RemoteApp + Hyper-V + Windows XP / Vista

tweetmeme_url = ‘’; The Remote Desktop team just did an interesting post here: About the RemoteApp for Hyper-V functionality that is available with Windows Server 2008 R2.  The concept here is that you would have a setup similar to Windows Virtual PC, where you run a legacy application in a Windows XP / Vista… Read more

The different ways to compact a disk

tweetmeme_url = ‘’; Today if you want to compact a virtual hard disk – you can use Virtual PC / Virtual Server / Hyper-V or Windows 7.  But not all methods are the same.  Under the covers there are two different approaches that are taken to compacting virtual hard disks: Virtual PC / Virtual Server:… Read more

Core Configurator 2.0 now available!

Core Configurator 2.0 is now available for download here: If you are unfamiliar with this tool – it is a graphical tool that allows you to configure a whole bunch of system settings on a Windows Server Core installation: Having spent some time playing with this release I have been impressed by a number… Read more

Why Hyper-V cannot boot off of SCSI disks (and why you should not care)

Under Hyper-V we have two kinds of disk controller that you can add to a virtual machine – IDE disks and SCSI disks.  A rough list of the differences between these controllers is as follows: IDE: Works on operating systems without integration services installed / available Can be used to boot a virtual machine SCSI:… Read more

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