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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.

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Hello EE community,

Here is my problem. My Azure virtual network is set up as I need to setup VPN with corporate network, which is
Is there any way to NAT on azure side to as it relates to corporate network. My preference would be to setup Dynamic Gateway (Route-based VPN)

We usually run our VM opening first the Hyper-V Manager application, choosing the VM and clicking to open.
However, we notice a small apps titled 'Virtual Machine Connection'.  
We thought that this windows will take us straight to the VM we want but it doesn't work.

Can we use this windows to open and work with a VM?

Please advice

we are using a server 2012 running hyperV  . hyper V houses a virtual file server( FS1 ), and a virtual terminal server ( TS1 ).

We noticed that the disk space on my hyper V server had been used and there was very little left.  my tech, and I am no tech, said that for a temporary time,  I had copied a large file on to my FS1 , which allocated space from my HyperV.    and that although I deleted the file from FS1,  the hyper V server does not contract, even after the FS1 server deleted the large file

he explained it this way... it was like putting a big box on my hyper V  with data in it.  then subsequently removing the contents of the box, did not affect the fact that hyper v was still accommodating the size of that box.

sounds all good, but my hyper V C drive is a color of bright red in my file explorer and it concerns me with a relatively small amount of disk space free , at least seemingly so.

Can anyone confirm this is how it functions, and is there a type of a Defrag program which reclaims this unused space for my hyper V server ?
We have a customer on an old server but does not want to upgrade to Office 365 due to connectivity. We have used disk2vhd to convert the physical disk o vhd formats. and have created the new HyperV server on the host. The server then boots fine but due to the version of the OS we do not get a mouse. So we add the integration tools and install them OK. It then asks for a reboot

This is where the problem starts, the server boots and goes straight into a windows failed to start message stating that winboot.exe could not be found. I have googled around and have seen that I can boot with a server 2008 disk and do a rebuildbcd command.

This appeared to work as the server would now boot but after getting the windows scrolling bar that server appears to blue screen and reboots again, looping continuously.

Any ideas how to fix this, as was fine until the integration tools were installed .

I am installing Remote desktop, virtual machine based desktop deployment, on a virtual machine (Hyper-V server 2012 running on a host server 2012). I am getting an error msg “to proceed the server most have hardware-assisted virtualization”. Based on what I understand from this exchangethe role needs to be installed on the host. [Session based desktop deployment, could be installed on the VM].
Is this correct?
If yes, do I need to join the host to the domain?
I know in server 2008 is was not recommended to join the host to the domain, does this say that Microsoft feels comfortable joining the host to domain in the new version?
My impression was keeping the host for hosting only is the best practice, am I wrong with this assumption?
Have to move 4 VM's to another host to correct disk problems(bad blocks) on the RAID that stores the vhd files.  Two of the VM's have current backups while the other two (a DC and Exchange) have backups which are about 45 days old.  Was able to create a Windows backup of the Exchange database, just not the entire VM.
1) Should I rebuild a new VM from scratch to replace the DC? Have another DC in the domain.  Worried about tombstone, etc.
2) Can I restore Exchange and then try to restore the Windows backup of the mailbox database or should I also create a new VM, load Exchange and move the mailboxes?

Thanks in advance!
I need to expand a virtual hard drive in my Windows Server 2012 R2 Server.
The drive is configured using GPT and the current size is 5TB.
My VM is running on VMware vSphere 6.0

I found the following article to do this:

But I don't understand 2 of the prerequisites:

"Verify that the virtual disk is not mapped or mounted."
This is prerequisite number 2, prerequisite number one was to power off the VM, of course.
Question: If the VM has been powered off, how can the virtual hard drive be mapped or mounted?

"Verify that the virtual machine has no snapshots."
This is prerequisite number 3.
Question: The golden rule before making any change to the VM is to first make sure you create a snapshot, how can they say that I need to actually delete all my snapshots?
If I delete my snapshots then how can I backup my VM at least just for this once?

So, is this article correct?
Is this article the way to do this?

Thanking you in advance,
I have a host server that is used only for hosting, on top of it a virtual server for AD, a file server, and application server, all ruing window server 2012. I installed remote desktop services on the application server. but because I need quick books running on it, which only the enterprise version is comparable with, I'm adding the virtual server feature, in order for this to work Ill need to enable visualization enabled on the selected RD visualization host, do to the fact I want to keep the servers simple and designated for its function, I want to put up a new virtual server for RD visualization host. is this something you would recommend, or will this have a affect on it functionally.
Hello ,

I have a Cluster configuration of 3 Hyper-V Host running with SVMM 2012.

I tried to do a live migration of one VM from one host to another host and it fails

have you any idea on how to fix it?

Hi All

Back in 2003 I was at a conference were Microsoft were talking about rebooting VMs using SCCM without downtime
They claimed they could do this with a combinations of snapshots and how they meagre the disk and snapshots

As you can imagine this would be very useful for installing MS updates into Hyper-V VMs were outage windows are a rare occurrence

Over the past few days I have been looking into ways to do this but not sure it is possible with today’s technologies

So my question is
is it possible to reboot a VM without downtime (using SCCM or any other application) or is this an old wife’s tail / pipe dream

Thanks in advance

We have a very specific need for a 2008 32 bit virtual server.  It is a very long story but this is a hard requirement to support an older app that is business critical.  It is currently running on a very old 2003 server and we want to rebuild it new on a virtual 2008 32 bit server.

