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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Hi,
 
 I have some questions to experts who have implemented "Clustering Hyper-V servers" on the same network in the same building.
(1) If there is a benefit of going with Windows 2016 Hyper-V over Windows 2012 R2 Hyper-V
(2) if I get two server boxes with same hardware configuration in terms of (CPU,RAM,RAID,HD), other than buying either Windows server 2012R2 or 2016, what more do I need to implement this?
(3) If I set up these two hyper-v boxes in clustered, then would HyperV1 server (with virtual machines) always in sync with HyerV2 server? if I unplug the power from HyperV1 server, what happen to the users who has been connected to the virtual machine in HyeprV1? What is the downtime or manual work involved in making the transition from HyperV1 to HyperV2 server?

At this point, I like to know what I need to buy in terms of software and hardware and like to have good understanding of what actually happens when the main server fails in cluster environment?

Thanks.
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I am currently evaluating pros and cons of using RDS or VDI for Windows Server 2012R2.

There are (curently 7 but will be more) thin clients who need to use a Microsoft Access FE (front-end) to read and write information to a shared Access database (on a company shared drive on the LAN) and connect to SQL Server to read (and perhaps write) data.

I appreciate any information you can pass along -- as well as how to accomplish connecting to databases outside the virtual machine to read and write to shared back-ends

thank you

respectfully,
crystal
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I have an old server running VMware with windows server 2008 and exchange 2010. I am planning on moving the exchange to Hyper-v. is it possible to have exchange in both virtual environments and have one as a failover. if so is there a non complicated way to accomplish this.
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I've been contemplating moving all my VMware server VMs to Microsoft HyperV.  Here is my thoughts.  Let me know if this will work.

Environment:
2 - HP Gen8 server hosts running VMware 5.5
1 - HP SAN connected to network switch
6 - Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 VMs.  
    3 - running on server host #1
    3 - running on server host #2
    VMDKs located on SAN

Scenario:
1. vMotion all VMs to server host #1
2. Format and install Microsoft Server 2016 on server host #2
3. Install HyperV role
4. Attach Windows Server 2016 (server host #2) to SAN    
       (THIS IS THE PART I'M NOT SURE I CAN DO SINCE THE SAN IS USED ON THE VMWARE HOSTS)
       (CAN I ATTACH A MICROSOFT SERVER TO A SAN USED FOR VMWARE?)
5. Provided I can attach server host #2 to the SAN - run Microsoft's VMware to HyperV conversion tool on all 6 VMs to bring them into the HyperV environment.
6. Once all VMware VMs are converted and running on server host #2 - format and install Microsoft Server 2016 on server host #1
7. Install HyperV role
8. Attach Windows Server 2016 (server host #1) to SAN
9. Move 3 servers to server host #1 to balance load

Last - are there any Microsoft licensing issues I need to be aware of?  I have purchased Microsoft Datacenter 2016 Software Assurance.
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Hello,

Probably a simple question but I am look to a suggestion on how to proceed. I am going to convert a old physical server to a virtual and I am going to use the Sysinternals app - disktovhd. My question is it best practice to tell the app to convert all the physical drives into one vhdx file or should I convert each drive independently? What are your expert thoughts?

Thanks,
-Mike
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I'm familiar with reading the root directory to detect if a network is being used, but would like to know if such a test is available to know if a virtual computer is being used.  Can you please provide the instructions to test for it in in VB 6 ?  Thank You
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Team - I need your advise for the below:

We had a VM(old server) with the below config:
Processor: [Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-4657L v2 @ 2.40GHz, 2400 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 1 Logical Processor(s)"]
OS: Microsoft Windows Server Enterprise
SQL: SQL Server 2008 Enterprise

We now have a VM(New server) with the below config:
Processor: [Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2697 v2 @ 2.70GHz, 2700 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)"]
OS: Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
SQL: SQL Server 2014 Standard

RAM on both servers: 64GB


VM is being accessed by ~30 users at various intervals and are complaining about latency issues in the new server. We also have an excel file in each user's machine which is connected to VM SQL via data connection. What used to take 5 mins in old server, now takes more than 45 mins.

I would like to get your opinion if the new server is actually better / worse than the old one.

