Unitrends | Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Giveaway

Today kicks off the Unitrends “Countdown to Doctor Who” giveaway.  We’re counting the days to the 50th anniversary of the first broadcast of Doctor Who (Nov 23) and celebrating with gift cards and Doctor Who themed giveaways.

All you need to do is browsing to the Unitrends website and download Unitrends Enterprise Backup (UEB) for VMware or Hyper-V. You can also win a ¤25 giftcard. Just tweet your love for #DoctorWho and mention @Unitrends. Unitrends will select 10 Twitter winners per day, how cool is that!!


Do you know the answer to everything? Microsoft does…..42

Today I have installed a new MDT 2012 environment. After diving deeper into the scripts directory on the deployment share, I found a great thing in one of the WSF files. If you’re looking for the answer to anything, just open the ZTIConnect.wsf file in the scripts directory on your deployment share. Navigate to ling 29 and there’s the answer 😉 ……42! Have cool is that!! 🙂

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Veeam FREE Hands-on Guide Understanding Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012

Veaam has published a FREE hands-on guide “Understanding Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012″.

The Hands-on Guide: Understanding Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 gives you simple step-by-step instructions to help you perform Hyper-V-related tasks like a seasoned expert.

You will learn how to:

  • Build clustered Hyper-V deployment
  • Manage Hyper-V through PowerShell
  • Create virtual machine replicas
  • Transition from a legacy Hyper-V environment, and more


Windows 8.1 Preview in Windows 8 Client Hyper-V

Yesterday at the Microsoft TechEd Europe in Madrid, Microsoft announced the official release of Windows 8.1 preview. The download is also available on the Microsoft website and for the people in Madrid on the TechEd are getting an USB stick with the ISO files!! Back in the hotel, the first thing I’ve done is installing a new VM with…YES, Windows 8.1 preview!! What a great, great, great product it is! 🙂 The looks, the new features, the possibilities, everything is there what you expect from an enterprise product!!

Now it is only running as a VM within Hyper-V on my laptop, but the Surface RT and the Surface Pro are on there way to the Netherlands!! So that is even a better experience. Next week I will post the results on my new Surface devices.




The Ictivity duck is also love the new Microsoft Surface Pro! 🙂

Hyper-V 2012 R2 announced!

Last week on TechEd North America, Windows Server 2012 R2 is announced. Here are some highlights of “Hyper-V – What’s New in Windows Serve 2012 R2” session (MDC-B330):

Generation 2 VM: A generation 2 VM knows that it is virtualized! It can boot ISCSI and synthetic NIC, so no emulated hardware anymore! A generation 2 VM is available for Windows 8 and Server 2012 or higher. Converting a VM to a generation 2 VM is not possible.
Automatic Activation: No more KMS servers in your environment to activate your guest VM’s. Now it is possible to automaic activate your guest VM’s using OEM or volume licenses.
Online VHDX resize: Do you need any more disk space? Increase and decrease the size of the virtual hard disks online. The VM is up and running while performing this action!
Zero downtime upgrade: Upgrade from Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V to Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V without any downtime using cross version live migration.
Faster Live Migration: Live Migration is about 2 times faster now using compression.
Linux guest support: Linux VM’s are fully supported now. Use dynamic memory, online backup, online VHDX resize and better video experience using new video drivers.
Compatibility with Windows Azure IaaS:  Windows Azure IaaS uses exactly the same Virtualization as Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V, so VM’s can be moved between your private cloud and the public cloud!
Enhanced VM inteaction: Remote Desktop over the VMBUS, which enables full remote desktop capabilities, copy files, enhanced login, audio redirection, and even more.

There are a lot of more new features and capabilities within the new Hyper-V 2012 R2 release. Hopefully I can see some information in Madrid at the Microsoft TechEd Europe! 🙂

Passed the 70-246 and 70-247 exams. Now officially MCSE 2012 Private Cloud

Yesterday and today I passed the 70-246 and 70-247 exams! Right now I’m officially Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert 2012 Private Cloud (MSCE 2012). After a couple of months preperation, reading books, reading blogpost and building, building and again building some lab environments, the big day was there!! After two hours, I hit the the final button….YES, passed the first exam! Today I also passed the second exam!

With the upcoming TechEd Europe 2013 event in Madrid, it’s a great timing to have the MSCE 2012 Private Cloud status in the pocket. Do you know where I’m going to dream about this night….right, my own private cloud!! 😉