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Hello again everyone! It’s a new year, and January is past us, so that means it’s time for another edition of the Altaro Hyper-V Hot Topics Series!

For those that aren’t aware, this series focuses on interesting links, and useful howtos from the Hyper-V world, from the previous month. So, with that said, let’s dig right into all the cool Hyper-V stuff from January!

1. Bulk Changing Virtual Hard Disk Path

Author: Ben Armstrong

I came across this one during one of my nightly reviews of my twitter feed, and it instantly caught my eye. Mainly because I’ve been in the same situation mentioned in the article and I know many administrators who have been there as well. The use case that Ben is talking about in this article is that of a file movement use case. Let’s say you’ve just XCOPYed a bunch of virtual hard disks from one location to another, how do you quickly fix the pathing for all the affected VMs? If this describes you, you’ll want to take a look. At the very least add it to you bookmarks for a rainy day!

2. Nano Server PowerShell Package Management

Author: Thomas Maurer

One of the most common questions I get about Nano Server is: “how do I manage the installed software packages?” Nano Server can seem foreign to administrators that aren’t familiar with the CLI and especially so if you have very little PowerShell experience. Thomas Maurer has put together a nice little howto on the basics of managing Nano Server Packages with PowerShell. If you’re looking for a quick reference on the different functions and features, this is the link for you!

3. Hyper-V vs. KVM for OpenStack Performance

Author: Ben Armstrong

Another one from Ben Armstrong from the Hyper-V team and it’s a goody, especially if you like OpenStack. For those that aren’t aware, OpenStack is an open source platform that is designed for hosting cloud infrastructure, and it essentially allows you to bring your own hypervisor, including Hyper-V. Ben has included several links in his post here that catalog a full test of performance between Hyper-V and KVM when used for OpenStack. If you’re looking into OpenStack and you’re on the fence as to what Hypervisor to choose, it’s a good performance article to review.

4. System Center VMM 2016 Feature Demos on Channel 9

Author: Microsoft Server and Management Blog

Not everyone is running System Center VMM, but it’s still good to know what it is, and what it’s capabilities are in case you ever need to add those capabilities into your environment. Whether this describes you, or if you’re already running SCVMM, these are good videos to watch during lunch for the next couple of days. This link contains a list of various feature demos for the newest version of SCVMM, and all of said videos are worth a look.

5. What’s New in Windows Server 2016 Networking

Author: OEMTV

With all that’s changed in Networking in Windows Server 2016, I’ve needed a refresher several times since 2016’s release back in October. One of my good friends Keith Mayer was featured on this episode of OEMTV on Microsoft’s Channel 9 website and it’s a good way to get up to speed again on all the new networking stuff in 2016. I’ve embedded the video below for ease of viewing.

6. Deploying Nano Server Using MDT

Author: Michael Niehaus

It’s no secret that deploying Nano Server can be somewhat difficult. For one it’s a vastly different deployment method than what has been used in previous versions/editions of Windows Server, and it involves quite a bit of CLI kung-fu, which can be difficult for new administrators who may not necessarily be used to PowerShell. This article will show you how you can use MDT to take a little bit of the work out of your Nano server deployment and make things a bit easier overall.


Well that wraps things up for us this month! As always, if you know of a cool link or howto, that you feel should be in this list, feel free to share in the comments section below!

With that said, we’ll be back next month for another edition of Hyper-V Hot Topics, so stay tuned!