John Kelbley's real life enterprise interop and administration

  • Exporting Hyper-V VMs Over the Network

    I received a comment via e-mail that it can take 2-3 times as long to move a VM from one Hyper-V host to another host, when compared to VMware or Virtual Server. I do not think that the person mentioning this was super familiar with Hyper-V export, but...
  • DiskShadow / Xcopy BACKUP of Hyper-V

    I mentioned in my last post the diskshadow command line tool that was introduced in Windows Server 2008. Jose Barreto did a nice job over viewing the command in his blog , so I won't cover the same ground. I’m going to walk you through how I use diskshadow...
  • Linux P2V With DD and VHDTool – EASY and CHEAP!

    So I’ve been busy the last two week getting ready for TechEd (WAHOO!) where I’m co-presenting two sessions this year.  One of the sessions is all about Linux on Hyper-V.  To get ready, I’ve been working though lots of the common operational...
  • Hyper-V VM Tribbles – VMs Everywhere!

    I was thinking this week of how to demonstration / highlight the cool new processing capacity of new multi-core processors. I came up with a really short PowerShell script (based on James O’Neill’s Hyper-V management library available on Codeplex ...
  • Hyper-V P2V for Windows

    Physical to Virtual migration (P2V) is a common task for achieving consolidation goals through virtualization. System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) is by far the best tool from Microsoft to facilitate P2V migrations (as well as V2V conversions...
  • Best Part of Hyper-V Backup and Recovery Is Windows!

    I speak with lots of customers about virtualization every week. I’m always interested in how they manage their virtual environment, and often dig into their operational procedures and practices. I find that organizations who adopted virtualization earlier...
  • CSV is not Required for Live Migration

    I had this whole post all ready to go, then my lab took a power hit (poof!). At least I know what to write again! Anyhow, I received a great comment on the other “Windows Server Expert” blog about CSV and Live Migration. I had mentioned in a post about...
  • Tiered Storage: Second Step - Creating My Virtual Disk and Volume

    In earlier posts I talked about why we purchase storage the way we do , I showed you my zany storage sub-system , and I talked about my goals for testing Storage Spaces with Tiered Storage . In my last post, I showed how I created a Storage Pool ....
  • The Best Sounding Drill I’ve Ever Owned!

    When I’m not working on computer related projects, like a lot of people I get things done around the house.  This Summer I upgraded our swing set by adding two extra floors of elevated “fort space” which took some time.  Once completed, I realized...
  • DiskShadow / Xcopy RESTORE of Hyper-V

    In my last post I showed you how to create a consistent backup of a Hyper-V host using the no additional cost Diskshadow command and an attached USB drive (in contrast to the costly VMware Consolidated Backup). Now I want to show you how to restore the...
  • Linux and Hyper-V the Easy Way: Brown and Serve!

    Linux runs on Hyper-V – you’ve seen Hanna Montana Linux here already (I couldn’t resist using it!).  I do hope you’ll look to Windows Server first as your preferred application platform, but realize that sometimes business conditions may lead you...
  • Tiered Storage: My Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Rig

    I wanted to give you some background on that high-performance, coffee-table-based storage sub-system I showed few posts back. My goal was to create a high-performance storage sub-system which I could use to experiment with Storage Space and the new capabilities...
  • The Wonder of Volume Shadow Copy and Hyper-V

    Microsoft introduced the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) as part of Windows Server 2003 . VSS lets you coordinate necessary actions to create a consistent point-in-time copy (also known as a shadow copy or snapshot ) of data for backup purposes. It allows...
  • I’ve Got 2 Blogs Now!

    I was tapped to post up on the Microsoft Windows Server site recently, and I’m now also posting on the “Because it’s everybody’s business” area as a Windows Server expert (the actual blog site is here ). The goals of the site are to focus on ways to innovate...
  • We’ve Been Kindled!

    I just got a copy of the second edition of our book in the mail (starts shipping next week!) and found out that there’s a Kindle version !  That’s cool!   In case you hadn’t noticed, Microsoft has upgraded our blog platform (lots of changes...
  • Disabling IM in the Lync Client

    What?  You want to disable IM in Lync?  Why on Earth would you want to do that! It turns out there are a number of reasons that some organizations might want to, including: compliance - don’t want IMs to be archived/discoverable…so don’t have...
  • Backup and Recovery of Non-Windows VMs on Hyper-V – IT JUST WORKS!

    In the last few posts I showed you a simple (and low cost ) manual method for back and recovery of virtual machines running on Hyper-V. When I ran through the process in my lab, I purposely used two different types of virtual machines: one Windows...
  • Comments Appear to Be Working!

    I think suddenly comments are working on the blog (hooray!).  I’ve had trouble enabling comments over the last few weeks, and have been adjusting settings.  One made it on (thanks) regarding the drill project. If you had tried to leave a comment...
  • Detecting The Virtualization Layer From Within A Guest / Child Instance

    A while back I responded to an internal (Microsoft) e-mail where someone had requested information about how to detect if a Windows OS is running on Hyper-V. It was a pretty good note, and Tony Soper posted it for me on his blog back in August of this...
  • Tiered Storage: My Goals for Testing

    To bring you up to speed, I’ve loaded the preview of Windows Server 2012 R2 and built an extremely low cost storage subsystem out using a USB hub, some memory sticks, and USB attached SATA drives detailed in earlier posts. This is all in an effort...
  • Tiered Storage: First Step - Creating My Storage Pool

    In earlier posts I talked about why we purchase storage the way we do , I showed you my zany storage sub-system , and I talked about my goals for testing Storage Spaces with Tiered Storage . Now I would like to show you how I created my high-performance...
  • Tiered Storage: My Unscientific Performance Testing

    Sorry for not posting anything about my tiered storage setup in a while. Since I posted about “ Storage Rig ” and the walk through of how to setup tiered storage, I found that the USB 3.0 sticks I had been using were VERY slow on writes, and not well...
  • Hyper-V Replica: Better Than DR, it’s Disaster Avoidance and Way More!

    Hyper-V Replica was introduced in with Windows Server 2012, and is one of those transformational features that completely alters how disaster recovery planning (mundane) and implementation (formerly REALLY expensive) should be handled. I like to think...
  • Hyper-V Replica: Getting Started

    I’m not going to walk through a basic setup of Hyper-V Replica – those are available all over the Internet . Many of these posts don’t remind you of some of the basics…like how to easily view / monitor replication.  Within Hyper-V Manager, you likely...
  • Hyper-V Replica: My Setup

    Hi everyone!  Before I get too deep into playing around with Hyper-V Replica using Windows Server 2012 R2, I wanted to share with you my setup. I’m using my coffee table once again (like I did with my USB 3.0 Tiered Storage SAN ), and I’ve created...