Problem: Antivirus and Hyper-V (Why can’t I start my virtual machine?)
A little while ago our support team ran into some problems starting virtual machines after they install antivirus software in the management operating system. The root cause of the problem is that a number of these programs monitor file access in a way that interferes with Hyper-V’s attempts to open virtual machine files. If you see this problem – you have two options:
- Don’t install antivirus. If you are running a server core configuration, or a full server configuration, and you have nothing running in the management operating system other than Hyper-V, and you do not have people logging in and browsing the web in the management partition, etc… Then you do not really need to have antivirus software installed as there is limited risk of a virus.
- Install antivirus and set up the following exclusions (most antivirus programs allow you to exclude specific directories, files and processes from scanning to help deal with issues such as these):
- Default virtual machine configuration directory (Normally this is C:ProgramDataMicrosoftWindowsHyper-V)
- Custom virtual machine configuration directories
- Default virtual hard disk directory (Normally this is C:UsersPublicDocumentsHyper-VVirtual Hard Disks)
- Custom virtual hard disk directories
- Snapshot directories
As more and more users become mobile the need for mulitple screens on the road has become invaluable. Now if you have an iPad, using wifi, you can use it as a second monitor with your laptop.
You’ll have to install the app on your ipad for $9.99 as well and download and install the app on your laptop.
– An instant second monitor
– Touch your desktop
– Display it the way you want (ie Landscape or Portrait)
– No wires needed
Backup, backup, backup. Most of us rely on our computing technology for our work, home, and play to keep our data easily accessible. We’ve all experienced it, we’re working and all of a sudden our computer crashes, the hard drive goes bad, or the files we need becomes corrupted and guess what? There’s no backup! What do to now besides cry? We at BVA believe keeping a backup, whether daily or weekly is very important because you never know when something will go wrong. There are all kinds of backup solutions out there for businesses, from tape, disk, or even in the cloud. But not only do businesses need to keep backing up their files, but we as individuals with our personal data should keep backups. I backup my hard drive daily so that I always have the ability to back and grab a file, maybe I changed something and realized I need the original, or the disk I had a file on goes bad and I need to grab a different copy. I just found this new hard drive from Western Digital called My Book Live – WD 2go. This is Western Digital personal cloud storage device that gives you your own cloud hard drive so you can access your data where ever you are. Usually when we talk about cloud storage we generally refer to a service you purchase from some company and they store your data somewhere at their datacenter. With this new Western Digital device you can have your own personal 3TB of storage. The device rest on your personal network and you can access it anywhere. The WD 2go has fee-free remote access to your My Book Live to your computer. Another cool feature are the apps you can install on your smartphone or tablet that will give you access to your files stored on your My Book Live as well. So wherever you go, your files are just a click away.