1 Implementing Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Release Candidate 1 on HP ProLiant servers integration note Abstract... 2 Introduction to Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC Terminology... 3 Applicable environments... 3 New in Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC Obtaining Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC Guest Operating Systems Supported with Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC Configuration requirements... 5 Recommended system configurations... 5 Microsoft recommendations... 5 HP recommendations... 6 Processor requirements... 6 Supported HP ProLiant servers... 7 Supported ProLiant components... 8 Software... 8 Storage options... 8 Network interface controllers Deploying Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1 on ProLiant servers Pre-installation tasks Enable support for hardware assisted virtualization in the RBSU ProLiant servers with Intel Processors ProLiant servers with AMD processors Install Windows Server Install the ProLiant Support Pack (PSP) PSP requirements Installing the PSP Install Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1 server role Appendix A: Known issues and workarounds Support delivery...23 For more information Call to action... 23
2 Abstract This integration note describes the level of support available for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Virtualization (Hyper-V) Release Candidate 1 (RC1), a new hypervisor-based software platform for running multiple guest operating systems on a single server. Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1 will install on top of Windows Server 2008 Standard, Enterprise, or Datacenter x64 edition installations, both full and server core. IMPORTANT Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, while made available on the final Windows Server 2008 product, is still a beta program. Support from Microsoft for Hyper-V will be through blogs ( and the following newsgroups: Virtual PC: Microsoft.public.virtualpc Virtual Server: Microsoft.public.virtualserver Microsoft support centers are not accepting Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1 related questions until the product reaches Release To Manufacturing (RTM) status. HP will answer beta related questions for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1 through the mailbox. HP Services will not support Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1 until Microsoft changes the status of the product to RTM. The purpose of this paper is to help customers who test pre-release versions of Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V. The HP supported products listed herein are subject to change with future releases of Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V. This paper addresses several key topics: Recommended system configurations Hardware prerequisites for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1 Supported configurations of ProLiant servers Procedures for new installations Known issues and workarounds NOTE For information on Windows Server 2008, visit the HP website at Windows Server 2008 information is available on the Microsoft website at For additional technical information, visit the Microsoft website at ager/virtualization.mspx. 2
3 Introduction to Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1 Administrators want flexibility in allocating computing resources for specific tasks. Virtualization technologies provide this flexibility by decoupling the hardware from the workload being performed. Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1 offers a robust, scalable hypervisor-based virtualization platform allowing enterprises to provision and manage virtual server workloads. Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1 offers the following benefits over Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2: Full integration with Windows Server 2008 (installed as server role). Support for both 64-bit and 32-bit guest OSs. Ability to assign up to four virtual CPUs and 32 GB RAM to each guest OS. Improved management interface. Extensible VMBus architecture that improves performance by lowering the overhead of guest OS I/O. Terminology Administrators should become familiar with the following terms in relation to virtualization technologies: Host operating system: The OS on the physical computer running the Windows Server 2008 Hyper- V RC1 software. Guest operating system: The OS running on a virtual machine. Parent virtual machine: The physical computer that hosts one or more child virtual machines. Child virtual machine: The guest OSs running in separate partitions on the host OS. Partition: A virtual machine. Virtual hard disk: The VHD file, which provides storage for the virtual machines. Windows hypervisor: The layer of software that leverages the Windows Server driver support and hardware assisted virtualization technology. Applicable environments Microsoft defines the following scenarios as target environments for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1: Production Server Consolidation: Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1 can be beneficial for organizations wanting to consolidate servers to better utilize hardware resources or reduce power and space constraints in their data centers. Business Continuity Management: Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1 can minimize the impact of unscheduled downtime for an efficient and flexible disaster recovery solution. Software Test and Development: Administrators can allocate a child partition to development resources to reduce the amount of server hardware required in the data center. Dynamic Data center: Administrators will have the capability to dynamically add resources to virtual machines and move them across physical machines without affecting users. 3
