entire instruction can be found here, but the videos are shown down here.

In this multi-part video series we will dive deep into a the new virtualization feature built into Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. It is called Native Boot To VHD (AKA: Boot2VHD). This is the one virtualization platform that allows virtualization inside of the virtualized machine. Yes, you can run Hyper-V or Virtual PC from inside a Boot to VHD machine. There are lots of use cases for this technology; we will cover many of them. Just dual boot your machine to a drive that is a VHD file.

It is very clean, as the entire OS is in a VHD file. Having the OS fully encapsulated in a VHD means no changes are needed to partitions, and there is no confusion as to what files are for what OS. We will look at how to deploy it in different scenarios and we will take a deep dive into the boot technology (BCDEdit) that makes this new feature possible. Upon finishing this video series you will know how to setup a system with Boot To VHD. You will be able to deploy Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 in a VHD on a machine that is already running a new OS, or on a machine with nothing on it yet (bare metal). We even go through the process of having to add the raid drivers for the disk while setting up the boot to VHD. Continue reading “Boot 2 VHD”

Simple way to create a Hyper-V VM

There are several ways to install a VM simple create and install OS. Or with SCVMM 2008 or 2012.

But If you want to do it fast and without using an image. then there is a solution. In under the 3 minutes I create a Fresh installed Windows 2008R2 SP1 Server for Hyper-V.

How ? Continue reading “Simple way to create a Hyper-V VM”

Evaluation Server 2008(R2) and activation

Evaluating any version of Windows Server 2008 R2 software does not require entering a product key, however will require activation within 10 days. Failing to activate the evaluation will cause the licensing service to shut the machine down every hour. Once activated, the evaluation will run for 180 days. After this Continue reading “Evaluation Server 2008(R2) and activation”

SCOM R2 VHD download

Microsoft offers since a few days a VHD test drive for Operations Manager 2007 R2.It allows external customers and partners to download and import a pre-configured, working OpsMgr environment allowing easy evaluation of all major product components while eliminating the need to have an evaluation environment available or deep understanding of the installation process and server components. Continue reading “SCOM R2 VHD download”