VHDX Specification Available

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… Last Friday we published the final… Read more

My Life Running on Hyper-V

In my job, as a program manager, I spend a lot of time talking to people who are planning or deploying Hyper-V.  One of the things I love about developing software is when you get to see people using your software in the real world – and I get to see this every day with… Read more

Windows Server Posters–in an App!

It seems like all I am talking about right now is our posters – but this is too cool to not mention.  Hopefully, as a reader of my blog you are well familiar with the highly detailed Windows Server architectural posters that we have been releasing over the last couple of years.  Well – you… Read more

Moving from VMware to Hyper-V

While I was at TechED Australia I had many people come up to me and ask me about the best way to migrate their VMware servers to Hyper-V on Windows Server 2012.  I spent a lot of time talking about the fact that System Center Virtual Machine Manager provides this functionality – and is great… Read more

Hyper-V Poster Companion Guides

We get a lot of positive feedback about the Hyper-V Component Architecture Posters that we have been producing (you can grab the latest one from here).  Recently the team that produces these posters also made some in-depth companion articles that step through some of the finer details of Hyper-V Replica and Hyper-V Clustering. You can… Read more

The credentials supplied to the package were not recognized (SCVMM 2012 SP1)

tweetmeme_url = ‘http://blogs.msdn.com/b/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2012/07/23/the-credentials-supplied-to-the-package-were-not-recognized-scvmm-2012-sp1.aspx’; I finally got around to setting up SCVMM 2012 SP1 CTP2 in my test lab today.  One of the first things I tried to do, after getting everything setup, was to do a shared-nothing live migration.  However this failed with the following error message: After a bit of investigation I discovered that… Read more

Getting a quick overview of networking in Hyper-V

tweetmeme_url = ‘http://blogs.msdn.com/b/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2012/07/09/getting-a-quick-overview-of-networking-in-hyper-v.aspx’; A little while ago I talked about how Hyper-V in Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012 allowed you to see the IP address of a virtual machine through Hyper-V Manager. Well, with the release preview / release candidate build you can now take this a step further and use PowerShell to get… Read more

Running Hyper-V on a Minimal Server installation

tweetmeme_url = ‘http://blogs.msdn.com/b/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2012/07/03/running-hyper-v-on-a-minimal-server-installation.aspx’; It has always been our recommendation that Hyper-V be installed on Windows Server Core in production environments (for performance and security reasons).  In Windows Server 2012 we have done a lot of work to make Hyper-V on Windows Server Core an easier option for people to use, through improved PowerShell support and… Read more

Fixing up a virtual machine while importing it on Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012

tweetmeme_url = ‘http://blogs.msdn.com/b/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2012/06/28/fixing-up-a-virtual-machine-while-importing-it-on-windows-8-windows-server-2012.aspx’; In the past – a problem that many users hit was that if they were trying to move a virtual machine (through live migration or through import / export) we would have problems if the virtual machine configuration wasn’t matched correctly to the destination server.  With live migration we would block the… Read more