How Much Memory Does My Hyper-V Host Require?

September 30, 2015 // 4 Comments

If you are trying to figure out how much RAM you have left for virtual machines then this is the post for you. When Microsoft launched Dynamic Memory with W2008 R2 SP1, we were introduced to the concept of a host reserve (nothing to do with the SCVMM concept); the hypervisor would keep so much [...]

Logging Into Windows Server Containers

September 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

How do you log into a container to install software? Ah … you don’t actually log into a container because a container is not a virtual machine. Confusing? Slightly! What you actually do is remotely execute commands inside of a container; this is actually something like PowerShell Direct, a new [...]

ReFS Accelerated VHDX Operations

September 8, 2015 // 3 Comments

One of the interesting new features in Windows Server 2016 (WS2016) is ReFS Accelerated VHDX Operations (which also work with VHD). This feature is not ODX (VAAI for you VMware-bods), but it offers the same sort of benefits for VHD/X operations. In other words: faster creation and copying of VHDX [...]

Starting Lab Work With WS2016 TPv3

September 8, 2015 // 2 Comments

You might have assumed that I’ve had Windows Server 2016 (WS2016) running in my lab since TPv1 was launched. Well, that would have been nice but although I spend more time in a lab than most, I didn’t have time/resources. All I had time to play with was a virtual S2D SOFS using VMs and VHDX [...]
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