Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 release candidate available for download now.

The Virtualization team is pleased to announce the availability of the Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate for download. Hyper-V Server 2008 R2, our free standalone hypervisor, represents our continued commitment to providing high performance, hypervisor based virtualization for everyone, especially small and mid-market customers. This release underscores our customer focus by adding key…

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How to ensure reliable performance data from VM's when using multiple virtual CPU's.

If you’re running Windows Server 2003 in a Hyper-V VM and have the VM configured to use multiple virtual CPU’s you may have noticed that performance counters seem to be reporting odd results. To work around this you may need to run bootcfg and set the /usepmtimer switch. More information on this and other reasons…

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Overview of Hyper-V features available with the Server 2008 R2 Beta

If you’re a MSDN customer you can download the ISO’s now and begin testing. If you don’t subscribe to MSDN then you can go here for more information. Please note that this page will likely go live tomorrow around 9AM PST. Live migration of Virtual machines Enhanced virtualization capabilities in the hardware Virtual addition/removal of storage Networking enhancements Power…

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Information on Downloading and Installing Windows 7 Beta

Yesterday Steve Ballmer announced the public availability of the Windows 7 Beta. Customers with access to MSDN can begin downloading now and using ImgBurn to burn the .ISO to start installing. For those that don’t have access to MSDN, head over to the Windows Team Blog for information on downloading the Windows 7 Beta publically….

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The space bar is the new F8 when it comes to Vista and Server 2008 boot options.

In Windows Vista or Server 2008 you now have an alternative and more options than just pressing F8 while booting. Next time you restart your system, right after the BIOS POST screen and just before you see the Windows boot screen, try pressing the space bar. If you timed it right or hit the space…

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Preserving power configuration settings during SysPrep.

Manufacturers and system administrators might want to disable the automatic customization of power policy for mobile PCs if they are providing manufacturer-specific or corporation-specific updates to power policy. The Specialize configuration phase of Windows Setup typically occurs when the system is first started by the customer immediately before the out-of-box experience (OOBE). Therefore, any manufacturer-specific…

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Troubleshooting and resolving memory leaks faster with UMDH and other debugging tools.

“You probably can’t avoid tech support problems entirely, but by using tools that Microsoft’s Global Escalation Services support team uses, you can obtain detailed Windows system and application information that can shorten a support call or even avoid it. In this first What Would Microsoft Support Do? column, Microsoft Escalation Engineer Michael Morales shows you…

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Associating WinDbg with .DMP files and other tips.

During a discussion here about debugging in Windows we got onto the topic of extensions and tricks to speed things up and cut out extra steps. One super simple tip is to associate the .DMP memory dump files with WinDbg, this was previously posted by another Escalation Engineer who herself got it from someone else….

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Windows Home Server Power Pack 1 and other WHS resources.

Via the Windows Home Server Team: The team is pleased to announce that Windows Home Server Power Pack 1 has been released to manufacturing (RTM) and is now available on the Microsoft Download Center! German, Spanish and French versions will be available on the Download Center the first week of August. Windows Home Server customers…

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Resources to help get you started with Hyper-V RTM on Server 2008.

As you’re probably already aware, Hyper-V was released not too long ago. There are a number of resources available to help you with your adoption and support of these new virtualization features in Windows Server 2008. One piece of advice, when doing a clean install of Server 2008 we’d highly recommend running through and downloading…

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