Monthly Archives: October 2014

Run Windows 10 in Hyper-V

Last week I wrote a brief post about the Windows 10 Technical Preview so this weekend I am sharing a little more about Windows 10 running in Hyper-V.

When Windows 10 was released I didn’t want to overwrite my current Window 8.1 installation so I decided that it would be best to run the Windows 10 Technical Preview inside of Hyper-V. Hyper-V is a free virtualization hypervisor built into the Windows 8.x Pro version allowing the end-user to run multiple version of Windows, Linux/UNIX boxes, etc.

Installing Windows 10 in Hyper-V is just easy! Below are some screen shots of the Windows 10 installation in Hyper-V:

All you need to do is download the ISO (image) from Microsoft Insider Program and then create a new virtual machine from the Hyper-V management console. Once the new virtual machine has been created you can launch the virtual machine and install Windows 10 technical preview.

If you haven’t worked with Windows and Hyper-V before below is guide which you can use to get you going:

If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment.

How to install Hyper-V in Windows 8.1 Pro

Here is a quick guide on how to install the Hyper-V role in Windows 8.1 Pro!

Depending on your computer’s hardware you may or may not be able to install the Hyper-V role. Additional information on Client-Hyper-V for Window 8/8.1.

Step 1) Open up Control Panel and Select “Turn Windows features on or off”

Step 2) Expand the Hyper-V check box:

Step 3) Select all options related to the expanded Hyper-V role and select ok. The Hyper-V role will be installed and you will need to reboot your machine once the installation completes. Upon reboot Hyper-V will be ready for use.

Cleanup disk space on Windows Servers WinSxS Folder

Do you have a Windows Server that is low on disk space? If so here is one of the best ways to cleanup disk space and increase the usable storage capacity of your server.

In order to cleanup disk space on a Windows Server we will use the DISM command (Deployment Image Service and Management). To run the below command please open the command prompt (cmd), be sure to run the command prompt with elevated privileges (Run as Administrator):

DISM /online /Cleanup-Image /SpSuperseded

Capacity before DISM command is run

Running the DISM command

DISM command completion

Capacity after DISM command completes, approximately 3 GBs is restored for use

You can view the official Microsoft webpage here: Clean Up the WinSxS Folder

There are several other methods we can use to cleanup space on a Windows Server. This will depend on your servers role. For example if you have a BlackBerry BES Server you should probably check the BES Log Files as these may build up over the days/weeks/months/years.

The other Windows Server that often runs low on disk capacity is a WSUS server (Windows Server Update Services).

If you have any questions feel free to post to this thread!

Windows 10 Technical Preview

Yesterday Microsoft announced the new version of Windows called Windows 10. Yes they skipped Windows 9 and went right to 10.

Today I downloaded the Windows 10 Technical Preview and installed it onto my Hyper-V workstation (Windows 8.1 Pro x64). To get the Windows 10 Technical Preview you need to sign-up for the Windows Insider Program.

The installation of Windows 10 Technical Preview is the same as Windows 8. Below are some screen shots of the Windows 10 Technical Preview: