Author Archives: Eric Siron

I have worked in the information technology field since 1998. I have designed, deployed, and maintained server, desktop, network, and storage systems. I provided all levels of support for businesses ranging from single-user through enterprises with thousands of seats. Along the way, I have achieved a number of Microsoft certifications and was a Microsoft Certified Trainer for four years. In 2010, I deployed a Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 system and began writing about my experiences. Since then, I have been writing regular blogs and contributing what I can to the Hyper-V community through forum participation and free scripts.

Free PowerShell Script for Hyper-V: Get-ClusterVM

Free PowerShell Script for Hyper-V: Get-ClusterVM

08 Apr by Eric Siron    2

I recently had a need to locate a specific VM in a cluster. Turns out, there’s no truly direct way to do it. Therefore, I have developed a simple script that will allow you to find one, many, or all VMs in a cluster. This script isn’t entirely necessary. You can fairly easily retrieve all…

Storage and Hyper-V Part 7: Actual Performance

Storage and Hyper-V Part 7: Actual Performance

18 Mar by Eric Siron    0

This series has meandered down a long and winding path from basic concepts to theory to practice. In this final installment, I’m going to show a lot of really boring graphs and charts to answer the big question: What about performance? Previous parts: Part 1 – Hyper-V storage fundamentals | Part 2 – Drive Combinations | Part 3 – Connectivity | Part…

Storage and Hyper-V Part 6: How To Connect Storage

Storage and Hyper-V Part 6: How To Connect Storage

11 Mar by Eric Siron    0

This series has talked at very great length. Now it’s time to actually get something done. What I’m going to do in this piece is show you how to connect to storage. Previous parts: Part 1 – Hyper-V storage fundamentals | Part 2 – Drive Combinations | Part 3 – Connectivity | Part 4 – Formatting and file systems | Part 5 - Practical Designs…

7 Keys to Hyper-V Security

7 Keys to Hyper-V Security

11 Feb by Eric Siron    2

For most small institutions, securing Hyper-V is often just a matter of just letting domain admins control the hypervisor. This post will examine ways you can harden your Hyper-V deployment beyond the basics.

Hyper-V Virtual CPUs Explained

Hyper-V Virtual CPUs Explained

07 Feb by Eric Siron    13

Did your software vendor indicate that you can virtualize their application, but only if you dedicate one or more CPU cores to it? Not clear on what happens when you assign CPUs to a virtual machine? You are far from alone.

7 Reasons not to Make Hyper-V a Domain Controller

7 Reasons not to Make Hyper-V a Domain Controller

23 Jan by Eric Siron    9

With the responses to our article series on virtualized domain controllers, it seemed natural to tackle another related topic. Unfortunately, it’s a little too common for administrators to try to solve the physical vs. virtual dilemma by installing the domain controller role and the Hyper-V role in the same physical instance of Windows Serer. This…

Demystifying Virtualized Domain Controllers Part 1: Myths

Demystifying Virtualized Domain Controllers Part 1: Myths

09 Jan by Eric Siron    11

Using domain controllers in a virtual environment is a contentious and confusing issue. I’m going to start this subject by saying that there is no single correct answer. No one piece of advice is going to work for everyone in every environment. The purpose of this article series is to explain the facts so that…

My 2014 Hyper-V Wish List

My 2014 Hyper-V Wish List

27 Dec by Eric Siron    4

The end of another year is upon us. It’s given us plenty to talk about, and we will carry some of that discussion into the new year. Here are some of the things I’d like to see happen in our industry.

Storage and Hyper-V Part 5: Practical Designs

Storage and Hyper-V Part 5: Practical Designs

13 Dec by Eric Siron    2

In the previous parts of this series, our focus was on the basic concepts and theory involved with storage. With this installment, we’ll look at some of the ways you can approach your own storage challenges.

4 Reasons to Upgrade to Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 (or not to!)

4 Reasons to Upgrade to Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 (or not to!)

26 Nov by Eric Siron    3

Now that Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 is finally available to all, the very big question of “should we upgrade” is on a lot of people’s minds. Some will tell you it’s a “no-brainer” and that you should just do it unquestioningly. In the real world of business, the true “no-brainer” decision is a very rare…

Why Do Hyper-V Virtual Adapters Show 10Gbps?

Why Do Hyper-V Virtual Adapters Show 10Gbps?

20 Nov by Eric Siron    3

Ever wonder why your virtual machines report that their network speed is 10 Gbps, even if you haven’t got a 10 Gbps adapter in the physical box? If so, you’re certainly not alone. Knowing why depends on an understanding of the Hyper-V virtual switch.