Data Protection Manager 2007 – SQL Server 2005 databases are not enumerated

Problem Description When trying to protect SQL Server 2005 SP2 (patch version 9.00.3042.00) that is installed on a Windows Server 2008 machine with System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 you will not be able to enumerate the SQL databases for protection.  Other data sources like volumes and system state will be enumerated but the “All… Read more

Upgrade error when using Select/Action Pack media on a Hyper-V VM

You may encounter the following dialog box with attempting to upgrade an existing Operating System The text of the dialog box reads: Upgrade has been disabled The upgrade cannot be started because you are running a 64-bit version of Windows and are trying to upgrade 32-bit version. Cancel this upgrade and start over with a… Read more

Changes to Professional Level (Non-Premier) Support Model

On October 1, 2008 the Professional level “Enterprise Platforms Support” business at Microsoft will transition to a call-back model for all Professional support incidents in the United States and Canada.  Below is a description of how to contact Microsoft customer service, as well as other relevant information regarding this change: Why are we moving to… Read more

Migrating to Hyper-V from Virtual Server or Virtual PC – Tips and Suggestions

Now that you’ve decided to take the leap and migrate your Virtual Server 2005 R2 or Virtual PC environment to Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V; Welcome! I know you’re going to love it! Some of the hurdles that you can run into may be a little worrisome, but we promise after you read through this, you’ll… Read more

Expanding disks attached to Hyper-V VMs may not reflect adjusted size immediately on WS2008

If you Inspect the disk in Hyper-V Manager that you just altered it will show the correct new maximum size however. Even though the disk is a Dynamically Expanding type disk, we still need to tell the Operating System about the container size change. If you look in Storage Manager, you’ll see the new unallocated… Read more

What is the WINSXS directory in Windows 2008 and Windows Vista and why is it so large?

A commonly asked question among people looking at a Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 installation is “why is the WinSxS folder so big?!”   To answer that question I need to first describe componentization, and how components are managed in Windows Vista. One of the largest changes between previous versions of Windows and Windows Vista… Read more

Exchanging files between Parent and Child Partitions in Hyper-V

One of the most common questions asked about using Hyper-V is, "How can I access files on the Parent partition from inside the Child Partition?". In other Microsoft virtualization products like Virtual PC and Virtual Server 2005, this was possible, but even then, it was not accomplished in exactly the same way. In Virtual PC,… Read more

Cluster Resource Type options for Hyper-V

Windows Server 2008 Clustering includes resource type specific options which are available by right clicking on the group under Applications and Services.   For Hyper-V, we have the following options. Manage virtual machine. This option opens Hyper-V Manager with connections to all participating nodes in the cluster.  **NOTE: The virtual machine configuration resource must be… Read more

How can I find out why the Cluster Resource Monitor dumped – Possible Deadlock

Hello, my name is John Marlin, and I am a Support Escalation Engineer on the Microsoft Platform Cluster Services Support team.  I wanted to talk about the Windows 2003 Cluster Resource Monitor along with what happens when it crashes as well as how to debug it to find out why it crashed. We need to… Read more

How to enable Windows Server Backup support for the Hyper-V VSS Writer

Technorati Tags: Hyper-V,Windows Backup,Virtual Machine In order to enable VSS based backups of Hyper-V VMs using Windows Server Backup, you must add the following registry keys to register the Hyper-V VSS Writer with Windows Server Backup. Note that the WindowsServerBackup key is not created when installing the Windows Server Backup feature. This key must be… Read more