Convert (VMware) VMDK to (Microsoft) VHD/VHDX
Feb19

Convert (VMware) VMDK to (Microsoft) VHD/VHDX

KB ID 0001516 Problem Recently I’ve looked a lot at converting VMware resources to either Hyper-V, or Azure. But what if you want to take a Microsoft machine (or workload) and run it in VMware?  Well the easiest way is to use some freeware, “StarWind V2V Image Converter”. These days I’m dubious about any piece of freeware, because it’s either a) Not Free when you actually want to use it in anger, b) Full...

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Manually ‘Installing’ Microsoft Integration Services Drivers
Jan31

Manually ‘Installing’ Microsoft Integration Services Drivers

KB ID 0001512 Problem If your OS is 2008R2 or newer then you wont need to do this as the drivers are already included. But what if you have a machine that you want to put the drivers in before you virtualise or migrate it. Well if you mount the ISO and run it this happens; Unsupported Guest Environment The Hyper-V integration services can only be installed inside of a virtual machine running Hyper-V Bah! You are not the boss of me! I...

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Convert VMware VMs to Hyper-V VMs
Jan24

Convert VMware VMs to Hyper-V VMs

KB ID 0001509 Problem OK, I love VMware, vSphere has put food on my table for the past 10 years! But the fact remains plenty of people are now using Hyper-V. Recently I’ve been looking at migrating VMs from VMware into Azure, and while looking at the MVMC (Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter), to do the task, I thought I’d run thought the Hyper-V conversion route first. MVMC has actually been depreciated now, but you can...

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Conversion Error ‘Unsupported Disk Database Entry’
Jan23

Conversion Error ‘Unsupported Disk Database Entry’

KB ID 0001508 Problem Seen when attempting to convert a VMware disk (.vmdk) file to a Microsoft disk (.vhd or .vhdx) with Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter. Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter encountered an error while attempting to convert the virtual machine. Details: The entry “{value}’ is not a supported disk database entry for the descriptor. If you click on the ‘Log’ link you will see something line...

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PowerShell – Getting Server IP Address Information
Feb26

PowerShell – Getting Server IP Address Information

KB ID 0001404 Problem I’ve been rebuilding some Hyper-V hosts over the last few weeks, and one thing I learned rebuilding VMware ESX hosts is, ‘make sure you know what all the network cards are doing before you flatten it!’ The same is true of storage as well but here I’m just concentrating on networking. List Network Cards and MAC Addresses If you have these documented you can rename the network card correctly...

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Hyper V: Add a VM as a Cluster Resource
Jan23

Hyper V: Add a VM as a Cluster Resource

KB ID 0001390 Problem If you have a Hyper  V cluster, then you should add virtual machines with ‘Failover Cluster Manager’ but if someone does not, (i.e. they add them directly to a host), then you wont see them in the list! So how do you add them in? Solution In Cluster Failover Manager > Right Click the failover node > Configure Role. Next. Scroll down and select Virtual Machine > Next. Non clustered VM’s...

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