John Kelbley's real life enterprise interop and administration

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Hyper-V Linux P2V with PlateSpin

    I mentioned in my last post how challenging manual Physical to Virtual migrations (P2V) of Linux systems can be.  There are a number of great automated tools that make Linux P2V simpler that I’ll try to run through in the coming weeks. The tools...
  • Hyper-V Replica: Basic Monitoring Report

    Earlier I covered what my Hyper-V Replica setup looks like in this post .  It’s basically four laptops on my coffee table, all part of the same AD domain. I created a number of VMs on the systems, and configured replication, including extended replication...
  • Hyper-V Linux P2V The Hard Way

    I mentioned in a post last week that I would go over some options to perform a Linux Physical to Virtual (P2V) migration on Hyper-V. Before showing you the easy way, I wanted to go over a manual approach that a coworker worked out for me a while back...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Calling a PowerShell Function

    I’m back from lots of traveling (why I’ve had time to post a few things). I got a great question about my last post…how best to call a custom PowerShell function.  I’m not a PowerShell expert by any stretch of the imagination, but I do use it a good...
  • 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...
  • Hyper-V Replica: The Value for Branch Deployments

    OK, I’m going to ramble just a little bit here.  Before I dive deep into how I might monitor replication for a collection of Hyper-V hosts (this is without the benefits of System Center, which would be better, of course…just showing you how it works...
  • How To Run Linux, UNIX, and Other OS’ on Hyper-V

    I’ve gotten questions about how I managed to get Hannah Montana Linux (and OpenSolaris and SCO UNIX) to work on Hyper-V. Some folks have tried, but were not able to access network resources (you can clearly see that I was browsing to Bing in the screen...
  • 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: 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Pumping Video Into Lync

    The capabilities of Microsoft Lync (IM, presence, voice, video, web conferencing, other) are such that it eliminates the need for some overlapping technologies.  With Lync I don’t (for example) need to use a separate web conferencing infrastructure...
  • 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...
  • 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...