Microsoft Virtual Server

Microsoft Virtual Server was a virtualization solution that facilitated the creation of virtual machines on the Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2003 operating systems. Virtual machines are created and managed through a web-based interface that relies on Internet Information Services (IIS) or through a Windows client application tool called VMRCplus. Features included Linux guest operating system support, Virtual Disk Precompactor, symmetric multiprocessing (SMP), x64 host operating system support, the ability to mount virtual hard drives on the host machine and additional operating systems support, including Windows Vista, and a volume shadow copy writer.

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My primary AD server (and DNS) is a physical machine (Server 2008R2), while my secondary AD server (and secondary DNS) is a hyper-v virtual machine.
My primary server I back up each day, but the secondary vm is backed up as a hyper-v image from 3 months ago.
I lost the virtual secondary server (theft of the host server), and would like to restore (import) the old hyper-v image on the new host server.

If I import the old hyper-v image of the secondary server onto the new host hyper-v server, will it run okay? Or will the new host hardware be a problem for the virtual AD server? I have already imported another non Active Directory vm image to the new host hardware, so I know the hardware is compatible, just I am unsure about AD.
Also, I assume the secondary server, once connected will automatically synchronise with the primary server?
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Newly released Acronis True Image 2019

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We recently upgraded our SCCM clients (Configuration Manager) to 5.00.8634.1814.

We did this after upgrading the site to 1802.

After the upgrade all of the icons in Software Center are wacked out.  Prior to the upgrade, something was taking different sized icons and make them automatically appear the same.

In the new version, this functionality works in the List View option - all icons appear the same size regardless of their size.  In Tile View, which everyone uses, this is not the case.  The icons are not being adjusted for the view.

Has anyone else noted this issue?  Is there a setting somewhere I can click to resize?

I hope so.  So far it's that or I have to resize them all manually.
Have a client with 5 sites, each running on a 6KVA APC smart UPS
Each site is equipped with routing and switch gear, plus 2 powerfull Dell Rack mount servers.

I need to configure theses HyperV host and VMs to gracefully shutdown when UPS has about 40% battery run-time left
Then once power resumes, I need hosts and VM to auto start up again.  This has to work 100% as the site are on average 200-300KM apart and the furthest site is 600KM away from my office.

Please will someone send me the exact parameters to get this right. All UPSs has an SNMP card installed and the hosts already have to Power Chute client installed and configured, but I need to confirm if my config is 100%.  Please i need the best practiced way to do this as well could you advise if the UPS should also initiate a Self shutdown in the event that input power fails.  

UPS and Current Firmware is as follows:

Model: Smart-UPS RT 6000 XL
Position: RACK
Firmware Revision: 452.18.W
Manufacture Date: 10/04/12
SIP and Primary SMTP domains do not match. Skype for Business 2015 client displays EWS not deployed.
Hello, I have an Exchange 2007 and Skype for Business 2015 Server on-premise solution deployed.
Originally, functioning fine with SAN certs using <company>.org domain for required certs on mail server and SfB 2015 Standard Edition solution (Standard, Edge and WAP servers).
Primary SMTP domain was <longcompanyname>.com  (domain NOT included in the SAN certs) and everything functioned fine including Conversation History and Calendar synch between Outlook (2007-2013) and Skype for Business 2015 client.
Fast forward a few years and....
New domain purchased and Primary SMTP for each user changed to <shortcompanyname>.com
NOW, Conversation History and Calendar do NOT synch with Outlook anymore.
Research appeared to state I can have this circumstance without issue after running 'Set-CsClientPolicy -DisableEmailComparisonCheck $true'
Ran the powershell command on the SfB Standard Edition server, rebooted test client and SfB solution. STill Outlook Integration Error and EWS not deployed in SfB client Configuration info.
I have recently done a P to V migration on a SQL server for one of my customers. They are now saying they have slow read and write access to the SQL data base. They access it Via a client installed on the work station. It is running on Hyper-v (Gen 1 as it would not migrate to Gen 2)

I have already gone down the path of disabling the virtual machine Que on the network cards. The CPU and Ram usage never gets above around 25% usage.

