What’s new in Hyper-V Generation – 2 VMs?

Microsoft launched Generation 2 VMs with Windows Server 2012 R2 but they are still compatible with Generation 1 VMs which likely called as ‘legacy VMs’. Generation 1 VMs are the normal VMs running on Hyper –V which uses BIOS-based boot architecture, whereas Generation 2 VMs use UEFI-boot based architecture and available only on Windows Server 2012 R2.

Generation 2 VMs provide a simple hardware model, supports UEFI firmware & many of the legacy devices have also removed. In Generation 1 VMs same virtual hardware was assigned, whereas Generation 2 will be having new functionalities which are:

  • PXE boot via standard network adapter:
    In generation 1 if there was a requirement to have remote installation for the guest operating system using PXE (Pre-boot execution Environment), the legacy network adapter was supposed to install. In generation 2 legacy network aren’t available so PXE boot can only be performed by the standard network adapter.
  • Boot from SCSI Virtual Hard Disk or DVD:
    In Generation 2, VMs are enabled to boot from virtual SCSI (Small Computer System Interface) controller. Virtual IDE (Integrated Device Electronics) controllers aren’t available in Generation 2 VMs. So, attached OS VHDX can be benefited by having SCSI or VHDX features.
  • Secure Boot is enabled by default:
    Generation 2 VMs have Secure Boot by default in nature which help in preventing unauthorised firmware, operating systems and UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) drivers from running at the boot time. But Secure Boot can be disabled after creating the Virtual Machine.

The minimum requirements for the Generation 2 VMs are: Windows Server 2012 or R2 and 64 bit Windows 8 & 8.1.

On Microsoft Hyper-V an Admin can run both generations of VMs even though now Hyper-V will ask first which generation you want to create. Basically Hyper-V Generation 2 doesn’t support all Hyper-V supported guest Operating Systems. So, the Operating System, which isn’t compatible to Generation 2 those need to be installed on Generation 1 VMs.

When it comes to performance VMs boot will be 20% (approx.) faster & OS installation will be around 50% faster in comparison to Generation 1 VMs. But there will be not much difference in overall performance for VMs. 

There are benefits that Generation 2 VMs provide such as these VMs performs faster OS installation because OS installation enables from PXE network. Another advantage is, these VMs boots faster and a subset of Integration components is available to the VM during power-on.


Limitations are also there with Generation 2 VMs as they only support VHDX virtual hard-drive format. Generation 1 VMs can convert to a VHDX format to use in the Generation 2 but then you cannot further convert it to some other format. All OSs aren’t supported by Generation 2 VMs, you can’t install old version of OSs in them. There are a lot more drawbacks and limitations associated with Generation 2 VMs

  • Only new OSs are supported on Gen 2 VMs. 
  • No boot from an iSCSI LUN if you need to then use Gen 1 VMs only. 
  • The secure boot option is only with Gen 2 VMs. 
  • No support for the legacy network Adapters. 
  • No support for vFloppyDrives. 
  • No support for IDE Controllers
May be in the next release of Hyper-V we might not see these limitations or drawbacks in the Gen 2 VMs

Microsoft CloudCamp India


After the phenomenal success of Microsoft’s Web Camps series of events, we are pleased to bring you the Cloud Camp – an epicentre of Microsoft’s interaction with the Cloud Computing community, where leading edge developers, architects and technology decision makers gather to learn and envision solutions for the future.

The Cloud Camp are not only about content and sessions – these events provide an opportunity for you to speak with and have your questions answered by the people who work with these technologies day-in and day-out, and who can help you plan the features and architecture to support your business goals.

The events, to be held across Bangalore, Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai, will provide you with an opportunity to learn and build the best-in-breed cloud solutions for your organization, customers and partners. So, avail of this learning opportunity and REGISTER for this exclusive series of events today.

