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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Free online virtualization training!

I just found out about some free training from Microsoft. It is free online virtualization training November 19 & 20.  The training also includes a free voucher to take a Microsoft certification. Details from the site:   Get the Microsoft Virtualization Certification. Train up, receive a free certification exam voucher, and validate your skills You’ve [...]

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Automated Self Service VM provision – A Ready Built Solution

With the power of Windows Server 2012 and the launch of System Center 2012 SP1 Self-Service Virtual Machine Provision has been placed into the hands of all Microsoft’s customers large or small.  A fully automated Self Service provision of a HyperV VM from a Service Catalogue is now a reality whatever the size of your IT team. Great you think...

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Hyper-V: Auto-Protect Snapshots using Orchestrator

Hyper-V out-of-the-box does not contain a method to take auto-protect snapshots. Auto-protect snapshots are snapshots taken once a day (or several times a day) for recovery purposes. These are snapshots that the administrator can always go back to if something should happen to the VM during the day. These snapshots are possible with System Center Virtual Machine Manager and System...

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