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Teched Australia 2012 : I will be there presenting 3 ILL sessions.

TechEd 2012 is going to be HUGE!

I will be there presenting 3 ILL sessions and you are invited to come along.

An awesome tech content is an understatement!

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to explore the latest tech to land in the data centre, be amongst the first to play with amazing Windows 8 apps and loads more.

Plus you can take advantage of Microsoft certification discount at the special event-only price of $99 (inc GST).

Don’t miss out!

Windows 2012 Launch event on September 4th

Make sure you mark September 4th in your calendar as Microsoft will be running an online launch event to have some fun and celebrate the launch of Windows Server 2012.

Make sure you check out: http://www.windows-server-launch.com/ and join us for some fun.

Windows 8 available for download

Windows 8 and Windows 8 Enterprise RTM 90-Day Evals Available Now Open!

System Requirements

Windows 8 works on the same hardware that powers Windows 7:

  • Processor:1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
  • RAM:1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
  • Hard disk space:20 GB
  • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver

Additional requirements to use certain features:

  • To use touch, you need a tablet or a monitor that supports multitouch.
  • To access the Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an active Internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768.
  • To snap apps, you need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768.
  • Internet access (ISP fees might apply)
Download the 32-bit (x86) version:Download Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation for developers Download the 64-bit (x64) version:Download Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation for developers

Clustering Hyper-V and Installing a Highly Available Virtual Machine Manager Cluster

August 16, 2012 1 comment

Interesting  TechNet webcast : how to create a Hyper-V host cluster and install a highly available cluster by using Virtual Machine Manager, a component of Microsoft System Center 2012

http://blogs.technet.com/b/blainbar/archive/2012/07/25/technet-webcast-bare-metal-to-private-cloud-part-3-of-8-clustering-hyper-v-and-installing-a-highly-available-virtual-machine-manager-cluster.aspx

Get hands-on : The Cloud OS Signature Events Sep/5 to Oct/11

Get hands-on with the new technology, and learn how to manage and build your modern  data center with the Microsoft Cloud OS platform:    

  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Azure
  • Visual Studio 2012                  
  • System Center 2012

Pick your track and register for the event today. http://www.microsoft.com/enterprise/events/signature/#fbid=8R-XXnFl8p2

 

IT Pro Agenda:

Time Duration IT Professional Agenda
8:30am-9:00am 30 min Registration. Visit the Microsoft Partner Pavilion
9:00am-10:00am 60 min Keynote: Moving from Private and Public to Hybrid Cloud; Windows Server 2012, System Center 2012, Windows Azure and Visual Studio 2012
10:00am-10:15am 15 min Break. Visit the Microsoft Partner Pavilion
10:15am-11:15am 60 min Windows Server 2012 Virtualization Enhancements

  • Check out the new capabilities of Hyper-V with Windows Server 2012 in this overview and demo
11:15am-11:30am 15 min Break. Visit the Microsoft Partner Pavilion
11:30am-12:30pm 60 min Windows Server 2012 Storage Enhancements

  • This overview and demo will go over the new storage capabilities in Windows Server 2012 and discuss how to maximize storage capacity with Windows Azure Online Backup and Azure Storage
12:30pm-12:45pm 15 min Recap of the Morning. Account Team Introductions. What’s Next.
12:45pm-1:30pm 45 min Lunch. Visit the Microsoft Partner Pavilion
1:30pm-2:30pm 60 min Overview of Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Hands On Lab

  • Windows Azure started as a Platform as a Service offering from Microsoft.  Just recently, we announced the “beta” of Infrastructure as a Service capabilities in Windows Azure.  This session will provide a quick overview of what this offering means to you.
  • Fifteen minute overview followed by Hands on Lab
2:30pm Closing Remarks and Raffle Giveaway.
2:30pm-4:00pm 90 min Hands On Lab

Windows 2012 : Converting a Full (GUI version) To Server Core and Vice Versa

For Windows 2012 servers with a full operating system (GUI version) as the base installation:

  • To convert a full operating system installation to a server core installation:
    • By using DISM cmdlets:

 c:\>Dism /online /disable-feature /featurename:ServerCore-FullServer

  • By using Powershell  (run as Administrator):

