Author Archives: Eric Siron

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.

Choosing a Management OS for Hyper-V: Windows Server

Choosing a Management OS for Hyper-V: Windows Server

16 Oct by Eric Siron    5

In the sister article to this piece, we talked about choosing Hyper-V Server over Windows Server as the management operating system. In this one, we’re going to go down the other road and make the case for Windows Server instead. A Clear Definition of Hyper-V Terms The earlier article had a section devoted to clearing…

Choosing a Management OS for Hyper-V: Hyper-V Server

Choosing a Management OS for Hyper-V: Hyper-V Server

14 Oct by Eric Siron    2

For the server edition of Hyper-V, you have a choice in management operating systems. You can use the free, no-GUI Hyper-V Server or you can use the full-fledged Windows Server. This will be the first of two articles in which I will argue both sides of the debate. In this installment, I’ll take the position…

Hyper-V and Networking Part 8: Load-Balancing Algorithms

Hyper-V and Networking Part 8: Load-Balancing Algorithms

09 Oct by Eric Siron    0

We’ve had a long run of articles in this series that mostly looked at general networking technologies. Now we’re going to look at a technology that gets us closer to Hyper-V. Load-balancing algorithms are a feature of the network team, which can be used with any Windows Server installation, but is especially useful for balancing…

Troubleshooting Hyper-V Guest OS Installations

Troubleshooting Hyper-V Guest OS Installations

25 Sep by Eric Siron    2

When it comes to ease of installation, Windows has always had a sketchy history. By the time Windows 2000 came out, most enthusiasts and professionals had learned to adopt a strategy of “installation by any means necessary”. What that meant was that we would take any steps, no matter how drastic, just to get the…

Free Script: Fixing Hyper-V Folder Security

Free Script: Fixing Hyper-V Folder Security

23 Sep by Eric Siron    2

My standing recommendation for NTFS security when it comes to Hyper-V is: leave it alone. Unfortunately, most people don’t learn why until they’ve already broken something. It’s not fun to fix. I’ve produced a script for fixing Hyper-V folder security that should make things much easier for you. Fixing Hyper-V Folder Security – The Script…

How to Remotely Manage Hyper-V from any Windows Computer: Part 2

How to Remotely Manage Hyper-V from any Windows Computer: Part 2

09 Sep by Eric Siron    2

In part one of this series, we introduced the powers of PowerShell Remoting. In this article, we’re going to go far beyond the basics and learn how to control multiple hosts at once. Advanced PSRemoting Usage Here’s where the fun begins. Where the remote session usage we saw in the first article is great for…

Monthly Hyper-V Round-Up: August 2014

Monthly Hyper-V Round-Up: August 2014

04 Sep by Eric Siron    0

Our monthly commentary and link round-up for August 2014.   Start with the KISS Principle I’m a parent. Like most technologically-minded parents, I’ve immersed my daughter in tech from the moment she started to show an interest in it. There are any number of reasons for doing this, but a lot of it is just…

How to Remotely Manage Hyper-V from any Windows Computer – Part 1

How to Remotely Manage Hyper-V from any Windows Computer – Part 1

29 Aug by Eric Siron    2

One of the biggest complaints about Hyper-V is the difficulty of managing it remotely. The only obvious way to do it for free is using a remote version of Windows that’s more or less matched to the target Hyper-V version. If you meet that requirement, you can follow my post on configuring Remote Server Administration…

Impact of VMM Host Agents on VMM Services

Impact of VMM Host Agents on VMM Services

26 Aug by Eric Siron    0

These two topics may not seem to have a lot in common, but it turns out that they live and die together. The host agent is a small service that System Center Virtual Manager installs on each managed host in order to control it. VMM’s services are pre-defined groupings of templates and guest settings that…

Monthly Hyper-V Round-Up: July 2014

Monthly Hyper-V Round-Up: July 2014

05 Aug by Eric Siron    0

Are You Solution-Oriented or Goal-Oriented? In days past, it was expected that you would find a company to work for early in your adult life and remain with them until retirement. For most of the Western world, that’s changed quite dramatically over the past few decades. Few career paths have been modified quite as sharply…

Hyper-V and Networking – Part 7: Bindings

Hyper-V and Networking – Part 7: Bindings

31 Jul by Eric Siron    0

So far, this series has spent most of its time focused on the methods that systems use to decide where traffic should go and how it should get there. A logical next step is to discuss how bindings work. I wrote about binding order earlier. What this article will do is bring the concepts of…

Hyper-V and Networking – Part 6: Ports, Sockets and Applications

Hyper-V and Networking – Part 6: Ports, Sockets and Applications

24 Jul by Eric Siron    0

In many ways, this particular post won’t have a great deal to do with Hyper-V itself. It will earn its place in this series by helping to clear up a common confusion point I see being posted on various Hyper-V help forums. People have problems moving traffic to or from virtual machines, and, unfortunately, spend…

Hyper-V and Networking – Part 5: DNS

Hyper-V and Networking – Part 5: DNS

18 Jul by Eric Siron    0

The last couple of posts in this series have dealt with how Ethernet frames and IP packets get to their destination. In this post, we’ll step up a little bit and look at the role DNS plays in getting those packets to the correct IP address. We’ll see how this works in general and the…

Hyper-V and Networking – Part 4: Link Aggregation and Teaming

Hyper-V and Networking – Part 4: Link Aggregation and Teaming

16 Jul by Eric Siron    2

In part 3, I showed you a diagram of a couple of switches that were connected together using a single port. I mentioned then that I would likely use link aggregation to connect those switches in a production environment. Windows Server introduced the ability to team adapters natively starting with the 2012 version. Hyper-V can…