Convert-WindowsImage Script

In the past I have pointed out the excellent WIM2VHD tool, that allows you to take Windows installation media and create template virtual machines without ever starting a virtual machine.  There is now an updated version of this script that takes advantage of the new PowerShell functionality in Windows Server 2012.  The result is that… Read more

Everything you want to know about Network Teaming in Windows Server 2012

I was recently given a pointer to the following document: Windows Server 2012 NIC Teaming (LBFO) Deployment and Management It is a very comprehensive guide to setting up network teaming in Windows Server 2012, and discusses many of the common questions that I hear about network teaming (it also discusses network teaming an Hyper-V at… Read more

Hyper-V 2012 Books

The Hyper-V MVPs have been very busy lately – specifically a number of them have been heads down working on getting some great books written about Hyper-V on Windows Server 2012. Leandro Carvalho has just published the Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Cookbook. “Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Cookbook” is a practical cookbook packed with recipes showing… Read more

The Great Big Hyper-V Survey of 2012

Some of the Hyper-V MVPs are currently running “The Great Big Hyper-V Survey of 2012”.  You can read about it here: This is not a survey that is run by Microsoft – but I would encourage you to go and participate.  The MVPs who run these surveys have done a great job of… Read more

Virtual Machines Fail to Start with Error 0x80070569

We have received some reports from people who are seeing an error 0x80070569 when they try to start or live migrate virtual machines on Windows Server 2012.  After some investigation we have found that this is usually caused by the use of a custom group policy setting in their domain. We have written a KB… Read more

Compacting Virtual Hard Disks in Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012

Recently the “Ask the Core Team” blog did a great post about compacting a dynamically expanding virtual hard disk in Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012.  You should check out their full post for the details, but the summary is that you now need to manually mount the virtual hard disks in the management operating… Read more

Converting a VHD to a VHDX

In Windows Server 2012 / Windows 8 we have introduced a new virtual hard disk format called “VHDX”.  There are a number of advantages to this format: Support for greater than 2TB disks Better performance for dynamic and differencing disks Better handling of different disk sector sizes And more… But what if you have a… Read more