Windows 10 and new Windows Server and System Center just in time for TechEd Europe

September 30, 2014

Microsoft announced on the Server and Cloud Blog that they will be releasing a Technical Preview of the next version of Windows and System Center on October 1.

Didn’t I say it would be an awesome autumn Ler

I really cant wait for TechEd in Barcelona and learn about the Cloud OS updates, you are registered right?

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My blog 2.0

May 29, 2014

HomeLab I powerful lab doesn’t have to be expensive.

The reason I started blogging was that I wanted to help a friend of mine getting started with a lab setup and it turns out that that post has been one of the more popular ones. I have decided to be more active on my blog and share the things I find.

What would be better then start off the 2.0 version of the blog where I once started.

Building your own Azure in the living room

In a series of articles I will build a home lab complete with operations system, management software and virtual machines. I will use Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2. I will use evaluation software downloaded from TechNet Evaluation Center More on that in the next part of the series

Part 1: The hardware

I wanted two machines so that I could build a cluster. I got the hardware for the lab little over a year ago and have complemented the purchases since then. Each of the machines are equipped with a Intel i5 processor, 32 GB RAM and three hard drives, one mechanic large drive for more static content, ISO, templates and such and two blistering fast SSDs.

Some of the hardware is a little bit old at the moment so you might need to get some newer parts if you want to build the machines. On the other hand used parts are now a bit cheaper and the speed of this rig is pretty awesome so that might be a cheaper way to go.

I wanted to get some relative small form factor and decided to go with the Shuttle XPC Barebone PC.
The integrated motherboard and the ability toadd up to 32 GB RAM and the necessary expansion slots/functions needed for the lab. Based on my experience you can never get enough RAM so to lower the cost of the rig I decided to go for the i5 processor and get all the RAM at once.

The components I complemented the PCs with are listed below.

Processor:
Intel Core i5-2320 Quad-Core Processor 3.0 GHz 6 MB Cache LGA 1155 – BX80623I52320 (EOL)

Memory:
Corsair XMS3 — 32GB DDR3 Dual/Quad Channel Memory Kit

Storage:
OCZ Agility 3 – SATA III 2.5″120 GB (EOL)
INTEL 530 240GB SATA SSD MLC
WD Green WD20EARX 64MB 2TB

I use the smaller SSD drive for the OS and the Intel SSD for the VM:s as mentioned before the 2 TB spinning disk are used to store images and tools and less intensive VMs

Stay tuned for the next part in the Building your own Azure in the living room series.

Part 2: The Windows 2012 R2 installation

By the way my wife approves of keeping the machines in the living room.


Mark Your Calendars Thursday 17 Oct kl 13:00 CET The R2 Wave is Coming

October 16, 2013

I have read across twitter about the anticipation about Brad Andersons blog post,

Mark Your Calendars for Oct. 18: The R2 Wave is Coming!

But since I live in Europe I don’t have to wait that long Ler

Microsoft will start this off at 12:00am on October 18th in New Zealand that makes it Thursday 17 Oct kl 13:00 CET. So we in Europe have less then 24 hours to wait for the update.

Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 will be provided as a free update. If you have installed the preview of Windows 8.1 there will be no update, how ever my friend and collegue Niklas Åkerlund @vNiklas has made a blogpost that makes that possible. Upgrade Windows 8.1 preview to 8.1 RTM with some quirks

But there is more J that also marks the time where we can start expecting the download of Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2, as well as the latest update to Windows Intune!

Keep an eye on the TechNet Evaluation Center…

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You know I will!


Create a MCSA Windows Server 2012 study guide.

October 18, 2012

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You can create your own study guide to help you prepare for an exam quite easy.

I will use the Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012, 70-417 exam as an example but it can easily be changed to any other exam or topic.

A nice feature of TechNet is the ability to Print Multiple Topics.

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You can create a collection of articles in the TechNet Library and print them or save them as HTML or PDF files which comes in handy when studying.

Collect your information

Lets start with the first part of the Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012, Skills Measured.

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Broken down and some search of the topics on TechNet the section could look like this:
Exam 70-410
Install and Configure Servers (25%)

Install Servers.

Creating the guide

Now lets use that information and create the first part of the MCSA Windows Server 2012 study guide.

The first topic is Plan for a server installation. Click the link above and a new window starts. In the upper right corner you’ll find teh icons for Preferences and Print/Export

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Click the printer icon to get the option to select Print This Topic and Print Multiple Topics, select Print Multiple Topics.

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The link redirects you to the Print/Export Multiple Topics – Help page where you get information on the feature.

Click Start to continue.

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Click Add This Topic

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Continue with the other 5 topics and the first collection is complete.

click Collection

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In this view you can re-arrange and rename the content of the collection.

The result could look something like this.

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In the the Export Your Collection field you can choose to export your collection as HTML or PDF

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Now you can continue to add the topics into a larger one…

I’m currently in the middle of reading mine.

Hey wait a minute, got another great resouce to in cas you missed is. The Windows Server 2012 Virtual Labs in case you need some time away from the theory.

See you around in binary space. 😉


IT Camps On-Demand

October 9, 2012

As a consultant in Sweden I find it hard to attend many of the initiatives that Microsoft provides. I have wanted to attend the IT-Camp in Sweden but haven’t been able to attend.

Now I can !

Harold Wong @haroldwong and John Weston @technetguy has recorded the sessions that they deliver for the IT-Camps in the US and made them available on demand.

To view the recordings click the image and you’ll land on the IT Camps On-Demand: Windows Server 2012 page at Channel 9.