Category: Hyper-V Administration

Benefits of Windows Server 2016 ReFS File System

Windows Server 2016 offers many exciting benefits across the board. However, when thinking about new storage features with this release and more importantly how it affects backups, one updated feature we want to take a closer look at is Windows Server 2016 ReFS file system 3.1. It offers huge improvements over previous file systems in […]

Posted on June 5, 2017 by

Hyper-V Cluster Setup 3 of 3: Cluster Creation, Cluster Shared Volume, Highly Available VM

Now that we have the initial work out of the way in preparing our hosts, storage, networks and other details, we can look at actually creating the Hyper-V cluster, provisioning a cluster shared volume, and creating a highly available VM. Creating Hyper-V Cluster Once the Test-Cluster PowerShell commandlet has been ran to validate the cluster […]

Posted on April 19, 2017 by

Hyper-V Cluster Setup 2 of 3: Hyper-V role, shared storage, virtual switches

In the last post, we talked about the initial host configuration, planning our networks for the environment as well as creating storage targets. Let’s take a look at installing the Hyper-V role on our hosts, setting up our shared storage on both hosts, and creating our virtual switches. Installing Hyper-V role and setting up storage […]

Posted on April 12, 2017 by

Hyper-V Cluster Setup 1 of 3: Host Configuration, Network Planning, Storage Target Configuration

When we think about engineering and architecting virtual infrastructures for the enterprise datacenter, one of the critical requirements when we think about building out any enterprise technology is high availability. As we have seen, Hyper-V is a tremendously capable and maturing virtualization product that many are using in the enterprise today. However, like other virtualization […]

Posted on April 5, 2017 by

How to Create a Hyper-V VM using PowerShell

One of the powerful built-in features of Hyper-V is being able to utilize PowerShell for its management operations. Among the many things that we can do with PowerShell in Hyper-V is create virtual machines. The possibilities for automation and quick provisioning are endless. Let’s take a look at a few examples of how to create […]

Posted on March 27, 2017 by

How to Copy an ISO file to Hyper-V Host

One of the seemingly trivial but equally important tasks we need to think about when creating a new virtual machine in Hyper-V is installing an operating system. Generally, this is done by mounting an ISO installation image of the operating system media. How do we get that media to our Hyper-V host so that we […]

Posted on March 15, 2017 by

How to create a fixed size hard disk for a Hyper-V VM

In the previous post, we took a look at creating a virtual machine in Hyper-V and the various settings and considerations for choosing options for our new virtual machine. One of the topics mentioned that we want to take a closer look at here is how to create a fixed size hard disk on a […]

Posted on March 8, 2017 by

Creating and Configuring VMs in Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V

In the previous post, we looked at the initial configuration of our Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V server. This included installation, administration, storage and network configuration and remote management. The whole point of configuring our Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V hypervisor host is to run VMs. Let’s look at creating and configuring VMs in Windows Server 2016 […]

Posted on March 1, 2017 by

Hyper-V Networking – Virtual Switches

There are three types of virtual switches that may be created in the Virtual Switch Manager. They are External, Internal, and Private. Let’s briefly take a look at the differences between these types of switches. Types of Virtual Switches External – This type of switch is bound to the physical network cards located in the […]

Posted on February 21, 2017 by

Hyper-V Role Installation, Remote Management and Storage Configuration

Previously, we looked at getting the Windows Server 2016 operating system installed as a Server Core installation and the initial configuration of the server. Now, let’s take a look at installing the Hyper-V role onto the new Server Core OS. Once rebooted the server from the computer name change/domain join, we will want to install […]

Posted on February 13, 2017 by