Bringing a physical operating environment into Hyper-V can be a challenging task. It is recommended that you use some application-level migration rather than trying to convert a physical operating system installation directly. However, some systems do survive the transition well. One tool that can be used in conversion operations is Sysinternal’s Disk2VHD. What is Disk2VHD? Disk2VHD is a software solution provided by Sysinternals. It reads the boot information, partition information, and data regions of a physical hard drive and produces a corresponding VHD or VHDX file. It is very important to understand that this is not a true physical-to-virtual conversion. The operating system is not prepared to run inside a virtual environment, nor is any cleanup work done on the source system to improve the odds of a successful migration. Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.0 Before using this Disk2VHD to attempt a P2V, you might try Microsoft’s Virtual Machine… Read More»
When designing any IT solution, many administrators often consider “Backup” to be little more than another box on a long list of items to check off. They verify that the software and hardware they’re using will handle the load, configure it to back up on a reasonable schedule, and forget about it. Some will take the extra step of restoring some data to an alternate location as a test. Hardly any go through the full exercise of simulating an actual catastrophe. Most of the time, this practice is completely harmless. Unfortunately, if disaster does strike, there are often more questions than answers. Planning ahead is critical, and that involves knowing what sort of backup you need and if your backup application can provide it. NOTE: This is the first blog post in a 2-series post. You can read the second post in this series here. Consistency Definitions To determine… Read More»
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Each Hyper-V virtual machine sports a number of settings that can be changed, but not by any sanctioned GUI tools. If you’re familiar with WMI, these properties are part of the Msvm_VirtualSystemSettingData class. Whether you’re familiar with WMI or not, these properties are not simple to change. I previously created a script that modifies the BIOS GUID setting, but that left out all the other available fields. So, I took that script back into the workshop and rewired it to increase its reach. If you’re fairly new to using PowerShell as a scripting language and use other people’s scripts to learn, there are some additional notes after the script contents that you might be interested in. What this Script Does This script can be used to modify the following properties of a Hyper-V virtual machine: BIOS GUID: The BIOS of every modern computer should contain a Universally Unique Identifier… Read More»