Thursday, December 10, 2009

Hyper-V R2: Live Migration common problems

Recently the ASKCORE Team wrote an excellent article about the most common problems that they receive from their clients regarding to Hyper-V R2 Live Migration.

According to them, the most common problems are related with some bad habits and bad decisions regarding to network configurations. The article also explain some techniques to increase the speed of the process (they’ve called it – Bonus Material :)).

Read more at “The devil may be in the networking details.”

Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool V2.1

Microsoft released their new Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool; the new version of this tool includes support for Windows Server 2008 R2 and VMM 2008 R2.

What this tool can do for you?

Basically allows you to perform updates in your offline VM's that are in your VMM library. A scheduled job runs, deploys the VM, updates it and stores it back in the library during this process.

Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2.1 now supports the following products:
  • Hyper-V-R2
  • VMM 2008 R2
  • SCCM 2007 SP2
  • WSUS 3.0 SP2
  • Updates to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 virtual machines.

Download it Here

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Disk2vhd v1.4 available for download

New update for Disk2vhd, now we can use the 1.4 version of the product.

Back In October SysInternals gave us the Disk2vhd v1.1 the announcement was made here at ENIACK, the v1.3 was released in November, now SysInternals is back with the new version of the same tool “v1.4”.

To download, click HERE

Read more about the new version at Sysinternals

Core Configurator 2.0 available for download

Core Configurator 2.0 is now available for download at CODEPLEX.

It is completely open source so it can be ammended and change to fit your requirements, this version has been a year in the making and has been written in powershell with a reference to Winforms so that a GUI format is displayed.

The primary focus of this project is to try and get feedback and contributions back from the community to make this a tool the best/ free tool everyone will want in there toolkit, so if you have some code or features that you might want included then please leave a comment and we will get in touch.

Core Configuration tasks include:
-Product Licencing
-Networking Features
-DCPromo Tool
-ISCSI Settings
-Server Roles and Features
-User and Group Permissions
-Share Creation and Deletion
-Dynamic Firewall settings
-Screensaver Settings
-Add & Remove Drivers
-Proxy settings
-Windows Updates (Including WSUS)
-Multipath I/O
-Hyper-V including virtual machine thumbnails
-JoinDomain and Computer rename
-Add/remove programs
-Complete logging of all commands executed