FIX: Cannot boot VM from ISO to install OS

Just sharing a quick fix for an issue you may encounter when working in secure environments. The issue I encountered a Hyper-V VM in the lab today that would not boot from an Ubuntu ISO image. No matter what I did, the VM went straight to attempting PXE boot (even with network boot at bottom … Continue reading “FIX: Cannot boot VM from ISO to install OS”

How to enable hibernation on a Guarded Host running Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

The Guarded Host feature (pictured below) allows us to run shielded VMs on Hyper-V with remote attestation. While uncommon on Windows 10, it can come up both in lab testing and developer scenarios in ultra-secure environments. In this case, a user noticed hibernation was disabled once the Guarded Host feature was enabled.  What’s more, it would … Continue reading “How to enable hibernation on a Guarded Host running Windows 10 Fall Creators Update”

Switch from dynamic IP to IP Pool in VMM 2016

Recently I migrated a VM from standalone Hyper-V server in 2016 to a Hyper-V cluster managed by Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2016. The VM was using DHCP for addressing and I wanted to flip it to get its address from the IP pool assigned to its logical network in VMM. However, even with the VM … Continue reading “Switch from dynamic IP to IP Pool in VMM 2016”

Veeam Management Pack v8 for VMware and Hyper-V

Veeam have released version 8 of their management pack for System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager. Veeam is great for comprehensive monitoring of both Hyper-V and VMware deployments. In mixed Hyper-V and VMware mixed environments, the Veeam pack also offers a very consistent view of fabric health across the two platforms, providing a unified monitoring experience … Continue reading “Veeam Management Pack v8 for VMware and Hyper-V”

Now Available: Updated Best Practices for Monitoring VMware

You can download an updated copy of a whitepaper I wrote with my friends Alec King and Cameron Fuller, discussing effective monitoring of vSphere hosts and virtualized workloads with the latest version of the Veeam MP for VMware. Download this white paper and discover the 6 key concepts to get the most out of VMware … Continue reading “Now Available: Updated Best Practices for Monitoring VMware”

How to resolve non-OS disks offline in multi-disk VM deployment from template

Best practices for server configuration generally suggest installing applications / app data to a separate disk and volume than the OS. However, when you deploy a Windows 2008 or 2012 VM from a VM template in System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM), you may find the second disk (vhd or vhdx) containing the application partition … Continue reading “How to resolve non-OS disks offline in multi-disk VM deployment from template”