Author Archives: Nick Brown

Network Configuration Running Hyper-V on vSphere

There are plenty of articles out there describing how to run Hyper-V on vSphere, e.g.

However after following these instructions I found I still had an issue with my configuration. My Hyper-V guest VMs would pick up an IP address from DHCP but I couldn’t communicate with them subsequently. There are a number of potential causes of this, including a mis-configuration of the Hyper-V vSwitch. However, in my case the cause was in the layer above – on my ESXi host. Continue reading

Veeam Backup and Replication, vSphere Replication and Site Recovery Manager Features Comparison


I was asked by a client recently to evaluate the DR replication and recovery features of Veeam Backup and Replication 9.0 (VBR) in comparison to the incumbent vSphere Replication 6.1 (VR) / Site Recovery Manager 6.1 (SRM) solution. I thought that the results would be worth sharing, Continue reading

Deploying Group Policy Preference Client Side Extensions for Windows XP via Group Policy

Group Policy is great, but sometimes you need to make tweaks to your systems in ways that aren’t covered by existing Group Policy settings. Traditionally login scripts were used to perform this task, but more recently I have used PolicyMaker by DesktopStandard. When Microsoft bought DesktopStandard and repackaged PolicyMaker as “Group Policy Client Side Extensions” (GPCSE) I was keen to deploy and use it. Continue reading