The Soul of a Virtual Machine

Things to know about running a virtual machine under Virtual Server

The Soul of a Virtual Machine

  • Announcing Virtual Server Deployment Manager (VSDM) 1.3.0

    Finally, this very cool tool created by Nelson Araujo is available as a free download from Microsoft (it was demo'd last year at TechEd in WINIL401). VSDM manages a virtual library of templates and ISO images and provides a streamlined way to manage and...
  • MOM report for evaluating virtualization candidates

    Chong Lee and Thomas Mathew -- Technology Specialists here at Microsoft -- are developing a report that you can load into Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 (MOM) to monitor the performance of physical computers that are candidates for virtualization....
  • Script: Show the state of all virtual machines

    Here's another script from John Kelbley, written in VBScript. It shows the current state of all virtual machines on the current instance of Virtual Server. Remember that this script is provided as-is, with no warranties, and is not supported by Microsoft...
  • Script: Generate a list of virtual machines

    These two scripts from John Kelbley, written in VBScript, list the virtual machines that are currently registered on a given instance of Virtual Server. Remember that these scripts are provided as-is, with no warranties, and are not supported by Microsoft...
  • New e-learning course on Virtual Server 2005

    Title: Course 2288: Using Microsoft® Virtual Server 2005 Course Type: Self-paced course Available Offline: Yes Estimated Time to Complete: 5 hours Description: This course prepares students to migrate legacy applications and consolidate server functions...
  • New e-learning course on Virtual Server 2005

    Title: Course 2288: Using Microsoft® Virtual Server 2005 Course Type: Self-paced course Available Offline: Yes Estimated Time to Complete: 5 hours Description: This course prepares students to migrate legacy applications and consolidate server functions...
  • New e-learning course on Virtual Server 2005

    Title: Course 2288: Using Microsoft® Virtual Server 2005 Course Type: Self-paced course Available Offline: Yes Estimated Time to Complete: 5 hours Description: This course prepares students to migrate legacy applications and consolidate server functions...
  • Warm backup and restore scripts

    I just posted two scripts from John Kelbley, a technical specialist at Microsoft. They are examples of scripts you can write to perform a warm backup of your virtual machines and restore them to a different instance of Virtual Server. You'll find them...
  • Script to perform a warm backup of a virtual machine (faster)

    Here's an example of a script written in VBScript that you can use to make a warm backup of a virtual machine using UNC paths. It was written by John Kelbley. He says using this script that relies on UNC paths is faster than using the other script with...
  • Script to perform a warm backup of a virtual machine

    Here's an example of a script written in VBScript that you can write to perform a warm backup of a virtual machine. It was written by John Kelbley, who's a technology specialist for Microsoft. Please pay attention to the warnings and caveats given in...
  • Read my draft whitepaper on Virtual Server versus Virtual PC

    I just posted a new article: a draft whitepaper that I'm writing to compare Virtual Server and Virtual PC ( http://blogs.technet.com/megand/articles/category/8232.aspx ). If you read it, I'd appreciate hearing your comments and suggestions. Update...
  • Draft whitepaper: Virtual Server versus Virtual PC

    Update: This whitepaper is now available on Microsot.com at http://download.microsoft.com/download/1/4/d/14d17804-1659-435d-bc11-657a6da308c0/VSvsVPC.doc . Thanks to those of you who gave me comments on the draft. ---------------------------------...
  • Just released: Virtual Server Management Pack for MOM 2005

    This Management Pack is an add-on for Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005. It monitors the health, availability, and performance of Virtual Server. You can download it from the Microsoft Web site at: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx...
  • New article on estimating system capacity

    I just posted an article on figuring out how much system capacity a host computer will need in order to run a given set of virtual machines. You can find it in the Deployment section ( http://blogs.technet.com/megand/articles/category/8299.aspx ). ...
  • Estimating system capacity requirements

    I've gotten a number of queries about estimating how many virtual machines can be run on a given host computer. In order to provide a general answer from which you can extrapolate for your own situation, I'm going to approach this issue from the other...
  • Learn about Virtual Server at TechEd 2005

    TechEd 2005 is coming right up, from June 5 - 10 in Orlando, FL, US. Register before April 15 to save $300. The following are some breakout sessions and hands-on labs where you can learn more about using Virtual Server and Virtual PC: Consolidating...
  • Windows Server 2003 SP1 as a guest operating system

    As you may know, Windows Server 2003 SP1 has been released, and a lot of people will be rushing to upgrade their virtual machines. If you're thinking about doing this, though, plan on postponing it for a bit. Virtual Server 2005 was released many months...
  • Backing up your virtual machines

    Mikko wants to know about best practices for backing up virtual machines. Well Mikko, according to Jeff Woolsey, a Virtual Server Program Manager, there are two ways to backup a virtual machine. Both have pros and cons, so you'll need to determine which...
  • A few technical glitches

    You may have noticed that this blog is now published on TechNet rather than MSDN. It has been moved so it will be more discoverable by IT Pro readers. You may also have noticed that there have been a few minor glitches in the transition. The biggest one...
  • Migrating from virtual to physical

    Eric sent me this question: "Do you know if it's possible to migrate a virtual machine to a physical one using ADS or any other tool?" Unfortunately, I don't know of an easy way to migrate a virtual machine to a physical one, Eric, nor do I know of...
  • Announcing Windows Server 2003 TechCenter

    Windows Server User Assistance and TechNet are proud to announce the launch of the Windows Server 2003 TechCenter! http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003 We have designed the new Windows Server 2003 TechCenter to improve...
  • I'm back

    Sorry to have been out of communication so long. Two family members were hospitalized with life-threatening health problems, so with that going on, it was a challenge just to keep up with my "real job." Thank goodness, everyone is on the road to good...
  • Reader poll - what topics to cover in this blog

    So far, I've been scanning internal and external newsgroups to figure out what the "hot" topics are to cover in this blog. But judging by the consistent number of visitors I'm getting, this blog has quite a few regular readers. So I'd like to find out...
  • Sysprepping virtual machines

    You might want to create a “base” virtual machine with an operating system and applications, and then copy its .vhd file to use for other virtual machines. Before you make copies of the .vhd, however, it’s important to run Sysprep in the guest operating...
  • Sysprepping a virtual machine

    I learned how to do this at TechEd 2004 in a lab led by Robert Larson, one of our resident Virtual Server gurus. You can create a “base” virtual machine with the operating system and applications you want, and then copy its .vhd file to use for other...