Posts tagged Hyper-V

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Installation and Configuration Book

If you are in some way dealing with Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2 and probably now exploring Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V, you are by no means able to avoid the blogs, whitepapers, books and tweets written by Aidan Finn. In 2010 Aidan asked me to be a technical editor for his Mastering Hyper-V Deployment which I gladly accepted. It was a great step-by-step for implementing Hyper-V R2 and several of the important System Center components. The book was co-authored by Patrick Lownds, Hyper-V MVP and datacenter expert working for HP in London.

About a year later, Aidan approached me again asking if I would be willing to contribute to another book called Microsoft Private Cloud Computing and I did not think about refusing (or should I have). It was my first experience as an author and I wrote up the Fabric chapters of VMM 2012. Aidan laid a nice foundation with his lucid Cloud introduction chapters, Patrick focused on the service management functionality and the VMM Library while Cloud and Datacenter MVP, Damian Flynn wrote a couple of brilliant chapters on private cloud management and integration with App Controller, Service Manager and Orchestrator. It was a fine job we completed in early 2012, the book was published just before the beta of SP1 was announced. We simply didn’t have the opportunity to wait until SP1 was out and digest and explain all the new features that arrived with Windows Server 2012. Fortunately Damian has joined Nigel Cain (who is a Senior Program Manager for Windows Server and System Center) to write a blog series on Technet in eight installments between Jan 2013 until July 2013, just to explain the new Virtual networking technology in VMM 2012 SP1

Another year came and here was Aidan again, asking me to join him on his new venture: the Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Installation and Configuration Guide. Although I really liked the subject and wanted to go into great depth to learn all this cool stuff, I was simply too busy doing all those great Hyper-V and System Center projects for Inovativ. Our family was also heavily burdened by the unfortunate adventures of one of my sons, which more or less influenced me most of 2012.image Writing a book was out of the question.

Convincing as Aidan can be, he said he had his author team complete, again with Damian Flynn and Patrick Lownds plus Michel Luescher, “a virtualization junkie working as a consultant at Microsoft” as he calls himself. The only omission was a technical editor fit for the job. And that’s why he asked me.

I am more than honored to be mentioned quite extensively in the Acknowledgements of the Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V book by each and every author. I really felt like being part of the author team but in the role of both learning, correcting but most of all improving. I remember advising Aidan to split one chapter into two because it was approaching 100 pages, more than twice as much as they had anticipated.

Having been the first reader (and I read the chapters multiple times), I can truly say this is a superb book that anyone interested in the technical secrets of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V should buy. I can guarantee you will not one day regret having bought this book. There were moments I wanted to cry out how good these chapters were, thrilled by the sheer excellence of the product and the very talented explanatory writing in the 600 pages of this Must-have-Hyper-V-version-3 book.

The book can be pre-ordered now and will be published on March 25th. The European release will be April 5th. See the Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Book Release FAQ.

I will not wait till my free copy arrives (Sybex, hope you are reading this) as I have already pre-ordered it myself, but wouldn’t mind a few extra copies to give away.

Last tickets for event up for grabs

imageAs you can see from the screenshot, only a few tickets are left for the event on April 16th, 2013. The event will be presented in Dutch which is unfortunate for several of our followers in the neighboring countries who wanted to attend. I hope to convince my fellow speakers to present in English again so the last 15 tickets could have been easily sold by now. The event is free by the way.

If you already know you cannot make it, please return your tickets!








Dell Compellent and Offloaded Data Transfer (ODX)

I just finished a remote support session for a customer in New York. My task was to check a Windows Server 2012 cluster using PowerEdge M620 blades with 4x10GbE connected to a Dell Compellent (6.3.1 firmware).

I just had a small window of opportunity to create a fixed sized VHDX (25GB and 250GB).

new-vhd -path C:ClusterStoragevolume125GB.vhdx -size 25GB –fixed

new-vhd -path C:ClusterStoragevolume2250GB.vhdx -size 250GB –fixed

Both completed in under 3 seconds. Wow!!! 

