Archive for April, 2011

MS Virtualization for VMware Pros : Jump Start

April 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Exclusive Jump Start virtual training event – “Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals”  FREE – on TechNet Edge

Where do I go for this great training?

The HD-quality video recordings of this course are on TechNet Edge. If you’re interested in one specific topic, I’ve included links to each module as well.

 ·   Entire course on TechNet Edge: “Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals” Jump Start

o   Virtualization Jump Start (01): Virtualization Overview

o   Virtualization Jump Start (02): Differentiating Microsoft & VMware

o   Virtualization Jump Start (03a): Hyper-V Deployment Options & Architecture | Part 1

o   Virtualization Jump Start (03b): Hyper-V Deployment Options & Architecture | Part 2

o   Virtualization Jump Start (04): High-Availability & Clustering

o   Virtualization Jump Start (05): System Center Suite Overview with focus on DPM

o   Virtualization Jump Start (06): Automation with Opalis, Service Manager & PowerShell

o   Virtualization Jump Start (07): System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012

o   Virtualization Jump Start (08): Private Cloud Solutions, Architecture & VMM Self-Service Portal 2.0

o   Virtualization Jump Start (09): Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Architecture | Part 1

o   Virtualization Jump Start (10): Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Architecture | Part 2

o   Virtualization Jump Start (11): v-Alliance Solution Overview

o   Virtualization Jump Start (12): Application Delivery for VDI

·  Links to course materials on Born to Learn


Hyper-V R2 and right numbers of physical NIC’s

April 27, 2011 1 comment

When it comes to network configuration, be sure to provide the right number of physical network adapters on Hyper-V servers. Failure to configure enough network connections can make it appear as though you have a storage problem, particularly when using iSCSI.

Recommendation for network configuration ( number of dedicated Physical Nic’s ):

  • 1 for Management. Microsoft recommends a dedicated network adapter for Hyper-V server management.
  • At least 1  for Virtual machines. Virtual network configurations of the external type require a minimum of one network adapter.
  • 2 for SCSI. Microsoft recommends that IP storage communication have a dedicated network, so one adapter is required and two or more are necessary to support multipathing.
  • At least 1 for Failover cluster. Windows® failover cluster requires a private network.
  • 1 for Live migration. This new Hyper-V R2 feature supports the migration of running virtual machines between Hyper-V servers. Microsoft recommends configuring a dedicated physical network adapter for live migration traffic. This network should be separate from the network for private communication between the cluster nodes, from the network for the virtual machine, and from the network for storage
  • 1 for Cluster shared volumes. Microsoft recommends a dedicated network to support the communications traffic created by this new Hyper-V R2 feature. In the network adapter properties, Client for Microsoft Networks and File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks must be enabled to support SMB

Some interesting notes when comparing FC with iSCSI:

  • iSCSI and FC delivered comparable throughput performance irrespective of the load on the system.
  • iSCSI used approximately 3-5 percentage points more Hyper-V R2 CPU resources than FC to achieve comparable performance.

For information about the network traffic that can occur on a network used for Cluster Shared Volumes, see “Understanding redirected I/O mode in CSV communciation” in Requirements for Using Cluster Shared Volumes in a Failover Cluster in Windows Server 2008 R2 (

For more information on the network used for CSV communication, see Managing the network used for Cluster Shared Volumes.

It’s not recommend that you do use the same network adapter for virtual machine access and management.
If you are limited by the number of network adapters, you should configure a virtual local area network (VLAN) to isolate traffic. VLAN recommendations include 802.1q and 802.p.

TechNet Live Meetings are back featuring IE9 all through April!

April 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Session 1

Title:  TechNet Live! Australia – Internet Explorer 9 – New Features

Abstract:  In this session we discuss how IE9 is fast, clean and the most trusted browser on the market today.  We’ll take you through the changes since IE8 and the speed improvements we’ve made and how we now take advantage of the GPU in your computer instead of just the CPU!  We’ll then take you through the changes to the interface including the integration with Windows 7.  Finally we’ll discuss security feature changes in IE9.  There will be demo’s throughout this session showing each of the major new feature changes.

  • Date:  Friday April 8th 2011
  • Time:  11:00am – 12:30PM AEST
  • Registration:  Click here to Register

Session 2

Title:  TechNet Live! Australia – Security in Internet Explorer 9

Abstract:  Security when browsing the web is more important today than it ever has been.  In this session we’ll talk about the core security changes in Internet Explorer 9 and how they just keep you browsing even if there is a problem with the site.  We’ll discuss how we have built upon the security advancements we made with Internet Explorer 8 and what’s new and what’s been enhanced.  We’ll also demonstrate the UI features that enhance security.  Finally we’ll discuss and show the group policy settings for IE9 security.

Session 3

Title:  TechNet Live! Australia – Deploying Internet Explorer 9

Abstract:  Installing Internet Explorer 9 on 1 or 2 machines is easy but what if you need to deploy it to hundreds or even thousands of machines?  In this session we’ll discuss some of the options available for deploying Internet Explorer 9 in the enterprise.  We’ll discuss deploying Internet Explorer 9 into a Windows image via slipstreaming,  customizing the Internet Explorer 9 installation using the IEAK and managing the settings for Internet explorer 9 through Group Policy.  In each section we’ll go through the concepts and tools you need and then show you how it works.

Session 4

Title:  Application Compatibility with Internet Explorer 9

Abstract:  As part of any deployment project whether it’s OS upgrade or a new browser such as Internet Explorer 9, you need to think about how your existing applications are going to work.  In this session we’ll give you an overview of Internet Explorer compatibility and what has changed since earlier versions of Internet Explorer.  Then we discuss and show you some of the compatibility tools that are available to help you get there and finally we’ll discuss and show you some of the ways to virtualize Internet Explorer.

I hope you can take the time to attend these events as I think you will be glad you did.

Categories: Microsoft

Microsoft is back for another Springboard Series Tour!

April 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Microsoft is back in the US for another Springboard Series Tour!


May 2 – Toronto | May 4 – Detroit | May 6 – Chicago | May 9 – Indianapolis | May 11 – Dallas | May 13 – Columbus


The Springboard Series Tour is back! This 6 city tour brings the top product teams from Microsoft to you. We understand the questions and issues that IT pros deal with every day. How do I manage end users bringing consumer devices into the office? Should we look to the cloud for key solutions? Should I virtualize? What are the best tools to manage application compatibility and deployment? The Springboard Series Tour brings the experts and the answers.

Join us for a full day’s deep dive into the tools, solutions and options to help you do more with less. We will cover managing the flexible workspace, a first look at Windows Intune and Office 365. We’ll also show you some of the new Windows Slates and give you details around Microsoft’s strategy for Slate devices. We will preview  the new tools in the MDOP 2011 suite, a deep dive into managing and deploying Office 2010 and great tips and tricks to help you deploy Windows 7 and move your users from Windows XP with speed and ease.

REGISTER NOW and save your seat for this free day of technical demos, Q&A sessions, and real-world guidance from Microsoft experts. We’ll see you on the road!