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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: 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: Hyper-V Server Sizing: How Much Memory for the Host?

    The Performance Tuning Guidelines for Windows Server 2008 has been updated to include perf guidelines for virtualization servers. To calculate the host RAM = (VMRamRequirementMB x #ofVMs) + (#of VMs x 32MBVMOverhead ) + (512MBHost), The guide says: ...the root partition must have sufficient memory (leave...
  • 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: 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: 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 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...
  • 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 Security How to: Use BitLocker to Protect Your VMs

    Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and BitLocker Drive Encryption was recently published to the download center, but some folks are having trouble accessing it (it seems there is a lot of interest in all things Hyper-V). Here are the procedures in the doc to tide you over till your download comes through: ...
  • 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: Shrink a VHD File

    Our first guest post ( http://blogs.technet.com/tonyso/archive/2008/10/07/your-hyper-v-blog-post-here.aspx ) comes from Jeremy Hagan . Thanks Jeremy! Background: One problem I have had when trying to do my first round of P2Vs for my Hyper-V implementation that I didn’t notice in testing is that...
  • 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: 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: 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...
  • 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: 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 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...
  • Blog Post: Go Green: Go Hyper-V

    Hyper-V makes it possible to consolidate servers onto a much smaller number of physical machines, significantly reducing power consumption without unduly sacrificing performance. Multiple virtual machines can run on a single physical machine without consuming significantly more power than a standalone...
  • Blog Post: 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...