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How to implement private cloud using Microsoft HyperV?

Download: Guide to build Microsoft Private Cloud

The IBM® Reference Configuration for Microsoft Private Cloud provides businesses an affordable, interoperable, reliable, and industry-leading virtualization solution. Validated by the Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track program, the IBM Reference Configuration for Microsoft Private Cloud combines Microsoft software, consolidated guidance, and validated configurations for compute, network, and storage, as well as value-added software components.

This document provides setup and configuration details for the IBM 8-Node Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track solution used in the actual Microsoft program validation. Its design consists of Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 Hyper-V clusters powered by IBM System x3650 M3 servers with IBM XIV® storage connected to IBM converged and Ethernet networks.

This paper consists of a short summary of the Reference Configuration software and hardware components, followed by best practice implementation guidelines.

This paper targets mid-to-large sized organizations consisting of IT engineers familiar with the hardware and software that make up the IBM Cloud Reference Architecture. Additionally, the Systems x and XIV technical sales teams and their customers evaluating or pursuing Hyper-V virtualization solutions will benefit. Advanced comprehensive experience with the various components is recommended. However, there are technical reviews as well as supplemental references included for more in-depth information regarding the entirety of the solution.

Download: Guide to build Microsoft Private Cloud

How to Attach virtual hard disk to existing HyperV virtual machine?
This step by step instruction will guide you to add virtual hard disk to your HyperV virtual machine.

My virtual SharePoint 2010 installation is running out of space and need to add additional drive so
that I could move SQL data out of current drive to the new one.



Step 1:

1. Turn off your virtual hyperv machine and open HyperV Manager. Select the virtual machine
which you want to add additional virtual drive and click on Settings

HyperV Manager

2. In settings select IDE Controller | Hard Drive  and click Add

Adding new hard drive to hyperv

3.  Now we need to create a new virtual hard disk. Click new to create new virtual harddisk

Creating new virtual hard disk - hyperv

4.  Adding new virtual hard disk wizard: This wizard helps you to create a new virtual hard disk.
Virtual hard disk provide storage for virtual machines and are stored on physical media as.vhd files

Click Next

New virtual hard disk wizard in hyperv

5.  You have three options to choose disk type
- Fixed Size, dynamically expanding and differencing. In this case, I am going with fixed size


6. Specify Name and location. I

Specify  name and location for virtual hard disk

7. You can create a blank virtual hard disk or copy the contents of an existing physical disk

Configure Virtual Hard Disk HyperV

8. Summary of your new virtual hard disk which we are creating and click
Okay below to create your new virtual hard disk


9. Once HyperV completed it process of creating new virtual hard disk, this is how you should see the end result


Step 2:

1. Turn on your HyperV virtual machine
Start | Administrative Tools | Server Manager | Disk Management |

In disk management you should see your second drive which you created.

Windows 2008 Server Disk Management

2.  Right click in unallocated space and click on New Simple Volume

Creating Simple Volume in Windows 2008

3. New simple volume wizard : This wizard helps you to create a simple volume on a disk


4.  Specify Volume Size : Choose a volume size that is between the maximum and minimum sizes

Specify Volume Size in Windows 2008

5. Assign Drive Letter or Path : For easier access, you can assign a dive letter or drive path to your partition

Assign Drive letter or Path in Windows 2008

6. Format Partition: To store data on this partition, you must format it fist

Format Partition in Windows 2008

7.  You have successfully completed the new simple volume wizard

new volume wizard windows 2008

8.  End results: I have successfully added second drive to my hyperv virtual machine.

Second drive in HyperV virtual machine

Now I can move all the SQL data files to my new drive which I added in HyperV virtual machine. If you perform all the above steps
you can successfully add additional drive in your HyperV virtual machine.

Where to find free PowerShell scripts for managing HyperV?
You can find free scripts for HyperV by going to Download Free Power Shell scripts for HyperV

How to convert VMware virtual machine to HyperV? 

Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) allows you to copy existing VMware virtual machines and create Hyper-V or Virtual Server virtual machines. You can copy VMware virtual machines that are on an ESX Server host, in the VMM library, or on a Windows share. Although V2V is called a conversion, V2V is a read-only operation that does not delete or affect the original source virtual machine.

