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For Sale – Core i7 6700K CPU (Retail Boxed)

Decided to jump on the Ryzen train, so I’m selling my Core i7 6700K CPU, that comes in its proper retail packaging.

Can’t remember when I got it, but I think it’s about 2 years ago. Been used for gaming, and work, and never had any issues. Never been overclocked, as I prefer a quiet system, so it’s only ever been run at stock clocks, at 1.2v, with a 240mm AIO on it.

Never gone above 60 degrees in it’s life.

Looking for £180 delivered, payment by Bank Transfer preferred but will consider PPG from established iTraders.

Price and currency: £180
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank Transfer (will consider PPG from established iTraders)
Location: Chorley, Lancashire (PR7)
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Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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Jump In With Two New Xbox One Bundles

Games play best on Xbox One, but for those of you that haven’t already made the jump, we have two new bundles joining the Xbox One family today: the Xbox One X PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Bundle and the Xbox One S Minecraft Bundle. More details below:

Xbox One X PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Bundle

With over 8 million players on Xbox One, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has been one of the most popular games on the platform since its release as a console launch exclusive in the Xbox Game Preview program. Today, you can join the Battle Royale phenomenon with the Xbox One X PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Bundle, which comes with the following:

  • Xbox One X with a 1TB hard drive
  • Xbox Wireless Controller
  • Full-game download of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds enhanced for Xbox One X
  • 1-month Xbox Game Pass trial
  • 1-month Xbox Live Gold trial

The Xbox One X PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Bundle is available later this week for $499 USD at most major retailers worldwide.

Xbox One S Minecraft Bundle

If the Xbox One S is more your style, we’ve also got the Xbox One S Minecraft Bundle. Beat the summer heat with the cool new Update Aquatic and explore new ocean biomes, shipwrecks, ruins and more. Infinite worlds and ways to play can be found in this bundle, as well as the option to play with your friends on nearly any other platform thanks to Xbox Live! Join millions of players in the Minecraft community on Xbox, Windows, Nintendo Switch and mobile devices with this new bundle, which comes with the following:

⦁ Full-game download of Minecraft featuring the exciting Update Aquatic plus the Explorer’s Pack
⦁ Season one of Minecraft: Story Mode – The Complete Adventure
⦁ 1-month Xbox Game Pass trial
⦁ 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial

The Xbox One S Minecraft Bundle starts shipping today and will be available soon for $299 USD at select retailers in select regions. In the U.S., the bundle is exclusively available at Microsoft Store and Walmart.

Xbox One is the only console system that plays the best games of the past, present and future with more than 1,300 games available today – including over 200 exclusives and over 400 Xbox classics. If you’re on Xbox One S or Xbox One X, you can also enjoy the ultimate 4K entertainment experience with a built-in 4K UHD Blu-ray player, premium audio with Dolby Atmos support and the fastest, most reliable gaming network with Xbox Live.

For more information on Xbox One, visit xbox.com or Microsoft Store, near you or online.

Former Army paratrooper lands at Kronos, celebrates community thanks to Microsoft Software & Systems Academy – Microsoft Military Affairs

To Ashish Singh, your network matters. More specifically, your support network.

For the paratrooper medic turned software engineer, that network has always helped him navigate life’s twists and turns. It’s what brought him from Nepal to America when he was 17 years old. It’s what led him to enlist in the U.S. Army. And it’s why he chose to work at Kronos Incorporated—a global leader in workforce management and human capital management software—after graduating from Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA). The rewards have been consistent, and hard-won.

A solid educational foundation eluded Ashish in childhood. “We could barely afford my school,” he says, “and because of political unrest, the school was shut down often.” His mother dreamed of sending Ashish, her only child, to study in America. Eventually, in January 2008, her dream was realized when Ashish and two of his friends were accepted at Ferris State University in Michigan. They arrived with almost nothing—save one another. Even now, Ashish mostly remembers feeling overwhelmed.

“My English was horrible. People would ask me to repeat myself about a thousand times a day,” he says.

Determined to make the most of his opportunity no matter the obstacles, Ashish began to study manufacturing engineering. But after a couple years—during which he pivoted his studies toward computer science and earned a scholarship to study computer engineering—Ashish couldn’t shake the feeling that there was more he wanted to do.

“I’d always wanted to do something great,” he says, “but throughout that time, I felt like I was studying for my family rather than for myself.”

