Hyper-V Management Pack Extensions 2012 / 2012 R2

If you are monitoring Hyper-V, be sure to checkout the Hyper-V Management Pack Extensions 2012 / 2012 R2 authored by DMRellan and available from Codeplex. Its been available for almost 4 months now and provides a healthy compliment of additional monitoring to the native Hyper-V management pack. Figure 1: Additional Monitoring Views: Connect with Mobieus Solutions: Sign Up Now: Infinity...

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Windows 8.1 upgrade renames Virtual Adapters

Ran into an interesting issue with the windows 8 to 8.1 upgrade. I had 3 virtual adapters setup for the local Hyper-V environment. Powershell = Get-VMSwitch Name SwitchType ---- ---------- ------------------------------ HQ Datacenter (192.168.10.0/27) HQ 1st Floor (192.168.11.0/27) HQ 2nd Floor (192.168.12.0/27) The Network Connections tab had these same names.  So it was easy to enable and disable the NICs. Note:...

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Hyper-V Storage Enhancements & What They Mean for Users – Part 3: Cost Comparison of SMBv3 vs SAN Expansion

By Lawrence Garvin, Head Geek, SolarWinds®, Virtualization & Storage Management This is the final part of a three part blog series. Also refer to the earlier blogs: • Part 1: Overview • Part 2: File Services Enhancements Historically, the optimal storage methodology for large-scale virtualization environments has been the Storage Area Network (SAN). Extremely small-scale environments were functional with internal...

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Hyper-V Storage Enhancements & What They Mean for Users – Part 2: File Services Enhancements

By Lawrence Gavin, Head Geek, SolarWinds®, Virtualization & Storage Management This is part two of a three part blog series. • Also refer to Part 1: Overview •  Part 3: Cost Comparison of SMBv3 vs SAN Expansion As noted in the introductory article, Windows Server® 2012 brings significant improvements to file services. In this article, we’re going to talk a...

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Fully Automate Your Quarterly Build & Capture Process

Best practices has your desktop deployment not installing Windows via the setup.exe each and every time, but rather deploying a captured Windows image and building off of that. You choice of a thin or fat image is up to you and your environmental needs, but periodically executing a Build & Capture (B&C) routine that installs Windows and all the latest...

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Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Component Architecture Poster beefed-up and expanded

A while back, Microsoft released a poster-sized PDF for viewing and printing that covered the entire architecture for Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V.  I know a lot of you found it valuable and worthy of download. Microsoft has now updated the original poster and also included some additional companion references (detailed explanation docs) for download. Here’s what’s available now: Hyper-V and Failover...

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Windows 8 Hyper-V CPU power management problem

There is a power management issue that seems to be related to related to Client Hyper-V. I found out about because I’m getting Kernel-Processor-Power errors in the Windows System Event log. The error reads as follows: The speed of Hyper-V logical processor 3 is being limited by system firmware. The processor has been in this reduced performance state for 39668...

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Free eBook: The Hands-on Guide: Understanding Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012

Veeam has produced a free eBook covering Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012.  Brien Posey authors the book with contributing chapters from Pete Zerger and Chris Henley. From the page: The Hands-on Guide: Understanding Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 gives you simple step-by-step instructions to help you perform Hyper-V-related tasks like a seasoned expert. You will learn how to: Build clustered...

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Windows 8 Hyper-V Requirements

Client Hyper-V is the feature’s proper name and it’s one of my key resons for upgrading to Windows 8. I’m building a portable lab, utilizing a Dell Precision M4700. In order to have access to Windows 8 Hyper-V, you need to install the x64 version of either the Pro or Enterprise edition of the new OS. You must also have a processor that...

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Intro to Virtualization Webinar series

Split over 3 days, Veeam is producing a 3-part Webinar series that goes from beginning Virtualization to dealing with Hyper-V and VMware backups.  Should be a great series, particularly looking at the first offering’s description: Public/private/hybrid clouds, converged infrastructures, software-defined datacenters… no matter what the buzzword is today, infrastructure always comes down to computing, networking and storage. We have virtualized...

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