Archive for the 'Hyper-V' Category

SBS7 – Small Business Server preview

The public preview of SBS7 was made available for download via Connect on Sep 21st. I was planning to install a Small Business Sever at home, plus SharePoint 2010, but was put off SBS 2008 as it features Exchange 2007 rather than 2010 (2010 has a far superior web interface).

The DVD is a 6Gb download, but I’d recommend an 8Gb USB stick and the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool to install on a physical server.

I am, of course, installing first on a virtual machine, assigning a 137Gb dynamic disk and 6Gb of memory (Vail and Windows7 will have to be turned off on my 8Gb Q6600 server).

On my server, I’ve noticed (now that I’ve reconnected a monitor) that I’m getting annoying screen flashes – this is a result of having the ‘base’ VGA video driver. This was a stroke of luck, as if I’d installed the NVidia driver, Hyper-V would have crashed. I reckon I’ll need to install the WS2008 R2 SP1 beta to fix it.

The server will be on the public internet, and BT’s static IP address assignment is pretty opaque. There is a half decent post here and an excellent diagram here . In the end, it’s in the router LAN address assignment, and needs to be set to public, with an address assigned. One day I’ll get it working with my Belkin N+ router…

Finally, there seems to be lots of marketing speak about SBS7 but not a lot about what’s actually in it eg does it have ISA? I’ll aim to fix that over the next few days.

UPDATE – pretty disappointed to find that I can’t assign a public IP address to SBS, maybe I should have known that from SBS2008, but I’d hoped to put the server on a public address for remote access. I’ll come back to assign a private address and do some testing later.

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Browser Certificate Error – Create Your Own CA

My home server throws an annoying SSL error whenever I visit it, and sadly a real SSL certificate issue is expensive (seems to be around £20/annum for a single site, and I have a few that I want to host)

Looks like the answer is to self certificate, and although I considered loading OpenSSL for Windows I’ve opted for an Ubuntu Desktop 10.04 x86 installation. I’ll set this up in Virtual PC (migrate to Hyper-V later) and maybe write some notes on that too.

Hyper-V Video Blue Screen of Death – fixed

UPDATE – this is fixed in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (in the beta at least…they might break it again in RTM!)

This is a pretty widely reported problem with high spec video cards & Hyper-V

However, a Wikipedia article suggests that it may be possible to workaround this by installing pre-WDDM drivers (ie Windows XP drivers). Of course, this is no easy job on a laptop as ATi and nVidia lock down their ‘standard’ installers so they don’t work on laptops.

The way around this on the Dell/Radeon 4650 is to use Mobility Modder from HardwareHeaven

I’ll give it a go this weekend and update the blog

UPDATE – tried to mod the ATi driver and install but Windows reckons ‘the best driver is already installed’. Tried to change the ‘FeatureScore‘ to FC, but no joy with that. Maybe WS2008R2 really doesn’t support XPDM as alluded

For now, will stick to the SVGA @ 1152×864

Windows Server 2008 on Dell 1747: Hyper-V BSOD – Fixed

UPDATE – SP1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 fixes the BSOD on high performance, I can only assume that work on RemoteFX to enable performance graphics over TS meant that embarassing crashes for servers with high performance graphics were no longer acceptable.

So, time to get Hyper-V and WS2008 R2 on my Dell. Booted up with a DVD in the drive, trying to add the OS as a VHD at the command prompt has no joy. Shift-Fn-F10 didn’t work, had to reboot and change Fn key behaviour in the BIOS (a bit irritating).

My 1747 has 2 x 500Gb HD’s, and I have WinXpSP3 installed on the primary partition of (what i thought was…) disk00, however, it seems that the seconf HDD is now disk00, and my WinXP/Win7 install is on disk01. This means that my Win7 C: partition is actually E: on boot, a bit unusual.

There are a few decent sites out there regarding WS2008 as a laptop o/s, see http://www.win2008workstation.com/ as a first stop

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/vijaysk/archive/2008/02/11/using-windows-server-2008-as-a-super-desktop-os.aspx

http://bryantlikes.com/SwitchingToWindowsServer2008OnMyLaptop.aspx

Walkthrough

After the usual password and naming work, I need internet access to run windows update, so Open Server Manager and add Feature Wireless LAN Service. Enable remote access and remote management to make it all easier. Of course I forgot I needed the driver from Dell

I’m never happy with defaul drive naming (C: D: E: etc) and I always mount my additional drivers as \disknn consistently across a multiboot evironment; this also makes it consistently easy to create vhd’s across drives. I had to disable the paging file on drive D: before I could unmount and rename the drive.

Run Windows Update (36 essential, 3 optional updates)

Installed the Desktop Experience thru Features

Switched off CTL-ALT-DEL at logon

Turn off Shutdown Tracker

Run netplwiz from Start to autologon

Optimise Application Performance

Enable Sound, Install Search

For me, MagicDisc is an essential, especially as I want to install Forefront Client Security from an iso. This simple little app let’s you mount any disk image as a drive, very nice (PS I always change my physical DVD to Z: and MagicDisc to Y:)

Installed Hyper-V role and got a very nasty blue screen of death, restarting in Safe Mode to see what’s happening

UPDATE – should have been aware of this, widely reported Hyper-V and Video problem on WS2008

Looks like I can’t get the vieo driver uninstalled, so I’ll rebuild (annoying) and try out the beta of SP1 for WS2008 R2

Adding Audio Recording in Hyper-V RDP Windows7

Interesting post to enable remote mic connection (eg Skype etc) in an RDP VM see http://www.theexperienceblog.com/2009/11/05/manual-steps-required-for-audio-recording-via-rdp-7-0/ for a registry hack

HD HomeRun Windows7 Virtual Machine

Well, I don’t know if it’s going to work yet, but here’s a very nice screen shot of the HD Homerun under Hyper-V

Update – though the HomeRun QuickTV app works, Media Center doesn’t, no guide download an no live TV, but I will test it as an extender. Seems from TheGreenButton that someone has made it work

Remote Access to Home Server Vail

Nice bit of work today, my Home Server (Virtual Machine) is now on t’interweb, with a public IP address – I could do with assigning it a domain and certificate, but for now I’m ok with it


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