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Lab Ops - Stop Press Windows Server 2012R2 Evaluation edition released

I have just got back to my blog after a few days at various events and I see the Evaluation edition...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 10/30/2013

Lab Ops 7 – Setting up a pooled VDI collection in Windows Server 2012 R2

In Windows Server you can create two kinds of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), personal or...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 10/28/2013

Lab Ops 6 – Setup VDI in Windows Server 2012R2

VDI bridges the world of the client and the server, and that can mean that in a world where IT...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 10/14/2013

Lab Ops 5 - Access Rights in PowerShell

In my last post I had a section in my script to create access right to a share I had just created...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 10/10/2013

Lab Ops 4–Using PowerShell with Storage

In previous posts I created a fileserver for my lab environment and used the UI to create a storage...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 10/06/2013

Lab Ops part 3 – Storage in Windows Server 2012R2

In this post I want to show what I plan to do with storage in Windows Server 2012R2 at the various...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 10/01/2013

After Hours - Canon EOS talking to a Surface Pro over wifi

Please note This an after hours post, specifically about connecting a Canon EOS 6D to windows...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 09/29/2013

Lab Ops 2–The Lee-Robinson Script

In my last post I mentioned how Marcus Robinson & had adapted PowerShell scripts by Thomas Lee...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 09/20/2013

Lab Ops – part 1 Introduction

For some people building demo setups is a part of the job,  for example Trainers pre-sales...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 09/17/2013

Green IT Fatigue

I recently got asked to do an interview on  for TechWeek Europe about green initiatives in the...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 08/22/2013

UK Data in the Cloud

There is still a lot of inertia in the UK about storing data in the cloud for entirely valid reasons...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 08/21/2013

Microsoft Valuable Penguin

I sometimes think the IT industry is a bit like a load of penguins on the pack ice, each one...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 08/13/2013

SQL Server Spruce up

Landrovers, will take a lot of pounding and neglect, but when my wife drove hers to Australia she...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 08/08/2013

Spruce Up your Data Centre

The summer holidays can generally be a quiet time for some IT Pros, depending on the industry you...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 08/07/2013

Installing SQL Server in a Virtual World

I do get occasional feedback that SQL Server is hard to install, all those screens all those...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 07/29/2013

Bi Product

I have just read Paul Gregory’s guest post for the TechNet Flash, and the two things that caught my...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 07/26/2013

Virtualizing Tier 1 SQL Server

A while back I published a couple of posts on virtualizing SQL Server, and in the light of...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 07/22/2013

Virtualisation and Interoperability

I often think that Microsoft is a bit like the English language, a lot of people speak it, a lot of...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 07/11/2013

Server 4024 part 3 - Networking

Databases are typically bound either by networking or IO and actually this can be two sides of the...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 07/09/2013

Server 4024 part 2 - Management

In the second post in this series I wanted to look at how changes to the way you manage things in...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 06/12/2013

Server 4024 part 1 – Virtualisation

A database is only as good as the operating system it resides on. SQL Server only runs on Windows...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 05/29/2013

Read it and keep

I have to confess to having quite a few real books in my house. Some of these books are...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 05/29/2013

Microsoft Free Software – a personal top ten

You might think this will would make for a really short article post but actually  there’s...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 05/22/2013

So You want to be an Evangelist

With my job title of Evangelist I often get asked about what my roles, both inside and outside of...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 05/08/2013

Evaluate This – Hyper-V Server 2012

Hyper-V Server is a free operating system specifically designed to just run Hyper-V so basically a...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 04/03/2013

HD Insight

Despite common misconceptions Microsoft now has extensive interoperability with open source...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 03/22/2013

Evaluate This–File Classification

In my last post & screen cast I showed how Dynamic Access Control (DAC) worked; the business of...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 03/19/2013

Evaluate This – Dynamic Access Control

Managing users access to the right files is a pain on any OS, the best that’s going ot happen is...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 03/14/2013

Evaluate this - Deduplication

Deduplication is the business of compressing data without loss and this is now built into Windows...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 02/10/2013

Evaluate This – Storage Spaces

So far in this series I have used the new storage features of Windows Server 2012 as a  place...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 02/06/2013

Evaluate This–Remote Desktop Services

In my last post I showed how easy it is to create virtual desktops in Windows Server 2012, and while...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 01/31/2013

Evaluate This–VDI

Microsoft is serious about Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, and the first sign of this in Windows...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 01/28/2013

Evaluate This – Hyper-V Replica

In many of the screencast in this series I have moved a VM around my demo setup, however there has...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 01/20/2013

Evaluate This–Collapsed Cluster

19 March 2013 -  This post has been changed to reflect the best way to configure a cluster in a...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 01/16/2013

Evaluate This–High Availability Virtual Machines

Server virtualisation is all about decoupling the operating system form the hardware it’s running...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 01/13/2013

Evaluate This–Storage Migration

In some smaller organisations virtual machines (VM) often run on local storage DAS – Direct Attached...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 01/10/2013

Evaluate This - Shared Nothing Live Migration

In earlier versions of Windows Server you needed to build a cluster with shared storage (i.e. a SAN)...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 01/08/2013

Evaluate This – Highly Availability File Servers

Storage in Windows Server 2012 is more than firing  up a few file shares and setting up...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 01/07/2013

Evaluate This–Server Core and MinShell

In my last video I showed you how to use Server Manager to manage lots of servers, and given that...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 12/30/2012

Evaluate This – Multi-server management

My favourite feature in Windows Server 2012 is it’s ability to manage and be managed.  For...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 12/16/2012

Evaluate This–DHCP Failover

Having looked at how NIC teaming makes the best use of your network card in my last video I wanted...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 12/14/2012

Evaluate This – NIC teaming

In the third in this video series I wanted to show you NIC Teaming.. which is how you can provide a...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 12/10/2012

Evaluate This–an Introduction to Hyper-V

Hopefully you will have read the introduction to our Evaluate This series and are now ready to start...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 12/09/2012

Evaluate This – an Introduction

The main reason my blog has been totally neglected for the last few months is because Simon and I...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 12/08/2012

Working anywhere isn’t working

I was invited to attend the EMEA Dell Partner Direct conference in Madrid last week, specifically to...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 10/21/2012

TechDays Online 2012

Simon and I are doing so many events that frankly our blogs are nearly dying of neglect so I am not...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 10/05/2012

Moving to Hyper-V

I am being asked more and more often about how to move virtual machines onto Hyper-V and so I wanted...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 09/10/2012

MCSE for SQL Server

I have to be honest I gave up getting certified before I joined Microsoft mainly because the exams...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 08/31/2012

Windows Server 2012 IT camps

I have been out in the US for the past four weeks, and during my absence the rest of the UK TechNet...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 08/20/2012

Dell and Hyper-V for the smaller business

Over the last month I have been on tour with Dell showing what Hyper-V can do for small/medium...

Author: Andrew.Fryer Date: 07/17/2012

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