Differencing Disk or Snapshot Parent/Child Chain

  Hyper-V differencing virtual hard disk (VHD) is an interesting and sometimes very useful subject in virtualization world. As a matter of fact Snapshot AVHDs are also differencing virtual hard disks. My favorite scenarios for using snapshots are stateless VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure), training VMs and short term test labs. Differencing VHDs provide us with…


Error ID:404 while Adding Hyper-V host to SCVMM 2008 R2

  Yesterday while working on installing a new SCVMM 2008 R2 server setup, we encountered an issue when tried to add a new 2-node Hyper-V R2 host cluster to the VMM console. Here’s how we were able to reproduce the error; In SCVMM 2008 R2 console, select  Add a host that is “Windows Server-based host…


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…


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…