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Sometimes things are just too automated–a cautionary tale

It’s been a very long time since I’ve written anything on this blog, as the very observant of you...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 08/03/2010

Aero Glass? In my Virtual Machine? Now it’s even more likely than you think…

Starting back in 2006, I wrote a post about how to enable Aero Glass support for Virtual Machines by...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 03/18/2010

Using a lot of PowerShell in your presentations?

Do you hate switching back and forth between your PowerPoint slides and a PowerShell window every...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 03/11/2010

New Physical to Virtual (P2V) tool from Sysinternals

Looks like Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell are up to their old tricks again, with an awesome new...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 10/07/2009

Windows 7/2k8R2 hanging on the boot-up screen in a Hyper-V VM? Here’s why.

I’ve seen quite a few posts about this problem lately - both in public, and on internal Microsoft...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 09/24/2009

Fine. I’ll do the Twitter thing.

I have to admit, I really don’t quite get Twitter.  My first experience with it probably wasn’t...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 08/12/2009

All work and no play makes Mikey … ‘SPLODE!!!

I’m between video games right now, so I thought that I’d take a look at what’s available in the Xbox...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 08/12/2009

Aero Glass? In my Virtual Machine? It’s more likely than you think…

Back in 2006, I posted an article about how to get Glass running in a VM.  The trick was to use...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 08/12/2009

Microsoft releases Hyper-V Integration Component drivers for Linux as Open Source

:: Yawn ::  No big news here.  Microsoft just released the Hyper-V Integration Component...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 07/20/2009

Another week, another complete lack of podcast

I just wanted to post a quick note to all of you that I haven’t given up on the podcasts or anything...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 05/29/2009

The Virtualization Nation Podcast – Episode 3: Want to boot a physical computer from a VHD?

Of course you do. And in this episode of the Virtualization Nation Podcast, I’ll show you how. But...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 05/14/2009

The Virtualization Nation Podcast - Episode 2. Wait, what?

Some of you may remember that, a long while ago, I asked what sort of things you'd like to see in a...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 05/05/2009

WIM2VHD Release Candidate now available!

That’s right, folks.  In celebration of the release of the Windows 7/Server 2008 R2 Release...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 05/05/2009

About those WIM2VHD videos... what's a good video editing tool?

So, I know that I've been promising everyone some new videos explaining some of WIM2VHD's features....

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 04/24/2009

How To: Install Ubuntu 9.04 in a Hyper-V VM

The webbernetz are abuzz with news that a new version of Ubuntu has been released today. As such, I...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 04/23/2009

WIM2VHD: 1000 downloads and counting!

Every now and then, I like to visit the WIM2VHD website and see how many people have downloaded...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 03/18/2009

Does restoring a snapshot break domain connectivity? Here’s why.

This is a pretty common question on our internal mailing lists, and I’d imagine that it’s common...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 03/18/2009

More WIM2VHD videos on the way… but how many?

Hey everyone, I’ve been working on putting together a new set of videos for WIM2VHD, but I’ve run...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 02/26/2009

Updates on WIM2VHD

Hi everyone, I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for the amazing response to WIM2VHD! ...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 02/12/2009

More PowerShell in R2 tricks

The other day, Ben Armstrong posted the steps for installing Windows PowerShell on Hyper-V Server...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 02/12/2009

Announcing the Windows® Image to Virtual Hard Disk Converter (WIM2VHD)

It was my New Years Resolution that I’d do an average of 2 blog posts per week this year. So far, I...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 02/06/2009

Some awesome Windows 7 tricks

Tim Sneath posted this last night, and I wanted to share it with all of you Windows 7 users out...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 01/14/2009

The Hyper-V RTM Ship Party

Ever wonder what a Microsoft ship party looks like? If you take a stroll through Microsoft’s Redmond...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 01/13/2009

VIIrtualization: Windows 7 Beta on Hyper-V and Virtual PC 2007 SP1

Well, it looks like I was too slow in getting my posts written, because a bunch of people have...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 01/13/2009

VIIrtualization: I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but the Windows 7 Beta is out

You know… just in case you haven’t heard it.  I’m sure there aren’t a lot of people talking...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 01/08/2009

Washington Snowpocalypse 2008 – Putting things in perspective

I’m sure many of you have seen the news about the winter storms that have been hitting the Pacific...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 12/22/2008

How to use VMConnect to create an .RDP-like shortcut directly to your VMs

The Remote Desktop application in Windows has a nifty little feature where you can save all of your...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 12/02/2008

Something Different: SmallBASIC and the triumphant return of the Turtle

This has nothing to do with Virtualization, but it’s something that I think is really very cool so...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 11/30/2008

Problems with QueryPerformanceCounter on Windows Server 2003 Multi-Processor Hyper-V guests? Here’s why.

