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  • 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: 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: Whither Wiki? Troubleshooting content on the TechNet Wiki (Beta)

    One of the things a wiki should enable is great collaboration on troubleshooting. This kind of content greatly profits from many perspectives and contributors. The TechNet Wiki (Beta) also supports useful things not available in the TN/MSND library troubleshooting topics, like video, screenshots and...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: IT Pro’s Pal - BGinfo

    My gear-fixation probably started when I was a Boy Scout. There was a tool called the Woodsman’s Pal that I *had* to have. It just looked, well, way more Ninja than the puny “hatchet” I used for years. Turns out, the hatchet worked just fine, still does today. And as an adult...
  • 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: Resources to Assist Windows Server Customers in Japan

    Some folks on the TechNet Wiki have started a wiki topic to assist IT Pros in Japan who may have to do some unplanned server take-downs. Check out http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/windows-server-emergency-management-resources.aspx and add your useful links for: Backup/restore...
  • 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 How To: Fix “check BIOS settings” error

    Many of you have been looking for help on the Hyper-V setup error “Hyper-V launch failed; No-execute (NX) or DEP not enabled on processor %1 (check BIOS settings).” Hypervisor Availability: Event ID 52 Event Details Event ID: 52 Source: Microsoft-Windows-Hyper-V-Hypervisor Symbolic Name: HV_EVENTLOG_BAL_NOEXECUTE_NOT_ENABLED...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Wiki (Beta): Why a Wiki?

    One of the things customers asked of us when we met at TechEd 2010 is summarized as: “ It would be really useful if you would give me a table of <thing> and how it changes from version to version.” The most frequent request was for <GPO>, but it really applies to a lot of <things> of...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V How To: Download the MP for Windows Server 2008 R2

    The download for the Operations Manager 2007 Management Pack for Windows Server 2008 (and 2003) is available at: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=3529d233-5e3e-4b51-8f66-5d6f27005ec3 NOTE: System Requirements Supported Operating Systems: Windows 2000 Server;...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V How To: Loopback Mount a VHD using Script

    Some friends here on the Hyper-V team shared a PowerShell 2.0 script for loopback mounting a VHD, for example, if you need to use bcdedit to alter the boot configuration store offline: # Loopback mount a VHD param( [string] $path = $(throw "Must supply a path"), [string] $computer = "." ) ...
  • Blog Post: Love Me, Love My OS

    There is an interesting IT Pro content development over  in KBs. When I go to a KB that does not apply to my current OS, I get this: This is frequent scenario for IT Pros because security best practice is to NOT browse the web from your server. So, if there is a problem on a server, many IT Pros...
  • Blog Post: DIY Zune Speakers – the IT Pro Way

    John shares how to hack your 12V drill to power you Zune speakers . He also tells How to Detect The Virtualization Layer From Within A Guest .
  • Blog Post: Ever Wanted to Help Write a KB?

    Ever wanted to help write a KB? Perhaps get the info a little faster? Now you can on the TechNet Wiki (Beta). Here’s an interesting ground-breaking example: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/biztalk-server-backup-job-does-not-delete-backup-files.aspx
  • Blog Post: “Plus sa change”… TS is dead, long live RDS

    The perf team blog this morning has an excellent summation of What’s New in Remote Desktop Services
  • Blog Post: Stupid User Bailout - Free-as-in-Beer Microsoft Security Essentials Beta

    You spend more time supporting users than you’d like – you’d like to be doing more proactive stuff, right? You spend the majority of that time bailing users out of security issues. Why should only big banks, insurance, and car companies get bailouts? Microsoft is offering you a bailout for your users...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V How To: Fix Hyper-V Top Issue - Unknown Devices

    Update 11_20_09: Not everyone will need to reinstall the Guest OS, if you are confident the OS in your VM is supported (probably most of you) , skip to install integration services .  Also, because we have more than 1 releases version of Hyper-V now, it is possible for the integration services on...