Coming next month, a virtualization server (sometimes called a host) that you can download for free (as in Beer). Watch the Hypre-V Server page for more news. Scenarios for Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 (notice that it is NOT called Windows Hyper-V Server) include:
Note that Hyper-V Server comes with no UI, just like running the Hyper-V role on Windows Server 2008 on a Serve Core installation. Among the things you DON'T get in Hyper-V Server:
Read the system requirements for Hyper-V Server.
For more info: Read the Hyper-V Server FAQ.
Check it out and follow Jeff's advice "Use this often – it works great."
In Virtual Server (and VPC) it was fairly easy to create a share and place resources on it that you want to share between Host and VM. Easy, not secure for enterprise use. You can;t do this anymore in Hyper-V.
Splogbane: If you are reading this on a blog other than http://blogs.technet.com/tonyso, why not stop patronizing a splog and come over to the original?
To move/copy.share files/resources between host and VM you should use the library in SCVMM. If you aren't using SCVMM, then you must use regular ol' networking to transfer files between the host (sometimes also called parent partition) and VMs, or VM to VM.
To Share Files Between Host and VM
According to the instructions in the Hyper-V Getting Started Guide:
To create a virtual network
Open Hyper-V Manager.
From the Actions menu, click Virtual Network Manager.
Under Create virtual network, select the type of network you want to create. The types of network are External, Internal, and Private. If the network you want to create is an external network, see “Additional considerations” below.
Click Add. The New Virtual Network page appears.
Type a name for the new network. Review the other properties and modify them if necessary.
You can use virtual LAN identification as a way to isolate network traffic. However, this type of configuration must be supported by the physical network adapter. For information about configuring virtual LAN identification, see the Hyper-V deployment content at the Windows Server 2008 TechCenter (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=108560).
Click OK to create the virtual network and close Virtual Network Manager, or click Apply to create the virtual network and continue using Virtual Network Manager.
Alternatively, you can use ISO images that you mount in the VM DVD drive, on a Server Core install you might want to consider having your ISOs on an iSCSI disk that you can mount to the host to build your VMsor, or, use the SCVMM library.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could put up your personal/family/interest group (non-work) calendar next to your work Outlook calendar to plan your time?
With Microsoft Office Outlook Connector, you can use Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 or Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 to access and manage your Microsoft Windows Live Hotmail or Microsoft Office Live Mail accounts, including e-mail messages, contacts and calendars for free!
The Beta 2 is looking good. Give it a try today and lower your overall stress.
The Windows Server 2008 Security Guide includes a spreadsheet you can download that lists all the attack surfaces for Windows Server 2008. This guide was initially published before Hyper-V role RTM. When the Security Guide is updated, a new worksheet in the Attack Surface Reference Workbook will be added that lists the attack surfaces for Hyper-V. Until then, you can find the same information in the Hyper-V Attack Surface Reference Workbook, available for download today at http://download.microsoft.com/download/8/2/9/829bee7b-821b-4c4c-8297-13762aa5c3e4/Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Attack Surface Reference.xlsx.
IT Pro parents, take the information below to your school and implement this free solution from Microsoft that will make everyone's lives easier and dramatically improve the quality of your child's education (and teacher qualtiy of life).
The http://get.liveatedu.com/Education/Connect/FAQ/ provides institutions of higher education and K-12 with a set of free hosted and co-branded collaboration and communication services for students, alumni, and applicants, leading with an offer of Windows Live™ Hotmail®, a hosted e-mail service, and Office Live Workspace, an online space to collaborate on Microsoft Office documents.
The offering, from the university perspective primarily includes hosted, branded e-mail, but once a student/alumni has an active ID they have access to the whole set of Windows Live services. For example, if my institution issues Joe Student the e-mail address email@example.com, Joe can use that e-mail address to authenticate on a number of Windows Live services, all of which are opt-in and free unless noted otherwise. Here are just a few:
My article on Hyper-V Security best practices has been selected as September tip of the month. Check out Planning for Hyper-V Security. Kai Axford has a good article in the same newsletter issue: "Security in a Virtual World." For videos and additional drill-down info, see my blog pot Hyper-V Security Getting Started Guide.
