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Hyper-V and Networking – Part 2: VLANs

In the first part of this series, we started with the foundational concepts of networking in the OSI model and took a brief look at where Hyper-V components live in that model. In this part, we’ll build on that knowledge by looking at the operation of VLANs and how they work within the context of…

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Allowing non-Administrators to control Hyper-V–Updated

A long time ago, I did a post about how to allow non-Administrative users to control Hyper-V.  Then I did a post that showed you how to script this whole configuration.  Finally, I did a post that showed you how to setup a “Hyper-V Administrators” group to make the whole process easier.

Well, time has passed and we have made things significantly easier for you here.

With Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 you will now find that the Hyper-V Administrators group is already present:

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All you need to do these days is to add your user account to the Hyper-V Administrators account, and you can do everything with Hyper-V without having to be a local administrator on the system.

Cheers,
Ben

Looking for Wasted Space inside Virtual Machines

Recently, I tried to update the operating system installed inside of one of my virtual machines.  I quickly received an error message stating that I did not have enough free space available to perform the upgrade.  My immediate thought was that I would need to expand the size of the virtual hard disk – but after a bit of investigation I was surprised to discover that the virtual hard disk had already been expanded.  I just hadn’t expanded the partition to take advantage of it.

Clearly, I had been planning to do this at some other time – and had gotten distracted in the middle of the process.

This made me wonder: do I have any other virtual machines that are sitting on unpartitioned, wasted space?

Luckily, this is an easy question to answer.  You see, the virtual hard disk object that is returned by “Get-VHD” includes a “MinimumSize” property.  This property will tell you how much unpartitioned space is available at the end of the disk.  So the following command:

Get-VM | Get-VMHardDiskDrive | Get-VHD | Select path, @{Name=”Free Space (GB)”;Expression={“{0:N2}” -f (($_.Size – $_.MinimumSize)/1GB)}}

Will tell you exactly what is going on with your system.  When I ran this on my server:

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I discovered that I had two extra virtual machines with wasted space!

Cheers,
Ben

E3: Lots of holiday Xbox One exclusives, including ‘Halo: The Master Chief Collection’ and ‘Sunset Overdrive,’ are on their way

Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, at E3 2014 in Los Angeles on Monday.

Lots of great games are coming to put under the tree this holiday season with new, exclusive Xbox One titles including “Halo: The Master Chief Collection,” “Sunset Overdrive,” “Forza Horizon 2,” “Fable Legends” and “Dance Central Spotlight.”

The games were announced at E3 Monday, and also include: “Destiny,” “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare,” “Assassin’s Creed Unity” as well as a “vibrant catalog of games from independent developers,” said Phil Spencer, head of Xbox.

To learn more, read the press release and head over to Xbox Wire.

You might also be interested in:

· Here’s how to stay in sync with Xbox news at E3 2014
· Find out about the future of Kinect
· Choices abound with new Windows devices unveiled at Computex 2014

Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff

Ubuntu 14.04 in a Generation 2 VM

Recently, Canonical released Ubuntu 14.04.  This is the first Linux release to support running inside of a Generation 2 virtual machine.  To get this working in your environment, you need to have Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2 installed.  Then you need to download an installation ISO from http://www.ubuntu.com/download.

You can download the Desktop or Server versions of 14.04, just make sure that you get the 64-bit versions.

Once you have done this – create a new Generation 2 virtual machine and configure it the way you want it.  Before you start the installation you will need to go into the virtual machine settings, change to the Firmware settings page and uncheck Enable Secure Boot.

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You can then boot from the ISO image and select to Install Ubuntu.

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The installation process is quite simple, and there are no tricks / special options to get it running well under Hyper-V.  I even noticed that dynamic memory was active during the installation process!

Soon you will be done – and you will have an Ubuntu Generation 2 virtual machine, with all the cool features (like dynamic memory, online backup and more) already enabled and ready to go:

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Cheers,
Ben

Weekend Reading: June 6th Edition — Nearly 40 Windows devices and phones unveiled at Computex, and the Houston school district adopts Office 365

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories about the new Windows devices and phones introduced at Computex in Taiwan, and how students in Houston, the seventh-largest school district in the U.S., will use Office 365 to help in their education.

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Nick Parker, Microsoft Corporate Vice President of the Original Equipment Manufacturer Division, at Computex 2014.

Windows and Windows Phone devices of all shapes, sizes and prices were announced this week by manufacturers at Computex in Taipei, Taiwan, the second-largest technology exhibition in the world. From all-in-one PCs that are thinner, lighter and more portable, to tablets of all sizes and configurations, to personalized mobile phones, Microsoft’s “expanding ecosystem of partners is helping us deliver a broad range of Windows devices with new designs across more price points and in new markets,” said Nick Parker, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President, Original Equipment Manufacturer Division.

