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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Hello - I was asked by a school to create a VDI environment that students can access through thin clients. I haven't done a lot of research yet and wanted to check if anyone can point me to a good reference or even a little walk through how this should be done,

The school wanted to setup the lab entirely in Azure, however the monthly reoccurring cost are to high in the long run. So I suggested an on-premise setup with the option to provision clients to Azure if needed. From what I was reading about Windows Server 2016, it's seems to be designed to work closely with Azure.

What hardware specs would you recommend to provision, manage and run those 50 VMs? I was thinking about getting a lower end server for AZURE ADS connector and the Systems Center suite which I assume is needed to manage and provision VMs.

For the Hyper-V server running the VM I am a trying to find out what the minimum specs should be to accommodate all machines at the same time. Or would it be better to get two servers and setup a cluster?

As for licensing, I wanted to go with the Server 2016 standard or is there any feature in the Datacenter edition that I would need? I am also unclear on the licensing? Do I need a user or device CAL for every connection? The machines are supposed to run Windows 10 with Office installed and some other free software. How would that be billed (education licensing) ?

Hope I was able to give an idea what I am trying to do here. I am looking forward to your …
We have a 2012 Server running Hyper-V. I have 3 VMs running under it. Win 2016, Win 8.1, and Win 10. The W2016 and W10 VMs are both experiencing an issue whereby the date/time are rapidly switching back and forth between the host time and some date/time back in 2015.

Some facts.
The problem goes away if the W32time service is disabled on the affected VMs.
We do not see this issue on VMs with earlier versions of Windows.
The host and VMs are only in workgroups.
None of the machines (host or VMs) are a DC.
I've reproduced this exact behavior on another host.

Any input on this time sync issues would be very welcomed
I have 2 HYPERV host servers.

HYPERV2 is hosting  SBS2011 server and TERMINAL server.

(besides I have another domain controller and  approx 20 workstations)

I had hardware issues with the HYPERV2 host server and had to rebuild it with MS Server 2016 standard (It was MS Server 2012 R2 before)
I use Altaro for backup of the virtual machines.

I restored (or rather imported from backup) my main server Sbs2011 (Small Business Server 2011)

Now after the restore I have issues with connectivity to this server.

The server seemed to be restored correctly, but when I want to connect to shared folder on the Sbs2011 from another server I get following message:

"\\sbs2011\share is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator of the server to find out if you have access permission.
Logon Failure: The target account name is incorrect"

I thought that possibly rejoining the domain will fix the issue, but when I try to do that I get:

"The following error occurred attempting to join the domain "domain":
Logon Failure: The target account name is incorrect."

It looks like I have no issues connecting to the SBS2011 by IP address.
I also noticed that after the reboot the SBS2011 netlogon service is paused and time service is not started.
They start manually without issues.

Well I am stuck - please help.
Dear Experts,

Need urgent expert suggestion. Our hyper v cluster formed on SMB as storage is going unstable lately for some reason. Vm's just goes missing out of no where, the cluster behaves erratic, Host communication goes down from VMM but actual host will be running

We had this situation twice earlier and somehow recovered but this is recurring again like once in 10 to 15 days.

Please suggest where else to start looking for reason and if there is any trouble shooting guide to iron out the problem

Thanks and looking forward

Best Regards
I am setting up a site in an Azure VM Windows 2012 server. The DNS is pointing to the external IP of that machine.
Yet, when I go to IIS to bind the site to that IP the IP is not displayed in the drop down menu and the site does not come up.
I checked the traceroute and the domain is correctly pointing to that IP, I am not familiar with what other configuration needs to take place in order to bind the external IP to the site so that it comes up.
Any guidance would be helpful.
Hi all,

all of a sudden my virtual machine on the hyper v can't access network. the server have been working before without a problem.
now, the server can't even ping its default gateway. However, it can only ping one IP in our network.
i removed the network card adapter and recreated but with no chance.
the server is running windows server 2012 standard.

kindly advise.

I have a question regarding deploying templates.

when we deploy a template with SCVMM 2016 we receive error.

