Deploying Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 on USB Flash Drive

I have shown this at presentations several times now; Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 operating from UFD. People often asked for a copy of the drive or a how-to-guide to make this work. Although totally unsupported, you can now configure a UFD with Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 yourself. See here for full details.   If you…


The Server Virtualization host; not a pimped file and print server

Designing your virtualization host requires a lot of information; how many VM’s will it host, what are the requirements of each VM, what to reserve for the host, how much resources to include for future needs, etc. At least you need information on the VM requirements meaning you need details like memory and processor usage,…


MAP Toolkit 5.0 CTP available now

The Solution Accelerators Team is offering customers and partners added inventory and assessment capabilities with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0 Community Technical Preview (CTP).  The MAP Toolkit 5.0 CTP provides customers and partners with new features such as inventory of heterogeneous server environments; the ability to determine usage of deployed System Center…


Capture a disk and create a VHD from it: Disk2VHD

Talking about cool utilities, Mark and Bruce have created a disk capturing tool which will create a VHD from the capture. Do you have a running machine you would like to put into a VM? This tool may just be enough. Check it out here.


Microsoft and Red Hat Complete Cooperative Technical Support

This is nothing more than a link to a great post from Mike Neil on our progress with Redhat. There is now cooperative support from both companies when running select applications on either virtualization product, being Hyper-V or KVM. Also a very important piece of the post is the fact that the Microsoft contribution of…


Using Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 for VDI

When configuring a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure using Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2008 R2, you need the Remote Desktop Virtualization Host role service. Enabling that on a Windows Server 2008 R2 system with the Full UI  is rather straightforward. But I could not quickly find what to enable on Hyper-V Server. As we clearly…


‘Missing’ network adapters in Hyper-V Server 2008 R2

When you choose option 8 in sconfig you may notice that sconfig lists fewer network adapters than there are actually physically available. It is also possible that sconfig shows no network adapters at all. Although it may not be obvious, there is a simple reason behind this. Sconfig only shows ‘active network interfaces’ by running…


How many VM’s in a Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 cluster?

Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 fully supports clustering. With the addition of enterprise features it has become the ideal virtualization host amongst all Microsoft platform offerings; Windows Server 2008 R2 (Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter), Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2. A virtualization host supports a maximum of 384 VM’s. However this is not the case when the host…


Hyper-V Resource Kit

This is not an announcement on the availability of the Hyper-V Resource Kit; it has been available for two months now. But I finally got the time to read the whole book. I was one of the reviewers of the book but as a reviewer you don’t get all chapters for review. If you want…


Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 is RTM

Na Windows Server 2008 R2 en Windows 7 volgt nu ook de gratis server virtualisatie host in de R2 release. Nieuw ten opzichte van de RC release is de boot-from-flash mogelijkheid die hardware-leveranciers kunnen gebruiken om een geïntegreerde server-virtualisatie host te bieden. Zie verder hier voor alle details.