Tuesday, April 22, 2014

New way of adding a desktop to core server 2012

this is way cool, he has figured out a window shell like app and some other cool tools

GUI comprised of applications, scripts and freeware I have put together.  

I have a video on youtube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIqOSsoGe1g (Preview)

It’s been very helpful in managing my hyper-v installs.

Cory Allen

This is way cool, check it out, I know I am stealing a few of these apps.

There is a:
RDP client
Network Adapter viewer (very handy)
WIndows Startmenu Shell
5 nine Manager
File manager app
corefig (free from codeplex)
google chrome browser
Karen's LAN Monitor
device manager viewer

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Hyper-v managers...Core server 2008 and 2012

Windows 2008r2 core Hyper-v server can be managed with:
Windows 7 hyper-v manager or Another GUI 2008r2 server with hyper-v Manager installed
*$ http://vtutilities.com/

Windows 2012 core Hyper-v server can be managed with:
Windows 8 Hyper-v Manager or another GUI 2012 server with hyper-v Manager installed
*$ http://vtutilities.com/
https://pshvm.codeplex.com/  (only runs on the core server console)

* = Will run on windows 7 or above to remotely manager the core server or thye can run on the core servers console. Also Unless noted by $ these options are "Free"
$ = has a 30 day trial then it costs $120US

Monday, November 18, 2013

so you want to install any Windows OS from a bootable USB key

Well this guy wrote it better than I can so so check it out, PS I have used this app and it works great.. PS this is a codeplex.com project.



Adding a web brower to your core 2012 server

I am not sure why you would need to use a browser from the console of your core 2012 hyper-v server but there is a way and it works

just download
firefox.cameyo.exe and run it on the core server and you will have a web browser you can use from the console of your server. Have fun surfing the web.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Just found the most amazing resource for IT ebooks. http://www.packtpub.com/

OK, so i received this email out of the blue.
Hi James,

My name is Gavin and I work with Packt
, a U.K. based publishing firm specializing in focused IT books. You can read more about us here:http://www.packtpub.com/ .
I came across your blog via Google search and noticed relevant amount of Hyper-V articles.

We have recently published a new book titled "Hyper-V Replica Essentials". This book is 
a practical step-by-step guide that goes beyond theory and focuses on getting hands-on.

We are looking out for professionals in this technology who'd be able to share their thoughts about the content of the book. Keeping in mind your knowledge in this subject and having looked at your contributions, I feel you'd make an excellent reviewer of this book. In case you'd like to write a review on your blog and/or Amazon, simply let me know your shipping details (Required for the registration of new reviewers) and I'll have the eBook added to your account and would provide you with the download instructions in my next e-mail. You can then download this book instantly.

If you have any queries, do let me know and I'd be happy to assist.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this.

Have a good day!

Gavin Cardoza
 Marketing Research Executive | Packt Publishing | www.PacktPub.com

This is such an honor and I have downloaded Hyper-v Replica Essentials in PDF form... it is so worth the read. If I was to write a book and publish it, this is the format I would use.  The Chapters are are well laid out with tons of screen captures (a picture is worth a thousand words), it clearly was written by someone who has worked with replication in hyper-v and knows the pitfalls and the right way to make it work. I am going to recommend Packtppub.com as a valuable resource from which to get quality ebooks for all your IT needs.

Hyper-V Replica Essentials is a step-by-step guide for configuring Hyper-V Replica
in various deployment scenarios, which will help you learn how to configure this
new feature and improve the systems' availability in your datacenter. This book will
give you an overview of what Hyper-V Replica is. Then, it will take you through
all the prerequisites you need to properly configure it, which will help you take
advantage of this easy-to-configure disaster recovery tool. You will learn how to set
up a modern datacenter with the help of a new concept called Server Message Block
(SMB) from Windows Server 2012. We will also take a look at how you can configure
Hyper-V Replica in your existing environment, whether it is a clustered or nonclustered
environment, and how to secure your data with the use of certificates.

What this book covers
Chapter 1, Introducing Hyper-V Replica, will take a deep dive into virtualization and
its importance to the modern enterprises. You will also get to know about the new
features of Windows Server 2012 called Hyper-V Replica; its functionalities, values,
and components.
Chapter 2, Failover Clustering, introduces a new concept for file sharing and
application data storage called SMB. It will also show you how install Hyper-V
on a server and join servers in a Failover Cluster.
Chapter 3, Configuring Hyper-V Replica, is all about different configurations of
Hyper-V Replica, depending on the various infrastructure models. This chapter
will teach you how to configure Hyper-V in a cluster environment or in a standalone
host environment.
Chapter 4, Authentication in Hyper-V Replica, will show you how to encrypt the
communication between the Primary and the Replica site with the help of certificates.
Chapter 5, Administration of Hyper-V Replica, will teach you how to maintain Hyper-V
Replica configuration and troubleshoot the Hyper-V Replica issues.

Check out these other titles as well:

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Cookbook
ISBN: 978-1-84968-442-2 Paperback: 304 pages
Over 50 simple but incredibly effective recipes for mastering the administration of Windows Server
1. Take advantage of numerous Hyper-V best practices for administrators
2. Get to grips with migrating virtual machines between servers and old Hyper-V versions,
automating tasks with PowerShell, providing a High Availability and Disaster Recovery
environment, and much more
3. A practical Cookbook bursting with essential recipes

Instant Hyper-V Server Virtualization Starter
ISBN: 978-1-78217-997-9 Paperback: 58 pages
An intuitive guide to learningVirtualization with
1. Learn something new in an Instant! A short, fast, focused guide delivering immediate results
2. Step-by-step, practical guide to understanding and implementing virtualization for an
enterprise environment
3. Learn how to create a virtual machine in three steps

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V: Deploying Hyper-V Enterprise Server Virtualization Platform
ISBN: 978-1-84968-834-5 Paperback: 410 pages
Build Hyper-V infrastructure with secured multitenancy, flexible infrastructure, scalability, and
high availability
1. A complete step-by-step Hyper-V deployment guide, covering all Hyper-V features for
configuration and management best practices
2. Understand multi-tenancy, flexible architecture,scalability, and high availability features of new

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Windows Server 2012 Automation with PowerShell Cookbook
ISBN: 978-1-84968-946-5 Paperback: 372 pages
Over 110 recipes to automate Windows Server administrative tasks using PowerShell
1. Extend the capabilities of your Windows environment
2. Improve the process reliability by using well defined PowerShell scripts
3. Full of examples, scripts, and real-world best practices