Ideally when backing up and copying a VHD from a running VM you use your backup software, but you can also export the VM or copy the file manually.
Hyper-V virtual machines are defined by an XML file. Eric discusses the importance of XML files, how Hyper-V uses them, and why you should leave them alone.
A Hyper-V virtual switch is the first step to getting your VM on the network, here’s all you need to know about planning and operating virtual switches.
We have compiled the recording, and a list of questions and answers from the What’s new in Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V webinar that we received from our viewers following the event. The webinar was presented by Microsoft Cloud and Datacenter MVP’s Aidan Finn and Andy Syrewicze.
Learn how to Access the Properties of a Virtual Disk in Hyper-V. Get detailed data by digging deeper than Windows Explorer, using Hyper-V Manager.
If it weren’t for the fact that we don’t fully utilize the hardware in systems that we buy, virtualization would never have reached the level of normative practice that it enjoys today. One resource that has traditionally been over-purchased is memory; it’s always better to have too much memory than too little, but it’s not good to have far too much. The struggle has always been in determining the point of “just enough”. While there is no certain way to achieve balance, Hyper-V’s Dynamic Memory feature can help to reduce the amount that is wasted. As with many solutions, it isn’t always the appropriate tool to use. Unfortunately, that causes some people to avoid it entirely. To not use Dynamic Memory reduces the effectiveness of virtualization as a solution. But, using it properly can be a challenge. This article will provide some pointers for effective implementation. What is Hyper-V Dynamic… Read More»
Another month of 2016 is down and that means it’s time for another segment in our Hyper-V Hot Topics Series. I have an assortment of goodies this month. I’ll be including the usual links that I find useful and interesting, but I’ll be adding an additional section today as well. I’ll be adding what I like to call the Hyper-V Monday Minute. The Hyper-V Monday Minute is a 1 or 2 minute audio segment that I record every Monday, throughout the month. I’m going to start including these sound bites in with our hot topics, so be sure to keep an eye out for those in the post.
One of the promises made by virtualization is that hardware will be more efficiently utilized. We see that most strongly with CPU, where even the processors on densely packed hosts tend to have more free cycles than not. Memory is at the opposite end of that spectrum. It exhausts so quickly that it almost always defines the limit for the number of virtual machines on any given host. Your best tool for keeping memory consumption tamed is careful management — which, as we all know, is mostly a pipe dream. Precision management requires time that few administrators have and leaves no room for error or growth. Therefore, we must instead turn to a readily available tool: Dynamic Memory. It does not absolve of us the responsibility of due diligence and proper management, but it can turn this: Into this: Dynamic Memory allows you to get more usage… Read More»
Eric compiled three hyper-V sample host builds to assist system administrators with storage, memory, cpu and network components of hyper-v hosts.
Choosing a career in IT can take many paths. We discuss some of the most important thought points to choose and develop your Systems Administrator role.