I just spent the weekend reformatting my home server from Windows 2012R2 Data Center running Hyper-V to VMWare ESXi 6. Now installation issues aside, as ESXi can be very picky, ESXi seems to be exactly what I am looking for as far as virtualization goes.
Well its been a while since I posted anything of value. So today, while its slow at work, I decided to post about my experience in upgrading my laptop from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 which was released on the 29th of July (Yay Free Upgrade). Some of the things I will cover are what to look out for, and more info on what the update allows you to do. I will also cover 2 ways to install free applications the easy way after a wipe and reload (or a bare-metal install). And Finally I will give an update on some of the posts to come.
If you are a follower of my blog you know that recently I have done a lot of work with Virtual Hard Drives. I have made the decision to convert our Computer Centre and Classroom PCs over to VHDs so that they would be easier to maintain. We use a nice piece of software (I think its pretty cool, most people on the net don’t) and thus far it has worked without issue.
So here is the new set up I have laid out for the Lab, and I got it running on a test system after some trial and error when it came to the Windows 7 side:
As many of you know I am a Manager of a Computer Centre and Server/Network Administrator for a small library in Montreal Canada. Every so often I get tasked with a project that makes my life hell for few days/weeks. This time round, its Microsoft that’s the culprit of my frustrations. And since I had to search the internet for multiple solutions, I figured I would write a post to help others who are in the same situation.
I have looked all over the net for easy ways to resize VHDs. For those of you who don’t know what a VHD file is, it’s a Virtual Hard Drive. Now for years I have played with virtualization, normally with VMWare or Virtual Box (The latter being free) which has always dealt with some form of virtual hard drive, however the VHD (and now VHDX) has become a standard with virtualization, so much so that you can actually boot Windows off of a VHD without virtualization software. Both Windows 7 and 8 flavours of Windows support this feature.
Sorry for the lack of posts, I try and get one in at least once a week, but as you can tell I haven’t posted in over a month. I have been extremely busy with Work and School that this site has escaped me. So I decided to make a rant post. There will be 3 main topics, Bell Canada, Windows 8(.1) and Exchange Server 2013. There may be more, depending on how I feel after the rant.