The hyper-v server, is running two 10 core hyper threaded CPU, 96 gb of Ram, 10X 1.2TB 10K sas drives in Raid 10 and 10GB network. So the speed of the Server should not be an issue.

The VM is set with 8 cores and 16gb of ram and a single VHD file.

Am I missing somthing?
Hyper V wont read .iso to install an OS on a VM.
A client of mine wants the Direct Access role to be installed within a Server 2016 Hyper-V virtual machine.

I have already found instructions for setting up Direct Access but these guides don't include any instructions on how to set up the Hyper-V networking to support installing Direct Access within a Server 2016 Hyper-V virtual machine.

Please provide me with the instructions for installing Direct Access including setting up the Hyper-V virtual machine networking that is necessary for installing Direct Access within a Hyper-V virtual machine.

Direct Access will be installed on a server that has 4 physical RJ network ports.

I am looking for a script to get MBSA CLI Script that pulls Pending/Missing applicable patches on Windows Servers.
Tried using script in the below link but seeing errors.
Help me with a powershell script.
We currently have SBS2011 and We want to move to Server 2016 as our DC with Exchange 2016.
We don't need any advice for setting-up Server 2016 as a DC or Exchange 2016 - however

Should we-

Setup and configure Server 2016 as a DC on physical hardware - install the Hyper-V element and setup a VM to run Exchange 2016 (within the DC environment)?
Do we setup the host OS (Server 2016) on Physical hardware and install the Hyper-V element - THEN setup 2 VM's - one as the DC and the other as Exchange.

Which is the best configuration please.
Thank you
I have a Hyper-V base server that has a total of 24 processors.

Is it possible to assign more than 24 total virtual processors among the Hyper-V virtual machines?

In other words, can the virtual machines share virtual processors?
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Hopefully, someone can assist. Ideally this is the 2nd time I have worked with Azure APIs - in more of a sysadmin role vs Developer.

Essentially what I want is to export the Non-Compliance Microsoft Azure Policies to a HTML report, there is no currently way of doing this so worked on my own method.

Connecting to the PolicyAssignments API I have been successfully able to export the: Azure Policy Names, Azure Policy Descriptions however not the Non Compliant resources or policies. Essentially what I am getting back is a '0', which although is really nice! I know it not to be the truth!

Attached to this post is a screenshot of the HTML export I have managed to do, but don't understand why the Resources & Policies are all coming up as '0'.

This is the code I have so far:

$PolicyResults = @()
ForEach ($subid in $subscriptionId)


    $Headers = @{
        'authorization' = "Bearer $token"
        'host'          = ''
        'contentype'    = 'application/json'

    $url = "$subid/providers/Microsoft.Authorization/policyAssignments?api-version=2017-06-01-preview"

    $policies = Invoke-RestMethod  -Uri $url  -Headers $Headers -Method Get

ForEach ($policy in $policies.value) {

    $id = $
    $resources = 

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Hyper-V Storage Recommendation for small enterprise required.

I have a customer that is a 25 seat accounting practice.  Currently they have a server that is 4 years old, dual Xeon CPUs, 72GB of RAM.  Storage is a RAID 6 array of 8 15K 300GB SAS hard disks.  There are 2 years remaining on the warranty.  The server is a Windows 2012 Hyper-V host.  There are 3VMs, a DC, a file server and a RemoteApp server.  The server provides more than adequate compute resources but is running out of storage space.  One of the file server volumes has already been moved to a Synology NAS connected via iSCSI.  Even with that, storage on the server is becoming severely constrained. Storage requirements are only going to grow as the client is moving towards "paperless" operation.

I don't know much about storing VMs outside of the box that they are hosted on, but it seems attractive to move the virtual disks to some sort of network based storage. Easily scalable storage, and when the time comes the ability to replace the Hyper-V host hardware and simply migrate the VMs without disturbing the VHDs.  For a smaller organization like this it seems (from my limited research) that a true SAN is not going to be financially viable.  Is it feasible to use NAS boxes to store VMs or am I going to be better off just recommending replacing the entire server?