Tools to convert vmware to hyper v:

Comparison between Microsoft System Center vs. VMware vCenter

Comparison between Microsoft System Center vs. VMware vCenter

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MC’s Proven Solutions team continues to amaze me with the quality of work they are producing including building out some challenging scenarios that are meant to replicate a customer’s environment.  By doing this they can test the scenario, understand the expected results and document EMC’s recommendations for properly deploying the configuration.

Last month the team produced a solution highlighting how to virtualize Microsoft Sharepoint Server 2007 using Hyper-V R2 and using EMC’s RecoverPoint Cluster Enabler technology for high availability as well as local and remote data protection.


SharePoint Business Continuity Solutions by EMC

Hight Availibility SharePoint Solution

For more information be sure to check out the whitepaper and stay tuned for more exciting Proven Solutions using Hyper-V from our team of experts!

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Dynamic Memory for Hyper-V is a new feature that helps distribute memory to the virtual machines hosted on the physical server. Previous to SP1 you would allocate memory to a virtual machine based on what you assumed the VM would need. Now with SP1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 you can choose whether your memory is static or dynamic and with dynamic you can set startup RAM values, maximum RAM values and the amount of memory to reserve as a buffer.

Startup RAM is the amount of memory allocated to a virtual machine and reported to the guest operating system BIOS while maximum RAM is the total amount of memory that will be given to a virtual machine. The default for maximum RAM is 64GB.

Dynamic Memory Management in HyperV

Dynamic Memory for Microsoft Hyper-V


Do you want to convert your VMWare images to Hyper V?
Try this tool:

SharePoint 2010 VHD Password

December 20, 2010 — 1 Comment

To login to SharePoint 2010 VHD, the password is pass@word1

I was trying to import SharePoint 2010 VHD file to my HyperV following the instruction from but it failed.


This is what I did

1. Clicked on Import Virtual Machine

Import Virtual Machine, HyperV


2.  Selected “ Copy the virtual machine (Create a new unique ID) and browse to the location where I had the file

Import Virtual Machine, HyperV

I got error message saying ..

Import failed. Unable to find virtual machine import files under location ‘C:\HyperV\SharePoint2010\’. You can import a virtual machine only if you used Hyper-V to create and export it.


To resolve the problem, I went through new virtual machine creating wizard and this worked.  Now I can start the SharePoint 2010 VHD

I am in the process of setting up SharePoint 2010 for testing purpose and I download the 2010 Information Worker Demonstration and Evaluation Virtual Machine (RTM) from


When try to extract the files I got “CRC failed in 2010-7b\Virtual Hard Disk\2010-7b.vhd” , I try to download the files again and again but still failed and not sure which files are corrupted.   After spending time searching for a solutions I found this.

To check SFV file i downloaded the

I download this tools and checked my folder where I am keeping the downloaded files, this is what I got.


SharePoint 2010 VHD SFV Checker

2010-7a.part15.rar is having some problem. I downloaded that file again and now I am able to extract the files and get the VHD.

This document details the features and benefits of the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers product in comparison with VMware® vSphere® 4 (currently shipping as of the date of publication), Microsoft® Hyper-V® 2008 R2 (expected to ship in the second half of 2009), and VMware Virtual Infrastructure® 3.5 (widely deployed in existing virtualized environments).

This document is designed to give you information about Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers, and to allow you to compare features and benefits across multiple virtualization platforms.

You can download PDF document by going:


Virtualization Servers product comparision

My current environment is this but having problem getting internet access to SharePoint Front End and Back End servers. Since I am using blade server, it’s only have one NIC


This is what I have to do to get internet connect to each Virtual Machine

1.  Open Virtual Network Manager



2. Add a Internal Virtual Network



3. I am calling this as Internet network and you also need to check Internal only



4. Go your network properties  and enable “ Allow other network users to connect through this computers internet Connection.



5. Now go to your Virtual Machine and if it’s not connected just click on Connect and it should connect you to internet


It’s easy to get started with SharePoint 2010 development using the Information Worker Virtual Machine (VM). In this episode, you will learn all of the tips and tricks to get the VM up and running.

The Information Worker virtual machine is a Hyper-V based VHD file that has everything you need to build SharePoint solutions already installed. The VM includes Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Visual Studio 2010, Exchange 2010, and more. In fact, this is the VM that we use for all of the SharePoint and Office training and Hands-On Labs on Channel 9.