KB2531907 – Validate SCSI Device Vital Product Data (VPD) test fails after you install Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

If you are running a cluster with Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and three or more nodes you should install this KB. KB Link: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2531907 Symptoms Consider the following scenario: You configure a failover cluster that has three or more nodes that are running Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1). You have cluster…

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Now Available – Microsoft Virtualization Jump Start Training Videos!

The recent Free Online Class – Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals was a hit – I head it had one of the highest attendance levels ever… The content from that course is not available online. Announcing Microsoft Virtualization Jump Start Training Videos! Microsoft Learning hosted another new and exclusive Jump Start virtual training event –…

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Recommend Hotfixes For System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM)

If your running System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) you should take a look at KB 962941.  The KB describes and links to all of the recommended Windows hotfixes, SCVMM hotfixes and Hyper-V server hotfixes that are important for SCVMM functionality. KB Article Link:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/962941   Taylor Brown Hyper-V Integration Test Lead http://blogs.msdn.com/taylorb

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Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Beta Released

The Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Beta has been posted on the download center along with an overview document and a setup and configuration guide.  Please note that all features, support, configuration etc… is subject to change as this is a beta Download Links Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Beta Download Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008…

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VHD Servicing Tool 2.0

About a month ago I posted about the VHD Servicing tool (Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool).  Version 2.0 of that tool was made available on December 5th – among other things this version adds support for Hyper-V (a definite plus).   Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2.0 Brief Description This Solution Accelerator provides automated tools…

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New Hyper-V Case Study (MLS Property Information Network)

A new Hyper-V case study was published late last week.  In this study they also employed the Sanbolic Melio FS clustered file system – which if you haven’t looked it is absolutely worth looking at (it’s really cool).  Using this file system you can place many VM’s on a single LUN which is shared across…

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Running SQL Server 2008 in a Hyper-V Environment

The SQL Performance Team has published an excellent document on running SQL Server 2008 in a Hyper-V environment.  The document is 37 pages long and has detailed performance information as well as recommendations.  The full document can be downloaded at: http://download.microsoft.com/download/d/9/4/d948f981-926e-40fa-a026-5bfcf076d9b9/SQL2008inHyperV2008.docx The key section (as far as I am concerned) is the conclusion: Conclusion From…

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Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool

Many of you may have already seen this but if you haven’t it’s pretty cool… From the October Issue of TechNet Magazine… Utility Spotlight Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool Download Details This Solution Accelerator includes the following tool and documentation: Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool Getting Started Guide Offline Virtual…

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Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta Reviewers Guide Posted

The Windows Server 2008 R2 (Beta) Reviewers Guide has been posted, 74 pages of riveting marketing stuff about Windows Server 2008 R2 – they actually do a pretty good job talking about a new clustering feature specifically for Hyper-V named Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV).  CSV allows multiple cluster nodes to utilize the same LUN at…

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Hyper-V Update For System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) Managed Servers

If you are using System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) to manage your Hyper-V hosts you should download and install KB956589 on your Hyper-V hosts.  This update resolves several issues to improve reliability when using SCVMM to manage you Hyper-V hosts.   Link To The Update:  Hyper-V Update for Windows Server 2008 x64 Edition (KB956589)…

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