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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: PowerShell Learning Resources

    Ramping up? Here is what I have found - please share what you have found. To start you off there is a TechNet library node for PowerShell core at: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb978525.aspx "...contains the Help content for conceptual topics, cmdlets, and providers. This content is published...
  • 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: 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: 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: Translating VBScript to Windows PowerShell

    Windows PowerShell week has started. If you haven't signed up for the webcasts, you should run, not walk to the signup page . Completed casts are available on-demand - for example, yesterday's Day 1 intro cast , and QnA transcript. But wait, there's more. For example, you can find the tasy aforementioned...
  • Blog Post: Why Google Can’t Win

    Last week Glenn Derene declared in How Social Networking Could Kill Web Search as We Know It “the next generation of Web users may find what they want by using their social network rather than a search algorithm".” Now, this article is really positing search in the broad “consumer” sense - search...
  • 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: 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: 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: TechNet Wiki: What They Are Reading?

    Here are the top 10 most-read TechNet Wiki articles from last week, in order: social.technet:/wiki/contents/articles/windows-server-appfabric.aspx social.technet:/wiki/contents/articles/windows-powershell-survival-guide.aspx social.technet:/wiki/contents/articles/active-directory-overview.aspx social...
  • Blog Post: Free Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Beta

    Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 is the free virtualization server OS from Microsoft. It is NOT Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V. To understand the (important) differences, see http://www.microsoft.com/servers/hyper-v-server/default.mspx . That being said, the Beta of Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 is now...
  • 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: New Forum for IT Pro Version of CodeGallery

    Add your voice in the new forum for the upcoming IT Pro version of Code Gallery . What would you like to see in the IT Pro version of Code Gallery? What would you NOT like to see? Is it as simple as "PowerShell"? Or is the answer more complicated? Let's discuss here .
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V How To: Roll Your Own Virtualization Mixtape

    TN/MSDN has a nifty podcast directory page with RSS feed and filters “By Topic” and “By Job Role”. Plus, you can search, for example “Virtualization Podcasts” running time : Virtualization in a Nutshell   01:07:19 Hyper-Green Virtualization: Scaling Enterprise IT for Energy Efficiency   58...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V How to: Configure Server Core using SCONFIG

    On a Windows Server 2008 R2 server core deployment, you can use SCONFIG to get the server on the network in minutes so you can manage it remotely . After that you can use another system, such as a Windows 7 client, to enable roles, run PowerShell scripts, manage it using System Center, manage it using...