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  • Blog Post: Blog Link: Janssen Jones on PowerShell

    This is a great blog Janssen.  Keep them coming!!! http://janssenjones.typepad.com/janssenjonescom/ The top three posts (as of today) are all related to managing Hyper-V with PowerShell.  Especially interesting is the code he has written to provision his SAN on the fly! I guess I should start...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V @ EDU

    This morning Microsoft announcied the Release to Manufacturing of the hypervisor for Windows Server 2008, also known as Hyper-V .  You’ll also find that some of our existing case studies are in Education!!! I was ecstatic to learn during TechEd that several customers in higher education are already...
  • Blog Post: Documentation – Building or Upgrading a Hyper-V Cluster

    As this has been a frequently requested link, I’m posting here. Step by Step Guide to Building a Hyper-V Cluster http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc732181(WS.10).aspx Information on upgrading a Hyper-V RTM cluster to R2. http://blogs.msdn.com/clustering/archive/2009/10/08/9905089.aspx
  • Blog Post: E-Book on Microsoft Virtualization Solutions from MS Press – Absolutely Free

    I caught this in an RSS feed earlier this week and just had a request to share the link in our presentation today.  Here you go! http://csna01.libredigital.com/?urmvs17u33 When searching for the link, I discovered additional learning resources: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/virtualization/default...
  • Blog Post: Case Studies – Hyper-V in Education

    Indiana University University Improves Service Availability, Reduces IT Workload with Virtualization Indiana University is one of the largest state university systems in the United States, with nine campuses, 100,000 students, 7,000 faculty members, and 11,000 staff members. The university’s Auxiliary...
  • Blog Post: Three updates I apply in a Hyper-V/VMM lab

    This resolves the Hyper-V status warning message in VMM. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=fd44b4e3-2dcc-4299-b345-bc09a9a37b60&displaylang=en This resolves an issue when using BITS to transfer to/from volumes mounted by GUID. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx...
  • Blog Post: Reducing application conflicts on unmanaged faculty/staff machines

    Yesterday a press release snuck out with several announcements regarding virtualization. For full detail, link to Kevin's post and then to the press announcement after the jump. Kevinsul's Management Blog : Announcing the 'Windows Installer Utility for MSFT Application Virtualization' (and why you should...
  • Blog Post: Desktop Virtualization Hour

    I just want to make sure I have all my bases covered and have invited everyone I can.    If you work in Education and have interest in VDI, this will be worth attending.  I’ll be scheduling a follow-up webcast specifically for Education, within the next few months. Desktop Virtualization...
  • Blog Post: Evacuate! script – move all VMs off cluster node using intelligent placement

    Just wanted to share this script I wrote.  The idea is I want to do something (anything) to a host and feel it might cause a service interruption so I would prefer to move all VMs off the node.  Rather than doing it manually in the cluster or in VMM, or forcing VMs off in a reboot, this script...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V and WINPE!

    Thanks Mike, and great job publishing this info! http://blogs.msdn.com/mikester/archive/2008/05/30/using-the-hyper-v-integration-components-in-winpe.aspx This post details how exactly to build a WinPE disk with the Hyper-V integration components build in.  You can bet Kevin and I will be working...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V and Red Hat, support is on the way!

    This is really great news, particularly for the vast number of administrators in Higher Education who have adopted Hyper-V for all or part of their virtualization workloads!  This entry from the Hyper-V team explains a new support agreement between the two organizations that will bring integration...
  • Blog Post: Using WS-Management to get a Remote Shell on Server Core

    Over the last two weeks I must have built, tore down, and rebuilt my test lab 8 times. I've been experimenting with every option I can come up with for my Hyper-V install to test performance, admin tools, and searching out answers to a variety of questions from customers I met with over the last few...
  • Blog Post: EDU Australia - Hyper-V deployment to 473 school sites!

