Problem with Compacting VHDs in Hyper-V Management Console

  If you are using Hyper-V as your virtualization solution, you might be familiar with expand and compact of VHD (virtual hard disk) process. Few days back when I was trying to compact one of my VM’s Dynamic VHDs (Guest OS: Windows Server 2008 R2), I encountered the following error; [Window Title] Edit Virtual Hard…


Hyper-V Best Practices Analyzer PowerShell Automation

Hi, Mark here today. As you might know, with the release of Server 2008 R2, Server Manger offered Best Practices Analyzer (BPA) for few roles/features such as Web Server (IIS). The following screen shot shows the Best Practices Analyzer for IIS on Windows Server 2008 R2 Today I’m going to talk about Hyper-V R2 BPA…


Windows Server 2008 R2 Highly Available (Clustered) Remote Desktop Connection Broker

Hi Mark here again. I was working on W2K8 R2 RD Connection Broker today (this is an exotic topic as people don’t get lots of queries on it) and thought I could share few notes with you just in case you get to the same situation and wonder how things should work. With Windows Server…


Hyper-V Guest Clustering Step-by-Step Guide

  You might have wondered about how to setup Failover Cluster inside Hyper-V Virtual Machines. As you know, the major element of a cluster is the shared storage piece. Inside Hyper-V VMs, iSCSI is the only supported method of providing shared disks over virtual NICs.   Here are detailed steps on how to create Highly…


What is CPU Type in SCVMM 2008 R2 VM Processor Hardware Profile?

  If you ever used SCVMM (System Center Virtual Machine Manager) 2008 R2, you might have notices different CPU Types under the Processor properties of each Virtual Machine or inside Hardware Profiles. You might wonder what these CPU Types are and how they could come into play while Virtual Processor scheduling is actually being handled…


What is this CPU Usage column in Hyper-V Management Console?

Hi! If you’ve used Hyper-V, you might have seen a CPU Usage column inside Hyper-V Management console for each Virtual Machine (VM). A friend of mine thought this was the CPU usage of that VM, however, when looking at the CPU utilization inside the VM those numbers didn’t match. so, what is this number and…


Hyper- V Dynamic Expanding or Fixed Size VHD?

  Hi, today I’d like to write about Hyper-V and Virtual Disks. As you know Windows Server 2008 R2’s been released with bunch of enhancements in Hyper-V. One of the improvements is performance increase with Dynamic Expanding virtual hard disks (VHD). Previously on Windows Server 2008 we didn’t recommend using dynamic expanding VHDs in production…


Error Code 0x8009030e in SCVMM 2008 and Hyper-V Management Consoles when trying to connect to a Virtual Machine

Hello! This morning, I logged into my Hyper-V/SCVMM 2008 server to deploy a new Windows Server 2008 to my Hyper-V server and as soon as I launched SCVMM 2008 console and I kept getting the following error message;                                              Upon clicking the OK button, the error message popped up again and again. Hm… I…

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Extend System/Boot Volume on Windows Server 2008/ Windows Vista/Win7 Beta

  I’m sure the subject of extending volumes and drives due to lack of space or other reasons is still a good subject for IT Professionals who work with Windows Servers or Clients. There are public documents such as KB325590 or the following TechNet articles that talk about how to extend the volume on your…

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How to determine the appropriate page file size on my server

I’ve seen the question of how big the page file has to be on a serer several times. As you may know the rule of thumb is to make it 1.5 times the physical RAM.  But sometime system would have a different recommended value for your page file size. What if you would like to…