Managing Virtual Machines without Domain Administrator Credentials

I received another really good question, so I want to share it. My servers will be running Windows Enterprise running HyperV with 4 VM’s each.   The third server will run Windows Standard 2008 with Microsoft SCVMM.   Is there a way for SCVMM to be installed and manage the Windows Enterprise HyperV hosts and VM’s without…


How do I change the Disk Witness in Quorum

I received the following question: Hi, I have been following your video on setting up Hyper-V server with the Equallogic SAN which we have. It has been really helpful however I am having a problem getting the CSV to work. After creating the cluster the disk we are planning to use is only shown in…

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We are Running out of IP Addresses!

I read the following article today and it made me think.  Hmmm… Available IPv4 addresses dwindle below 10% http://www.networkworld.com/news/2010/011910-ipv4-addresses-dwindle.html?hpg1=bn The article was a good read, I’ve been watching this thing called “IPv6” for a while, but honestly, I haven’t done any more with it than I’ve had to.  I bought the book Understanding IPv6 second…


Part 13 – The Hyper-V NIC teaming debate

I’ve seen a lot of back and forth on the NIC teaming discussion and I decided to check it first hand.  We have this stated policy here, but seeing is believing so I decided to take a look.  I have two dual port Intel NICs so I slapped them both into the same machine, installed…

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Part 12 – SCVMM 2008 R2 and the Power of Templates

As you’ve read, I’ve been using SCVMM for a while and I still learn new things about it.  I mentioned templates in my first screen cast and told you that I would talk more about them, so here they are.  Templates let you create a standard virtual machine image and store it in your SCVMM…


Have you looked at Office 2010 yet?

I’ve been putting it off, but I finally had time to install Office 2010.  Now I did spend a little time with it when I was experimenting with App-V, but I just rebuilt my Tablet-PC and thought I’d go with Office 2010 Beta.  I really like it.  Of course I’m biased, but Outlook 2010 has…


Part 11 – An Overview of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2

I wanted to continue my discussion on Hyper-V so I decided to show you some of the additional tools that will help with your Hyper-V deployments.  First up is my overview of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 (SCVMM R2).  This session is one part of a series of screen casts around Hyper-V, you…


Part 10 – So You Want to Get Started with Hyper-V? Start here! – Live Migration

So I’ve finally done it!  Here’s a short screen cast on Live Migration.  This one is only 5 minutes, so I won’t keep you too long, but you’ll be able to see it in action!  I recorded this session at the Irvine, CA MTC (Microsoft Technology Center) on their Dell Servers and the Equalogic SAN. …


SQL Server Licensing in Hyper-V Environment

I received a question a few days ago about how to license SQL (per processor) within a Virtual Machine on a Hyper-V server (or other hypervisor based host).  There has been a lot of confusion on this, at least I’ve been confused, so I wanted to dig into this and see what I could find. …