All posts tagged: hyper-v server 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://www.ravichaganti.com/blog/?page_id=217, in case you could not figure out …

Another useful release of HVS2008 UI

I have been busy for the last couple of weeks and did not get enough time to look at this. Finally, I sat on this last evening and completed a few things by this morning. I have made another release of HVS 2008 UI scripts on Codeplex. You can find the release at http://www.codeplex.com/HVS2008UI/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ReleaseId=19108 I have made some significant changes to this realease. Design Changes – Eliminated hvs2008display.vbs and combined it’s functionality with hvs2008main.wsf – Now you can directly run hvs2008main.wsf with the help of cscript.exe – Removed lot of redundant code and finalized some variable names for across the board usage – TO DO: There is still lot of redundant code. I will look at that in my free time Feature Changes – Create / Delete Virtual Machines is complete. You will be able to create a virtual machine with custom memory and processor settings – TO DO: I need to add some more custom features at the time of VM creation. For example, adding a NIC or a VHD or a DVD or …

First release of HVS2008 Scripts / UI

A week after I created this Codeplex project, I made the first release this evening. This is a very initial release and will not have the complete functionality. For this release, I mostly concentrated on the presentation aspects. I have tried to use the same interface as HVConfig.CMD because I feel that is the best way you can create a text based menu interface. Coming to the design aspects of the whole project itself, there are currently 4 components in this. Here are some more details on the four components HVS2008CONFIG.CMD This file is the starting point. You need to run this file to access the scripts / UI. I have used this design to make sure that any environment changes required for the VBScript to function can be done. *Always* use this script to start the HVS2008 configuration scripts / UI HVS2008DISPLAY.VBS This VBScript will display the main menu interface and prompt the user for what he wants to do. This menu is generated dynamically from HVS2008MAIN.WSF and will mostly remain unchanged for a long time. This …

Hyper-V Server 2008 local management scripts / UI

Like I mentioned in my earlier post, I am planning to create a easy to use local interface for managing Hyper-V Server 2008. For the same purpose, I created a project on Codeplex. You can access the project @ http://www.codeplex.com/HVS2008UI I had chosen Codeplex to make sure the content is under better version control and better availability. Here is the intent of this project (as written in the description of the project) Hyper-V Server 2008 is based on Server Core and has no local management possible. One must have a second machine (either Windows Vista SP1 or Windows Server 2008) to manage this OS and the hypervisor. This project intends to develop various scripts and put them together in to a small user interface for easier / local management of hyper-v server. Most of the functionality (except VM console access / Guest Install) achieved using Hyper-V Management MMC will be mimiced here. I am planning to publish the first set of scripts by end of next week. Stay tuned.!