Explore the variety of methods to set up Hyper-V Live Migrations in Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 with this complete guide from Eric Siron.
One day, I was out traversing the wide, untamed world of my Twitter feed when I came across this most lovely post by Aidan Finn that does a great job summarizing Hyper-V’s Biggest Weakness. That post is required reading for this one. Actually, that post should be required reading for anyone that has anything to do with Hyper-V. Start there, then come back here. Aidan’s post is about the state of management tools for Hyper-V in general. I’m going to focus on System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM). Even if you don’t use VMM, this article is for you. If you have Hyper-V but not VMM, then that is something that Microsoft seriously needs to address whether you (or they) realize it or not. I believe that there should be a set of free tools with a premium management pack. The free tools should be enough for anyone to… Read More»
Like any creative work, a blog post is never really done; it’s just abandoned. Unlike many other mediums, blogs do allow us to easily refresh those older articles, but we so rarely ever do it. To close out this year, a few of us on the editorial team got together and selected a few highlights from the past year. Our 14 selections from 2014 (in no particular order): Hyper-V Guest Licensing This was our first licensing article directly related to guest licensing. We followed it up with a downloadable eBook that was expanded to include a number of examples, and Andy Syrewicze and Thomas Maurer gave a fantastic webinar on the topic. We’ve received quite a few questions and some great feedback. Keep an eye out for a follow-up post that takes on some of those questions and incorporates some of the suggestions. If you’ve got questions or suggestions of… Read More»
In the first part of this series I walked through using the Hyper-V Manager to create a new virtual machine from a snapshot. If this is something you only need to do occasionally, there is no reason not to use a graphical tool. But if you find yourself doing this often, or would like a way to automate the process for the sake of efficiency, then you’ll need to turn to Windows PowerShell.
Without a doubt Hyper-V snapshots can be quite useful. They make software and systems testing a little less stressful because you know you can roll back any changes. They can provide a “quick and dirty“ backup solution. Or you can use them as starting points for new virtual machines.