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.

Free Script: Find Orphaned Hyper-V VM Files

Free Script: Find Orphaned Hyper-V VM Files

20 Nov by Eric Siron    0

If you’ve had very much virtual machine churn in your environment, it’s almost inevitable that you’ve wound up with a few disconnected virtual machine files here and there. This free script will help you to locate orphaned Hyper-V VM files. For fellow infrastructure scripters, there is a special bonus script included as well. The worst…

Free Script: Gracefully Restart Virtual Machines on Hyper-V

Free Script: Gracefully Restart Virtual Machines on Hyper-V

18 Nov by Eric Siron    2

There is one function whose absence in all official Hyper-V tools is blatantly obvious, and that is the ability to gracefully restart virtual machines. A Restart-VM function was introduced in 2012, but it just hard stops the VM before turning it back on. I suppose it has uses, but I’ve never found a good one….

12 Common Hyper-V Deployment Mistakes

12 Common Hyper-V Deployment Mistakes

13 Nov by Eric Siron    3

I’ve seen a lot of questions from those who have recently deployed Hyper-V for the first time. Some just need a few pointers to iron some minor glitches, but some are in really bad shape. Here are some of the common deployment mistakes and their solutions. 1. Mis-Provisioning Resources in Hyper-V There are a lot…

Quorum in Microsoft Failover Clusters

Quorum in Microsoft Failover Clusters

06 Nov by Eric Siron    0

The topic of quorum in Microsoft Failover Clustering often gets very little mention. Quorum guides the actions of surviving nodes when there are system-level failures. This technology has evolved substantially over the last few versions of Windows/Hyper-V Server and many are not aware of the changes. The Purpose and Function of Quorum Quorum has one…

Monthly Round-Up: October 2014

Monthly Round-Up: October 2014

04 Nov by Eric Siron    0

Our monthly commentary and link round-up for October 2014. Think in Tiers In the world of computer systems, you often see tiered designs. Software developers talk about “n-tier applications”, in which you have a “data layer” and a “business logic layer” and a “presentation layer” and whatever other layers make sense for that application. Storage…

Live Backup Changes in Hyper-V Server 2012 R2

Live Backup Changes in Hyper-V Server 2012 R2

29 Oct by Eric Siron    0

Quite some time ago, we wrote a post about taking live backups in Hyper-V. Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 really changed the mechanics of backup. This post examines how those changes have affected live, or hot, backups. Until 2012 R2, backup was strictly based on VSS (Volume Shadow Copy Service) operations. Backup applications trigger VSS in…

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    2

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…