As I wrote in an earlier post, there is no better time to write your exam for 70-659 Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization, than now and particularly before May 31, 2012. So to aid in that endeavour, Joseph Yedid, an IT specialist with Enhansoft in Ottawa, has put together a series of posts focused on getting IT folk ready to pass this exam. Joseph writes his blog at www.josephyedid.com but has allowed me to repost this series here.

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In this section I will cover configuring child settings.

Configuring Child Resources

When it comes to configuring disks, networks, CPUs, and memory settings, these are all done within the VM settings; whether that is in Hyper-V Manager or VMM.

IDE drives are required as the OS, can only boot from an IDE disk. They cannot be added dynamically while the VM is running. ISCSI disks on the other hand can be dynamically added while the VM is running.

The Network Adapter section allows for setting the virtual network to use, the MAC address settings, and VLAN ID, if needed.

The Processor section allows for setting the virtual processor settings including:

  • Processor (Number of logical processors to use)  
  • VM reserve (this reserves an amount of the physical processor for VM usage)  
  • VM limit (here you can set the maximum processor power of the virtual CPU that is attached to the VM)  
  • Relative weight (here you can set the priority VMs will have for CPU resources)
  • Processor compatibility (these two settings are used if you are using different CPUs in your environment or older operating system)

The Memory section allows for setting the memory assigned to the VM. Memory can be set to either Static or Dynamic. Dynamic memory also has the option of Memory buffer, which allows you to reserve a percentage of the memory to use. Memory weight prioritizes how much available memory will be available to the VM compared to other VMs.

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Joseph-1Joseph Yedid is an IT specialist working at Enhansoft a company based in Ottawa, Canada, that develops products and services to extend the value of System Center Configuration Manager 2007 (SCCM) and System Center Configuration Manager 2012. He is an avid user of technology and is certified in many areas of Microsoft infrastructure technologies. He is MCTS and MCITP certifed - Windows Server 2008 and Microsoft Vista/Windows 7. Other interests revolve around virtualization technologies, System Center and Private Cloud. Joseph is a member and on the executive of the Ottawa Windows Server User Group.