Converting to a fixed virtual hard disk–for a Server core installation

tweetmeme_url = ‘’; My last challenge for getting all of my server virtual machines over to fixed-size virtual hard disks is moving some of my Windows Server 2008 R2 virtual machines.  As a reminder, the goal here is to move a virtual machine on a large dynamically expanding virtual hard disk to a smaller fixed-size… Read more

Converting to a fixed virtual hard disk–the hard way

tweetmeme_url = ‘’; Yesterday I showed you how to easily convert a dynamically expanding virtual hard disk to a fixed size virtual hard disk.  But, how do you do this if you want to keep your fixed size virtual hard disk as small as possible?  Well, here is the process that I use for my… Read more

Converting to a fixed virtual hard disk–the easy way

tweetmeme_url = ‘’; As I discussed yesterday – I have been working on converting my virtual machines from dynamic virtual hard disks to fixed virtual hard disks.  There are a couple of ways that you can do this.  The easiest way is to just convert the disks using Hyper-V.  To do this you need to:… Read more

Time for some server maintenance

tweetmeme_url = ‘’; I have had a couple of days off for Christmas, and once the children were happily playing with their new presents, my mind naturally turned to some outstanding server maintenance that I needed to do. Top of my list was completing the process of switching all of my servers over to fixed… Read more

Using “built in” applications with Windows XP mode

tweetmeme_url = ‘’; Last week I was asked, on Twitter, if it was possible to publish a built in application (like Internet Backgammon) from Windows XP mode.  The answer is: Yes, but it is a little tricky. Most people use Windows XP mode to run specific applications that they have that will not run under… Read more

Why you should be using BitLocker on your servers

tweetmeme_url = ‘’; In Windows Vista we introduced “BitLocker” to Windows – a native full disk encryption technology for Windows.  Most people immediately saw the potential for BitLocker on laptops.  Encrypting your laptop meant that if you were ever unfortunate enough to lose your laptop (through theft or forgetfulness) you would not have to worry… Read more

Creating virtual hard disks–the slow way

tweetmeme_url = ‘’; Over the weekend I reconfigured one of my main servers.  As part of this process – I had to make some large fixed virtual hard disks (800-1600GB in size).  This took a long time… I spent quite some a while looking at this screen… In the past I have talked about why… Read more

Testing data protection with virtual machines

tweetmeme_url = ‘’; Hopefully what I am about to say is not news to you – but it is worth saying: data protection systems that have not been tested are useless.  Whether you are backing up computers, using RAID or replicating data – the first thing you need to do once you have everything setup… Read more

Linux Integration Services Version v3.2 for Hyper-V now available

tweetmeme_url = ‘’; Yesterday we released a new version of the Linux Integration Services for Hyper-V.  You can download them directly from here: Some key changes / new features to call out are: Integrated mouse support Yay!  This means that you no longer need to install a separate package to get integrated mouse support,… Read more

Hyper-V Extensible Switch in Windows Server 8

tweetmeme_url = ‘’; Mike Neil has blogged about the Hyper-V Extensible Switch in Windows Server 8 over on the Server and Cloud Platform blog (here: This is something that I am actually quite excited about.  Specifically – I am really interested to see what ideas other people are able to come up with around… Read more