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  • Blog Post: Improve your Virtual Machine Performance

    One of my peers just purchased a very impressive server class machine. He's really proud of it, and he should be! He has 2 quad core CPUs, 16GB RAM, and 2 TB of Disk space. He built this machine to be a virtualization monster, so once he got it up and running, he created an EBS configuration, all in...
  • Blog Post: Part 6 - So you want to get started with Hyper-V? Start here!

    Placing Virtual Machines into a Hyper-V Cluster This screencast discusses the do’s and don’ts of adding virtual machines to a Hyper-V cluster. Just because you create a virtual machine on a host machine that is also part of a Hyper-V cluster does not mean that the virtual machine will be highly available...
  • Blog Post: Part 3 - So you want to get started with Hyper-V? Start here!

    Setting up a Virtual Machine Network I’ve already created one screencast to talk about setting up a Virtual Machine on Hyper-V here , so I’m going to spend this session on Hyper-V networking. There have been a lot of questions around the networking in Hyper-V and I’m going to talk time to walk through...
  • Blog Post: Part 1 - So you want to get started with Hyper-V? Start here!

    Configuring the BIOS for Hyper-V How many times have you said “I’d love to learn how to use Hyper-V, but where do I start?” Start here! I’ve started a series on Hyper-V that begins with how to configure your server , and then moves step by step all the way through how you can setup a High Availability...
  • Blog Post: Part 8 - So You Want to Get Started with Hyper-V? Start here! What’s New in R2 -- Part 1

    I’ve upgraded to the Release Candidate of Windows Server 2008 R2 and I wanted to share a little bit of what I learned. My intent was to do two R2 sessions, one to show you everything but Live Migration and the second one to show Live Migration. As I was working through all the new features, I found that...
  • Blog Post: Part 5 - So you want to get started with Hyper-V? Start here!

    Setting up a Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Cluster I spent some time in one of our Microsoft Technology Centers and was able to setup a Hyper-V cluster on some pretty impressive hardware. I had access to a Domain Controller and three servers that were running Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition. They...
  • Blog Post: Part 2 - So you want to get started with Hyper-V? Start here!

    Installing the Hyper-V Role This is part 2 of our discussion on setting up the Hyper-V role on your Server 2008 server. Keep in mind that Hyper-V shipped after after Server 2008 RTM’d, so you need to install the Hyper-V RTM update. I recommend you let Windows Update bring your server up to date on security...
  • Blog Post: Let's answer a few questions...

    I saw this post: http://ts2blogs.com/forums/p/2624/81847.aspx#81847 and thought I would take a shot a few of the questions. Is forefront compatible with vista? If you are talking about Forefront Client Security, yet is works great with Windows Vista Where can I get a copy of IIS which is compatible with...
  • Blog Post: Want help setting up Hyper-V for High Availability?

    I have a series of screen casts ( here ) that talk about setting up Hyper-V, but I wanted to let you know that we just released a new Hyper-V: Live Migration Network Configuration Guide here . I wish I would have had this when I was building out my demos. This guide does a good job of detailing the different...
  • Blog Post: Part 13 - The Hyper-V NIC teaming debate

    I’ve seen a lot of back and forth on the NIC teaming discussion and I decided to check it first hand. We have this stated policy here , but seeing is believing so I decided to take a look. I have two dual port Intel NICs so I slapped them both into the same machine, installed the driver and gave it a...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Live Migration between Processor Generations

    I’ve talked before about the fact that we cannot Live Migrate from an AMD CPU to an Intel CPU or vice-versa, but what about Live Migrating from an older Intel CPU to a newer Intel CPU? I’m going to show you a Live Migration from a three year old Intel Xeon 5050 CPU to a new Intel Xeon 3440 CPU. Below...
  • Blog Post: Live Migration doesn’t work (from an Intel to AMD CPU or AMD to Intel)

    I’ve mentioned this before, but I wanted to show you the error you receive when you try to Live Migrate from an Intel CPU to an AMD CPU. Of course, it isn’t any better if you try to Live Migrate from an AMD CPU to an Intel CPU. Here’s that error message: As I have more time I’m going to talk more about...
  • Blog Post: Part 4 - How to Setup a Virtual Machine in Windows Server 2008

    I was talking to one of my partners that has spent a lot of time with VMWare and I was showing him some of the capabilities Hyper-V had to offer. When I showed him how easy it was to setup a virtual machine in Hyper-V and he was impressed. He told me that setting up virtual machines in VMWare was much...
  • Blog Post: Part 10 - So You Want to Get Started with Hyper-V? Start here! – Live Migration

    So I’ve finally done it! Here’s a short screen cast on Live Migration. This one is only 5 minutes, so I won’t keep you too long, but you’ll be able to see it in action! I recorded this session at the Irvine, CA MTC (Microsoft Technology Center) on their Dell Servers and the Equalogic SAN. Here’s the...
  • Blog Post: How big Should PageFile.sys be on a Server 2008 Hyper-V Server?

    I received the following question: Thanks for the article. What do you do about your host system's pagefile? I'm thinking more about size. Do you leave the default? I have a 16GB system and 12GB of that is allocated to VMs. Do I size the host pagefile for the whole 16GB or just for the 3 or 4GB not used...
  • Blog Post: Part 12 - SCVMM 2008 R2 and the Power of Templates

    As you’ve read, I’ve been using SCVMM for a while and I still learn new things about it. I mentioned templates in my first screen cast and told you that I would talk more about them, so here they are. Templates let you create a standard virtual machine image and store it in your SCVMM library. The cool...
  • Blog Post: Which version of Hyper-V should I choose?

    I’ve talked to a lot of partners about Hyper-V, and the same question always comes up. Which version of Hyper-V should I choose? We have a page that lays out the differences between the different versions of Windows Server 2008 R2 and the Microsoft Hyper-V Server. I’ve included the chart below, if you...