Validating Hyper-V 2012 and Failover Clustering 2012 Hotfixes and updates with PowerShell Scripts

  These are some very useful  PowerShell (PS) scripts for HyperV host configuration or to use as troubleshooting tasks.   Enjoy! Chris Samson – Microsoft            

Hyper-v Best Practices Checklist

Hello hosting community,   This was brought to my attention via my colleague Jason, and is an invaluable resource for getting started running on Hyper-v.  Its a very convenient source of info for your Hyper-v deployments regarding Clustering, Disk, Networking…you name it.  There is a ton of content here and I wanted to make sure…

Cloud and Datacenter Solutions Hub Solutions and Design Guidance

Hello Cloud community,   Please check out this new site.  Your one stop for guidance on these solutions:     IAAS Hosted Desktop Database as a service Infrastructure Design Guidance Private Cloud    


Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 – Preview evaluation

The next versions of Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 products are now in pre-release public preview, and our Windows Azure services are available today. See for yourself and start your own evaluation today. Enjoy! Chris Samson – Senior Technology Specialist – Microsoft  

Technical Documentation for Technical Scenarios for System Center 2012 SP1 – New Integration Map!

We’d like to announce an update to the FREE downloadable files for cross-component documentation for the Technical Scenarios for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1). Specifically, the latest component to the file library is the new “Integration Map” for the complete System Center 2012 SP1 suite of management products, which also includes Azure and the Service Provider Foundation….


Forrester Consulting ROI Study on Windows Server 2012 and Benefits of Hyper-V

A commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting is now available which uses their Total Economic Impact methodology to explore the potential costs and benefits of Windows Server 2012, a cornerstone of the Microsoft Cloud OS vision.  This study involved surveys and interviews with customers who have already deployed Windows Server 2012 in production. Over two dozen…

System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 General Availability

                        Tuesday, January 15 marks a major milestone for Hosting  Service Providers who leverage the Microsoft Platform. Microsoft broadly  announced the availability of System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1) as well  as new Windows Server hosting technologies – Web Sites, Virtual Machine  Hosting, and Service Management Portal. These releases include…

OVF Import tool for VMM

Hey hosting community,   Just wanted to drop a short note here that we have a new tool available that will assist you in Importing OVFs into your VMM environment from other virtualization platforms:   The Open Virtualization Format (OVF) is a packaging standard from Distributed Management Task Force, Inc., for portability and deployment of…


FreeBSD Support for Windows Server Hyper-V

Yesterday, Microsoft, alongs with parners NetApp and Citrix, announced the availability of FreeBSD support for Windows Server Hyper-V.  This collaboration, highlights Microsoft’s commitment to supporting multiple platforms with its server virtualization solution so that more organizations can take advantage of server consolidation cost-savings and build foundations for private, public and hybrid cloud computing. Check out…