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Install Windows Server 2016 GUI Desktop Experience

If you have installed Microsoft Windows Server 2016 and are wondering where the GUI now called Desktop Experience is, then unfortunatly the only way to have the Desktop is to re-install the OS. I have just installed Windows Server 2016 today for the first time, and as its just for testing purposes, never really paid much attention to the installation procedure. I’ve installed Windows countless times, so just always click next, next select disk finish. Unfortunatly this time, Windows Server Core (thats what it was called in the old days) appeared. No big deal, lets have a quick google and install it. The first article you come to is from petri.com (everyones favourite source of Windows fixes) and it gives you some tips on how to install the GUI using PowerShell.  Perfect!  Unfortunatly no!  It doesnt work.  This article was written when W2k16 was in Tech Preview.  The install feature […]

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TechEd 2014 recap

Microsoft TechEd 2014 recap

Right time for my whole Microsoft TechEd 2014 Recap. Where to start? There can be only one place to start! VMware Virtual SAN was the winner of best Virtualization at TechEd! Lets say that again, VMware Virtual SAN won best of Microsoft TechEd.  Brilliant!   TechEd 2014 Recap Right, thats enough boasting and gloating!  Although VSAN is an awesome product, its not what I was at TechEd for. First of I have written two articles reviewing the first two days, unfortunately I was unable to write on the third day, due to other commitments, but you can read Day 1 here, and Day 2 here.  Lets pick up where I left the second article, and quickly review the sessions I attended on day 3 and day 4.  Unlike the previous articles, I won’t write a review of the key points.  All the sessions are recorded and available online, and I will […]

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Microsoft TechEd Review

Microsoft TechEd Review – Day 2

Here we are on Day 2 on the Microsoft TechEd Review.  Its going quickly.  The days are long, but the learning never stops.  You can read my Day 1 initial review here. The first session of the day: Migrating effortlessly from VMware to Hyper-V (it wasn’t very effortless for sure) Now I don’t like to criticise people for presenting, standing up in front of people is one of the hardest things in the world, so this is not a criticism of the presenters.  However, the demo they tried to show did not work.  It failed on a simple part, and it really didn’t look that effortless to me.  However, how long has virtualisation been around, and this product is only just coming out?  Wow!  VMware convertor has been around since for ever.  This tool only allows you to move your VM’s offline.  The other part of this session was how […]

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Microsoft TechEd Review

Microsoft TechEd Review – Day 1

Lets begin with my Microsoft TechEd review.  This is day one.  I plan (time permitting) to write a quick review every day until the conference closes. Microsoft TechEd Review Lets begin by saying, this is the year for the Cloud Wars.  Amazon, Google, Microsoft, VMware.  Every conference by every vendor is talking about all new features GA’ing and new services being added on and price drops.  Its pretty awesome to watch if you are a consumer of cloud resources.  Pretty cool. Keynote Disclaimer: I wont really be covering the keynote, as most of it was about Microsoft Azure, and as most people know I work for VMware in the Hybrid Cloud Business Unit, and ultimately as Azure is a direct competitor to VMware vCHS I wont talk about the announcements they made.  I am sure anyone that interested can Google or as Microsoft would prefer BING to find out more.  I […]

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