Error (2906)
The specified path //XXX-XXX-XXX.jict.local/MSSCVMMLibrary/Templates_xxx/XXX-TS-XXX-2/XXX-TS-XXX.vhdx is not valid on the XXX-CLA-XXX.jict.local server.

Recommended Action
Ensure that you have specified a valid path, and then try the operation again.

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you can see in the error above. that the slashes are the wrong way.... is there a way i can change this path?

Pls advise.
I have a quick question. I am building a hyper-v virtual machine. I am new to virtualization. On a physical machine I would make a "C" drive for the OS and create another partition for the Data drive. On a virtual machine, would I do the same or create a virtual disk for the "C" and a virtual disk for the "D"?

 I was configured everything in my PC.I have a VPN client & VPN server in my 2 local machines .And i was open all remote ports in firewall in both machines.And i configured TCP-1723 port open in our router using PPTP in DLink DIR-816.

 Now i try to connect VPN server from VPN client machine.After enter the VPN server  credentials it will connection loading 5 seconds after that I got a error message (Error 806:The VPN connection bw your computer & VPN server could not be completed.The most common cause for this failure is that a least one internet device bw your computer & VPN server is not config to allow Generic routing encapsulation (GRE) protocols packets).

Please solve this issue.I am ready to give my ream viewer also please fix this issue. what can i do?

I have 2 Windows Server 2012 R2 with hyper-v installed, in a workgroup. I currently have 1 vm that replication is enabled with certificate-based authentication 443 HTTPS, and it is working fine.

When i try to make a second vm to be replicated, I have this error : 3-28-2017-2-21-37-PM.jpg
Any idea ?

Thanks !
Dear Sir / Madam,

We have a client, using 1 Windows Server 2012 R2.   They have staff and Student.  

Staff are on VLAN 5 and Students are VLAN6.  Currently we are using psychical Server (dell poweredge r430)

I like to know  how we use Hyper V for Staff and Student for separate Server?   Can you please advise ?

Sen Ganeshan
I have a Lenovo System x x3250 M6 3633K3U 1U Rack-mountable Server - 1 x Intel Xeon E3-1230 v5 Quad-core (4 Core) 3.40 GHz 16GB of Ram and 3 2TB Hard Drives in a Raid 1 with Hotspare.

This is a new install running in Server core mode and i installed all updates, changed Hostname, and set a static ip. When i run the following command in powershell i get an error. i checked the event logs but dont see any errors. Not sure if there is a different log to check.

PS C:\Users\administrator> Install-WindowsFeature -name Hyper-V -IncludeManagementTools -Restart
Install-WindowsFeature : The request to add or remove features on the specified server failed.
Installation of one or more roles, role services, or features failed. Error: 0x800f0831
At line:1 char:1
+ Install-WindowsFeature -name Hyper-V -IncludeManagementTools -Restart
+ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
+ CategoryInfo : InvalidOperation: (@{Vhd=; Credent...Name=localhost}:PSObject) [Install-WindowsFeature],
+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : DISMAPI_Error__Failed_To_Enable_Updates,Microsoft. Windows.ServerManager.Commands.AddWind
Success Restart Needed Exit Code Feature Result
------- -------------- --------- --------------
False No Failed {}
   I have a VPN server in Windows 7 machine and I was configured Virtual server in Dlink router using VPN server IP address and then configured to client VPN using PPTP protocol.
Now i am trying to connect VPN connection it will be connected within our network.Cannot connect to our network.
What should i do?

I got a error message "between your computer & VPN server is not configured to allow GRE protocol packets.

But i can able to connect my within network.I can't able to connect network from outside network only.
I'm using my home PC as a lab for virtual machines, and I do some media sharing from one of my VMs that I previously created in Workstation that I keep encrypted.  I don't need the VMs to be on 24/7; rather, just when I want to do more lab work or do media sharing to my TV.