We know for sure, SQL needs to be upgraded to enterprise. anything apart from that?
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Trying to create a hyper-v template for server 2012. I did run sysprep /OOBE and checked "generalize" but how come when I started this template it was asking to
1. accept license term
2. select region and language and click <Next>
and then comes the <Alt-Ctrl-Del> screen for you to log in the Administrator. Oops, if I didn't type the password I set prior to creating the template, I wouldn't be able to log in. A template should NOT be this way. Instead, it should allow you to set up a brand new password for the local Administrator. But in my case, it didn't happen that way.  
I must have done something wrong while creating the template. Can you help?
Thanks.
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One of our heavy usage VM's at times has the CPU jump to 85 %.   It has 4 Virtual Processors.   Are there any tricks to get better CPU performance?
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Hello,

I have a Proliant ML350 Gen9 (Controller P440ar with 2 GB cache configured as RAID 1+0) running a hyper-v machine (sbs 2008). I have a issue with a software called Landlord manager for Sage. It taking ages when reading/writing data on startup. It was running fine before we virtualized the SBS Server. I am using fixed disk for the virtual machine. I also tried disabling Virtual Machine Queues on host adapter, with no luck.

Thank you
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Hello,

I've converted one of my servers to a VHDX using "Disk2VHD", a utility by Sysinternals

The conversion is a success, I create the VM in Hyper-V, attach the converted HDD and start it up.  

I get the error "Boot Filed" EFI SCSI Device.....

Need some direction, obviously not heavilly experienced with Hyper-V

Thanks so much.
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On our Domain Controller (Windows Server 2008), we have a Domain Group Policy setting for scheduling of Windows Updates.  

Screenshot is attached showing:
1) Option 4 - Auto Download and schedule the installation
2) Scheduled Install Day - Every Sunday
3) Scheduled Install Time - 02:00

We're using these settings primarily to have our servers install updates and reboot during off-peak hours.  In our environment, we have physical boxes running Windows Server 2012 (Host OS) and VM's on these physical boxes running (Guest OS) Windows Server 2012.  All servers (physical boxes and VM's) are members of our domain.

Our primary problem resides with the physical boxes.  It seems that the download of Windows updates (if available) is occurring nightly on these servers.  Given the settings above, we'd expect those updates to be installed "Every Sunday" at "2:00 a.m.".  This schedule seems to be working.  We'd also expect those servers to reboot after those updates are installed; again, during off-peak hours.  However, this is not happening.

We're seeing an automatic reboot of these physical boxes occur at random during the following days after the updates are installed.  Our end users are accessing software installed on the VM's which are, of course, running on the physical boxes.  When the random reboot of the physical box occurs (more often than not during the work day), our end users are left with no connectivity for as long as it takes the server to reboot.  The VM's, …
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When migrating a physical computer to a vm, does the guest vm configuration for HDD and memory have to equal the same amount as what was on the physical computer?  Or, can these values be made smaller?
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Good day, i have a few sites which are small sites no more than 25 users, mostly Server 2012 environments.

Due to my own doing, i have been a bit slow to get up to speed with VM environments but i would like to start migrating now.

What are the chances that i could create a new Hyper V server on my existing physical servers and the "mirror" my server to the new VM?

Then demote the physical server etc....

I have Baremetal Backups on all the servers but i really like the idea of the faster restore abilities of the VM environment.

Any suggestions or advice would be appareciated

Thanks
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HyperV- ErrorHi,

 I created a virtual machine "Windows7" on Windows 2012 R2 Hyper-V server box(INTEL R2208WTTYS) When I tried to start the VM, I get an error.
 Can you help?

