Rob’s TechNet Ragg…. Tech Talk & Cool Toys for Grown up Boys & Girls

  • 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...
  • How do I change the Disk Witness in Quorum

    I received the following question: Hi, I have been following your video on setting up Hyper-V server with the Equallogic SAN which we have. It has been really helpful however I am having a problem getting the CSV to work. After creating the cluster the...
  • Eliminate UAC for Printer Driver installation

    During the IT Pro Conference, someone asked if they could eliminate the UAC (and the local administrator requirements) just for printer driver installations on Windows Vista machines. Printer Drivers are the most difficult issue when it comes to removing...
  • 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...
  • Extend your Server 2003 Active Directory Schema for Windows Vista and Server 2008

    Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 include additional group policy settings that give the administrator more granular management of their user's workstations. To leverage these new configuration items, the schema of a Server 2003 Active Directory forest...
  • SQL Server Licensing in Hyper-V Environment

    I received a question a few days ago about how to license SQL (per processor) within a Virtual Machine on a Hyper-V server (or other hypervisor based host). There has been a lot of confusion on this, at least I’ve been confused, so I wanted to dig into...
  • 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...
  • Eliminate UAC for Printer Driver installation in a Domain

    I've already talked about how to eliminate UAC for a stand alone Vista machine, now I am going to show you how to set a domain Group Policy to eliminate UAC for all of your Vista workstations. My original post is here . I apologize for the delay in getting...
  • We are Running out of IP Addresses!

    I read the following article today and it made me think. Hmmm… Available IPv4 addresses dwindle below 10% http://www.networkworld.com/news/2010/011910-ipv4-addresses-dwindle.html?hpg1=bn The article was a good read, I’ve been watching this thing...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Managing Virtual Machines without Domain Administrator Credentials

    I received another really good question, so I want to share it. My servers will be running Windows Enterprise running HyperV with 4 VM's each. The third server will run Windows Standard 2008 with Microsoft SCVMM. Is there a way for SCVMM to be installed...
  • Windows 7 Template Creation Error

    I tried to create a Windows 7 template in SCVMM and it kept failing, but it would not give me an error message, it would just fail. I did some digging around and found that sysprep was failing with an error –2147024864 . I kept digging and found that...
  • A Big Thank You to Dell, Crucial, and Intel!

    I’ve spent a lot of time with Hyper-V. I’ve put together a lot of blogs, screen casts and demonstrations of Hyper-V. While Microsoft is a software company, Hyper-V and our products run on hardware. I office from home and I’ve put together a pretty good...
  • What is Best of Breed??

    I don't have an answer here, but this question has bounced around in my head for years, so I thought I would share the question. When someone says that they are going to only purchase "best of breed" products in each area, how do you decide what is, or...
  • Other Forms of Encryption You Need to Consider...

    We've already talked about BitLocker, but I wanted to provide an overview of the other encryption solutions for Windows Vista, Windows XP and Server 2003 / 2008. If there's interest, I'll drill into more detail on any / all of these, so please let me...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Now, what am I going to do with this hardware?

    As you saw from my earlier post , I've been loaned some new hardware and I have a plan for it as follows: I can now demonstrate a cluster larger than three servers. In fact, I’ve already created a five node cluster and it’s pretty cool! The only downside...
  • Everyone has an opinion… What's Kerfuffle???

    I’ve been watching an interesting “discussion” take place over the past few weeks via blogs, and honestly, I think it’s pretty funny. At the same time it is also pretty sad. More than a few years ago, Microsoft took the approach of trying not to criticize...
  • How you can dual boot between Windows XP and Windows 7

    Now that you've downloaded the Windows 7 beta, let's talk about how you can configure your machine to dual boot between Windows Vista and Windows 7, or even Window XP and Windows 7. The key to multi-boot configurations that involve Windows Vista, Server...
  • Why is our Licensing so Complicated?

    I often ask myself why our licensing has to be so hard to figure out. I heard a great quote this week while I’ve been in our semi-annual training and I thought I’d share it. We don’t have anyone that wakes up and says “How can I make <insert item here>...
  • So you want to get started with Hyper-V? Start here! – In Summary

    By now you’ve seen my multi-part series on Hyper-V. I will keep this posting current so it can serve as a single list of all of my screen casts on Hyper-V and the supporting products. Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 1. Configuring the BIOS for Hyper-V...
  • 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...
  • Hyper-V Server – How to setup a High Availability Cluster with just one copy of Windows Server 2008

    As you know by now, I’ve spent a lot of time with Hyper-V and I continue to learn new things. I love sharing these “Ah-ha” moments with you, so here comes the next one. I’ve been wanting to put together a Hyper-V cluster using our FREE Microsoft Hyper...