Veeam Task Manager for Hyper-V

A little while ago Veeam released a nifty little tool called the “Veeam Task Manager for Hyper-V”.  You can download it from here: So what is it?  What does it do? And why is it useful? Well, simply put – it looks like task manager, but instead of showing you processes it shows you… Read more

Update for RDCMan

Anyone who is familiar with RDCMan will be thrilled to hear that there is an updated version available! For those of you who are new to RDCMan – it is a tool that allows you to easily manage multiple remote desktop sessions: The updated version introduces a number of new features.  One of which is… Read more

Updating Integration Components over Windows Update

Yesterday, we announced that we would be releasing updated integration components over Windows Update from now on in (more details here: Specifically, we announced that if you are running Windows Technical Preview (server or desktop) and you have virtual machines running: Windows Server 2012 Windows Server 2008 R2 Windows 8 Windows 7 Updated integration… Read more

Windows 10 Technical Preview: Hot Add / Remove of Network Adapter

There are a number of new features and functionality for Hyper-V in the Windows 10 Technical Preview. One of these features is that you can now add and remove network adapters from running virtual machines.  Specifically – you can add and remove network adapters (not Legacy network adapters) from Generation 2 virtual machines. You can… Read more

Getting Ready for TechED Europe 2014

Next week I will be in Barcelona, talking about all the cool stuff we are doing with virtualization in the next release of Windows Server.  Here are my session details: Title: CDP-B225 Software Defined Compute in the Next Release of Windows Server Hyper-V Time: Tuesday, October 28 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM Room: Hall 8.0… Read more

Big News Day for Microsoft Cloud

This morning Satya and Scott presented on Microsoft’s strategy for cloud.  If you missed it you can watch the recording here: You can also read more about the announcements that were made at the following locations: Exciting times! Cheers, Ben… Read more

AoE: Castle Siege – Connection Error

[Warning! This blog post is nothing to do with Hyper-V or virtualization.  It is Friday night and I am playing computer games!] It has been a long busy week of working on Hyper-V – and now it is time for me to unwind.  After playing a couple of games I decided to try out the… Read more

Flashback Friday–Play your strongest hand…

Last weekend I was looking for a deck of cards, and I discovered this deck in one of my desk drawers: Virtual Server 2005 R2 and Windows Server 2003 R2 – Play your strongest hand.  How things have changed since then, it is amazing to think about the innovation and change in server virtualization over… Read more

“The RPC server is unavailable” with Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter

When I first tried to perform a physical to virtual migration with the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.0 – I immediately hit this error message: After a bit of poking around, I was able to figure out the problem.  Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter use WMI, which is blocked on the Windows Firewall by default.  Once… Read more