Hyper-V How To: Add a PT Disk to A VM with a Script

Some friends here on the Hyper-V team shared a PowerShell 2.0 script for adding a pass-through disk to a VM: # Add a pass-through disk to a VM param(     [string]$vmName = $(throw “Must specify virtual machine name”),     [int]$ideNum = $(throw “Must specify IDE location to attach the pass-through disk”),     [int]$lunNum = $(throw…


IT Insider Hyper-V Information

Check out the Insider’s Guide to Microsoft’s Hyper-V. Truth in advertising for once, you can’t get a whole lot more *insider* than these guys,  and the book includes much PowerShell goodness. Hyper-V + PowerShell = Salty Goodness. Ex. see the free-as-in-beer PowerShell Library for Hyper-V Management.


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Why write your own IT Pro scripts when you can have the world’s best do it for you? Check out the Microsoft Script Center Summer Scripting Games 2009, starting 6/15, 2009. The 100 meter dash The Long Jump Think you can do better than the competitors? Feel free to submit your entries (no registration is…


Hyper-V How To: Manage Hyper-V with PowerShell

James has published a New and improved PowerShell Library for Hyper-V. Now with more functions and… documentation! Look for Pshyperv.pdf and send thanks to James. Did I mention it is free-as-in-beer?  


YouTube? It’s Easier Than You Think, Even Inside the Firewall

We use the free-as-in-beer Podcasting Kit for SharePoint (PKS) internally at Microsoft. Works a treat: 2,100+ total podcasts and growing every day 3,100+ registered podcaster accounts 3,700+ unique visitors in May, 2008 1,800 page views average per day 80,000+ downloads since July, 2007 A recent Forrester page said: “Enterprise Web 2.0 features to make video…

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Old PRO (tips) Never Die

Ever changed your mind about a VMM PRO Tip that you let go by? Ever wanted to find them all again? Courtesy of Francisco – Here’s how: On the VMM server open an elevated PowerShell command prompt and type the following: Get-protip | sort createdtime |  format-table Name,source,severity,status,createdtime


Hyper-V How To: Manually Configure Hyper-V Pagefile

Hyper-V automatically configures your pagefile settings, but if, for some troubleshooting purposes, you may want to change them manually. Here’s how: 1. To check current pagefile stats, from the command line type: wmic pagefile get /format:list 2. To disable automatic system pagefile management, from the command line type: wmic computersystem set AutomaticManagedPagefile=False 3. To set…

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Hyper-V How To: Script VM Functions

Check out the TechEd video Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V: Scripting & Programmatic Management for Fun & Profit (VBS & PowerShell) by John Kelbley, and Alexander Lash. Some of John’s example script are newly posed in the Official Scripting Guys Forum!, for example: Script to Start All VMs on a Hyper-V Server Script to List all…

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How Community Content is Supposed to Work

There is something interesting going on WRT “community content” at Microsoft. See the example over in Official Scripting Guys forum: A customer asked for scripting help to check the OS version on his XP client machine and install patches. The next day an MVP posted a script to help him: 1 Set objShell = CreateObject(“WScript.Shell”)  …

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Hyper-V How To: Script AzMan Scopes for RBAC

In the scripting forum someone 🙂 asked: “Can anyone suggest the way to create AzMan scopes for VMs (I can assign VMs to scopes) with Powershell/WMI/VBScript?” 4 scripts are provided for managing your AzMan scopes in Hyper-V: CreateVMInScope DisplayVMScopes ClearVMScopes ChangeVMScope Enjoy!