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.

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    0

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…

Hyper-V and Networking – Part 3: IP Routing

Hyper-V and Networking – Part 3: IP Routing

18 Jun by Eric Siron    0

In the previous post, we dug into VLANs, which are a layer 2 concept in the ISO model. In this piece, we’re going to step up into layer 3 and look at IP address and routing and how they work with Hyper-V. Part 1 - Mapping the OSI Model Part 2 - VLANs Part 3 - IP Routing…

Hyper-V and Networking  – Part 2: VLANs

Hyper-V and Networking – Part 2: VLANs

12 Jun by Eric Siron    0

In the first part of this series, we started with the foundational concepts of networking in the OSI model and took a brief look at where Hyper-V components live in that model. In this part, we’ll build on that knowledge by looking at the operation of VLANs and how they work within the context of…

Networking and Hyper-V – Part I: Mapping the OSI Model

Networking and Hyper-V – Part I: Mapping the OSI Model

29 May by Eric Siron    0

After storage, Hyper-V’s next most confusing subject is networking. There are a dizzying array of choices and possibilities. To make matters worse, many administrators don’t actually understand that much about the fundamentals because, up until now, they’ve never really had to. Part 1 - Mapping the OSI Model Part 2 - VLANs Part 3 - IP Routing Part…

Cluster-Aware Updating and Hyper-V Part 3: Pre and Post Scripts

Cluster-Aware Updating and Hyper-V Part 3: Pre and Post Scripts

27 May by Eric Siron    0

In previous articles in this series, we started with the basics of Cluster-Aware Updating and then dove into the advanced options. Now we’re going to telescope those advanced features and work with the Pre- and Post- Update Script settings. These are extremely powerful but are very poorly documented. Part 1: The Basics on Cluster-Aware Updating…

Cluster-Aware Updating and Hyper-V Part 1: The Basics

Cluster-Aware Updating and Hyper-V Part 1: The Basics

15 May by Eric Siron    2

In today’s data center, and for the foreseeable future, the biggest word is “automation”. It doesn’t matter how big your datacenter is, either. Whether your servers have a multi-continental presence or have been relegated to a closet, there’s never enough staff allocated with enough time to manually manage these systems. Even if you did have…

Virtual Machine Guest Licensing and Hyper-V (2012 & 2012 R2)

Virtual Machine Guest Licensing and Hyper-V (2012 & 2012 R2)

23 Apr by Eric Siron    4

Are you confused by just how virtual machine guest licensing works with Hyper-V 2012 and 2012 R2? I’ve been reading a lot of blog and forum posts, and it seems like this might be the most confusing subject in the world of Hyper-V right now. It doesn’t help that that a lot of people who…

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? Part 1 – Hyper-V storage fundamentals Part 2 – Drive Combinations Part 3 – Connectivity Part 4…

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. Part 1 – Hyper-V storage fundamentals Part 2 – Drive Combinations Part 3 – Connectivity Part 4 – Formatting and file systems Part 5 – Practical Storage Designs Part…

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.