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  • Blog Post: Virtualization Nation: Free_as_in_beer VS2K5R2 Reskit Chapters

    Rob Larson has posted some free sample chapters to the Virtual Server 2005 R2 Reskit, inlcuding: Chapter 4 - Installing Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 Chapter 5 - Virtual Server 2005 R2 Advanced Features Chapter 7 - Best Practices for Configuration and Performance Tuning Chapter 10 - Virtual...
  • Blog Post: VMM: Son of FAQ - including "what is offline P2V?"

    More FAQs: Q: Is there a way I can tell if a machine in my inventory is virtual? A: If the registry key -- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Virtual Machine is present, the machine is a VM. Q: What are the best cost/performance hard drives for hosts? SATA, SAS, or SCISI? How to configure...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: SCVMM Beta 2: What's new in Beta 2?

    Register for Beta 2 What’s new in Virtual Machine Manager Beta 2? Console Enhancements in Virtual Machine Manager · The Administgrator Console has been divided into different areas for managing hosts, virtual machines, library servers, and jobs, exposing only the actions required for the task...
  • Blog Post: Patch Tuesday Aftermath: Do You Know Where Your VMs Are?

    It is a security best practice recommendation to ensure that all your VMs are fully patched before they are turned on in production. One way you can do this is to create a designated " maintenance host " that is off the production network, but has access to the needed software updates. Migrate your...
  • Blog Post: Beta of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 Available

    The beta of the next version of VMM (SCVMM 2008), which includes support for Hyper-V, and requires the RC version of Hyper-V, is available today on http://www.connect.microsoft.com/ (requires Windows LiveID sign in and beta program participation). New stuff includes: Supports WS2K8 RC version of Hyper...
  • 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: 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...
  • 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: Virtualization Nation: Add Roblarson to the Blog Roll

    Robert Larson , co-author of the Virtual Server 2005 R2 Resource Kit, has joined the blogosphere. Gate posts look promising, for example: Virtual Server COM API - VMTask usage and error handling in VBscript How do you route between Virtual Networks? 4 options Bloggy goodness for us.
  • Blog Post: Pricing for SCVMM Announced - It's in there

    The Opsmg page here announced that the Enterprise SML will be available in Q4 CY2007 and will include the Enterprise versions of the Operations Management License (OML) and Data Protection Manager Management License, as well as the System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Server Management License, and...
  • Blog Post: VMM Beta 1 System Requirements

    We posted the System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007 Beta 1 bits to the https://connect.microsoft.com site today. Here are the Beta 1 system requirements : Network Requirements Virtual Machine Manager is designed to be installed on a single-purpose dedicated server. The server runs the Virtual...
  • Blog Post: VMM Beta 2: Tag, You're It

    Right-click on your VM in the Administrator Console and the new (in Beta 2) vm “tag” feature appears. Enter a tag for the VM here. Now you have a way of grouping vms that have tags in the "Virtual Machine Views" section, or sort the Virtual Machines view by selecting Tag from the “group by” list. Mighty...
  • 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: 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...
  • 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: PowerShell: the DMZ of Interop

    Windows PowerShell is shaping up to be the technology around which IT Pros from *nix and Windows worlds meet and build community (virtualization will be another, IMO). Check out Bill's post on PowerShell on Port25 . Some nifty links there, such as: Interview on Port25 with Jeffery Snover, Architect...
  • Blog Post: How To Run MSDN and TechNet on Hyper-V

    By now you may have heard that all of MSDN and TechNet run in production (with 4 million hits per day ) on a pre-release version of Hyper-V. If you are interested in the specifics of performance and architecture, read the technical article on how MSCOM Virtualizes MSDN and TechNet on Hyper-V . For example...
  • Blog Post: VMM: New Content - Windows PowerShell Virtual Machine Manager Cmdlet Reference

    The Windows PowerShell Virtual Machine Manager Cmdlet Reference is now available in the download center. This doc presents the contents of the help available on the command line: Windows PowerShell Virtual Machine Manager command shell. Leave feedback on how useful you find this doc on this blog ...
  • 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: Troubleshooting VMM Self-Service

    You can read a little background on Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service here. There are several steps for setting it up. Some early adopter customers have had some trouble once they have installed the Self-Service portal. Often, the admin will go to the portal, and try to login to check out how the...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V: Insiders Guide to Microsoft's Hypervisor

    Top-seller at TecEd this year: Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V: Insiders Guide to Microsoft's Hypervisor . Amazon’s blub: “Leveraging server virtualization has never been easier. Not only does Hyper-V come in the box with Microsoft Windows Server 2008, now you can get up and running in no time with expert...
  • Blog Post: Tweaking Virtual Server Performance

    Some architectural choices you can make in setting up your virtualization can improve your VM performance. Read the details in this KB , including: Use virtual SCSI hard disks instead of virtual IDE hard disks When you configure virtual machines, use virtual SCSI disks instead of virtual IDE hard...