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  • Blog Post: Freeing memory for Hyper-V VMs on Windows 8/8.1

    Alexander Miloev takes us through an interesting exercise in tuning the memory for Windows client Hyper-V. Sometimes when I try to start a VM on my Windows 8.1 laptop, I get an error message saying that there is not enough free memory to match the start-up RAM of my VM: On a “normal” Hyper-V server,...
  • Blog Post: How to: Ensure Hyper-V live migrations move at “Warp Speed!”

    David Hail over at the PFE Virtualization Blog notes a correlation between BIOS power state settings (c-states) and Hyper-V performance during live migrations: How long does it take for you to do a live migration between hosts? I ask that of all the customers I talk to that are using Hyper-V...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Replica: How Troubleshoot Kerberos Error 0x8009030C 0x00002EFE

    Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Replica is a great new feature that replicates all changes on a virtual machine to a counterpart virtual machine hosted by a different server. Basically, any server workload that’s virtualized in Hyper-V can be replicated, and it works with standalone servers, failover...
  • Blog Post: VDI: Want to jam more virtual hosts in?

    What can be said about Jeff Stokes ( Dude, where’s my PFE!? ) that hasn’t been said before? My money’s on “he’s a beautiful baby sea cucumber.” Actually, I can’t prove that’s never been said, I just suspect not. Strongly. Anyway, Jeff wants you to be able to squeeze even more virtual desktops into your...
  • Blog Post: The Ghosts that Haunt Hyper-V

    Summary: If you’re trying to bind a virtual switch to a wired or wireless network within your Hyper-V environment and get some pesky error that prevents you from doing so, you may have an issue with ghosted network adapters lingering within your system. Fortunately, our resident Hyper-V ghostbuster...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V: Virtual Machines Freeze at 10% When Starting Up

    Summary: Gregg O’Brien , Microsoft Premier Field Engineer from Canada, faces a problem with some Hyper-V guests, and troubleshoots it. Spoiler : He fixes it. Recently I was working in my lab to test a configuration I was working on with a customer. I opened the Hyper-V Management Console and started...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Machine Network Monitoring the Easy Way, with Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012

    Gregg O’Brien is a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer from Canada, where French people are readily available. The Challenge: Capturing Traffic Across VMs There comes a point in the life of every server administrator where they must take a look at what is happening on the network. Complex...
  • Blog Post: Build an isolated Hyper-V test lab on a Windows 8 machine!

    Windows 8 replaces the older Virtual PC technology with Hyper-V , for a full-featured virtual machine manager, and this allows for some really interesting new networking scenarios. Over at AskPFEPlat , Mike Leary posted a quick guide to setting up a Hyper-V isolated network for testing, on a Windows...
  • Blog Post: RemoteFX (with Hyper-V) is a serious business tool. For games.

    The Setup My downstairs PC (on the dining room table) is an HP Touchsmart all-in-one Core 2 Duo Intel Integrated Graphics 965-based box, which makes it absolutely abominable for games. Upstairs, my internet connection plugs into my Hyper-V host ...read more
  • Blog Post: Headless installation of Windows Server 2012 Essentials

    Tobias Hertkorn , one of our Microsoft Premier Field Engineers from Germany would like to share with you his tips on installing Windows 2012 Essentials, using a neat little trick and help from Hyper-V.   The trick Headless installation can be cumbersome and nerve-wrecking. “Did it boot from my USB...