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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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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Let’s answer a few questions…

I saw this post: http://ts2blogs.com/forums/p/2624/81847.aspx#81847  and thought I would take a shot a few of the questions.   Is forefront compatible with vista? If you are talking about Forefront Client Security, yet is works great with Windows Vista Where can I get a copy of IIS which is compatible with Virtual Server Enterprise 2005 R2…


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…


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…


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. …


Part 5 – So you want to get started with Hyper-V? Start here!

Setting up a Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Cluster I spent some time in one of our Microsoft Technology Centers and was able to setup a Hyper-V cluster on some pretty impressive hardware.  I had access to a Domain Controller and three servers that were running Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition.  They are as follows: 3…


Part 6 – So you want to get started with Hyper-V? Start here!

Placing Virtual Machines into a Hyper-V Cluster This screencast discusses the do’s and don’ts of adding virtual machines to a Hyper-V cluster.  Just because you create a virtual machine on a host machine that is also part of a Hyper-V cluster does not mean that the virtual machine will be highly available.  You need to…