Server Posterpedia v2 available in the Windows Store!

Yesterday, Microsoft has released the new version of the Posterpedia App. This is very nice app, available in the Windows store. Server Posterpedia is an interactive app that uses technical posters as a reference for  understanding Microsoft technologies.

There are posters available for Microsoft Hyper-V, Exchange, Server 2008, SharePoint, Windows Azure, SQL, etc.

You can download the app using the following URL: or in the App Store!


Cool free Windows 8 app…Server Posterpedia

Microsoft has released a great new free Windows 8 app…Server Posterpedia!Server Posterpedia is an interactive app that uses technical posters as a reference for  understanding Microsoft technologies.

You can download the app using the following URL: or in the App Store! How cool is that!



Altaro Hyper-V Backup v3.5 Launched with Full Support for Windows Server 2012

Altaro just launched Altaro Hyper-V Backup v3.5! The first backup solution with full support for Windows Server 2012!!

Full details below:

  • Windows Server 2012 Support, including support for VHDX files.
  • Windows 2012: support for backup and restore of VMs located on network paths.
  • Windows 2012: support for Volume Shadow Copies of SMB3.0 network paths.
  • Windows 2012: support for CSV3.0 and scale-out CSV file shares.
  • New and improved Metro-Style User Interface.

Download the PDF with full details about Altaro Backup v3.5. Also read the productreview written a copple of weeks ago.

Windows Server 2012 is RTM!

Yesterday Jeffrey Snover of the Microsoft Server team announced that Windows Server 2012 is RTM. You can read his blogpost here.

So save the 4th of september in you calendar. Microsoft will also host an online launch event to celebrate this great big day.
See also:

So we have  just to wait  a couple of days more before the real RTM version of Windows Server 2012 is there! 😉

Windows Server 2012 final release timing

Yesterday, Microsoft is kicking off an exciting week at our Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto.  At the conference we are announcing that Windows Server 2012 will be released to manufacturing in the first week of August.  The code will be complete and we will begin delivering it to our hardware partners.  Then, the product will be generally available to customers worldwide through multiple channels in September

This is great news! I can’t wait until this moment, so I spent some more hours whit the RC version for now! 😉

How to: Building a Hyper-V host using the boot from VHD feature

A great new feature within Windows 7 and Windows 2008 is boot from VHD. Yesterday I downloaded the Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate version. The executable is self-extracting withs contains a sysprepped VHD file, cool!! I configured my Windows 7 desktop to boot from this VHD and voila, there’s my Windows Server 2012!! 🙂

1.) Download the self-extracting executable file from Microsoft Download
2.) Run the executable. There’s a new folder created expandedVHD
3.) Within this folder there’s a VHD file
4.) Open the Computer Management and select Diskmanagement
5.) Right-click on Diskmanagement and select Attach VHD
6.) Browse to the VHD file in the expandedVHD folder and select the file
7.) The VHD file is mounted now and there’s a driveletter attached. In my example D:
8.) You can browse the D:\ disk within the Windows Explorer to view the files inside the VHD
9.) Open a command prompt (with Administrative Rights) and type:
bcdboot D:\Windows
This will modify the bootrecord, so you’re able to boot from this VHD
10.) Open a command prompt in type MSCONFIG
11.) Select the second tab and view the new boot option “Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate (D:\Windows)”
12.) Reboot your machine and select Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate in the bootmenu
13.) After completing the sysprep phase, you’ve a Windows Server 2012 up and running
14.) Whitin the Server Manager Dashboard select Add roles and features
15.) Select the Hyper-V role
16.) Select the default locations for the Hyper-V files and hit Next
17.) The Hyper-V role will be installed now
18.) Reboot your system and the Hyper-V host is ready to use
19.) From the Hyper-V Manager you’re able to a create a new virtual machine. In my example a Windows Server 2008 R2 VM









Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate is OUT

The final pre-RTM versions of Windows Server 2012 is available now.  Can’t wait to the real RTM version….what a cool stuff! 🙂

You can download the ISO or an VHD. When you’re using for example Windows 7 or Windows 8 on your workstation, you can use the boot from VHD feature. So within a few second, you can see the new great features of Windows 2012! This gonna be a great technical weekend 😉