There are plenty of articles out there describing how to run Hyper-V on vSphere, e.g. https://www.pluralsight.com/blog/tutorials/run-hyper-v-vsphere-5-1
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
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
If you use Citrix Provisioning Services (PVS) then you’ll probably appreciate the ease with which updates can be applied to your systems by simply updating the underlying vdisk. However, if you also run your systems on vSphere, updating VM Tools is a little more convoluted. Continue reading
An issue can occur when Windows 2012 systems are restored from a GhettoVCB backup that was taken when the source VM was powered on. The system will fail to boot with error status code 0xc000000e.
The cause appears to be related to the coordination between VMware Tools, Volume Shadow Service and GhettoVCB during the VM quiescing process. Continue reading
A quick Powershell script example using the Windows Server 2012 Windows Backup cmdlets to perform a backup. Continue reading
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