Updated Hyper-V Monitor Gadget Now Available

Tore Lervik has released an updated version of his fantastic Hyper-V Monitor Gadget.  New features in this release include: Neat little CPU graph for running virtual machines Option to use Remote Desktop to connect to running virtual machines Support for turning on / shutting down a remote Hyper-V server using Wake-On-LAN If you have not… Read more

Hyper-V and Domain Controllers – Demo Tips and Tricks

In the past I have talked about the different configuration options when running Domain Controllers and Hyper-V.  One of the more interesting configurations I discussed then was having a Hyper-V server joined to a domain where the domain controller was a virtual machine running on the same instance of Hyper-V. This is actually a configuration… Read more

Booting Hyper-V R2 off a USB stick

A while ago we announced that Microsoft Hyper-V Server R2 would support booting off of a USB flash device.  We have now provided detailed documentation on how to set this up.  Even cooler than booting Hyper-V off of a USB device – is the fact that what we are doing is booting a VHD with… Read more

Understanding High-End Video Performance Issues with Hyper-V

A while ago I wrote a relatively short blog post high-lighting the fact that there are performance issues with Hyper-V when used with a high-end graphics adapter.  Since then I have been inundated with people asking questions and trying to get their heads around this issue.  Today I would like to take a chance to… Read more

Double click to mount a virtual hard disk (Windows 7 Style)

I have been wanting to come up with a workable solution for mounting virtual hard disks by double clicking on them in Windows 7 for a while now.  The problem is that: There is no easily scriptable API for VHD mounting You need to be elevated (running “As Administrator”) in order to mount a virtual… Read more

Welcome to blog week!

While this will not surprise my regular readers – some of you will be interested to know that blogging is usually only a very small fraction of my job.  My official title is “Program Manager Lead” which means that my responsibilities roughly break down into the following buckets: Getting to know our customers and competitors… Read more

Restricting Shared Drives under Windows Virtual PC

When it comes to minimizing the potential for malicious software running in a virtual machine to affect your physical computer, there are two golden rules to follow: Secure the virtual machine just like you would a physical computer.  This means installing antivirus / anti-malware software, configuring firewalls, regularly installing updates, etc… Reduce the potential paths… Read more

Virtual Machine Migration Test Wizard

I little while ago some member of the Hyper-V test team released a new tool on code.msdn.microsoft.com.  It is the Virtual Machine Migration Test Wizard: http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/VMMTestWizard In Windows Server 2008 R2 we introduced a new “Processor Compatibility” feature (as discussed here).  The primary purpose of this new tool is to allow you to determine if… Read more