Hyper-V Rollup fixes Clock_WatchDog_Timeout and MEMORY_MANAGEMENT stop errors with newer Intel CPUs

Some more recent Hyper-V processor performance updates released by Intel were not anticipated by Windows Server 2008 R2 and require the following updates. People who were experiencing this problem may have used workarounds to disable ACPI functionality thereby reducing the performance advantages of these newer processors. I am writing this post to raise awareness that the workarounds can be undone after the update is installed restoring the performance of more recent Intel processors. The issues described in KB2264080 are resolved by the rollup package which is automatically available through Windows update More information: For more information, click the following article … Continue reading Hyper-V Rollup fixes Clock_WatchDog_Timeout and MEMORY_MANAGEMENT stop errors with newer Intel CPUs

Branch Office: Using SSTP for Site-to-Site VPN on Windows Server 2008

In this post I will define how SSTP is different from PPTP and L2TP. I will cover some of the advatanges of this technology which released with Windows Server 2008. Finally I will cover the basic steps to setup SSTP and provide resources for further configuration advice. The end goal is to use SSTP for a site to site VPN over which client computers can share resources. Note: Certain aspects of SBS and EBS environments mean they are out of scope for this article however, this arcticle is still a good starting point for understanding the principles of SSTP and … Continue reading Branch Office: Using SSTP for Site-to-Site VPN on Windows Server 2008

Hyper-V: Disk2vhd Free Physical Disk Conversion tool

Well dual boot just went obsolete. At least installing to two different directories it did. Now you can achieve true isolation. Mark Rusinovich wizard extraordinaire and the Microsoft Sysinternals team launched a great new tool. Disk2VHD excerpted from the Sysinternals site:  Download Disk2vhd (704 KB) Introduction Disk2vhd is a utility that creates VHD (Virtual Hard Disk – Microsoft’s Virtual Machine disk format) versions of physical disks for use in Microsoft Virtual PC or Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines (VMs). The difference between Disk2vhd and other physical-to-virtual tools is that you can run Disk2vhd on a system that’s online. Disk2vhd uses Windows’ … Continue reading Hyper-V: Disk2vhd Free Physical Disk Conversion tool

Windows Server 2008 R2 Branch Office: Features to Empower the Cloud

If you are involved at all with Microsoft on a professional level, you could not miss the fact that Microsoft is lugging the Juggernaut that it is toward Cloud computing. Branch Office is a logical intermediary step in the strategy since technology that Microsoft develops here will be leveraged to connect to a platform in the cloud like Windows Azure. Over the remainder of the month I am going to deep dive on new features of Windows Server 2008 R2 and Win7 as they relate to Branch Offices. I will talk about strategies for mitigating common problems and provide an in … Continue reading Windows Server 2008 R2 Branch Office: Features to Empower the Cloud

Powershell Short Cuts

Up Arrow Moves backward through the command history, beginning with the last command typed and working back towards the first command typed. For example, if the last command you typed was clear-host (as in our sample command history) then pressing the Up arrow key one time will display clear-host at the command prompt; you can then run this command by pressing ENTER. Pressing the Up arrow key a second time will display the command get-childitem *.dll. Pressing the key a third time displays cd c:\windows, and so on. Down Arrow Moves forward through the command history. Continuing with the Up … Continue reading Powershell Short Cuts

Hyper-V: Upgrade to Windows Server 2008 R2 from Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V

In the following post I will describe three methods for upgrading from Windows Server R2 from Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V. The methods described here are covered in MS Support KB 957256. After listing the methods I will describe why I prefer one of the methods. Before you upgrade. The upgrade process is not complex however you need to be careful. An important first step is to bring all of your virtual machines into a single state. You should review each virtual machine and establish a clean VM to be migrated. This VM must be in a shut down state. … Continue reading Hyper-V: Upgrade to Windows Server 2008 R2 from Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V

Best Kept Secret – VHD Native Support in Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7

Have you seen this? WOW. Native support for VHD disks offers huge potential. Think about creating Dual and Tripple boot systems with everything containted in one file per OS. Think about Back up to VHD… think about mounting VHDs for native read write in an OS and then sharing them with a Virtualized OS. This about syspreping an imaged OS for use across your network! Think about it and tell me you are not trying to reattach your jaw,,, Big Secret… now you know. Jeff LoucksAvailable Technology

Top 10 Reasons to Upgrade to Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2008 R2 is the newest Windows Server operating system from Microsoft. Designed to help organizations reduce operating costs and increase efficiencies, Windows Server 2008 R2 provides enhanced management control over resources across the enterprise. It is designed to provide better energy efficiency and performance by reducing power consumption and lowering overhead costs. It also helps provide improved branch office capabilities, exciting new remote access experiences, streamlined server management, and expands the Microsoft virtualization strategy for both client and server computers. Powerful Hardware and Scaling FeaturesWindows Server 2008 R2 was designed to perform as well or better for the … Continue reading Top 10 Reasons to Upgrade to Windows Server 2008 R2