Resize Live Virtual Hard Drives

  I have used Hyper-V for as long as there has been Hyper-V.  Today I use it much less than I once did, but it is still handy for running VMs on my laptop.  I run a particular VM called ‘Sandbox’ in which I do all sorts of things that I would not want to … Continue reading Resize Live Virtual Hard Drives

Drive Space Nightmares with Hyper-V

As you know, I have been using Hyper-V since before it was released, and am a huge proponent of the solution (although I am also a huge proponent of VMware).  The fact that Hyper-V is also included in Windows 10 makes my life easier – I use it on my Windows Client for several reasons.  … Continue reading Drive Space Nightmares with Hyper-V

Converting Fixed Size VHDs to Dynamic Sized VHDs

I was called in to help a company recently with a small Hyper-V environment.  They created a 2TB VHD file (they had good reasons for not using .vhdx files, but the steps in this article will work for both versions).  They realized that they had unnecessarily created the drive as a 2TB Fixed Size disk … Continue reading Converting Fixed Size VHDs to Dynamic Sized VHDs

Step-by-Step: Creating Differencing Disks

Earlier this week I told you how you can use Differencing Disks in courseware, for lab development, for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, for software development, and for any number of other uses.  They really are a very handy technology once you get to know them.  But how do you do that? Although usually I would show … Continue reading Step-by-Step: Creating Differencing Disks

Differencing Disks: Making courseware, labs, and boot camps easier!

One of the features of Hyper-V that has made courseware development and delivery easier for me is the ability to create Parent (or Base) and Differencing disks.  It allowed me to reduce the ‘reset’ time at the end of a course (to prepare for the next delivery) from two hours per machine to one minute … Continue reading Differencing Disks: Making courseware, labs, and boot camps easier!

Converting VHDs to VHDX and other questions…

Many of the articles I write for both The World According to Mitch and the Canadian IT Pro Connection come directly from people I meet through my travels.  They send me questions about technology by e-mail and rather than simply replying to them, if I feel the questions are relevant, I write them up as … Continue reading Converting VHDs to VHDX and other questions…