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Today’s installment of our “Build Your Private Cloud in a Month” series is the second of a 5-part mini-series we’re calling “Deploying Private Cloud Workloads”.  This week we (Tommy Patterson, Blain Barton and I) are going to detail and demonstrate some of the key areas in System Center 2012 SP1 Virtual Machine Manager that support the foundational concepts and objects in your Private Cloud arsenal: Hardware Profiles (Monday) Guest OS Profiles (Tuesday) <—Today! Application Profiles (Wednesday) VM Templates (Thursday) Service Templates (Friday) To follow along, make sure you have installed a test lab with Windows Server 2012 and the Virtual Machine Manager component of System Center 2012 SP1.  (Click the links and download the evaluations, please.) --- Today’s topic is Guest OS Profiles in System Center 2012 SP1 Virtual Machine Manager. What is a Guest Operating Sys... (more)

Breaking News: Free Private Cloud “Jump Start” Training

Microsoft has just scheduled a FREE 2-day training course entitled “Creating and Managing a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 Jump Start”, happening on February 21st-22nd, 2012 from 9:00am to 5:00pm PST.  Adopting this exciting new computing paradigm provides a whole new landscape of technology and career direction for IT professionals. Microsoft Learning and the Microsoft System Center 2012 team have partnered to bring you an exciting opportunity to learn what you need to know to deploy, manage and maintain Microsoft’s private cloud solution. Leveraging the popular Jump St... (more)

And Now for a Little Shameless Bragging…

Good morning, all.  I interrupt the normal cadence of this blog to bring to you just a little bit of bragging.  And a challenge. “Oh great.. what did you do now, Kevin?” This week I’m in Seattle, Washington, attending Microsoft’s bi-annual internal technical training event, “TechReady” (TechReady 14 to be specific.)  One of the benefits of being a Microsoft employee is that we can take certification exams for no cost.  And at these events, Microsoft brings in Prometric to facilitate a testing center for people attending the conference.  So this year as in years past, my teammates... (more)

Where Can't You Use Hyper-V? (So Many Questions. So Little Time. Part 11.)

A question I’ve actually heard several times before came up again at our TechNet Event in Kansas City several weeks ago: “Can I use Hyper-V as a VM (within Windows 7)?” No. “Can you elaborate?” Absolutely. First of all, Hyper-V is a role added to Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2.  Hyper-V can’t be run inside of a virtual machine – even one that supports Windows Server 2008 R2 – because in order to work Hyper-V requires at a minimum: An x64-based processor, A processor that supports Intel VT or AMD-V technology, and Hardware-enforced Data Execution Prevention (DEP)... (more)

System Center 2012 OpsManager and Windows of Maintenance (So many questions. So little time. Part 15)

At our TechNet Event in Saint Louis several weeks ago, Aubrey M. asked: “Will there be an option in System Center 2012 Operations Manager to schedule maintenance windows, such as for patch Tuesday?” So.. you’re asking if you’ll have a way to tell Operations Manager, “Hey.. tonight while I’m home watching TV with my husband, we’re going to be doing some maintenance on these objects, so please don’t send up any alerts during that time.”, right?  You want to perform some maintenance (duh) such as updates.. because it’s the... (more)