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We are listening to customer feedback

8:20 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

One of the shortcomings in Windows Server Core is the possibility to change the network order or bindings in an easy way. The only way to do it is through the registry key. After we received some feedback from our customers one of the Hyper-V team members decided to write a tool called NVSPBind.

NVSPBind also has the ability to enable bindings, bind or unbind the Hyper-V network switch protocol from a NIC and repair bindings on a NIC.

Read more about this tool http://blogs.technet.com/jhoward/archive/2010/01/25/announcing-nvspbind.aspx#comments

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8:27 am in Uncategorized by evilbart

 

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Hyper-V: Virtual Machine Bus cannot find enough resources

8:14 am in Uncategorized by evilbart

A few weeks ago my colleague installed Hyper-V onto her laptop and she copied one of her Virtual Machines onto this server.
When she booted the server there where some issues with the virtual machine, the main issue was that the vmbus technology was not available.
After a bit of troubleshooting I find out where the problem was.

I’ve looked into the device manager and saw that the Virtual Machine bus failed to load.

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In the details pane of this device you can see the following error:

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The device cannot find enough free resources that it can use. Basically this means that the VMBus cannot load. This is due to the fact that this VM was build on a non Hyper-V platform and therefore using a wrong HAL. The HAL running in the VM must be an APIC HAL. Now with Windows Server 2008 and Vista you can force to detect the correct HAL during the boot process. This is disabled by default but I will show you how you can enable it. First, open the System Configuration tool by running “msconfig”.

Next click onto the “Boot” tab and select the “Advanced Options”.

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Click onto “Detect HAL” and close the tool and reboot the server. Once the server is rebooting it will detect the new HAL and install everything that is needed. If you open the device manager again you will see that the VM is now a “ACPI x86-based PC” (you can find this under the computer settings).  After the reboot you can uncheck the “Detect HAL” option in msconfig.

I hope this helps.

 

October Edition of TechNet Magazine Online

1:58 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

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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.

Virtualization Solution Accelerators

3:15 am in Uncategorized by evilbart

Here is a list of the different Virtualization Solution Accelerators we have at Microsoft:

  1. Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 3.1 for Hyper-V and App-V – http://www.microsoft.com/MAP
  2. Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides for Hyper-V, App-V and SCVMM 2008 http://www.microsoft.com/IPD
  3. Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc501231.aspx
  4. Security Compliance Management Tool http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc677002.aspx
  5. Windows Server 2008 Security Guide http://www.microsoft.com/WSSG
  6. Microsoft Deployment Toolkit http://www.microsoft.com/deploymentlidays

There will be some breakout sessions covering the Solution Accelerators at TechEd IT Professional