The Infrastructure Planning and Design guides has a new entry: Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) version 4.5. Download the entire IPD series or download the individual guide.
If you like IPD you may also like:
Mike Sterling's blog post: http://blogs.msdn.com/mikester/archive/2008/09/10/linux-integration-components-now-posted.aspx announces that the integration services for Linux (IC) are now available for download from the Connect site. Look for the Linux Integration Components for Hyper-V program. (https://connect.microsoft.com).
Virtualization TechCenter: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/virtualization/default.aspx
Hyper-V Planning and Deployment Guide: http://download.microsoft.com/download/8/1/5/81556693-1f05-494a-8d45-cdeeb6d735e0/HyperV_Deploy.doc
Hyper-V Forum: http://forums.technet.microsoft.com/winserverhyperv/threads/
Virtualization Solution Accelerators: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/solutionaccelerators/cc197910.aspx
Windows Server 2008 Virtualization & Consolidation: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/virtualization-consolidation.aspx
Hyper-V FAQ: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/hyperv-faq.aspx
Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Performance Tuning Guide: http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/system/sysperf/Perf_tun_srv.mspx
MSDN & TechNet Powered by Hyper-V: http://blogs.technet.com/virtualization/archive/2008/05/20/msdn-and-technet-powered-by-hyper-v.aspx
MSDN & TechNet Powered by Hyper-V Wastepaper: http://download.microsoft.com/download/6/C/5/6C559B56-8556-4097-8C81-2D4E762CD48E/MSCOM_Virtualizes_MSDN_TechNet_on_Hyper-V.docx
Optimized Desktop Infrastructure (VDI and much more): http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/enterprise/default.mspx
Microsoft Virtualization Home Page: http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization/default.mspx
Virtualization Case Studies: http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization/case-studies.mspx
Microsoft IT Insight Workshop on Virtualization. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb687787.aspx#virt
Microsoft Integrated Virtualization ROI Tool: https://roianalyst.alinean.com/microsoft/virtualization/
Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit Solution Accelerator: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb977556.aspx
Virtualization: An Introduction to Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/cc895595.aspx The introduction of Hyper-V makes virtualization an even more compelling solution for IT environments. Get an overview of today’s virtualization market and see how Hyper-V improves the manageability, reliability, and security of virtualization by Rajiv Arunkundram
Virtualization: Manage Your Virtual Environments with VMM 2008: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/cc836456.aspx System Center Virtual Machine Manager provides a consolidated interface for managing your virtual infrastructure. The latest version adds support for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, as well as for VMware virtual machines. Explore the new features and get an overview of using VMM to centralize your management tasks by Edwin Yuen
Virtualization: Getting Started with Microsoft Application Virtualization: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/cc904189.aspx Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) allows you to deliver virtualized desktops to client systems throughout your organization. This simplifies system management and liberates employees from their desktops. Take a close look at how App-V works and discover how you can deploy it in your organization by Anthony Kinney
Virtualization: Achieving High Availability for Hyper-V : http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/cc837977.aspx Consolidating servers onto fewer physical machines has many advantages, but it is extremely important that you plan for your systems to be highly available. Here’s a guide to using Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering to bring high availability to your Hyper-V virtual machines by Steven Ekren
Virtualization: Backup and Disaster Recovery for Server Virtualization : http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/cc895627.aspx Virtualization brings significant changes to disaster recovery. Here’s an introduction to how the Microsoft virtualization platform factors into your disaster recovery plan, as well as a deeper look into backup and restore options and considerations for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V by Adam Fazio
