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Windows Sandbox on Hyper-V virtual machine

Windows Sandbox, first introduced just before Christmas in Insider build 18305 is off to a rough start. It works on some devices, but according to various tech sites and forums, the majority of users only get a splash screen (Sandbox doesn’t start). Using myself and my three Insider Fast Ring machines as a test case, Sandbox

Ten Forums Live Webcasts

Windows Ten Forums (https://www.tenforums.com) is one of the biggest, if not the biggest Windows 10 forums on the Internet. As I write this, it has over 122,000 members who have posted 1.4 million posts across more than 100,000 threads. Compared to any other Windows site, it is extremely well administrated and moderated. One big difference

Ubuntu 18.04.1 now in Hyper-V Quick Create Gallery

Earlier this week, Microsoft and Canonical made a giant leap forward in bringing Linux to the Windows desktop. A pre-installed, pre-configured Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS virtual hard disk is now available in the Hyper-V Quick Create Gallery, and can be set up in minutes. No installation is required. The virtual machine created is Generation 2 and has full

Hyper-V and Differencing Disks

Especially when testing Windows Insider Preview builds in various editions and languages, I use differencing disks on Hyper-V virtual machines. This not only allows me to save storage space on my dedicated Hyper-V drive, but it also makes creating new virtual machines really fast, taking just seconds to boot to the desktop when a VM

Automation Brings Scale to IT

One potential secret to IT success is careful and judicious use of automation tools and technologies. But remember: automation is supposed to SAVE time and money, not spend it wildly or wastefully!

Hyper-V, Virtual RAM and Virtual CPUs

Quite a number of IT pros and advanced users alike use virtual machines to test Windows Insider builds, to run legacy operating systems for intermittent needs, to have a sandbox environment to test new software, or for a myriad of other reasons. My choice for virtualization software is Hyper-V, and has been since it was

Macrium viBoot & A hassle-free, no risk Windows 10 upgrade

If you’re using Macrium Reflect as your backup and imaging solution, be aware that it comes with an excellent tool that can update, upgrade and maintain your image backups. It’s called Macrium viBoot, and it’s worth getting to know. As a keen and avid Windows Insider, I’ve had my share of Windows upgrades  fail for various reasons. Fortunately,

Hyper-V Online Gallery: Create a VHD repository

Windows 10 version 1709 holds a hidden gem for us virtualization freaks: Quick Create Online Gallery. By default, it gives Microsoft an opportunity to suggest its premade virtual machines to users. But the term “hidden gem” means that although the feature has been available for almost a year now in Windows Insider builds, its documentation