Happy new year and stay tuned for what is coming with W8 and SCVMM 2012

  2011 is finishing and I am really happy to see how Microsoft Virtualization is being consolidated and adopted by thousands of customers around the globe. 2012 promise to be an exciting year with the launch of Windows Sever 8 and SCVMM 2012 so let me give you 2 recommendations: Be sure to take your…


New Virtualization PFE blog

  Hello virt community, Today I am happy to announce that a great resource was born few days ago. The World Wide Virtualization PFE team decided to share experiencies and best practices to the Virtualization Community. It’s going to be a nice resource plenty of collaborations of talented people. I am lucky to be one…


Hyper-V Networking Optimizations part 6 of 6 (Monitoring Hyper-V Network consumption)

On this last post I am going to talk about what counters should be used to monitor the Network performance of your Virtual Machines, your Virtual Switches and your Physical Network Adapters. Performance monitor is a very powerful tool that is included OOB with Windows and can be used to figure out if your Networking…


Hyper-V Networking Optimizations part 5 of 6 (Features compatibility matrix)

  Once you have configured each feature on your Hyper-V Servers maybe you are wondering how they interact with each other. In the following table you are going to see how each feature interacts with others under Windows Server 2008 R2. As I already blogged before, WS2008 R2 add some features like VMQ support, but…


Hyper-V Networking Optimizations part 4 of 6 (Jumbo Frames)

  One network optimization that we can configure on Hyper-V are the Jumbo Frames. Although we can take benefit of Jumbo Frames on different scenarios the most common use is to optimize iSCSI network traffic. This traffic is often used to connect the Hyper-V hosts to the SANs but can also be used to connect…


Hyper-V Networking Optimizations part 3 of 6 (RSS)

  In this post you are going to find what settings you need to configure to enable RSS. Receive Side Scaling (RSS) enables concurrent processing of received packets from one network adapter by different CPUs on a system. At boot time, Windows Server 2008 R2 considers the bandwidth and media connection state while allotting CPUs….


Hyper-V Networking Optimizations Part 2 of 6 (VMQ)

  Continuing the Networking Series with Virtual Machine Queues. In this table you will find what registry keys and settings must be configured to make it work. Again, remember that you can use this script to validate these settings. Virtual Machine Queue OS Level feature Collector Script = AdvancedNet_Features.ps1 Commands to Enable or Disable TCP…


Hyper-V Networking Optimizations Part 1 of 6

I am still working on this series part. Sorry for the inconvenience. You still can find the script to analyze the Hyper-V Networking Optimizations here


Hyper-V BPA HTML report

  Hello again and happy 2011. Coming back from holidays I’ve decided to contribute to the community with one useful Powershell script to parse Hyper-V BPA reports on HTML. You can run it with Powershell on Full or Server Core. Don’t forget to run Powershell as administrator and configure the Execution policy Here is the…