Monthly Archive: October 2013

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MPIO on Hyper-V Server

On the previous version of Windows Server (prior Windows Server 2012) you have to download and install MultiPath I/O (MPIO). Since Windows Server 2012 MPIO is a feature that you can enable. Because it’s a feature that comes with the server, means that you will have the PowerShell cmdlets available. Use of the MPIO module in Windows PowerShell requires an “elevated” PowerShell window, opened with Administrator privileges. How to do...

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Hyper-V Best Practices Analyzer

Sometimes when you deploy an Hyper-V Server you don’t know if you miss any configuration or if you are following the best practices regarding security, configuration or even supportability of Hyper-V Server in case you need some help from Microsoft Support. To help us Microsoft has created a few rules to help us improve our environments — these are referred to as best practices. However, it is not easy to...

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How to delegate access in Hyper-V

In some medium/large organizations, it is common practice to have different access levels for systems, such as administrator, help desk, support and auditor. When implementing virtual machine using Hyper-V Servers, it is also important to reflect these access levels as well. Since Hyper-V 2012 makes this task easier when you need to specify particular users or groups to be Hyper-V Administrators, but you also might face scenarios where different levels...

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Performing daily task with PowerShell to manage Hyper-V Server

As a virtualization administrator, you will come across a lot of scenarios where you will need to create, modify, move, export, and other tasks to manage your virtual machines every day. In some examples, you will need to change a few small and easy settings, which can be done via a graphical interface. However, you will also get cases where lots of virtual machines will need some advanced configuration or...

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Managing Hyper-V Server remotely through PowerShell

Working with PowerShell can be very common for daily tasks and Hyper-V Server management. However, as there is more than one server to be managed, sometimes it can be difficult to log on and run the PowerShell scripts (most of the time the same one) on different computers. One of the benefits that PowerShell offers is the remote option that allows you to connect to multiple servers, enabling a single...

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Restoring Hyper-V and Virtual Machines using Windows Server Backup

Cluster, Hyper-V Replica, Storage Migration, and other features makes for a higher availability for Hyper-V virtual machines, but it is impossible to provide 100 percent assurance in any system. When we lose a host computer, for example, not only is a single system offline, but also all the virtual machines that are running in there. It does not matter if it is only an application, a virtual machine, or the...

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Backing up Hyper-V and virtual machines using Windows Server Backup

Previous versions of Hyper-V (like 2008, 2008 R2 and 2008 R2 SP1) had complications and incompatibilities with the built-in backup tool, forcing the administrators to acquire other solutions for backing up and restoring. Since Windows Server 2012, Windows Server comes with a feature known as Windows Server Backup (WSB), which has full Hyper-V integration, allowing you to back up and restore your server, applications, Hyper-V, and virtual machines. WSB is...

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Enabling and disabling the graphical interface in Hyper-V Server Core

Server Core has many installation benefits, but there are a few situations where the GUI is better and provides more options; for example, when we need to troubleshoot a problem on the server. Even with the handy tools from the previous task, nothing replaces the full server installation. Since Windows Server 2012 it is allow to install and uninstall the GUI, making our job easier when the GUI is necessary...

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Managing a Hyper-V Server Core installation using sconfig

With all the benefits that Server Core bring such as performance, security and so on. But without the GUI, it’s not easy to do the daily management and maintenance of Hyper-V. If you want to change the computer name or the IP address, the GUI is always the easiest to use. But on the other hand, the command line can bring a fast and an automated process. That’s why since...

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Installing and running Hyper-V 2012 R2 from a USB stick

Hyper-V 2012 R2 Server is the free version of Hyper-V and it offers all the components and features that are available in Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V. It is a Windows version containing only the Hyper-V bits and the Windows Failover Cluster, but it has to be installed as any other Windows Server on the local hard disk. What if you could run Hyper-V 2012 R2 Server from a...