Which environment do you recommend I go with?  It's been tricky getting both platforms working at the same time.  And is there a way to encrypt the contents of HyperV?
I have a couple of virtual serves running and was just wondering how i go about adding a USB external drive to that virtual Server. Thanks in advance for any links or assistance.
Please provide me with the steps to use so that I can set VMware vSphere 5.5 VMs to power on automatically after the hypervisor machine powers off and then comes back online
I am trying to create a clone of a Virtual Machine (VHDX) in Windows Server 2012 r2 so as to be able to use it as a base image to deploy on other Servers. I have read of different ways to do it but am not sure which is the preferred way for my scenario.

Some say to run sysprep on the Virtual Machine and then after it shuts down just copy the Virtual Machine to another folder.
Others say to sysprep it and then use the export option to it to another folder.
Still others seem to indicate that the exporting alone strips our the needed ID's and it would not need to be sysprepped.

Which of these is correct, and if none  of them are, what would be the best way to accomplish it?

I am looking into a Nutanaix hyperconverged system to replace some ailing DELL PowerEdge servers.  We currently utilize Windows DataCenter 2012 R2, running as our hypervisor and have virtualized all of our servers on this hypervisor.

The Nutanix solution allows us to continue to run this hyper visor within it's Acropolis O/S.  

I have some concerns regarding this system, since the hypervisor is now housed on a "foreign" o/s.  I worry that at some point there will be a problem and getting support will be convoluted, because MS would say this is an unsupported environment, and left bouncing back and forth between MS and Nutanix for help.

Our main goals are to provide fail over for DR.  Initially our thought was to buy new robust servers, continue to run datacenter and look into replication and HA.  A datacenter server housed at separate sites connected with high speed fiber links.  Providing us failover if a hardware failure occurs, or if a site is rendered unusable.  Can I accomplish this with just utilizing MS Datacenter?  A single Nutanix 3-node cluster will provide us with failover in the event of a hardware crash, but would require a completely separate 3-node DR cluster provide failover in the case of a site being rendered unusable.

I would like to know the answer to the question above, and first hand experience with Nutanix.

Thank You for your help.
Hello Experts,

Can someone please let me know to activate the Hyper V platform? As you can see from the image, I'm unable to activate the Hyper V Hypervisor.

I can see that drive letters start from B: onward, but there is no A:.
I have successfully attached a virtual FDD, but drive letters still start from B:
We use A: as a hidden drive for internal purposes.
Does this mean I will have to change our system to use B: as the hidden drive instead of A:?

Thanks for any guidance.
Conversion ErrorPath to VHDHi,

  I have a 2016 Hyper-V server and a physical PC that runs SBS2011.
  In order to convert a physical SBS PC as a virtual machine in Hyper-V, I ran Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter on HyperV server.
  I provided HyperV computer login information as well as SBS login information/IP address and selected Volumes/VM Name - RAM-Processor    ... etc.
 Finally when I entered "C:\Users\Public\Documents\Hyper-V\Virtual Hard Disks" in the path folder, I get an error message.
 Isn't the path here the same as "Default location for virtual hard disk files" that you designate when installing HyperV server?
 Apparently not.

 Can you help?
I am interested in what others are doing to automate management of server 2012. Specifically, I am looking at automated scripts.  What are some best practices or scripts everyone is running.  I have some already such as dusk checker and remove temp files.
I need to run 3x Windows 7 Professional instances as a virtual machine guest OSes on one physical server hardware running under Windows Server 2008 R2 Std.
It is going to be accessed by, say, 5 different users on 5 different computers who all already have proper Windows 7 Professional OEM on their physical desktops or laptops.
All these users are in the same company.

What licenses do I need to purchase from Microsoft for all of these to be properly licensed?

For example, Microsoft VDA per device, Microsoft VDA per user, Windows Software Assurance per User Add-on, etc.
And how many.

Also, what kind of activation key is supposed to be used for this virtual guest OS installation?

This is a question regarding best practices.

In terms of Windows Operating Systems that are running Hyper-V and hosting virtual servers, what is the right procedure to follow when it comes to Anti-Virus software.

Should it be installed on the host or not.  If yes, what exclusions should be in place?

Please advise.

From what I understand this product is free.  Its only a Hypervisor with no gui, beyond that, what limitations are there?  Could you run 10-20 VM's on this with no other underlying licensees?

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.