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SPRINGBOARD SERIES TOUR NEAR TO YOU!

September 21, 2010 Leave a comment
 

Microsoft Windows, Office and MDOP Deployment Workshops

www.springboardseriestour.com

 

Amsterdam – 25 Oct | Stockholm – 27 Oct | Helsinki – 29 Oct | Reading – 1 Nov | Rome – 3 Nov | Vienna – 4 Nov

 

The Microsoft Get On the Bus Tour is taking a winter hiatus to bring you a new tour – the Springboard Series Tour: Microsoft Windows, Office and MDOP Deployment Workshops!  Amsterdam marks our first stop on a 6-city European tour, en route to TechEd Europe, in Berlin, Germany. Are you looking to plan, pilot or deploy Windows and Office? Our workshops will cover the Office 2010, key deployment strategies for Windows 7, the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, as well as show you the value of getting trained and certified in these key products.

Learn why Windows 7 has received rave reviews from IT organizations and is setting records as the fastest selling operating system in history, and find out why so many IT Pros are ready to deploy Office 2010. Give us five hours, and you will have a clear understanding of the tools, tips and tricks you need now to jumpstart the successful deployment and management of your Windows desktop environment today. Come join members of the Windows and Office US Product Teams, as well as local Microsoft Technology Evangelists for technical training, professional networking, and real world guidance. Don’t miss your chance to attend a workshop in the 2010 Springboard Series Tour, register today at www.springboardseriestour.com.

 

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DPM Roadmap for Hyper-V Protection

September 21, 2010 Leave a comment

 

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Categories: Virtualization

Windows 7 XP Mode : hotfix if your computer does not have hardware-assisted virtualization

September 20, 2010 Leave a comment
 
 
If you receive the message “This computer does not have hardware-assisted virtualization,” your computer does not meet the hardware requirement for Windows Virtual PC, but you can still use Windows 7 XP Mode by running this hotfix.
 
Be aware that XP Mode will run much better if hardware-assisted virtualization can be enabled.
 
If you receive the message “Hardware-assisted virtualization is not enabled on this computer,” turn on hardware virtualization in your PC BIOS
 

If you receive the message “This computer is configured with hardware-assisted virtualization,”  download and install Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode.

Does my DELL support hardware virtualization, and is the BIOS setting turned on?

September 20, 2010 Leave a comment
 
Turn on your DELL and :
 
  • Press the F12 key when boot menu text appears at startup
  • Select BIOS setup and press the Enter key
  • Using the mouse, expand the Virtualization Support menu item by clicking on the plus to the left of Virtualisation Support and
  • Select Virtualisation
  • Check the Enable Intel Virtualisation Technology checkbox
  • Click Apply
  • Click Exit
  • Fully shut down (power off), wait a few seconds, and restart your computer ( IMPORTANT!!!!)
Please note that if you could not find the Virtualization Support menu, either your machine does not support Hardware Virtualization or the BIOS is not updated. Go to http://www.dell.com.au and under Drivers and Downloads, using your machine service tag, check if you have the latest Bios version. Be carefull when updating your machine BIOS.

How To register the Hyper-V VSS writer with Windows Server Backup

September 18, 2010 Leave a comment
This is well documented, but as some folks are asking about this, lets post :
 
  1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
  2. Locate the following registry key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersion
  3. Right-click CurrentVersion, point to New, and then click Key.
  4. Type WindowsServerBackup, and then press ENTER.
  5. Right-click WindowsServerBackup, point to New, and then click Key.
  6. Type Application Support, and then press ENTER.
  7. Right-click Application Support, point to New, and then click Key.
  8. Type {66841CD4-6DED-4F4B-8F17-FD23F8DDC3DE}, and then press ENTER.
  9. Right-click {66841CD4-6DED-4F4B-8F17-FD23F8DDC3DE}, point to New, and then click String Value.
  10. Type Application Identifier, and then press ENTER.
  11. Right-click Application Identifier, and then click Modify.
  12. In the Value data box, type Hyper-V, and then click OK

This will enable back up Hyper-V virtual machines from the parent partition on a Windows Server 2008-based computer by using Windows Server Backup.

Categories: Virtualization

Hyper-V : How to Handle Dynamic Memory using script

September 17, 2010 Leave a comment

 

With the availability of dynamic memory in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 there are some changes to how you need to handle memory as a scripter / developer. 

The WMI API changes are now documented here http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc136856(VS.85).aspx

Take a look at Ben Armstrong, Virtualization Program Manager( Virtual PC Guy) blog:
 
Categories: Virtualization

Duplicate virtual machines (VMs) may appear in the SCVMM Administrator Console window after a Hyper-V VM in a cluster fails over to another cluster node. HotFix KB2308590

September 17, 2010 Leave a comment
If you have SCVMM2008R2 installed and are experiencing the following issue :
Duplicate virtual machines (VMs) may appear in the SCVMM Administrator Console window after a Hyper-V VM in a cluster fails over to another cluster node. Additionally, the status for one of the duplicate VMs is set to Missing. If you try to remove the missing VM from the SCVMM Administrator Console window, the VM is not removed.
Microsoft released an hotfix http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2308590
 
How to obtain this SCVMM 2008 R2 hotfix rollup package: This hotfix rollup package is available on Microsoft Update.To obtain this update from Microsoft Update, follow these steps on the SCVMM server:

  1. Click Start, and then select Control Panel.
  2. In Control Panel, double-click Windows Update.
  3. In the Windows Update window, click Check Online for updates from Microsoft Update.
  4. Click important updates are available.
  5. Select Update for System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 (KB2308590), and then click OK.
  6. Click Install updates.
Note If the Virtual Machine Manager or Virtual Machine Manager Agent service is running when this hotfix rollup package is installed on the SCVMM server, you have to restart the computer. 
How to update the SCVMM agent on the Hyper-V and Virtual Server host
This update requires updating the VMM agent on the Hyper-V and Virtual Server hosts. The hosts will have a status of Needs Attention if the agent has not been updated.

To update the SCVMM agent on multiple hosts, follow these steps:

  1. Open the SCVMM Administrator Console window. 
  2. Click Administration, and then click Managed Computers.
  3. Select the hosts, and then click Update Agent.
  4. Enter your user account credentials, and then click OK.
To manually download the hotfix rollup package from the Microsoft Update Catalog, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

 
Note The Microsoft Update Catalog has different versions of the hotfix rollup package. These different versions have the EVAL, OEM, RETAIL, and WORKGRP labels. Download the appropriate version for your installation.To install this hotfix rollup package that can be downloaded from the Microsoft Update Catalog on the SCVMM server, follow these steps: 

  1. Extract the VmmServer64Update-RETAIL.cab file to a temporary directory.
  2. Open an elevated command prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER to install the update:
    msiexec /update vmmServer64Update-RETAIL.msp BOOTSTRAPPED=1
    Note The name of the package varies, depending on the version that was downloaded.
  3. After the hotfix rollup package is installed on the SCVMM server, update the SCVMM agent on the Hyper-V and Virtual Server hosts.
Hotfix rollup information
Prerequisites

You must have SCVMM 2008 R2 installed.