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  • Blog Post: Hyper-V WMI–Creating External Only Virtual Switch (i.e. Do Not–Allow Management Traffic

    In response to a few of my old posts Hyper-V WMI Using PowerShell Scripts – Part 5 (Creating Virtual Switchs/Networks) and Hyper-V V2: Guest Only External Networks + Add Roles Wizard Changes I’ve had a lot of people ask me how to create external virtual switches that do not allow management traffic i...
  • Blog Post: New Hyper-V Hot Fix Released (KB 2636573) For Guest Crash

    Today we released a fix for to resolve an issue that can lead to guest VM’s crashing after a live migration.  This issue only impacted virtual machines that where utilizing virtual SCSI controllers and was only seen under some specific stress conditions however if you have VM’s with SCSI controllers...
  • Blog Post: KB2531907 - Validate SCSI Device Vital Product Data (VPD) test fails after you install Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

    If you are running a cluster with Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and three or more nodes you should install this KB. KB Link: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2531907 Symptoms Consider the following scenario: You configure a failover cluster that has three or more nodes that are running...
  • Blog Post: Now Available - Microsoft Virtualization Jump Start Training Videos!

    The recent Free Online Class - Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals was a hit – I head it had one of the highest attendance levels ever… The content from that course is not available online. Announcing Microsoft Virtualization Jump Start Training Videos! Microsoft Learning hosted another...
  • Blog Post: Ship It: Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

    Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 has officially shipped today.  For Hyper-V this brings some great new features such as dynamic memory and RemoteFX as well as many other minor feature improvements, bug fixes and performance enhancements. You can read all about it on the server...
  • Blog Post: Attaching Passthough Disks Via WMI (SCSI or IDE)

    So you want to use passthough disks with Hyper-V cool – but how do you script attaching them?  Well here’s your answer…  But first you need to decide if you are going to attach them to the virtual IDE controller or the virtual SCSI controller.  The IDE controller is ideal if you plan to...
  • Blog Post: Red Hat Support Coming To Hyper-V

    Last night Mike Neil posted to the Virtualization Team Blog regarding a new agreement between Microsoft and Red Hat to bring Red Hat guest support to Hyper-V.  Take a look at Mike’s full blog post Microsoft and Red Hat Cooperative Technical Support and/or the Red Hat press release Red Hat Moves...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Beta Released

    The Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Beta has been posted on the download center along with an overview document and a setup and configuration guide. Please note that all features, support, configuration etc… is subject to change as this is a beta Download Links Microsoft Hyper-V...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta Download Public

    Ok the Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta is now available for public download… Take a look at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/R2-Beta.aspx for all of the information.  Or here’s the direct link to the download: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=85cfe4c9-34de-477c...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta… Ohh and Windows 7 too…

    Unless you’ve been under a rock all day you know that Windows 7 Beta was announced and released last night – along with Windows 7 Beta we also announced and released Server 2008 R2 (formally known as Windows 7 Server).  If you have an MSDN subscription you can download the new hotness right now...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta Reviewers Guide Posted

    The Windows Server 2008 R2 (Beta) Reviewers Guide has been posted, 74 pages of riveting marketing stuff about Windows Server 2008 R2 – they actually do a pretty good job talking about a new clustering feature specifically for Hyper-V named Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV).  CSV allows multiple cluster...
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