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ASUS introduces the All-in-One PT2001 Windows-based PC, seen on stage at the Microsoft Computex keynote 2014.
ASUS All-in-One PT2001
June 03, 2014
ASUS introduces the All-in-One PT2001 Windows-based PC, seen on stage at the Microsoft Computex keynote 2014.

Meet the Dell Latitude 13 Education Series Windows-based PC, seen on stage at the Microsoft Computex keynote 2014.
Dell Latitude 13 Education Series
June 03, 2014
Meet the Dell Latitude 13 Education Series Windows-based PC, seen on stage at the Microsoft Computex keynote 2014.

Acer presents the new Aspire V11 Windows-based laptop with touch screen, seen on stage at the Microsoft Computex keynote 2014.
Acer Aspire V11
June 03, 2014
Acer presents the new Aspire V11 Windows-based laptop with touch screen, seen on stage at the Microsoft Computex keynote 2014.

Acer introduces the Aspire Switch 10 2-in-1 Windows-based PC, seen on stage at the Microsoft Computex keynote 2014.
Acer Aspire Switch 10
June 03, 2014
Acer introduces the Aspire Switch 10 2-in-1 Windows-based PC, seen on stage at the Microsoft Computex keynote 2014.

Presenting the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series 2-in-1 Windows-based PC, seen on stage at the Microsoft Computex keynote 2014.
Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series
June 03, 2014
Presenting the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series 2-in-1 Windows-based PC, seen on stage at the Microsoft Computex keynote 2014.
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The HP Pro x2 612 2-in-1 Windows-based PC, seen on stage at the Microsoft Computex keynote 2014.
HP Pro x2 612
June 03, 2014
The HP Pro x2 612 2-in-1 Windows-based PC, seen on stage at the Microsoft Computex keynote 2014.
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Meet the all-new ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi 2-in-1, seen on stage at the Microsoft Computex keynote 2014.
ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi
June 03, 2014
Meet the all-new ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi 2-in-1, seen on stage at the Microsoft Computex keynote 2014.
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Lenovo recently introduced the ThinkPad 10 Windows-based tablet, seen on stage at the Microsoft Computex keynote 2014.
Lenovo ThinkPad 10
June 03, 2014
Lenovo recently introduced the ThinkPad 10 Windows-based tablet, seen on stage at the Microsoft Computex keynote 2014.

Toshiba presents the Encore 2, a 10-inch Windows-based tablet, which appeared on stage at the Microsoft Computex keynote 2014.
Toshiba Encore 2, 10-inch
June 03, 2014
Toshiba presents the Encore 2, a 10-inch Windows-based tablet, which appeared on stage at the Microsoft Computex keynote 2014.
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Introducing the Toshiba Encore 7 Windows-based tablet, unveiled for the first time publicly on stage at the Microsoft Computex Keynote 2014.
Toshiba Encore 7
June 03, 2014
Introducing the Toshiba Encore 7 Windows-based tablet, unveiled for the first time publicly on stage at the Microsoft Computex Keynote 2014.
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Panasonic recently introduced its latest rugged device, the Toughpad FZ-M1 Windows-based tablet, seen on stage at the Microsoft Computex Keynote 2014.
Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1
June 03, 2014
Panasonic recently introduced its latest rugged device, the Toughpad FZ-M1 Windows-based tablet, seen on stage at the Microsoft Computex Keynote 2014.

Introducint the Prestigio MultiPhone 8500 DUO Windows Phone, seen on stage at the Microsoft Computex Keynote 2014.
Prestigio MultiPhone 8500 DUO
June 03, 2014
Introducint the Prestigio MultiPhone 8500 DUO Windows Phone, seen on stage at the Microsoft Computex Keynote 2014.
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Also from Prestigio, the new MultiPhone 8400 DUO announced at Computex Taipei 2014.
Prestigio MultiPhone 8400 DUO
June 03, 2014
Also from Prestigio, the new MultiPhone 8400 DUO announced at Computex Taipei 2014.

Meet the new YEZZ Billy 4.7 Windows Phone, seen on stage at the Microsoft Computex Keynote 2014.
YEZZ Billy 4.7
June 03, 2014
Meet the new YEZZ Billy 4.7 Windows Phone, seen on stage at the Microsoft Computex Keynote 2014.
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Presenting the new BLU 5
BLU 5″ Windows Phone
June 03, 2014
Presenting the new BLU 5″ Windows Phone, seen on stage at the Microsoft Computex Keynote 2014.
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Presenting the new BLU 4
BLU 4″ Windows Phone
June 03, 2014
Presenting the new BLU 4″ Windows Phone, seen on stage at the Microsoft Computex Keynote 2014.
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The Houston Independent School District, the seventh largest in the U.S., chose Office 365 for its 14,000 students and 1,200 teachers, along with HP Elitebook Folio 9470m Ultrabooks running Windows, as part the district’s PowerUp initiative. The initiative aims to create transformative learning using digital tools. With a majority of the district’s students from low-income families, “Educating our kids is important, but having our parents and community understand digital awareness is imperative to their success,” says Lenny Schad, the district’s chief information technology officer.

