Virtualization is the act of creating a virtual (rather than actual) version of something, including (but not limited to) a virtual computer hardware platform, operating system (OS), storage device, or computer network resources. Virtualization is usually the creation of a system that executes separate from the underlying hardware resources, or the creation of an entire desktop for systems located elsewhere, similar to thin clients.

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Hyper-V running on a Win10 Pro PC. Host and VM share the same NIC.  Recently RDP stopped working to the VM.  After someone tries to RDP in I have to force "Turn Off" the VM in the Hyper-V Management Console and then it allows me to connect via Hyper-V Manager until someone tries to RDP in to the VM again.  VM locks up and have to "Turn Off" again.  Tried removing and recreating the virtual switch and when I didn't that the VM allowed me to connect via HV Manager without having to hard power off.  I've poked around the network settings on the VM and host and haven't been able to figure out what might be causing this lock up.  Nothing jumps out at me from Eventvwr.  

Anyone heard of something like this?
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I'd need to upgrade some software on a vm, the software uses backend SQL.
I can take a snapshot of the vm, but how do I backup (restore?) the SQL (2008)  in a quick & simple way?

Is there a way to clone the image of a VHDX file to a physical drive to restore an image of W10 pro?
Afternoon all

I need to update a VMHost which has the correct base install but I need to update it to a newer build. I want to do this manually and as far as I know you can drop the zip file or the folders within the zip file over to the host and run  "esxcli software vib"

Anyone got a really quick, this is how to do it thing?

Thanks all.

I have HyperV installed and I have a working windows vm.  I need to install SQL 2014 Developers edition but it is not an iso, it is a exe.  How to I install SQL inside the VM?


Finally, My Dell Power Edge R 510 is running Windows Server 2019 (actually, it is a straight forward installation).

Now, I want to install VM machines in this server.

As Dell Server, my experience in VM machine is also limited.
Can somebody direct me what would I do to create the Hyper V server 2019?

Dear All,
I am monitoring ESX logs on a test environment,however I am receiving lot of logs
I need to focus on security logs only
What kind of logs should I look for?Any help?
IN case i want to know if a virtual machine was created,where to look for?
Any tips on monitoring a vmware ESX?
I had this question after viewing how to truncate Exchange 2016 DAG DB transaction log..?.

We are considering implenting a DAG environment.

How does application aware backups using products such as veeam etc impact DAG members that utilise replay lag times and passive dag members?

eg - is there a chance of replay not being healthy if for example the backup job truncates logs but the copy was in a bad state?
Should i be backing up the passive node instead?
If i backup the passive node, what happens to the logs on the active, passive and replay lagged database copies?

All very confusing.
How to perform a specific VM Disk Consolidation using power cli

Get-VM "MyVM" | which command need to be use after the pipeline to perform disk consolidation
Hi, I am using VMware cluster (ESXi 6.0).
I just created a VM and I noticed that Network adapter option is greyed out.
I created ANOTHER VM, and I got same results.
"Connect on power on" icon seems normal,  but "connected" is not.
Any suggestion?
I am using DVS (distributed virtual switch)
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I currently have a site where we had originally purchased a 3-2-1 (3 servers – 2 ISCIS – 1 SAN) solution back in 2012. The SAN was upgraded about 4 years ago, but we are really at a point where we need to do a full refresh. Overall the setup has been good and haven’t had any major complaints from end users.

Due to the single point of failure and latency sometimes incurred during backups, large upgrades to our application server which uses SQL, and RDS use, I was hoping to move away from SAN and use local storage while keeping the HA / vMotion features.

Obviously, VMware’s vSAN came straight to mind even though I knew I’d basically have to purchase all new licensing (Currently Essentials Plus) and vSAN.

We will be replacing all our Windows 2008R2 VMs with Windows 2019 but here is a quick overview of performance:


After the upgrade it be similar to another site and VM count.
Overall we should not have over 12-15 VMs. There will be 1 RDS server which will probably have around 32-64GB of RAM but I usually dedicate a host for that VM.

