Solved: Complete List of Supported Guest Windows VM’s On Server 2016, 2012 R2, 2012 and 2008 R2

Yes, you can run Server 2016 VM’s on Server 2012 R2 Host.  In general Mircrosoft supports the release immediately after the host operating system (i.e. 2012 on 2008 R2, 2012 R2 on 2012 R1,…) Server 2016 Supported Guest Operating Systems: Windows Server 2016 is expected to be able to host Windows Server 2019 VM’s but as of today’s date the official line up for Server 2016 hosting VM’s is: Guest Operating System Maximum Virtual Cores…

SOLVED: Hyper-V Move To Server 2012 – Failed to Establish A Connection Because Of An Unsupported Protocol Version (Protocol Version 5.0)

If you MOVE a Hyper-V Virtual Machine to Server 2012 R2 host and you want to move it back, you will be disappointed.  Moving VM’s to Server 2012 R2 hosts is a one way street.  This includes trying to move VM’s from Server 2012 R2 to 2012 R1. Moving a Hyper-V virtual machine in Windows Server 2012 R2 to Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 is not supported. When moving a virtual machine on Windows Server 2012,…

SOLVED: Hyper V – Failed Secure Boot Verification

If you see the “V Virtual Machine you likely were working on Windows 8.1 or Server 2012 R2 and you elected to create GEN2 VM during the setup process.  This was a mistake. HyperV Gen2 VM’s are only supported by Server 2012 (or newer) and Windows 8 (or newer) and you were trying to install Windows 7 or Vista or XP or Server 2008 or… and those are all “Gen1” operating systems.

SOLVED: Does a ‘Shared Nothing’ Hyper-V Move Benefit From a Pre-Existing Replica

I use Hyper-V 2012 Replica’s and I move VM’s from server to server periodically using the Hyper-V, MOVE option.  This got me to thinking, if I have a replica on another server, can I MOVE to that server?  The reason you would want to do this is because you need to shut down your live server to have a Replica on another server take over… this is super odd because I can MOVE a VM while…

Windows Server 2012 Answers

I recently took a full day Windows Server 2012 course and I prep’d for it by installing the Beta and making the following list of questions, which Microsoft staff answered at various points during the day: Q: Can HyperV live migrate without System Center 2012 A: Yes, just right click on the VM and move it! . Q: Are there any notable changes to Distributed File System (DFS) A: No . Q: Is Direct Access…

SOLVED: How To Patch A Microsoft Windows HyperV Host & VM’s

The following the my approved process for patching VM’s: Wait at least one week after “Patch Tuesday”; this gives Microsoft time to have others beta test the patches and for Microsoft to pull / adjust problem patches Shut Down (VM equivalent of Power Off) any running Virtual Machines Copy the VHD’s to an external disk (or some other disk you trust) Power Up your VM’s and patch them Reboot the VM’s as required Shut Down…

Video: Windows Server 8 – Sneak Peek WPC 2011 – HyperV Replica

At the World Partner Conference (WPC), Microsoft fist publicly showed off Windows Server 8 (codename).  They show that the number of CPU’s per VM is no longer limited, an amazing new cluster feature called Hyper-V Replica, and explain that in Server 2008 R2 you can overcommit memory https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xz9f2G7drEg

Move Your Virtual Machine (VM) To The Web With Azure

…With the introduction of the virtual machine (VM) role on the Windows Azure platform, these powerful concepts come together to host virtual infrastructure in the cloud. You’ll soon be able to build VMs for Windows Azure and deploy them to the cloud where you can leverage the flexible, scalable infrastructure and cost savings for which cloud computing is noted. Currently, the Windows Azure VM role is still in beta. You can learn more about the…

SOLVED: HyperV Error: A Virtual Disk Provider for the specified file was not found

I recently blew an hour trying to attach a VHD inot a HyperV on a new Server 2008 R2 64Bit Standard server but received “A Virtual Disk Provider for the specified file was not found” which was not cool. The solution was a small registry change as documented http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2013544 Solution: 1)    Start Registry Editor. 2)    Visit the following registry key: “HKLMSYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesFsDepends” 3)    Under the “FsDepends” key, change REG_DWORD value “Start” from “3” to “0” 4)    Restart the computer…