ODX in its purest form.

So let me reiterate my advice to new SAN array buyers. The first question you should ask your SAN vendor. Does it support ODX?  If the answer is negative or if they promise ODX in their next release, just tell them to take a hike and move on to a capable SAN vendor.



5Nine Security Manager for Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V part-2

My first plan was to write a two part blog article about 5Nine Security Manager. But because of some bugs in the firewall part of this solution I decide to split it up in three parts. In the first part I described a global overview and a look at the installation of 5Nine Security Manager for Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V. Now it’s time to take a look at the antivirus solution.

Anti-virus/ Anti-mallware

We will first take a look at the anti-virus/ anti-mallware part of the solution. It sounds great that you didn’t have to install an agent inside a virtual machine and that the Hypervisor wil take care of this. Enabling the antivirus option is very simple:

image Open the menu ‘Settings’ and select ‘Antivirus’.
image You can select which VM’s you want to scan with 5Nine virusscanner.
image The extension tab allows you to configure which file type extension must be scanned or exclude from scanningUnfortunately it is not possible to exclude filepaths and this is a feature that is needed in an enterprise antivirus solution.

5Nine let me know that in one of the following versions this feature still will be added!

image And this is an interesting feature which I will explain a little bit more…


Hyper-V Virtual Switch Extension Cisco Nexus 1000V

This week is an important day for Microsoft’s new Hyper-V Extensible Switch in Windows Server 2012. We already know this switch is capable of many new features including capturing, filtering and forwarding extensions from several vendors. 

Damian Flynn (fellow author on Microsoft Private Cloud Computing and co-author of Windows Server 2012 Installation and Configuration Guide (appearing very soon!), informed me that major networking player Cisco is about to make a big announcement and that Damian will be co-presenting the announcement with Cisco.


On Wednesday March 6th at 6pm CET, Cisco will unveil its greatly anticipated Distributed Switch solution for Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V; the Nexus 1000V.

What is the Nexus 1000V?

Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switches provide a comprehensive and extensible architectural platform for virtual machine (VM) and cloud networking. The switches are designed to accelerate server virtualization and multitenant cloud deployments in a secure and operationally transparent manner. Integrated into the Windows Server 2012 Extensible Switch, and fully compatible with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 SP1,

Please blog, tweet, and pass on the message, to learn about the Nexus 1000v, and how to join the beta program; grabbing the all-important Beta Code!

For more information, and registration details please follow and share Damian’s link:




SMB 3.0 and ODX both appear in EMC VNX mainstream release

Today I received news that EMC has released its latest version of the VNX Operating System which covers NAS and Block functionality (VNX OE 32/8) and Maintenance Release 1 (MR1). If you are an EMC customer, this important release is now available for download:

For Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V customers this is especially very good news because VNX now supports SMB 3.0 and ODX (Offloaded Data Transfer), apart from some VAAI performance enhancements which are of course more interesting for the other guys. ODX is very similar to Block  XCOPY in vSphere.


EMC is probably the first vendor offering SMB 3.0 support in its storage array. Several vendors are still working on adding SMB 3.0 and ODX support so this is important news for acceptance of Microsoft storage technology and Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V. NetApp SMB 3.0 support is targeted at ONTAP 8.2.

The software can be downloaded from PowerLink or



HP adds Windows Server 2012 Support for several HP ProLiant G6 Servers

Just in time for a new project for a Dutch municipality, involving HP c7000, HP ProLiant BL460c Gen8, HP StoreVirtual 4000 Storage and Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V, HP released a new firmware ISO and a new HP ProLiant Service Pack. With version 2013.02.0 (19 Feb 2013) HP adds Windows Server 2012 support for the following HP ProLiant servers:

  • HP ProLiant BL460c G6 Server .
  • HP ProLiant DL380 G6 Server
  • HP ProLiant DL360 G6 Server
  • HP ProLiant ML350 G6 Server

Click on picture for link to PDF.


