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  • Blog Post: Script to Reset WSUS for SysPrep'ed Image

    Here's a useful script for those, like me, that use SysPrep'ed images to create new virtual machines and also leverage Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) to keep machines up-to-date with the latest patches. Reset WSUS for SysPrep Image.cmd net stop wuauserv reg.exe delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Machine Snapshots and SharePoint Development, Part 2

    In part 1 of this post, I introduced the way I use VM snapshots to allow me to quickly rollback my SharePoint development VMs to key points in time. For example, I can quickly revert to a "baseline SharePoint Server 2010 configuration" in which no Web applications have been created (besides Central Administration...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Machine Snapshots and SharePoint Development, Part 1

    In a comment I made last week on one of my earlier posts , I mentioned how a few months ago I started using Hyper-V snapshots so I can quickly rollback my SharePoint development VMs to key points in time. The following screenshot shows the snapshots for my primary SharePoint Server 2010 development...
  • Blog Post: Creating Small VHDs (< 1GB) for Hyper-V

    In my previous post , I explained how I like to create separate VHDs for data and log files in my SharePoint development VMs. However, given the very small amount of content that I typically load into a SharePoint development environment, these VHDs certainly don't need to be very large. In the past...
  • Blog Post: Removing "Stale" Network Adapters in Hyper-V VM

    Each time I create (or recreate) a virtual machine in Hyper-V using one of my SysPrep'ed images , I usually end up having to do a quick Internet search for: device manager show hidden devices I'm a little embarrassed to say that I simply can't remember the environment variable that I need to set...
  • Blog Post: Resolving Issues After Applying Hyper-V Snapshot

    This morning I rolled back one of my development VMs to a snapshot I created about a month ago. When I subsequently tried to login with my domain credentials, I encountered the following error: The trust relationship between this workstation and the primary domain failed. I did a quick Internet...
  • Blog Post: Save Significant Disk Space by Setting MaxPatchCacheSize to 0

    A little over two years ago, I wrote a post about installing Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 , in which I mentioned setting the MaxPatchCacheSize registry setting to 0 (in order to save some significant disk space while installing the service pack). [Note that the credit for this trick really goes...
  • Blog Post: Stagger the Startup of Your Virtual Machines

    I've mentioned before how I run two Hyper-V servers in the " Jameson Datacenter " (each one hosting a variety of different VMs). On the rare occasion that a patch comes out on Windows Update that affects Windows Server 2008 Server Core edition (such as earlier this week), I typically need to schedule...
  • Blog Post: Running Domain Controllers in Hyper-V

    In a previous post , I noted how the " Jameson Datacenter " (a.k.a. my home lab) currently runs two domain controllers (DCs) on a couple of VMs. If you choose to virtualize one or more DCs in your environment, make sure you are aware of the considerations, risks, and recommendations detailed in the...
  • Blog Post: Creating a VM/VHD Library

    Last week a colleague was asking me how I manage my various VMs. More specifically, he wanted to know how I created SysPrep'ed images in order to quickly "spin up" new VMs for development, testing, or demo purposes. Note that I like to keep my environments as "clean" as possible. Consequently, I don...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V: Getting Host Information from the Guest VM

    While working on some documentation today, I wanted to know the names of the Hyper-V servers running the various VMs for our Development and Test environments. [These VMs are running in a Microsoft datacenter on the other side of the planet from where I'm sitting.] Unfortunately, my initial search...
  • Blog Post: HVRemote and Remote Administration of Hyper-V from Windows 7

    Last Sunday, I rebuilt my desktop ( WOLVERINE ) with the RTM build of Windows 7 Ultimate (x64). Previously, I'd been running the RC1 bits and I figured it was about time I got around to "upgrading" to the RTM version. [I say "upgrading" because -- at least it in my experience -- it is typically better...
  • Blog Post: The "Jameson Datacenter"

    Back in a post from February 2008, I first referred to the "Jameson Datacenter" while discussing one of the servers running in my basement. Since then I've referenced my home lab about a dozen times in different posts but never provided significant details about the various servers and corresponding...
  • Blog Post: Starting and Stopping Hyper-V VMs with Server Core

    Last week before heading out to the airport for my SharePoint 2010 training, I powered down the "Jameson Datacenter" (i.e. the four computers running in my home office). Since I would be gone for almost 8 full days, it didn't make sense to waste the electricity just so my SQL Server could periodically...
  • Blog Post: Using SysPrep'ed VHDs for New Hyper-V Virtual Machines

    As noted in my previous post , I spent 7 days in "alpha" training last week for SharePoint 2010. Consequently, one of my goals for this week was to update my "dogfood" VM with the CTP build of SharePoint Server 2010, so that I can continue building on the foundation of what I learned last week and...
  • Blog Post: Why choose "Server Core" installation of Windows Server 2008?

    If you ever find yourself looking for reasons or evidence why you should choose the "Server Core" installation option for Windows Server 2008, try searching for the following: "Windows Server 2008 Server Core installation not affected" site:microsoft.com/technet/security You will find page after...
  • Blog Post: Update on Patching and Disk Space Usage

    About a year ago, I wrote a post about saving huge amounts of disk space by slipstreaming service packs . Having just been through an ordeal installing Windows Server 2008 SP2, I thought it would be worthwhile to provide an update (since that original post refers to disk space usage with Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: Some Gotchas with Remote Administration of Hyper-V

    As I mentioned in my previous post , last month I built out a new virtual environment using Hyper-V on Server Core. Since you can't run MMC -- and therefore Hyper-V Manager -- on Server Core, you need to use remote administration to manage the VMs. John Howard's blog series on Hyper-V Remote Management...
  • Blog Post: Copy/Paste Gotchas with Server Core

    I'm building out a new virtualized environment using Windows Server 2008 and Hyper-V. In order to maximize performance and follow recommended best practices, I am using Server Core as the host OS. I have to admit, doing this much administration from the command line really brings back memories from...
  • Blog Post: Performance of Virtual Machines

    Yesterday I had to rebuild our Test environment (TEST) to replace a VM (running on VMWare) with a physical server, due to very poor performance of the VM. When I was copying files from the VM to a different server in order to deploy our solution, robocopy reported throughput of 13.418 MegaBytes/min...
  • Blog Post: Save HUGE Amounts of Disk Space by Slipstreaming Service Packs

    This is a little embarrassing, but I captured numerous screenshots back in April while rebuilding my SharePoint development VM, but I never got around to writing a blog post to actually share this information with anyone. Well, it's long overdue, but here it is anyway. One day while working on my...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Server Issues and Recommendations for MOSS Virtual Environments

    One of the tasks that I completed this week was splitting our Development environment (DEV) into multiple VMs -- one SQL Server VM, one Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 VM for the SSP, and another MOSS 2007 VM for the front-end Web server. Up to this point, DEV was comprised of two VMs...
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