Event Date



18th Aug, Thursday


9:00am – 6:00pm



25th Aug, Thursday


9:00am – 6:00pm



08th Sep, Thursday


9:00am – 6:00pm



15th Sep, Thursday


9:00am – 6:00pm



Delhi User Group Monthly Event

Welcome, to the Delhi User Group Event where you can get much more deep dive into the technology. This time event will be composed of more interesting technologies with biggest expertise of them. To register for the event click here.
Event details are as follows:
Registration Link/URL: http://www.clicktoattend.com/?id=156311
Date: 23rd July, 2011 (Saturday)
Microsoft India Pvt. Ltd. 5th Floor, Eros Corporate Tower, Nehru Place, New Delhi – 110019

Timings: 10:00 AM to 02:00 PM
10:00 AM – 10:45 AM | Tips to Better .Net Coding | Bijoy Singhal (Developer Evangelist, Microsoft India)
10:45 AM – 11:30 AM | HTML5 and ASP .net MVC 3 | Subodh Pushpak (MCSD)
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM | How to make you first game on: HTML 5 | Akshat Goel (Author, WebDevHub)
12:00 PM – 12:15 PM | Break
12:15 PM – 01:00 PM | Introdution to SCOM (System Center Operations Managment) 2007 R2 | Aman Dhally (Network Analyst, Analysys Mason)
01:00 PM – 01:45 PM | Developing SharePoint solutions with Visual Studio 2010 | Abhimanyu Singhal (Microsoft MVP, iMentor Knowledge Services)
01:45 PM – 02:00 PM | Open Disscussion and Event Colsure
Hope to see you all there at the event.
For any assistance or query feel free to reach me on: +91-9818562858 or rishumehra@merawindows.com

RE: TechEd Delhi on 4th June, 2011 @ Lakshmipal Singhania Auditorium, August Kranti Marg

A quick reminder to all, tomorrow 4th June, 2011 (Saturday) its Microsoft TechEd on Road – Delhi. It’s open for all and a free event. For more information and registration browse through: http://communitytechdays.com. Here are a few details of the event.

Venue: Lakshmipal Singhania Auditorium, PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry, PHD House, 4/2 Siri Institutional Area, August Kranti Marg, New Delhi – 110016

Timings: 09:30 AM – 05:00 PM

Target Audience: IT Professionals, Professional Developers, Tech Students, Gadget Geeks

Hope to see all there, for any query assistance revert me back or reach me @: +91-9818562858

TechEd Delhi on 4th June, 2011 @ Lakshmipal Singhania Auditorium

Thank you everyone for making Tech∙Ed India 2011 a huge success!

We are pleased to announce Tech∙Ed on the Road, where we put together the best sessions from Tech∙Ed India 2011 and bring them to your city. These events are not only about content and sessions – they also provide an opportunity for you to interact with and have your questions answered by the very people who work on these technologies day-in and day-out, and who can help you plan the features and architecture to support your business goals.

Now TechEd is here in Delhi for the community. For registration and other information: http://communitytechdays.com.

Date: 4th June, 2011 (Saturday)


Lakshmipal Singhania Auditorium,

PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry,

PHD House, 4/2 Siri Institutional Area,

August Kranti Marg,

New Delhi-110016

Here is the Agenda of the event:




09:00 AM – 09:30 AM


Developer Track

09:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Windows Server AppFabric – Application Infrastructure for On-premise Services

Bijoy Singhal (Developer Evangelist, Microsoft India)

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM

Tea & Coffee Break

10:45 PM – 11:45 AM

Build your own real world websites with Matrix

Abhimanyu Singhal (MCP, iMentor Knowledge Services)

11:45 PM – 12:45 PM

Blurring the difference between web and native app with HTML5 and IE 9

Saurav Srivastava (Ex- Microsoft MVP, Graphics & Interface Designer, SlideShare)

IT Pro Track

01:30 PM – 02:30 PM

What’s new in Office 365?

Aviraj Ajgekar (IT Pro Evangelist, Microsoft India)

02:30 PM – 03:30 PM

Managing SQL Server using Powershell 

Sarabpreet Singh (Regional Mentor, SQLServerGeeks.com)

03:30 PM – 03:45 PM

Tea & Coffee Break

03:45 PM – 04:45 PM

Microsoft Lync Server 2010 : Management, Administration and Delegation

Abhimanyu Singhal (MCP, iMentor Knowledge Services)

04:45 PM – 05:15 PM

Open Discussion & Closure


Hope to see you all there at the same.

2nd Windows Phone 7 Day #wp7day: 26th February, 2011



Here we are… with the second edition of the Windows Phone 7 Day in Delhi/NCR! We partner with Tekriti Software, who are also hosting the event in their facility.



The event is free to attend, but registration is required whether you are attending the event in person or online. Registration would enroll you for the participation in the quiz which will have few prizes to give away. The quiz would include all registered attendees (online or in-person).