A friend of mine from another group came to me with a problem he’s been having on some Windows...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 10/15/2008

A New Source For Windows 7 Information

Steven Sinofsky and Jon DeVaan (who’s office is about 5 doors down from mine… I wonder if he can...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 08/15/2008

Hyper-V Installation Tricks: Updates

I haven’t updated my three part series about different ways to install Hyper-V for our RTM...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 08/15/2008

KB950050 Isn't Installed After I Insert and Install the Integration Services Setup Disk. Here's Why.

In the RC0 release of Hyper-V, you may recall, you had to use the same QFE to Windows Server 2008...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 06/26/2008

Hyper-V has been Released To Manufacturing!

I arrived on this team a little over three years ago, and was brought in to work on automating test...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 06/26/2008

Installing Fedora 9 in a Hyper-V VM

In my last post, I said I’d be posting last week.  Sorry for the late appearance of this post,...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 06/04/2008

Adding the RC1 Integration Components to WinPE 2.0

Mike Sterling just made a triumphant return to blogging by posting an article on how to add the RC1...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 05/30/2008

Hyper-V Installation Tricks - Part 3: Integrated Installation and The Beauty of the Win6 Servicing Stack

Updated for Hyper-V RTM Thus far we covered the steps necessary to capture a system image with...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 03/27/2008

Hyper-V Installation Tricks - Part 2: Unattended Installation of Windows and Hyper-V

Updated for Hyper-V RTM Picture it: Sicily, 1914. You've got a bunch of Servers that you need to...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 03/26/2008

Hyper-V Installation Tricks - Part 1: Sysprep and Hyper-V

Updated for Hyper-V RTM Before we jump right into this, I thought it would be best if we got a few...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 03/26/2008

Hyper-V Installation Tricks - Prologue

Updated for Hyper-V RTM As you may have heard, we've shipped Hyper-V.  Sorry for the lack of...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 03/26/2008

I still get an error while installing the Integration Components on Win2k3 after I installed Win2k8 RC1 on the host! HC?

In an earlier post, I said that you should install Windows Server 2008 RC1 with Hyper-V Beta if...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 01/14/2008

What's in a name?

I feel so dirty for having chosen that as a title for this post.  I mean, seriously.  Out...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 01/09/2008

Does your mouse stop working when you TS into a host machine and try to use a guest OS? Here's why.

To continue my "here's why" series of posts, I figured I'd talk about something else that...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 01/09/2008

Getting an error while installing the ICs on Server 2003? Here's why.

I've seen a lot of users having issues with installing the Hyper-V Integration Components on Windows...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 01/04/2008

Frequently Asked Questions about the Hyper-V Beta

I've been watching the comments - both internally and externally - about yesterday's launch of the...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 12/14/2007

Microsoft Hyper-V Beta is now available for download!

The bits are available here:...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 12/13/2007

"Viridian" no more - Say 'Hi' to Microsoft Hyper-V

Those of you who have followed my blog for a while know that I've - for one reason or another - been...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 11/13/2007

What do you want to know about "Viridian" / Windows Server virtualization?

To go along with all of the wonderful blog posts that we've been clogging the Intarwebs with this...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 10/02/2007

How do I automate "Viridian" installation on Win2k8 RC0?

Sorry for the abrupt end to the posts last week, everyone.  I was out sick.  But fear not,...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 10/01/2007

Installing Windows Server 2003 in a “Viridian” VM

Earlier this week, I posted instructions on how to install the "Viridian" CTP on Windows...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 09/26/2007

Configuring Virtual Network Switches in “Viridian”

Welcome back everybody. I hope that you found on how to install the "Viridian" CTP to be...

Author: Mike Kolitz Date: 09/25/2007

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