Category Archives: Virtual Machines

Configuring Networking using SCVMM2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012R2 DHCP Server.

There’s a number of moving parts to be considered while configuring logical networking in System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2 . In this post, I attempt to document my steps in creating and configuring the Logical networks, logical switches, … Continue reading

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Moving a Hyper-V Virtual Machine Storage to a Cluster Volume using PowerShell.

I have a Virtual Machine ADS00 running a guest OS WS 2012 R2 .It’s vhdx file is located on a Failover Cluster node physical server running Hyper-V Core 2012 R2. As the services offered and requirements for this VM continued … Continue reading

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Removing a Temporary Template from System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2 using PowerShell.

While going through a house cleaning task in System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2, I found that I couldn’t remove a vhdx file that was part of a template.This is because the vhdx still had a dependency called “Temporary … Continue reading

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Resolving Hyper-v Error: “‘Unnamed VM’ could not initialize… The security ID structure is invalid.”

While moving my Lab to a new environment using the Hyper-v Export and Import VM options, I ran into an “‘Unnamed VM’ could not initialize… The security ID structure is invalid” error when trying to start the Domain Controller Virtual … Continue reading

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23 Best Practices to improve Hyper-V and VM Performance

Best practices are the most obvious starting point for improving your Hyper-V and Virtual Machine performance and I’ve listed 23 of them for you below. 1. Avoid overloading Hyper-V Server You must not overload Hyper-V Server. In other words, there … Continue reading

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Setting Up a WS2012 R2 Windows Deployment Server (WDS) for Pre-Boot Execution Environment (PXE).

In this post I want to quickly go through my experience setting up a Windows Deployment Server for PXE Boot(Pre-Boot Execution Environment) for my lab servers. Platform is Windows Server 2012 R2 .I outline the steps as follows: 1) Open … Continue reading

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Deploying Windows Server 2012 R2 in Dual-Boot Configuration using Windows 8.1 Native Boot-to-VHD capability

In this post, I’ll be sharing my experience deploying Windows Server 2012 R2 in a dual-boot configuration leveraging Windows 8.1 Enterprise native boot-to-vhd feature. This enabled me setup a sort of Lab-to-go for WS2012 R2 Active Directory research on a … Continue reading

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