Additionally a number of new HP ProLiant network adapters are now supported:

HP Ethernet 1Gb 4-port 366FLR Adapter
HP Ethernet 10Gb 2-port 560M Adapter
HP Ethernet 10Gb 2-port 560FLR SFP+ Adapter
HP Ethernet 10Gb 2-port 530T Adapter

Download HP ProLiant Service Pack 2013.02.0 



My Hyper-V Wishlist of 2011

While cleaning up my mailbox, I found a note to myself dating June 2011 about a few feature requests for the next version of Hyper-V and VMM. While talking to customers throughout the year, I often hear about and collect suggestions and product improvements which I can then pass on to the Hyper-V and System Center Product team. In retrospect most items on my list have become a reality in Windows Server 2012 and much, much more!

Online VHD growth and shrink has not yet been realized (although a 64TB dynamic disk supporting unmap pretty much covers all you can desire).

Perhaps the last item on the list is only partly covered by Hyper-V Replica but needs some additional automation or services to make this a complete Recovery solution that could make it even better than RSM. As we know Microsoft is on the right path and a flood of companies are getting really interested in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and System Center 2012 SP1.

Thanks Hyper-V and System Center product teams for listening.






Video Interview with Ben Armstrong

During MVP Summit we spent several great days with Hyper-V  Product Manager Ben Armstrong aka @VirtualPCGuy. German fellow Virtual Machine MVP Carsten Rachfahl took the opportunity to interview his ‘rockstar’ at CenturyLink Stadium, home of the SeaHawks football team. Very soon you will notice Ben comes from the other side of this planet, at least when you look at it from our angle: ‘Down Under’.


Ben has delivered many excellent presentations on the Hyper-V hypervisor and related subjects at events like TechEd North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand:

He has been working on virtualization software for over 10 years now. The last 9 years have been spent working on virtualization as part of the Windows Core Virtualization team. Ben has been maintaining a blog for the last 8 years as Virtual PC Guy. Chances are that if you have a question about virtualization, Ben will know the answer.

You can find the German Hyper-V blog authored by Carsten Rachfahl here:



Hyper-V Protection with Data Protection Manager 2012 SP1

In the quiet days between Christmas and New Year, I had some time to research how DPM2012 SP1 performed with protecting guests on a Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V cluster using CSV v2.0.

According to the SP1 release notes we can expect improved backup performance of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V over CSV deployments with the following benefits:

  • 900% improvement in Express Full backups
  • Parallel backups
  • No performance difference between backups from CSV owners and non-owners


Let me first point out that my setup is based on the following configuration:

Storage Server

  • HP ProLiant BL460c Gen8
  • Windows Server 2012 Datacenter with iSCSI Target Server Role enabled
  • Dual-port 10Gb HP FlexFabric 554FLB (Emulex) Adapter
  • Converged Fabric network configuration

Hyper-V Cluster Nodes

  • HP ProLiant BL460c Gen8
  • Windows Server 2012 Datacenter with Hyper-V role and Failover Cluster feature enabled
  • 10Gb HP FlexFabric 554FLB (Emulex) Adapter
  • Converged Fabric network configuration

DPM 2012 SP1 Server

  • Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Virtual Machine
  • Windows Server 2012 Datacenter
  • 1 x 10Gb virtual network adapter (synthetic)

Network Configuration

Both on the iSCSI Target Server and Hyper-V cluster nodes, the two 10Gb network adapters have been teamed using a switch independent teaming mode with Hyper-V Port as the load balancing algorithm. A Hyper-V Extensible Switch is connected to the NIC Team and several virtual networks have been configured using the Converged Fabric method of Windows Server 2012. Each network has a minimum bandwidth Quality of Service configured on the virtual switch level. On the backend, the servers use a Virtual Connect Flex-10 interconnect.