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…


Comments Appear to Be Working!

I think suddenly comments are working on the blog (hooray!).  I’ve had trouble enabling comments over the last few weeks, and have been adjusting settings.  One made it on (thanks) regarding the drill project. If you had tried to leave a comment earlier and you do not see it, please try again.


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…


Detecting The Virtualization Layer From Within A Guest / Child Instance

A while back I responded to an internal (Microsoft) e-mail where someone had requested information about how to detect if a Windows OS is running on Hyper-V.  It was a pretty good note, and Tony Soper posted it for me on his blog back in August of this year (http://blogs.technet.com/tonyso/archive/2009/08/20/hyper-v-how-to-detect-if-you-are-inside-a-vm.aspx). Since it was posted, I…