Monday, April 25, 2011

Want to Know Where Your Visitors Come From ?

Have you ever want to know where your visitors that visit your website comes from ?  I have something to share with you regards a free widget which you can plug into your Blog.

It looks something like this :


If you are ...  have no fear.  I managed to find it from here 
After go into the site go scroll to the bottom to locate


Click on the link as above.


Click on the Sign Up. I chose the Completely Free.



(1) Select the colour scheme
(2) Choose where do you want the feed to be in.

Once it’s done, then check out your blog to see where your visitors are coming from Nerd smile

Thank you and hope the steps above helps.

Happy venturing and have a nice day Smile !!

keywords : counter, visitors, visitor origin, visitors from where.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

How to create or add Group & Host Machines into VMM 2008

VMM – in long words is Virtual Machine Manager.  VMM is a useful tool which the current version is System Center Virtual Machine Manager R2 SP1.
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You can be able to download the trial copy from here.
The VMM is very useful since in most of the environment has VMWare & Hyper-V systems for virtualization.  It provides the most cost effective to unified management on  physical & virtual machines.
Part of the benefits running the VMM is as follow :
  • Quick Storage Migration
  • Live Migration allows the datacenter to be dynamic
  • Support for Dynamic Memory Within Windows Server 2008
Many more that can be read here.
How to Add in Physical & Virtual Machines with VMM 2008 R2
Today I’m going to share with you on how to add in physical and virtual machines.
Currently I’ve just setup 2 Hyper-V hosts (Server Core) and need it to be manage by the Microsoft Virtual Machine Manager (VMM).
I launch the VMM client console.
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Diagram 2 - Right-Click on the All Hosts and select New host group.
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Diagram 3 - Input the appropriate grouping and press [Enter]
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Diagram 4 - Once the group is added, on the Actions Panel (on the right), select Add host
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Diagram 5 - Once the Add Hosts windows is launch, take note the options. (1) If the Hosts is joined to the AD domain, then select the  Windows Server-based host on an Active Directory domain
(2) Key in the credentials for VMM to connect to the hosts.
(3) If it’s in a trusted domain, check it .
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Diagram 6 - The Select Host Servers click on Search …
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Diagram 7 :
(1) key in the VM host name
(2) then click on Search
(3) click Add once the computer search is successful
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Diagram 8 - The above screen shows the selected computer is added.
Click OK.
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Diagram 9 - Repeat for the above process for the second VM host.
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Diagram 10 – Ensure that the Hyper-V Role is enabled on those servers added earlier.  Then click Yes
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Diagram 11 – In the Configuration Settings, click on the drag-down menu stating All Hosts
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Diagram 12 – Select the Hosts Group.  In my case here is the Test Group
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(4) It’s pointing to the Test Group under this particular VMM
(5) If the virtual hosts are being managed by another VMM, then need to check in this box, so that it will de-associate with the other VMM and re-associate with the new VMM.
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Diagram 14 – in the Add a virtual machine path or use default paths, click Next
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Diagram 15 -  Review the host settings and click Add Hosts
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Diagram 16 – The Jobs window will pop out to show the progress.
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Diagram 17 – Note that both the Hyper-V host has been added into group.  In my case is the Test group.
Once this is completed, then you can start to build a library of images then will start to populate the hosts with VMs.
Thank you & hope that the above helps.  Happy Virtual-i-zation !!
keywords : virtualization, virtual machine manager, Hyper-V, vmware, single console, add hosts

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A GUI for Windows Server Core 2008

A server core is actually is a strip down for Hyper-V.  By right, the server has only command prompt. 
The above is what you’ll get when first time install the Server Core and successfully login to the server.
You can either go for a simple menu for your configuration by key in in the command prompt : sconfig
and you’ll get the following menu screen :
and start your configurations ….. or …. (read on the following how to get the GUI) in server core for basic configuration.
Beginners for Server Core Smile .
For the beginners some GUI (Graphical User Interface) could do some help.  I found a tool and it’s called Core Configurator 2.0
To download the link is over here.
Once you have download & extract it, then you can copy it to the server core C:\ drive without installation. 
In my example, I’ve created a directory and copied the called CoreConfigurator in the C Drive.
In the command prompt I then change the directory to by keying
CD C:\CoreConfigurator.
Then key in Start_Coreconfig.wsf to execute to bring up the basic GUI for Server Core.
The Script will kick in (it’s actually Powershell).
The GUI is launched to help beginners that is new to Server Core to start off the basic configuration so that they can begin to populate the Hyper-V running in Server Core.
You can also add roles.
You can do your Network IP settings, DNS, start-stop services etc from the GUI.  Very simple. 
Thank you &  happy try out the tool Smile 
Hope the sharing is fruitful to you !

Saturday, April 16, 2011

How to Start Installation of Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V

Hyper-V installation is a very simple process.
Today I’m going to share with you on how to add a role of Hyper-V in your existing Windows Server 2008 (Standard, Enterprise or Data Center).
Say, you have a Windows Server 2008 Enterprise as a Standalone or Member Server of a Domain.

Click on Start.  Select Computer.
<Right-Click> on Computer then select Manage.
Once the Server Manager is launched, click on Roles

On the extreme right pane, select Add Roles.
The Add Roles Wizard will appear.
Click Next >
Check on Hyper-V role and click Next >
On the right pane, select the Hyper-V Installation Prerequisites
Read through the Hyper-V Installation Prerequisites before proceeding to continue the installation.
Click Next >
The Create Virtual Networks screen , click Next >
Note the Red Box detail of the best practices Remote Access.
The Confirm Installation Selections screen appears, click Next >
Installation is in progress, we just sit back and wait Smile.
The installation is completed.  The instructions will let you know that the server needs to reboot after the installation.  Click Close
Click Yes to reboot the server.
After the server is rebooted, the Server Manager will appear with the Hyper-V installation has been successful.
In the Server Manager, expand the
Roles Hyper-V Hyper-V Manager <computer name>

Note : The <computer name> differs from one another in your environment.  Depending on the Hyper-V role that is added on which computer that you installed in.  This is the computer name which you have name your server.
Now you can start adding or create Virtual Machines in this particular server.
Hope the instructions that I share is useful .
Thank you Smile.