Thanks.
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Hi - I have a Server 2012 R2 host machine which is currently running 1 of the 2 available VM guests. The physical server has 32Gb, I have allocated 14Gb to the 1st VM, the host is using about 6Gb which leaves about 12Gb available.
I want to add a 2nd VM running an accounting system which has memory requirements of 16Gb.
Is it just a case of adding more memory to the host machine in the normal way, are there any special tasks that need to be done relating to the existing VM if you add more physical memory to its host?
Thanks
Andrew
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MVMC ErrorVHD in Hyper-VHyper-V ManagerVM Boot FailureI am trying to convert a physical Windows 2012R2 Server PC to Hyper-V Server and getting an error during final stage.
As seen in screenshots, it fails on final stage. I can see that C.vhd has been created in \\192.168.2.123\Hyper-V\Virtual hard disks\TESTVM (where 192.168.2.123 is W2012 Hyper-V server.
When I checked Hyper-V server manager, I saw TESTVM and it failed to boot with the error message shown on the screenshot.
Can you help?
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MVMC-Error.pngVolume-Configuration.PNGC--OS--Drive.PNG
I am trying to convert a physical Windows 2012R2 Server PC to Hyper-V Server and getting an error during 2nd stage.
The size of OS on W2012R2 Server is 11.8GB (total space of C drive is 1.99TB)
As seen in screenshots, the used HD space of OS partition is < 12GB. During the conversion process, it created C.vhd which is 18GB on external USB HD. But it says "The file E:\VHD\MVMC\0\C.vhd is not a valid VHD drive.
When I checked Hyper-V server manager, no virtual machine has been created yet.
How do I fix this?
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I accidentally deleted a VM in https://portal.azure.com but still have the VHD. How do I recreate the VM using that VHD disk? I see guides out there telling I should create from gallery, but I see no option to select from gallery when I choose to create a new VM.
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I have a friend who hired an IT consultant who set up 2 virtual servers for him . This consultant is now refusing to give the owner the passwords to his environment . Is there anyway to get him into his environment without the cooperation of the IT consultant .
I believe the consultant is extorting my friend. I can get physical access to the servers but cannot log in without the passwords.
I would be walking into a blackbox scenario here.
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I need to get hardware recommendation for SQL server for Lync 2010 ent ed for 3000 users.

What would be the configuration for 3000 user
How much ram,CPU and hard disk i required for sql server to host Lync database.

Virtual as well as Physical recommendation

Any help would be highly appreciated.
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MVMC Error ScreenshotI have Hyper-V (Windows 2012 R2 Server) and I am trying to use Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC) to convert a physical Windows 2012 R2 server into a virtual machine in Hyper-V.
It fails during initial stage of conversion.

Value of 'ErrorMessage' = 'MVMC Bits client job on client host W2012R2.domain.local with remote URL https://W2012R2.domain.local:30443/e90d7b7059564d15f3380a0f34554a5127f1f3cc/0.1.0x15e00000.1.0x7cfba33c.0x0.A5cA5cA3fA5cGLOBALROOTA5cDeviceA5cHarddiskVolumeShadowCopy1/E:A5cVHDA5cMVMCA5c0A5c48cdc6ab-6ecf-11e6-80b4-806e6f6e6963.vhd and local file name E:\VHD\MVMC\0\48cdc6ab-6ecf-11e6-80b4-806e6f6e6963.vhd failed with error code 2147954445 and error description The certificate authority is invalid or incorrect

Can you help?
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MVMC ErrorHi,
 
 I am trying to convert a physical SBS2011 PC to a virtual machine in Windows 2012 R2 Hyper-V server.
 During the process, it errors out at first stage which is "Converting disks" . I attached the error log.

  Location for the converted virtual hard disks: E:\VM
  Source: DC1.domain.local
  Virtual machine: DC1VM
  Destination: 192.168.2.120 (Windows 2012 R2 Hyper-V server)
  Destiantion VHD path: \\192.168.2.120\Hyper-V\Virtual Hard Disks

What do I need to look for to troubleshoot this?
MVMC-Error.txt
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I have the following configuration :

1- Two server HP DL 380 G9
2-MSA 2040 SAN ISCSI connection

Two  server have following network  configuration :
1-Network card for  Management Interface with static IP connect to production network
2-Network card  for ISCSI interface connect  to ISCSI switch with static IP address  10.10.10.x
3-Network card as Vswitch_LAN connect to production network
4-Network card as Vswitch_DMZ connect to DMZ .

MSA 2040 SAN ISCSI configuration as follow :
module A : A3 and A4 connect to ISCSI switch with static IP address 10.10.10.x
module B : B3 and B4 connect to ISCSI switch with static IP address 10.10.10.x

Two host as Hyperv05 and Hyperv06 identiy and connect to SAN
Pool has been created with Radi 6 for 12 SAS hard disk
Two volume has been created for Quorum and data mapped to two host .


ISCSI configuration configured fro both host and identify both volume with Multiple patch .

I notice that data volume is identity as per screen shoot but noting indicate as CSV is that correct or there mistake in configuration .

When I test fail-over VM turn off and  then moved to second Hyper , is that normal or there is mistake in configuration .

If additional information need it please let me know
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I have a Windows 2012 R2 server with 2 VM's - One of the VM's has about 60 AVHDX files created in the folder - What causes this?
avhdx.jpg
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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.