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  • Blog Post: Using RDCMan v2.7 to Connect to a VM

    Yesterday, I posted about a new version of RDCMan – where one of the new features was the ability to connect directly to virtual machines.  Since then, I have had a number of people ask me about how to actually make this work.  So here we go… The first thing you need is to know the virtual...
  • Blog Post: Update for RDCMan

    Anyone who is familiar with RDCMan will be thrilled to hear that there is an updated version available! For those of you who are new to RDCMan – it is a tool that allows you to easily manage multiple remote desktop sessions: The updated version introduces a number of new features.  One of which...
  • Blog Post: How do you manage your VHD space usage?

    A little while ago I published a number of posts discussing the process I used to move my virtual machines from using dynamically expanding virtual hard disks to using fixed-size virtual hard disks.  There were some interesting questions / discussions in the comments – so I thought I would try to...
  • Blog Post: Friday afternoon hardware

    As is often the case – I have spent most of my Friday afternoon working on my test lab in my office.  This week I have a new toy to play with: That is a pair of 10G network adapters with the appropriate cable to connect them.  This is actually the first time I have been able to get some 10G...
  • Blog Post: Testing data protection with virtual machines

    Hopefully what I am about to say is not news to you – but it is worth saying: data protection systems that have not been tested are useless.  Whether you are backing up computers, using RAID or replicating data – the first thing you need to do once you have everything setup is to test that you are...
  • 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: Updated Coreinfo useful for Hyper-V systems

    Mark Russinovich has posted an updated version of the “Coreinfo” tool in the Sysinternals suite.  You can read more about it (and download it from) here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/cc835722 The latest version adds a very useful option for Hyper-V systems.  The “-v” parameter...
  • Blog Post: Speaking on “Talk TechNet” tomorrow

    Tomorrow morning I will be speaking with Keith Combs and Matt Hester on “ Talk TechNet ”.  Feel free to come on by, listen in and ask questions.  You can register for this event here: https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032493301&Culture=en-US Cheers, Ben
  • Blog Post: Best Practices for using SQL Server with Dynamic Memory

    I realize that I am running late on recent news at the moment – but things have been busy On Tuesday this week we published a whitepaper that goes into great depth about using SQL Server with Dynamic Memory.  You can download it from here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh372970.aspx This...
  • Blog Post: Automating WIM2VHD

    As I mentioned yesterday – I have been working on a completely automated virtual machine build process that does not use templates (but build everything from scratch).  One of the key tools that I have been using for this process is WIM2VHD – which allows me to generate new VHD files directly from...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V CPU Scheduling–Part 4

    Now that I have discussed the various CPU resource controls that are available for Hyper-V virtual machines – I thought I would take a moment to answer a couple of the common questions I have heard about CPU resource control: Can you use the virtual machine limit, reserve and relative weight all at the...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V CPU Scheduling–Part 3

    Having talked about the virtual machine reserve and the virtual machine limit – the next logical stop in the discussion of how Hyper-V schedules virtual machine CPU time is relative weight. “Relative weight” is the third processor resource control setting that you can configure.  Unlike the virtual...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V CPU Scheduling–Part 2

    Yesterday I started talking about how Hyper-V schedules virtual processors – and spent most of my time talking about the virtual machine reserve.  Today I would like to continue the discussion – but to now focus on the virtual machine limit. Virtual machine limit This is the second resource control...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V CPU Scheduling–Part 1

    The other day I was approached by someone at Microsoft with questions about how Hyper-V schedules virtual processors, and how customers use the controls we provide.  I was surprised to discover that I had not blogged on this topic. Today I want to (begin to) fix that oversight. Before I get started...
  • Blog Post: Looking at my Dynamic Memory demo – guest workload

    Many people have been asking me about my setup for the dynamic memory demonstration that I did in a number of locations earlier this year. I have been telling myself that I would take the time to polish up my demo scripts and post them here – but I have been too busy lately – so instead you...
  • Blog Post: Am I supported? (now you know)

    Anyone who has worked with virtualization software knows that sometimes the hardest question to answer is “but is this configuration supported?”.  This is a question that Microsoft has spent a lot of time trying to answer – and a while ago we started the Server Virtualization Validation Program...
  • 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 - the Movie!

    While I did not realize it - my presentation on Dynamic Memory at TechEd US 2010 this week was recorded - and is now available for all to see: Which means that everyone can see how my demo went off the tracks for a moment! (sigh). Apart from that - there is lots of good...
  • Blog Post: Talking About Dynamic Memory

    I had a great time today at TechEd talking about Dynamic Memory in Hyper-V R2 SP1. I am going to do some detailed posts about it in the coming days – but for now I am just posting the presentation files that I used today (click on the title of this post to get the files). Cheers, Ben
  • Blog Post: Ben @ TechEd 2010

    I am now on the ground in New Orleans, have a hotel room and have registered at the show. I thought I would quickly share my schedule so that you can track me down: Date / Time Location Monday, Jun 07, 2010, 5:30pm – 7:30pm At the server virtualization booth in the Exhibition...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization at TechED US 2010

    If you are at TechEd US 2010 this year and are interested in virtualization – we have quite a full schedule for you. Here is the summary of all of the virtualization sessions that are going on this week: Date and Time Session Session Session ...
  • Blog Post: In Czech “Guest” is “Host”...

    I think I may have just seen my favorite localization bug report to date.  A tester recently opened a bug against our Czech localization of Hyper-V – where the sentence: The guest operating system (guest) is the operating system that runs inside the virtual machine Was localized into: Hostovaný...
  • 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: Hyper-V Update List - everything you need to know about Hyper-V hotfixes

    I have a blogged about this before - but we maintain a list of all updates / hotfixes that have been released for Hyper-V on Windows Server 2008 R2. We update this list regularly - and have just rolled out the latest updates. You can review the list here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library...
  • 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...
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