Then, with just one semester remaining in his degree program, Ashish stumbled upon what seemed to him a chance at that greatness: The U.S. Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) program.

Originally established to enlist foreign nationals in the U.S. military to bolster its foreign language capabilities and improve cultural diversity, the MAVNI program was temporary, Ashish knew; it had been suspended once before. So he chose not to risk waiting until after graduation to enlist. He even hoped to pursue computer engineering after enlisting.

But when a physical exam revealed that Ashish was colorblind and therefore disqualified from pursuing IT in the Army, he was unsure of what to do. He chatted with his bunkmates and discovered they were hoping to become paratroopers. Before long, Ashish was training with them to come to the rescue of their fellow soldiers around the world.

Ashish Singh and Army Sgt. Mario Da Silva in Capri, Italy.
Ashish and Army Sgt. Mario Da Silva exploring Capri while stationed in Italy.

Stationed in Italy, Ashish traveled and trained with allies throughout Europe. Alongside the intensity, Ashish found solidarity and a sense of pride. With support from family, friends, and fellow soldiers, he was doing his “something great.”

Then, after a bad jump on a training route over Germany resulted in a back injury, it came time for Ashish to consider his own health. He and his wife—whom he’d met and married in Latvia—relocated to Fort Bragg in North Carolina. But, despite limiting his physical activity, Ashish’s pain worsened. His wife encouraged him to consider other options, and so his thoughts returned to software engineering.

Through his network of friends and former classmates, Ashish learned about MSSA, a Microsoft Military Affairs program launched in 2013 to help U.S. service members and veterans transition from the military into technology careers. He applied and was accepted into the second MSSA cohort at Fort Bragg, which taught Cloud Application Development.

Now available at 14 military locations nationwide, MSSA can graduate up to 1,000 participants each year. Graduates are guaranteed interviews with Microsoft and/or some of the program’s 280 hiring partners. On average, graduates land IT jobs with annual salaries starting at $70,000.

Amid the demanding coursework, Ashish once again found value in the camaraderie of his cohort. “Even more than the course, we learned from each other,” he says. “We helped each other out, we created and implemented projects together, we attended meetups together.”

They even prepared for interviews together. Ashish applied and interviewed at several of the program’s hiring partners, but Kronos stood out from the start for its culture, which has earned it accolades around the world, including Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” Glassdoor’s “Best Places to Work,” and Forbes’ “America’s Best Employers.” When it came to deciding which job offer to accept, the community appeal won out.

“We recently asked our interns to count how many potlucks, cakes, dinners, and other activities we’ve had,” Ashish says. “They lost count.”

But even better, he says, is the support to grow professionally. As an MSSA hiring partner, Kronos is committed to helping participants like Ashish effectively transition into a rewarding career—offering support and guidance they might not receive elsewhere. The result is a close partnership that is helping to address the need for more skilled workers in technology while also equipping transitioning service people to thrive in a digital world.

Ashish touring Capri, Italy, with his friends.
Ashish touring Capri, Italy, with his friends.

“Veterans across all branches of the military have honed exceptional skills and abilities that are in high demand for technology companies—including paying careful attention to detail, executing in a high-stress environment, and collaborating to fulfill a mission,” said Kristen Brown, vice president of global talent acquisition at Kronos. “Yet translating what they’ve learned and what they’ve done into corporate speak doesn’t always come naturally in the transition to civilian life. Programs that help veterans develop business-world confidence and open the doors to corporate opportunities are invaluable.”

In his role as a front-end developer, Ashish is generally focused on application modules that impact user experience. But he’s taking advantage of the opportunity to grow in multiple ways. For example, given his background and broad interest in coding, his mentor also gives him opportunities to work on back-end scripting. And to cap it off, he finished his last semester of school, earning his computer science degree online in May 2018.

“With everything going on, I thought I would never graduate,” he says. “But nobody in my family has a degree, so I wanted to be the first one and make my mom proud.” He’s looking forward to walking in the graduation ceremony in December 2018.

“I’m going to walk, just for her,” he says.

Because in the end, it’s always been a team effort.

Upgrading Hyper-V 2012 R2 to Hyper-V 2016

07 Sep 2017 by Eric Siron
   
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Ready to make the jump from Hyper-V 2012 R2 to 2016? With each successive iteration of Hyper-V, the move gets easier. You have multiple ways to make the move. If you’re on the fence about upgrading, some of the techniques involve a bit less permanence.

