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Some great new Hyper-V Replica and System Center resources.

 :: Posted by John Savill on 05-23-2013

Microsoft have released some great new resources.

The first is a new capacity planning tool for Hyper-V Replica which is a utility you install on the Hyper-V server and performs a test to give exact impact on processor, memory, network and storage that Hyper-V Replica would cause for specific virtual machines. Available at

Microsoft have also updated the System Center 2012 Integration Map to include Service Pack 1 information which shows how all the components integrate together. It’s available in DOCX and PDF format and shows a LOT of integration.


Also huge news on the XBOX ONE. If you have not seen it check out at Can’t wait to get mine!

Windows is everywhere!

 :: Posted by John Savill on 05-20-2013

Took my son to Dave and Busters this weekend and saw this as I walked in. Awesome 🙂


New video on the new features of PowerShell 3.0

 :: Posted by John Savill on 05-17-2013

Sat down this morning and created a new video on the major new features of PowerShell 3.0. It’s uploaded to YouTube and available at Plus the main code I use throughout the video so you can try for yourself!

#region CIM
Get-Command -Module CimCmdlets
Get-CimClass -ClassName *disk*
Get-CimClass win32* -MethodName Term*
Get-CimInstance Win32_Process

#region Simplification example
Get-Process | where {$_.HandleCount -gt 900}
Get-Process | where {$psitem.HandleCount -gt 900}
Get-Process | where HandleCount -gt 900

#region Robust sessions
$RemoteSession = New-PSSession –Name Server1Session –ComputerName savdaldc01
Invoke-Command –Session $RemoteSession –ScriptBlock {$date = Get-Date}
Disconnect-PSSession –session $RemoteSession

#This would then be run on the savdaldc01 machine locally showing state not lost
Get-PSSession –ComputerName localhost
$LocalSession = Connect-PSSession –ComputerName localhost  –Name Server1Session
Invoke-command –Session $LocalSession –Scriptblock { $date }
Get-PSSession –ComputerName localhost | Remove-PSSession

#region Workflow
Workflow MyWorkflow {Write-Output -InputObject “Hello from Workflow!”}
Get-Command –Name MyWorkflow –Syntax

Workflow LongWorkflow
Write-Output -InputObject “Loading some information…”
Start-Sleep -Seconds 10
Write-Output -InputObject “Performing some action…”
Start-Sleep -Seconds 10
Write-Output -InputObject “Cleaning up…”
Start-Sleep -Seconds 10

LongWorkflow –AsJob –JobName LongWF
Suspend-Job LongWF
Get-Job LongWF
Receive-Job LongWF –Keep
Resume-Job LongWF
Get-Job LongWF
Receive-Job LongWF –Keep
Remove-Job LongWF

#region Background job
$Trigger = New-JobTrigger –Daily –At 2am
Register-ScheduledJob –Name MyScheduledJob –ScriptBlock {Get-Process} –Trigger $Trigger
(Get-ScheduledJob –Name MyScheduledJob).JobTriggers
Get-ScheduledJob –Name MyScheduledJob
Unregister-ScheduledJob -Name MyScheduledJob

#region Misc commands
Get-Command *disk*
Get-Module Get-Disk
Get-Module Show-Command
Get-Command | sort Module | out-gridview

Surface Pro now supports PXE boot

 :: Posted by John Savill on 05-17-2013

Microsoft have finally released the firmware update for the Surface Pro ( that once installed and used with the Microsoft Surface Pro Ethernet Adapter ( allows the device to support PXE boot and therefore can be booted over the network allowing network based installation of Windows.

Note this ONLY works with the Microsoft Surface Pro Ethernet Adapter as the driver has to be part of the UEFI firmware.

Happy network booting!

My DVD training for MCSA 2012 exam 70-410 is now available.

 :: Posted by John Savill on 05-06-2013

70410dvdMy first ever training DVD set is now available from Infinite Skills for exam 70-410. This is a great supplement to your MCSA 2012 training and hope its useful to you.


Interested in learning all about System Center 2012?

 :: Posted by John Savill on 05-06-2013

Wanted to let everyone know about a 6 hour deep dive event on System Center 2012 I’ve created for Penton and is taking place soon.

For details and sign-up information see

Create a Minecraft server in Azure IaaS

 :: Posted by John Savill on 05-03-2013

What’s a great introduction to the new Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) capability which allows you to run virtual machines in the Microsoft cloud service? Create a Minecraft server! If you have an MSDN subscription you can use your MSDN benefits to leave it running or if you just want to try it out you can create a 3-month trial account. Enjoy the video.