Nested Virtualization – Build a test environment with Hyper-V

From time to time, we need to test something in our infrastructure. Production is not good idea for this, so we build a test environment. Sometimes, such tests may require changes in the hypervisor, which we want to avoid in the production. In such cases, we can work on dedicated test hardware or we can virtualize. Virtualization nesting can be helpful for development, getting familiar with new technologies, new product versions or learning purposes where we can easily simulate our production environment. In this article, we'll explore how to build the test environment on different platforms with help of nested virtualization. Read more

Nano Server Creation – Part 1 of deployment series

Windows Server 2016 comes with many brand-new features and options. One of the new deployment options is Nano Server, a new headless installation option for Windows Server 2016. Nano Server is a highly-minimized installation that is 20-25x smaller than traditional Windows, which only includes the required bits for the running OS. A unique component of Nano Server is the fact that it has no Graphical User Interface (GUI) and no built-in management tools, it’s the only recovery console where you can change network settings, firewall rules, and reset WinRM. Learn about Nano Server Deployment starting with the creation of a new nano server image in the part 1 of the Deployment series! Read more

How to get benefits with Hyper-V virtualization

According to the latest Gartner report regarding x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure, about 80% of server workloads are virtualized, and Hyper-V platform is among the leaders in the area of virtualization. Have you ever wondered why server virtualization became so popular? Today, I will share a few advantages because of which companies should really consider Hyper-V virtualization in order to not be in the 20% of non-virtualized (legacy) organizations. Read more