What This Article Will Not Cover

I’m not going to show you how to install Hyper-V. The process has not changed since 2012. We probably owe the community a brief article on installing though…

I will not teach you how to use Hyper-V or its features. You need to know:

  • How to install Hyper-V
  • How to install and access Hyper-V’s native tools: Hyper-V Manager, PowerShell, and, where applicable, Failover Cluster Manager
  • How to use Hyper-V Replica, if you will be taking any of the HVR options
  • How to use Live Migration

I won’t make any special distinctions between Hyper-V Server and Windows Server with Hyper-V.

I will not show anything about workgroup configurations. Stop making excuses and join the domain.

I’m not going to talk about Windows 10, except in passing. I’m not going to talk about versions prior to 2012 R2. I don’t know if you can skip over 2012 R2.

What This Article Will Cover

What we will talk about:

  • Virtual Machine Configuration File Versions
  • Rolling cluster upgrades: I won’t spend much time on that because we already have an article
  • Cross-version Live Migration
  • Hyper-V Replica
  • Export/import
  • In-place host upgrades

Virtual Machine Configuration File Versions

Each new iteration of Hyper-V brings a new format for the virtual machine definition file. It also brings challenges when you’re running different versions of Hyper-V. Historically, Hyper-V really only wants to run virtual machines that use its preferred definition version. If it took in an older VM, it would want to upconvert it. 2016 changes that pattern a little bit. It will happily run version 5.0 VMs (2012 R2) without any conversion at all. That means that you can freely move a version 5.0 virtual machine between a system running 2012 R2 Hyper-V and a system running 2016. The Windows 10/Windows Server 2016 version of Hyper-V Manager includes a column so that you can see the version:

m16_cv

The version has been included in the Msvm_VirtualSystemSettingData WMI class for some time and exposed as a property in Get-VM. However, the Get-VM cmdlet in version 2 of the Hyper-V module (ships with W10/WS2016/HV2016) now includes the version in the default view:

upgrading hyper-v 2012 r2 to 2016 - version 5.0

The capability of 2016 to directly operate the older version enables all of the features that we’ll talk about in this article.

Rolling Cluster Upgrades

2016 gives an all-new upgrade option. “Rolling cluster upgrade” allows you to upgrade individual cluster nodes to 2016. At least, we describe it that way. More accurately, clusters of Hyper-V hosts can contain both 2012 R2 and 2016 simultaneously. So, “upgrading” may not be the correct term to use for individual nodes. You can upgrade them, of course, but you can also wipe them out and start over or replace them with all-new hardware. Whatever you’re doing, the process boils down to: take down a 2012 R2 node, insert a 2016 node.

A feature called “cluster functional level” enables this mixing of versions. When the first 2016 node joins the cluster, it becomes a “mixed mode” cluster running at a “functional level” of 2012 R2. Once the final 2012 R2 node has been removed, you just run Update-ClusterFunctionalLevel. Then, at your convenience, you can upgrade the configuration version of the virtual machines.

Adrian Costea wrote a fuller article on rolling cluster upgrades.

Cross-Version Live Migration

Due to the versioning feature that we opened the article with, Live Migration can freely move a version 5.0 virtual machine between a 2012 R2 system and a 2016 system. If both of the hosts belong to the system cluster (see the previous section), then you don’t need to do anything else. Contrary to some myths being passed around, you do not need to configure anything special for intra-cluster Live Migrations to work.

To Live Migrate between hosts that do not belong to the same cluster, you need to configure constrained delegation. That has not changed from 2012 R2. However, one thing has changed: you don’t want to restrict delegation to Kerberos on 2016 systems anymore. Instead, open it up to any protocol. I provided a PowerShell script to do the work for you. If you’d rather slog through the GUI, that same article shows a screenshot of where you’d do it.

Special note on constrained delegation configuration between 2012 R2 and 2016: Constrained Delegation’s behavior can be… odd. It gets stranger when combing 2012 R2 with 2016. On a 2016’s systems property sheet, always select “Use any authentication protocol”. On a 2012 R2 system, always select “Use Kerberos only”. I found that I was able to migrate from 2016 to 2012 R2 without setting any delegation at all, which I find… odd. When moving from 2012 R2, I found that I always had to start the migration from the 2016 side. Nothing I did ever allowed for a successful move when I initiated it from the 2012 R2 side. I expect that your mileage will vary. If you get errors, just try a different combination. I promise you, this migration path does work.

