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Video New Efficiency: Introduction to Hyper-V and Windows Server 2008 R2 with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 – Dutch

10:04 am in Uncategorized by chanelwlkTB

This session focuses on the new capabilities of Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and the free Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2.

We will also covers the base architecture of Hyper-V and provides guidance on key areas high availability, live migration, deployment and managing your virtual infrastructure using System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2.


MVUG Event Securing Hyper-V

5:49 pm in Uncategorized by chanelwlkTB

Securing Hyper-V (with the Winsec User Group)

Date and time: THURSDAY 1st October 2009, start at 18u30 until around 21u00.
Event Location:
Microsoft BELUX – Corporate Village – Leonardo Da Vincilaan 3 – B-1935 Zaventem
Entry: Free
Registration: send a mail to
Focus: with
the rising popularity of virtualization, it is time to start thinking
about how you secure your virtual environment. During this
presentation, best practices for securing a virtual environment based
on Microsoft’s Hyper-V are discussed, both from the angle of the
Hyper-V host as from the angle of the guests. Further it will be shown
how you can use Authorization Manager (AzMan)
to provide role-based access control for Hyper-V, separating host
administrators from guest administrators and precisely delegating
control to them, which will also be shown using System Center Virtual
Machine Manager (SC VMM).


More information can be found on the MVUG site

Writing PRO Enabled Management Packs

12:55 pm in Uncategorized by chanelwlkTB

Microsoft has just published a guide building a simple PRO-enabled management pack for Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2. This document gives an overview of creating PRO-enabled management packs and walks you through the steps required to create a simple PRO-enabled management pack.

Download here.

Alexandre Verkinderen

System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 Cmdlet Reference

12:30 am in Uncategorized by chanelwlkTB






Microsoft just released vmm 2008 cmdlet reference…..and it’s about 442 pages long! [:)]

Have fun!



System Center Virtual Machine Manager
(VMM) 2008 is a server application that you can use to manage virtual
machines on a variety of virtualization platforms. As an alternative to using
the VMM Administrator Console to administer your Virtual Machine Manager
environment, you can use the cmdlets in the Windows PowerShell – Virtual
Machine Manager command shell, which is an administrator-focused command-line
shell. This document provides the Help topics for the VMM 2008 cmdlets.




Alexandre Verkinderen



What is VMM 2008 R2 Beta and what are its new capabilities?

10:37 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

VMM 2008 R2 Beta is a comprehensive management solution for virtualized infrastructure that takes advantage of many of the great new features of Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta including:

  • Live Migration: Enables the movement of running virtual machines from one virtual host to another with no downtime.
  • Clustered Shared Volumes: Helps enable Live Migration and eliminates the previous one LUN per virtual machine requirement thus simplifying SAN administration.
  • Hot addition/removal of storage: Allows the addition and removal of new virtual hard disks (VHDs) and iSCSI pass-through disks running on virtual infrastructure.
  • Networking optimizations: two new technologies — Virtual Machine Queue (VMQ) and Chimney – provide increased network throughput while reducing CPU load.

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Free E-Learning Collection on Virtualization

10:53 am in Uncategorized by evilbart

This newly-released collection offers a comprehensive introduction to the Microsoft suite of Virtualization products. Collection 6333 includes four two-hour clinics, covering Hyper-V and Terminal Services in Windows Server 2008, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, and Microsoft Application Virtualization.



9:24 pm in Uncategorized by chanelwlkTB

System Center Virtual Machine manager is RTM! Microsoft made an announcement today on theire website!

Microsoft is pleased to announce the release to manufacturing (RTM) of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 – the next generation of Microsoft’s solution for managing the virtualized infrastructure. A key member of System Center – a centralized, enterprise-class suite of data center management products — Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2008 enables customers to configure and deploy new virtual machines and centrally manage physical and virtual infrastructure from one console. New to this version of VMM is multi-vendor virtualization platform support, Performance and Resource Optimization (PRO) and enhanced support of “high availability” host clusters, among other new features.



You can donwload an evaluation version here.




