TechEd 2010 Sessions

I’ve been heads down on all sorts of things, including preparing for two sessions at TechEd next week. If you’re heading to New Orleans, be sure to check out these two sessions next week at TechEd in New Orleans covering mixed environments: Code Session Room Day Time WSV318 Living in a Mixed Environment: Integrating Your Heterogeneous…

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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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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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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: 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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Linux and Hyper-V the Easy Way: Brown and Serve!

Linux runs on Hyper-V – you’ve seen Hanna Montana Linux here already (I couldn’t resist using it!).  I do hope you’ll look to Windows Server first as your preferred application platform, but realize that sometimes business conditions may lead you to run other operating systems in your data center.  The Linux Integration Components for Hyper-V…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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