It is official: I will be writing a book on Managing the Microsoft Hybrid Cloud

One of my dreams has always been to write a book. Today this dream starts as I signed a contract with Packt Publishing. Packt is a large publisher of IT-books (total 1714 titles )  and has 49 titles on cloud and virtualization. Some names of authors who wrote books for Packt are Leandro Carvalho, Prasenjit Sarkar, … [Read more...]

Enable the Intel I217-V NIC in Windows Server 2012

My new Gigabyte Z87-D3HP motherboard with support for 4th Generation Intel® Core™ processors (codename Haswell) has a onboard Intel I217-V NIC. The NIC is not recognized and supported in Windows Server 2012. As with the “Enable the Intel 82579V NIC in Windows Server 2012” blogpost it is possible to enable the NIC in … [Read more...]

Create a signed certificate for VMware View Connection Servers using a Windows Server 2012 CA

For VMware Horizon View it is recommends that you configure your VMware View Horizon Servers with a signed SSL certificate. Default when you install a VMware View Horizon servers, a certificate is generated that is not signed by a CA. Because it is not signed by a CA It is possible to to intercept traffic. So it is … [Read more...]

Storage issues on Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V. Microsoft struggling to fix!

Storage is a crucial component of any virtualization platform. Issues on storage will have an effect of performance and availability of virtual machines. In Windows Server 2008  Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) had a couple of issues. I remember redirected io issues during backup operations, the way iSCSI is used to handle … [Read more...]

StarWind offers massive discount countdown on HA products

StarWind Software offers a great discount during the month of March. Discount starts at 31 % at March 1 and will go down to 1 % on March 31. StarWind makes software which delivers functionality of SAN without the associated high costs of a SAN. Basically local storage of servers is presented to virtual machines in such … [Read more...]

Cisco Nexus 1000V for Hyper-V public beta and webinar

At March 6 Cisco will introduce the Cisco Nexus 1000V virtual switch for Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V during a webinar. Also you can participate in a Public Beta program.  Damian Flynn was first to blog about this. For VMware vSphere virtual networking the VMware supplied virtual switches can be used (standard and … [Read more...]

My View on the acquisition of Virsto by VMware (it’s not because of Storage Spaces)

VMware announced in February 2013 it will acquire Virsto Software. Virsto makes a very clever VM-centric storage hypervisor which is purpose architected to accelerate storage, provide efficiency and simplicity of management. Targeted scenario’s  are especially Virtual Desktop Infrastructures (VDI). Virsto uses a … [Read more...]

System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 SP1 networking explained

System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 SP1 (SCVMM 2012 SP1) added a lot of new features for networking. For example a logical switch which simplifies the deployment and configuration of virtual switches in your Hyper-V environment. However those new features can be a bit difficult to understand. Lots of new terms … [Read more...]

Microsoft releases 2nd bug fix to fix issues on CSV backup of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V

Microsoft customers using Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V had serious issues when back-ups were made of virtual machines running on CSV volumes of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V hosts. Virtual machine enters a paused state or a CSV volume goes offline when you try to create a backup of the virtual machine on a Windows Server … [Read more...]

System Center Universe 2013 presentations available

System Center Universe is a one-day globally available technical event featuring Microsoft        product gurus and community experts who will highlight the interaction of the Microsoft System Center 2012 suite and other Microsoft-based products and solutions. System Center Universe was held at January 31, 2013. It was … [Read more...]