Mark Berry April 6, 2013
This is the third in the series of almost annual articles about my experiences testing a Hyper-V restore. I’ve done this successfully in 2011 and 2012. Why repeat? To make sure disaster recovery is still possible, and to try a new approach.More...
Mark Berry March 12, 2012
In January 2011, I wrote about my experience restoring a Hyper-V Server to an Optiplex 960. That article is exhaustive (and exhausting). I’ve done the same test again and wanted to write up a somewhat shorter procedure. If you get stuck in this procedure, refer to the original article for details.More...
Mark Berry November 12, 2011
After installing a new router, I was no longer able to ping my Hyper-V server. Why not? The router sits at the edge of the network—how could it affect pinging on the local LAN?More...
Mark Berry June 18, 2011
It may be a bit sensationalistic to call it a time bomb, but apparently Hyper-V will only run for a year before the self-signed certificate that allows remote access to the machines expires. Supposedly it will auto-renew (unless you’re on Server 2008 and need this hotfix), but according to MSKB 241735, you may still be left with an inoperable mouse and need to save/resume your VMs.More...
Mark Berry January 7, 2011
Recently I upgraded a small server to run Windows Server 2008 R2 as a Hyper-V host, with Server 2008 R2 as a guest as well. I’ve read that Windows Server Backup can restore to dissimilar hardware. That could be especially helpful in a small environment where no other servers are available. Can I restore the entire Server 2008 host and guest to an Optiplex 960 desktop? How long will it take?More...
Mark Berry October 8, 2010
On Windows Server 2008 R2 running Hyper-V, I copied a VHD to an external drive using Windows Explorer. After compacting the drive, I copied the VHD back to its original location and tried to start the virtual machine. I got a long message telling me that the virtual machine failed to start due to an access denied error.More...
Mark Berry October 8, 2010
On Windows Server 2008 R2 running Hyper-V, I’m trying to compact a (dynamically expanding) VHD on an external hard drive (USB drive, NTFS format). The drive is 59GB and there is 103GB free on the drive. I keep getting the message, "The system failed to compact <MyDrive>.VHD. Error code: The requested operation could not be completed due to a file system limitation." Why can’t I compress the VHD?More...
Mark Berry September 23, 2010
I downloaded a Windows Server 2008 R2 ISO from Microsoft licensing. I inserted the ISO into a a Hyper-V virtual machine and started the installation. Very soon this message appeared in a window:
“A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing. If you have a driver floppy disk, CD, DVD, or USB flash drive, please insert it now.”More...
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