Thursday, January 24, 2013

Need a Hyper-V Test Lab...No Problem!

Greetings True Believers,

I just got done installing VMware Workstation 9 and found an awesome addition. You now have the option to choose Hyper-V as the OS for your VM. This will create a VM that is customized to run Server 2012 w/ the Hyper-V role AND nested VMs OUT OF THE BOX! You do not have to perform any tweaks or modifications to get this to work like you did in previous versions of VMware Workstation. It's listed as "Unsupported" but it's still a great option if you only have 1 lab computer.

Here's a Windows Server 2012 Datacenter VM running a Windows Server 2012

Here's Hyper-V Server running in VMware Workstation...

Another nice tidbit...The VMware Tools work in Windows Server 2012.

Two caveats...VMware Workstation is NOT free, but I think it's worth the cost. It's the best-of-breed hosted (Type-2) virtualization app IMHO. You may be able to do this in Virtual Box as well, but I just haven't tried. Let me know if you get this to run in Virtual Box. Also, you need to have a 64-bit processor that has all the latest virtualization extensions.

Check it out...

Mike

Are you looking to step up your game?

Greetings True Believers,

I've got a lot of stuff on my plate, and a bunch of stuff to share with everyone that I'm hoping to get rolling in the next few months so stay tuned.

I wanted to get out a quick blog post about a great resource for IT Pros looking for solid information on Windows 8, Server 2012, Hyper-V and more. It's the Microsoft Certified Community Connection. This is a free resource from Microsoft and just requires a quick registration. Once you register you have access to not only the future events, but all of the events available through MCCC. The only catch is finding the link to the original registration for the event...I'm working on that:)

http://msl-events.cloudapp.net/LobbyArea.aspx

Here are a few of my favorites below. Make sure you sign into MCCC before hitting the hyper-links!
Check them out when you have some time. I'm sure you won't be disappointed...

Stay tuned for more and news on the upcoming challenge, 90 days to MCSA!

Mike