Live Migration, Cluster Shared Volumes & Networks

The recommendation for people setting up live migration clusters is to isolate different kinds of traffic on their own networks: Public network to access the cluster and the virtual machines running on it “Private” cluster heartbeat network “live migration” network iSCSI network, if required to access shared storage How do we determine what traffic goes…


P2V with SCVMM – a quick tip

System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) has been offering a relatively simple way of doing physical-to-virtual migrations (P2V) for a while. You just click on the “Convert Physical Server” icon and off you go. Despite the name, it also works with client target machines. It’s simple, if you do some preparation work before. In fact,…

VHD Boot

With Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 you get the opportunity to boot directly from a vhd file. The operating system in the vhd file will have direct access to the machine hardware. It will not run as a virtual machine with synthetic or emulated adapters, but as a “real machine”. VHD happens to be…

A Free Book on Microsoft Virtualization

Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions from Microsoft Press is available as a FREE download.   This 15MB E-Book gives an overview of all current Microsoft Virtualization technologies: Hyper-V, the Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V), and VDI. It also describes which management solutions are available for them (e.g. System Center Virtual Machine Manager) and how they fit together….

Updated Infiniband on Server 2008 Paper

I have finally updated my notes on the installation of Infiniband on Windows Server 2008. They now cover the released version 2.0 of Mellanox WinOF stack. You can find the document in my skydrive public folder. Let me know if you find it useful. Powered by Qumana


Faking Networks

On a Windows HPC Server 2008 head node, that is… 1. No Infiniband on the head node In many cases people want to save themselves some money by not installing an Infiniband adapter on the head node, thereby also sparing a port on that expensive infiniband switch. It makes a lot of sense, especially when…


Live Migration in R2

I’ve got a lot of questions about Live Migration in 2008 R2. Rather than writing a long post on it, I thought I’d point you at some resources I found useful whilst setting up my test environment, so you can build one too: – Frank Cicalese’s (virtualization specialist) paper on r2 lab setup – Technet step-by-step guide…