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January, 2011

  • Ben Armstrong

    Using Hyper-V for a high-end desktop computer

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    I often get asked what my recommendation is for a high-end desktop computer for the virtualization enthusiast. The root problem that causes this question is the well noted issues with Hyper-V and high-end video cards . Thankfully – this can now...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Script to attach a USB device to a virtual machine [VPC]

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    A couple of people have asked me how to automate attaching a USB device to a Windows Virtual PC virtual machine, so here is a PowerShell script to do just that: # Connect to Virtual PC $vpc = new-object -com VirtualPC.Application ...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Gaming on Windows Virtual PC

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    Long time readers have – rightly – complained that I have not been talking about gaming in virtual machines very much recently. The main reason for this is that I have been wanting to write this post before starting to post about gaming generally...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Turning off a virtual machine

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    Virtual PC, Virtual Server and Hyper-V all have a simple command to “Turn off” a running virtual machine. Unfortunately, it is one that causes us a bit of consternation when we look at it with usability and user friendliness in mind. A long time ago ...
  • Ben Armstrong

    What physical computer am I on?

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    Once you start to get more and more virtual machines, and more and more Hyper-V servers, in your environment it can get quite hard to keep track of where a specific virtual machine is actually running. System Center Virtual Machine Manager can help you...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Another reason to virtualize (and an appeal for aid)

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    The last couple of days have been very strange and stressful for me.  The reason for this is that my home town – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia – is currently being flooded.  Thankfully all of my family is safe at this point in time – but it...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Back from vacation!

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    After a relaxing December on vacation I am now back at work – and ready to start blogging.  Or, at least, I thought I would be ready to start blogging.  Instead – I found that I needed to do a spot of cleaning first. You see – somehow, in my...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Enabling processor compatibility with a script [Hyper-V]

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    When we released Windows Server 2008 R2 we added the ability to make a virtual machines processor more compatible for migration between different hardware platforms (details here ). Here is a PowerShell script to do this for you: # Function for...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Shutting down a virtual machine

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    What happens when you use the Virtual PC / Virtual Server / Hyper-V user interface to shut down a virtual machine? At the simplest level – we send a message over to the virtual machine that asks the guest operating system to shut down, and then we wait...
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    Change a virtual machines boot order [Hyper-V Script]

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    If you need to change the boot order of a virtual machine programmatically (so that it will boot off of the network first – for example) it is relatively straight forward: # Function for handling WMI jobs / return values Function ProcessResult...
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