PS c:\>Import-Module DISM

PS c:\>Disable-WindowsOptionalFeature -online -Featurename Servercore-Fullserver

  • To convert a server core installation back to a full operating system installation (GUI version)
    • By using DISM cmdlets:

c:\>Dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:Server-Gui-Mgmt /featurename:Server-Gui-Shell /featurename:ServerCore-FullServer

  • By using Powershell  (run as Administrator):

PS c:\>Import-Module DISM 

PS c:\>Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -online -Featurename Servercore-FullServer,Server-Gui-shell,Server-Gui-Mgmt

For servers with server core as the base installation:

  • To convert a server core installation  to a full operating system installation (GUI version)

1. Create an folder called C:\w2012\image

mkdir C:\w2012\image

2. Insert the Windows 2012 media into the optical drive and copy install.wim from

copy D:\sources\install.wim  C:\w2012\image

3.  Run the following command to retrieve the name or index number of the image:

Dism /Get-ImageInfo /ImageFile:C:\w2012\image\install.wim

4. Create an folder called  C:\w2012\MountPoint

mkdir C:\w2012\MountPoint

5. Run the following command to mount the offline Windows image (Note: index:2 = Standard Edition index:4 = Datacenter Edition) :

Dism /Mount-Image /ImageFile:C:\w2012\image\install.wim /index:4 /MountDir:C:\w2012\MountPoint  /ReadOnly

6. Upgrade the operating system by running the command:

          c:\>Dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:Server-Gui-Mgmt /featurename:Server-Gui-Shell /featurename:ServerCore-FullServer /source:c:\w2012\MountPoint\windows\winsxs  

         or by using Powershell:

PS c:\>Import-Module DISM

PS c:\>Install-WindowsFeature Server-Gui-Mgmt-Infra,Server-Gui-Shell –Restart –Source c:\w2012\MountPoint\windows\winsxs

  • To convert a full operating system installation (GUI version) back to a server core installation

 c:\>Dism /online /disable-feature /featurename:ServerCore-FullServer

Counting down for August 15th…Windows 2012 #Hyperv. Reasons to upgrade…

It is next week : August 15th that Windows 2012 will be available for download for MSDN subscribers. Are you ready to deploy it?

Enhancements in Hyper-V and Windows Server 2012 , on network (Teaming, Hyper-V Extensible Switch), multi-tenancy security, higher performance and flexibility.

The performance improvements in Windows Server 2012 over the Server 2008 R2, are huge :

  • Increases in the number of logical processors on server hardware, to 160 from 64;
  • Increases in the amount of physical memory, to 2TB from 1TB;
  • Increases in the number of virtual processors per host server, to 1,024 from 512;
  • Increases in the number of virtual processors per virtual machine, to 32 from four;
  • Increases in the amount of memory per virtual machine, to 1TB from 64GB;
  • Increases in the number of active virtual machines, to 1,024 from 384;
  • Increases in the maximum number of virtual nodes in a single server cluster, to 64 from 16;
  • Increases in and in the total number of virtual machines, to 4,000 from 1,000
  • New virtual disk version : VHDX ( with a built-in feature for preventing data corruption)
  • Virtual fiber channel ( making possible to offer the HBA in the host as a virtual HBA to the Virtual Machines)
  • SMB file shares to store Virtual Machines
  • Hyper-V Replica ( makes possible to create a replica of VMs on other Hyper-V hosts, even in – remote locations ) – ESSENTIAL in DR solutions.

Plus, true live storage migration, shared-nothing live migration, improvements in Dynamic memory… and counting.

Windows Server 2012 will also be available in the desktop version : Windows 8. You can install the Hyper-V on Windows 8 by navigating to the Control Panel and selecting Turn Windows features on or off and select the Hyper-V Platform option.

Note: One of the requirements of running Hyper-V on the Windows 8 edition is that the processor needs to support SLAT (Second Level Address Translation), otherwise Hyper-V will  not available.

Resuming, Windows Server 2012 has a lot of improvements and quite a lot of new functionality as well! So, enjoy the upgrade!