Taking some time off

tweetmeme_url = ‘http://blogs.msdn.com/b/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2010/12/04/taking-some-time-off.aspx'; For years now – whenever I have taken some time off from work I have gone through this process: A few weeks before my vacation: “I’m going to get blog posts pre-written for every day of my vacation!  No one will even know that I am gone!” One week before my vacation:… Read more

Time Synchronization in Hyper-V

// There is a lot of confusion about how time synchronization works in Hyper-V – so I wanted to take the time to sit down and write up all the details.  There are actually multiple problems that exist around keeping time inside of virtual machines – and Hyper-V tackles these problems in different ways. Problem… Read more

Looking at my Dynamic Memory demo – guest workload

Many people have been asking me about my setup for the dynamic memory demonstration that I did in a number of locations earlier this year.  I have been telling myself that I would take the time to polish up my demo scripts and post them here – but I have been too busy lately –… Read more

Am I supported? (now you know)

tweetmeme_url = ‘http://blogs.msdn.com/b/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2010/11/16/am-i-supported-now-you-know.aspx'; Anyone who has worked with virtualization software knows that sometimes the hardest question to answer is “but is this configuration supported?”.  This is a question that Microsoft has spent a lot of time trying to answer – and a while ago we started the Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP for short) to… Read more

Configuring Remote Management of Hyper-V Server – in a workgroup

tweetmeme_url = ‘http://blogs.msdn.com/b/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2010/11/11/configuring-remote-management-of-hyper-v-server-in-a-workgroup.aspx'; I have received a number of questions about how to go about setting up remote management of our free Hyper-V server (not the one that is part of Windows).  So I thought I would sit down and write up a set of blog posts to talk about how to do this.  Today… Read more

Updates to Dynamic Memory UI in SP1 RC – Part 2

tweetmeme_url = ‘http://blogs.msdn.com/b/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2010/11/01/updates-to-dynamic-memory-ui-in-sp1-rc-part-2.aspx'; Last week I discussed some of the changes that were made to the Hyper-V manager in response to feedback from beta users of the service pack 1 release.  Today I am going to talk about the changes that were made to the virtual machine settings user interface: There are three changes that… Read more

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