KB Article for 2008 RTM TS Licensing Server to support R2 CALs

A peer sent this link to me today.  I felt it important to share as a few people have asked me if it would be possible.  There is an update available. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/968074

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….


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…


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…

Hyper-V @ EDU

This morning Microsoft announcied the Release to Manufacturing of the hypervisor for Windows Server 2008, also known as Hyper-V.  You’ll also find that some of our existing case studies are in Education!!! I was ecstatic to learn during TechEd that several customers in higher education are already running Hyper-V RC1 in production.  I met one…


Get the scoop on little known Active Directory features in 2008

This is one of the best webcasts I’ve watched in recent memory.  Really great information on how machines find domain controllers in 2008. http://searchwincomputing.techtarget.com/generic/0,295582,sid68_gci1317644,00.html?track=NL-119&ad=647382&asrc=EM_USC_3893103&uid=8071835

What roles/features require 2008 Forest Functional Level?

… and/or domain functional level?  There is a table on the following TechNet page that outlines this info.  It has been a re-occuring question in my recent trips!  Note that the domain functional level is the important factor for 2008, as that enables new features including fine grained password policy. http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/library/34678199-98f1-465f-9156-c600f723b31f1033.mspx?mfr=true