VMWare VM Server OS & NIC Tuning Optimizations

VMWare VM Server Tuning – Windows OS & VMXNet3 Network Card Optimizations   In Windows, Open a command prompt window with elevated permissions and execute the following commands displayed in RED.   [Display the TCP stack settings] C:> netsh int tcp show global   [Disable specific TCP stack parameters] C:> netsh int tcp set global chimney=disabled C:> netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel= disabled C:> netsh int tcp set global ecncapability= disabled C:> netsh int tcp set global netdma= disabled C:> netsh int tcp set global rsc= disabled   I usually put these commands […]

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How to deploy Windows Nano Server on vSphere

Windows Nano Server is a super lightweight version of Windows Server that was “built for the Cloud”. When I first heard of it I immediately became curious, because it resembles VMware’s ESXi in many ways: It is an embedded-like and headless system with a very small footprint and can be managed only remotely. It has limited use cases, but two […]

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Fixing Windows 2012R2 Hyper-V Role Failing At 99 Percent

installing the Hyper-V Role is straightforward on a new system, I have seen couple of scenarios where the Hyper-V role will fail on installation. Scenario conditions are outlined below: Fresh install of Windows 2012R2 Server. All Windows Updates applied then rebooted. Post reboot, Hyper-V Role was installed. Rebooted machine to finalize installation of role Machine begins applying, gets to 99%, […]

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Moving your VM Storage

Use the fantastic tools built-in to Hyper-V 2012 to make it easy to migrate your VMs onto new storage or over to a new host.  Never mess with copying .vhdx or configuration files again. I rebuilt my storage in my test lab, making use of Storage Tiering in Storage Spaces to pool two 64 GB SSDs and one 1.5 TB […]

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Cloning VMs in Hyper-V

It’s a common enough scenario: build one template machine and then mirror that to make a testlab, so you’d think this would be a built-in feature of Hyper-V, but its not. Luckily, it’s not too hard to do once you know how, and I’ll guide you through the tough parts Overall process We’ll be following these steps to get clones […]

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6 Benefits Nano Server Will Bring to Hyper-V

In April 2015, Microsoft announced a new feature available in Windows Server 2016 called Nano Server. It is similar to Windows Server Core mode but remarkably smaller. Apparently there are big plans in store for Nano Server. Jeffery Snover, lead architect for Windows Server, consistently stated throughout the Microsoft Ignite event, “Nano Server is the greatest change to Windows Server […]

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