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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 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: 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: 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. ...
  • Blog Post: Backing Up Hyper-V Virtual Machines Using Windows Server Backup

    Over the last few months I have gotten a lot of questions about backing up Hyper-V virtual machines… Do you run the backup software in the virtual machine or on the parent or do you just “snapshot” the virtual machine?  Some of the confusion has come from that last question – SAN’s (large disk arrays...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Planning and Deployment Guide (Version 1)

    I am happy to announce that the Hyper-V Planning and Deployment Guide went live at the end of last week.  This is the first version of this document, I am told that additional sections will be added as they are completed and reviewed.   Hyper-V Planning and Deployment Guide Abstract This guide...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Tested Servers…

    I get a lot of questions from people asking what servers have been tested and work with Hyper-V.  The Windows Server Catalog ( www.windowsservercatalog.com ) has a hardware category specifically for Hyper-V that lists all servers that have passed the Windows Logo test for virtualization.  Here...
  • Blog Post: Windows Sidebar Gadget For Hyper-V

    Ben Armstrong (Virtual PC Guy) told me about this today… Tore Lervik just released version 2.2 of it on Saturday.  I played around with it and it’s pretty cool… Anyone that is monitoring a few servers would definitely find this useful. Check it out http://mindre.net/post/Hyper-V-Monitor-Gadget-for...
  • Blog Post: SCVMM - System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 Beta: Update For Hyper-V RC1

    The SCVMM (System Center Virtual Machine Manager) team has released an update to Virtual Machine Manager 2008 beta for Hyper-V RC1. Instructions to download and install the update can be found on Clive Watson’s blog at SCVMM 2008 beta (Update for Hyper-V RC1) . Enjoy and Happy Virtualizing! - Taylor...
  • Blog Post: Unattended Installation of Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V RC0

    I am taking a quick break from the WMI PowerShell scripts while I take a short Mothers Day vacation, more WMI scripts when I get back! Unattended Hyper-V installation has been one of the most read TechNet forum posts I wrote and it also seems that a lot of people where doing the installation wrong. This...
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