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  • Blog Post: VMRCplus 1.6.0 on Microsoft Download Center

    Release 1.6.0, as discussed earlier in the TechNet Magazine related post, is now available from the Microsoft Download Center. You can get the updated release here . Matthijs
  • Blog Post: Configuring Kerberos Constrained Delegation for Hyper-V Management

    Managing Hyper-V can be done in several ways; using Hyper-V Manager, using System Center Virtual Machine Manager and, of course, using PowerShell. As a best practice in any management scenario, you manage a service from a remote machine. Whether this is a workstation running Windows 8 or a Remote Desktop...
  • Blog Post: VMRCplus 1.7.0 on Microsoft Download Center

    An update to VMRCplus 1.6.0 has been released and is now available here . This release contains several fixes and minor enhancements. It has been tested on Windows Server 2008 as well. Matthijs
  • Blog Post: Capture a disk and create a VHD from it: Disk2VHD

    Talking about cool utilities, Mark and Bruce have created a disk capturing tool which will create a VHD from the capture. Do you have a running machine you would like to put into a VM? This tool may just be enough. Check it out here .
  • Blog Post: VMC to Hyper-V migration tool

    Yet another update just before my vacation. I have finalized the tool so it is feature complete, according to my specifications. Below is a screen shot of what it looks like today. The tool now basically covers everything there is you can specify in a Hyper-V vm. Looking at a Virtual Server...
  • Blog Post: VMC to Hyper-V Import Tool Available

    VMC to Hyper-V Import Tool   Now that we have launched the Microsoft Virtualization strategy this Monday, I wanted to release my tool so people could start using it to import their old Virtual Machine configurations. So first of all, what is the VMC to Hyper-V Import Tool and what was it intended...
  • Blog Post: MAP Toolkit 5.0 CTP available now

    The Solution Accelerators Team is offering customers and partners added inventory and assessment capabilities with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0 Community Technical Preview (CTP).  The MAP Toolkit 5.0 CTP provides customers and partners with new features such as inventory...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Hyper-V VM State to Memory Dump Converter

    In development environments or when debugging a customer issue, it is usually a pain to get a crash dump of an existing VM state. Anton Naumovich from Hyper-V team recently released a tool which can convert a VM saved state to a full memory dump file. This tool enables easier debugging of issues in the...
  • Blog Post: The history of VMRCplus

    Before going into VMRCplus itself or tips, tricks, and such related to the tool I would like to talk a bit on the history. VMRCplus was developed by Paul Despe. It was created as a developer tool and assisted in easy test of Virtual Server. Why? Because it had a Windows UI; basically it was a Winform...
  • Blog Post: The object exporter specified was not found

    On connecting to a remote VS host from Vista, you may receive a dialog from VMRCplus with the message: "The object exporter specified was not found" Check the firewall settings on Vista. Use the 'advanced' snap-in and verify the active profile Windows Firewall is using for VMRCplus. Also verify...
  • Blog Post: Unattended setup of VMRCplus

    I received several inquiries about installing VMRCplus in an unattended way. Most people were able to install VMRCplus that way but could not figure out how to install the Virtual Server COM API also. Just for the complete picture I have outlined both installation options below. To install VMRCplus...
  • Blog Post: Set-KCD; configuring Kerberos Constrained Delegation (KCD)

      In June I posted an article called Configuring Kerberos Constrained Delegation for Hyper-V Management . I covered the concept of Kerberos delegation and evolution into constrained delegation. Obviously, the article was mainly focused on configuring constrained delegation for Hyper-V management...
  • Blog Post: VMRCplus and authentication

    VMRCplus has no support for alternate credentials. This means that in order to manage a Virtual Server remotely, both the machine with VMRCplus and the Virtual Server host must be in the same forest. You may wonder why VMRCplus does not support alternate credentials. Both the VMRC client and the Virtual...
  • Blog Post: VMC2HV – update for 2008 R2 SP1 available

    Exactly one month after my blog post on the work on the updated version of VMC2HV for Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, I announce the availability as of today. The tool has several new features, a different UI and many improvements over the previous version. If you want to import your VMC’s from Virtual...
  • Blog Post: VMRCplus on Windows Server 2008

    It has been a while since my last post. I am busy doing Hyper-V stuff these days. Trying to grasp the Hyper-V API is one of them... Anyway, Windows Server 2008 has become available and people are installing Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 on it. Yes, you may think everyone is using Hyper-V beta on Server...
  • Blog Post: VMRCplus 1.8.0 is available

    Release 1.8.0 is available from the Microsoft Download Center. It may not be visible yet when you search for it but it is there. Click here to download the x86 release, here for the x64 release. This release matches the update for Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 which was released to support Server...
  • Blog Post: 'The RPC Server is unavailable' message on Vista

    I was helping troubleshooting the 'RPC Server is unavailable' issue this week. The message was shown on a Vista client with VMRCplus connecting to a remote host. Although I have included this issue in the VMRCplus help file (VMRCplus.chm) I realized that the information may not be enough. It took...
  • Blog Post: Installing VMRCplus

    Setup VMRCplus has a very straightforward installation process. If you do not want to change the location of VMRCplus, you only have two options left. Either you use the defaults or you add the Virtual Server COM object (VSCOMAPI). The default installation (meaning you leave everything default...
  • Blog Post: VMC to Hyper-V import tool - update

    It has been a while since my last post on the tool. It is still being tested within a limited group. However I get many requests for the tool but cannot handle any more. Thanks for all who wanted to volunteer. The tool will be called ‘VMC to Hyper-V import tool’, in short ‘VMC to Hyper-V’. This suggest...
  • Blog Post: 'The RPC Server is unavailable' message on Vista with UAC

    In this post, I assume you have configured Windows Firewall correctly to allow traffic from VMRCplus. Please read the other post if you did not. When connecting to a remote host from Vista, I got the RPC message even with Windows Firewall set up properly. Scenario 1: UAC is enabled and I am...
  • Blog Post: VMRCplus is here!

    I have called my blog VMRCplus. Simply because I did not have a blog at all and never felt the need to create one. That has changed with the release of VMRCplus last tuesday (26th of June) where I announced internally that it was ready to be shared with anyone outside of Microsoft. Well, that led...
  • Blog Post: Folder browsing on x64

    You may experience a crash of VMRCplus when browsing folders on x64. For example when selecting a folder for a virtual hard disk or virtual machine. This is caused by a bug in the FolderBrowserDialog of the .Net Framework. This has been fixed but a public fix is not available. It will be available...
  • Blog Post: WakeUp-Machines – A PowerShell script for Wake On LAN

      These days, I give a lot of presentations and demos on Windows Server 2012. Of course, many involve Hyper-V related demos. Although I run most demos from PowerShell, since now I can, I modify a lot in my demo environment. And since I frequently use my environment I need to be able to prepare my...
  • Blog Post: The future of VMRCplus

    I received a lot of feedback on VMRCplus and the topics vary. Questions on functionality, feature requests but also queries on future developments; now that VMRCplus is available from our download center, are there any plans for future releases? I am still developing VMRCplus by incorporating new...
  • Blog Post: Update on the VMC import tool for Hyper-V

    I have made several enhancements to the tool and it is almost feature complete. I have added the capability to import and modify COM port settings, Virtual Machine notes and BIOS settings. The updated tool looks like this: