Category Archives: Lab Projects

Test drive Veeam Endpoint Backup (Beta)

Veeam recently announced an additional backup product to compliment their Availability Suite V8 solution. It’s called Veeam Endpoint Backup (VEB). As of this writing it is Beta Release. VEB is a standalone backup solution for physical computers.

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Using Multiple Physical NICs in Hyper-V

I have a lab environment that I use to “try before implementing “things” Microsoft. The lab is hosted on a PC running Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V. The physical Hyper-V server may host at least 4 guest Windows servers … Continue reading

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My Windows 8.1 Upgrade

No pictures – just a story. I want to relate my personal experiences trying to upgrade my vintage Dell Inspiron 8600 laptop with 2GB RAM, a 1.5GHZ CPU, and a 100GB 5400rpm disk drive running Windows 7 to Windows 8.1. Full … Continue reading

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System Center DPM Application Backup-Restore – SQL

This blog post shows how to use Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) to backup databases on a Windows 2008 R2 server running SQL Server2008R2. System Center DPM has the ability to backup and restore data files on direct … Continue reading

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Blast from the past – Windows 2003 Failover Clustering

Recently, I had the opportunity to work on a project involving a 2 node, clustered Windows File Share. No big thing you say. The interesting was that it was a Windows 2003 cluster. This was the time that Failover Clustering … Continue reading

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V2V Conversion with Starwind

This blog is a continuation of the adventure started in the previous post VMware P2V Conversion. In that post, I used VMware tools to convert a physical web server running IIS on Windows 2003 Enterprise SP2 to a VMware virtual … Continue reading

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VMware P2V conversion

I project that I’ve been working on recently offered an opportunity to work with VMware virtualization technology. The client has an EXSi installation with a number of hosts and a server running vSphere. The opportunity to work on a project involving … Continue reading

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Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)

The number of virtual servers that we have deployed in the Lab for evaluations and trial software continues to grow. We decided that this might be a good time to deploy Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) and see if we … Continue reading

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Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 SP1

For the longest time, here at the lab, we didn’t seem to find a need to install a copy of Windows Server 2008 R2. At last a project came our way that piques our interest. My previous experience with Windows … Continue reading

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Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Evaluation – Part 3

Previous posts in the series covered Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Server and Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Outlook Client installation. This post will explore some of the basic CRM Functionality provided by the new application.

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