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  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Replica and Active Directory

    Continuing the story of how I am using Hyper-V Replica in my house – we arrive at the interesting discussion of Hyper-V Replica and Active Directory.  This first thing to point out is that if you are running Windows Server 2012 or later for your domain controllers, this is a fully supported configuration...
  • Blog Post: Keeping VM Configurations in Sync with Hyper-V Replica

    Yesterday I posted about my new home setup , which makes heavy use of Hyper-V Replica. When you first setup Hyper-V Replica for a virtual machine – we copy the virtual machine configuration and storage from the primary server to the replica server. From that point on we replicate any new data that is...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V in my House - 2013

    A while ago I talked about how I was using Hyper-V in my house . These days I have a quite different configuration in place. I updated my household deployment immediately after Windows Server 2012 was released. I had a couple of goals with my new architecture: I wanted to minimize downtime due...
  • Blog Post: 5th Grader using Hyper-V

    A colleague at Microsoft just sent me a pointer to this video of his 5th grade son showing you how to use Hyper-V to create a virtual machine: http://blogs.technet.com/b/yungchou/archive/2013/03/18/are-you-smarter-than-a-5th-grader-in-creating-hyper-v-virtual-machine-and-installing-windows-server-2012...
  • Blog Post: My Life Running on Hyper-V

    In my job, as a program manager, I spend a lot of time talking to people who are planning or deploying Hyper-V.  One of the things I love about developing software is when you get to see people using your software in the real world – and I get to see this every day with Hyper-V.  In fact –...
  • Blog Post: Friday Afternoon–hardware time

    I spend far too much time in meetings these days.  But I try to keep my Friday afternoons free of meetings – and often use this time to update my various servers and try out new configurations.  Today it is time to rebuild some of my storage: Specifically I am throwing a bunch of disks into...
  • Blog Post: Another reason to virtualize (and an appeal for aid)

    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 has been a very tense process as we have been following...
  • Blog Post: Back from vacation!

    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 absence, a lot of snow had gotten into my office...
  • Blog Post: Taking some time off

    For years now – whenever I have taken some time off from work I have gone through this process: A few weeks before my vacation: “I’m going to get blog posts pre-written for every day of my vacation!  No one will even know that I am gone!” One week before my vacation: “I’m going to get a couple of...
  • Blog Post: Diagnosing hard disk failure with Hyper-V

    Last week I had one of the hard disks in my Hyper-V server fail.  Having had to deal with this a couple of times over the last few years, I had little trouble working through the process of fixing my system, but I thought I would write up the details of my experience so that others can benefit....
  • Blog Post: I need to read my own blog more often…

    Over the last couple of weeks I have been playing around with some new (for me) server technology.  This has been a lot of fun – and I have been learning a lot.  However, a couple of days ago things started to go wrong. Specifically I started seeing all sorts of strange problems with my Hyper...
  • Blog Post: Talking about Dynamic Memory at TechED US 2010

    Next week I will be hanging out in New Orleans.  As well as doing my share of booth duty – and walking around talking to people about virtualization – I will be presenting on Dynamic Memory.  Here are the details: Code Session Room Day Time VIR304 Hyper-V and Dynamic Memory in Depth Rm 295...
  • Blog Post: Blog Engine Update

    After a bit of turbulence, it looks like we are up and running on the new blog engine. I am really happy about this – as it makes it a lot easier for me to customize the look and feel of the blog without having to hack things up too much. For the time being – things should look pretty...
  • Blog Post: The Big [re]Build

    A while ago I talked about how I use Hyper-V in my house , and more recently I talked about trying to backup my Hyper-V server . This discussion of backup was actually in preparation for a significant rebuild of my home Hyper-V server, that I undertook a week and a half ago. There were several goals...
  • Blog Post: Adventures with Hyper-V and Backup

    A while ago I talked about how I use Hyper-V in my house . One of the problems that I identified with my current setup was that I had most of my virtual machines (except for the Windows Home Server) running on the same disk as the system disk for the management operating system. Apart from being a...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to blog week!

    While this will not surprise my regular readers – some of you will be interested to know that blogging is usually only a very small fraction of my job.  My official title is “Program Manager Lead” which means that my responsibilities roughly break down into the following buckets: Getting to know...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V in my House

    I often chat to people about how I use Hyper-V in my house – so I figured that I should write it down for all to read. At the moment I have a single server in my house. It is a single processor quad-core system (Q6600 processor) with 8GB of memory. This server is kept in the mezzanine space under...
  • Blog Post: Searching my blog finally works properly!

    After years of lackluster search capabilities on my blog – the blogs.msdn.com people have finally moved from the built in search engine of our blogging platform to using bing.  Hoo rah!  You can finally use the search box and get good results. A small thing – I know.  But it makes me happy...
  • Blog Post: Why Virtual PC Guy?

    The other day I wrote up the story of how I became Virtual PC Guy .  One question that I left unanswered in that post was why I chose Connectix Virtual PC over VMware Workstation.  Today I would like to elucidate on this question. Before I get going – I want to be crystal clear on some things...
  • Blog Post: How I became “Virtual PC Guy”

    I have been meaning to blog about this for a long time now, and since I seem to be writing a number of insufferably long blog posts lately, I figured there was no better time than the present. Most of you know me as someone who has been working on Microsoft virtualization software for as long as there...
  • Blog Post: Geeking out with Windows Deployment Services

    (Stick with me on this one – it will take a while but I will bring this back to virtualization at the end of it all.  Oh – and be warned – this is a very long post.) This weekend I had a challenge to solve: A while ago I bought myself one of the original EEEPC netbooks (with teeny tiny screen and...
  • Blog Post: It’s a boy!

    You may have noticed a lack of posts from me in the last week, and you may have thought that this was strange – due to all the virtualization activity going on. Well, my darling wife has just delivered our third child, and it is a boy: As such I am currently on leave looking after my family and spending...
  • Blog Post: Must be a hardware problem...

    Today I spent some time working on a relatively complex virtual machine setup (private domain + App-V server + App-V sequencing virtual machine + SCCM + SCOM).  I had this all running on Hyper-V configured on a server core computer off in another room - and I was managing it from my Vista desktop...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Australia and New Zealand

    Next week I am going to be jumping on a plane and going to New Zealand and Australia to talk virtualization. Here is my speaking schedule: New Zealand: Session: Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Architecture, Scenarios and Networking Deep Dive Date:   Tuesday September 2nd  2008 Timeslot: 9:00am...
  • Blog Post: Command & Conquer available for free download

    Okay, so not really Virtual PC or Virtual Server related (except that I have posted about Command & Conquer under Virtual PC before - here and here ). But EA have made the original Windows 95 version of Command & Conquer available for free download. Grab it from here: http://www.commandandconquer...
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