How to Scale-Out a File Server using Microsoft Hyper-V 2012

In this video Microsoft discusses the advancements made to file servers in terms of scale, storage, virtual processors, support for vm’s per host and per cluster as well as demoing a classic vs. scaled out file server.


Free Virtualization e-book! Understanding Microsoft Virtualization R2 Solutions

Microsoft has released a free ebook on their Virtualization products.This is the book for IT professionals who want to learn more about the latest Microsoft virtualization technologies, including Hyper-V and Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5, Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization, Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, and Microsoft’s private and public cloud computing platforms including Windows Azure.

Who Is This Book For?
The primary target audience for this book is IT administrators, implementers, and decision makers of large and mid-sized organizations who want to learn about the benefits of the latest virtualization technologies and how to plan, implement, and manage virtual infrastructure solutions based on these technologies. The book assumes that you are familiar with core Windows Server technologies and how to implement an Active Directory Domain Services infrastructure. The book also assumes you have experience working with the latest client and server versions of Windows, namely Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Finally, the book assumes you are already familiar with earlier Microsoft virtualization products such as Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 and Microsoft Virtual PC 2007.

Download the free Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions, From the Desktop to the Datacenter, 2nd Edition

Microsoft P2V Desktop Virtualization Beta Tool

Microsoft announced last week that they have a new tool to work for P2V desktops.  Simply put this tool will allow you to desktop virtualization to maintain legacy applications and still move users to Windows 7.The tool works with the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and/or System Center Configuration Manager plus the Disk2VHD virtual hard disk solution from the Windows Sysinternals Web portal. It can package older Windows desktops into virtual machines that will run on Windows 7 PCs.

IT pros with Microsoft's Software Assurance (SA) licensing in place within their organization can use a new physical-to-virtual migration (P2V migration) tool in beta release. The tool works with the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and/or System Center Configuration Manager plus the Disk2VHD virtual hard disk solution from the Windows Sysinternals Web portal. It can package older Windows desktops into virtual machines that will run on Windows 7 PCs.

Microsoft last Thursday released Version 1.0 beta of the P2V migration tool at its Connect portal. The tool and release notes can be downloaded here (requires WindowsLive ID).

Linux Integration Services v2.1 for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V R2 now available for download

When installed in a supported Linux virtual machine running on Hyper-V, the Linux Integration Components provide.

Driver support for synthetic devices: The Linux integration components include support for both the synthetic network controller and synthetic storage controller that have been developed specifically for Hyper-V. These components take advantage of the new high-speed bus, VMBus, which was developed for Hyper-V.

Fastpath Boot Support: Boot devices now take advantage of the storage VSC to provide enhanced performance.
Timesync: The clock inside the virtual machine will remain synchronized with the clock on the host.
Integrated Shutdown: Virtual machines running Linux can be shut down from either Hyper-V Manager or System Center Virtual Machine Manager, using the “Shut Down” command.
Symmetric Multi-Processing (SMP) Support: Supported Linux distributions can use up to 4 virtual processors (VP) per virtual machine.
Heartbeat: Allows the host to detect whether the guest is running and responsive.
Pluggable Time Source: A pluggable clock source module is included to provide a more accurate time source to the guest.

Supported Operating Systems:
Hyper-V Server 2008; Windows Server 2008; Windows Server 2008 R2

  • Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V RTM Update (KB950050) applied
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V RTM
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 RTM

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Installing Service Pack 1 on Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2

With the release of Beta of Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 a number of you have asked about Service Pack 1 for the standalone Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2, and whether the new capabilities of Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX will be available for it. Absolutely, both Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX have been developed for Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 as well.


In order to get these capabilities for the Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2, you will need to install the Beta of Service Pack 1 on Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2. Note that the first wave of the Service pack installer is only in 5 languages (English, French, German, Japanese and Spanish), so if you try and apply the package to Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 (which has 11 language packs installed by default) you will rightly see the following screen

It’s pretty simple to uninstall these language packs to thereafter install the Service pack. In order to uninstall the language packs, there is nifty utility included (lpksetup.exe). Launch this from an administrator’s command prompt and select “Uninstall display languages”.

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