Category: Virtual Machines

January 22, 2020
AVMA License Keys for Windows Server 2019

It’s time to update my old AVMA license keys blog post! What are AVMA license keys? Automatic Virtual Machine Activation (AVMA) license keys are used to license virtual machines (VMs)…

May 22, 2018
Upgrade to the Latest Altaro VM Backup

Similar to most Microsoft MVPs and other senior IT consultants, I have a Hyper-V lab to simulate client environments. This is also where I test out the latest versions of…

May 4, 2017
How to Compact and Shrink the Size of a VHD File

In a recent blog post, How to Expand a Disk within a VM That Is Using a VHD File, I showed you how to expand a VHDX file in logical…

March 22, 2017
How to Expand a Disk within a VM That Is Using a VHD File

By Garth Jones Oh no! This screenshot is telling me that there is a BIG problem. My VM only has 9.06 MB of space free!! Yikes!!! How did I let…

January 11, 2017
More RAM Space Needed for VMs with Windows Server 2012 R2

By Garth Jones Recently, I built a number of Virtual Machines (VMs) and every time I created a new VM, I attached Windows Server 2012 R2 x64 with Update ISO….

September 20, 2016
New Feature for Hyper-V

By Garth Jones This blog post has been a long time coming. It started with an open letter to Ben Armstrong. Ben’s one of the Lead Program Managers on the…

August 25, 2016
Why Are My Virtual Machines Slow?

By Garth Jones The other day, I was working on my test SQL 2016 server and everything was “slow.” Since this was a virtual machine (VM), and we all know…

August 12, 2016
How to Shut down VMs and Restart a Hyper-V Server When You Can’t Logon

In yesterday’s post, Please Wait for the Local Session Manager, you may recall that Garth Jones and I had an issue with not being able to logon to one of…

August 11, 2016
Please Wait for the Local Session Manager

Recently Joseph and I installed a new Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) on one of our Hyper-V servers. As part of this process, we needed to install UPS monitoring software. Anyways,…

August 10, 2016
KB3000850 Causes Patching Issues

As of late I have had to create a bunch of fresh VMs and patch them up. Just so happens that one of those VMs was a new domain controller…