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Replacement PSU Arrives

After waiting for my PSU to arrive at Thermaltake, and for them to examine it; they have finally determined to send me a replacement unit.

That replacement unit has now arrived! Everything is back up and running, with the addition of my new 512 GB SSD for more VMs.

So, give me a little bit to get back in the swing of things, then I’ll post some new guides.

New Hardware Arrival: New SSD

Hello All,

Last Thursday I ordered a new SSD (the SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD512BW 2.5″ 512GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive SSD) for my lab server, because I was running out of space. I received it yesterday, which is great, but also bitter-sweet since my Thermaltake PSU blew up on Sunday night!

SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD512BW 2.5" 512GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

So, now I have to wait for my replacement PSU before I will be able to continue adding VMs to my lab. In the meantime, go and vote on what topic you would like me to cover next.

ASUS P9X79 WS with Intel 82579V NIC and Hyper-V

Hello Everyone, I wanted to briefly share something that I recently discovered. If you read my last post about OS Installation and Using A Server OS With A Workstation Motherboard you may recall that a little .inf modification is required in order to detect/use the Intel 82579V Gigabit NIC in Windows Server 2012.

After getting this second NIC functional, I then proceeded to install Hyper-V. During the initial role installation, you are prompted to select a NIC as the Hyper-V virtual switch. However, at least in my case, although both NIC are now present to the OS, and functionality had been tested/confirmed, only the Intel 82574L appears in the list of NIC available. Therefore, it is because of this that I made my Intel 82579V NIC my external/Internet connection port, and the 82574L as my Hyper-V NIC.

I emphasize during the “initial” role installation, because after Hyper-V is installed, when you access the Hyper-V Manager and open the Virtual Switch Manager, you can in fact change the external adapter from the Intel 82574L to the 82579V. Now, I haven’t tried this change yet, but I assume it would work on account of it being available in the list.

HyperV Virtua Switch


Once I finish copying all 50 GB of lab software (i.e. OS’s, Middleware ISO’s, etc.) to my new host, I will then be in a position to start creating my lab environment (i.e. AD/Domain, SQL Server, System Center products, etc.). So stay tuned.

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