Virtualization

Configuration of Hyper-V and creation of VMs

In continuing with the post that I started last week, this week I focus on how I used PowerShell to install Hyper-V on Windows 8 and then create all necessary items to continue the creation of the SharePoint lab running on Hyper-V on Windows 8. First thing, in all situations I started PowerShell as Administrator. And yes, many of this items can be done and worked on through the GUI. But, the point is how do I automate. Also, assumptions here are you have a licensed version of Windows 8, and your ......

Awesome Read: Buck Woody’s post on the proper use of the Windows Azure VM Role

I have heard some service providers (or cloud providers), hosting companies and such complain, criticize or even venture to call foul on Microsoft’s Azure VM Role. The problem: None of them have gone through the effort of truly understanding (or perhaps not wanting to know) what is going on there. Many have jumped right into the “purist” definition of IaaS, or PaaS for that matter. Ok, Buck’s post is a true gem (my opinion) in the sense it gives you parallels of what the VM Role is and is not. And ......

Great finds: Hyper-V Survival Guide

Virtualization and “the Cloud” have gained visibility over the last 5 years (at least). Diving into Hyper-V requires dedication and a very good understanding of what goes on with the different layers that need to interact. In browsing through the TechNet Wiki, I ran into the Hyper-V Survival Guide. Here is the link to the resource: http://social.technet.micro... ......

Creating a SharePoint Demo/Dev Lab using Hyper-V on Windows 8. The Overview.

In the last number of days, I have come across the release of the Microsoft Office Division Demo VMs. While a great asset, it is also quite large and it consumes a lot of resources, this being said as I have a Lenovo W530 with 32GB RAM, and 3 Hard Drives. The download is a 56GB set, then expanded it comes to 220GB. That is just the storage piece. Then in order to get all VMs running, it requires 42GB RAM … not quite what I wanted in the end, but still useful in a given situation. That brought me ......

Setting up VMware Hypervisor using VMware Go

My team at work has been growing and evolving. With that came a group of guys that challenge me to do more and learn more … faster. So, one of them is a virtualization junkie (no, geek does not apply). And I have seen him do some pretty cool stuff on his home gear. I have some gear just laying around and I decided to give some stuff a go. Enter VMware Go, deploying VMware’s Hypervisor remotely was one thing that attracted me. How complicated can it get? Right? I already have a background with virtualization, ......

Updated Virtual Machine for VS/TFS 2010

If you had downloaded the previous version of the virtual machines, then you are likely aware they are set to expire soon (12/15/2010). Brian Keller announced yesterday (blog post here) the availability of a vm refresh (new expiration set for 6/1/2011). What is part of the refresh? Here is the excerpt from Brian’s post: “ The version of this virtual machine which was refreshed on December 9, 2010, includes the following additions: · Visual Studio 2010 Feature Pack 2 · Team Foundation Server 2010 ......

Virtualization of SQL Server on VMware platform

We have gotten the chance to see Microsoft’s recommendations on how to go about providing a reliable virtualization platform to support SQL Server in a Hyper-V environment. While that defines an “ideal” scenario, not all deployments for a virtualized platform happen on Hyper-V, there is a large number of deployments taking place on the VMware platform. And a recent post from Jonathan Kehayias on sqlblogs.com is a great summary of the resources available for making a great implementation possible. ......