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Microsoft Virtualization User Group Meeting – May 28th

5:11 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

The Belgian Microsoft Virtualization User Group organizes their second get together on May 28th and will talk about following topics:

Hyper-V scripting (Part2) – PowerShell
So, you want to Script Hyper-V ? After the April session where we discussed WMI and Hyper-v,
you can come to this session and you will discover how to use the James O’Neill’s created library: PSHyperv.

What’s new Hyper-V R2 and SCVMM 2008 R2

What are the new features of Hyper-V R2 and VMM 2008 R2 ? Come to this session and we will explain them for you.
Some of the features we will cover will be:

  • Live Migration

  • Hot addition/removal of Storage

  • New optimized networking technologies

  • Enhanced storage and cluster support

  • SAN migration into and out of clustered hosts

  • Expanded Support for iSCSI SANs

XP Mode and VPC 7 Demo
There will be a short demo of all the new features of Virtual PC 7 and XP Mode.


17:30 – 18:00 Arrivals 

21:30 End of meeting


BDC SNACK – 1st Floor – Buro & Design Center
Heysel Esplanade B62
1020 Brussels


Please register by sending an email

What’s coming in SCVMM 2008 R2 (RC)?

1:35 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

While SCVMM 2008 R2 is still in Beta the team is quietly working on improvements for the Release Candidate. There are some great new features coming up:


  • Storage Migration where you will be able to migrate the storage of a VM within the same host or towards a new host. There will be some downtime but typical it will be less than 2 mins. Further will you be able to do storage Vmotion on VMWare hosts.
  • Live Migration queuing allows you to do multiple live migration from one server. VMM will detect that the live migration fails and will try the live migration again for a period of time
  • Rapid Provisioning  is a feature that allow you to create a new VM based on a template without the need to copy over the vhd file with the bits transfer. Now you will be able to point to a dummy disk and change the path of the vhd file by using the PowerShell cmdlets to deploy the new VM.
  • Host compat check, before migrating the VM to another box we will check the compatibility of the Hardware if it’s not compatible we don’t move.

We also added some other features for that I encourage you to read the full post:

IT Infrastructure Software Spotlight – SCVMM and the cloud

3:18 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

Technology preview of System Center Virtual Machine Manager which is capable of managing Virtual Machines hosted in the cloud.

Microsoft Mythbusters: Top 10 VMWare Myths

1:39 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

Microsoft Mythbusters: Top 10 VMware Myths

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.

Call to action:


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.


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.


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


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”.


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.


Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 3.2 Release for Beta!

7:43 am in Uncategorized by evilbart

Many of our customers do not know what computers are in their IT environment or what applications have been deployed.  The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 3.2 Beta makes it easier for customers and partners to quickly identify what servers, workstations, and network devices are in their IT environment. MAP also makes specific and actionable IT proposals and reports to help customers get the most value out of Microsoft products and infrastructure. Over 500,000 Microsoft customers and partners have already used the MAP Toolkit and its prior versions including one of our Luxembourg customers Banque de Luxembourg.

The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit is a scalable and agent-less assessment platform designed to make it easier for our customers to adopt the latest Microsoft technologies. In this latest version, MAP has expanded its assessment capabilities to include SQL Server 2008, Security Assessment Proposal, Forefront/NAP migration, Microsoft Online Services, as well as providing a Power Savings assessment to help your customers “go green.”

In summary, MAP 3.2 assessment areas now include:

  • SQL Server 2008 Migration Proposals and Reports (NEW!) 
  • Security Assessment Proposal (NEW!) 
  • Forefront/NAP Readiness Proposals (NEW!) 
  • Microsoft Online Services Migration Surveys, Proposals, and Reports (NEW!) 
  • Power Savings Proposals (NEW!) 
  • Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 Migration Proposals and Reports (NEW!) 
  • Server Migration Reports and Proposals (Windows Server 2008 and “virtualized guests by hosts” reporting) (NEW!) 
  • Server Consolidation Reports and Proposals (Virtual Server 2005 R2 and Hyper-V)
  • Desktop Security Assessment to determine if desktops have anti-virus and anti-malware programs installed and up-to-date, or if the Windows Firewall is turned on
  • Windows Vista and Microsoft Office 2007 Hardware Assessment Reports and Proposal

Download Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 3.2 BETA (Live ID login and registration required

Read MAP Toolkit Case Study: See how Banque de Luxembourg benefitted from using the MAP Toolkit


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.