Monthly Archive: July 2013

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Automatic Virtual Machine Activation on Windows Server 2012 R2

Automatic Virtual Machine Activation (AVMA) acts as a proof-of-purchase mechanism, helping to ensure that Windows products are used in accordance with the Product Use Rights and Microsoft Software License Terms. AVMA lets you install virtual machines on a properly activated Windows server without having to manage product keys for each individual virtual machine, even in disconnected environments. AVMA binds the virtual machine activation to the licensed virtualization server and activates...

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Resizing a virtual hard disk with Windows Server 2012 R2

Starting in Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview, Hyper-V delivers the ability to expand or shrink the size of a virtual hard disk while the virtual machine is still running. Storage administrators can avoid costly downtime by performing maintenance operations on running virtual hard disks. Shutting down virtual machines is no longer required and this eliminates interruption to users accessing those virtual machines and helps reduce maintenance costs. Prior to Windows...

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Enhanced Session Mode on Hyper-V 2012 R2

One of the new features or improved feature on Windows Server 2012 R2 is the enhanced session mode through virtual machine connection. Hyper-V and the Virtual Machine Connection tool now support redirection of local resources to a virtual machine session. This feature provides similar type of device redirection to a virtual machine as you get with a Remote Desktop Connection session. Enhanced Session Mode In previous versions of Hyper-V the...