DR is handled by a 4TB Datto Siris, so building a multi node cluster really isn't necessary either IMHO.  I know there are some small scale …
SSRS Report Builder - Export to CSV issue; Double Quotes exist for each record.

We have a report that is scheduled to produce a CSV file.
This file is consumed by another application and requires specific formatting in order to successfully process the file.
The following entry has been configured within the 'rsreportserver.config' file:

<Extension Name="CSV (No Header)" Type="Microsoft.ReportingServices.Rendering.DataRenderer.CsvReport,Microsoft.ReportingServices.DataRendering">
                              <Name Language="en-AU"> CSV No Header</Name>

The file that is being generated from this contains double quotes at the start and end of each record (see below).
"180603,06/06/2018,AB,123,A,AB,123456789,-1234.56,Team Journal,21/05/2018 to 03/06/2018,12345,N,I,NA,TEAMJNL,123"

The output we need is shown below:
Hi, I am looking to use Virtual Machine Manager in my domain.

I am setting up logical switches etc, and currently I have it set up as follows.

3x Logical Switches - Client, Storage and Management.

The management Logical switch has 2 uplinks, one for cluster comms and the other for host management. The storage has 1 uplink for storage and the Client has no uplink, as I map clients to it.

Now, each of my servers have 6 network connections, 2x 10GB and 4x 1GB.   Currently I create the storage virtual switch with the 2 x 10GB adapters. I use port 1+3 from the 1GB for Management and port 2+4 for the client.

This setup works well. I have created a cluster in VMM and it all seems to work without issue.

However..... I have been thinking that I am wasting bandwidth on my 4x 1GB ports, as host management / client communications use hardly any badwidth but I have 4GB assigned to them.

I tried adding the Client uplink to my Management Switch, but then this also creates the connection on the local host which takes up an address in the address pool etc.

Is it possible for me to share the connection across all 4 1GB connections and have the setup how I want?

Thanks in advance for any help.
We have a Hyper-V cluster consisting of 3 hosts sharing 5 VMs. The disks are part of an iSCSI storage. One of our servers "server1" has its drive D on:
C:\ClusterStorage\Volume1\HyperV\server1\Virtual Hard Disks\server1\DATA_5F06292E-D0FD-4D21-AD25-DFF18040CFD7.avhdx
We traced Volume1 to Cluster Disk 2 which has 6.8TB with 1.5TB free.

Is expanding server1 drive D volume the same as if this HyperV host was a stand alone?

Should I follow these steps here or are there any special consideration for a Hyper-V cluster?

Also, I noticed some VMs have a lot of checkpoints, which are only visible from Hyper-V manager. Can I safely remove those? I am assuming they are tight up to our backup software Altaro which is not used anymore.

Many thanks for your help.
I have a dc and i have used VMware converter standalone to get my secondary dc and mail server online in vmware workstation. I am able to ping mail server and secondary dc.

Problem: When I create a vm for my primary DC i get the following error when it is booted in vmware workstation 0xc00002e2

What can i do to fix this.

I have tried using other tools like disk2vhd as well and ls it works fine in hyperv without any errors. If i install hyperv on the same machine i get errors when vm's load up in vmware

I have also used shadow protect to backup but it was unable to boot on vmware and gave the same error 0xc00002e2

I have also tried the following

exact error
Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart. We're just collecting some error info, and the we'll restart for you. (%% complete)
If you'd like to know more, you can search online later for this error 0xc00002e2
We are having an issue with Offline Folders disconnecting when saving from Office 365 2016 products. I'll use Word 2016 as the example. Word is version 1708 Build 8431.2250, Windows 10 pro is the OS, Version 1709 build 16299.431 Server is 2008r2 all updates. This seems to have started with April's Office updates.
Steps to reproduce: Open an explorer window to a location set to "always available offline", then open an existing word doc or create a new word doc an save it to the same Offline Folder synced with Sync Center that you opened in explorer, you should see the status go to offline. I've been able to reproduce this at will on multiple computers. The folder will automatically go back online in a few minutes.
I am able to drag and drop to the offline folder with no issues, and I am able to save from Adobe Acrobat Pro and Bluebeam among others with no issue. I only have a problem with Microsoft Office products.
Any help is appreciated.
According to Microsoft's documentation, here: I should have a filter called "VM ID", however I am missing this and several others (see screenshot)...

