Robert Larson

Thoughts and information on Virtualization and other topics

Robert Larson

  • 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...
  • Virtual Server 2005 R2 Resource Kit Sample Chapters Posted

    We received the sample chapters from the resource kit and my co-author Janique Carbone posted them to her virtualization community site file download section at http://vscommunity.com/files . In addition to the full table of contents, you will find the...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Assembling the Justification for Server Consolidation Project

    Adapted from the Virtual Server 2005 R2 Resource Kit - Chapters 12-14 Many companies are looking at server consolidation as a way to reduce their IT infrastructure costs. Making the move requires project justification and projected costs and cost savings...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Virtualization at IT Forum

    Well I am off to Barcelona Spain again to speak at TechEd IT Forum November 12-16th. This will be an exciting show for Virtualization. System Center products will be launching and Microsoft will be making some announcements about Windows Server 2008 virtualization...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Editing and Debugging VBScript files

    I have been writing a lot of VBScript lately and I came across this nice editor that I evaluated and then bought a copy for my use. There might be better ones out there, but this one fits my needs pretty well so it might fit yours also. The program is...
  • Dealing with VMs, Snapshots and the dreaded broken security channel

    I build a lot of scenarios for testing using Hyper-V. During that testing I use snapshots all the time to protect myself from stupid mistakes and failed changes. It is a terrific capability, but can sometimes get you in trouble. In a perfect world, when...
  • How does the mapping from a virtual network adapter to a physical adapter work?

    Adapted from Chapter 7 of the Virtual Server 2005 R2 Resource Kit book from Microsoft Press So you are trying to figure out how a virtual machine network adapter is mapped to a physical network adapter in the host through a virtual network. Maybe you...
  • Find the best seat with SeatGuru

    Every once is a while I find a web site that really helps me improve my travel life. SeatGuru is one of those sites. If you travel as much as I do and want to know the best seats on the plane to select, SeatGuru has is all. Go to http://www.SeatGuru.com...
  • Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Resource Kit on the shelves June 10th

    Well Janique and I finished another Resource Kit book, this time on Hyper-V…..700 plus pages of Hyper-V resources (including a chapter on Hyper-V R2 coming in Windows Server 2008 R2) is done and on the way to the book store near you! You can find the...
  • Q&A on AMD Rapid Virtualization Indexing (RVI)

    My Hyper-V Resource Kit co-author, Janique Carbone, and Tim Mueting - AMD Product Manager have gotten together to produce a Q&A on AMD’s Rapid Virtualization Indexing (RVI) technology in the latest AMD Opteron processor line. Hyper-V R2 uses this...
  • 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...
  • 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...