Having Fun With the Other Blog!

Playing around with the other blog is fun – I’m using more cool pictures like this one of a can!  I’ll get back to being technical on this blog again now, sorry for digressing.


Better Linux Performance on Hyper-V With Integration Services

I showed you in my last post how to get nearly any OS running on Hyper-V by adding the Legacy Network Adapter (2114X compatible NIC).  Yes it works, but the performance isn’t all that great. Microsoft provides Integration Services (also sometimes referred to as Integration Components or ICs) for Linux to run on Hyper-V which…


How To Run Linux, UNIX, and Other OS’ on Hyper-V

I’ve gotten questions about how I managed to get Hannah Montana Linux (and OpenSolaris and SCO UNIX) to work on Hyper-V.  Some folks have tried, but were not able to access network resources (you can clearly see that I was browsing to Bing in the screen shots, but they couldn’t get there!). When you create…


I’ve Got 2 Blogs Now!

I was tapped to post up on the Microsoft Windows Server site recently, and I’m now also posting on the “Because it’s everybody’s business” area as a Windows Server expert (the actual blog site is here). The goals of the site are to focus on ways to innovate and be efficient with Microsoft technology.  How…


Backup and Recovery of Non-Windows VMs on Hyper-V – IT JUST WORKS!

In the last few posts I showed you a simple (and low cost) manual method for back and recovery of virtual machines running on Hyper-V.  When I ran through the process in my lab, I purposely used two different types of virtual machines: one Windows VM with a VSS-aware OS and enabled integration services (Windows…


DiskShadow / Xcopy RESTORE of Hyper-V

In my last post I showed you how to create a consistent backup of a Hyper-V host using the no additional cost Diskshadow command and an attached USB drive (in contrast to the costly VMware Consolidated Backup).  Now I want to show you how to restore the VMs that you backed up to a separate…


DiskShadow / Xcopy BACKUP of Hyper-V

I mentioned in my last post the diskshadow command line tool that was introduced in Windows Server 2008.  Jose Barreto did a nice job over viewing the command in his blog, so I won’t cover the same ground.  I’m going to walk you through how I use diskshadow to create a consistent, restorable, consolidated backup…


The Wonder of Volume Shadow Copy and Hyper-V

Microsoft introduced the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) as part of Windows Server 2003. VSS lets you coordinate necessary actions to create a consistent point-in-time copy (also known as a shadow copy or snapshot) of data for backup purposes.  It allows you to create manual or automatic backup snapshots of data and coordinates with properly…


Best Part of Hyper-V Backup and Recovery Is Windows!

I speak with lots of customers about virtualization every week.  I’m always interested in how they manage their virtual environment, and often dig into their operational procedures and practices.  I find that organizations who adopted virtualization earlier have not taken full advantage of the technology.  Backup and recovery is a great example of this.  How…


Exporting Hyper-V VMs Over the Network

I received a comment via e-mail that it can take 2-3 times as long to move a VM from one Hyper-V host to another host, when compared to VMware or Virtual Server.  I do not think that the person mentioning this was super familiar with Hyper-V export, but their comment did make a good point…