Windows 8 – First impressions and the Hyper-V startup trick

I’ve been running Windows 8 as my primary OS since the Consumer Preview was released and thus far have been really impressed.  Really.  A lot.  There admittedly has been a learning curve – e.g. it’s taken awhile to get used to the Modern desktop and switching context between that and the desktop, where I spend…


Deploying Windows Server 2003 x64 using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) on Hyper-V

As my project is working towards building new environments using virtual servers on Hyper-V, I’ve been working with the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) to create standardized server deploy images.  MDT provides a wonderful mechanism to provide a repeatable build process.  In addition to the obvious advantage of speed and saving the mental health of the…


Creating a completely virtualized cluster using Hyper-V and Windows Storage Server 2008

I’ve been doing a lot of scripting work lately, automating product installs, OS configuation and deployment of our core application with a lot of PowerShell scripts, with the ultimate goal of being able to automate a “bare metal” installation of our client’s entire environment using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT).  Part of this process which has been challenging is…

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