Monthly Archives: October 2013

Generation 2 Virtual Machines In Windows 8.1 Hyper-V Part 2 (10/81)

In the last post I covered some of the basic differences between Gen1 and Gen2 VMs, today it’s time to dig a bit deeper. Let’s start with a quick recap of some of the things that were discussed last time. First of all, the BIOS has been replaced with UEFI, which introduces a legacy free environment. Many of the devices that Gen1 VMs have emulated are now removed, and SCSI disk support has completely replaced IDE, including boot support. Also,

Generation 2 Virtual Machines In Windows 8.1 Hyper-V Part 1 (9/81)

The inclusion of Hyper-V in Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise was a huge benefit for those of us who work in environments where Hyper-V is the hypervisor of choice, which I guess also includes those of us who use Azure IaaS capabilities. Being able to build dev and test VMs on your desktop, laptop or tablet, and then move them over to a high performance server without making changes is something that I take advantage of every week,

Living with Windows 8.1 on an 8 inch Atom tablet (8/81)

Last week I was away from home for four days, and decided to rely solely on the Acer W3 8” tablet. Not as a secondary device, but as my only device. Apart from my Lumia. As I knew I would need to do some real work I also packed a Microsoft Wedge Touch Mouse and Wedge Mobile Keyboard, the benefit of which is that the keyboard cover acts as a tablet stand. I prefer this combination as I can place

Windows 8.1 Enterprise Edition Evaluation Available For Download (7/81)

​Microsoft has made 32 and 64 bit ISO downloads available for Windows 8.1 Enterprise for evaluation purposes. At this stage there are no VHD evaluation files available but hopefully they will follow soon for those who want to run them up under Hyper-V. The question is whether the VHDs will be Generation 2 VM or not. What’s a Gen2 VM? Well, you will have to wait until the next post… Some resources to get you started, and some information from the

Better Together: SMB 3.0 Multichannel (6/81)

With the release of Windows Server 2012, Microsoft introduced a major overhaul of Server Message Block (SMB) networking. The result of this was many new capabilities were introduced: SMB Transparent Failover SMB Scale Out SMB Multichannel SMB Direct SMB Encryption VSS for SMB file shares SMB Directory Leasing SMB PowerShell For the purpose of today’s post though, I will just focus on SMB Multichannel, which provides bandwidth performance improvements without needing to set up NIC teams in Windows Server, and

Even More Windows To Go (5/81)

In the last two posts I covered the basics and creating a Windows To Go drive, and today it’s time to discuss creating multiple images at the same time through PowerShell. The best option here is to use a USB 3.0 hub unless your PC has USB 3.0 ports a plenty. Writing to multiple Windows To Go certified drives simultaneously won’t stress a single USB 3.0 connection being shared by a USB 3.0 hub, so you don’t have concerns on

More Windows To Go (4/81)

In the last post I covered some of the basics of Windows To Go, now it’s time to jump in a little deeper… Creating A Windows To Go Disk Even though you can script the creation of Windows To Go drives, today I will just focus on using the inbuilt UI in Windows 8.1 Enterprise to deliver this. If you need to provision several drives at once, scripting will be your best option as you could have multiple drives plugged

Windows To Go Basics (3/81)

This week’s posts kick off Windows To Go, which was introduced with Windows 8, and provides the ability for Windows Enterprise to boot from a USB drive – with choices of using a flash drive or a hard drive, depending on storage and portability requirements. It’s only available through the Enterprise editions of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, even though we’ve all got scenarios outside of enterprise usage where it would be incredibly handy. Certified Devices The certification process for

Opening Up Office 365 Distribution In Australia

One of the models that Microsoft uses globally to help drive its online services out to a broader SMB customer base is syndication. In some markets this model is offered alongside the direct and more recently launched Open subscriptions, which means an informed customer or partner can choose the right license for the customer’s long term goals. There has also the option of the syndication partner being the exclusive provider for that geography, which is what SMB partners and customers

Windows 8.1 Enterprise (2/81)

In the last post I gave a high level overview of the differences between Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Pro, and today’s update is taking it up to the next level with what additional capabilities are included with Windows 8.1 Enterprise. Before we get into the features though, it’s worth discussing how you get a hold of Windows 8.1 Enterprise. There are several ways you can get a hold of Windows 8.1 Enterprise, and they are as follows: 1. Volume


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