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Monday
Oct292012

S02E05: Hyper-V 2012

In this episode we take a look at Hyper-V 3.0 one of the great new enhancements available as part of Windows Server 2012. Using the beta version of Windows 2012 we see how easy it is to replicate a virtual machine between two stand alone Hyper-V servers, yes that’s right standalone, not a cluster or shared storage in sight. It’s easy, part of the product and just works! Hmm, another compelling reason for VMWare customers to reconsider come license renewal.

Wednesday
Aug292012

S02E04: SCCM 2012 - OS Deployment

In this episode we take a look at how simple it is to deploy operating systems with System Center Configuration Manager 2012. Some great new features including the ability to keep the image upto date with the latest patches, and errr well it just seems to work well first time!
At the end of this you should be able to build and capture your initial Windows 7 image, configure PXE, manage offline updating of the image and then deploy your first image with full driver injection. It is the same process for deploying Windows 2008 R2 but we will need to wait for SCCM 2012 Service Pack 1 for full Windows 8 support.
Tuesday
Aug142012

S02E03: Intro to Configuration Manager 2012

In this episode we take our first look at System Center Configuration Manager 2012. Loads of cool things we can do with this: Application/OS/Patch Deployment, Software Metering (Who’s running what, where and when), Remote Control, Hardware and Software Inventory,  and rich reporting of assets. Thats just some, oh, did I mention virus protection?

The main change with the 2012 version is the realisation (from MS) that users use applications not systems, so it has all gone a bit more user centric, also adds some nice touches like an application web portal allowing users to select applications to install without bothering the service desk!

Tuesday
Jul242012

S02E02: Our New Server

In this episode we receive parts for our new i5 SSD, based server for our Hyper-V lab. So we quite literally ‘build’ the server and then ‘build’ the server if that makes sense. We are now uoto 3 servers with 56GB of memory in total and 768GB of SSD space, this could well be the start of something really quite amazing, test lab wise that is.

Once assembled we then install Windows 2008 R2, add the Hyper-V role and then put it under control of Systems Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 before running a quick V2V from another node to ensure things are working well.
WARNING: This episode contains a sharp knife.
Saturday
Jul142012

S02E01: The ITidiots return!

In this video we go over the spec for our new ‘server’ hardware and then take a look at Hyper-V differencing disks to minimise the use of storage space in a lab environment. A 32Gb, i7 based Hyper-V server with SSD for around £600!