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Archive for February, 2013

Troubleshooting Windows 8 and Hyper-V/Windows Phone 8 Emulator

Posted by essjae on February 22, 2013

Mark Chamberlain at MS has a summarized blog post about troubleshooting Windows and the WP8 phone emulator.

The WP8 emulator uses Hyper-V, so the steps needed to make it work will also work for Hyper-V in general.

(WP8) Emulator (XDE) Troubleshooting Tips

http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/wptools/thread/b06cc9f2-aa5e-4cb3-9df1-0c273e1dfd68

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Updated: Hyper-V 3.0 Supported Guest OSes and max vCPUs

Posted by essjae on February 21, 2013

Updated 2013Jan04
http://technet.microsoft.com/library/hh831531.aspx

  Guest operating  system (server)

Max vCPU

Notes

Windows Server 2012

64

Integration services do not require a separate installation because they are built-in.
Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1

64

Datacenter, Enterprise, Standard and Web editions. Install the integration services after you set up the operating system in the virtual machine.
Windows Server 2008 R2

64

Datacenter, Enterprise, Standard and Web editions. Upgrade the integration services after you set up the operating system in the virtual machine.
Windows Server 2008 with SP 2

8

Datacenter, Enterprise, Standard and Web editions (32-bit and 64-bit). Install the integration services after you set up the operating system in the virtual machine.
Windows Home Server 2011

4

Edition information is not applicable. Install the integration services after you set up the operating system in the virtual machine.
Windows SBS 2011

***

***Essentials edition – 2. Standard edition – 4.  Essentials and Standard editions. Install the integration services after you set up the operating system in the virtual machine.
Windows Server 2003 R2 with SP2

2

Standard, Web, Enterprise, and Datacenter editions (32-bit and 64-bit). Install the integration services after you set up the operating system in the virtual machine.
Windows Server 2003 with SP2

2

Standard, Web, Enterprise, and Datacenter editions (32-bit and 64-bit). Install the integration services after you set up the operating system in the virtual machine.
CentOS 5.7 and 5.8

64

Download and install Linux Integration Services Version 3.4 for Hyper-V.
CentOS 6.0 – 6.3

64

Download and install Linux Integration Services Version 3.4 for Hyper-V.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.7 & 5.8

64

Download and install Linux Integration Services Version 3.4 for Hyper-V.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0 – 6.3

64

Download and install Linux Integration Services Version 3.4 for Hyper-V.
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2

64

Integration services do not require a separate installation because they are built-in.
Open SUSE 12.1

64

Integration services are built-in and do not require a separate download and installation.
Ubuntu 12.04

64

Integration services are built-in and do not require a separate download and installation.

 

   Guest operating system (client)

Max  vCPU

Notes

Windows 8

32

Integration services do not require a separate installation because they are built-in.
Windows 7 with SP1

4

Ultimate, Enterprise, and Professional editions (32-bit and 64-bit). Upgrade the integration services after you set up the operating system in the virtual machine.
Windows 7

4

Ultimate, Enterprise, and Professional editions (32-bit and 64-bit). Upgrade the integration services after you set up the operating system in the virtual machine.
Windows Vista with SP2

2

Business, Enterprise, and Ultimate, including N and KN editions. Install the integration services after you set up the operating system in the virtual machine.
Windows XP with SP3

2

Professional. Install the integration services after you set up the operating system in the virtual machine.
Windows XP x64 Edition with SP2

2

Professional. Install the integration services after you set up the operating system in the virtual machine.
CentOS 5.7 and 5.8

64

Download and install Linux Integration Services Version 3.4 for Hyper-V.
CentOS 6.0 – 6.3

64

Download and install Linux Integration Services Version 3.4 for Hyper-V.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.7 and 5.8

64

Download and install Linux Integration Services Version 3.4 for Hyper-V.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0 – 6.3

64

Download and install Linux Integration Services Version 3.4 for Hyper-V.
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2 64 Integration services do not require a separate installation because they are built-in.
Open SUSE 12.1 64 Integration services do not require a separate installation because they are built-in.
Ubuntu 12.04 64 Integration services do not require a separate installation because they are built-in.

 

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Making Gmail more like Outlook

Posted by essjae on February 7, 2013

This has been a goal of mine for quite some time.  I found a great website here, that helped me finish up the details (circles “people widget” and the white space left behind when you remove the widget).

http://downhometechnology.com/dht/?p=88

The best way is to:

  1. Use Chrome
  2. Enable the Labs feature of Chrome and use:
    1. Preview pane — this lets you view the message by selecting it
    2. Right-side chat — moves the chat to the right, freeing up your Labels column

The problem here is you still have the “People/Circles” thing next to your preview pane.  Here’s a quick overview.  Visit the link for the full details.

