Category: Azure

  • Using Hyper-V in Windows 8

    In Steven Sinofsky’s this blog – Bringing Hyper-V to “Windows 8”. He talks about that Windows 8 will support virtualization on the “client” OS.  This is very helpful for developers as they typically have the need to setup additional test environment on their PC/Laptop. Hardware Requirements Hyper-V supports creation of both 32-bit and 64-bit operating…

  • Using SCVMM 2012 Cmdlets in PowerShell

    SCVMM Cmdlets allow SCVMM admin/users to do everything they can do in SCVMM AdminConsole in windows PowerShell command line. In SCVMM 2008 R2, you can run following command in PowerShell to run SCVMM cmdlets. Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SystemCenter.VirtualMachineManager But this does not work in SCVMM 2012 as SCVMM 2012 uses PowerShell module. For SCVMM 2012 now you…

  • Improve VM deploy performance in SCVMM

    SCVMM use BITS over https to deploy virtual machine to host server. To improve the performance of virtual machine deploy, you can disable encrypted file transfers for Host Group. Open Virtual Machine Manager Administrator Console (aka SCVMM Console) on the Application Tier and connect to VMM Server Click Host on the left side pane. Right…

  • HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED Error when install Windows 8 Developer Preview on VPC

    When you install the Windows 8 Developer Preview on Virtual PC in 64-bit windows. Your installation would fail with the blue screen of sad: : ( Your PC ran into a problem that it couldn’t handle, and now it needs to restart You can search for the error online: HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED

  • IDE/ATAPI Account does not have sufficient privilege to open attachment

    You might get following error after you move or replace a virtual disk drive file of a hyper-v virtual machine. An error occurred while attempting to start the selected virtual machine(s). ‘TestVM’ failed to start. Microsoft Emulated IDE Controller (Instance ID {83F8638B-8DCA-4152-9EDA-2CA8B33039B4}): Failed to Power on with Error ‘General access denied error’ IDE/ATAPI Account does…

  • Could not load file or assembly TraceWrapper, Version=1.0.523.0

    There are two versions of the TraceWrapper.dll in SCVMM install CD. One is x86 version and the other is x64 version. When you build your application on top of SCVMM library Microsoft.SystemCenter.VirtualMachineManager, it’s very important to pick up the correct version TraceWrapper.dll. In general, you should copy the 32 bit dll if you are using…

  • Install Remote Server Administration Tools on Windows 7 SP1

    Remote Server Administrator Tools (RSAT) is not compatible with Windows 7 SP1. If you install Remote Server Administration Tools on Windows 7 SP1 slipstreamed media, you will get following error. The update is not applicable to your computer That’s because current RSAT version only supports Windows 7 RTM. To workaround this issue, you can Install…

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 New Features

    Other than rolls up all previous released windows patches since RTM, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 contains two new features. Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX. Dynamic Memory Dynamic Memory is a memory management feature for Hyper-V VM administrators. Dynamic Memory allows administrator allocates a range of memory to indivual VMs and windows system will automatically adjust…

  • Find Physical Host Name of a Virtual Machine

      If the virtual machine is hosted on a Windows Server with Hyper-V and has Integration Service installed, you can look at following virtual machine’s registry to identify the physical host machine. HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftVirtual MachineGuestParametersPhysicalHostName   If you use PowerShell, here is a one line script that can indicate host name. (Get-Item “HKLM:SOFTWAREMicrosoftVirtual MachineGuestParameters”).GetValue(“PhysicalHostNameFullyQualified”)

  • Hyper-V VM Slow on Windows Server 2008 R2

    I recently upgraded my virtual machine hosting server from Window Server 2008 to Windows Server 2008 R2. There are some noticeable performance drop, especially on virtual machines that handles big log files, the automation script execution time can take 200% or more than it was in a VMHOST with Windows Server 2008. I have done…