Virtualization: Essential Tools for Planning Your Virtual Infrastructure : http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/cc895647.aspx Is your infrastructure ready for virtualization? The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit, a network-wide infrastructure assessment tool, can help you better understand your IT infrastructure and determine whether your systems are ready for upgrade or migration to a variety of technologies, including virtualization by Jay Sauls and Baldwin Ng
Virtualization feed: http://virtualizationfeed.com/ Every mention of Hyper-V on TechNet blogs: http://blogs.technet.com/search/Searchrss.aspx?q=Hyper-V&o=Relevance# RSS feed of Virtualization Support Issues: http://services.community.microsoft.com/feeds/feed/VirtualizationSupportFeed# A feed of everything that gets posted on community content in the Hyper-V library: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/community-edits.rss?topic=cc753637|en-us|10
Webcasts and videos:
Virtual Machine Manager 2008: http://edge.technet.com/Media/Virtualization-Launch/ Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 :http://edge.technet.com/Media/First-Look-Hyper-V-Server/
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Live Migration : http://edge.technet.com/Media/Demo-Hyper-V-Server-and-Live-Migration/
Virtualization Security Best Practices: http://download.microsoft.com/download/5/c/b/5cb1943c-751d-4fd4-a897-38926e90a86f/BrandonBakerHyperVSecurity2Podcast.wma
How Microsoft IT Uses Virtualization:
GetVirtualNow Announcements: http://download.microsoft.com/download/3/8/0/38001862-0367-4986-b94b-032af340e7b1/MikeNeilPodcastGetVirtualNow.wma
Matthijs' blog blog post describes the VMC2HV tool you can use to only import your Virtual Server and Virtual PC VM configurations. You can adjust almost any setting before creating the VM in Hyper-V.
If you are an enterprise user, and want to import many VMs, and manage them after, you will want SCVMM.
Migrating to Hyper-V from Virtual Server or Virtual PC - Tips and Suggestions
In case you didn’t know by now:
See what the buzz is about: http://imapc.lifewithoutwalls.com/
Tim Litton's blog post shares recent testing of Hyper-V and how disk workloads perform when using Fixed or Dynamic VHDs.
His graph shows perf across several scenarios (with Dynamic VHD being the baseline).
Fixed VHD always performs better than a Dynamic VHD in most scenarios by roughly 10% to 15% with the exception of 4k writes, where Fixed VHD performs significantly better.
Install Windows Server 2008 Update for Windows Server 2008 x64 Edition (KB956710) enhance Hyper-V role's support for processors and virtual machines to now support up to 24 logical processors and 192 virtual machines. Read more at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/956710.
950182 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950182/) A computer that is running an x86-based version of Windows Server 2008 or an x86-based version of Windows Vista may use fewer processors than expected if the number of cores on a socket is not a power of 2
You should follow the best practice recommendations in the Windows Server 2008 Security Guide,for hardening your W2K8 VMs. The GPO Accelerator can make this easier. The GPOAccelerator creates all the Group Policy objects (GPOs) that you need to deploy recommended security settings for your environment to save you hours of work that you would otherwise need to configure these settings.
BTW, the guide was published before Hyper-V RTM. When the Security Guide is updated, a new worksheet in the Attack Surface Reference Workbook will be added that lists the attack surfaces for Hyper-V. Until then, you can find the same information in the Hyper-V Attack Surface Reference Workbook, available for download today at http://download.microsoft.com/download/8/2/9/829bee7b-821b-4c4c-8297-13762aa5c3e4/Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Attack Surface Reference.xlsx. Copy=-paste into your Attack Surface Reference Workbook from the Security Guide and you are good to go.
Others who downloaded GPOAccelerator also downloaded:
Writers rejoice, Word 2007 version of the Word 2003 Redaction Add In has been posted. Read all about it
VHD proliferation or other disk-bloat make it necessary for you to move something? Need to check free disk space on the remote server before you move? Here's a couple of ways to do it.
