Top 5 Benefits of Hyper-V for Windows Admins

It’s tough to estimate how many people in the world use Windows Server. There are over 8 million Microsoft certified professionals (but MS doesn’t publish an official stat) and many more who aren’t certified but use Windows Server. We know that there are easily over a billion PCs in the world running the Windows OS. […]

David Davis’ New Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Essentials Video Training

I’m proud to announce that my new Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Essentials course is now available at TrainSignal. I designed this course for those of you who have Windows administration experience but are new to Hyper-V. This almost four-hours-long course will give you the jump start you need to learn about the most powerful […]

David Davis on Hyper-V 3 – Live at TechEd 2012

At Microsoft’s yearly North American conference – TechEd 2012 – major new versions of Microsoft’s virtualization and cloud products were announced. Hyper-V, Microsoft’s type-1 hypervisor, typically installed as part of Windows Server 2008 R2 has received a long list of new features and is now called Hyper-V 3, found in Windows Server 2012. Additionally, Microsoft’s […]

How to Create a Differencing Disk using Windows Virtual PC

Differencing disks can come in very handy when working with Windows Virtual PC. If you are unfamiliar with this type of configuration it is basically the creation of a base virtual hard disk (VHD) called the Parent. This VHD is set to read-only and it has your core Operating System installed (OS). For example, you […]

Microsoft’s Desktop Virtualization Offering

If you are in the process of reviewing desktop virtualization offerings for your infrastructure, here is a cheat sheet on what Microsoft brings to the table. Let’s begin by defining desktop virtualization. Desktop virtualization is simply a way to separate a personal PC/Laptop environment from a physical machine through a client/server environment. Basically, a virtualized […]

Windows Virtual PC: Create and Configure New Virtual Machines

In my last post, I taught you how to install Windows Virtual PC and use a default install of Windows XP. Today we will continue by installing and configuring new virtual machines in Windows Virtual PC.   Opening Windows Virtual PC Let’s begin by selecting Start | All Programs | Windows Virtual PC | Windows […]

Video Clip: How to Install SQL Server 2008 on Hyper-V

Hey gang, Coach here with a really cool video clip that brings Hyper-V and SQL Server together. Mel and I recently did a bonus video on how to install SQL Server 2008 on Hyper-V for our SQL Server 2008 Administration and Hyper-V trainings and today we wanted to share a short clip from that video. […]

7 Awesome Things You Can Do With Hyper-V

Virtualization has transformed the way companies utilize their IT resources. And although you may be familiar with it you might not be sure about all the things virtualization technology, such as Hyper-V, is capable of. Today I’d like to talk about a few cool things that you can do with Hyper-V. 1. Consolidate Servers — […]