How Virtual Machine Manager Administrator Console uses VirtualMachineViewer.exe

The VMM Administrator Console’s VirtualMachineViewer.exe and the VMM Self-Service Portal (SSP) both use a same codebase for connecting to Hyper-V virtual machines. With the enhancements made to Win2k8 and VistaSP1, we are able to leverage MSTSCAX to connect to virtual machines through the host. What this means is that instead of directly connecting to the…

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Hyper-V RC1 and update for Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1

Hyper-V RC1 is readily available. You can find more details here: http://blogs.technet.com/virtualization/archive/2008/05/20/hyper-v-rc1-release-available-on-microsoft-download-center.aspx. The link to the Microsoft Download Center is http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=3ed582f0-f844-40ba-b692-230845af1149&displaylang=en. Virtual Server has also been updated and Win2k8 is now qualified as a quest and a host operating system. For more details, see http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=a79bcf9b-59f7-480b-a4b8-fb56f42e3348&displaylang=en. This update for Microsoft Virtual Server R2 SP1 includes support…

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What are the different ways virtual machines can be migrated using VMM 2008

A post on the VMM newsgroup today prompted me to explain the different ways that VMs can be migrated when using VMM 2008. From a VMM perspective, we have a few ways that we allow you to move a VM from one host to another. I listed them below in no particular order: -Using Hyper-V…

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getting the computer name of a virtual machine

A lot of people have asked me how they can get the actual computer name or FQDN of a virtual machine from from the host system. (FYI, this method does not allow you to get the IP address from within the VM – to do that, you would need to use your DNS infrastructure to correlate…

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