4 New in Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1 Below is a list of new technologies included in Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1: Quick Migration: The ability to move running virtual machines from one host server to another with minimal downtime. High Availability: Support for host-to-host connectivity and cluster support for all virtual machines running on a host server. Server Core Role: Support for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1 as a role within Server Core based installations of Windows Server Server Manager Integration: Installation of the role available within the Server Manager administrative console. Live Backups with VSS: Support for Volume Shadow Copy Services (VSS) enabling live snapshot backups of running Virtual Machines. Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) Tools: VHD tools to enable compaction, expansion, and inspection of VHDs created with Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1. VM Manageability: The ability to clone virtual machine characteristics across different hosts through backups of imported or exported virtual machine configurations. Linux Integration Components: Support for SLES 10 SP1 (x86 and x64 editions). Beta Linux Integration components are available from (requires a Connect ID from Microsoft for access). Improved Performance: Fixes that will improve system performance. Improved access control with Authorization Manager (AzMan): Secure role-based access control models for improved administration is available through AzMan. Remote Management: Support for remote management as well as a Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1 Microsoft Management Console only installation option for separate management nodes. Increased Virtual SCSI support: Support for up to four Virtual SCSI controllers per virtual machine. Increased Memory Support: Support for up to 64 GB of memory per virtual machine. Quick Reset: Option to quickly reset checkboxes and delete saved credentials when connecting to virtual machines. NOTE Certain features could require additional Microsoft software. Visit the Microsoft website ( for details on software requirements for these features. Obtaining Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1 Visit for the Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1 download and installation instructions. Guest Operating Systems Supported with Windows Server 2008 Hyper- V RC1 The list of supported guest Operating Systems that may be used with Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1 is located at the following Web link: 4
5 Configuration requirements Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1 uses an advanced feature of processors known as hardware assisted virtualization. On Intel-based ProLiant servers, this feature is referred to as Intel Virtualization Technology, or VT-x. For AMD-based ProLiant servers, this feature is called AMD-Virtualization, or AMD-V. Since this feature is disabled by default on most ProLiant severs, it must be enabled prior to installing Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1. Refer to the section Enabling support for hardware assisted virtualization in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU). Recommended system configurations Microsoft and HP established the recommended system configurations for Windows Server 2008 base OS installations listed in this section. Microsoft recommendations Microsoft recommends the configurations in Table 1 for running Windows Server 2008 with Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1. Table 1. Microsoft recommended Host OS configuration Component Requirement Processor Minimum: 1 GHz Recommended: 2 GHz Optimal: 3 GHz or faster RAM per processor Minimum: 512 MB Recommended: 2 GB Optimal: 2 GB (Full) or 1GB (Core) Maximum RAM 64-bit systems Monitor Optical storage 64 GB (Standard edition) 2 TB (Enterprise or Data center systems) SVGA resolution (800x600) or higher DVD drive Available disk space Minimum: 10 GB Recommended: 40 GB or greater NOTE Available disk space refers to the free disk space on the partition to contain the system files. Additional space is required if you copy the Windows Server 2008 CD contents to the hard disk during installation. Refer to the Microsoft website for any system requirement updates. Computers with more than 16 GB of RAM will require more disk space for paging and dump files. 5
