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.

Citrix solutions lab Hyper-V reference architecture

Citrix has released the first version of the Hyper-V reference architecture.

This reference architecture documents the design, deployment, and validation of a Citrix Desktop Virtualization solution that leveraged the best-of-breed hardware and software vendors in a real-world environment. This design included Microsoft Hyper-V and SCVMM 2012, HP blade servers, NetApp storage arrays, and Cisco networking. Five modular blocks (or 5,050 virtual desktops) consisted of users divided into the following groups: 3,775 in the Datacenter, 675 in 2 Branch Offices, and 600 remote users.

This Desktop Virtualization reference architecture was built with the following goals:

  • Leverage a modular design to allow for linear scalability and growth by adding additional modular blocks
  • Design an environment to be highly available and resilient
  • Architect a virtual desktop solution that can support users in different geographic locations, such as branch office workers and remote access users

You can download the PDF 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 “8” Beta Hyper-V Component Architecture Poster

Microsoft has released today a new architecture poster for Windows 8 server regarding to the Hyper-V part of this new Windows server release. You can download the poster from this location.

win8 architecture poster

Enjoy this poster and print it out and hang it on your wall or use it as a desktop wallpaper (if your screen is big enough Winking smile).

Performance decreases in W2K8 R2 with Hyper-V role installed and certain Intel processors

Performance decreases in Windows Server 2008 R2 when the Hyper-V role is installed on a computer that uses Intel Westmere or Sandy Bridge processors. Continue reading “Performance decreases in W2K8 R2 with Hyper-V role installed and certain Intel processors”

Hyper-V WIFI support in Windows8

Hi guys,

Just a little Windows 8 update here. I read on a blog from Matthew John that the Hyper-V portion of Windows 8 will support the use of WIFI NIC’s.
One “downside” is that you’ll need a WIFI network to be able to connect to the outside world. But he, that also true for the wired NIC so….

I like these new features and functions in Windows 8. Let’s hope the stability and performance will be increased and even better then Windows 7.

This is it for now and when I find new news you’ll hear from me again.


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”

SCVMM 2012 system requirements

Hi guys,

Here are the hardware and software requirements for SCVMM 2012.

The software requirements of Virtual Machine Manager (VMM/SCVMM) 2012 are easy: Continue reading “SCVMM 2012 system requirements”

Hyper-V anti-virus exclusions

Hi Guys,

When you have Hyper-V servers running with an anti-virus product on the host server please take a look at the following recomendations to keep Hyper-V running as optimal as possible.

  • Default virtual machine configuration directory (C:ProgramDataMicrosoftWindowsHyper-V)
  • Custom virtual machine configuration directories
  • Default virtual hard disk drive directory (C:UsersPublicDocumentsHyper-VVirtual Hard Disks)
  • Custom virtual hard disk drive directories Continue reading “Hyper-V anti-virus exclusions”

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)”