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  • Ben Armstrong

    5th Grader using Hyper-V

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    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...
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    Changing the Hyper-V Server login experience

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    I have been spending some time working with the free version of Hyper-V server recently (available here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/hyper-v-server/default.aspx ).  It is lots of fun to see just how much you can do with this free...
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    Dynamic Memory Pro Tip–be reasonable with your startup ram

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    Hyper-V now allows you to configure a startup, minimum and maximum memory limit.  If you are like me – you probably leave the startup ram at the default of 512mb – but you should really consider changing it to better suit your environment. ...
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    Backing up Hyper-V virtual machines from the command line

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    Last week I posted about how you can now use Windows Server Backup in Windows Server 2012 to backup virtual machines.  One of the first questions that people had was “how do I do this from the command-line?”  So – let me show you! The tool you...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Windows Backup and Hyper-V in Server 2012

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    Here is something new in Windows Server 2012 that I have not seen much discussion of yet:  Windows Server backup now has native support for Hyper-V: What this means is that: You no longer need to do anything special to backup Hyper-V (i.e. you no...
  • Ben Armstrong

    PowerShell snippet: “start a virtual machine and wait for a bit”

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    Over the last year there are a couple of PowerShell functions that have become a common set of many of my scripts.  One example is this “StartVMAndWait” function: function StartVMAndWait($vmToStart){ start-vm $vmToStart do {Start...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Management Pack for Hyper-V 2012

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    Last week we released the System Center 2012 Management Pack for Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012. You can go grab it here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36438 One thing I would like to highlight – in the past we have...
  • Ben Armstrong

    System Center 2012 SP1 now Available

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    Yesterday we announced the general availability of System Center 2012 SP1 – which is great news for everyone who wants to build cloud solutions on Windows Server 2012. Here are a bunch of links that provide more details: Press release: http://www.microsoft...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9 includes Support for Hyper-V

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    Last week, Red Hat announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9 (details here: http://www.redhat.com/about/news/press-archive/2013/1/red-hat-announces-general-availability-of-red-hat-enterprise-linux-5-9 ).  Amongst the various...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Starting a saved virtual machine–with a missing virtual hard disk

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    I came across a person with this problem on our forums recently: If you have a virtual machine that is in a saved state, but one of the virtual machines disks is now missing for some reason, you cannot start the virtual machine and you cannot remove the...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Convert-WindowsImage Script

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    In the past I have pointed out the excellent WIM2VHD tool, that allows you to take Windows installation media and create template virtual machines without ever starting a virtual machine.  There is now an updated version of this script that takes...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Everything you want to know about Network Teaming in Windows Server 2012

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    I was recently given a pointer to the following document: Windows Server 2012 NIC Teaming (LBFO) Deployment and Management It is a very comprehensive guide to setting up network teaming in Windows Server 2012, and discusses many of the common questions...
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    Hyper-V 2012 Books

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    The Hyper-V MVPs have been very busy lately – specifically a number of them have been heads down working on getting some great books written about Hyper-V on Windows Server 2012. Leandro Carvalho has just published the Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Cookbook...
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    The Great Big Hyper-V Survey of 2012

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    Some of the Hyper-V MVPs are currently running “The Great Big Hyper-V Survey of 2012”.  You can read about it here: http://www.hyper-v.nu/archives/hvredevoort/2012/11/extension-to-december-1st-of-the-great-big-hyper-v-survey-of-2012/ http://www.aidanfinn...
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    Virtual Machines Fail to Start with Error 0x80070569

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    We have received some reports from people who are seeing an error 0x80070569 when they try to start or live migrate virtual machines on Windows Server 2012.  After some investigation we have found that this is usually caused by the use of a custom...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Compacting Virtual Hard Disks in Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012

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    Recently the “ Ask the Core Team ” blog did a great post about compacting a dynamically expanding virtual hard disk in Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012 .  You should check out their full post for the details, but the summary is that you now need to...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Get Files Out of a Running Virtual Machine

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    Recently, I needed to copy some files out of a virtual machine – which I did not want to connect to the network. After giving this some thought I realized that this would be trivially easy to do on Windows 8 / Windows 2012. In fact – I could...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Using PowerShell to Convert a VHD to a VHDX

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    Yesterday I showed you how to convert a VHD file to a VHDX using the Hyper-V Manager user interface . Today I want to show you that it is even easier to do using PowerShell: All you need to do is run the following command: Convert-VHD .\test.vhd .\test...
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    Converting a VHD to a VHDX

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    In Windows Server 2012 / Windows 8 we have introduced a new virtual hard disk format called “VHDX”.  There are a number of advantages to this format: Support for greater than 2TB disks Better performance for dynamic and differencing disks Better...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Checking Out System Wide Disk Operations in Hyper-V

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    Recently I was working on a Hyper-V server, and was about to restart it, when I remembered that I had logged in with a different user account earlier on in the day.  I had used this other user account to start the creation of a large fixed size virtual...
  • Ben Armstrong

    VHDX Specification Available

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    In Windows Server 2012 / Windows 8 we have introduced a new virtual hard disk format called “VHDX”.  There are a number of advantages to this format: Support for greater than 2TB disks Better performance for dynamic and differencing disks Better...
  • Ben Armstrong

    My Life Running on Hyper-V

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    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...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Windows Server Posters–in an App!

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    It seems like all I am talking about right now is our posters – but this is too cool to not mention.  Hopefully, as a reader of my blog you are well familiar with the highly detailed Windows Server architectural posters that we have been releasing...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Moving from VMware to Hyper-V

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    While I was at TechED Australia I had many people come up to me and ask me about the best way to migrate their VMware servers to Hyper-V on Windows Server 2012.  I spent a lot of time talking about the fact that System Center Virtual Machine Manager...
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    Hyper-V Poster Companion Guides

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    We get a lot of positive feedback about the Hyper-V Component Architecture Posters that we have been producing (you can grab the latest one from here ).  Recently the team that produces these posters also made some in-depth companion articles that...
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