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Windows 8.1 has a lot to offer Business, probably one of the bigger improvements is the inclusion of Hyper-V in the client.  This provides support for several scenarios including: Test Lab:  This is what I use it mainly for to test all the wickedly cool technologies in Windows Server 2012 R2, among others.   It provides a great way to test and design basic infrastructures, especially leveraging the built-in virtual machine networking. Application Testing: Testing home-spun or package applications can be done very easily inside of Windows 8.1 client Hyper-V Import Production Servers for testing.  If you have production virtual machines created with Hyper-V or if you have created vhds with tools like Disk2VHD, you easily bring them into Hyper-V for testing.   Windows 8.1 even supports snapshotting of virtual machines. Windows To Go Virtual Hard Disks, you can use Hy... (more)

Windows 8.1 Deployment in Action | Part 1

Good day everyone!  In our recent set of IT camps we talked about Windows 8.1 in the enterprise, one of the topics we discussed was deployment technologies.  So I decided to put together a series of screencasts to talk about deploying Windows 8.1.  More importantly throughout these screencasts all the tools I will show are FREE or built-in to Windows Server 2012 R2. In this part I take a quick tour of deployment technologies and tools.  You will also see a full deployment in action.  Enjoy! Resources: Windows Server 2012 R2: http://aka.ms/getwindowsserver2012R2 Microsoft Deploy... (more)

Windows 8.1 Deployment in Action | Part 6

In this part we put all the parts together, to have your first deployment environment ready to go.  By bringing together the images you create in the MDT and making them a part of the WDS environment. Resources: Windows Server 2012 R2: http://aka.ms/getwindowsserver2012R2 Microsoft Deployment Tool Kit (MDT) 2013: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40796 Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (WADK) for Windows 8.1: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39982 My peers in Canada did an excellent series on Deployment, their last part of their s... (more)

Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid #Cloud | Part 8

In today’s post in the modernizing your infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud series, I am going to talk about Hyper-V over SMB, which we introduced in Windows Server 2012.  It is also important to note that you can use storage spaces to house your SMB share that Hyper-V will leveraged.  In Part 7 I talked about storage spaces:  Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud - Storage Spaces in Windows Server 2012 R2 (Part7) With Windows Server 2012 R2, we have improved the SMB protocol and it is a new version SMB 3.02.  I will start this article with a quick review of SMB 3.0 an... (more)

Get-PowerShell_Script_Explorer - Now

I just learned about a new tool currently in development now call the Microsoft® Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell®.  Currently the tool is in Release Candidate, and it will help you find Windows PowerShell scripts, snippets, modules, and how-to guidance in online repositories such as the TechNet Script Center Repository, PoshCode, local or network file systems and Bing Search Repository. The tool can be found here: Microsoft Script Explorer for Windows PowerShell (Release Candidate) This tool is a fantastic edition to your PowerShell tool belt.  After you have installed t... (more)