VMM Script Series, part 3 – Show VHD Collisions

I’m publishing some of the scripts I have written for VMM.  These are each based on specific customer asks or conversations that lead me to go sleepless in trying to solve the problems myself.  I am very interested in your feedback, especially if you would like to offer a change to improve efficiency or effectiveness….


College Uses Application Virtualization to Deliver Course Software Easily, Inexpensively

That’s the subtitle of a case study that recently went online (so I’m not plagiarizing).  A colleague sent this over to me and I had the privilege of talking with these folks a couple of weeks ago.  Interesting details of this deployment (scroll down now to see why).  Reading the article I found some themes…


Evacuate! script – move all VMs off cluster node using intelligent placement

Just wanted to share this script I wrote.  The idea is I want to do something (anything) to a host and feel it might cause a service interruption so I would prefer to move all VMs off the node.  Rather than doing it manually in the cluster or in VMM, or forcing VMs off in…


Three updates I apply in a Hyper-V/VMM lab

This resolves the Hyper-V status warning message in VMM. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=fd44b4e3-2dcc-4299-b345-bc09a9a37b60&displaylang=en This resolves an issue when using BITS to transfer to/from volumes mounted by GUID. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=9EC9DBB9-82AD-4D34-9267-76A0126A8F18&displaylang=en This updates the Failover Clustering console to reflect Hyper-V commands. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=c614376d-477a-4bd9-8559-3c8b91f90998&DisplayLang=en


Open remote connection to Hyper-V VM console

Access directly to the console of a virtual machine in three easy steps. 1. Create shortcut to VM Connect Open %programfiles%\Hyper-V and do a right-click drag and drop to your desktop from vmconnect.exe to “Create Shortcut Here”. 2. (optional) rename the shortcut to something you like and put it somewhere convenient to use often. 3….

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Hyper-V snapshots are for rollback, not backup/recovery

I try to hit on this point in every Hyper-V presentation.  Snapshots are GREAT for maintenance and roll-back, but they are very, VERY different than what you might be currently using as “snap-mirrors” on your SAN environment.  The similarities in syntax have lead to some understandable misunderstanding.  (how’s that for prose) Snapshots are storing all…

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Blog Link: Janssen Jones on PowerShell

This is a great blog Janssen.  Keep them coming!!! http://janssenjones.typepad.com/janssenjonescom/ The top three posts (as of today) are all related to managing Hyper-V with PowerShell.  Especially interesting is the code he has written to provision his SAN on the fly! I guess I should start another (Links) section and point out to bloggers in EDU…


Case Studies – Hyper-V in Education

Indiana University University Improves Service Availability, Reduces IT Workload with Virtualization Indiana University is one of the largest state university systems in the United States, with nine campuses, 100,000 students, 7,000 faculty members, and 11,000 staff members. The university’s Auxiliary Information Technology (AIT) department had a hard time keeping up with the server growth needed…


Hyper-V and Red Hat, support is on the way!

This is really great news, particularly for the vast number of administrators in Higher Education who have adopted Hyper-V for all or part of their virtualization workloads!  This entry from the Hyper-V team explains a new support agreement between the two organizations that will bring integration components on both sides (Windows virtualized on Red Hat…


Hyper-V Remote Management – resolving the "Access Denied”

Got this question twice this week so I’d say it is blog worthy.  How to configure a Hyper-V server to be remotely managed (manage stand alone server or across domains).  You might also consider reviewing the ACLs he describes if you are troubleshooting some anomaly in a trusted domain environment. John Howard has instructions but…