Category: Virtualization

How Many Free Microsoft eBooks Would You Like?  How About Over 275? 0

How Many Free Microsoft eBooks Would You Like? How About Over 275?

If you like eBooks, especially free ones, then you must be delighted to know that Microsoft Senior Sales Excellence Manager Eric Ligman has posted a link to more than 275 free eBooks from Microsoft...

Free eBooks on Microsoft Virtual Academy 0

Free eBooks on Microsoft Virtual Academy

Check out these free eBooks on Microsoft Virtual Academy. Microsoft System Center: Building a Virtualized Network Solution Mitch Tulloch with Nigel Cain, Alvin Morales, Michel Luescher, Damian Flynn February 2014 136 pages Introducing Windows...

How to Update Integration Services and Use Guest Services in Windows Server 2012 R2 2

How to Update Integration Services and Use Guest Services in Windows Server 2012 R2

Microsoft has made several enhancements to Hyper-V in Windows Serer 2012 and then again in Windows Server 2012 R2. Unlike previous versions, Integration Services are now installed by default in Windows Server 2012 and...

Understanding and Solving Virtual Switch Problems in Windows 8 Hyper-V 0

Understanding and Solving Virtual Switch Problems in Windows 8 Hyper-V

Hyper-V works great in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. However, there are situations that will drive you crazy when working with the Virtual Switch, especially if you were to replace your network card...

Error: An attempt to initialize VM saved state failed 0

Error: An attempt to initialize VM saved state failed

Problem: You get the following error when you create a new virtual image in Hyper-V on a Windows 8 Professional computer, configure it to boot from an ISO image, and then try and start...

Virtualized Domain Controller Cloning in Windows Server 2012 2

Virtualized Domain Controller Cloning in Windows Server 2012

Microsoft has made some major changes to its server operating system in Windows Server 2012, which is in beta at the time of writing. One of the new features in Active Directory Domain Services...

How to Enable Audio Support in Hyper-V Guest VMs on WS08R2 0

How to Enable Audio Support in Hyper-V Guest VMs on WS08R2

I work with Hyper-V a lot. Recently I have been doing some work that required audio support inside the virtual machines (VMs) on my Windows Server 2008 R2 computers. Here’s the procedure you can...

Can’t Start a VM on Windows Server 2008 R2? Could Be Due to Lack of AVX Support. 0

Can’t Start a VM on Windows Server 2008 R2? Could Be Due to Lack of AVX Support.

I recently ran into a situation where I wasn’t able to start virtual machines on a newly installed Windows Server 2008 R2 computer. After a little research I ran into the following Microsoft Knowledge...

Difference Between Hyper-V Saved State and a Snapshot 0

Difference Between Hyper-V Saved State and a Snapshot

When working with Microsoft Hyper-V, it is helpful to understand the difference between the Saved State and a Snapshot. Here is a brief explanation of both. Snapshot A snapshot can be taken whether the virtual...

Free Windows Server 2008 R2 Evaluation Virtual Images for Hyper-V 0

Free Windows Server 2008 R2 Evaluation Virtual Images for Hyper-V

A lot of my students ask me if they can get a copy of the Hyper-V virtual image that they use in class to do labs. The answer to that question is no. Microsoft...

How to Increase Virtual Machine Disk Space in VMware ESXi 4.1 1

How to Increase Virtual Machine Disk Space in VMware ESXi 4.1

If you are running VMware ESXi 4.1 you can increase the size of the virtual machine (VM) relatively easily once you know how. But if you have any snapshots, it can be a pain....

Things to Consider When You host Active Directory Domain Controllers in Virtual Environments 0

Things to Consider When You host Active Directory Domain Controllers in Virtual Environments

We all know that it is fairly easy to host servers in virtual environments these days. In fact, it is so easy that people can often overlook the implications of hosting Active Directory Domain...

How to Back & Restore VMware ESXi Configuration Using vSphere CLI 1

How to Back & Restore VMware ESXi Configuration Using vSphere CLI

The vSphere Command-Line Interface (vSphere CLI) command set allows you to run common system administration commands against ESX/ESXi systems from any machine with network access to those systems. vSphere CLI commands are especially useful...

Hyper-V Update List for Windows Server 2008 R2 0

Hyper-V Update List for Windows Server 2008 R2

Microsoft has posted a comprehensive list of Hyper-V updates for Windows Server 2008 R2 that you should check it out if you work with Hyper-V. The posted table shows the list of software updates...

How to Upgrade VMware ESXi 4.0 to ESXi 4.1 2

How to Upgrade VMware ESXi 4.0 to ESXi 4.1

To upgrade VMware ESXi 4.0 host to ESXi 4.1, first you need to download the upgrade zip file from VMware. There are several methods to upgrade your ESXi but in my opinion using the...

Demystifying Hyper-V Snapshots 0

Demystifying Hyper-V Snapshots

Snapshots must be one of the nicest features in Hyper-V. Unfortunately, too many people are confused…..justifiably, in my opinion…. about how exactly the snapshots work in Hyper-V. I am not talking about taking snapshots...

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Evaluation Copies of Microsoft Software

My students often ask me where to get the evaluation copies of various Microsoft products. I’ve put together a list of some of the latest evaluation software downloads. My goal is to try and...

Microsoft Virtual PC Exploit Discovered 0

Microsoft Virtual PC Exploit Discovered

According to Nicolas Economou, an exploit writer at Core Security Technologies, he has discovered a major flaw in the memory management of the Virtual Machine Monitor, which effects Microsoft Virtual PC 2007, Virtual PC...

Video: How to Clone a VMware Server Virtual Machine in Windows 7 0

Video: How to Clone a VMware Server Virtual Machine in Windows 7

Here’s a video that walks you through the steps necessary to clone a VMware Server image on Windows 7. I used Windows 7 as my host computer for this video but you can use...

How to Install Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 on Windows 7 2

How to Install Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 on Windows 7

If you are new to Windows 7 then first of all I want to make sure that you understand the different versions of virtual PCs offered by Microsoft. Before Windows 7 Microsoft offered Microsoft...

What is Windows XP Mode, Windows Virtual PC and MED-V? 0

What is Windows XP Mode, Windows Virtual PC and MED-V?

Microsoft has published the following FAQs to help us all understand the differences between Windows XP Mode, Windows Virtual PC and MED-V. Hopefully you will find these FAQs helpful. What is Windows XP Mode,...

Should You Virtualize Your SharePoint 2007 Environment? 0

Should You Virtualize Your SharePoint 2007 Environment?

According to Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), in a survey of 1,191 IT and business managers, 33% of North American and Western European mid-market and enterprise companies are currently using SharePoint technologies. With the widespread...

Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) 4.5 0

Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) 4.5

App-V 4.5 is the first Microsoft-branded release of the product formerly known as SoftGrid. It includes new capabilities designed to help IT support large-scale virtualization implementations across many sites and provides multiple delivery options,...

No More POP3 in WS08. Now What? 0

No More POP3 in WS08. Now What?

Microsoft doesn’t offer POP3 service in Windows Server 2008. For those of you who want to test e-mail functionality in a Virtual PC environment or with MOSS 2007, installing Exchange server could be too...