Remove the Person Widget (http://downhometechnology.com/dht/?p=88)

  1. Go to the Gmail Gear settings menu
  2. Click the disable radio button under People Widget
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and Click Save

Remove the Person Widget White Space by Overriding Some CSS (http://downhometechnology.com/dht/?p=88)

The extension is Personalized Web.

  1. Install Personalized Web
  2. Go to your Chrome Settings (3 stacked bars icon chromebars next to address bar) and then Tools–>Extensions
  3. Find Personalized Web and click options
  4. Now that it is in edit mode, add a new rule
    1. Name = Gmail
    2. URL = https://mail.google.com
    3. Add the following to the CSS field    

.Bu:nth-child(2) { display:none; }    

.Bu:nth-child(3) { display:none; }

5. Click Save

6. Refresh Gmail

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Why does Windows 8 Hyper-V require SLAT?

Posted by essjae on February 6, 2013

Since Windows 8 is designed as a desktop/workstation or client OS, the requirement for SLAT makes a lot of sense for most users.

The lack of SLAT (Intel EPT and AMD RVI) was a big issue when using Hyper-V and a Windows 2008 (r1 and r2) system equipped with a high-end video card as a workstation (as opposed to a server).  When 2008r2 became able to use SLAT, the video performance issues were just resolved.

VPC Guy Ben A has an excellent selection of blog posts on SLAT and Hyper-V.

Issue: Video performance may decrease when a Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 based computer has the Hyper-V role enabled and an accelerated display adapter installed

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/961661?wa=wsignin1.0

Expanded explanation of why it happens:

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2009/11/16/understanding-high-end-video-performance-issues-with-hyper-v.aspx

SLAT resolution:

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2011/01/17/using-hyper-v-for-a-high-end-desktop-computer.aspx?Redirected=true

 

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Windows 8 Hyper-V Motherboards/OEM Systems compatibility

Posted by essjae on February 5, 2013

 

Gigabyte has some serious issues with Hyper-V on some of their motherboards:

USB 3 related issues: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2693144.  In some cases, if you have the USB3 controller mentioned, disabling or switching it to USB2 allows Hyper-V to work.

If you have an issue with your MB try the latest BIOS

Always do a cold boot (i.e. fully powered off for 10+ sec) after you make changes to/update the BIOS.

MBs are known to have issues/or not work at all:
GA-Z68A-D3H-B3
GA-H67A-D3H-B3
GA-MA785GMT-UD2H            <—  thx flanglewangle
GA-MA790X-UD3P
GA-MA770T-US3
GA-790XTA-UD4
GA-MA790XT-UD4P                   <– thx robert b, bios “F9b” also not wake-up from S3=STR
GA-MA785GM-US2H                  <– thx mmickle
GA-P55-UD3R
GA-P55-UD4P
 
MBs known to work:
ASRock Z77 Extreme4
Asus M4A77D                                    <– thx vfanatic
Asus M4A785TD-M EVO               <–In BIOS, set suspend mode to S3 only
Asus M5A97 LE R2.0
Asus P7P55D-E EVO                       <– thx Robert
Asus P9X79 Deluxe
Asus Sabertooth 990FX R2         <– thx bthruxton
Biostar H55 HD
GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3                          <– Must disable USB 3.0 in BIOS
Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD  <– update to BIOS U1A or later, cold boot after update
Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H
Gigabyte GA-MA790XT-UD4P   <– Upgrade/downgrade to BIOS version F7, cold boot after update
OEM Systems
Known to work
Dell e4310 (tested config: i5 M 520, BIOS A03)
Dell e6330 (tested config: i5-3360M, BIOS A01)
Dell Inspiron 15-3521 <– requires  disabling USB Wake Support in BIOS see: TechNet Forums    <– thanks Ashen Lockhart
HP Envy DV7-7212NR <– requires updated Ralink Bluetooth driver see: HP support, FTP Driver Download
HP Envy M6-1106ER  <– requires updated Ralink Bluetooth driver see: HP support, FTP Driver Download
HP Pavilion G7-2270US <– requires updated Ralink Bluetooth driver see: HP support, FTP Driver Download
Microsoft Surface Pro
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(If you have a working or non-working MB or OEM system with Win8+Hyper-V post a comment and I’ll add to the list)

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