OzBoxLive Radio #079 – Blockbuster Special

Join Australian Microsoft Xbox MVP’s Mark & David as they discuss the latest News and Announcements concerning all things Xbox in Australia. In this BLOCKBUSTER special episode they discuss three major blockbuster games of 2012… Assassin’s Creed III, Far Cry 3 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. They share thoughts and experiences with each title. On top of this there are also 4 Xclusive Interviews with the Developers, Directors and Xperts behind these games.


January SharePoint Events in Hong Kong & Singapore

For anyone in the region or if you’re heading up to Asia in January, you may want to consider attending one of the upcoming SharePoint conference events.

Jan 14th – one day event, Hong Kong Sharepoint conference – www.sharethepoint.com/engage/hk2013

Jan 16-17 Southeast Asia Sharepoint conference www.sharethepoint.com/engage/sea2013

You can refer to my earlier post with all upcoming event details in APAC region SharePoint Conference Dates Announced in APAC Region

Many thanks to our NZ SharePoint MVP Debbie Ireland of Sharethepoint for leading the effort to plan and deliver these events.

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Cookbook Just released. Download of Chapter 2 available.

Virtualisation MVP Leandro  Carvalho recently published this new title and is offering Chapter 2 as a free download.

The aim of this cookbook is to help you become a Hyper-V expert with an easy to ready and follow recipe format that will guide you thought all Hyper-V features.

All recipes give you an introduction of the content being discussed, the “how to” process and a section on  “how it works”. Almost all recipes have PowerShell commands and examples to help you automate the Hyper-V management.

In detail:

Virtualization has proved that it can help organizations to reduce costs, and the Private Cloud has created a revolution in the way we manage and control our servers with centralization and elasticity. The new Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V release from Microsoft comes with a myriad of improvements in areas such as mobility, high availability and elasticity, bringing everything you need to create, manage and build the core components of a Microsoft Private Cloud for virtualized workloads.

“Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Cookbook” is the perfect accompaniment for Hyper-V administrators looking to take advantage of all the exciting new features the release has to offer. Through practical recipes, you’ll master Hyper-V deployment, migration and management.

“Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Cookbook” is an essential resource for any Hyper-V administrator looking to migrate, install and manage their virtual machine efficiently.

With all the features of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V covered, you will learn everything from installation to disaster recovery, security, high availability, configuration, automation, architecture and monitoring, all in a practical recipe format. The book also includes new features such as Storage and Shared Nothing Live Migration, Hyper-V Replica and Network Virtualization and much more.

With “Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Cookbook” in hand, you’ll be equipped to manage your Private Cloud with ease.

