Improve your Virtual Machine Performance

One of my peers just purchased a very impressive server class machine.  He’s really proud of it, and he should be!  He has 2 quad core CPUs, 16GB RAM, and 2 TB of Disk space.  He built this machine to be a virtualization monster, so once he got it up and running, he created an…

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What is BitLocker? What does it do? What does it not do?

What is BitLocker? BitLocker lets you encrypt the hard drive(s) on your Windows 7 and Vista Enterprise, Windows 7 and Vista Ultimate or Windows Server 2008 and R2.  BitLocker will not encrypt hard drives for Windows XP, Windows 2000 or Windows 2003.  Only Windows 7, Vista and Server 2008 include BitLocker.  BitLocker drives can be…

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How big Should PageFile.sys be on a Server 2008 Hyper-V Server?

I received the following question: Thanks for the article.  What do you do about your host system’s pagefile?  I’m thinking more about size.  Do you leave the default?  I have a 16GB system and 12GB of that is allocated to VMs.  Do I size the host pagefile for the whole 16GB or just for the…

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Want help setting up Hyper-V for High Availability?

I have a series of screen casts (here) that talk about setting up Hyper-V, but I wanted to let you know that we just released a new Hyper-V: Live Migration Network Configuration Guide here.  I wish I would have had this when I was building out my demos.  This guide does a good job of…

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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…

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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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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…

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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…

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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. …

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