Impatient IT Pros Guide to the New Stuff in Windows Server 8 Hyper-V

Ned Pyle has a comprehensive blog post that guides you through the important new stuff revealed at BUILD for IT Pros in Windows Server 8. Go read his blog post Windows 8 for the IT Pro: The New Plumbing. If, like me, you want to start your reading with the Hyper-V stuff, here is the…


IT Pro Camp

Like a lot of people in technology, I call myself an auto-didact. This means I like to fool myself into believing that I am largely “self-taught.” It is part of the mythical life of Americans in particular that the individual can succeed as a lone-wolf. I say mythical not in the sense that it doesn’t…

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IT Pro’s Pal – BGinfo

My gear-fixation probably started when I was a Boy Scout. There was a tool called the Woodsman’s Pal that I *had* to have. It just looked, well, way more Ninja than the puny “hatchet” I used for years. Turns out, the hatchet worked just fine, still does today. And as an adult I value simple,…


Ordinateur Virtuel Stocké

If you don’t read French, I can explain that the title of this post “ordinateur virtuel stocké “ translated into English (according to the Microsoft Language Portal) is: “An inactive virtual machine that has been saved to the Virtual Machine Manager library. The virtual machine’s virtual hard disks (.vhd files) and virtual machine configuration file…


Troubleshooting: Hyper-V W2K3 VM Lost Network Connection

Problem: Hyper-V VM guest (Windows Server 2003) on a Windows Server 2008 R2 host “randomly” loses network connection. Symptom: Unable to ping the VM from the host. On login to the VM error message “The system cannot log you on now because the domain <domainname> is not available.” Restarting the VM appears to solve the…


The Case of the Pending VM Snapshot Merge

The case of the pending merge. Guest post from reader Jeremy Hagan Recently I had a virtual machine stop responding. Upon investigation I noticed that the machine was paused. This usually happens when the underlying disk has run out of space and it was the case in this instance as well. I thought this was…

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Understanding Hyper-V Backup

Great buzz around Soumya’s TechEd preso Hyper-V Backup Deep Dive: A Look Under the Hood. Check it out. Click the image to play the presentation.  


Hyper-V Dynamic Memory and Remote FX Demo – TechEd 2010

I have a chance to record this short booth demo of Hyper-V Dynamic Memory and Remote FX with Principal VM Vijay Tewari at the busy Hyper-V booth in New Orleans this morning. Click the link to view the video.   To read more about DM and Remote FX check the product team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/virtualization/


Windows Server 2008 R2: Hyper-V Component Architecture

Free-as-in-beer Windows Server 2008 R2: Hyper-V Component Architecture poster available now at: http://download.microsoft.com/download/C/A/9/CA9292AD-3A33-4984-A9CF-82B08FCEFE77/WindowsServer2008R2Hyper-VComponentArchitecture.pdf Next up – deepzoom online version like this one: Because it is, like, dense…here’s a closeup of part of it…

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How to Tell if you are in a VM Using Script

Sometimes you need to identify if something is running inside a virtual machine before you take action. This sample VBScript uses the same logic found in the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit to show if a deployment is running in a VM. If IsVM Then     WScript.Quit 1 Else     WScript.Quit 0 End If Function IsVM    …