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What is AVMA? Automatic Virtual Machine Activation is a new Windows feature added in Windows Server 2012R2 that enables you to activate your Windows VMs without using a KMS server or even a network connection. As you spin up new virtual machines they will activate against the host Hyper-v server. This activation only lasts 7 […]

One of the new features in Windows Server 2012 R2 is Shared Virtual Hard Disks. What are the benefits of Shared VDHX? The benefits of using Shared VHDX on a 2012R2 Hyper-V server is that you can deploy a failover cluster consisting of all Virtual Machines. You can also create failover clusters using Fibre Channel, […]

This article is part of a larger series on “Why Windows Server 2012 R2” where my peers and I detail many of the new features in Server 2012 R2 including step by step guides where appropriate. You can see the whole series here: Windows Server 2012 R2 Launch Blog Series Index Storage Quality of […]

Download Windows 8.1 Now! Today Microsoft released Windows 8.1 for general availability! If you already own Windows 8 then you can go get your free download of Windows 8.1. If you want to know how to upgrade to Windows 8.1 see the details available here:   Download your Free ebook: Introducing Windows 8.1 for […]

I often run into customers running Windows XP that are unable to remote into Server 2012 because they don’t have the latest RDC client. Here is where you can get the Remote Desktop Connection Client for an older Windows operating system. The filename is mstsc.exe. Remote Desktop Connection 7.0 client update for Remote Desktop Services […]

  If you run either Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 you should check out this app! It is an app that details other new apps and helps you install them and test them. So if you are looking for the latest and greatest toys / apps take a look at this tool! From the […]

The article today in our “VMware or Microsoft?” series is about the best way to licensing Microsoft Windows Server in your virtual environments. The introduction of server virtualization in the Intel market place changed the way most organizations run their server infrastructure. It has given organizations great agility in that we can now provision new […]

The article today in our “VMware or Microsoft?” series is about the Guest Operating System support differences between VMware and Microsoft. I am a technologist, who happens to work for for Microsoft (a leading provider of software, services, and now devices). With that disclaimer out of the way, let me state for the record, I […]

OMG: Ooma is awesome!


OMG… Ooma is awesome! I just ported my home phone to Ooma three weeks ago and I am extremely happy with it! History of the Lewis home phone: Four years ago I switched from a traditional phone company land line to my cable company’s internet phone offering. I was able to lower my bill from […]