Speaking on “Talk TechNet” tomorrow

tweetmeme_url = ‘http://blogs.msdn.com/b/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2011/09/01/speaking-on-talk-technet-tomorrow.aspx’; Tomorrow morning I will be speaking with Keith Combs and Matt Hester on “Talk TechNet”.  Feel free to come on by, listen in and ask questions.  You can register for this event here: https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032493301&Culture=en-US Cheers, Ben… Read more

Best Practices for using SQL Server with Dynamic Memory

tweetmeme_url = ‘http://blogs.msdn.com/b/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2011/08/03/best-practices-for-using-sql-server-with-dynamic-memory.aspx’; I realize that I am running late on recent news at the moment – but things have been busy On Tuesday this week we published a whitepaper that goes into great depth about using SQL Server with Dynamic Memory.  You can download it from here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh372970.aspx This ~40 page document not only… Read more

Automating WIM2VHD

tweetmeme_url = ‘http://blogs.msdn.com/b/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2011/06/23/automating-wim2vhd.aspx’; As I mentioned yesterday – I have been working on a completely automated virtual machine build process that does not use templates (but build everything from scratch).  One of the key tools that I have been using for this process is WIM2VHD – which allows me to generate new VHD files directly… Read more

Hyper-V CPU Scheduling–Part 4

tweetmeme_url = ‘http://blogs.msdn.com/b/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2011/02/18/hyper-v-cpu-scheduling-part-4.aspx’; Now that I have discussed the various CPU resource controls that are available for Hyper-V virtual machines – I thought I would take a moment to answer a couple of the common questions I have heard about CPU resource control: Can you use the virtual machine limit, reserve and relative weight all… Read more

Hyper-V CPU Scheduling–Part 3

tweetmeme_url = ‘http://blogs.msdn.com/b/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2011/02/17/hyper-v-cpu-scheduling-part-3.aspx’; Having talked about the virtual machine reserve and the virtual machine limit – the next logical stop in the discussion of how Hyper-V schedules virtual machine CPU time is relative weight. “Relative weight” is the third processor resource control setting that you can configure.  Unlike the virtual machine reserve and limit there… Read more

Hyper-V CPU Scheduling–Part 2

tweetmeme_url = ‘http://blogs.msdn.com/b/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2011/02/15/hyper-v-cpu-scheduling-part-2.aspx’; Yesterday I started talking about how Hyper-V schedules virtual processors – and spent most of my time talking about the virtual machine reserve.  Today I would like to continue the discussion – but to now focus on the virtual machine limit. Virtual machine limit This is the second resource control setting that… Read more

Hyper-V CPU Scheduling–Part 1

tweetmeme_url = ‘http://blogs.msdn.com/b/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2011/02/14/hyper-v-cpu-scheduling-part-1.aspx’; The other day I was approached by someone at Microsoft with questions about how Hyper-V schedules virtual processors, and how customers use the controls we provide.  I was surprised to discover that I had not blogged on this topic. Today I want to (begin to) fix that oversight. Before I get started… Read more

Looking at my Dynamic Memory demo – guest workload

Many people have been asking me about my setup for the dynamic memory demonstration that I did in a number of locations earlier this year.  I have been telling myself that I would take the time to polish up my demo scripts and post them here – but I have been too busy lately –… Read more

Am I supported? (now you know)

tweetmeme_url = ‘http://blogs.msdn.com/b/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2010/11/16/am-i-supported-now-you-know.aspx’; Anyone who has worked with virtualization software knows that sometimes the hardest question to answer is “but is this configuration supported?”.  This is a question that Microsoft has spent a lot of time trying to answer – and a while ago we started the Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP for short) to… Read more

I need to read my own blog more often…

tweetmeme_url = ‘http://blogs.msdn.com/b/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2010/07/08/i-need-to-read-my-own-blog-more-often.aspx’; Over the last couple of weeks I have been playing around with some new (for me) server technology.  This has been a lot of fun – and I have been learning a lot.  However, a couple of days ago things started to go wrong. Specifically I started seeing all sorts of strange… Read more