Category Archives: Deployment

Troubleshooting Windows 8 Hyper-V Networking

Today I experienced a weird issue after installing the Hyper-V role on a Windows 8 client, during which the network adapter model changed, a phantom NIC appeared,in the Hyper-V UI and my VM failed to connect to the network. There were also issues when trying to create a new Virtual Switch, but thankfully it was something that a quick search on the Intel site turned up a few suggestions. The system has an Intel DH67CL desktop board installed, and the

Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 8.0 Released

Over the past few years, one of the tools that I’ve been recommending highly is MAP, and now MAP 8.0 has been released and is ready for mass consumption. While I would normally shy away from recommending beta versions of software in a production environment, MAP is one of those tools that I think I think is an exception. There are a few reasons for this, firstly it means you have the chance to provide feedback on something that will

Altech Windows Server 2012 Launch Site – Week 6 Content

My posts from the Altech launch site from last week… Deploying Your OEM Windows Images With Windows Server 2012 With the introduction of Windows Server 2012, there comes a new version of Windows Deployment Services, and some new storage capabilities that make it worth investigating when it comes to deploying in your build environment. In today’s post I will  cover some of the things you can do with Windows Server 2012 to make the most of its capabilities. SSD Benefits

Altech Windows 8 Launch Site – Week 6 Content

My posts from the Altech launch site from last week… Rethinking Your Windows 8 Pre-Install Part 1 With the general availability of Windows 8 rapidly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about how your system builds will change when the new OS ships. Today I’ll cover off some of the things that system builders will need to take into account from the software perspective. Rethinking Your Windows 8 Pre-Install Part 1 With the general availability of Windows 8 rapidly approaching,

Altech Windows 8 Launch Site–Week 5 Content

Here are last week’s articles, ramping up with launch rapidly approaching! Gaming Improvements With Windows 8 With Windows 8, gaming is now a much more varied beast than it was under earlier versions of Windows. The rise of casual gaming over the past years was something that Windows 7 didn’t directly address, instead it continued the ongoing focus on DirectX. Improving The Hyper-V User Experience In the first two parts of this series, I covered the steps involved in moving

Bandwidth Savings With The Peer Distribution Service

One of the many new features introduced with the Windows Intune June 2012 release was the enablement of Peer Distribution of BITS content. While this is something that is usually thought of as being enabled by the combination of Active Directory, Group Policy and BrancheCache, Windows Intune is delivering this capability without any real infrastructure requirements, apart from having multiple client PCs with the same OS and app requirements on the same subnet. Enabling Peer Distribution You need to make

Microsoft Assessment And Planning Toolkit 7.0 Available For Download

As a huge fan of MAP, I’m happy to report that the latest version is now available for download. After having used the 7.0 beta alongside the previous version during the last major network migration project I was involved with, I’m glad I can switch wholly across to the new version. New capabilities allow you to: Understand your readiness to deploy Windows Server 2012      in your environment Determine Windows 8 readiness Investigate how Windows Server and System Center can

MDT 2012 Update 1 Beta 1 Available For Download

At TechEd last month, one of the sessions I really enjoyed was the MDT 2012 and Windows 8 sesion, which covered off some of the improvements that were coming to help with Windows 8 deployments. Unfortunately the video and presentation for that session have been removed from the site, along with many of the other Windows 8 based sessions. MDT 2012 Update 1 will officially support Windows 8 advanced scenarios, and includes a new version of Windows PE that does

TechEd Day 4 Wrap Up

All good things must come to an end, and after a day enjoying some warmth and sun, here’s my thoughts on yesterday… The first session of the day on SBS didn’t deliver any real surprises, apart from completely focusing on the Essentials version and the Office 365 integration component. I spent many years in the world of SBS, and have seen it grow and develop over the years, but it seems to be clear the direction the product is going

WIndows Intune MDM without an On-Premise Exchange Server with Windows Azure Virtual Machine Hosting Pt 1

After signing up for the Windows Azure Virtual Machine beta I thought it would be a fun project to get the Windows Intune Active Directory integration and Mobile Device Management capabilities rolled out for testing purposes. Oh, the things we do for fun! If you haven’t already signed up, head on over to www.windowsazure.com. Select Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 as the base image. Before deciding on VM sizing, take a look at the pricing options, they jump up quickly as more


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