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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: DPM 2010 and SCE 2010 RTM

    Today we announced the RTM release of Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2010 and System Center Essentials (SCE) 2010.  If you are unfamiliar with these products – DPM is our enterprise backup solution, while SCE is a “all in one” management solution for mid-sized organizations. Both of these release...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Wiki Beta up with a bunch of Hyper-V content

    Tony Soper has just posted about the availability of the TechNet Wiki beta. You can go and check it out here: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/ There is already a bunch of Hyper-V content up there. I have already had people ask me why we are looking at doing a wiki when we already have...
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