New Integration Service “Guest Service” in Windows 8.1 Hyper-V

When opening the Virtual Machine Settings Integration Services node in Hyper-V running on Windows 8.1 Preview, you will notice that there is now an additional Integration Service listed called Guest Services. By default the service is not enabled, With this integration service enabled, you can now directly copy a file from a remote system into the VM without utilizing a network connection. A new PowerShell cmdlet Copy-VMFile has been added for this new feature. The Read More …

Saturday morning ramblings with Windows 8 Hyper-V and Sun VirtualBox

Yesterday I prepared a new system with Windows 8 CP that has the latest Intel I7 processor and 8GB of RAM. My initial plan was to use Hyper-V which is now also included as a feature on the Client. So on this beautiful Saturday morning I continued with the setup of this HP 8760w Elitebook.  But because I ran into several network related issues, others have also reported about on the Microsoft forums, I decided Read More …

Windows 8 – How to check if your system can run Hyper-V

Many articles refer to the Sysinternals Coreinfo utility to check whether your system can run Hyper-V on Windows 8 or not. But just this morning I found out that the systeminfo command that is included in Windows provides some additional Hyper-V related information. More Information about Hyper-V on Windows 8 Bringing Hyper-V to “Windows 8” How to Check if Your CPU Supports Second Level Address Translation (SLAT)

The confusion around Hyper-V

When talking about Hyper-V with customers or colleagues, I notice that there is quite some confusion around the definition of Hyper-V Server and Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V. Hyper-V Server 2008 / 2008-R2 The Hyper-V Server is a stand-alone product, which contains only the Windows Hypervisor, Windows Server driver model and virtualization components.  What’s important to know, the Hyper-V Server comes for FREE!. No, Hyper-V Server is not just Windows Server Core + Hyper-V, the Read More …

Who’s hosting me ?

This morning i had an issue with a fileserver that is running as a guest on a Hyper-V server, far away from my location, in fact I did not even know what Hyper-V system is hosting that Fileserver. I wanted to see within Hyper-V manager how the system is doing, but without knowing the Hyper-V server host name, you can’t connect (kind of logic) 🙂 So what’s the name of the underlying server that is Read More …

Hyper-V Terminology

Talking to people about virtualization almost every day, I notice that many aren’t that familiar yet with all the terminologies. Ben Armstrong has written two good articles on his blog, describing all the terminologies used around Hyper-V. Hyper-V Terminology Hyper-V Terminology Update One of the things that seems to confuse people a lot is understanding the difference between Hyper-V Server and Hyper-V on Server 2008. I take the freedom of copying Ben’s explanation (below). Microsoft Read More …

Converting WIM to VHD

Today I’ve tested the WIM2VHD script provided by Mike Kolitz a Software Design Engineer from the Hyper-V Team at Microsoft. In short, the script allows you to create a bootable VHD file directly from Windows 7 installation media, so you don’t need to go through the whole Windows Installation process. Once the VHD is completed, you can move it directly into your Hyper-V System and boot the operating system. Detailed information about the script can Read More …

Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Live Migration Overview

With the release of Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V will also support “Live Migration”. Today Hyper-V provides “Quick Migration” which still means a short downtime, with Live Migration a move from one to another Hyper-V system can be performed without any system downtime. A feature overview document can be found here. And a step by step guide can be found on TechNet here.

Free Virtualization ebook from Microsoft

Confused about all the different solutions around Virtualization ? then get the “Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions” eBook. The document gives you all the information you need to better understand the various Virtualization offerings Microsoft has available today and will release in the near future.

Comparing VMWare ESX and ESXi

Today I wanted to find out a little bit more about the differences between VMWare ESX and ESXi. Since it doesn’t make sense that i rewrite what others have written already let me share the sources i have found. ESX and ESXi comparison from VMWare How does VMware ESXi Server compare to ESX Server? from David Davis on Virtualization.com The Architecture of VMWare ESXi from VMWare ESX and ESXi comparison from the Virtual Troll Additionally find a comparison Read More …