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  • Blog Post: HOWTO: Resolve “Cannot find the physical computer that runs the virtual machine.”

    I recently ran into this problem when I had to set up Direct Access with a Hyper-V machine.  See here for the cause and resolution (Thanks thompal)! http://blogs.msdn.com/b/thompal/archive/2009/11/06/hyper-v-virtual-machine-connection-and-direct-access.aspx From Thomas: The solution: -go into the...
  • Blog Post: HOWTO: Grant users Logon as Terminal Service Right

    Because I am running Windows Server Enterprise 2008 on my Laptop with Hyper-V enabled, I continuously Remote Desktop to my Virtual Machine.  Even for a domain admin in the guest, you have to have group policy configured to allow the Remote Desktop Users group to allow logon through terminal services...
  • Blog Post: Taking a Virtual Machine from Virtual Server/VPC to Hyper-V

    One trick is that you have to follow the steps outlined here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/954282 Even if you install the Integration Components for Hyper-V, the VM will not update because the VMBus device will not start (This device cannot start. (code 10)).  What you have to do if you are trying...
  • Blog Post: Virtual PC 2007 SP1

    Virtual PC 2007 SP1 is available! http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=28c97d22-6eb8-4a09-a7f7-f6c7a1f000b5&displaylang=en via Virtual PC Guy's Blog: Virtual PC 2007 SP1 now available
  • Blog Post: Backing Up Windows Hyper-V Virtual Machines

    So most folks know that Hyper-V contains the capacity to allow backups of Virtual Machines while they are running.  System Center Data Protection Manager will eventually have the capability to conduct this process.  However, a straight file copy backup will not work for consistently backing...
  • Blog Post: The Windows Time Service and Hyper-V

    Recently a domain I had a domain running inside Hyper-V on Windows Server 2008.  The challenge was that the domain's clocks were running behind the time being reported at time.windows.com.  When I ran the w32tm command ( w32tm /config /manualpeerlist:time.windows.com /syncfromflags:manual ...
  • Blog Post: Increasing Disk Size of a Differencing VHD

    I recently ran into a problem where I needed to increase the size of a virtual machine's primary partition. The problem was that the VM's primary partition was based on a Differencing disk. As such tools like the VHDExpander don't work on them (only dynamic and fixed disks). What I had to do was to merge...
  • Blog Post: Resizing a Virtual Hard Drive (VHD)

    I recently created a Vista Virtual Machine but ran out of space when I tried to install the service pack. Dynamically expanding does not mean that the VHD will expand forever, but it will expand until the limit set for it at creation. This means that I hit the ceiling of the VHD. So, the best option...
  • Blog Post: Managing Virtual Server 2005 Through Terminal Services

    When building a Virtual Server 2005 R2 installation on a remote machine through Terminal Services, you might run into difficulty visiting the actual administration website. If you turn off friendly error messages in IE, you get a HTTP 500 status which indicates that the "parameter is incorrect". What...
  • Blog Post: How to Convert VMWare Machines to Microsoft Virtual Machines (VHD)

    I was struggling with this for some time. Here is a great link on how to do it easily! Many customers are moving to Virtual Server because of its portability (not to mention its price!) and interoperability with Virtual PC. Here is a great tutorial on the vmToolkit VMDK to VHD file converter http://blogs...
  • Blog Post: Virtual PC 2007 and ISO Images

    For those of you fortunate enough to get your hands on Virtual PC 2007 Beta 1, it now supports ISO images of all sizes and is not restricted to ISO images of 2 GB or less.
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