Robert Larson

Thoughts and information on Virtualization and other topics

Robert Larson

  • Replacing a Broken LCD screen on a Dell Venue Pro

    You know you have had one of those days when you drop your brand new Dell Venue Pro in the parking lot and the unit explodes. The cover comes off, the battery goes flying, and you express your frustration verbally. Then you pick up the pieces and look...
  • Installing Windows Server 2008 R2 on a notebook and getting all those required drivers.

    If you are like me, you use Windows Server 2008 R2 as your standard desktop/notebook OS. If you have installed Windows Server 2008 R2 on your notebook, you might notice that you ended up with a series of yellow bangs for missing device drivers. I found...
  • Installing Zune 3.1 on Windows Server 2008 x64

    Ok you are probably wondering why you would ever need Zune software on your Windows Server 2008 x64 machine….well if you are like me, my primary machine is my notebook and I run Windows Server 2008 x64 so I can have Hyper-V. Anyway, Microsoft released...
  • Building a Host Cluster with Hyper-V Beta 1

    Well by now you have heard the news that Microsoft shipped Hyper-V Beta 1 early!! Like many of you I have been testing away and thought I would share the steps for creating a host cluster in Windows 2008 and Hyper-V. For those that have built host clusters...
  • Cool New Gateway Netbook

    Since Windows 7 RTMd, I figured I needed a new toy to play with. I run Windows Server 2008 R2 on my high end notebook, but wanted to run Windows 7 so I could get some of the great new features. I have been researching netbooks for a few weeks and had...
  • Getting Wireless LAN on Windows 2008 RC0

    If you are like me and primarily use a notebook, then you live by wireless. If you are also trying to test Windows 2008 RC0 then you might be scratching you head on how you get wireless to work. Windows 2008 has a new feature called the Wireless LAN Service...
  • How do you route between Virtual Networks?

    A recent question on this topic returned a series of different responses. The problem with this question is the old consulting response, "it depends". It depends on your requirements, your available resources, and how much time do you have. Unfortunately...
  • VMRCPlus

    VMRCPlus is a new tool that provides an alternative to the Virtual Server 2005 web based administration console. It is not designed to replace every function, but does a pretty good job at it in addition to providing features that the web console does...
  • Vista and ExpressCards: An Update

    I have heard from some people that they are not able to get an Sil3132 based eSATA ExpressCard to see an attached drive. I thought it was just a driver issue until recently I was testing a new Dell Inspiron 1420 notebook and experienced the same issue...
  • My "small" project

    Well I finally did it, I started a blog. Many of my friends and coworkers have been bugging me for awhile to start a blog on virtualization and other technologies that I am passionate about. I almost did it 6 months ago but I wanted to be sure to provide...
  • WindowsITPro Articles

    In addition to writing books for MSPress, I have written a few articles for WindowsITPro. The articles are a 3 part progressive series on creating a mobile physical to virtual migration solution using VSMT. The first two articles have been published and...
  • Improving Disk I/O for Virtual Machine Demo and Test

    If you are like me and work primarily on a notebook computer, having the best performing system for demos and testing can save you time...and since time is so critical to work life balance, wasting time waiting for virtual machines to load, run and shutdown...
  • Changes to Virtual Networks in Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1

    In Virtual Server 2005 R2, a virtual network operated like a hub with a switched uplink port. Traffic on all guests plugged into the network was visible on every port of the virtual network, but that traffic was not visible to anything on the other side...
  • Beware of Integrated eSATA ports

    For you demo warriors out there who try to get the maximum performance for your Hyper-V based demos, eSATA has been your path to maximum performance. If you only use a single drive attached to an eSATA port, you can quit reading, but if you are like me...
  • Hyper-V Resource Kit

    Well we have finally finished all the chapters of the Hyper-V Resource Kit. We are in final editing stage, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. Be looking for it on the shelves within the next 60 days. Here is a preview of the TOC. Introduction...
  • Hyper-V R2 and Management NICs

    When you install Hyper-V R2 role now it reserves a single wired NIC in the machine for management of the parent partition. If you have only a single NIC in your server, you will not be able you select a NIC to create an external network when you are installing...
  • Managing MAC Address Pools in Hyper-V R2

    Hyper-V automatically creates a MAC address pool for virtual machines usage when it is installed. Hyper-V RTM had no option in the UI for managing the MAC address pool and you had to edit the registry to manage the pool (see a detailed article on that...
  • Virtual Machine Snapshots with Hyper-V

    Snapshots are a new feature of Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V. Snapshots are a point in time version of a virtual machine…..what does that mean you ask? It means that you can be running a virtual machine, take a snapshot and at any point you can select a...
  • Entering Product Keys into Virtual Machines

    I create virtual machines every day.  I have a set of product keys that I use from my MSDN subscription and I hate playing the visual copy typing game (ok I am a lousy typist). It turns out that I had overlooked a nice little feature in VMConnect...
  • Getting UNDO functionality with Hyper-V Snapshots

    Snapshots are not the same as UNDO disks in Virtual Server 2005…go here to read a previous post of mine to learn about how they work. That said, you get UNDO like functionality using snapshots…..with maybe a little more work. In Virtual Server, when you...
  • Additional NIC for your Laptop and Hyper-V

    If you are like me and use Windows Server 2008 and Hyper-V on your laptop, you have possibly found out that Hyper-V does not support wireless adapters. This is an issue with the Wireless spec no Hyper-V.  You can use ICS or bridging to get it to...
  • Installing Updates on Server Core

    I love Windows Server 2008 installed with Server Core. It’s small footprint (although it could be even smaller), simplistic command line UI, and the boot speed.  One thing I dislike (until recently) is installing updates on Server Core. Well I found...
  • Go to 8GB on your notebook for ~$350

    Some vendors have started shipping DDR2-5300 memory that provides 667Mhz 4GB SODIMMs for you notebook. You will need a notebook that has a SantaRosa chipset to be able to access all 8GB and even then the BIOS has to support it. I personally purchased...
  • Microsoft publishes the Hypercall APIs via the Open Specification Promise

    Microsoft announced today with it will be publishing the Hypercall APIs through the Open Specification Promise when Windows Server Virtualization ships. In addition they posted a draft of these interfaces in the form of a Hypervisor top-level functional...
  • Self Service VM Management with SCVMM

    One of the features of VMM that I really like is the power of the Self Service Web Portal (SSWP). The portal provides an individual user or group of users access to a virtual machines that they own or that they create. They can see, manage, and interact...