Free StarWind NFR license

StarWind Offers Free NFR Licenses for Lab Testing, Demonstration, and Training Purposes. The free NFR license keys of StarWind SAN software are available until September 30, 2012. The licenses may be used for non-production purposes only.

A free NFR license is only available for VMware vExperts, VMware Certified Instructors (VCI), Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVP), Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCT), Citrix Technology Professionals (CTP) and Citrix Certified Instructors (CCI).

To receive a free license key, please email to Roman Shovkun, CSO at StarWind (roman.shovkun@starwindsoftware.com) or register at http://www.go.starwindsoftware.com/free-nfr-license.

Here is a comparison between the StarWind editions available:

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If you want to build an easy, quick and free iSCSI shared storage  solution for VMware and Hyper-V get your change!

Free VMware eLearning courses

The VMware training team has released another set of free, online eLearning courses covering cloud, BCDR, and more. Here’s a list of the free eLearning courses:

More information can be found here.

Install Windows Server 2012 in VMware Workstation

This procedure describes how to install Windows Server 2012 in VMware Workstation. The following versions are used:

  • VMware Workstation Technology Preview 2012 e.x.p Build-646643
  • Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate Datacenter Build 8400

In VMware Workstation Technology Preview 2012 create a new VM with the following settings:

  • New Virtual Machine
  • Custom (advanced)
  • Workstation Tech Preview
  • Select “I will install the operating system later”
  • Select “Microsoft Windows” and select as version “Windows 8 x64”
  • Set the Name and Location
  • Minimal 1 processor, 1 core
  • 2048 MB memory
  • Select “Use network address translation (NAT)”
  • Select “LSI Logic SAS”
  • Create a new virtual disk
  • SCSI
  • 60 GB disk size
  • Leave default disk file
  • Finish
  • After the VM is created, edit virtual Machine settings and browse for  the Windows Server 2012 ISO in the the CD/DVD option

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  • Remove the VM from VMware Workstation by clicking on the X icon

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  • Edit the VMX file (i use Notepad++)  and add the following line  to the end to of the VMX file:
vmGenCounter.enable = FALSE
  • Add the VM back to VMware Workstation by clicking on the *.VMX file
  • During the installation choose the Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate (Server wit GUI)

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  • When the installation is ready you have a working Windows Server 2012 server

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  • Install VMware tools

More information can be found on the VMware Workstation Technology Preview 2012 Community.