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Mystery certification on your transcript? A freebee?

Posted by in Certification, Hyper-V, Microsoft

I received a congratulatory email from Microsoft MCP program today informing me that I was now an MCSE: Communication. Coincidentally, I had taken and passed 74-409 yesterday, but that was virtualization and system center exam which had nothing to do with Microsoft Lync! Over matter of few hours, I noticed other fellow MCMs started asking on email and it became evident I wasn’t the only one getting this surprising email! What was happening? Was Microsoft giving away certification accidentally that we did not earn? Fear not! Microsoft is not in…read more

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Routing for Hyper-V Lab – Part 2

Posted by in Hyper-V, Windows Server

In Part 1 of this article, we discussed how you can route between VMs on same host using networks connected to “Internal” virtual switch. Now let’s look at how to route between VMs when your lab consists of more than one hosts. Obviously, what I am going to cover isn’t the only way to do this but is one of many. I can certainly go on an on about all other options but I am trying to show the simplest possible one. Lab Setup For this lab, we are going…read more

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Routing for Hyper-V Lab – Part 1

Posted by in Hyper-V, Windows Server

Most of us IT Pros usually have a lab of some kind. Mostly running some form of virtualization and if you are Microsoft savvy, chances are you are running Hyper-V either on Windows 7/8 pro edition so you can carry your lab around with you or have a Windows Server with Hyper-V. When we try to mimic real world complexities in these labs, routing becomes one essential component of these labs. Most of the times we are squeezed for resources and if you are like me, you would like to…read more

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