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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...
26 Mar 2012
Fixing Errors 0x0000001 and Stop 0x0000001a in Hyper-V
We have seen a decline in support cases from Hyper-V customers reporting issues that involve the error message “0x0000001” and “Stop 0x0000001a since the release of SP1 for Windows Server Hyper-V R2. Our advice for Hyper-V users, the solution is to install SP1. This TechNet Wiki article...
30 Nov 2011
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 ...
13 May 2010
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?
1 Feb 2010
Hyper-V TV: Import/Export in Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V
We’ve published a new video on import/export in Hyper-V R2 on MSN Showcase (which has changed it’s URL and redirect, so, kinda hard to find if you go to the old URL video.msn.com). There’s much more detail in the blog posts series Soumya wrote: Hyper-V R2 Import/Export – Part 1 – The Case for...
16 Nov 2009
What Makes a Good IT Pro Video?
My team is investigating the use of video as a content type for IT Pros. We are compiling best practices and tips/tricks for creating this kind of content, but we need your feedback. Thoughts/comments? DO Have some lighting. It should be good enough to distinguish what’s important (for example, a person...
13 Nov 2009
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...
22 Sep 2009
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...
17 Sep 2009
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...
13 Sep 2009
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...
21 Aug 2009
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 = "." ) $ns = "root\virtualization...
21 Aug 2009
Hyper-V How To: Create a VM using Script
Some friends here on the Hyper-V team shared a PowerShell 2.0 script for creating a VM: # Create a VM param( [string]$vmName = $(throw "Must supply a virtual machine name") ) # Get a new instance of Msvm_VirtualSystemGlobalSettingData $vsgsdClass = [wmiclass]"root\virtualization:Msvm_VirtualSystemGlobalSettingData...
20 Aug 2009
Hyper-V How To: Connect Virtual Switch to Host using Script
Some friends here on the Hyper-V team shared a PowerShell 2.0 script for connecting your virtual switches to the management partition (parent partition): # Connect a Virtual Switch to the management partition param( [string]$vsName = $(throw "Must specify virtual switch name"), [string]$intEthName...
19 Aug 2009
Hyper-V R2 How To: Move a VM + storage + snapshots
Want to move a VM from server A to server B along with its associated storage and snapshots in R2? Snapshots are associated with the VMs and not the VHD files. You should explore import/export. Soumya’s written a series of blogposts to get you started: http://blogs.technet.com/virtualization/archive...
4 Aug 2009
Hyper-V How To: Set Up Multi-site Clustering
Courtesy of a colleague, here are some handy resources for reading up on how to set up a multi-site cluster: Clustering Forum: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winserverClustering/threads Blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/clustering/archive/2008/05/10/8483427.aspx KB: Deployment Considerations...
4 Aug 2009
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...
4 Aug 2009
Hyper-V: R2 Edge Videos
Technet Edge has a new series of Matt McSpirit video demos showing you R2 Hyper-V goodies: 1. Hyper-V R2: Initial Installation & Configuration 2. Hyper-V R2: Dynamic Storage 3. Hyper-V R2: Building a Hyper-V R2 Cluster 4. Hyper-V R2: Making Highly Available VMs 5. Hyper-V R2: Introducing Cluster...
5 Jun 2009
Hyper-V How To: Get HP Hyper-V Best Practices
HP has the following Hyper-V BP guidance: HP configurations and best practices for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and Exchange Server 2007 (White Paper/4AA2- ... Microsoft Hyper-V Server Virtualization - Solutions components list Best practices for deploying Microsoft Office SharePoint Server...
27 May 2009
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...
26 Mar 2009
New Hyper-V Content Posted
Check out the newest content in the TechNet library for Hyper-V: Live Migration Step by Step Guide: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd446679.aspx What’s New for Hyper-V in R2: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd446676.aspx Hyper-V Virtual Machine Snapshots: Frequently...
20 Mar 2009
Hyper-V How To: Pick SAN Storage
You can find the list of supported iSCSI and Fibre Channel storage arrays at: http://www.windowsservercatalog.com/results.aspx?&bCatID=1511&cpID=0&avc=10&ava=0&avq=0&OR=1&PGS=25&ready=0 http://www.windowsservercatalog.com/results.aspx?&bCatID=1354&cpID=0&avc...
26 Jan 2009
Hyper-V How To: Download Linux Integration Components (Beta)
Linux Integration Components for Microsoft Hyper-V is available publicly. To get it, please the following steps: 1. Login to https://connect.microsoft.com with a Live ID. 2. Click “CONNECTION DIRECTORY” on the top of the page 3. Click Category: Server, and scroll to find the “Linux Integration Components...
23 Jan 2009
Hyper-V How To: Manually Configure Hyper-V Pagefile
Hyper-V automatically configures your pagefile settings, but if, for some troubleshooting purposes, you may want to change them manually. Here's how: 1. To check current pagefile stats, from the command line type: wmic pagefile get /format:list 2. To disable automatic system pagefile management, from...
4 Nov 2008
Your Hyper-V Blog Post Here
Think of it as a contest. Have a Hyper-V blog post you want to share with the world, but no place to post it? Send it to me, I'll post the best ones here and send the lucky blogger a prize from the vast pool of Microsoft swag we keep in a room on the second floor. Send your post to firstname.lastname@example.org...
8 Oct 2008
Hyper-V Attack Surface Reference
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...
19 Sep 2008
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