6 HP recommendations HP recommends the configurations in Table 2 when running Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1 as the parent virtual machine. Table 2. HP recommended configurations for running the parent virtual machine Component Requirement Processor Minimum: 1.6 GHz dual-core Recommended: 2.66 GHz dual-core Optimal: dual 3 GHz quad-core or faster RAM per processor core Minimum: 512 MB Recommended: 2 GB Optimal: 3 GB Disk subsystem Minimum: One physical disk for Host OS + one additional disk per guest OS Recommended: One redundant disk for host OS + one additional redundant disk per two guest OSs Optimal: One redundant disk for host OS + one additional redundant disk for snapshots + one additional redundant disk per two guest OSs Network interface controllers (NICs) Minimum: One NIC for host OS management and guest virtual networking Recommended: One NIC for host OS Management and one NIC for guest virtual networking Processor requirements Microsoft provides virtualization functionality in Windows Server 2008 x64 Standard, Enterprise, or Datacenter Edition for systems with the following processors: Intel Xeon processors with Intel Extended Memory 64 Technology (EM64T) Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD64) Opteron Series processors Table 3 lists the processor requirements for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1. Table 3. Processor requirements for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1 Component Requirement Processor AMD-V Intel-VT RAM per processor Minimum: 1 GB Recommended: 2 GB Optimal: 4 GB Hardware Data Execution Prevention Enabled 6
7 NOTE Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1 supports 16 physical processor cores. A maximum of four virtual processors can be assigned to a single guest OS. See the installation instruction section of this paper for steps on how to enable Hardware Data Execution Prevention and virtualization in the HP ROM for your server. Supported HP ProLiant servers Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1 should successfully install and run on any ProLiant server listed in Table 4 when the server meets the recommended hardware configuration established by Microsoft or HP. However, it is not possible for HP engineers to test all hardware and software configurations during the early release phase of the OS. Listing a particular system or option as supported does not mean that all of the subsystems embedded in that system are fully tested or that all systems and options have undergone extensive functional testing. Carefully review this document for the recommended system configuration and possible issues you might encounter. Do not use this paper as your sole source of information. In addition to the websites mentioned throughout this paper, visit the Windows Server 2008 Home page: Due to the hardware requirements for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1, not every ProLiant server platform will support Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1. HP highly recommends that administrators review the information below before attempting an installation of Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1. Table 4 lists the ProLiant servers with processors containing support for hardware-assisted virtualization and the minimum ROM revision required to support Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1. Table 4. ProLiant server platforms that support Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1 Server platform ROM family ROM date (minimum) ProLiant BL servers: ProLiant BL260c G5 I20 04/15/08 ProLiant BL460c I15 08/21/07 ProLiant BL465c A13 09/23/07 ProLiant BL465c G5 A13 02/14/08 ProLiant BL480c I14 08/21/07 ProLiant BL680c G5 I17 08/09/07 ProLiant BL685c A08 09/23/07 ProLiant BL685c G5 A08 03/27/08 7
8 Table 4. ProLiant server platforms that support Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1 Server platform ROM family ROM date (minimum) ProLiant DL servers: ProLiant DL360 G5 P58 08/21/07 ProLiant DL365 A10 09/23/07 ProLiant DL365 G5 A10 03/27/08 ProLiant DL380 G5 P56 08/21/07 ProLiant DL385 G2 A09 09/23/07 ProLiant DL385 G5 A09 03/27/08 ProLiant DL580 G4 P59 08/10/07 ProLiant DL580 G5 P61 08/08/07 ProLiant DL585 G2 A07 11/21/07 ProLiant DL585 G5 A07 03/28/08 ProLiant DL785 G5 A15 3/31/08 ProLiant ML servers: ProLiant ML350 G5 D21 08/21/07 ProLiant ML370 G5 P57 08/21/07 NOTE: Reminder, the above ROM versions are the minimum for support. HP recommends downloading the current ROM release and applying the latest updates to the ProLiant server. HP is currently evaluating support for select ProLiant 100 series servers. This support will not be available until after RTM of Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V. Please continue to check this document for additional supported servers. Supported ProLiant components Software HP recommends that administrators use the drivers on the Windows Server 2008 media for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1. Install the HP ProLiant Support Pack for Windows Server 2008, included with SmartStart 8.00, prior to installing Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1. With this release, HP does not support installing the support pack on a Windows Server 2008 server running as a guest OS within Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1. Storage options Table 5 lists supported ProLiant storage options and recommended driver revisions needed to interface with Windows Server HP has updated the ProLiant Support Pack 8.00 for Windows Server 2008 with the latest drivers. This package is available on the HP website: 8
9 Table 5. Supported ProLiant storage controller options Option Driver Location Installation support Supported architecture PSP 8.00 Windows media Full Server Core x86 x64 Management drivers: Notification driver, Smart Array 5xxx CPQCISSE.SYS SAS/SATA Notification Service CISSESRV.EXE CPQFCAC.SYS StorageWorks Fibre Channel Array Notification Driver for Windows 2000/Server Port SATA RAID Controller AAC.SYS Smart Array: E200 E200i E500 P400 P400i 5i 5i Plus 6i HPCISSS2.SYS HPCISSS2.SYS HPCISS2.SYS HPCISSS2.SYS HPCISSS2.SYS HPCISSS.SYS HPCISSS.SYS HPCISSS.SYS 6402 HPCISSS.SYS 641 HPCISSS.SYS 642 HPCISSS.SYS P600 P800 HPCISSS2.SYS HPCISSS2.SYS 9
