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Off-topic things and some Hyper-V goodies (resources, backup and AzMan scope scripts)

Off-topic things and some Hyper-V goodies (resources, backup and AzMan scope scripts)

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Lately it's been very quiet on my blog. There are a couple of things to that. First and foremost there was recently a lot going on in my private life, and therefore I had little time to focus on anything else then family (well, I still had and HAVE to work;))

The news is I am getting married:) to my long-time fiancee Maja. Actually I still think that its not that big of a change, because we have been living together for a long time. But others seem to point that it still is a more then just a formal change. We'll see;)

As for work, I finished an internal Hyper-V virtualization training. During preparing of this training I learned a lot about Hyper-V and Virtual Machine Manager 2008. Unfortunately I had little time to blog about these technologies. Below I share couple of things:

  • List of useful blogs and resources on virtualization that I used while preparing the training (listed below - note that some of the links may become outdated as I used them over the last 4 months, and in that time Hyper-V went from BETA through RC0, RC1 to RTM)
  • A VMM 2008 simple backup script that saves VMs, copies them to a disk and starts (I used external USB) - attached (bat that fires the powershell can be used in Task Scheduler).
  • A VBScript shared by David Shiflet that allows setting and getting AzMan scopes on VMs in Hyper-V. (GetSetScopeScripts contains 2 vbscripts). First create an AzMan scope (give it some name, say SCOPENAME) and then use the scripts in this way:
    • Get Scope: cscript //nologo GetScope.vbs VMNAME
    • Set Scope: cscript //nologo SetScope.vbs VMName SCOPENAME


Hyper-V and VMM resources:

Blogs regarding virtualization:


Microsoft Virtualization short podcast series

Open Virtual Machine Format (OVF) initiative:

HyperCall API:

VHD Specification:


Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide – Windows Server Virtualization,

Core IO Team Blog:

Microsoft IO websites:,

Microsoft Virtualization ROI Tool:


Implementing Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Release Candidate 0 (RC0) on HP ProLiant servers" Integration Note:

Microsoft Assessment and Planning

MAPS Team Blog (Virtualization)


Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) Primer

SNIA Storage Tutorials

Storage options for Hyper-V blog entries:,

Microsoft Storage Technologies:

Deploying iSCSI SANs iSCSI SANs.doc

Deployment Automation

How sysprep works:

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2008 download:

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Team Blog:

TechNet Web Cast: Windows Server 2008: Server Virtualization Solution Scenario (Level 300)

Storage IT Toolbox:

Introduction to SAN IBM Redbook: (352 pages of information on SAN concepts)

Implementing Hyper-V on HP ProLiant Servers

Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide (including VMM 2008 IPD) – still BETA at 17/06/2008:

Windows Server 2008 Performance Tuning Guide:

Manage and Automate

WMI resource center:

Hypervisor Design Guide:

Blog with many samples on how to use powershell to manage hyper-v VMs:

VMM 2008 General Overview:

VMM Video:


VHD Compatibilty blog entry:

Hyper-V vs Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 hypervisor:


Delegate permissions to hyper-V with AzMan:

How to install Hyper-V on Server Core:

Security Configuration Wizard Documentation:

Virtual Computing Security Technical Implementation Guide:

Bitlocker Hyper-V recommendation podcast:

High Availability

Build a HA cluster for Hyper-V step-by-step instructions:

Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Software v2.06:

Quick Migration with Hyper-V

How to setup a failover cluster with Server 2008 core:

Hyper-V Clustering step-by-step guide:

WS08 Cluster setup:

Windows Server 2008 High Availability Program information

Certified for Windows Server Logo Program for Software

List of application vendors who meet Certification requirements

Hyper-V Guest clustering setup

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