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Getting up and running with Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008, including getting my external SATA drives working, adding network drivers, enabling the remote management tools

[updated 7th Dec 2008 with links to more answers]

It has been a while since I posted on the blog - I've been writing a book and installing and upgrading SBS 2008 a few times.  I decided that rather than have a bundle of servers under my desk I would buy one large server (well, quad core anyway) and run my operating systems using Hyper-V server.

 

Let's start with the ingredients that you will need:

  1. Download Hyper-V Server - http://www.microsoft.com/servers/hyper-v-server/how-to-get.mspx
  2. Hyper-V Configuration Guide - Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 Configuration Guide
  3. Hyper-V Getting Started Guide - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=26426203-DE3C-4D74-851E-4E1388A81D5F&displaylang=en
  4. Download Management Tool (you probably only need one of the below)
    1. Vista 32-bit - Download the Update for Windows Vista (KB952627) package now
    2. Vista 64-bit - Download the Update for Windows Vista (KB952627) package now
    3. Server 2008 32-bit - Download the Update for Windows Server 2008 (KB950050), 32-bit edition package now
    4. Server 2008 64-bit - Download the Update for Windows Server 2008 x64 Edition (KB950050), 64-bit edition package now
  5. Server with good dose of RAM - mine has 8GB at the moment
  6. Server with multi-core CPU - I bought a new motherboard with an Intel Quad Core 9550 chip - heat is not bad and performance is much better than the P4 I had been using!!
  7. External disk array - I chose this one - http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=898755&Product=EdgeStore+DAS401+4xBay+USB+RAID+1+DAS+Enclosure+via+eSATA - 4 SATA drives that you slot in, 1 eSata cable and a PCI-X eStata card.

So, you download the ISO, burn it to a disk, boot, install in about 5 mins and reboot.  You then follow the configuration guide which is menu driven, but I did have a few problems.

  1. No network card was detected - below
  2. The external disks were not detected
  3. Once the network card was detected, I could not create any Virtual Machines - network issues with remote management
  4. No NAT networking
  5. I wanted to move from my existing OS's already installed to using them in a virtual environment.  This is called a pass-through disk, but how do you set it up?
  6. I created a VHD that was too big and not as a dynamic VHD for performance reasons, but how do you shrink it again?

 

I'll document the fix for all of this, but in this post I'll cover off:

  • No network card was detected

     

    Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008

    Before I delve into the details, it is worth saying that Hyper-V Server is NOT the same at Windows Server 2008 Standard Core Edition.  It has much less and is free with a set of restrictions about scale and functionality.  It is basically a Hyper-V only hosting platform with command line only management of the server.  You need management tools on a Windows Server 2008 or Vista SP1 system to start, stop and manage VMs.

    How I installed my drivers using the installer on the CD

    On the network card issue it took a bit of detective work.  Hyper-V is pure command line for the config, so no device manage etc.  However exploring the CD I found a set of directories for network and under there for the different chipsets.  By reading (yes, reading) the manual for the motherboard I managed to find the setup.exe files for my chipset for VISATA and I ran the setup.exe.  It loaded, ran for a while and then after a reboot, I had network drivers!!

     Setup disk

    [Updated 25/11/2008]

    Inside the Hyper-V server you can't actually see the explorer window above.  What I actually did was to open a command prompt and type the following (assuming that D: is the CD drive)

    D:

    CD d:\network

    Dir

     

    Having identified the folder that was closest to my hardware I then typed:

     

    D:

    CD \network\rtl8111\Vista

    Setup.exe

    I then re-ran the network tool in Hyper-V Server and it saw the network

  • Hyper-V Console

    So, I now had network cards.  I installed the clients onto my Vista box and off I went :-)

     

    ttfn

    David

     

     

     

     

     


  • Posted Thu, Nov 20 2008 4:29 PM by David Overton

    Comments

    DavidB wrote re: Getting up and running with Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008, including getting my external SATA drives working, adding network drivers, enabling the remote management tools
    on Thu, Nov 20 2008 5:40 PM

    Is the Hyper-V Update for Windows Server 2008 (KB950050) only for "Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V" (role version) or is it also for "Hyper-V Server 2008" (standalone version)? Is this update only needed for pre-release versions of Hyper-V to bring them up to the released version?

    I am just about to the start this same process on a Dell Precision workstation and will be watching with interest. You will be saving me, and many others, a lot of time. Lead the way. Thank you!

    David Overton wrote re: Getting up and running with Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008, including getting my external SATA drives working, adding network drivers, enabling the remote management tools
    on Thu, Nov 20 2008 5:53 PM

    DavidB,

    The update is the tool required to give you the Hyper-V Management tools - it just manages Hyper-V on a local or remote system.

    Maurice Newsome wrote re: Getting up and running with Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008, including getting my external SATA drives working, adding network drivers, enabling the remote management tools
    on Fri, Nov 21 2008 7:15 PM

    Looking for a way to simulate configuring Hyper-V and VMM on a 32bit desktop in preparation for the 70-652 exam.  Guidance sought

    David Overton wrote re: Getting up and running with Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008, including getting my external SATA drives working, adding network drivers, enabling the remote management tools
    on Sun, Nov 23 2008 1:36 AM

    Maurice,

    the management tools run fine on Vista 32-bit, but you can't simulate Hyper-V - you need a 64-bit box somewhere!

    ttfn

    David

    David Overton's Blog wrote How to resolve errors like "Cannot connect to the RPC service, make sure your RPC service is running" with Hyper-V Server and Hyper-V Manager
    on Sun, Nov 23 2008 1:45 AM

    In my last post on installing Hyper-V for my home setup I said I had a number of issues.  One was

    David Overton's Blog wrote How to resolve errors like "Cannot connect to the RPC service, make sure your RPC service is running" with Hyper-V Server and Hyper-V Manager
    on Wed, Dec 3 2008 1:04 AM

    In my last post on installing Hyper-V for my home setup I said I had a number of issues.  One was

    David Overton's Blog wrote How to get an existing disk to be available inside Hyper-V, how to install RAID Management tools and how to shrink a non-Dynamic VHD
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    Sam wrote re: Getting up and running with Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008, including getting my external SATA drives working, adding network drivers, enabling the remote management tools
    on Sat, Mar 7 2009 3:20 PM

    what are your hardware specs, specifically your motherboard. I have been unable to find a compatible one. also did your Server 2008 installation go smooth and did you have to do any BIOS updates?... Thanks!!

    Anonymous wrote re: Getting up and running with Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008, including getting my external SATA drives working, adding network drivers, enabling the remote management tools
    on Mon, Jun 28 2010 9:47 PM

    Also had no NIC and your setup.exe hint did it for me. Never use a setup.exe, so didn't even think about that ;) Thanks!!

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