The event would be live-streamed, and you can also follow the action by following the #wp7day hashtag on Twitter.

February 26, 2011 | 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM | Add to your calendar

Tekriti Software
Plot No. 726, Udyog Vihar Phase – V, Gurgaon


  • Hands-on Demo of Windows Phone 7
  • Developer ecosystem for different Mobile Platforms | Panel Discussion
  • Windows Phone 7 Quiz
  • What’s next on Windows Phone! | Abhishek Baxi


Representing with: DelhiITPro | DelhiDevs | DelhiTechnoGradz | IAUGDEL | WeTogether.in | SQLServerGeeks.com

Internet Explorer 9 RC is Launched!

The new IE’s version Internet Explorer 9 RC (Release Candidate) launched on 10th Feb.
This time the IE’s experience is much faster, very easy to use and its bug free almost. This time it gives a lil more new look then before. I am damn sure once if you use IE-9 RC then u’ll not use any other browser.
Here are the urls to download the IE9-RC according to their Windows Versions:
Windows Vista/Server 2008 (x86): http://download.microsoft.com/download/C/1/7/C1754A31-1B2B-44F6-A51F-E7B2BB2E750E/IE9-WindowsVista-x86-enu.exe

Windows Vista/Server 2008 (x64): http://download.microsoft.com/download/C/1/7/C1754A31-1B2B-44F6-A51F-E7B2BB2E750E/IE9-WindowsVista-x64-enu.exe
Windows 7 (x86): http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/A/5/2A50895F-4BF1-4A68-837B-506AE8301E9D/IE9-Windows7-x86-enu.exe

Windows 7/Server 2008 R2 (x64): http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/A/5/2A50895F-4BF1-4A68-837B-506AE8301E9D/IE9-Windows7-x64-enu.exe

Configuring Custom Domain E-mail on Outlook (with Windows Live)

Well we use Windows Live’s Custom Domain service via http://Domain.Live.com for the e-mails to get access anywhere through Hotmail. Which actually helps people a lot to get the mail anywhere and you can also use it as your Live Messenger ID as well. But sometimes we use to face issues with it whenever we need to configure it on the outlook because when we configure the normal Windows Live ID it get configure very easily with it’s default add a/c setup. But when you configure the your Outlook with your own custom domain on windows live it won’t get sync or configure on outlook where as u can still access it on the hotmail.

Se here I am showing you how to configure the custom domain e-mail of Windows Live on outlook

Step 1:

Go to open your outlook and go to “File” then go to “add account” as mentioned in below in the screenshot


Step 2:

Now a new window will appear here as a setup. So, here it will ask you whether to add E-mail a/c, SMS a/c or to Configure your own e-mail. So, select the third option Manually Configure Server Settings and Additional Server Types. Then on next as described in the screenshot below.


Step 3:

Then on the next it will ask you of what type service you need to add Internet E-mail | MS Exchange or compatible service | SMS | Other. So here u need to select “Other” and in its sub-menu select “MS Hotmail Outlook Connector” then on “Next”.


Step 4:

Here it will ask to enter the your credentials. So here you can also enter the your windows live id. But when you already configured the your domain on windows live so you can enter the Custom domain e-mail’s credentials. Here actually the backend service is live mail/hotmail so it will configure the outlook as per its own req. of windows live without giving any prompt or error. As in the screenshot below.


Step 5: Now it is the time to Finish!


So, then it will normally download your all the e-mails on your outlook and you start using it simply as you use to do with your windows live id/hotmail a/c. Like I did with my MeraWindows e-mail


CloudCamp: 12th February, 2011 in Noida


Cloud Computing technology which was adopted by a lots of companies like IBM, Microsoft etc. and gives them the better way of working through it’s style. For all of them today the cloud is still a “HotTopic” to discuss on. So all the cloud likers, join us in the un-conference @ CloudCamp in Noida on 12th February, 2011 for the whole day.

Venue: Impetus Infotech (India) Pvt. Ltd., D-39 & 40, Sector 59, Noida (Near New Delhi), Uttar Pradesh – 201307

For Registration: http://cloudcamp-delhi-2011.eventbrite.com/

Timings: 10:00 AM to 05:30 PM

For all the information and agenda browse through http://www.cloudcamp.org/delhi/2011-02-12 and follow the #cloudcamp hastag on twitter for all the happening.

So, be registred for it, limited seats available.