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  • Blog Post: Hyper-V How To: Download Perf Analysis and Load Sim Tools

    The Enterprise Proving Ground blog http://www.microsoft.com/eec compiled some useful Perf and Load tools for virtualization: NTTCP ( http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/device/network/TCP_tool.mspx ) is is a multithreaded, asynchronous application that sends and receives data between two or more endpoints...
  • Blog Post: How to Tell if you are in a VM Using Script

    Sometimes you need to identify if something is running inside a virtual machine before you take action. This sample VBScript uses the same logic found in the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit to show if a deployment is running in a VM. If IsVM Then     WScript.Quit 1 Else    ...
  • Blog Post: Son of What Has They Gots In Their Pocketses?

    More and more I’m concluding that the SEO advice currently peddled on the interwebs is snake oil, sold to you by those with a financial interest in you following their advice. Last month I posted a quick TechNet Wiki status update with the completely un-SEO, lacking-in—helpful-keywords, title “ What...
  • Blog Post: Help Train the IT Pros of Tomorrow: Free (as-in-beer) SW

    Think of it as an high-schooler stimulus package. DreamSpark High School Provides High School Students with Free Software Today at the Government Leaders Forum, in Washington D.C. Bill Gates announced the expansion of the DreamSpark program to include high school students worldwide.  DreamSpark...
  • Blog Post: Forum Greatest Hits: Call Now, Operators Are On Duty

    Markus, the moderator over on the ILM forum, has created an interesting new content form: Forum Greatest Hit .   GHs are technical articles that are developed to address the following three key areas: Discoverability – For common questions, you should be able to find your answer quickly and easily...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V TV: Wallace and Gromit Demo Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Live Migration

    Well, it’s not actually the beloved start of the WnG movies (show below)…. it is two servers named Wallace and Gromit used by UKDPE  in their 5 minute video that shows how to setup and LM in R2. Not only does this video show how easy/quick it is to set up LM, it shows the filecopy operation on the...
  • Blog Post: Server News - Free-as-in-beer App You Should Install Today

    Wouldn't it be great if there was an App that you could run on your Win8CP or Windows Phone 7 that "pushed" you important Windows Server news? Do you read blogs like Ben Armstrong , Virtualization Team , Mark Russinovich ? Well colleagues Martin McClean (Poster Guy) and Brian Lich (Awesome Guy...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V How To: Set a Custom KVP using Script

    Some friends here on the Hyper-V team shared a PowerShell 2.0 script for setting custom KVPs: # Set a Custom KVP param( [string]$vmName = $(throw "Must specify virtual machine name"), [string]$Key = $(throw "Must specify a key"), [string]$Value = $(throw "Must specify a value") ) $vm = gwmi...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V How To: Create a VM using Script

    Some friends here on the Hyper-V team shared a PowerShell 2.0 script for creating a VM: # Create a VM param( [string]$vmName = $(throw "Must supply a virtual machine name") ) # Get a new instance of Msvm_VirtualSystemGlobalSettingData $vsgsdClass = [wmiclass]"root\virtualization:Msvm_VirtualSystemGlobalSettingData...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V How To: Manage MAC Address Conflicts

    A colleague recently shared some good advice for managing  MAC address conflicts on your VMs: Best Practice = Prevent. There is a standard for MAC addressing whereby OEMs get prefixes (i.e. the first couple pairs of the MAC address range) registered to them. The help file in VMM R2 for " How...
  • Blog Post: New SuperFlow for Troubleshooting Forefront TMG Installation

    SuperFlows are new content types for Microsoft, here’s a new one for troubleshooting TMG installs . In a SuperfFlow, we can filter information to that is it more relevant. For example, in a branching tree, we can show you just the procedures that apply to your resultant set of choices. Check it out and...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V How-To: Convert VM Memory Contents to a Dump File

    Released today for free-as-in-beer on MSDN Code Gallery: Microsoft Hyper-V VM State to Memory Dump Converter Check out this great troubleshooting tool. Did I mention it is free?
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V How To: Connect Virtual Switch to Host using Script

