Tag: Virtual

VeeamON Virtual 2019

Experts Lounge at VeeamON Virtual 2019 Conference

I am happy to announce that I will be part of this year’s VeeamON Virtual Conference for Cloud Data Management. I will be part of the virtual expert’s lounge during the online event. As a Veeam Vanguard, this is a great opportunity and I am already looking forward to being part of this event. VeeamON Virtual will be on November 20, 2019, and you can find more information here.

Licensing Microsoft Server in a Virtual Environment

Altaro Hyper-V Licensing Microsoft Server in a Virtual Environment webinar recording available

Together with Altaro I did a webinar on “Licensing Microsoft Server in a Virtual Environment” together with Andy Syrewicze (Microsoft MVP Hyper-V). Now the recording of this webinar is now available. You can also download the free eBook for Licensing Microsoft Server in a Virtual Environment from Eric Siron.

Boot from VHD

If you need to run multiple instances of Windows on your computer, you have different options. First you could use software like Microsoft Virtual PC or VMware Workstation to run a virtual instance. But if you need more performance, or you have to run for example Microsoft Hyper-V you need a native installed Operating System. Until Microsoft added the feature “boot from VHD”, you had to create different partitions for each installation. Since Microsoft allowed you to use VHD to boot you won a lot of flexibility.

This guide should show you how you can install a new operation system in a VHD, which you can boot from.

  1. First boot from a Windows Setup DVD or USB Stick
  2. On the screen where you could click “Install now” you have also a “Repair your computer” option in the bottom left corner. Click on this option or use the short cut “Shift + F10” to boot in to the command line mode.
  3. Enter diskpart
  4. Create a new VHD file
    create vdisk file=”filepathandfilename” type=”expandable” maximum=maxsiize
  5. Now you have to attach this VHD
    select vidsk file=”filepathandfilename”
    attach vdisk
  6. Now you can switch back to the “Install now” screenby pressing “ALT+TAB” and now do the setup on the new create vdisk.
  7. If you start Windows the next time you will see the new and the old Windows in the boot menu.

If you want to add a already existing VHD to the boot menu you can use bdcedit to edit the boot menu.

bcdedit /copy {originalguid} /d "New Windows 7 Installation" 
bcdedit /set {newguid} device vhd=[D:]\Image.vhd 
bcdedit /set {newguid} osdevice vhd=[D:]\Image.vhd 
bcdedit /set {newguid} detecthal on

You can get more information here.

Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Licensing Overview


This is a little Overview how you can license Windows Server 2008 R2 in a Hyper-V Environment. One of the biggest advantages  of Hyper-V over VMware are the included Guest OS Licenses. For example if you buy a Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter license (of each CPU of your physical Server) you can deploy unlimited Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter Virtual Machines on this Host.

This Overview should help you understand how this works.

LicenseLicense modelsPhysicalVirtual
Windows Server 2008 R2 FoundationServer License10
Windows Server 2008 R2 StandardServer + CAL
Processor or SAL
Windows Server 2008 R2 EnterpriseServer + CAL
Processor or SAL
Windows Server 2008 R2 DatacenterProcessor + CAL1unlimited
Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-Based SystemsProcessor + CAL1unlimited
Windows Web Server 2008 R2Server License10 (or 1)
Hyper-V Server 2008 R2Free10


If you need more infos you can find this here.

VMware Fusion: wouldn’t it be great…

VMware Fusion Logo

As a Windows System Administrator who works on Macs, Virtualization is a really esencial thing. I love to work with VMware Fusion and his Unity Mode, and I of course some other great features Fusion provides. So I had some thoughts about the next version of VMware Fusion.

Wouldn’t it be great if…

  • there would be an iPhone App to start and shut down VM’s and maybe some other small things like watching the performance… (really interessting feature if you use VMware Fusion for Server Virtualization)
  • Something like an Advanced View for some administrator features…
  • One of the Advanced things could be a monitoring for the performace of the virtual maschines
  • SNMP and SMTP features for monitoring maybe also something for the iPhone App and the Push notificationservice of Apple.
  • better performace, especially if you run more than one VM at the same time and of course the overall performace of Fusion.
  • visual effects, I really loved the turn around effect in Fusion 1 or was it paralles 3?
  • V2P and P2V, creat a Bootcamp Partition out of a VM and back with some simple clicks
  • Support for Microsoft VHD Files, maybe not best performance but working…
  • Templates, creat templates for diffrend Operating Systems, so you can setup a new VM really fast
  • Screen-Capture Tool for creating documentations
  • OpenGL Support
  • A powersafe mode for VM’s on a notebook
  • Mounting virtual disks in OS X
  • cloning VM’s (not just copy past)
  • up to 8 processors per VM (Mac Pro’s and Xserve)
  • creating virtual networks, closed from the real networks, for test environments
  • Change Settings on a running virtual machine, and take these settings after reboot
  • OpenCL, CUDA, ATI Stream Support (Snow Leopard)
  • OpenCL, CUDA, ATI Stream could be great for Import VM’s

Don’t get me wrong, I really love the easy and simple view of VMware Fusion, but I would love to see more advanced features.

Microsoft Windows 7 with Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC

Great news for small businesses. The Windows 7 Pro and Ultimate Edition delivers a new Feature called Windows XP Mode or XPM. Basically, its a Windows XP running in a Virtual Machine on Virtual PC. Which allows Users to run Windows XP Applications (or business applications which are not compatible with Windows Vista/7) on Windows 7.

Windows Team Blog: Coming Soon: Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC:

Windows XP Mode is specifically designed to help small businesses move to Windows 7. Windows XP Mode provides you with the flexibility to run many older productivity applications on a Windows 7 based PC.

All you need to do is to install suitable applications directly in Windows XP Mode which is a virtual Windows XP environment running under Windows Virtual PC. The applications will be published to the Windows 7 desktop and then you can run them directly from Windows 7.

Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC are best experienced on your new Windows 7 PC. We will be soon releasing the beta of Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC for Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate.