Windows Server 2008 Hyper-v server stuck at ‘starting windows’

Posted by on Jun 21, 2015 in Other

I recently had an issue with a virtual machine I created in Hyper-V stuck at the ‘starting windows’ screen. It wouldn’t even boot the installer – it simply hung after the loading files prompt at the ‘starting windows’ prompt. It turns out the solution was really simple. When I created the virtual machine, I selected Gen2 as the version. This only works for Windows Server 2012 or later, so I went in to the virtual machine settings an disabled Secure boot. This got me past the secure boot failure I was seeing previously, but it appears 2008 and Gen2 virtual machines do not play ball at all. The solution was simply to delete the virtual machine, create a new Gen 1 machine and everything worked as you would...

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Enable high resolutions in Linux VM’s

Posted by on Feb 15, 2015 in Other

Something of a n00b post here, but I recently spun up an instance of the rather nice Elementary OS Linux distro and as is common with Linux, especially in a VM, the display mode was set to something horribly low that consumed a fraction of my screen. Thus, time to crack open the terminal and fix the problem: sudo nano /etc/default/grub 1 sudo nano /etc/default/grub Inside the editor change: GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash” 1 GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash” To: GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash video=hyperv_fb:1920x1080" 1 GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash video=hyperv_fb:1920x1080" Obviously substitute 1920×1080 for your preferred resolution. Save the file in nano and restart the VM. You should find that the VM restarts at your chosen...

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