I called my Dell rep and tell them about the refresh and budget I’m trying to stay in for hardware and any VMware licensing and of course they come back with the vxRail solution, Enterprise Plus Licensing, etc, with a price point 3x my budget. I feel like I’m talking to a car salesman looking to see how much they can get out of me and…
hi folks

i just tried updating Office 2011 on a Mac and got the below error message after installing and activating this Office installation.

it is interesting that i didn't have the same issue when i installed the same version of Office in a VM a few months ago, but i got the same error when trying the same steps on the same VM today.

any thought please?

thanks heaps,
Hi All,

Can the VMware vCenter Appliance run on the same host as other VM machines or does it have to be on its own physical host?

Dear Experts,

I read that

To migrate from VMware to VirtualBox, you first need to export the VM in an .ovf file. To do that open the VMware folder located inside the “Programs Files” folder in the C drive. Once you are there, open the “OVFTool” folder. Press “Shift + right-click,” and then select the “Open Command Prompt here” option.

Is this the folder of the VM machine or the ESXi server?

Do I install the OVF Tool on the source VM itself?
I created an Azure VM using the CIS Hardened Ubuntu image. When setting up the VM I chose to use a public/private key to access the VM. This was in April of this year. Now when I logon its telling me my password has expired but we never gave the user a password.

I'm guessing that this is due to the hardened CIS image and it wants us to change the password. However we dont know what the old password would be. Using the serial console in Azure I can create another admin user and i tried to use chage -d -1 <user> but that doesnt seem to work.

I'm wondering if anyone else has come across this issue or can help me find a way to remove the password expiration.
We currently have a AD domain with two replicating 2012 Server DCs. Domain Functional level is at 2012.  

The Primary DC is a physical server with Windows Server 2012 Standard, and will be (7) years old.  

The other replicating DC is a Windows Server 2012 DC that's a VM.  The Hyper-V server that hosts this VM and another VM that is an Exchange 2010 Standard server is Windows Server 2012 Standard and is also close to (7) years old as well.

Overall, AD is healthy without issues.   At the end of this year we will retire the existing Exchange 2010 server and move to O365 hosted mailboxes.

I am getting ready to purchase a Dell R440 that will serve as a Hyper-V server.  Will purchase Windows Server 2019 Standard.  I will install a new VM that will replace the primary 2012 DC that's on the physical server.

I also have an existing Dell R440 server that is a Hyper-V Server with Windows Server 2016 Standard.  I have one VM that is a Windows Server 2016 that serves as a Storage server.
I plan on spinning up a second VM on the server to serve as a new replicating DC server.

When I purchase the new Dell R440 server along with Windows Server 2019 Standard, should I go ahead and install the Hyper-V Host with Windows Server 2019 Standard, and then also install the new primary DC that will hold all FSMO roles as a Windows Server 2019 Standard VM or downgrade it to Windows Server 2016 Standard?

I already have 25 Windows Server 2016 CALS.  I can go ahead and bite the …
I have been running vmware 5.5 esxi on a Dell T410 forever in a home lab environment.   Is it possible to in vmware 6.7 on a Dell T410 server?
how to use vmware workstation player

I have downloaded and installed vmware workstation player. it looks different than regular  vmware workstation.
I do not see the panel on the left that show VMs , if you want to select different VMs.

Any Help ?

Thank you
Hi guys, I'm looking for a download of Win 7 pro and if you have one Win 10.
This is for a virtual machine install.