The WMI Command-line (WMIC) tool provides a simple command-line interface to WMI. This allows you to use WMI to manage computers running Microsoft Windows. You can use WMIC from any computer running Windows XP Professional or an operating system in the Windows Server 2003 family to remotely manage any computer with WMI installed. WMIC does not have to be available on the remotely managed computer for WMIC to manage it. You can use it to get device data like this:
WMIC /Node:<SERVERNAME> LogicalDisk Where DriveType="3" Get DeviceID,FreeSpace,Size /format:list > %SystemDrive%\DiskInfo.txt
There is a Vista gadget available at: http://prestonhunt.com/story/107
You can download a free VBscript from the Script Center:
VB: List Free Disk Space Information for a Set of Computers
VB: List Available Disk Space
VB: Log Disk Information to an Excel Spreadsheet
VB: Show Disk Usage for All Hard Disks
VB: Write Disk Space Information to a Text File
You can ask someone on the scripting forum.
Or you can use Srvinfo.exe: Remote Server Information - available in the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools, will give you something like this:
The command line
(for /f %1 in (names.txt) do srvinfo \\ %1) >> serverinfo.txt
does a srvinfo.exe on all the server names in a file called names.txt then dumps the output to another text file called serverinfo.txt
The Microsoft Live@edu program provides institutions of higher education and K-12 with a set of free hosted and co-branded collaboration and communication services for students, alumni, and applicants. You can get free e-mail for your student, all her teachers, and all the other students (and parents), check out http://my.liveatedu.com. With this free offering you also get collaboration tools including calendars, mobile alerts, document sharing, blogs, instant messaging, video chat, mobile access, and address books.
1. 5GB Hotmail – email for life
2. 10GB Microsoft Exchange Inbox - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_661klW5vm8
3. 5GB SkyDrive
4. Office Live Workspace
To get a look see:
To get started contact your Microsoft account manager, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org,or go to http://get.live.com/edu.
How my neighborhood (Beacon Hill) sees itself:
The new pre-sales Hyper-V Server website is live. Many partners there, some with giveaways that appeal to IT Pros.
Speaking of which - when will event organizers realize that you can't put IT Pro seats in the breakout rooms touching each other? I mean, what percent of all T-shirt given away at IT Pro events are XXL?
My point exactly.
Jeff Woolsey's Deployment Best Practices session was standing room only, and more than half the seats were "overbooked" by the individual sitting in it.
Among his Best Practice recommendations:
The booth was mobbed too, I couldn't even get a steady shot because of all the traffic:
Seems this virtualization thing is big, as in... well, really big.
Lots of long-awaited exciting announcements:
Also check out a couple of good blog posts on how to set up SCVMM and Ops Manager:
The MSDN BizTalk topic Measuring Performance on Hyper-V covers perf measurements for:
Tony Voelm's blog post has the Hyper-V Performance FAQ, plus:
I recently recorded a short podcast with Hyper-V GM Mike Neil at the Get Virtual Now Launch. Among the important announcements:
The support statements for virtualization are covered in these links:
SVVP - Technical Support for Validated Configurations
Support policy for Microsoft software running in non-Microsoft hardware virtualization software
Microsoft server software and supported virtualization environments
Re: ESX see
Tools and instruction that will help you plan deploy Hyper-V:
Microsoft IT Insight Workshop on Virtualization.
Fee-based offering delivered in collaboration between Microsoft IT and Microsoft Services, offers key insights into Microsoft IT’s virtualization efforts and how Microsoft IT plans and executes deployment, management, and leverage of virtualization in its environment (including datacenters, branch offices, and test/development scenarios). http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb687787.aspx#virt
Microsoft Integrated Virtualization ROI Tool
Log in required. This ROI tool helps partners and customers examine current production server, development / QA lab, desktop and application virtualization opportunities, quantifying the potential savings, service level and agility benefits, investment and ROI for implementing Microsoft Integrated Virtualization solutions. https://roianalyst.alinean.com/microsoft/virtualization/
Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit Solution Accelerator
MAP is a powerful inventory, assessment, and reporting tool that can securely run in small or large IT environments without requiring the installation of agent software on any computers or devices. The data and analysis provided by this Solution Accelerator can significantly simplify the planning process for migrating to Windows Vista®, Microsoft Office 2007, Windows Server® 2008, Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, Virtual Server 2005 R2, SQL Server 2008 and Microsoft Application Virtualization (formerly SoftGrid). http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb977556.aspx