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Ben Armstrong’s Virtualization Blog

Hyper-V Program Manager

Last Build Date: Mon, 01 Jan 2018 20:00:33 +0000


Moving to a new home…

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 20:00:30 +0000

This is the last blog post that I am going to write as Virtual PC Guy. But do not fear, I am starting a new blog over at, and all the Virtual PC Guy posts are going to remain intact. You may wonder why I am making this change? Well, there are several reasons.... Read more

Getting VM Memory Usage and Demand Programmatically

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 15:26:29 +0000

A couple of people have recently asked me how to get virtual machine memory usage and memory demand programmatically.  What I am referring to is the information that we display here in Hyper-V Manager: I have blogged about this in the past – but things have changed a bit since then – so I thought... Read more

Phone Emulator + Containers + VMs + Networking == Finally working!

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 17:37:01 +0000

I have had a problem for a little while now – the problem is that on my personal laptop I want to use: Visual Studio with the Windows Phone Emulator The Hololens emulator Windows Containers Linux Containers (through Docker for Windows) My virtual machines However, all of these solutions keep on tripping over each other. ... Read more

New Hypervisor Top-Level Functional Specification

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 21:03:31 +0000

At the end of last week we published version 5.0 of the Hypervisor Top Level Functional Specification.  This version details the state of the hypervisor in Windows Server 2016.  You can download it from here: Be warned – this is a very complicated technical document.  However, it has also become the first place that... Read more

Giving a Workgroup Server an FQDN

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 21:39:27 +0000

Recently I needed to be able to securely, remotely manage a set of Windows Servers that were not domain joined.  One problem that I hit while setting this up was that each of the servers did not believe that they had a valid FQDN. For example – I could: Set the name of a computer... Read more

Hyper-V vs. KVM for OpenStack performance

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 21:10:17 +0000

During the development of Windows Server 2016 we spent a lot of time working on delivering the best core performance as a cloud platform.  At the same time the Cloudbase team have spent a lot of time optimizing the performance of the Hyper-V OpenStack drivers as part of their work on the Mitaka release of... Read more

Bulk changing virtual hard disk path

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 19:17:48 +0000

I received this in email today: “I have XCOPY’d a bunch of VHDX files from one volume to another on WS2016.    What’s the easiest / fastest way to fix up the paths for the VM’s???” The answer to this is quite simple.  Open PowerShell and run: $oldPath = "C:\Users\Public\Documents\Hyper-V\Virtual Hard Disks" $newPath = "D:" get-vm... Read more