Fixing a storage space that does not attach on reboot

Recently one of my Hyper-V servers developed a bad problem.  Whenever it was rebooted it would not attach the storage space that contained all of my virtual machines.  The result was that every time the system started up again – I had to connect to the server and manually mount the storage space before any… Read more

Hyper-V Survey

We want to hear from you!   Right now there is a small survey (under 10 minutes of work to complete) on Hyper-V available here: In this survey we: Ask for some basic information about how you are using virtualization Ask for feedback on Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 R2 Give you the option to… Read more

Update for RDCMan

Anyone who is familiar with RDCMan will be thrilled to hear that there is an updated version available! For those of you who are new to RDCMan – it is a tool that allows you to easily manage multiple remote desktop sessions: The updated version introduces a number of new features.  One of which is… Read more

How do you manage your VHD space usage?

tweetmeme_url = ‘’; A little while ago I published a number of posts discussing the process I used to move my virtual machines from using dynamically expanding virtual hard disks to using fixed-size virtual hard disks.  There were some interesting questions / discussions in the comments – so I thought I would try to sum… Read more

Friday afternoon hardware

tweetmeme_url = ‘’; As is often the case – I have spent most of my Friday afternoon working on my test lab in my office.  This week I have a new toy to play with: That is a pair of 10G network adapters with the appropriate cable to connect them.  This is actually the first… Read more

Testing data protection with virtual machines

tweetmeme_url = ‘’; Hopefully what I am about to say is not news to you – but it is worth saying: data protection systems that have not been tested are useless.  Whether you are backing up computers, using RAID or replicating data – the first thing you need to do once you have everything setup… Read more

Friday Afternoon–hardware time

tweetmeme_url = ‘’; I spend far too much time in meetings these days.  But I try to keep my Friday afternoons free of meetings – and often use this time to update my various servers and try out new configurations.  Today it is time to rebuild some of my storage: Specifically I am throwing a… Read more

Updated Coreinfo useful for Hyper-V systems

tweetmeme_url = ‘’; Mark Russinovich has posted an updated version of the “Coreinfo” tool in the Sysinternals suite.  You can read more about it (and download it from) here: The latest version adds a very useful option for Hyper-V systems.  The “-v” parameter – which displays information about the virtualization-related features which the physical… Read more