Hyper-V generation 2 virtual machines – part 10

Part 1: Introduction to generation 2 virtual machines Part 2: Networking and boot order Part 3: Storage Part 4: Keyboard for Windows 8 & Windows Server 2012 Part 5: Kernel debugging Part 6: Secure Boot Part 7: FAQ Part 8: Manually migrating generation 1 virtual machines to generation 2 Part 9: Installing from ISO Part…


NIC Teaming in Windows Server "8" Beta whitepaper now available

For those of you interested in learning more about the new inbox capability for NIC Teaming (aka LBFO or Load Balancing/Failover) in Windows Server “8” Beta, there’s an excellent whitepaper which has just been published. It covers pretty much everything you need to know from the feature overview, the different modes it can operate in,…

Hyper-V Manager for Windows 7 Service Pack 1

The Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) for Windows 7 SP1 are now available for download. These include the latest version of Hyper-V Manager which supports both Dynamic Memory (DM) and RemoteFX. Here’s the link: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=7d2f6ad7-656b-4313-a005-4e344e43997d Cheers,John.


Hyper-V BPA Update

Today we released an update to the Hyper-V BPA (Best Practice Analyser). This fixes some issues in the previous BPA and also correctly handles the new Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX features in SP1. No new rules have been added. To install the update, you must already have the Hyper-V BPA installed (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/977238). Note that both the…

Updated Linux Integration Services are available

A new version (2.1) of the Linux Integration Services for Hyper-V have just been made available. This new version has some significant improvements. From the driver side, new optimized storage and networking drivers have been introduced (aka “Synthetic” drivers which utilize VMBus, a key component in the Hyper-V architecture, essential for efficient and fast device I/O…


Announcing NVSPBind

  A quick post to announce the availability of a new utility written by a colleague of mine in the Hyper-V team, Keith Mange. NVSPBind (Network Virtual Service Provider Bind) overcomes a shortfall that many people hit in server core installations of Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft Hyper-V Server. In a…


Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM on Technet & MSDN

After the Windows 7 RTM release was published last week, it was joined by Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM for Technet and MSDN subscribers this morning. Woo hoo! Have fun with Hyper-V and all the great new features and improvements. Cheers, John.

Windows 7 RSAT final build available for download

The Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) for Windows 7 RTM have been released to microsoft.com. These include the Hyper-V tools for remote management of Windows Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2. You can download them from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=7d2f6ad7-656b-4313-a005-4e344e43997d&displaylang=en – remember to download the right architecture (x86 or x64) as necessary. Once you install…


HVRemote refresh

So after some 22,000 downloads (thank you) in the 8 months since first released, HVRemote has undergone a refresh to make it even easier to configure Hyper-V Remote Management and diagnose issues. The major change in version 0.7 is the ability to perform some verification of the configuration and provide hints as to what to…


Windows Virtual PC Links

A quick note to say that Windows Virtual PC has reached RC (release candidate) and is available for download. Ben has lots more information here, and I’m really pleased to see that Prasad has started a WVPC team blog where you can learn more about its features and capabilities. Cheers,John.