    Great news from our friends on the other side of the globe. http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/strategy/38018-massive-hyper-v-deployment-at-nsw-education
  • Blog Post: Manage Hyper-V from MMC in Vista SP1

    The Virtualization team has announced the MMC snap-in to manage Hyper-V from Vista SP1 is now available for download.  This is a nice compliment to the recent release of RSAT! Vista x64 Edition: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=450931F5-EBEC-4C0B-95BD-E3BA19D296B1&displaylang...
  • Blog Post: Get the name of a VM in Hyper-V from inside the VM

    Something I discovered today in working on a project – it is possible to find out what the VM is named in Hyper-V from within the guest OS.  This is only possible if the IC’s are installed.  It is a registry key and can be queried in a script. Example: $Name = Get-ItemProperty -path "HKLM...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Remote Management – resolving the "Access Denied”

    Got this question twice this week so I’d say it is blog worthy.  How to configure a Hyper-V server to be remotely managed (manage stand alone server or across domains).  You might also consider reviewing the ACLs he describes if you are troubleshooting some anomaly in a trusted domain environment...
  • Blog Post: Open remote connection to Hyper-V VM console

    Access directly to the console of a virtual machine in three easy steps. 1. Create shortcut to VM Connect Open %programfiles%\Hyper-V and do a right-click drag and drop to your desktop from vmconnect.exe to “Create Shortcut Here”. 2. (optional) rename the shortcut to something you like and put it somewhere...
  • Blog Post: VMM Script Series, part 5 - ShowDVDMediaCollisions

    I’m publishing some of the scripts I have written for VMM. These are each based on specific customer asks or conversations that lead me to go sleepless in trying to solve the problems myself. I am very interested in your feedback, especially if you would like to offer a change to improve efficiency or...
  • Blog Post: VMM Script Series, Part 7 – Seperate VMs

    I’m publishing some of the scripts I have written for VMM.  These are each based on specific customer asks or conversations that lead me to go sleepless in trying to solve the problems myself.  I am very interested in your feedback, especially if you would like to offer a change to improve...
  • Blog Post: VMM Script Series, Part 6 – New-VM

    I’m publishing some of the scripts I have written for VMM. These are each based on specific customer asks or conversations that lead me to go sleepless in trying to solve the problems myself. I am very interested in your feedback, especially if you would like to offer a change to improve efficiency...
  • Blog Post: VMM Script Series, part 3 – Show VHD Collisions

    I’m publishing some of the scripts I have written for VMM. These are each based on specific customer asks or conversations that lead me to go sleepless in trying to solve the problems myself. I am very interested in your feedback, especially if you would like to offer a change to improve efficiency or...
  • Blog Post: Backup Running Hyper-V VM's using Windows Backup

    The most popular question I receive is how to best perform backup/restore of virtual machines running in Hyper-V without taking them offline. The best enterprise approach is Data Protection Manager and you may have already seen some of the extensions to this functionality in 2010. But what if you have...
  • Blog Post: Webcast today – Exchange/Hyper-V – Level 300

    Just a reminder, TechNet Webcast scheduled for today on Best Practices for Virtualizing Exchange.  Delivered by PMs, level 300, so this is not just a broad overview.  Worth checking out.  If you are on central time, this runs over your lunch hour. http://blogs.technet.com/virtualization...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V snapshots are for rollback, not backup/recovery

    I try to hit on this point in every Hyper-V presentation.  Snapshots are GREAT for maintenance and roll-back, but they are very, VERY different than what you might be currently using as “snap-mirrors” on your SAN environment.  The similarities in syntax have lead to some understandable misunderstanding...
  • Blog Post: College Uses Application Virtualization to Deliver Course Software Easily, Inexpensively

    That’s the subtitle of a case study that recently went online (so I’m not plagiarizing).  A colleague sent this over to me and I had the privilege of talking with these folks a couple of weeks ago.  Interesting details of this deployment (scroll down now to see why).  Reading the article...