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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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 Its been replaced by a much more sophisticated event based tracing system.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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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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Network Access Protection (NAP) and my switches

I recently gave an overview of NAP at a Windows Server 2008 event.  For the purposes of the event I focused and demo’d DHCP enforcement.  From some customers DHCP enforcement was not enough.  What about 802.1x enforcement ?  Our pals on the NAP team have already blogged this (quite sometime back) as an introduction to…

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MSDN and TechNet now run on Hyper-V

I’ve had a lot of interest in Hyper-V from customers and quite a few questions too.  One of the most common being, “Who is using it in a production environment?”.  Up until now I didn’t have an answer. … but now I do. Microsoft are now running the MSDN and TechNet sites on Hyper-V.  So,…

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Hyper-V RC1 is out!!!

Check out the posting on the Windows Virtualization Team blog here for more details. As usual its a one way upgrade process.  Once you go forward there is no coming back! 🙂 Hyper-V RC0 to RC1 Upgrade Considerations *Saved-state files are not supported between RC0 and RC1 releases of Hyper-V.  All virtual machine saved states should…

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Step-by-Step Guide for Testing Hyper-V and Failover Clustering

I blogged recently on “How to create a Windows Server 2008 Cluster within Hyper-V using simulated iSCSI storage”.  This is enough to get you familiar with how clusters work in Windows Server 2008.  The next logical step is to understand the high availability options available for VMs running in your Hyper-V environment.  The good news…

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