We have tested it on 64 bit and it will not run, there is no upgrade to a newer version available.

I have searched every where I can but I cannot find a way to convert the license.  This is not a volume license, we have only a couple servers and 15 desktops in this environment.  Is there a website or number to call to get the license downgraded?    I have been looking but cannot seem to find one.

We are looking to take several of our medical care facilities into the virtual server space. It is very important that we maintain a local mirrored server in case the internet does go down and we need to access the data. What is the best software or solution to do this?

Thanks in advance.
I have a PER410 with a S300 RAID controller.  The server went haywire and crashed.  I was able to bring it back online but 2 of the 4 drives were in a ready state on the RAID10.  I told them to be part of the RAID again but after about 3 hours it crashes again with an error on drive 2, which is not one that is rebuilding.  I have to put it in the freezer and start it back up and it will run for another 3 hours.  I can not get the SBS 2011 backup program to open to run a machine backup, it just sits there.  I thought I could run the disk2vhd program but something is wrong with VSS and it wont run.  When I try to run it without VSS it throws a huge error probably because something else is causing an error.

Anyone have any suggestions of what I can do because this is a SBS 2011 server I can't just create another DC.  I was hoping to make a virtual, build a new server and put it on it, then transition them to server 2012 as they don't use the sbs features anymore.  Basically I need the AD info.  The rest can be rebuilt if I really had to as I have the data drive backed up.  The OS backup has been failing.
Hello experts,

I am trying to setup a small 3 node cluster, two hyper v nodes, one storage node where both hyperv nodes are connected to storage node using two pairs of 10 Gigabit Ethernet. We want to create a cluster with the shared storage using iSCSI however we need this to be scalable later to full SOFS based cluster. Is it possible to start this way and later add more nodes turning existing storage node along with new nodes to SOFS cluster without downtime on the guest VM's running in the hyperV nodes?

I currently only have one Exchange 2013 VM running on the HyperV 2012 R2 server.  I have resized the storage on the VM and I'm wondering if it didn't free up the space properly. We are only actually using 192GB in that VM, I wouldn't think that would take up the whole 1TB drive. Is there anything I can do to free up space?

• HyperV C: 71.7 GB Free of 838 GB 765 Used
• Grace-Exch VM C: 235 GB free of 427 GB 192 GB Used

Files on the HyperV C drive.      
• Exch.vhdx 405GB
• Exch.avhdx 324GB
C:\HyperV VHD\Exch\Virt Mach 24 GB .bin
I try to move my new website witch has unc virtual directory for pictures in format \\n1.n2.n3.n4\L\images. (no credentials)
Everyone has access to this share \\n1.n2.n3.n4\L\. I run CasPol.exe to give FullTrust to this share.
The File.Exists or Read - still failing. I run my website on old Version 2008 (close to Vista)
I need advice what to do next ...
Best Regards
Stan Mezyk
My current lab setup is given below:

Two Physical Servers :

Say HVH01 & HVH02
Replication is configured on both servers but replication getting failed for a VM named VMXX.
Here are the details of replication status :

Replication Type : Primary for HVH02 and Replica for HVH01
Current Primary Server : HVH02
Current Replica Server : HVH01
Replication State : Pending Initial Replication
Replication Health : Warning

Other Details :
Hard Disk : virtualhdd.vhd
Size : 600GB

Hard Disk : A5476F8A-XXXX-CCCC-XXXX-8XXXX96XXXXE.vhd (size 1.5MB)
There is another file in same folder virtualhdd.vhd.tmp (600GB)

As replication is getting failed and to resolve this issue my client suggested me the comment as given below :

So how replication is setup is very standard. When the replication fails. The configuration needs to be deleted and the replica virtual machine needs to be deleted from the replica server. Then you need to manually go on the Hard Drive and delete the folder that contains the virtual hard drive file. After that you need to recreate the replication using the standard configuration. Primarily the virtual runs on HVH02 and then the replica server is HVH01. And then just start the replication.

Above statement of him is very confusing for me.I am not clear what he want from me to do. Can anyone help me about how to proceed in order to get replication happen without any impact.
I have Host server running MS Server 2012 Standard with HYPERV services on it.
I want to run several Virtual Machines with Win 10 Pro as OS (or Win 7 Pro)
They will be accessesed through RDP by several employees from Thin Clients or old Win XP desktops using RDP client software.
I already have proper amount of Windows Server CAL's, as well as Office 365 ProPlus licenses.