10 Table 5. Supported ProLiant storage controller options Option Driver Location Installation support Supported architecture PSP 8.00 Windows media Full Server Core x86 x64 Ultra 320 SCSI: Integrated Dual Channel Ultra320 SCSI Controller 64-bit/13-MHz Single Channel Ultra320 SCSI Host Bus Adapter 64-bit/13-MHz Dual Channel Ultra320 SCSI Host Bus Adapter SYMMPI.SYS SYMMPI.SYS SYMMPI.SYS Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapters: QLogic: QLA24xx QL2300.SYS QLE24xx QL2300.SYS QMH2462 QL2300.SYS Emulex: LP1050 ELXSTOR.SYS 1050DC ELXSTOR.SYS LP11002 ELXSTOR.SYS LP1150 ELXSTOR.SYS LPe11002 ELXSTOR.SYS LPe11050 ELXSTOR.SYS NOTE: Firmware upgrades are available for many of these devices through variations of the Options ROMPaq. The latest version of each Options ROMPaq is available on the software and drivers website: 10
11 Network interface controllers Table 6 lists ProLiant NICs supported by Windows Server All NIC drivers are available on the Windows Server 2008 ProLiant Support Pack (PSP) and have a digital signature. HP-branded drivers are not available on the Windows Server 2008 media. However, corresponding NIC drivers from Intel and Broadcom are on the media and can be used instead. Drivers for HP multi-function adapters, including support for HP ProLiant G5 LOMs and the NC370T/F and NC380T, are available only on the web. Table 6. ProLiant Gigabit Ethernet NICs supported by Windows Server 2008 Gigabit NIC Driver Location Installation support Supported architecture PSP 8.00 Windows media Full Server Core x86 x64 NC1020: NC150T: NC310: NC320m: NC320T: NC325m: NC326m: NC340T: Q57XP32.SYS Q57AMD64.SYS Q57XP32.SYS Q57AMD64.SYS N SYS N1G5132E.SYS Q57XP32.SYS Q57AMD64.SYS Q57XP32.SYS Q57AMD64.SYS Q57XP32.SYS Q57AMD64.SYS Q57XP32.SYS Q57AMD64.SYS N SYS N1G5132E.SYS 11
12 Table 6. ProLiant Gigabit Ethernet NICs supported by Windows Server 2008 Gigabit NIC Driver Location Installation support Supported architecture PSP 8.00 Windows media Full Server Core x86 x64 NC360T: NC360T: NC370T/F/i: NC371i: NC373T/F/M/i: NC374M: NC380T: NC6170: NC7170: NC7761: N1E5132.SYS N1E5132E.SYS N1E5132.SYS N1E5132E.SYS BXVBDX.SYS BXVBDA.SYS BXVBDX.SYS BXVBDA.SYS BXVBDX.SYS BXVBDA.SYS BXVBDX.SYS BXVBDA.SYS BXVBDX.SYS BXVBDA.SYS N SYS N1G5132E.SYS N SYS N1G5132E.SYS Q57XP32.SYS Q57AMD64.SYS 12
13 Table 6. ProLiant Gigabit Ethernet NICs supported by Windows Server 2008 Gigabit NIC Driver Location Installation support Supported architecture PSP 8.00 Windows media Full Server Core x86 x64 NC7771: NC7781: PCI-X LOM for 32-bit systems NC7782 PCI-X: Q57XP32.SYS Q57AMD64.SYS Q57XP32.SYS Q57AMD64.SYS Q57XP32.SYS Q57AMD64.SYS NOTE: NIC drivers for x64 are listed separately. Deploying Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1 on ProLiant servers Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1 requires manual installation after successfully installing Server IMPORTANT The procedures in this paper are for installing Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1 with a "Full" Windows Server 2008 installation. Windows Server 2008 Core installation instructions are available at howdoi/?p=183&tag=nl.e138. Pre-installation tasks To prepare for installation, ensure that the following conditions are met: The server selected for installation is listed in Table 1 as having the necessary support for hardware-assisted virtualization. Any additional storage options added to the server are listed as supported ProLiant storage options. Any additional NICs added to the server are listed as supported ProLiant Gigabit Ethernet NICs. Go to the support and drivers page at to obtain the supported ROM for Windows Server 2008 installations for the server. 13
14 Microsoft Windows Server 2008 has been installed using the procedure outlined in the document Implementing Microsoft Windows Server 2008 on HP ProLiant servers 1. If necessary, enable support for No-Execute and hardware assisted virtualization in the RBSU. Use the RBSU to set date/time and configure the boot controller order (if necessary). Use the Online RAID Configuration Utility (ORCA) to configure the RAID settings for the server. If installing HP Systems Insight Manager and agents, ensure SNMP is loaded and the service is started. Enable support for hardware assisted virtualization in the RBSU Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1 uses an advanced processor feature known as hardware assisted virtualization. This feature is disabled by default on most ProLiant servers and must be enabled prior to installing Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1. Enable hardware assisted virtualization by following the appropriate procedure in the following sections. ProLiant servers with Intel Processors To enable support for hardware assisted virtualization in the RBSU, complete the following steps: 1. Restart or power-on the server. 2. Access the RBSU by pressing F9 when prompted. 3. From the RBSU Menu, select Advanced Options. 4. From the Advanced Options menu, select Processor Options. 1 The Implementing Microsoft Windows Server 2008 on HP ProLiant servers integration note is available at 14
