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…

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Linux P2V With DD and VHDTool – EASY and CHEAP!

So I’ve been busy the last two week getting ready for TechEd (WAHOO!) where I’m co-presenting two sessions this year.  One of the sessions is all about Linux on Hyper-V.  To get ready, I’ve been working though lots of the common operational tasks including (as you know P2V) migrations. I mentioned to my buddy Alexander…

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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…

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Tiered Storage: Second Step – Creating My Virtual Disk and Volume

In earlier posts I talked about why we purchase storage the way we do, I showed you my zany storage sub-system, and I talked about my goals for testing Storage Spaces with Tiered Storage. In my last post, I showed how I created a Storage Pool.  Now I’ll walk though defining a virtual disk and…

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CSV is not Required for Live Migration

I had this whole post all ready to go, then my lab took a power hit (poof!).  At least I know what to write again!  Anyhow, I received a great comment on the other “Windows Server Expert” blog about CSV and Live Migration.  I had mentioned in a post about the value of Hyper-V backup…

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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…

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Hyper-V VM Tribbles – VMs Everywhere!

I was thinking this week of how to demonstration / highlight the cool new processing capacity of new multi-core processors. I came up with a really short PowerShell script (based on James O’Neill’s Hyper-V management library available on Codeplex) that creates a specific number of VMs on Hyper-V using a base VHD file and differencing…

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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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The Best Sounding Drill I’ve Ever Owned!

When I’m not working on computer related projects, like a lot of people I get things done around the house.  This Summer I upgraded our swing set by adding two extra floors of elevated “fort space” which took some time.  Once completed, I realized that some of the common creature comforts of a modern fort…

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Hyper-V Replica: Basic Monitoring Report

Earlier I covered what my Hyper-V Replica setup looks like in this post.  It’s basically four laptops on my coffee table, all part of the same AD domain. I created a number of VMs on the systems, and configured replication, including extended replication for a couple of the VMs, as per the picture below: Like…

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