Dynamic Memory for Hyper-V How To – Sp1 for Windows 7 and 2008 R2

Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 released to the public and they are in the wild. Perhaps the most interesting and sought after aspect is Dynamic Memory for Hyper-V. This post sheds some limelight on a whitepaper and extracts some key aspects. The document can be found here: http://download.microsoft.com/download/E/0/5/E05DF049-8220-4AEE-818B-786ADD9B434E/Implementing_and_Configuring_Dynamic_Memory.docx Download Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Beta http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/evalcenter/ff183870.aspx Executive Summary Dynamic Memory is a new feature of Hyper-V™ introduced in Service Pack 1 for Windows Server® 2008 R2 that enables Hyper-V hosts to dynamically adjust the amount of memory available to … Continue reading Dynamic Memory for Hyper-V How To – Sp1 for Windows 7 and 2008 R2

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

Hyper-V 2008 R2 – Gotcha #1 – How to install Windows Server 2003 SP2 without a network card

Well I am deep into using Hyper-V R2 and I have probably forgotten a dozen things that caught me off guard at the beginning. I have resolved to just blog about them as they come up rather that put them in order of importance. In order for Hyper-V 2008 R2 Integration services to be installed on Windows Server 2003, SP2 needs to be installed. Now in most circustances this would not be a problem because you could use slipstreamimng to make another ISO image with the SP2 or SP3 install files. For more information on slip streamimng look here: How … Continue reading Hyper-V 2008 R2 – Gotcha #1 – How to install Windows Server 2003 SP2 without a network card

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

Clustering Validation Check Fails: Failed to prepare storage for testing on node <fqdn> status 87

Clustering can be a fun task especially when you are using Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 in the days before it launches. Strange errors can frustrate even the brave at heart. The “failed to prepare storage for testing on node…” error results from bit lock creating a partition in the first 100 MB of your primary drive and then not setting a drive letter. Given the command line interface for Hyper-V Server 2008 R2, I had to assign the drive letter by using the command lines. From the command Prompt: type diskpart type  select volume 1 type assign Re-run the cluster … Continue reading Clustering Validation Check Fails: Failed to prepare storage for testing on node <fqdn> status 87