So the more I read about this the more frustrating I find it. It seems the more simply people try to explain it the more convoluted the explanations get.

Here is a simple example of a scenario.

Server 2016 Xeon 2 CPU's 8 Cores each
So this is 16 logical processors

I have 4 Hyper V VM's
2 x DC these need a small amount of CPU but it cannot be allowed to fall below a certain threshold say 20% as it serves DNC / DHCP etc
1 x File server
1 x RDS with 5-10 users max


The server should be fine for the small amount of users and throughput, it is some basic files and there are no heavy apps in RDS.

All the servers should be able to take however much free resources they want.

How many VP should I assign per server.

My reading leads my to believe give them all 2 VP's and set max  / min limits to protect other servers and HV will share out free CPU time efficiently. My experience is that this makes them sluggish and the thresholds do not allow for high overall system resource. I would expect RDS to need the majority most of the time but if I am running WSUS ora backup process overnight when RDS is not being used it should give up its resources.

Any help appreciated, also how do I know HV is using all LP's not queuing time for the same ones from different servers.
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Hello i need help to figure out whats is going on with this please help.. i am building 2 VMs from hyper-v (Azure) as windows cluster when i go validate the cluster it brings the D drive offline on both the nodes and i see the error in the report as ( failed while verifying removal of any persistent reservation ) but i can manually bring the D drive online in computer managment, i tried to run the commands i seen online which is   Clear-ClusterDiskReservation -Disk but when i do that it would say failed to clear persistent reservation from disk . even i deleted both VMs and recreated new ones from Hyper-v (Azure) but it is still doing the same thing. i have also tried Diskpart to clear attributes in disk but none of this is working :/
I have an application server in dmz and database in nside i want to use xenapp to publish this application to my out side users.what should be the xenapp component design best practice and is ssl certificate is mandatory.please explain the design and

I have a testlab environment that has

A local DC (Server 2016) with ADSync to AzureAD
E3 trial subscription
Some Windows 10 Client machines on same LAN as local AD

When a user logs on the client machine, you need to enter username+password for desktop installed apps, such as onedrive and skype.
I dream about SSO and wonder if it can be used to make these desktop apps signin automatically
I'm looking for a way the user would only need to type the username+password for logon to the computer/domain, not to keep having to re-type it for each desktop installed application.

How can I get SSO working with Microsoft Desktop installed apps ?

REMOVE VHD Drive than attached back VHD drive now VHD drive data is missing how can we recover

Unable to do RDP on  windows 2012 R2
Hi All,

Used disk2vhd to convert an 2003 server. The conversion went well, i choose vhd as an option. Now I'm trying to attache the hard drive to a Hyper-v Server 2016 and getting the error below. I moved the vhd file to suggested location, checked permission but nothing. Have a feeling it has to do with a compatability issue with server 2016 and vhd files. Any help appreciated.

Error Attaching VHD file

Microsoft Virtual Server

Microsoft Virtual Server was a virtualization solution that facilitated the creation of virtual machines on the Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2003 operating systems. Virtual machines are created and managed through a web-based interface that relies on Internet Information Services (IIS) or through a Windows client application tool called VMRCplus. Features included Linux guest operating system support, Virtual Disk Precompactor, symmetric multiprocessing (SMP), x64 host operating system support, the ability to mount virtual hard drives on the host machine and additional operating systems support, including Windows Vista, and a volume shadow copy writer.