Calling a PowerShell Function

I’m back from lots of traveling (why I’ve had time to post a few things). I got a great question about my last post…how best to call a custom PowerShell function.  I’m not a PowerShell expert by any stretch of the imagination, but I do use it a good amount and I find it useful…

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Hyper-V CPU Data Collection Script

I received an e-mail from someone looking for an electronic version of the VMCPU PowerShell reporting script I wrote for our book on Hyper-V, so I thought I would post it here (FYI the updated, 2nd edition is due out in a month or two!). I wrote to script to address CPU performance monitoring requirements…

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Hyper-V Linux P2V with PlateSpin

I mentioned in my last post how challenging manual Physical to Virtual migrations (P2V) of Linux systems can be.  There are a number of great automated tools that make Linux P2V simpler that I’ll try to run through in the coming weeks. The tools I’m showing fill a need – to migrate a Linux host…

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Hyper-V Linux P2V The Hard Way

I mentioned in a post last week that I would go over some options to perform a Linux Physical to Virtual (P2V) migration on Hyper-V.  Before showing you the easy way, I wanted to go over a manual approach that a coworker worked out for me a while back.  Even before that, I wanted to…

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Automated Install of Hyper-V Windows Integration Services

Tony had a question about automating the installation of the Integration Services (aka Integration Components) for Hyper-V. You can copy the contents of the Integration Services ISO onto a physical system before performing a manual P2V (say, into a new  C:\IS_install directory). Running setup in the AMD64 setup directory (C:\IS_install\AMD64\support\setup.exe /quiet) will install the ISs…

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Hyper-V P2V for Windows

Physical to Virtual migration (P2V) is a common task for achieving consolidation goals through virtualization. System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) is by far the best tool from Microsoft to facilitate P2V migrations (as well as V2V conversions from VMware to Hyper-V).  The FAQ for SCVMM is a worthwhile read to best understand automated migration…

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Linux on Hyper-V: TimeSync

So why do I think TimeSync is more important than SMP for Linux on Hyper-V? First, let me recap… last week Microsoft released a beta version of updates to the Linux Integration Services (ISs / Integration Components / ICs).  This release of the ISs includes three new features customers have been asking for: SMP (multiprocessor)…

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Linux on Hyper-V: SMP Support

I mentioned in my last post that Microsoft now has multi-processor support for Linux VMs on top of Hyper-V (yeah!).  The beta updates to the Linux Integration Services (aka Integration Components / ICs) was big enough new to be picked up by big time Microsoft watchers. There are three enhancements in the beta release of…

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