Faster Live Migration–Which Option Should You Choose?

Okay, now that I have talked about faster live migration with compression and faster live migration with RDMA – one of the first questions that comes to mind is: which option is right for you? When we were developing Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 R2 we did a lot of testing to try and come… Read more

Faster Live Migration with RDMA in Windows Server 2012 R2

Today I want to go deep on faster live migration using RDMA.  In the past I have talked about faster live migration with compression – which is the default option for live migration in Windows Server 2012 R2 – but to me, faster live migration with RDMA is the more interesting topic to discuss. The… Read more

Veeam RDP virtual appliance for remote management of Hyper-V

Hyper-V has a number of options available for remote management.  System Center Virtual Machine Manager provides a great remote management experience.  The in-box Hyper-V manager works remotely, even in workgroup environments.  And if all else fails – you can always use Remote Desktop to connect to the Hyper-V server directly and manage things from there. … Read more

MAP Toolkit 9.0 now available

One of the more common questions that I get asked is this: “How can I figure out what I need to virtualize my environment, before I actually virtualize my environment?”.  Now, to most people this would sound like a “chicken and egg” problem (which came first?) but thankfully for me – we have the MAP… Read more

Hyper-V Management Pack Extensions for WS 2012 and WS 2012 R2

The Hyper-V Management Pack Extensions – a free extension to the Hyper-V SCOM management pack – has been updated for Windows Server 2012 R2.  It has also been updated to be able to monitor the state of extended replication relationships in Hyper-V. You can read more about this, and download it for yourself here: http://hypervmpe2012.codeplex.com/… Read more

Faster Live Migration with Compression in Windows Server 2012 R2

Last week I talked about the fact that we had introduced two new technologies for making live migration faster in Windows Server 2012 R2.  Today I would like to dig in deep on how one of these approaches, live migration with compression, actually works. Live migration with compression is the default option for live migration… Read more

Configuring Faster Live Migration in Windows Server 2012 R2

On Monday I gave a quick introduction to the faster live migration technologies in Windows Server 2012 R2.  Before I start getting into how this all works and what the things to consider are, lets talk about how you configure it. By default – when you install (or upgrade to) Windows Server 2012 R2 we… Read more

Hyper-V Poster Updates

There are a number of things happening with the ever popular Hyper-V architectural posters at the moment.  First, last week updated Hyper-V architectural posters for Windows Server 2012 R2 were made available here: http://www.microsoft.com/download/details.aspx?id=40732 One neat detail to call out is that you can now download the entire poster, or just the individual sections of… Read more

Faster Live Migration in Windows Server 2012 R2

There are a number of interesting new features in Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 R2.  One of the ones that I was directly involved in was the work to make live migration faster. Now, most people are pretty impressed with live migration today.  After all – it lets you move virtual machines between physical servers… Read more

Figuring out your NUMA topology with Hyper-V

I was recently asked how you should go about determining the NUMA topology of a physical computer, for the purposes of planning a Hyper-V deployment.  This is something that is normally quite tricky to do – so we actually included this information directly into the Hyper-V PowerShell interface to make it easier for people. What… Read more