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  • 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: Recommend Hotfixes For System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM)

    If your running System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) you should take a look at KB 962941 .  The KB describes and links to all of the recommended Windows hotfixes, SCVMM hotfixes and Hyper-V server hotfixes that are important for SCVMM functionality. KB Article Link:  http://support...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V: Background Merging of AVHD’s… When’s it done?

    I think it might be best to start at ground zero with this topic and explain what a snapshot really is and how it work’s (if you already know skip a head…).  Hyper-V introduced a new feature called a snapshot – snapshots allow you to capture and save the point in time state of a running or saved...
  • Blog Post: Performance Smack Down - Hyper-V vs. VMware vs. Citrix

    Virtualization Review posted the results of a performance shootout between Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware ESX, and Citrix XenServer…  The launched three tests against the various platforms.  First was a small number of heavy workload systems,  one database server running a midsize database...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V VMMS Certificate Expiration Problem and Resolution

    In the coming days/weeks some of you may see some new errors from Hyper-V.  The first is an error when you try and use VMConnect or SCVMM to connect to a running virtual machine – the error is “ Cannot connect to the virtual machine because the authentication certificate is expired or invalid. Would...
  • 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: Hyper-V Backup/Restore QFE Released

    If you are backing up your Hyper-V virtual machines using our VSS writer (backing up the physical server) you should be aware of a new Hotfix ( KB959962 ) we released today that addresses three issues.  Issue 1 If you back up a Hyper-V virtual machine that has multiple volumes, the backup may fail...
  • Blog Post: Performance Issues With Some Graphic Cards and Hyper-V

    If you are using Hyper-V on a workstation machine with a high-end or consumer graphics card you may have noticed some performance problems such as short hangs or glitches especially when running graphically intense workloads.  The reason for this comes down to part of how high end graphic cards...
  • Blog Post: VHD Servicing Tool 2.0

    About a month ago I posted about the VHD Servicing tool ( Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool ).  Version 2.0 of that tool was made available on December 5th – among other things this version adds support for Hyper-V (a definite plus).   Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2.0 Brief Description...
  • Blog Post: VBScript Versions of The KVP Scripts

    Ben Armstrong (aka Virtual PC Guy) posted some great VBScript and PowerShell KVP scripts.  These are a great edition to some of my earlier scripts ( Adding Host KVP's , Adding Guest KVP's , Modifying KVP’s ).  Check them out if your looking for more samples. Sending data from parent to virtual...
  • Blog Post: New Hyper-V Case Study (MLS Property Information Network)

    A new Hyper-V case study was published late last week.  In this study they also employed the Sanbolic Melio FS clustered file system – which if you haven’t looked it is absolutely worth looking at (it’s really cool).  Using this file system you can place many VM’s on a single LUN which is shared...
  • Blog Post: Running SQL Server 2008 in a Hyper-V Environment

    The SQL Performance Team has published an excellent document on running SQL Server 2008 in a Hyper-V environment.  The document is 37 pages long and has detailed performance information as well as recommendations.  The full document can be downloaded at: http://download.microsoft.com/download...
  • Blog Post: Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool

    Many of you may have already seen this but if you haven't it's pretty cool... From the October Issue of TechNet Magazine... Utility Spotlight Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool Download Details This Solution Accelerator includes the following tool and documentation: Offline Virtual Machine Servicing...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V PowerGUI PowerPack – Now That’s Power….

    I loved PowerGUI ever since I found it a month ago or so… Well Kirk and the PowerGUI guys have done it again… They now have a pretty comprehensive PowerShell wrapper for Hyper-V… Pretty Cool! http://poshoholic.com/2008/10/22/powergui-now-with-100-more-hyper-v/ As of today, PowerGUI users can download...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization Sales Strong, Hyper-V Strong First Quarter

    IDC released a report this morning entitled “Virtualization Continues to See Strong Growth in Second Quarter, According to IDC”…  Among the data they report Virtualization licence shipments in Q2 of 2008 increased 53% year over year.  Vmware holds the largest market share at 44% (combined VMware...
  • Blog Post: PDC Teaser – Attaching a VHD to A Virtual Machine

    PDC is just around the corner now – I am giving the dry run of my talk tomorrow morning, so of course I am working on my demo’s today…  Just to give you a bit of a teaser here’s one of the scripts that I am using in one of my demo’s… This script will take a VHD and attach it to the second port of...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Hyper-V Server Available Now – For FREE!

    You can now download Microsoft Hyper-V Server for free from Microsoft Download center.  It’s pretty cool take a look (after all it’s free). Download Links: English | Chinese Traditional (ZH-TW) | All Other Languages   Taylor Brown Hyper-V Integration Test Lead http://blogs.msdn.com/taylorb
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Update For System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) Managed Servers

    If you are using System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) to manage your Hyper-V hosts you should download and install KB956589 on your Hyper-V hosts.  This update resolves several issues to improve reliability when using SCVMM to manage you Hyper-V hosts.   Link To The Update:  ...
  • Blog Post: 24 Core Support For Hyper-V Hosts!

    There is a newly released update for Hyper-V that will increase the support limit from 16 logical processors (cores) to 24 logical processors!  Since we support up to eight virtual processors for every one logical processor (8:1 over subscription) this increases the maximum number of virtual machines...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V QFE Released For VSS Enabled Backup Issue

    If you use Windows Server Backup or any other VSS aware backup utility you should make sure and pick up KB956697 – Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V VSS writer is not used during a backup job because of corrupted or invalid virtual machine configuration files.   next time we should go for a shorter title...
  • Blog Post: Free Hyper-V + Live Migration + SCVMM

    Yesterday was the official launch for Hyper-V.  I was able to attend a good chunk of the day and there was a lot of excitement around Hyper-V and more about the direction and the future of Virtualization. If you missed the event a lot of the content including the key note session from Bob Muglia...
  • Blog Post: New Virtualization Feed

    The Microsoft marketing team has setup a Virtualization blog RSS aggregator at http://www.virtualizationfeed.com … They are syndicating the first part of every post related to Virtualization, Hyper-V, SCVMM etc… from ‘the most knowledgeable bloggers on the topic of virualization’ ( obviously they where...
  • Blog Post: What Applications Are Supported Running On Hyper-V Virtual Machines?

    I had a Microsoft partner ask me about SQL and Exchange support on Hyper-V earlier today – being that when I say something it’s “Microsoft said…” I had to find the official KB/TechNet articles to refer to.  Well after spending about 20 minutes searching I finally the articles I was looking for. ...
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