Updates to Dynamic Memory UI in SP1 RC – Part 1

tweetmeme_url = ‘http://blogs.msdn.com/b/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2010/10/29/updates-to-dynamic-memory-ui-in-sp1-rc-part-1.aspx'; In the release candidate build of service pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 we have updated some parts of the Dynamic Memory user interface. There were some top-level goals that we had with the Dynamic Memory user interface in the Hyper-V Manager (our MMC interface).  Specifically we wanted users to be… Read more

Enabling Dynamic Memory on Windows Server Standard and Web Editions

tweetmeme_url = ‘http://blogs.msdn.com/b/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2010/10/28/enabling-dynamic-memory-on-windows-server-standard-and-web-editions.aspx'; With the release candidate build of service pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 you can now enabled Dynamic Memory on the standard and web editions of Windows Server.  However – there is a slightly different process to do this on the various versions of Windows server:   Windows Server 2003 /… Read more

Tips for upgrading from SP1 beta to SP1 release candidate

tweetmeme_url = ‘http://blogs.msdn.com/b/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2010/10/27/tips-for-upgrading-from-sp1-beta-to-sp1-release-candidate.aspx'; Well, I have finished upgrading all of my Hyper-V servers from the SP1 beta release to the SP1 release candidate – so I thought I would share some notes from my experience. Unfortunately you cannot go directly from the beta release to the release candidate – instead you need to uninstall the… Read more

Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Release Candidate now available

tweetmeme_url = ‘http://blogs.msdn.com/b/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2010/10/26/windows-server-2008-r2-sp1-release-candidate-now-available.aspx'; You can download Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Release Candidate right now – from here: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/sp1.aspx As well as including the usual bug fixes, etc… there are some specific changes for dynamic memory in there: User interface changes in response to feedback we received from beta testers Support for dynamic memory on… Read more

Script to evacuate cluster node on shutdown

tweetmeme_url = ‘http://blogs.msdn.com/b/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2010/10/25/script-to-evacuate-cluster-node-on-shutdown.aspx'; A little while ago David posted a really handy solution for evacuating a Hyper-V cluster node on shutdown automatically. The issue that he is trying to address is that normally you should not just shutdown a node in a cluster, rather you should manually move all virtual machines off of the cluster… Read more

Installing Ubuntu Server 10.10 on Hyper-V

// Now that the Hyper-V integration services are included in the official Linux builds – I wanted to try out a Linux distribution that is not officially supported by Microsoft and see what was involved in getting it all working.  With the recent release of Ubuntu 10.10 I thought I would try out their server… Read more

How Hyper-V responds to disk failure

tweetmeme_url = ‘http://blogs.msdn.com/b/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2010/10/07/how-hyper-v-responds-to-disk-failure.aspx'; I have talked to a handful of people over the years who have had to deal with Hyper-V servers that have suffered disk failure.  This can be quite problematic to diagnose and troubleshoot – so I wanted to spend some time digging into what happens and what you should look for. To… Read more

Plants vs. Zombies vs. Hyper-V

tweetmeme_url = ‘http://blogs.msdn.com/b/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2010/10/06/plants-vs-zombies-vs-hyper-v.aspx'; A number of readers have (rightly) complained that I have not been talking about gaming inside virtual machines lately.  So with that in mind – here is Plants vs. Zombies running on Windows XP on Hyper-V: The game is completely playable – though there is no sound, and it does get a… Read more