Clive Watson's Blog

Clive Watson, Datacenter Technical Specialist, Microsoft UK

Clive Watson's Blog

  • Hyper-V WMI interfaces are now available

    Good news this morning.... The virtualization team is pleased to announce the public beta release of the Hyper-V WMI interfaces . Hyper-V WMI APIs . Hyper-V uses WMI APIs (similar to the Virtual Server COM API) to create, manage, monitor, configure virtual...
  • SCVMM Part 9 (How to create a Virtual Machine)

    Getting back to how to use SCVMM, I'll now walk you through one of the ways to create a Virtual Machine (VM) on a host - I'll use one the simplest ways, there are lots of other options. BTW, Are those of you not on the SCVMM beta finding this series...
  • Server Core Configuration tool - now available

    Some of you may remember a free tool that you could use to configure Windows Server 2008 core (basically a simple GUI that allowed you to setup the system), unfortunately this tool was removed from the web . This *new* tool is uncomplied code (Script...
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  • SCVMM Part8 (PowerShell)

    If you know a bit about PowerShell this post wont enlighten you further, so you might stop reading here. However if you're new to PowerShell or specifically PowerShell with System Centre Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) then the command GET-COMMAND will...
  • SCVMM- Part7 (PowerShell)

    As you should be aware SCVMM like Exchange 2007 is based on PowerShell (previously known as "Monad"). This enables you to perform every action that the GUI does from the command line and in some cases more. PowerShell is a pre-requisite for SCVMM and...
  • SCVMM Summary and Diagram

    Summary To date we have covered the following: Part 1: Initial Setup Part 2: Creation of a host group Part 3: Possible host and VM status Part 4: Adding a host into SCVMM Part 5: More state information and filtering lists Part...
  • SCVMM Part 11 (Template and Profiles)

    In a prior post I promised more details on the template feature in SCVMM so here we go. The Template which in my mind is linked with two other options in SCVMM which are known as profiles, the two profile types are: Hardware Guest OS Going...
  • Do you want to script RDS for VDI

    If so the Technet Script Center has plenty of resources, view them here Some scripts I’d like to highlight: Virtual Machine Management Configure Guest OS for VDI (PowerShell) Configure Guest OS for VDI (VB Script)   Virtual machine assignment management...
  • DFS-R and Shadow Copy

    John has kindly demonstrated that DFS-R is a replication technology, and that shadow copies can be enabled as a method of providing backups, I must say I’ve done a similar thing to John whilst prepping for a demo; fortunately the files were small and...
  • SCVMM Part 10 (Remote Control)

    As promised in the last post here is how you remotely manage the Virtual Machine you've just created. For those familiar with Virtual Server this is very similar. VMRC.exe (Virtual Machine Remote Control) utility has always been in Virtual Server,...
  • SCVMM admin console and ActiveX

    I recently cam across a sequence of events that confused me with the SCVMM Administrators console and Self Service Portal installed on my Vista x64 laptop. On one laptop the SCVMM Self Service Portal was working fine, on the other I was getting a gray...
  • RDVH Capacity planning

    A common ask has been for a Microsoft produced scalability paper for RDVH, now we have one… This document presents some preliminary guidance and data around capacity planning for RD Virtualization Host and should be regarded as an update to the “ Remote...
  • Running Active Directory in a Virtual machine + SQL

    Ok...so in the last 3 weeks I've been asked this numerous times (and to save emailing it again!), the article you need is http://support.microsoft.com/kb/888794/en-us .  I guess just recently we've seen a step up in the workloads being virtualized...
  • RDS virtualized on Hyper-V

    This is a recent post I missed (thanks for the pointer Julius ) from the Remote Desktop Services Team (formally known as Terminal Services). Basically with Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V “ We conducted our testing using both non-SLAT and SLAT hardware...
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 on MSDN

    Windows Server 2003 R2 can now be found on MSDN Subscriber downloads, ISO i mages for x86 and x64 Standard and Enterprise are available. Evaluation editions are also available here
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager - Part 2

    One of the great SCVMM features is the ability to simply, create a "Host Group" under the "Managed Computers" object. In this example I have created two sub groups, the one I'll detail here is UK, I could also create child groups under these parents....
  • Measuring Performance on Hyper-V

    Thanks to Julius for the below link (under Biztalk 2006 R2 guidance!) http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc768535.aspx This is useful if you want a list of Hyper-V perfmon counters to monitor for CPU, Disk, Network and Memory      ...
  • Network Configuration for Live Migration

    Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2 This guide describes how to configure your network to use the live migration feature of Hyper-V™. It provides a detailed list of the networking configuration requirements for optimal performance and reliability. Here...
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager - Part 3

    The following screen grab shows a single running Virtual Server host machine in the “Infrastructure Hosts” group. I've circled the state information which shows "responding", meaning that the server that's running Virtual Server 2005 R2 is available,...
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager - Part 4

    In this post I'll detail how you add an existing host into SCVMM, basically the easiest way is to select the container that you wish the host to reside in. In my case I wish to add the new host in to the "Infrastructure Hosts" group, so you simply highlight...
  • Private Cloud - SCVMM SSP v2.0

    There have been a few names over the last few months for this technology, the final name is now Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 Links and more details can be found on the Virtualization portal http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization...
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager - Part 1

    UPDATE: Changed post title from "Day1" to "Part1"... System Center Virtual Machine Manager (Beta1) was made avialble on http://connect.microsoft.com site. For more information (assuming you haven't downloaded it yourself) can be found here and here...
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager - Part 5

    The following blog will show the state information and context filtering that is achievable in SCVMM. In parts 2-4 I have shown how SCVMM displays the hosts and Virtual Machines that have been added to the console for management. This posts concentrates...
  • SCVMM - Can you help the help?

    I got an email from the technical writer for SCVMM help files over the weekend, she has been reading my posts about SCVMM specifically liking some of the warnings comments I have mentioned. This was good to know, and I'll make sure I'm clearer when posting...