HOWTO: Resolve “Cannot find the physical computer that runs the virtual machine.”

I recently ran into this problem when I had to set up Direct Access with a Hyper-V machine.  See here for the cause and resolution (Thanks thompal)! http://blogs.msdn.com/b/thompal/archive/2009/11/06/hyper-v-virtual-machine-connection-and-direct-access.aspx From Thomas: The solution: -go into the Registry and delete "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\DNSClient\DnsPolicyConfig" -in an elevated command prompt, enter: sc control dnscache paramchange After that the “Virtual Machine…


HOWTO: Grant users Logon as Terminal Service Right

Because I am running Windows Server Enterprise 2008 on my Laptop with Hyper-V enabled, I continuously Remote Desktop to my Virtual Machine.  Even for a domain admin in the guest, you have to have group policy configured to allow the Remote Desktop Users group to allow logon through terminal services.  Here is where you do…

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Taking a Virtual Machine from Virtual Server/VPC to Hyper-V

One trick is that you have to follow the steps outlined here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/954282 Even if you install the Integration Components for Hyper-V, the VM will not update because the VMBus device will not start (This device cannot start. (code 10)).  What you have to do if you are trying to move is the following: RESOLUTION…

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Virtual PC 2007 SP1

Virtual PC 2007 SP1 is available! http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=28c97d22-6eb8-4a09-a7f7-f6c7a1f000b5&displaylang=en via Virtual PC Guy’s Blog: Virtual PC 2007 SP1 now available

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Backing Up Windows Hyper-V Virtual Machines

So most folks know that Hyper-V contains the capacity to allow backups of Virtual Machines while they are running.  System Center Data Protection Manager will eventually have the capability to conduct this process.  However, a straight file copy backup will not work for consistently backing up the VM’s.  What will work is a Windows Server…

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The Windows Time Service and Hyper-V

Recently a domain I had a domain running inside Hyper-V on Windows Server 2008.  The challenge was that the domain’s clocks were running behind the time being reported at time.windows.com.  When I ran the w32tm command ( w32tm /config /manualpeerlist:time.windows.com /syncfromflags:manual /reliable:yes /update found here http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/library/92a73b00-12b7-49d0-b6be-007e626f387d1033.mspx?mfr=true ) to sync to the time peer list which…

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Increasing Disk Size of a Differencing VHD

I recently ran into a problem where I needed to increase the size of a virtual machine’s primary partition.  The problem was that the VM’s primary partition was based on a Differencing disk.  As such tools like the VHDExpander don’t work on them (only dynamic and fixed disks).  What I had to do was to…

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Resizing a Virtual Hard Drive (VHD)

I recently created a Vista Virtual Machine but ran out of space when I tried to install the service pack.  Dynamically expanding does not mean that the VHD will expand forever, but it will expand until the limit set for it at creation.  This means that I hit the ceiling of the VHD.  So, the…

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Managing Virtual Server 2005 Through Terminal Services

When building a Virtual Server 2005 R2 installation on a remote machine through Terminal Services, you might run into difficulty visiting the actual administration website.  If you turn off friendly error messages in IE, you get a HTTP 500 status which indicates that the “parameter is incorrect”.   What you have to do is to ensure…

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How to Convert VMWare Machines to Microsoft Virtual Machines (VHD)

I was struggling with this for some time.  Here is a great link on how to do it easily!  Many customers are moving to Virtual Server because of its portability (not to mention its price!) and interoperability with Virtual PC.   Here is a great tutorial on the vmToolkit VMDK to VHD file converter http://blogs.virtualserver.tv/blogs/dugie/archive/2006/12/14/VMware_to_Microsoft_Virtual_Machine_Conversions_with_VMDK2VHD.aspx Here…

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