ethernet adapter is already bound to the microsoft virtual switch protocol

hyper-v_logoWhen I was reinstalling one of my home lab server with Server 2012 (overdue for months now…) I can across the following error when I tried to configure my virtual switch.

external ethernet adapter is already bound to the microsoft virtual switch protocol

After a quick google search I came across a MS support article which described this error to a T.

You need to download the NVSPBind tool seperately from the MSDN website here. After opening the command prompt (in elavated administrator) I ran this command:

nvspbind /u Friendly NIC Name

When this was finished I was able to configure the virtual switch to connect to my external NIC.

Book review: Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Cookbook

I’ve been asked by Packt to read this ebook (Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Cookbook by Leandro Carvalho) and give my honest feedback on this book. I must say I’m impressed by the content.

This is an in-depth book on the use and features of Microsoft Hyper-V for Windows Server 2012. This book is a must read for those who want to play with it with or without having a deep knowledge in this matter.

I’m a huge fan of clearing things up with the help of pictures (a picture can say a thousand words) but I must admit that the author has found a way to use the pictures to clarify and not to clutter the book with them.

I’m quite familiar with Hyper-V in Server 2008 R2 and have an understanding of how Virtualization works in general. However if you are a novice or an expert, this book provides information for all skill levels.

In my opinion the money is worth spending on this book.

You can buy the Windows Server 2012 Hyper- V Cookbook  now from here.

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Component Architecture Poster

This poster provides a visual reference for understanding key Hyper-V technologies in Windows Server 2012. This Hyper-V poster focuses on Hyper-V Replica, networking, virtual machine mobility (live migration), storage, failover clustering, and scalability.

You can download this poster here at Microsoft.

Windows server 2008 Licensing and Virtual Machines

Hi guys,

Here’s some interesting information about licensing and moving virtual machine around in Hyper-V.

Windows Server 2008 Standard

So, say we’ve bought a copy of Windows Server 2008 Standard, and we install it on the Physical box below. Continue reading “Windows server 2008 Licensing and Virtual Machines”

Hyper-V pagefile sizing (Host and guests)

 Hi guys,

When you have a Hyper-V host with lots of memory installed on the host you don’t want the pagefile to be as big as the phycial RAM installed. Here’s a good “best practice” from Microsoft involving the use of pagefile on the Hyper-V host as well as the Hyper-V guests.

Enjoy. Continue reading “Hyper-V pagefile sizing (Host and guests)”

Unexpected error refreshing server manager on 2008 R2 server

Hi guys,

I just installed a clean and new W2K8 R2 server and one of the first errors i got after installing a couple (43) Windows patches was this one:

Continue reading “Unexpected error refreshing server manager on 2008 R2 server”

Simple way to create a Hyper-V VM

There are several ways to install a VM simple create and install OS. Or with SCVMM 2008 or 2012.

But If you want to do it fast and without using an image. then there is a solution. In under the 3 minutes I create a Fresh installed Windows 2008R2 SP1 Server for Hyper-V.

How ? Continue reading “Simple way to create a Hyper-V VM”

How to add a new or rebuilt cluster node to SCVMM 2008

If you are adding a new node to an existing cluster that is being managed by System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 (SCVMM), or if you had to rebuild a node of a cluster and need to add it back, here are the steps that are required:

First, here is the existing cluster: Continue reading “How to add a new or rebuilt cluster node to SCVMM 2008”

Unnamed VM could not initialize

Hi guys,

I just had a “nice” encounter with my Hyper-V server. I rebooted the Hyper-V host and i got on all servers the error “unnamed VM could not initialize”. Now i hear you think “he restored the VM’s” or “he replaced the disk where the VM’s are stored” but nothing is true. I just rebooted it because the server was up and running for 200 days and i found it a good time to restart the server. Continue reading “Unnamed VM could not initialize”