15 5. If the server contains support for Hyper-Threading, select Processor Hyper-Threading, press Enter, and then select Disabled. 6. Select No-Execute Memory Protection, press Enter, and then select Enabled. 7. Select Intel(R) Virtualization Technology, press Enter, and then select Enabled. 8. Press the Esc key until you are prompted to press F10 to confirm exiting the RBSU. The server will perform a restart. 15
16 ProLiant servers with AMD processors To enable support for hardware assisted virtualization in the RBSU, complete the following steps: 1. Restart or power-on the server. 2. Access the RBSU by pressing F9 when prompted. 3. From the RBSU Menu, select Advanced Options. 4. From the Advanced Options menu, select Processor Options. 5. Select No-Execute Page-Protection, press Enter, and then select Enabled. 16
17 6. Select AMD Virtualization, press Enter, and then select Enabled. 7. Press the Esc key until you are prompted to press F10 to confirm exiting the RBSU. The server will perform a restart. Install Windows Server 2008 To install Windows Server bit edition, complete the following steps: 1. Either make sure that the server has a DVD drive (either native to the system or attached). -Or- Boot the server into Microsoft Windows Preinstall Environment (Windows PE or WINPE) from a USB key. This can be done across a network using Windows Deployment Services. For details on Booting WINPE, refer to the Windows Automated Installation Kit. NOTE ilo virtual media requires a license key with ProLiant ML and ProLiant DL servers and in certain circumstances with ProLiant BL servers. 2. Place the Windows Server 2008 media into the DVD drive and boot the server to the DVD to begin the installation. 3. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation. IMPORTANT The F6 option for updating drivers is not available during the Windows Server 2008 installation. Microsoft has added the option to inject a driver during install through the Update Driver button, if a boot controller driver is not found. The driver may reside on USB media, floppy drive or, CD-ROM drive. 17
18 Install the ProLiant Support Pack (PSP) Download PSP Version 8.00 designed specifically for use with Windows Server 2008 on ProLiant servers from the HP website as follows: 1. Go to the HP website, 2. Select Support & Driver Downloads. 3. Enter the ProLiant server model (for example, ProLiant DL380 G5). 4. Select the appropriate server model from the Product Search List. 5. Select the appropriate Microsoft Windows Server 2008 operating system (W32 or x64). 6. Select Software - Support Pack for the quick jump selection. 7. Select ProLiant Support Pack for Microsoft Windows Server IMPORTANT Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1 does not support the Network Configuration Utility (NIC Teaming). Deselect this component before installing the PSP components. The HP Smart-Update Manager (HPSUM) utility enables users to deploy PSP software and firmware components from a single, easy-to-use interface. Using a graphical interface, the utility enables users to deploy and maintain ProLiant Support Packs and Smart Components on a local server or one or more remote servers accessible over a network connection. This utility enables legacy support of existing software and firmware components while simplifying the overall deployment process. The utility also provides installation logic and version control that automatically check for dependencies, installing only the correct updates for optimal configuration. HPSUM includes the following features: Detection of hardware and software on the server Automatic component dependency checking Detection of components that have available updates Remote deployment of PSP components Command line support PSP requirements To use Windows Server 2008 PSP Version 8.00 with Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1, the following requirements must be satisfied: Use only with HP ProLiant servers. Use only on the host server for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1 installing the PSP on a guest OS is not supported at this time. Install the PSP before installing the Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1 role to ensure proper functionality. 18
19 Installing the PSP Once you download the PSP self-extracting executable, complete the following steps: 1. Go to the directory where the PSP executable is saved. NOTE When installing the PSP on a system running Server Core, run the executables rather than double-clicking on them. Also, on Server Core systems, the user cannot specify the location for extracting the PSP files. The files will be extracted to the same location as the PSP self-extracting executable. 2. Double-click the executable and extract the PSP to a desired location 3. Go to the directory where the extracted PSP is located. 4. Double-click setup.exe to start the PSP deployment. NOTE For the PSP to be properly installed, all PSP files must be present in the same directory as the setup.exe program. 5. As the PSP deployment starts, it performs an inventory of the available updates and checks the local system to see what hardware and software is installed. 6. After the inventory and discovery processes finish, the Select Installation Hosts screen displays. Select either the local host or one (or more) remote hosts for PSP deployment. 7. After selecting the host(s), the Select bundle filter screen displays information about the PSP bundle to be installed. Select the bundle and the appropriate filter options. For remote deployments, additional screens allow users to update information on a per-host basis. 8. After selecting the bundle for all hosts being updated, open the Select Items to be Installed screen to complete the following tasks: Select the components to be installed. Configure the components, if necessary. Review failed dependencies before installation. Review the revision history of the components. 9. After selecting the components to install, click Install to proceed with the installation. Once the installation completes, the Installation Results screen displays. If the PSP installs successfully, the process is complete. 10. If any components did not install successfully, complete the following steps: Exit HPSUM. Make corrections to your environment. Restart the application to install the components that had problems. 19
