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  • Hyper-V : Parent Partition Network Card Configuration

    It is important to get the network card configuration right in the parent partition for Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008/R2.  Common problems include: A-Records and PTR’s registered for the Parent Partition under multiple IP addresses NetBIOS conflicts...
  • PowerShell – Read an XML configuration file

    I was recently asked a question about PowerShell's ability to read in an XML configuration file at a Virtual Academy I ran last week.  One of the strengths of PowerShell is its ability to perform lots of time saving tasks … one of which is reading...
  • Script the Protection of an OU from Accidental Deletion – Windows Server 2003

    “Although bulk deletions are rare, they are disruptive events that you can guard against by removing the Delete and the Delete Subtree permissions in Active Directory. To guard against accidental deletions, you should remove the Delete and Delete Subtree...
  • How to P2V Windows 2000 server using SCVMM 2008

      With the economic down turn and the green agenda Virtualisation has become a hot topic with my customer. These days its all about getting the best value for money as possible with your IT budget, so when my customer had a number of servers out...
  • High Availability options for Virtual Machines

    One of the most common conversations I have about virtualisation is the "how do I make my virtual machines highly available?" one.  Topics like Hyper-V Quick Migration are then discussed and off the techie goes to start testing.  When...
  • Technology Day – Microsoft Virtualisation (Level: 300)

    We are running an event this December for Microsoft Premier customers.  I'm pretty excited about it actually.  Premier Field Engineering and Microsoft Consulting Services are teaming up to present real world details on Hyper-V, System Centre...
  • Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services: Single Sign On and Windows XP clients

    Single Sign On for Windows XP Clients Single Sign On (SSO) to Windows Server 2008 (W2K8) Terminal Services uses the Credential Security Service Provider (CredSSP). CredSSP delegates credentials to defined target servers and is native to Windows Vista...
  • Virtualisation : Support statements and Licensing

    Over the past week or so Microsoft have clarified the support statement for server products running in virtual environments. The most significant announcement was the Server Virtualisation Validation Program (SVVP). To quote "The Server Virtualization...
  • Scripting: Hyper-V - Mount VHDs by right clicking

    There are plenty of posts on the interweb that show you how to mount and unmount vhds via powershell. I downloaded the Hyper-V PowerShell management library from CodePlex.com here as created by James O'Neil . In it he kindly provides two scripts (mount...
  • Windows 2008 Clustering & the Cluster Log

      Where is the cluster log in Windows 2008 ? This short answer is its no longer there. On our Windows 2008 cluster node if we navigate to %systemroot%\system32\LogFiles\Cluster your wont find the cluster.log file anymore. Why ? Its been replaced...
  • Cluster node /forcecleanup & Error -2147352567

      This is a not so common issue I can across this week . The background is as follows. You decided to evict a node from your cluster. There is a communication failure between nodes and a warning appears that the cluster was unable to remove clustering...
  • Disclaimer

    The information in this weblog is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights. This weblog does not represent the thoughts, intentions, plans or strategies of Microsoft. These posts are just the ramblings of few nerds. Inappropriate comments...
  • Hyper-V : Link madness

    Need some light reading for the weekend?  Have a look at the links below.  All part of the growing body of knowledge around Hyper-V. Websites Microsoft Virtualization Home Page http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization/default.mspx Virtualization...
  • Windows 2003 Print Cluster Troubleshooting – When the spooler bites back

      The print spooler is a temperamental beast at the best of times.  Print servers end up with a whole myriad of drivers, print monitors and print processors.  The more queues and printers there are the greater the potential for problems...
  • Scripting: Check if a W2K3 box is running Terminal Server in Application Mode

    I was recently asked (two hours ago) how to tell if a server was running Terminal Services in Application Mode. The customer wanted to run a different script if users were logged into a Terminal Server. They had looked through the registry and came...
  • Virtualisation Candidates – How to identify

    In my post yesterday I spoke about virtualisation candidates (amongst other things) and how we now know what loads and systems are viable.  Have a look at the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) tool.  Its the tool for identifying candidates...
  • Network Access Protection (NAP) and my switches

    I recently gave an overview of NAP at a Windows Server 2008 event.  For the purposes of the event I focused and demo’d DHCP enforcement.  From some customers DHCP enforcement was not enough.  What about 802.1x enforcement ?  Our pals...
  • Vista UAC can protect against Root Kits

    Since Vista RTM’d people have complained to me about UAC (User Account Control) and how often they get warnings and popup’s.  They just never seemed to get the point of it.  I leave it on for all my Vista machines, even the VMs and even during...
  • MSDN and TechNet now run on Hyper-V

    I’ve had a lot of interest in Hyper-V from customers and quite a few questions too. One of the most common being, “Who is using it in a production environment?”. Up until now I didn't have an answer. … but now I do. Microsoft are now running the MSDN...
  • Hyper-V RC1 is out!!!

    Check out the posting on the Windows Virtualization Team blog here for more details. As usual its a one way upgrade process. Once you go forward there is no coming back! :) Hyper-V RC0 to RC1 Upgrade Considerations *Saved-state files are not supported...
  • Step-by-Step Guide for Testing Hyper-V and Failover Clustering

    I blogged recently on “How to create a Windows Server 2008 Cluster within Hyper-V using simulated iSCSI storage”.  This is enough to get you familiar with how clusters work in Windows Server 2008.  The next logical step is to understand the...
  • How to create a Windows Server 2008 Cluster within Hyper-V using simulated iSCSI storage

    [Updated May’09: Windows Storage Server 2008 now available to MSDN/TechNet subscribers. Checkout Jose Barreto's Blog for details.] Familiar with Virtual Server 2005 and shared disks for creating virtual clusters?  Well its different with Hyper-V...
  • Hyper-V: Where do I start?

    There are plenty of docs and blogs out there digging deep into Hyper-V.  However, a few customers have asked a simple question: “What do I need to think about before I start testing Hyper-V?" Well, first things first.  The product still...
  • Microsoft Premier Support: Windows Server 2008 Technology Event

    We are running a Deep Dive event in Ireland for Premier customers later this month. Premier Field Engineers from Ireland and the UK (including David and I) will present the event. - A Deep Dive into Windows Server 2008 –May 22 nd /23 rd Dublin ...
  • Scripting: How to edit an INI file from a script

    I was asked how to modify an INI from a script.  Its quite straight forward.  Firstly have a read of the Scripting Guy article here .  It explains the process quite well actually.  However, I wanted to go a step further and setup arguments...