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An “Inexpensive” Exchange Lab In Azure

This blog post centres around two scripts that can be used to quickly provision an Exchange Server lab in Azure and then to remove it again. The reason why the blog post is titled “inexpensive” is that Azure charges compute hours even if the virtual machines are shut down. Therefore to make my Exchange lab […]

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Access Is Denied Message After Sysprep–How To Fix

If before you use Sysprep to prepare a Windows machine for imaging you set the administrators password “User cannot change password” then sysprep will not clear this setting, but will set the “User must change password at next logon” setting. Normally these two settings are mutually exclusive, but in the scenario for sysprep it seems […]

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Installing Dell Open Manage 7.1 on Hyper-V R2 Servers

This set of instructions goes through the process for installing Dell Open Manager on Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012. Download both the 6.5 and 7.1 versions of Dell Open Manage You need to install 6.5 first, or you will get errors about “omchecks has stopped working” failing during the RunPreReqChecks process and […]

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Building an Exchange Unified Messaging Lab

This is a project I have been meaning to do for some time, and when I got around to doing it found it to be harder than I expected it to be. So this blog series covers the steps needed to build a Unified Messaging lab utilising Exchange Server 2010 and Microsoft Lync Server along […]

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Scheduling Backup on Microsoft Hyper-V Server

To do a backup of the virtual machines installed on your Hyper-V Server (2008 or 2008 R2 editions) you need to complete the following steps. Install the backup feature by typing start /w ocsetup WindowsServerBackup from the command prompt. Get a list of the drives on which Hyper-V Server has stored virtual machines. This will […]

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Installing Integration Services on Hyper-V Clients

The installation of the Hyper-V integration services should be easy, but what happens if you have taken the virtual disks from a Windows Virtual PC or Virtual Server installation and is already running the Virtual Machine Additions software from that installation? What happens is that you need to remove the previously installed Virtual Machine Additions […]

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Uninstalling Virtual Machine Additions in Hyper-V

The error message “this installer may only be run inside of a virtual machine” appears when you try to remove old virtual machine additions (from Virtual Server 2005/Virtual PC 2004) when running the virtual machine in Hyper-V. The migration guidelines recommend the removal (but do not mandate it) of the Virtual Machine Additions. But this […]

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Hyper-V Not Booting From ISO Images

I got error 0xc00000e9 when attempting to boot into a new guest Hyper-V image, using an ISO image as my boot CD. Using the real CD in the host worked fine. So I downloaded the ISO again and all was well this time – must have been a dodgy download – now to go play […]

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Hyper-V on the Dell Optiplex

With the correct BIOS settings enabled on a E8500 processor (see http://processorfinder.intel.com/ for the processors that support EM64T, Virtualisation and Execute Disable which is needed for Hyper-V to work), and with them and the Trusted Execution property set to On in the BIOS I got the following errors with Hyper-V RC1 on Windows 2008 Enterprise […]