I have been using Windows Server 2012 since it became generally available in September 2012 and after taking some time to find my way around the new menus and GUI I am very impressed with what Microsoft have produced. Hyper-V is just one of those great products which makes you sit up and take notice.

With the free version of Hyper-V Server 2012 this is just a great platform for building labs for testing and learning about new products. I have found this guide from Microsoft guru Keith Mayer an excellent resource in getting my Hyper-V 2012 lab up and running and wanted to share it with you so hopefully you can too.


This is something I have started to see more and more recently with new Dell servers configured as a Hyper-V host. I first noticed this when copying some larger files into a virtual file and print server I was setting up for a client. The server was a brand new Dell PowerEdge R620 which came with two on-board Broadcom Gigabit network cards. When copying files into the virtual guest I was getting very slow transfer rates and I could tell something was not quite right, and so began the troubleshooting. ...continue reading "Virtual Machine Queue (VMQ) causes slow network performance inside Hyper-V virtual guests"

With the release of Windows Server 2012 many people like me will be wanting to deploy Windows Server 2012, as there are many new features relating to the Hyper-V element of Windows Server 2012 it is only natural to want to get our 2008 R2 Hyper-V host servers running on a 2012 Hyper-V platform. Here is how I did it ...continue reading "Moving Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V virtual guests to a Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Host"

I have recently been setting up a 3 node Windows Server 2012 Hyper-v environment which I have configured in a Failover Cluster for high availability. Doing this was considerably easier that I had expected thanks to the improvements in Server 2012. Here is how I did it: ...continue reading "Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Failover Clustering"