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  • Blog Post: 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 Case Studies http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization...
  • Blog Post: 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. Windows XP SP3 includes CredSSP but it is not...
  • Blog Post: Expensive Hypervisors - a bad idea even if you can afford them

    Here is a great post from James O'Neill. http://blogs.technet.com/jamesone/archive/2008/03/13/expensive-hypervisors-a-bad-idea-even-if-you-can-afford-them.asp As Microsoft get ready with Hyper-V, VMware are beginingg their marketing blitz in an attempt to justify their pricing.  As James points...
  • Blog Post: 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 Its been replaced by a much more sophisticated event based tracing system...
  • Blog Post: 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 between RC0 and RC1 releases of Hyper-V. All...
  • Blog Post: 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 hasn’t RTM’d so DONT use it for production environments...
  • Blog Post: 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-VHD.ps1 and Unmount-VHD.ps1) along with a REG file...
  • Blog Post: 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 high availability options available for VMs running...
  • Blog Post: 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 and TechNet sites on Hyper-V. So, putting that...
  • Blog Post: 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 Validation Program (SVVP) is open to any vendor who...
  • Blog Post: 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 of warranty and due for replacement the Hyper-V platform...
  • Blog Post: 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 on the NAP team have already blogged this (quite...