20 Install Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1 server role To install the Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1 server role, complete the following steps: 1. Start the installation program that was obtained from either or the Windows Server 2008 media. 2. Click Add Roles. If this is the first time a role has been added to the server, you may see a page describing the process for adding roles. Click Next. 3. Check the box for Hyper-V and click Next. Review the overview of Windows Server 2008 Hyper- V RC1 presented on the screen, and then click Next. 4. Choose the NICs to configure as virtual networks for use by guest OSs. Click Next. IMPORTANT When the user binds the virtual network switch to the NIC, all protocols are removed. Instead of the TCP/IP protocol, the Microsoft Virtual Network Switch Protocol is installed; therefore, all possible open Terminal Server sessions will close. To re-enable the old TCP/IP settings, login to the server locally or through IRC, and then configure the newly created network adapter while using the old TCP/IP configuration. NOTE Microsoft recommends that one NIC port be reserved for managing the host operating environment. In scenarios where this is not possible, be advised that network connectivity to the host can be temporarily interrupted during configuration changes to the virtual network. 5. Review the summary installation. Make a note of which NICs have been selected to be configured as virtual networks. 6. When prompted, choose to reboot the server to complete the installation. After the server finishes rebooting, log in as Administrator to finish the installation process. After adding the Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1 role, you can create and configure any virtual machines. 20
21 Appendix A: Known issues and workarounds Table A-1 lists the known issues with ProLiant servers and Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1. Table A-1. Known issues on ProLiant servers Issue Issue 1 Details When attempting to enable Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1, the installer reports that the server does not contain the required hardware support. Description: Workaround: When attempting to enable Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1, the installer reports that the server does not contain the required hardware support. Ensure that support for both No-Execute and hardware assisted virtualization have been enabled in the RBSU. Refer to the Enable support for hardware assisted virtualization in the RBSU section for instructions on performing this task. Issue 2 During installation, selected network cards for use with Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1 are reported as not configured correctly. Description: Workaround: A known issue exists with Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1 that causes the installer to report virtual network configuration issues. Using the Virtualization Role snap-in, confirm that all NICs selected during installation to be used as virtual networks are configured correctly. Issue 3 The Virtualization snap-in or event log does not correctly report many Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1 errors. Description: In Windows Server 2008, successful events are recorded in the event log, whereas problems are ignored. For example, if a server has not been correctly configured in the RBSU to enable support for hardware assisted virtualization, the user might be unable to start a virtual machine by right clicking the virtual machine and selecting Start. There will be no event recorded in the Virtualization event log to indicate any configuration issues. However, connecting to a virtual machine by right-clicking the virtual machine and selecting Connect and then attempting to start the virtual machine by clicking the Start button in the toolbar will cause an error message to be displayed. The message will indicate that the virtual machine could not be started because the hypervisor is not running. Issue 4 The Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1 folder and components are not found in C:\Windows. Description: Check that Windows Server 2008 x64 Edition has been used to complete the installation of Windows. Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1 only ships with the x64 edition of Windows. If the x86 version of Windows Server 2008 has been installed, reinstall the OS using the x64 edition. Issue 5 Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RC1 does not support the Network Configuration Utility (NIC Teaming). Deselect this component before beginning the installation of PSP components. Description: Currently, there are no plans to add support for NIC teaming. 21
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