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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Cluster node /forcecleanup & Error -2147352567

  This is a not so common issue I can across this week . The background is as follows. You decided to evict a node from your cluster. There is a communication failure between nodes and a warning appears that the cluster was unable to remove clustering components from the evicted node. You log onto…

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The information in this weblog is provided “AS IS” with no warranties, and confers no rights. This weblog does not represent the thoughts, intentions, plans or strategies of Microsoft. These posts are just the ramblings of few nerds. Inappropriate comments will be deleted at the authors discretion. All code samples are provided “AS IS” without…

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Hyper-V : Link madness

Need some light reading for the weekend?  Have a look at the links below.  All part of the growing body of knowledge around Hyper-V. Websites Microsoft Virtualization Home Page http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization/default.mspx Virtualization Case Studies http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization/case-studies.mspx Virtualization Solution Accelerators http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/solutionaccelerators/cc197910.aspx Windows Server 2008 Virtualization & Consolidation: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/virtualization-consolidation.aspx Hyper-V FAQ http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/hyperv-faq.aspx Optimized Desktop Infrastructure (VDI and much more):…

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Windows 2003 Print Cluster Troubleshooting – When the spooler bites back

  The print spooler is a temperamental beast at the best of times.  Print servers end up with a whole myriad of drivers, print monitors and print processors.  The more queues and printers there are the greater the potential for problems. Clustering your print server makes sense but it does add another layer of complexity…

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