Thanks to Matt Lunde Studios for this great mashup!!
The 2013 KREWE Hat is a high quality FlexFit sized hat in Royal (aka Azure Blue). Please use the sizing below to determine your size. They use an elastic fit so we recommend going up a size if you are near 7 1/4″.
The order deadline is Friday May 10, 2013 at 1:00pm. The Order will be placed later that afternoon. If you miss this order deadline, you will have to wait until next year
When Ordering, use the PayPal widget on Brian’s Blog Here. You’ll need to include your size, (Size 1 or Size 2), and your Twitter Handle including the @ sign. (For example: @TheKrewe or @Brian_Bell )
Your Twitter Handle will be copied and pasted into a spreadsheet, so please double check before submitting your order.
As these hats are personalized, all sales are final and there are no refunds.
We will hand out Krewe Hats at #TheKREWE MEET-N-GREET Sunday night on June2, 2013. Brian Bell is handling the order and will contact everyone with specific instructions.
Should you want your Krewe Hat shipped, you will need to work directly with Brian. Because of time restrictions, we cannot guarantee your hat would arrive prior to the conference. We do not recommend having it shipped unless you will not be at the conference.
If you want your hat shipped or someone besides yourself will be picking up your hat, include that information in the order notes, or contact Brian directly.
Greeting True Believers,
Got some great news a few months ago while at the MVP Summit. I was invited to join the SpringBoard Technical Expert Panel by Stephen Rose. The panel is made up of Windows experts from around the world. As described on the Springboard website, the “Springboard Series Technical Expert Panel (STEP) program delivers on our promise to launch and support new products at the community level. Because STEP members represent some of the top Windows IT experts, user group leaders, and evangelists in the world, they enable us to deliver quality live and virtual Windows events for IT professionals with greater frequency and quality than before”.
I’m pretty excited about this opportunity as it will give me access to some great content and resources as I begin working on more public speaking engagements as well as expand my network of Windows experts. Stephen and Tony have put together a phenomenal team of evangelist across the Windows spectrum, and I look forward to engaging with the team.
Thanks again Stephen and Tony Mann as well as the rest of the STEP team.
So how about that 70-410 exam?
The following are my tips for preparing for the 410 exam. As an MVP & MCT, I take the NDA very seriously so nothing listed here will be earth shattering or provide you deep insight into the specifics of specific questions. However, it should help you to prepare.
Well, I was off to prepare for 70-411. However, I had to reschedule and the only available time was after my scheduled time for 70-412 so I guess I will be studying for both exams in tandem. I’ll let everyone know how that goes.
Thanks for listening…Mike
Greetings True Believers,
I received a lot of questions and comments about my lab environment post so I figured I would expand upon some things to give some clarification. As always, feel free to leave a comment or tweet a question to @MichaelBender. Thanks to Rick Claus and Aidan Finn for fielding questions on Client Hyper-V.
I thought it would be a good idea to give you background of how I study and my lab methods. My hope is it will provide some insight into the different options and allow you to choose the best one for your situation.
At my college, we use VMware Workstation 9 for all of our OS classes as well as many programming classes. It is a flexible and scalable tool that meets all the scenario needs of our classes. Since I am accustomed to using it, it is second nature to spin up environments in it for labs & demos. Also, I work on several computers and don’t always have access to the Death Star so I need a lab environment that is portable as well.
Last and most important, I can run Hyper-V in a VM in VMware Workstation 9. So why would I want to do that? Because I want to be able to run almost all Hyper-V scenarios, not just some. If you want to perform client migrations (like Live Migration), you either need physical hardware (2 or more Hyper-V capable servers/computers) or you virtualize it with VMware. For me, it is a no brainer. I virtualize it in VMware.
I do a lot of “unscripted” lab environments. I spin stuff up to see if it will work because that is how I learn. It’s not for everyone. This is what I do for a living. I build lab activities and projects for my students on a weekly basis. I rebuild all of my projects every semester. For some people, the “computer inside a computer inside a computer” lab environment is challenging. I can tell you it takes the average student at our college 1-2 semesters using VMware Workstation virtualization to understand it.
If this type of lab sounds complicated, it is and you are probably not alone in thinking that. One thing I have learned in years of teaching is that if the tool to perform the lesson impedes the learning, you need to find a new tool. That’s why there are a number of other options for you. I listed many of them in the first blog, but here is a re-hash for you.
You first option is to use physical hardware. This will give you the true experience with the only limitations being your budget. I used to think it was cool having multiple computers in my house, then I discovered stuff like brewing beer and other things I’d rather spend my money on. If you have the money, buy some Hyper-V capable systems and go to town. It will make a great lab environment, and will replace a space heater if you need one of those.
The next option is to use Windows 7/8 Boot from VHD. This is probably the best option to get Windows Server 2012 running on your computer without blowing away your existing OS or doing arcane multi-partition multi-boots. Keith Mayer has a great post on this and you can check it out below. Also, Scott Hanselman has some great posts on Boot from VHD. These are how I learned to successfully navigate the Boot from VHD waters. One tool to have at your ready when working with this method is easyBCD. It is a graphical tool you install on Windows 7 and 8 that allows you to modify the BCD store easily, and without having to trudge through bcdedit on the command line. Another tool that looks promising is B2VHD. I haven’t tried it so YMMV.
Windows Azure offers a lot of opportunities for people without the hardware needed to do any of the above. You can get a free trial here. One thing to note with Azure is that the free trial is limited in the amount of resources you can use each month. If you spin up too much, your VMs will not be useable until the next billing cycle. Another option could be to just pay for what you use, but that could get expensive. Again, Keith Mayer posted great resources on using Azure. Note with Azure that you will not be able to work with things like client migration since your are just getting access to the VMs and not the Hypervisor. On the plus side, you are getting skills and training in how to deploy workloads in the cloud. I’ve heard from some people that might be important in the future.
Client Hyper-V is Windows 8 is a great addition. It provides a hosted hypervisor environment for running legacy applications, development environments, and it makes a great lab environment. Due to the way Hyper-V works, it has one limitation that does not make it the “Best of Breed” choice for a lab platform IMHO. You cannot install the Hyper-V role into a VM running on Client Hyper-V and created nested VMs. While this does not prevent you from using it as a lab platform, it will prevent you from covering all of the scenarios covered by the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 exams. For more background on running Hyper-V in Hyper-V, see Aidan Finn’s blog post here. For more information on Client Hyper-V, Thomas Maurer has a great blog posting on this.
While researching the Hyper-V question, I went to some experts. I emailed Aidan Finn, Microsoft MVP in Virtual Machine and all-around Hyper-V Guru, about his postregarding virtualizing Hyper-V and he had this to say about running the Hyper-V role inside a Hyper-V guest:
If you have any additional questions on lab environments, just let me know.
Windows 8 Client Hyper-V and boot from VHD (Thomas Maurer): http://www.thomasmaurer.ch/2011/09/windows-8-client-hyper-v-and-boot-from-vhd/
Greetings True Believers,
|The Death Star in Action|
Greetings True Believers,
I just posted the latest blog on planning for the 90 Days to MCSA Challenge.
Let me know what you think…
This is a placeholder post that will go live later in the week.
In the interim, Check out Jeff’s great post on building a lab server. Also, Check out Keith Mayer’s post on using Windows Azure for a lab environment.
Greetings True Believers,
The #90Days2MCSA challenge is officially started!!!!
Check out My opening blog with next steps to get you on the road to MCSA: Windows Server 2012…