    Some friends here on the Hyper-V team shared a PowerShell 2.0 script for connecting your virtual switches to the management partition (parent partition): # Connect a Virtual Switch to the management partition param( [string]$vsName = $(throw "Must specify virtual switch name"), [string]$intEthName...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V How To: Modify VLAN Settings using Script

    Some friends here on the Hyper-V team shared a PowerShell 2.0 script for modifying hte VLAN settings on your VMs: # Modify VLAN setting for VM param( $vmName = $(throw "Must supply a virtual machine name"), $vlanId = $(throw "Must supply vlan id"), $computer = "." ) $ns = "root\virtualization...
  • Blog Post: How To: Recover Your Account if You Have Been Hacked

    If you suspect that an unauthorized person has used your Windows Live ID to sign into your Windows Live Hotmail acccount, or any other Windows Live service, please read this article for further help. http://windowslivehelp.com/solutions/accounts/archive/2008/10/25/what-to-do-if-you-think-your-accounts...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Common Criteria Certification

      Q: Is Hyper-V Common Criteria Certified (Common Criteria level EAL4 augmented by ALC_FLR.3)? A: Heck ya: : http://www.bsi.de/zertifiz/zert/reporte.htm#Midsize_Systems :-) Congrats to the Hyper-V team.
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V How To: Get Intrinsic KVPS using Script

    Some friends here on the Hyper-V team shared a PowerShell 2.0 script for getting an intrinsic KVPS: # Get Intrinsic KVPs (Included Guest machine name, IC Version, OS Version, etc) param( [string]$vmName = $(throw "Must specify virtual machine name") ) $vm = gwmi -namespace root\virtualization...
  • Blog Post: The IT Pro future is Cloud-y and S.A.D

    You’ve already heard lots about the cloud, and about how you need to start getting ready. Are you prepping for Service Automation Design (SAD)? Also called IT Process Automation (ITPA), this is the stuff you will be doing with Opalis. If it is not on your radar, tap the console hard…Looks like a fantastic...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V How To: Create a Fixed VHD using Script

    Some friends here on the Hyper-V team shared a PowerShell 2.0 script for creating a fixed VHD for your VM: # Create fixed VHD param( [string]$vhdPath = $(throw "Must specify full path for new VHD"), [string]$vhdSize = $(throw "Must specify size for new VHD (in GB)") ) # Size in bytes $GB...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V How To: P2V A Running Computer

    Need to convert a running computer to a .VHD? Use Disk2Vhd , released yesterday. Disk2vhd is a free-as-in-beer Sysinternals utility you can use to create VHD (Virtual Hard Disk - Microsoft’s Virtual Machine disk format) versions of physical disks. You can run Disk2vhd on a system that’s online. “Disk2vhd...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V: Everything you always wanted to know about clustering* but were afraid to ask

    My teenage daughter never tires of reminding me how often I show my age. The punning title of this blog is no exception. However, that should not take away from the awesomeness of the Clustering Team Blog post that lists 300+ useful documents, guides, information and utilities . My favorites of course...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V How To: Convert a VHD using Script

    Some friends here on the Hyper-V team shared a PowerShell 2.0 script for converting your VHDs: # Convert a VHD param( [string]$vhdPath = $(throw "Must specify full VHD path, including extension"), [string]$destPath = $(throw "Must specify full path of destination VHD, including extension"),...
  • Blog Post: Dunbar’s Number and Wikiality

    Dunbar’s number is said to be about 150. The new book Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape our Lives , advocates, among other things, that human nature will correct Wikiality to more closely reflect reality. Now, there are those who claim that Microsoft employees...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V How To: Detect if you are inside a VM

    Sometimes, when troubleshooting or for forensic reasons, you may have to determine if an application is running inside a virtual machine. John Kelbley, co-author of Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V : Insiders Guide to Microsoft's Hypervisor , shares how. One (relatively) simple way to detect key virtualization...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V How To: Check Hypervisor Heartbeat using Script

    Some friends here on the Hyper-V team shared a PowerShell 2.0 script for checking in the hypervisor is running on a Hyper-V server (host/parent partition): # Check if Hypervisor is running $hypervisor = gwmi –ErrorAction SilentlyContinue Win32_PerfRawData_HvStats_HyperVHypervisor return $hypervisor...