Getting Hyper-V and OpenStack setup quickly

Last week I presented at OpenStack Day Seattle – and did a short demonstration of OpenStack managing Hyper-V. Today I want to show you how to get a basic OpenStack + Hyper-V deployment up and running quickly. The process is as follows: Install Windows Server 2012 R2 / Windows Server 2016 TP3 on a physical… Read more

My Hyper-V Presentation at OpenStack Day Seattle 2015

I had a great time presenting yesterday at OpenStack Day Seattle. The PowerPoint Presentation I used can be downloaded from here: I have also taken videos of the demonstrations that were part of this presentation: Windows Containers OpenStack and Hyper-V Docker with Windows and Linux Containers Cheers, Ben… Read more

Cloning running virtual machines in SCVMM 2012 R2

Yesterday I posted about how Windows 8.1 / Windows Server 2012 R2 allow you to export a running virtual machine.  This is also available when using SCVMM 2012 R2. Here you can now clone a running virtual machine.  When you clone the virtual machine you can either store it in your virtual machine library, or… Read more

Online VHDX Resize with SCVMM 2012 R2

Yesterday I discussed how to expand the size of a virtual hard disk on a running virtual machine.  You can also do this with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2.  To do this you need to: Open Properties on the virtual machine in question Go to Hardware Configuration Locate the disk you want to… Read more

Using PowerShell to Update Integration Components with SCVMM

Given that the process for updating integration components in System Center Virtual Machine Manager has been optimized for large scale operations – and obvious question is: how do I script this? The answer is quite simple.  All you need to do is to get the virtual machine object and run: Set-VM –VM $vm –InstallVirtualizationGuestServices $TRUE… Read more

Updating Integration Services with SCVMM

As a Hyper-V program manager, I am very familiar with the process for upgrading virtual machines using Hyper-V.  But I also often get questions about how you do this through System Center Virtual Machine Manager – and why the experiences are different. How you do it is easy enough – right click on the virtual… Read more

Checking Integration Services Versions with SCVMM

I have done a number of posts about checking your integration services versions in the past (here and here for example).  But this have all been written using the in-box Hyper-V management tools.  Now that I have SCVMM up and running in my house, I thought I would give a quick run through of how… Read more

SCVMM, Hyper-V Replica, UI and PowerShell

Before I get started on this – I do want to be upfront about the context for this post.  In my house I am currently running Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V Replica enabled.  I am then managing my environment with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2. I am not (yet) using Hyper-V Recovery… Read more

SCVMM 2012 R2 – Error 2912 NO_PARAM when using Hyper-V Replica

Another early issue that I hit when using System Center Virtual Machine Manager in my home deployment was that a number of operations would generate this error message: It took a fair bit of investigation to figure out what was happening here – but the end result was that, in my case, there was a… Read more

SCVMM 2012 R2 and Alternate Credentials

A little while ago I updated my home installation to run Windows Server 2012 R2.  This provided the perfect opportunity to deploy System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) in my home.  Overall this has been a great thing to do – but there have been some teething issues for me. In my house I make… Read more