SOLVED: Cannot Install 32 Bit Windows 10 on Hyper V

If you try to install 32 bit Windows on a Hyper V server you may find that it just will not see the installation files.  I tried from: Windows 10 32Bit Enterprise ISO downloaded from Microsoft VLSC Windows 10 32Bit Pro ISO downloaded using the current Windows 10 Media Creation Tool Windows 10 32Bit from a Windows Deployment Server WDS but had no detectable error messages… it just would not load.  I spent about 40…

SOLVED: How To Merge AVHDX When No Checkpoints Appear in HyperV Manager

If you have a Microsoft HyperV Checkpoint / Snapshot that has come disconnected from the Hyper V Manager console, then you need to manually merge the VHDX and AVHDX files.   Fortunately, this not generally very difficult: Shut Down the VM in question – This is not technically required but it will be faster and will reduce the likelyhood of data loss In HYPER V MANAGER, click EDIT DISK from the actions pane on the right…

SOLVED: How To Remove a CheckPoint That Has No Delete Option in HyperV Manager

If you have a HyperV Virtual Machine that shows only SETTINGS, EXPORT, RENAME and HELP on a CHECKPOINT that you want to delete, don’t panic.  If your HyperV manager does not show DELETE as an option for a Checkpoint: Click REFRESH from the actions pane.  Then right click on the Checkpoint and if DELETE is still not an option; Close and re-open the HyperV Manager.  Then right click on the Checkpoint and if DELETE is still…

SOLVED: Microsoft Hyper V Network Switch Default Miniport Shows Code 39

If you see a number of ‘hardware’ failures in Device Manager in your Virtual Machines. Specifically: Hyper-V Network Switch Default Miniport, HyperV PCI Server Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware.  The driver may be corrupted or missing. (Code 39) You can safely right click and uninstall the: Microsoft Hyper-V PCI Server Microsoft Hyper-V Virtual Machine Bus Provider, and Microsoft Hyper-V Virtualization Infrastructure Driver but the Hyper-V Network Switch Default Miniport will not go.…

SOLVED: What Is Server 2016 HyperV Integration Services DVD

If you have a Hyper V Server 2016 host, you are likely trying to ACTION > INSERT INTEGRATION SERVICES SETUP DISK like you used to.  HyperV Integration Services from Server 2016 hosts are now included in Windows Update. Here are some quick points about Server 2016 Hyper V Integration Services you might be interested in: I have found that the upgrade often does not appear in Windows Update so I download the latest Server 2016 Integration…

SOLVED: How To Migrate A Server 2012 R2 Cluster To New Server 2016 Servers In 11 Easy Steps

If you want to simply upgrade your existing cluster from Server 2012 R2 to Server 2016, you just need to buy Server 2016 licenses and perform a “Server 2016 Rolling Upgrade”.  What this does is to take one of your cluster nodes offline, then upgrade it to 2016, then bring that node online, move the VM’s to it and then it takes down the next node, updates it and now your cluster is happy. However,…

SOLVED: What is Windows Credential Guard?

In the simplest terms, Credential Guard is a new Windows 10 optional feature that controls access credentials stored in memory. Windows Credential Guard requires Virtual Secure Mode (VSM) which turns on core HyperV components to allow Windows to isolate each application’s memory.  The graphic to the right mentions Device Guard but operates the same for Credential Guard. VSM (and therefore Credential Guard) needs a CPU that supports virtualization which are nearly all corporate grade CPU’s…

SOLVED: HyperV – The IP address x.x.x.x you have entered for this network adapter is already assigned to another adapter

If you have moved a HyperV VHDx file to a new server, built a new VM using that drive and then tried to set the previous static IP Address on it, you will receive the following error: The IP address XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX you have entered for this network adapter is already assigned to another adapter. Usually I just click YES to: Do you want to remove the static IP configuration from the absent adapter? but today,…

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 8 Released to Manufacturing, Server 2012 RTM & The Windows Store is Open!

Windows 8 RTM’d on August 1st 2012 and will be made available to developers and techs on August 15th.   “General Availability” meaning retail packaging and OEM hardware sales will commense on October 26th. The President of the Microsoft’s Windows group said: While we have reached our RTM milestone, no software project is ever really ‘done.’ We will continue to monitor and act on your real world experiences with Windows 8—we’ve used the preview process to…

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…

Windows 8 Consumer Preview Was a Big Disappointment

I am a Windows guy and like (apparently) everyone else I am very impressed with the slick and smooth new Windows 8 tiled interface but I sure am disappointed in many other facits:        No Start Button = No Corporate Sales.  I am an authorized reseller and I used the Win8 CP yesterday for 6 hours.  While it looks pretty for consumers, there is no way this is going to fly in companies in…

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…

KB2538719 Takes A Long Time To Install

I just ran a patch cycle on an a small Exchange 2007 Standard Server running ForeFront Protection For Exchange 2010 and was shocked that it took over half an hour to install KB2538719 Hotfix Rollup 3 for Microsoft Forefront Protection for Exchange . The server in question did not have a single user connected, runs only 30 mail boxes and has 4 Xeon processors and 12GB of RAM in a HyperV Virtual Machine .  I was getting…