Dealing with VMs, Snapshots and the dreaded broken security channel

I build a lot of scenarios for testing using Hyper-V. During that testing I use snapshots all the time to protect myself from stupid mistakes and failed changes. It is a terrific capability, but can sometimes get you in trouble. In a perfect world, when you are working on a testing scenario that includes a…


Cool New Gateway Netbook

Since Windows 7 RTMd, I figured I needed a new toy to play with. I run Windows Server 2008 R2 on my high end notebook, but wanted to run Windows 7 so I could get some of the great new features. I have been researching netbooks for a few weeks and had decided that I…


Q&A on AMD Rapid Virtualization Indexing (RVI)

My Hyper-V Resource Kit co-author, Janique Carbone, and Tim Mueting – AMD Product Manager have gotten together to produce a Q&A on AMD’s Rapid Virtualization Indexing (RVI) technology in the latest AMD Opteron processor line. Hyper-V R2 uses this technology to enable Second Level Address Translation (SLAT) to offload work from the hypervisor to hardware….


Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Resource Kit on the shelves June 10th

Well Janique and I finished another Resource Kit book, this time on Hyper-V…..700 plus pages of Hyper-V resources (including a chapter on Hyper-V R2 coming in Windows Server 2008 R2) is done and on the way to the book store near you! You can find the official announcement from Microsoft Press here Sample chapters are…


Installing Windows Server 2008 R2 on a notebook and getting all those required drivers.

If you are like me, you use Windows Server 2008 R2 as your standard desktop/notebook OS. If you have installed Windows Server 2008 R2 on your notebook, you might notice that you ended up with a series of yellow bangs for missing device drivers. I found a workaround to get those drivers without have to…


Hyper-V Resource Kit

Well we have finally finished all the chapters of the Hyper-V Resource Kit. We are in final editing stage, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. Be looking for it on the shelves within the next 60 days. Here is a preview of the TOC. Introduction to Virtualization Overview Architecture Installation and…


Beware of Integrated eSATA ports

For you demo warriors out there who try to get the maximum performance for your Hyper-V based demos, eSATA has been your path to maximum performance. If you only use a single drive attached to an eSATA port, you can quit reading, but if you are like me and want the best performance possible, you…


Managing MAC Address Pools in Hyper-V R2

Hyper-V automatically creates a MAC address pool for virtual machines usage when it is installed. Hyper-V RTM had no option in the UI for managing the MAC address pool and you had to edit the registry to manage the pool (see a detailed article on that subject here). Hyper-V R2 has provided the ability to…


Hyper-V R2 and Management NICs

When you install Hyper-V R2 role now it reserves a single wired NIC in the machine for management of the parent partition. If you have only a single NIC in your server, you will not be able you select a NIC to create an external network when you are installing the role.  This is a…