  • Chapter 1: Installing and Managing Hyper-V in Full or Server Core Mode
    • Introduction
    • Verifying Hyper-V requirements
    • Enabling the Hyper-V role
    • Installing Windows Server 2012 and Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012
    • Managing a Server Core installation using sconfig
    • Enabling and disabling the graphical interface in Hyper-V
    • Configuring post-installation settings
  • Chapter 2: Migrating and Upgrading Physical and Virtual Servers
    • Introduction
    • Performing an in-place upgrade from Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012
    • Exporting and importing virtual machines
    • Migrating virtual machines and updating their integration services
    • Converting VHD files to VHDX files
    • Migrating Virtual Machine storage using Storage Migration
    • Migrating virtual machines using Shared Nothing Live Migration
    • Converting physical computers to virtual machines
  • Chapter 3: Managing Disk and Network Settings
    • Introduction
    • Creating and adding virtual hard disks
    • Configuring IDE and SCSI controllers for virtual machines
    • Creating resource pools
    • Creating and managing virtual switches
    • Using advanced settings for virtual networks
    • Enabling and adding NIC teaming to a virtual machine
    • Configuring and adding Hyper-V Virtual Fibre Channel to virtual machines
  • Chapter 4: Saving Time and Cost with Hyper-V Automation
    • Introduction
    • Installing and running Hyper-V from a USB stick
    • Creating virtual machine templates
    • Learning and utilizing basic commands in PowerShell
    • Using small PowerShell commands for daily tasks
    • Enabling and working with remote connection and administration through PowerShell
  • Chapter 5: Hyper-V Best Practices, Tips, and Tricks
    • Introduction
    • Using the Hyper-V Best Practices Analyzer
    • Setting up dynamic memory for virtual machines
    • Enabling remote management for Hyper-V in workgroup environments
    • Installing and configuring an anti-virus on host and virtual machines
  • Chapter 6: Security and Delegation of Control
    • Introduction
    • Configuring Windows Update for Hyper-V
    • Configuring Cluster-Aware Updating for cluster nodes
    • Delegating control in Hyper-V
    • Configuring Port ACLs
    • Installing and configuring BitLocker for data protection
    • Configuring Hyper-V auditing
  • Chapter 7: Configuring High Availability in Hyper-V
    • Introduction
    • Installing and configuring an iSCSI Target server in Windows Server 2012
    • Installing and configuring the Windows Failover Clustering feature
    • Enabling Cluster Shared Volumes 2.0
    • Using Live Migration in a cluster environment
    • Configuring VM Priority for Clustered Virtual Machines
  • Chapter 8: Disaster Recovery for Hyper-V
    • Introduction
    • Backing up Hyper-V and virtual machines using Windows Server Backup
    • Restoring Hyper-V and virtual machines using Windows Server Backup
    • Configuring Hyper-V Replica between two Hyper-V hosts using HTTP authentication
    • Configuring Hyper-V Replica Broker for a Failover Cluster
    • Configuring Hyper-V Replica to use certificate-based authentication using an Enterprise CA
    • Using snapshots in virtual machines
  • Chapter 9: Monitoring, Tuning, and Troubleshooting Hyper-V
    • Introduction
    • Using real-time monitoring tools
    • Using Perfmon for logged monitoring
    • Using VM Monitoring
    • Monitoring Hyper-V Replica
    • Using Resource Metering
    • Tuning your Hyper-V server
    • Using Event Viewer for Hyper-V troubleshooting
  • Appendix: Hyper-V Architecture and Components
    • Understanding Hypervisors
    • Hyper-V architecture
    • Hyper-V architecture components
    • Differences between Hyper-V, Hyper-V Server, Hyper-V Client, and VMware


Chapter 2 is available to download so you can have a look at the book concept and also be ready to migrate your current servers to Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V. To download the chapter, click here.

The book and ebook are available at http://www.packtpub.com/windows-server-2012-hypervisor-based-cookbook/book

The Kindle version can be downloaded here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009OSQH9M/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_ask_Nz0gE.1B5SPHM


TWO Chances to win a HALO 4 Collector’s Edition Xbox 360

We’re giving you not one but TWO chances to win a Collectors Edition Xbox Console!
Simply download the new Windows Server 2012 or System Center 2012 trial to enter.

Windows Server 2012 has reinvented the way we construct and run large datacenters while System Center 2012 helps you confidently deliver IT as a service for your business.

The prize, valued at AUD$449 includes:

An exclusive, custom-designed Xbox 360 console

Two exclusive controllers inspired by the game

A standard edition copy of “Halo 4”

A wired headset

A massive 320GB hard drive

Built-in Wi-Fi

Xbox LIVE tokens for exclusive “Halo 4” in-game and avatar marketplace downloadable content.

Enter at http://www.microsoft.com/australia/ws2012xbox/



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#Appfest Dec 7-9 Microsoft Sydney office. Can you hack it?

With the launch of Windows 8, now is the time to get your Windows 8 App developed and in the Windows Store. #Appfest Sydney
gives you the opportunity to network and connect with peers, Microsoft Evangelists and industry experts to make your App ideas happen.

Developers are already reaping the rewards from creating their App, and #Appfest Sydney is your opportunity to focus on making your smash-hit Windows 8 App.

Be prepared for a big weekend! #Appfest will cover Windows Azure, Windows Phone and Windows 8, while giving you the support and tools you need to make your App ideas happen.

The only thing you need to ask yourself is, can you hack it?

Check here for details look for MV Lewis Benge on the Video!