How to install Windows from a USB drive

Windows 7 (and other OS’s can be installed in this manner); I’m sure you’ve seen one of the many posts on this before – this isn’t new, but I’m logging it here as I still get asked how to do this on a regular basis. Take a USB device and make a 32GB partition (use…

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HP on Hyper-V NIC teaming and SCVMM Powershell

Patrick at HP has made public a whitepaper from HP on guidance for NIC teaming and Hyper-V, whilst it doesn’t state that HP support this, it’s a step in the right direction. Jeremy at HP has also been busy (or should that be busier than usual) and started blogging, lots of SCVMM and PowerShell goodness…


Measuring Performance on Hyper-V

Thanks to Julius for the below link (under Biztalk 2006 R2 guidance!) http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc768535.aspx This is useful if you want a list of Hyper-V perfmon counters to monitor for CPU, Disk, Network and Memory         Technorati Tags: Hyper-V,virtualizationi,perfmon


Performance tuning WS08 and Hyper-V

If you want to and who wouldn’t…take a look at the new Windows Server 2008 Tuning guide.  Head down to page 58 for the Hyper-V section. This is been available for a few days but as a couple of people have asked me for this guidance recently – here you go (again for some of…


SCVMM admin console and ActiveX

I recently cam across a sequence of events that confused me with the SCVMM Administrators console and Self Service Portal installed on my Vista x64 laptop. On one laptop the SCVMM Self Service Portal was working fine, on the other I was getting a gray (see below) window rather than a view of the virtual…

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DPM explained in flash

DPM 2007 and  Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 backups explained here: http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/dpm/flash/virtualization/index.html   Technorati Tags: scvmm,virtual server,dpm


Webcasts, performance and Live Writer

VolkerW posted the following links to some upcoming Webcasts on Windows Server 2008 and Virtualization, more details on his blog.    I’ll also repost the link to the Virtual Server performance tips (slightly dated) but has some great planning advice:http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;903748   That’s all for now, apart from saying that this post was brought to you…


Vista improves

As you’ve probably seen Vista has received a few improvements available in these KB articles.  I particularly like the fact that the issue: “When you copy or move a large file, the estimated time remaining takes a long time to be calculated and displayed” seems to have been fixed – especially as I’m always copying…


WHS goes RC

One of my favorite pieces of software (or should that be feature rich OS) has just hit Release Candidate status, the Windows Home Server blog has all the details. 100,000+ of you have already had the chance to beta this, more places will be made available for this RC.   Technorati tags: Windows Home Server


Quest announces support for PowerShell

Thanks to Kurt (at Quest) for this pointer, I had a quick play with this tool yesterday…may be a possible GUI for some bespoke SCVMM scripts 🙂 More details below: Quest has created a graphical user interface for PowerShell, PowerGUI; built PowerShell commands (Cmdlets) for Active Directory; and is sponsoring a new independent online community…