Month: December 2008

One more release of HVS 2008 UI to end the year

It has been a great year so far. I have really enjoyed working on quite a few interesting things including the HVS2008 UI project. I just made another release of this tool on codeplex. You can download it at http://www.codeplex.com/HVS2008UI/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ReleaseId=21224 I have fixed a couple of bugs I found and added Snapshot management / Backup features. Snapshot management includes creating/deleting/Listing/Applying snapshots. These are available under “Virtual Machine Activities”. Backup has been added to “Misc activities” menu option. You will be able to set a default backup device and/or perform backup to a different backup device. All it does is basically copy all VM/VHD files to the specified backup location. I haven’t added automatic shutdown / restart of VMs before / after backup operation. I have left this intentionally because ShutdownComponent is the only safe way of shutting down VMs and it works only if ICs are installed in the Guest OS. It is not necessary that all your VMs have ICs installed. This drives for lot of scripting and I thought it is not an immediate …

Most stable and feature complete release of HVS2008UI

I just made another release of HVS2008UI today. This release has everything that you need to create a functional VM. As I have already mentioned, Hyper-V Server 2008 or Server Core with Hyper-V role has no means of managing the virtual machines locally. This tool is intended to solve that problem. There are numerous places where you can find PowerShell scripts to manage virtual machines from command-line. However, PowerShell is not available on Hyper-V Server 2008 or Server Core. Hence, this tool uses VBScript to provide most of the functions available from the Hyper-V management MMC. There are still a few things I still need to include here. Some of them are – Managing Snapshots – Exporting / Importing VMs – Virtual Machine Backup related activities I will work on these as I get some free time. Until then — download the tool, use it and provide your feedback in a mail or as a comment or on the Codeplex project page. BTW, check out the documentation at http://139.59.40.198/blog/?page_id=217, in case you could not figure out …