Any help would be great. Thanks.
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Trying to run Docker and I'm getting this error:

$ bash bin/
Building express-mongoose-es6-rest-api
Step 1/9 : FROM node:8.10.0
 ---> 41a1f5b81103
Step 2/9 : MAINTAINER Kunal Kapadia <>
Service 'express-mongoose-es6-rest-api' failed to build: failed to start service utility VM (createreadwrite): hcsshim::CreateComputeSystem 7be3d4b1e2c0b1026873e49e7b782f851fde4296ed082a0942ddee02bbb9f688_svm: The virtual machine could not be started because a required feature is not installed.
(extra info: {"SystemType":"container","Name":"7be3d4b1e2c0b1026873e49e7b782f851fde4296ed082a0942ddee02bbb9f688_svm","Layers":null,"HvPartition":true,"HvRuntime":{"ImagePath":"C:\\Program Files\\Linux Containers","LinuxInitrdFile":"initrd.img","LinuxKernelFile":"kernel"},"ContainerType":"linux","TerminateOnLastHandleClosed":true})

When I'm looking at that, I'm seeing what I have in bold. I'm google-ing this stuff now, but if there's anybody out there who's been down this road who can tell me what I need to do to make this work, I'm all ears!

We are planning to deploy Citrix VDI with multiple master images based on functions as we are in health sector and  but we have  got multiple VLANs (subnets) on edge switches in networks.
Please find the attached network diagram

So please advise, how can we proceed ? Where VLANs should be created for VDI machines, VM images and Client machines.
Single Hyper-V 2012 host server, one Windows Server 2012 VM running SQL Server 2016.
iSCSI storage is connected to host via two 1G links (MPIO).

PerfMon traces on the host server show high latency (40ms+) on iSCSI NICs, but only 20-50% bandwidth usage.

Storage system stats show similar info to host.

We're considering upgrading the SAN to 10GbE, but not sure that would improve performance we're not maxing out the current bandwidth.  Same uncertainty for adding additional links from host to storage

What other information can we gather toward identifying bottlenecks?
How can we improve iSCSI latency?
Hi All,
Previously I was assisted when I updated a Windows 7 Pro PC to Windows 10. On it was a Windows XP VM using the Microsoft VM kit. (Thanks again for your help).

After migrating, I setup Hyper-V to be able to start the Win XP VM which has a new issue. It prompts to re-activate upon start-up. I am able to work around it for about 2-minute intervals before it locks and puts me at the Activate Windows screen. No big deal.

My primary issue is that I have a file that is on the Windows XP VM and I cannot copy it to the Host computer. I have tried Enable Guest Services, Enable Enhanced Services, etc but since it is Win XP that option is not recognized.

Any suggestions?
I just setup a 2019 standard server and created the first VM guest.  When I go to connect to that guest in hyper-v manager, the display window is larger than the screen.  Both the host and guest instance are set for 1024x768.  I do not have the option to grab any of the borders of the window to drag and make the window smaller.  This should be straight forward.
Hi Virtualization Experts

We have an old VMWare ESXi server running two Windows VMs (one running Windows server 2008 and the other running Windows 2012 server).

VMWare ESXi is version 5.1 and free license (I think).

I have a brand new server which is running Windows Server 2019 standard with Hyper-V role installed.

I need to convert the virtual machines on VMWare to Hyper-V machines.

The Microsoft Virtual Machine converter is a no go because ESXi is running free version 5.1.

Hyper-V host is Server 2019 standard edition.

Here is where I am right now.

1. The first VM has 4 disks as you can see in image one. VM Guest OS is Windows 2008 server.
2. All disks are set as  SCSI on vmware end.
3. Exported VMware machines using the "export to OVF" method.
4. Converted VMDK files to VHDX file using Powershell command.
5. I created a new VM on Hyper-v with Gen1 format and attached 4 disk as scsi disks.
VM boots up to flashing cursor
6. Changed disk type to IDE and machine starts up but fails to boot into windows and goes to startup repair
Startup repair fails to fix the issue itself and goes into kind of recovery mode.
7. In this mode, it asks me to login with Administrator account to which I don't have pw since this is a domain controller and I don't know how to even set the password of local administrator account on a domain controller.

How do I fix this guys?

I have matched all the rest of the VM config i.e. the RAM, vCPUs etc.






Virtualization is the act of creating a virtual (rather than actual) version of something, including (but not limited to) a virtual computer hardware platform, operating system (OS), storage device, or computer network resources. Virtualization is usually the creation of a system that executes separate from the underlying hardware resources, or the creation of an entire desktop for systems located elsewhere, similar to thin clients.