Need to Explain Installations for Web, Cloud and Virtualization? Share this Video

For people outside of development, it can be difficult to understand what it takes to get software out the door. That’s especially true for the specific needs and nuances of installation, which have become even more complicated by Web, cloud and virtualization. Here’s a video that can help. It’s a high level and engaging overview about how today’s installation tools meet more complex needs. The story of Bob and the engineers at Success Corporation (fictional company) sheds light on how to build better installations, improve the customer experience and impact business results. The video illustrates what it takes to create…

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Early look DPM BaaS in Azure Pack

I am very excited about something new with Data Protection Manager (DPM) that I was able to announce during my Enterprise Backup session @ Microsoft Ignite (http://meme.ms/d5gpbrq). It is DPM Backup As A Service (BaaS). I wanted to blog about it with even more information about this new functionality in DPM. Well what is DPM […]

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Free E-Book—Microsoft System Center: Deploying Hyper-V with Storage & Networking ​Focus on the what

Focus on the what, why, and how when it comes to deploying the foundation of a software-defined datacenter based on Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2. Learn the steps to implement configuration on your own hardware while discovering details on design considerations and best practices. Download the e-book here. Free E-Book—Microsoft System Center: Deploying Hyper-V with Storage...

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RDCMan v2.7 Unknown disconnection reason 3848

Last week Microsoft released Remote Desktop Connection Manager version 2.7 (aka RDCMan).  It has some really cool features and supports Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2.  This tool is essential if you run a lot of virtual machines.  One of the new features allows the ability to connect directly to virtual machines (called virtual machine connect-to-console support).  […]

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The Importance of “Role-Based Access control” in a VM Environment

In today’s business world, the need for protecting sensitive data has significantly risen for countless organizations, whether it be a restaurant or a firm that develops software for the military. Moreover, the rapid growth of the Internet has made it easier to access data, which ultimately leads to the misuse of this vital information. Therefore, certain parameters must be set...

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Software Update – kb2920189 & VM Secure boot

Hi All, Yesterday i was updating my lab and i noticed that every single vm was failing to install kb2920189. All my vm’s are running windows server 2012 R2 under a WS2012 R2 host, it means i created a 2nd generation of VM’s and the Secure boot was enabled. Looking at the logs, i found the error 0x800f0922 and if you look at the internet, there are lots of things about this error that was not relevant to the issue here, until i found a forum post that helped me. basically, if you’re having this problem with your 2nd generation machines with secure boot enabled, perform the following tasks: 1- shutdown your VM 2- Edit the VM settings and under Firmware, disable the Enable Secure boot 3- Bring the VM up and install the hotfix 4- Shutdown the VM again 5- Edit the VM settings and under Firmware, Enable the…

Read the complete blog: http://thedesktopteam.com/blog/raphael/software-update-kb2920189-vm-secure-boot/

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Microsoft App-V 5.0: Sequencer

This is the second part of a series about App-V 5.0. Part one focused on integrating App-V with SCCM, how to install the App-V client, and some common scenarios where App-V may be appropriate. Part one can be found here: http://www.windowsmanagementexperts.com/microsoft-app-v-5-0-cm-2012-integration/microsoft-app-v-5-0-cm-2012-integration.htm. This part in the series will focus on the App-V sequencer. I will take you through sequencing a simple...

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Xtreme VM Migrator Released

Recently, I’ve kept you aware of a new tool from Xtreme Consulting that provides a quick and powerful solution for migrating VMware environments to Hyper-V. Since, I’ve covered much of the solution already, read through the recent posts to get caught up: New Tool to Move VMware Work Loads to Hyper-V Differences Between the Xtreme VM Migrator and Microsoft’s MVMC...

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VM Host Task Sequence Handling

My Windows 7 TS supports about 35 hardware models today (The old XP one was over 60), so to save time in processing the TS, I have added a condition to the Apply Drivers Group or as shown below, a separate ‘Apply Hardware Drivers’ group. If I am deploy…

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The State of Servers: From Physical to Virtual Machine

Are you prepared for the Big Data blast? For most Fortune 500 companies, hardware availability is no longer a problem. Systems have become more powerful over time (multicore, lots of RAM, etc.) and are constantly available to detect breakdowns and alert you if something happens – automatically. This helps Administrators take proactive actions early on, before issues become serious problems. Two of...

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Windows 8.1 – Client Hyper-V New Features

Included in the update for Windows 8.1 are some interesting new features for Client Hyper-V.  For those using Client Hyper-V for ConfigMgr Hydration, there are a couple important changes to note. The first one you will likely encounter is the new “Generation 2 Virtual Machine” support. Of particular relevance for Hydration Kit users is the support for PXE booting with the standard...

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