What license do I have to purchase for the Windows 10 Pro OS as that runs as VM?
Hi, I am a little confused about the time sync issue in Hyper V.
We have 2 DC's one on VMWare and one on Hyper V (full 2012 GUI) they are in separate offices connected via vpn link.
I have read that you should disable time sync from the Hyper V host due to time drift in the VM.
DC1 (on Hyper V) will be the FSMO holder so normally all the domain machines would get their time from that, so my question is how do I setup DC1 to look for the time.
I have found this command: w32tm /config /manualpeerlist:"time.nist.gov" /reliable:yes /update
Do I run this on DC1 then if the Hyper V host is on the domain it will get its time from DC1 along with all the other machines?
Hope this makes sense!
I'm having issues migrating a Physical Windows Server 2012R2. It has the normal system partition, the operating system on C:\ and data on D:\

I'm using the Microsoft Dish2VHD and have never had any issues doing this. But for some reason, it is not working on this server.
I've tried the combinations with and without .vhdx and the Use Volume ShadowCopy selection as well.
The tool makes the vhdx, but when I create the virtual server, it will not boot up. I either get an OS not found or just a blinking cursor.

So I just recently installed a VM for DHCP and DNS and retired an old Sbs11 system.  Since that time, some clients are showing weird behavior,  there are no errors in the event log. But here is the variable, we have hosted VOIP and all of the computers are daisy chained into the phones.  Phones do not get their DHCP from the server only PCs and the networks are separated via VLANS.  I am going back and forth with the provider and the blame game is currently ongoing.  They also control the switches. I could really really use some here as I want to get this corrected.  Is it something with the VM host config?  Guest config? Switch config? Phone config?  Also, when the workstations bypass the phones, there are no issues.

Please help me with this one... Struggling with this here
I have two 2012 R2 servers which are identical and clustered. The cluster has a shared resource (SAN) which has all my VMs on CSV. After I clustered the servers I could create and move a working live VM between the two nodes. I decided to run a test of failure in the event of one node goes down (pulled the network cables). The servers then migrated from node A to node B however instead of a saved state or live migration the VM "turned off", powers up, and comes online. When I restart node A the live migration works perfect.

What configuration am I missing? I want to setup if one node fails the VM will save, migrate to second node, and resume.
I have a network with 2 physical locations, both until recently had a single 2003 domain controller and a single domain. One location has been upgraded to 2012 R2 running on VMWare (I wasn't involved in this). The other location we are just about to change to 2012 R2 running on Hyper V.
I have never installed Hyper V other than in a test environment, I have read a lot of advice about this but I am still not totally clear on some aspects.
I am leaning towards installing the full 2012 server on the host for ease of management rather than the Core installation, the server won't be heavily utilised so am I right in thinking this? The host will only have the Hyper V role and be a member server on the domain.
I will also disable the time sync between guest and host as per advice I have read, I assume the two DC's will sync the time between them?
Some additional questions I have, I have read that the guest should be configured to stop in the event of the host stopping; I don’t really understand why as it will stop anyway but maybe I am missing something? If the host starts up again will the VM DC also start up automatically? Is there a way to configure this? The physical server is SAS disk in RAID 5, is there something I need to do regarding write caching on the disks and if so do you do this on the physical server or the guest?
Can anyone recommend a good backup solution (I have used Backup Assist before and I know they do a virtual server product but I have never used it).
I have new server running Server 2012 r2. We will be using this server to host a number of VM'S. I have been trying to do a P2V from 2 Server 2008r2 boxes that I have. To do this I am using the Disk2VHD tool with both the VHXD and Volume Shadow options selected. After creating the VHD's, I can successfully create new VM's in Hyper-V Manager without any issues. When I power them on that's when all of my nightmares begin. One of the VM's won't boot into windows. I continue to get the following error: Boot failure. Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in the selected Boot device.

The second VM will boot just fine until I reboot. After I reboot the VM I continue to get a Mouse not captured in Remote Desktop session. It tells me that must install the Integration Services. I go to install the Integration Services and I receive the following error: A previous installation of Hyper-V Integration Services has been detected (Version 6.1.7601.17617). Click ok to upgrade. After I upgrade, the VM blue screens on me and I can't see the error because the blue screen just continues to loop on me.
We have a physical server that we are trying to virtualize using MVMC. Ther server is SBS 2011 and when running the conversion wizard it starts to convert the disk but almost immediately fails with the following error.

"MVMC is unnable to create a volume snapshot set on Error code: 0x8004231F"

On the actual machine that we're trying to convert we get a lot of errors in the event log like below which all seem to relate to either sharepoint (which we don't use).

Any ideas?

Event log errors.

Volume Shadow Copy Service error: Failed resolving account spsearch with status 1376. Check connection to domain controller and VssAccessControl registry key.

   Gathering Writer Data
   Executing Asynchronous Operation

   Execution Context: Requestor
   Current State: GatherWriterMetadata

Error-specific details:
   Error: NetLocalGroupGetMemebers(spsearch), 0x80070560, The specified local group does not exist.

Volume Shadow Copy Service error: Unexpected error querying for the IVssWriterCallback interface.  hr = 0x80070005, Access is denied.
. This is often caused by incorrect security settings in either the writer or requestor process.

   Gathering Writer Data

   Writer Class Id: {35500004-0201-0000-0000-000000000000}
   Writer Name: SPSearch4 VSS Writer
   Writer Instance ID: {7da4ef16-639f-4f78-98fe-6587b7776bfa}

Volume Shadow Copy Service error: Unexpected error …

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.