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  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Backup / Restore when upgrading to Windows Server 2008 R2

    I use Hyper-V and Windows Server 2008 R2 RC right now to host all my TFS reproduction machines, on which I work customer issues. It’s time to move that Hyper-V box to RTM, since it is available to us internally. My Hyper-V server is set up thusly (three physical HDDs): C Drive: OS D Drive: Page file...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Remote Administration from Windows 7?

    As you may know from this earlier post , I admin my multiple TFS Virtual PCs (which run on Hyper-V) from a Vista PC. Well last week I replaced that Vista PC with a Windows 7 Enterprise one. I tried to install the Hyper-V Remote Management Update for Windows Vista on my new Windows 7 PC and was denied...
  • Blog Post: Mounting .VHDs in Windows 7 \ Windows Server 2008 R2 with a simple mouse-click

    One of the coolest features in Windows 7 (all my personal machines at work & home are now Win7 or WS2K8R2, BTW <g>) is the native ability to mount .VHD files (virtual hard drives). As you know if you are a loyal reader (PLUG: if you’re not, why not subscribe to our feed now? RSS2 | ATOM1 )...
  • Blog Post: Identify your TF server version and machine info with BGInfo

    BGInfo is a great little tool written by Bryce Cogswell from Sysinternals. I use it extensively because I have so many PCs and VPCs that help me do my daily work supporting customers. I have customized it to display (among other things) the machine name, domain, IP and MAC address. I find BGInfo very...
  • Blog Post: Duplicate Entries in Hyper-V Manager Driving Me Batty!

    I have a headless Windows Server 2008 machine that I use only for Hyper-V. This server hosts 19 TFS installs of mine now, and I manage my VPCs from my Vista Ultimate desktop using the Hyper-V Manager MMC for Windows Vista SP1 (available here: x86 and x64 ). It’s a very cool tool and works really well...
  • Blog Post: My Experience Setting Up TFS\Windows Sever\SQL Server 2008

    Set up *another* VPC today. This is my first personal install of TFS 2008 ATDT on Windows Server 2008 with WSS 3.0 and Katmai (SQL Server 2008). I say personal because I’ve set one up for someone else before. Anyway, I did as I always recommend to my customers… Start with CLEAN hardware (clean disk with...
  • Blog Post: Sticky Mouse in Windows Server 2008 & Vista Hyper-V VPCs!

    If you’re a regular reader you already know that I use virtualization a lot in my daily work with TFS and customers – it’s great for reproducing issues without hosing up your server (rollback to a snapshot). Anyway, one thing I noticed with VPCs running Windows Server 2008 (WS2K8) and Vista which I bring...
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