October Edition of TechNet Magazine Online

1:58 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart


Virtualization: An Introduction to Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008
The introduction of Hyper-V makes virtualization an even more compelling solution for IT environments. Get an overview of today’s virtualization market and see how Hyper-V improves the manageability, reliability, and security of virtualization.

Virtualization: Manage Your Virtual Environments with VMM 2008
System Center Virtual Machine Manager provides a consolidated interface for managing your virtual infrastructure. The latest version adds support for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, as well as for VMware virtual machines. Explore the new features and get an overview of using VMM to centralize your management tasks.

Virtualization: Getting Started with Microsoft Application Virtualization
Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) allows you to deliver virtualized desktops to client systems throughout your organization. This simplifies system management and liberates employees from their desktops. Take a close look at how App-V works and discover how you can deploy it in your organization.

Virtualization: Achieving High Availability for Hyper-V
Consolidating servers onto fewer physical machines has many advantages, but it is extremely important that you plan for your systems to be highly available. Here’s a guide to using Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering to bring high availability to your Hyper-V virtual machines.

Virtualization: Backup and Disaster Recovery for Server Virtualization
Virtualization brings significant changes to disaster recovery. Here’s an introduction to how the Microsoft virtualization platform factors into your disaster recovery plan, as well as a deeper look into backup and restore options and considerations for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V.

Virtualization: Essential Tools for Planning Your Virtual Infrastructure
Is your infrastructure ready for virtualization? The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit, a network-wide infrastructure assessment tool, can help you better understand your IT infrastructure and determine whether your systems are ready for upgrade or migration to a variety of technologies, including virtualization.

Updating your Virtual Machines and SCVMM to support Hyper-V RTM

4:40 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

Today I finally found the time to update my demo environment which was still based on Hyper-V RC0 and SCVMM 2008 Beta. I want to share all the steps needed to perform the upgrade and updates. My demo environment consists out of 3 physical servers, one dc and two Hyper-V machines all in the same domain. My SCVMM 2008 Beta is running as a virtual machine on Hyper-V.

First of all I’ve deleted all my snapshots and then updated my Hyper-V machines to RTM by installing the KB950050 which is now available through windows update. Installing this update requires a reboot and  also make sure to take the following guidelines into consideration:

  • Saved state files are not supported between the Release Candidate (RC) and the release version of Hyper-V. All virtual machines should be shut down correctly before you install the release version of Hyper-V.
    Note If you have already applied the release version of Hyper-V, virtual machines in a saved state will not start.
  • Snapshot files are not supported between the Release Candidate (RC) and release version of Hyper-V. All virtual machine snapshots should be deleted by using the "Delete Snapshot Subtree" option for each virtual machine.
    Note After you delete the snapshots and after you shut down the virtual machines, the changes that exist in the snapshot files (.avhd files) will merge into the parent virtual hard disk file (.vhd).
    This operation can take a while. To verify that the snapshots have merged into the parent virtual hard disk file, locate the snapshots, and then verify that no .avhd files exist.

Note The saved state and snapshot files are compatible if you are upgrading from Release Candidate 1 (RC1) to the release version of Hyper-V.

The next step is to install the same patch onto my Domain Controller so I have the new Hyper-V management tools installed.

So I have now updated my 3 physical machines to the latest updates and in the next steps I will update all my virtual machines.

The last step in the process is to install the SCVMM 2008 patch, unfortunately I found out that I had an older version of SCVMM Beta (2.0.3193.0) running and I had to upgrade this one to the latest beta version  (2.0.3194.0) and then apply the patch needed to support Hyper-V RTM. The SCVMM patch can be found onto

The upgrade process is pretty straightforward and takes not much time but be aware of the reboots needed.

SCVMM 2008 Beta – Hotfix for Hyper-V RC1

3:54 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

Install this update to enable Virtual Machine Manager 2008 Beta (VMM) to function with Release Candidate 1 (RC1) to the Hyper-V role. After you install this update, you may have to restart your computer. Once you have installed this update, it cannot be removed


Note: Before installing this hotfix your Hyper-V needs to be RC1. With this update you cannot manage Hyper-V RC0 hosts.