How to Debug Kernel Mode Blue Screen Crashes (for beginners)

Perhaps the largest call generator for the Core Team is for us to determine cause of a hard system crash that generates a Blue Screen and memory dump file.  Commonly called a “Blue Screen of Death (BSOD).”  The vast majority of these memory dumps could be analyzed by Administrators in just a few minutes using… Read more

Automating the OOBE process during Windows Server 2008 Sysprep Mini-Setup

  One of the more common questions we have with Windows Server 2008 deployment revolves around the basic components needed in our answer file to automate the OOBE process during Sysprep mini-setup. Let’s start out with a few basic facts. ·         Sysprep is no longer in the deploy.cab on the operating system CD. Instead, it’s… Read more

Configuring Storage Using Volume GUIDs in Hyper-V

A question the CORE Team gets asked frequently deals with configuring Hyper-V Guest storage using Volume GUIDs instead of drive letters. In this blog I will cover this topic. Volume GUID Storage Storage in a Hyper-V Guest can be referenced by way of a Volume Globally Unique Identified (GUID). This is very useful in scenarios… Read more

Configuring Pass-through Disks in Hyper-V

A question the CORE Team gets asked frequently deals with configuring Hyper-V Guest with Pass-through disks. In this blog I will cover this topic. Pass -through Disk Configuration Hyper-V allows virtual machines to access storage mapped directly to the Hyper-V server without requiring the volume be configured. The storage can either be a physical disk… Read more

Top Issues for Microsoft Support for Windows 2008 Failover Clusters

So, now that we are well into the release for Windows 2008, I thought I’d take a minute to go over some of the top issues we’ve seen on our end. 1. Hyper-V rollup fix – A rollup fix was released to allow for multiple highly available VM’s (and their *.vhd files) to be placed… Read more