Hyper-V : Parent Partition Network Card Configuration

It is important to get the network card configuration right in the parent partition for Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008/R2.  Common problems include: A-Records and PTR’s registered for the Parent Partition under multiple IP addresses NetBIOS conflicts Unwanted traffic going through network cards that you want to dedicate to, for example, VM’s or iSCSI. These…

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PowerShell – Read an XML configuration file

I was recently asked a question about PowerShell’s ability to read in an XML configuration file at a Virtual Academy I ran last week.  One of the strengths of PowerShell is its ability to perform lots of time saving tasks … one of which is reading in an XML file.  The Get-Content command can read…

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Script the Protection of an OU from Accidental Deletion – Windows Server 2003

“Although bulk deletions are rare, they are disruptive events that you can guard against by removing the Delete and the Delete Subtree permissions in Active Directory. To guard against accidental deletions, you should remove the Delete and Delete Subtree permissions on organizational units (OUs) that contain user accounts, computer accounts, and security groups in Active…

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How to P2V Windows 2000 server using SCVMM 2008

  With the economic down turn and the green agenda Virtualisation has become a hot topic with my customer. These days its all about getting the best value for money as possible with your IT budget, so when my customer had a number of servers out of warranty and due for replacement the Hyper-V platform…

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High Availability options for Virtual Machines

One of the most common conversations I have about virtualisation is the "how do I make my virtual machines highly available?" one.  Topics like Hyper-V Quick Migration are then discussed and off the techie goes to start testing.  When I revisit the discussion I have noticed the false sense of security people get just because…

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Technology Day – Microsoft Virtualisation (Level: 300)

We are running an event this December for Microsoft Premier customers.  I’m pretty excited about it actually.  Premier Field Engineering and Microsoft Consulting Services are teaming up to present real world details on Hyper-V, System Centre Virtual Machine Manager 2008 and Application Virtualisation.  We plan on running as many demonstrations as possible during the event…

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Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services: Single Sign On and Windows XP clients

Single Sign On for Windows XP Clients Single Sign On (SSO) to Windows Server 2008 (W2K8) Terminal Services uses the Credential Security Service Provider (CredSSP).  CredSSP delegates credentials to defined target servers and is native to Windows Vista.  Windows XP SP3 includes CredSSP but it is not enabled by default.  Windows XP SP2 clients can…

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Virtualisation : Support statements and Licensing

Over the past week or so Microsoft have clarified the support statement for server products running in virtual environments.  The most significant announcement was the Server Virtualisation Validation Program (SVVP).  To quote “The Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP) is open to any vendor who delivers a virtualization machine solution that hosts Windows Server 2008, Windows 2000 Server Service Pack 4 and Windows…

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Scripting: Hyper-V – Mount VHDs by right clicking

There are plenty of posts on the interweb that show you how to mount and unmount vhds via powershell.  I downloaded the Hyper-V PowerShell management library from CodePlex.com here as created by James O’Neil.  In it he kindly provides two scripts (mount-VHD.ps1 and Unmount-VHD.ps1) along with a REG file.  Assuming you have PowerShell 1.0 installed (available feature in…

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Windows 2008 Clustering & the Cluster Log

  Where is the cluster log in Windows 2008 ? This short answer is its no longer there. On our Windows 2008 cluster node if we navigate to %systemroot%\system32\LogFiles\Cluster your wont find the cluster.log file anymore. Why ? Its been replaced by a much more sophisticated event based tracing system. The Vista\Windows Server 2008 Event…

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