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...
  • Top 10 Server Consolidation issues - Part 6

    Welcome to Part 6 - this is the penultimate instalment... 8. Legacy hardware – modem cards, fax boards Basically there is simple advise here, make sure you identify attached hardware on the servers you intend to consolidate (or virtualise) during...
  • Virtual Server UK community...

    If you're a Virtual Server user in the UK , and if you're a TDM (Technical Decision Maker), Architect or even a CTO (with the proliferation of job titles these days I'll let you make up your own mind as to whe ther your title is equivalent to these suggestions...
  • 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...
  • "Needs Attention" status on SCVMM 2008 RTM

    If you encounter this error (and haven't seen the workaround on other blogs), please make sure you have these updates installed on the Hyper-V hosts: Hyper-V QFE ( KB956589 ) BITS QFE ( KB956774 )   Regards, Clive Technorati Tags: SCVMM 2008
  • MSCS, first time for a while

    Sorry for the lack of posts in the last few weeks ( holiday season!), hopefully I will start to post regularly again from now on. I presented on clustering today which I enjoyed doing (and I hope the audience liked it), as usual I was asked for links...
  • Virtual Server as used by Microsoft IT...and webcast

    Excellent docuemnt from Microsoft IT on their use of Virtual Server and details of a webcast on the subject later this month. At Microsoft, pursuit of improvements in operational efficiencies led to the consolidation of a number of physical datacenters...
  • SyncToy...it's about time!

    If you have wanted to synchronise two folders between machines before but, didn't want to buy a solution or couldn't find one...this is for you - read about it here .
  • My first month as a blogger...

    That’s it for this month, I can hardly believe that I’ve been blogging for one month already, actual one month tomorrow but as that’s a Saturday I’ll talk about it today! From my point of view looking at my statistics as a newbie blogger is important...
  • What would you want to see Microsoft demo?

    If you could come to Microsoft UK and see a demo and use any of Windows Server System Platform Operations infrastructure components – what would you want to see? Would it be any of these suggestions, have you others in mind? SP1 features R2...
  • Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 Beta 2 – Part3

    Not much progress to report this week apart from upgrading to Community Preview Release #1 only to find that Community Preview Release #2 has just been released. So the job for Monday will be another upgrade of the systems I have, hopefully it will be...
  • WSSRA - Virtual Environments for Development and Test

    I just read the " Upstate-NY-Technology " Blog and noticed the last post which mentioned the WSSRA-VE guide or to give it it's full snappy title: Windows Server System Reference Architecture Virtual Environments for Development and Test (WSSRA-VE). ...
  • Another Virtual Server networking question

    Ivan, sent me this question Is it possible to have special channel between virtual machines? For example, I have installed MSFT Virtual Server R2 and 2 virtual machines. If one program in one virtual machine is trying to access some file on it's virtual...
  • Virtual Server 2005 R2 is free, and Linux is supported...

    Not the best kept secret I know (and so do you all by now), but the press release is here , In summary, Virtual Server 2005 R2 will become a free download, in effect there is now only the Enterprise edition, so 1-32 CPU's are supported on the host...
  • Windows 2003 Storage Server - joins the R2 fold

    Windows 2003 Storage Server R2 is now available (from OEMs), completing the line-up of the Operating Systems that will run R2 (at least for now). We also announced the availability of software-enabled Storage Area Network (SAN) boot of Microsoft Windows...
  • 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...
  • Wintarget acquired

    Some of you may have come across an iSCSI tool called Wintarget from String Bean Software , it seems we have acquired the software and it's going to be integrated shortly.
  • Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 Beta2 is now available

    More details from Dugie and John . Also you can take a look at the main Virtual Server site where it has this overview This release includes: • AMD Virtualization (AMD-V) compatibility • Intel Virtualization Technology...
  • Increase a VHD size - the methods

    Dugie and others have posted about this in the past, now Conrad has added some great detail, especially leveraging native Microsoft tools (some still in beta). Basically you have a choice of: Method 1 . Using WAIK (Windows Automated Installation Kit)...
  • Windows Dreamscene Preview (beta is now on WU)

    This must be one of the most talked about Vista Ultimate Extra's and featured heavily during the Vista launch - well the beta has now been posted on Windows Update...you will need Windows Vista Ultimate Edition and be Glass enabled to make it run. Then...
  • 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...
  • Life may have just got easier...

    Take a look at a tool Dugie has found to convert VMDK file to VHD format - top find! And there is lots of additional great virtualization stuff on the main vmtoolkit site.
  • Forum's for Longhorn & Virtualization

    I'll admit I just assumed we didn't have a forum for Virtualization hosted on Microsoft.com, but actually the Technet guys do (thanks!). So if you're as surprised as me and are interested, head over to the Windows Server Virtualization forum. There is...
  • SCVMM by Ben

    Ben wrote to me last week to chat about SCVMM after reading my SCVMM blog series (sorry Ben but it took me a while before I read the email, as I've been v.busy this week). Ben has produced some PowerShell and SCVMM scripts - you can take a look over at...
  • VHD password

    Steven recently asked me about the password for the VHD Testdrive program, he wrote: "I found your details on the Microsoft MVP site. I hope you can help in this instance. I have installed Virtual Server 2005 R2 and downloaded the VHD for Windows 2003...