Where am I? HELP!

My colleague created a virtual machine for me in our datacentre a few weeks ago.  (Thanks Michael!)  Earlier this week I needed to create a second virtual machine to cluster with it, and I felt that the best way to maximize my resources completely would be to create another virtual machine identical to the first.  … Continue reading Where am I? HELP!

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Supported Hosts Revisited

In a recent article I posted a list of hypervisors that are supported by System Center 2012 (See https://garvis.ca/2013/01/28/system-center-vmm-supported-hosts/).  I have since been informed that although this list of hosts may work, the only supported hosts are indeed as listed in the TechNet article.  ESXi 5.0 is not supported, nor is ESX or ESXi 4.0. … Continue reading Supported Hosts Revisited

System Center VMM Supported Hosts

When I was asked in class recently what type of virtualization hosts are supported by System Center 2012 though Virtual Machine Manager I readily answered off the top of my head.  Unfortunately one of my students went on-line to search for confirmation of this, and came up with a TechNet article that gave a conflicting … Continue reading System Center VMM Supported Hosts

Hyper-V on the Client: How to install the hypervisor on Windows 8

For four years people have known me as the Hyper-V guy, and of course my interest in Microsoft virtualization dates back to 2004.  However I am also known as a Windows client guy – my MVP Award category is Windows Expert (IT Pro).  So what could be better than combining the two?  Microsoft has given … Continue reading Hyper-V on the Client: How to install the hypervisor on Windows 8

Layer 1 or Layer 2 Hypervisor? A common misconception of Hyper-V, and a brief explanation of the Parent Partition

In the world of Server Virtualization, there are two types of hypervisors: Layer 2 hypervisors are installed as an application (or service) on an existing operating system (such as Microsoft Windows).  Layer 1 hypervisors are in and of themselves operating systems that are installed on the ‘bare metal’ – directly on the hardware. The hypervisor … Continue reading Layer 1 or Layer 2 Hypervisor? A common misconception of Hyper-V, and a brief explanation of the Parent Partition

Creating a Virtual Machine from VM Templates and ISOs using System Center (Video)

If you are starting to use System Center Essentials (or, for that matter, System Center Virtual Machine Manager) to manage your virtual environment, then you can save a lot of time creating virtual machines by using VM Templates to build and configure the virtual machines, and ISO files stored in Virtual Machine Libraries to deploy … Continue reading Creating a Virtual Machine from VM Templates and ISOs using System Center (Video)

Gartner agrees with me… Hyper-V is for real!

In September Microsoft Canada contracted me as a Virtual Partner Technology Advisor, tasking me with evangelizing Microsoft virtualization solutions.  One of the reasons I was such a good fit for the role is that I am very familiar with both Microsoft’s and VMware’s server virtualization solutions – I teach and consult on both platforms.  I … Continue reading Gartner agrees with me… Hyper-V is for real!

Uninstall the VMM Agent from Server Core

I found myself with a weird problem this morning. Most of the time I manage my virtualization environment with System Center Virtual Machine Manager.  However because of a client project I have re-implemented System Center Essentials 2010, which has most of the VMM components that I use integrated into it.  In order to add virtualization … Continue reading Uninstall the VMM Agent from Server Core