Differences between Azure Guest OS and Default Windows Server

The following page lists the differences between default installations of Windows Server and the Microsoft Azure Guest Operating System (OS) used with Azure Cloud Services.



Performing an In Place upgrade from 2012 to 2012 R2

My host (Windows 2012) was running 1 virtual machine.

pre upgrade

I doubled clicked the iso to mount it, ran the setup, then selected install.  I received no warning telling me to power off my VM.

installThen selected No Thanks to downloading updates,

Capture2I then selected a GUI install

Capture3I then Accepted the terms and selected next,

Capture4I then Selected upgrade,

Capture5The install took slightly longer than 10 minutes.  Once the install had finished and I logged in, the machine was on the domain, all roles and features were installed as expected, Hyper-V was fine.  I powered on my Virtual DC.  The DC powered on fine and there were no issues at all.  This was a very painless operation with minimal downtime.


Missed TechEd? Get the best content condensed from the Virtualization Stream.

At TechEd last week there were 4 sessions on Hyper-V 2012 R2.  This jam packed User Group session will condense these into 1 session.  Giving you the best parts in the shortest time. This weeks session will demo the great new features in R2 and also 3 different migration scenarios and strategies.    We will also talk about zero downtime upgrades, HA considerations, and utilize the copy clusters feature.  There will be prizes on offer.

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August Session~ Hyper-V 2012 R and SCCM 2012 R2 Preview Release

Chris Crampton Infrastructure SME from Technology Effect will be providing an overview and discussion on the new features and enhancements in the Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V and System Center 2012 R2 Preview Release. The presentation will include demos showing off the new Hyper-V 2012 R2 features.

There will be prizes/giveaways and pizza.
The lifts close at 6:00 pm so please call Aaron on 0490074501, if you are late.

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How to run a Domain Controller within your Hyper-V cluster

Here is a great post showing a new feature in Windows 2012.  Now you can run a Domain Controller within your Hyper-V cluster.  Previously this was a problem as the cluster could not start up without a Domain Controller being available.  Although this situation should be avoided if possible, it is technically possible.

Click Here 

Happy Clustering. Aaron

Windows Server 2012: An inside look from a couple of Microsoft Geeks

Come to this special TechEd Australia 2012; BIG presentation on Windows Server 2012!  We have 2 special guests joining us during the week of TechEd.  First up from Microsoft in the US we have Rick Claus who is Senior Technical Evangelist focus on Windows technologies and second our very own Jeff Alexander who is a Technical Evangelist also focusing on Windows Infrastructure.  Jeff and Rick are going to go through their favourite cool technologies that are in Windows Server 2012.  This is going to be a demo heavy session and very free form.  We’ll show some of the cool stuff we like and give you the opportunity to stump the experts!  Come along as this will be a fun night!

When: 5:45pm to 7:45pm (Approx.) MONDAY 10th September 2012

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