Cross-Version Hyper-V Replica

If you’re reading straight through, you’ll find that this section repeats much of what you’ve already seen.

Hyper-V Replica will happily move virtual machines using configuration version 5.0 between 2012 R2 and 2016 systems. The fundamental configuration steps do not change between the two versions.

Export and Import

The export feature has changed a great deal since its initial inception. Once upon a time, it would create an .exp file in place of the XML file. Without that .exp file, Hyper-V would not be able to import an exported virtual machine. That limitation disappeared with 2012. Since then, Hyper-V can import a virtual machine directly from its XML file. You don’t even need to export it anymore. If you wanted, you could just copy the folder structure over to a new host.

However, the export feature remains. It does two things that a regular file copy cannot:

  • Consolidation of virtual machine components. If you’ve ever looked at the settings for a virtual machine, you’d know that you can scatter its components just about anywhere. The export feature places all of a virtual machine’s files and attached VHD/Xs into a unified folder structure.
  • Active state preservation. You can export a running virtual machine. It will be imported where it left off.

When you export a virtual machine, it retains its configuration version. The import process on 2016 does not upgrade version 5.0 virtual machines. They will remain at version 5.0 until you deliberately upgrade them. Therefore, just as with Live Migration and Replica, you can use export/import to move version 5.0 virtual machines between 2012 R2 and 2016.

In-Place Host Upgrades

Windows has earned a reputation for coping poorly with operating system upgrades. Therefore, a lot of people won’t even try it anymore. I can’t say that I blame them. However, a lot of people haven’t noticed that the upgrade process has changed dramatically. Once upon a time, there was a great deal of backing up and in-place overwrites. The Windows upgrade process no longer does any of that. It renames the Windows folder to Windows.old and creates an all-new Windows folder from the install image. But, the matter of merging in the old settings remains. Most problems source from that.

I have not personally attempted an upgrade of Windows Server for many years now. I do not exactly know what would happen if you simply upgraded a 2012 R2 system directly to 2016. On paper, it should work just fine. In principle…

If you choose the direct upgrade route, I would:

  • Get a good backup and manually verify it.
  • Schedule enough time to allow for the entire thing to finish, go horribly wrong, and rebuild from scratch
  • Make a regular file copy of all of the VMs to some alternative location

Wipe and Reinstall

If you want to split the difference a bit, you could opt to wipe out Windows/Hyper-V Server without hurting your virtual machines. Doing so allows you to make a clean install on the same hardware. Just make certain that they’re not in the same location that you’re wiping out. You can do that with a regular file copy or just by holding them on a separate partition from the management operating system. Once the upgrade has completed, import the virtual machines. If you’re going to run them from the same location, use the Register option.

Leveraging Cross-Version Virtual Machine Migration Options

All of these options grant you a sort of “try before you commit” capability. In-place upgrades fit that category the least; going back will require some sacrifice. However, the other options allow you to move freely between the two versions.

Some people have reported encountering performance issues on 2016 that they did not have with 2012 R2. To date, I have not seen any reason to believe that 2016 possesses any inherent flaws. I haven’t personally involved myself with any of these systems, so I can only speculate. So far, these reports seem isolated, which would indicate situational rather than endemic problems. Hardware or drivers that aren’t truly ready for 2016 might cause problems like these. If you have any concerns at all, wouldn’t you like the ability to quickly revert to a 2012 R2 environment? Wouldn’t you also like to be able to migrate to 2016 at your leisure?

Cross-Version Virtual Machine Limitations

Unfortunately, this flexibility does not come without cost. Or, to put a more positive spin on it, upgrading the configuration version brings benefits. Different version levels bring their own features. I didn’t track down a map of versions to features. If you upgrade from 5.0 to the current version (8.0 as of this writing), then you will enable all of the following:

  • Hot-Add and Hot-Remove of memory and network adapters
  • Production Checkpoints/Disable Checkpoints
  • Key Storage Drive (Gen 1)
  • Shielded VM (Gen 2)
  • Virtual Trust Platform Module (vTPM) (Gen 2)
  • Linux Secure Boot
  • PowerShell Direct

When you’re ready to permanently make the leap to 2016, you can upgrade a virtual machine with Update-VMVersion. You’ll also find on the VM’s right-click menu:

m16_upvmver

For either method to be successful, the virtual machine must be turned off.

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