Get the latest Windows 10 Build 9879 beta then create a bootable USB flash drive installer, avoiding multiple huge downloads

*On Jan 23 2014, build 9926 was released, below article updated Back on September 30, 2014, Microsoft published Announcing Windows 10: With the Insider program, we’re inviting our most enthusiastic Windows customers to shape Windows 10 with us. We know they’re a vocal bunch – and we’re…

Dec 28 2014

First look at Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE beta, including bare-metal laptop restore. So far, so good!

First: read To get started, I'd strongly recommend reading these closely-related, very recent articles: Free NFR of Veeam Availability Suite v8 with Backup & Replication for VCPs, vExperts, and many other certified professionals Microsoft left the home backup server market, is Veeam…

Dec 10 2014

Microsoft left the home backup server market, is Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE about to take over?

...and they're giving Surface Pro 3 to 6 lucky beta testers. Sounds intriguing, especially for a v1 release. I listened in to a portion of their Webinar today, and wanted to share some initial impressions, based on what I heard so far. I haven't had a chance to test it yet, but Andreas…

Dec 5 2014

VMware vSphere 6 Beta Program is now open to the public!

Previously, VMware's beta programs were mostly limited to folks who work in large enterprises that were members of the VMware Partner Programs, or perhaps vExperts. Everybody else was likely out of luck, as far as the ability to sign up. Until now. On June 30 2014, VMware announced: Now Open:…

Jul 2 2014

Google Hangout on Air: Windows Server 2012 Essentials Beta Deeper Dive (Domains, Backup speeds, Storage Spaces)

Google Events, wow! What a polished and simple way to pull together all the pieces for a broadcast. Invitations, calendar coordination, RSVP, private conversations for show-prep, and finally, auto-publication of a really nice YouTube video from this "Hangouts On Air" experience. Point and…

Jul 16 2012

Windows Server 8 Beta Hyper-V runs fine on ESXi 5.0 Patch 02

There's interest in using ESXi 5.0 Patch 02 to kick the tires on the latest Hyper-V, ideally, able to run "nested" VMs, as a learning/self-training exercise really. As of March 12 2012, I still don't have nesting working however, which is the ability to actually start a VM under Hyper-V.…

Mar 3 2012

Windows Server 8 Beta runs fine on ESXi 5.0 Patch 02

It's now fairly easy to run Windows 8 Server Beta on patched ESXi 5, but I'm not finding it well documented anywhere, not yet anyway. For your search purposes, you may find most references state: Windows 8 Server Beta but the actual name that Microsoft is using is: Windows Server 8 Beta. You may…

Feb 29 2012