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September 26, 2020

Hyper-V

Native boot VHD with GPT virtual hard disk – How to upgrade

Windows cannot be upgraded on native boot VHD. Updating is OK, but when user tries to upgrade Windows, an error message is shown: “You can’t upgrade Windows on a virtual drive“. To upgrade Windows on native boot VHD, it must be attached to a virtual machine. After upgrade, virtual machine can be deleted, and user can now boot to VHD containing upgraded Windows.

The Sandbox desktop shows an Activate Windows watermark at lower right

Win10 Sandbox Still Shows Activate Windows Watermark

The Windows 10 Sandbox remains a fleeting, transitory and evanescent way to try out Windows 10 software and capabilities. Thus, it still can’t be updated or activated, by deliberate design. Here are some further observations on this topic…

Graphic from MS Azure blog post announcing Azure Stack HCI

Say Hello to Hybrid Cloud Capable Azure Stack HCI

Microsoft’s Azure Stack HCI lets customer run the same Azure software and services on-premises that they already access in the cloud. Depending on what’s required for on-premises hardware — especially if it’s compatible with current generation rack mounted systems — this could shake up the whole HCI marketplace. Only time (and an improved understanding of the details) will tell..

Options availalbe from Download a Windows 10 VM web page

Windows 10 Version 2004 Developer VMs Available

Now that Windows 10 Version 2004 is publicly released, Microsoft also offers free, ready-to-run developer evaluation versions of Windows 10 Enterprise in VM form for VMware, Hyper-V, VirtualBox and Parallels. Good stuff!

Native Boot VHD – One-Click Deployment

I am a huge fan of using native boot virtual hard disks in a dual or multi boot configuration. Deploying Windows to a VHD file and adding it to the boot menu makes things so easy: when the secondary OS is no longer needed, just delete that VHD and remove its boot entry. In an

Linux and Windows – Best friends forever?

Ed Bott, a globally known tech writer and author, described last week on ZDNet how Microsoft helped him to install Ubuntu Linux. Quoting Mr. Bott: Anyone who aspires to understand the modern computing landscape should have some experience with platforms other than the one they use regularly because a lot of what you see in

RDP and Hyper-V Enhanced Mode file transfer speed

A few weeks back, I offered free Windows assistance as long as the #StayAtHome lock-down continues. One of the emails I have received was from a user who asked if there’s anything one could do to speed up file transfer between a Hyper-V host and a virtual machine using Enhanced Session Mode. I thought that

Hyper-V – Use Checkpoints

I must admit, I am a huge Hyper-V fan. That might make me biased when I talk or write about it. I mean, my favorite hobby is to build experimental Windows deployment images in Hyper-V, then deploy them to various physical and virtual machines. It’s much easier and moew convenient than using a physical machine

War Stories – Windows Admin Center Preview 1910.2

Last week, Microsoft released an update to the Windows Admin Center 1910 (WAC), bringing its version number to 1910.2. I have been fighting with it ever since, finally giving up on Wednesday night. I had to restore a Macrium image, to get my properly working year-old original 1910 WAC back. I use WAC basically for

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