This PC can’t run Windows 11 (Hyper-V)

Trying to install Windows 11, but not meeting requirements? (Hyper-V) The error that prevents the computer from running Windows 11 is due to not meeting the minimum system requirements. You can refer to the following table: Processor 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC).        TPM Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0. Check here for instructions on how your PC might be enabled to meet this requirement. Storage 64 GB or larger storage device Note: See below under “More information on storage space to keep Windows 11 up-to-date” for more … Continue reading

Setting up the lab environment – DNS resolution puzzle

I would prefer to have access from my local vlan and wireless vlan to the servers. But didn’t want to all dns traffic into the VM’s (and depend on a testing environment) Basically I want host resolution, and being able to utilizing the domain services in the testing environment, without interruption of my other services. This is the solution in went for was using Conditional Forwarders First the Hyper-V host: I Installed the DNS Server role within Windows Server 2016. Setup forwarders to google dns:               After that i will add the Conditional Forwards … Continue reading

Setting up the lab environment – Hyper-V: Virtual Machines

Now to the good stuff Usually when working with Hyper-V I use reference disks, mainly to save space on rather expensive disks. But is there much to gain when using deduplication? I was on sure, so asked in Tech Konnect The response from Tech Konnect confirmed, when using deduplication, it out wages the other issues with reference disks, rather than saving disk space. Since it’s not possible to create folders or groups within the Hyper-V Management Console, I will be using a naming standard: <Group> – <Generation> – <OS> – <hostname> The first Virtual Machine will be a Domain Controller, … Continue reading

Setting up the lab environment – Hyper-V

The host was installed with Windows Server 2016. This means Hyper-V is a feature that we just need to enable – yay! Open a elevated PowerShell prompt Run the command: Install-WindowsFeature -Name Hyper-v -IncludeManagementTools -Restart The command will automatically reboot once installed NOTE: In some cases you will have to enable Intel-VT in BIOS. You can read more about the system requirements here: Systems Requirements for Hyper-V on Windows Server 2016 For the actual setup of guests machines, I will be running mostly Windows Server 2016, Windows 10 and maybe a Linux guest or two. Don’t forget to review: Supported … Continue reading

Setting up the lab environment – Deduplication

The next step for the lab or so-called home data center: Installing and Configuring Deduplication I was going to use a USB stick for the Windows Server 2016 OS. The main reason for this: DEDUPLICATION. I did start out with a USB stick, but due to performance issues this was changed – read the follow-up post (https://blog.thomasmarcussen.com/follow-up-on-the-home-datacenter-hardware/) The reason for having the OS on a separate volume: Deduplication is not supported on system or boot volumes. Read more about Deduplication here: About Data Deduplication Let’s get started Installing and Configuring Deduplication Open an elevated PowerShell prompt Execute: Import-Module ServerManager Execute: Add-WindowsFeature … Continue reading

Follow up on the home datacenter hardware

It’s time for a small update – the previous post is available here: https://blog.thomasmarcussen.com/new-lab-home-datacenter/ The datacenter has been running for about a week now – quite good…. but….. I’ve been using the Samsung USB as OS drive – Samsung USB 3.0 Flash Drive FIT 32GB It does have fast read, and a not that slow write, according to Samsung: Up to 130 MB/s The week passed with setting up and installing VMs – using the actual VMs etc. But when installing Windows Updates on the Hyper-V host, installing Features/Roles or anykind of configuration, it seems to slow down to useless/freeze. … Continue reading

Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI)

Unified Extensible Firmware Interface For many years BIOS has been the industry standard for booting a PC. BIOS has served us well, but it is time to replace it with something better. UEFI is the replacement for BIOS, so it is important to understand the differences between BIOS and UEFI. In this section, you learn the major differences between the two and how they affect operating system deployment. Introduction to UEFI BIOS has been in use for approximately 30 years. Even though it clearly has proven to work, it has some limitations, including: 16-bit code 1 MB address space Poor … Continue reading