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There are several secret places on the Microsoft campus where Kinect is tried and tested; among them, there’s a room called “The Holodeck.” We took you on an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour to show you what goes into creating and developing this amazing motion sensor. While the latest version of Kinect has been available since the launch of Xbox One, the preorder of the Kinect for Windows version became available for all developers on Thursday.

The Microsoft Azure cloud platform became generally available in the company’s Brazil South region, where customers such as credit rating company Boa Vista Servicos, business management software provider Totvs, computing systems provider SiplanControl-M and e-commerce website platform Shop Delivery are benefiting from the power of the cloud.

Microsoft welcomes Preston McAfee as the company’s chief economist. McAfee, most recently director of Google strategic technologies, will lead a team of economists who will work closely with Microsoft CFO Amy Hood and business and engineering groups across the company on developing new business models and metrics, designing marketplaces for advertising and apps, assisting with government relations and policy and developing an economic strategy for the company.

It was an app-tastic week, with apps that make travel easier, help you monitor your home when you’re away and let you check possible physical injuries. Interactive Athlete, a staff pick for Windows and Windows Phone, has interactive diagrams to pinpoint which parts of your body may have suffered injury and whether those injuries are related to damage to soft tissue or bones and joints. Other staff app picks included LiveATC for Windows Phone, which you use to listen in on live conversations between pilots and air traffic controllers from nearby airports; and the new INSTEON for Hub app, for Windows and Windows Phone, which gives you “unprecedented remote control of your INSTEON home automation network.” If you suddenly find yourself on the road and without a place to stay, you can use the Hotel Tonight app for Windows Phone to quickly book a room. For entertainment, the new VH1 app is now available for Windows Phone, PCs and tablets. And the new Files app for Windows Phone 8.1 – something many of you requested for better organizing your phone files – became available, for free, in the Windows Phone Store.

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Hotel Tonight app for Windows Phone.

In this week’s installment of Snaps, the recently launched digital photo album from Microsoft Storiesphotographer Rob Wolf gives us a hand – a 3D printed hand, an example of how Windows 8 can bring 3D printing capabilities to any PC.

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This week on the Microsoft Facebook page, we introduced you to Bryan Roper, who was discovered as a cruise ship lounge singer and recruited by Microsoft. His story is anything but the same old song.

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Thanks for starting your weekend with Weekend Reading. Enjoy the rest of it, and we’ll see you next week!

Posted by Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff

Microsoft Azure now generally available in Brazil South region

The following post is from Takeshi Numoto, Corporate Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise Marketing, Microsoft.


A few weeks ago, we announced that Microsoft Azure was in public preview in Brazil. Today, I am pleased to share that Microsoft Azure is now generally available in our Brazil South region.

In Brazil, and our other regions around the world, we’ve seen incredible demand for a global enterprise public cloud offering. Globally, more than 1,000 new customers join Azure every day, and revenue grew more than 150 percent in the last quarter. With Microsoft Azure now generally available in the new Brazil South region, even more customers can take advantage of the cloud.

Already, customers such as credit rating company Boa Vista Servicos, business management software provider Totvs, computing systems provider SiplanControl-M and e-commerce website platform Shop Delivery are benefiting from the power of the cloud. Along with our other customers in the region, they will also benefit from increased network redundancy, lower latency and increased durability.

This exciting milestone builds on our recent general availability announcements in both China and Japan, and reflects our rapid global expansion and incredible growth. With compute capacity doubling every six months and more than 8,000 customers signing up weekly, we are helping customers get the power of the cloud delivered by world-class cloud technologies, services and infrastructure. Today, we are excited to help our customers in Brazil harness that power so they can transform their businesses.

A soulful singer’s ship comes in

Editor’s note: The following is a post from Jennifer Warnick, a writer for microsoft.com/stories


Here we go again with another one of those “a guy goes to Web design school, becomes a blues musician instead, takes a job in a cruise ship piano lounge, and is discovered on the high seas and recruited by Microsoft” stories.

Yawn. Cliché. Tale as old as time, right? No? Let’s try that again.

A guy walks into a bar. The guy is Bryan Roper, and the bar is Egg Bar in Davos, Switzerland.

“You see that a lot in Europe – places with names like ‘Sports Land Restaurant,’” Roper said.

It’s January, and after a long day of technological show-and-tell at World Economic Forum, the Microsoft marketing manager ducked into Egg Bar looking for an ATM. That’s when he spotted it – a piano.

“I’d been working a lot, and away from my piano. I asked the bartender there if she would mind if I played a bit,” Roper said. “She looked at me like I might play ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.’”

She hesitated. “Umm …”

“It used to be my job,” Roper told her reassuringly. “And if it bothers anybody, I’ll stop.”

Roper sat down on the piano bench and put his hands on the keys. He started playing his soul, which sounds a lot like the blues, and prepared to hear groans from the room.

Read the full profile at microsoft.com/stories.