Is VMware’s fate heading towards Novell?

Previously I wrote a blog on comparing price and features of Hyper-v and VMware. I got lot of feedback and questions why I believe Microsoft will win the battle. Here is a short answer for this question.

Living in mining city of Australia, its truth that most mining, oil and gas company isn’t adopting Microsoft Hyper-v yet excluding Fortescue Metals (FMG). FMG took a smart decision to go for Microsoft cloud than any other cloud technology. But wind is shifting quickly. Not just mining, oil and gas companies. Here are other examples: ING Direct case study and Suncorp Bank case study. There is nothing to hide that Microsoft came late to Hypervisor game. Slowly but surely Microsoft is gaining momentum.

I worked in almost 15 years now. I have seen in many occasions that Microsoft crashes its opponent and gain market in their own business. This is what happening in Hypervisor battle. Let’s be honest VMware is THE leader in virtualization. I am sure there are skeptics who believe, beating VMware isn’t possible. Those skeptics betted their money on Novell Netware, IBM Lotus Notes and Corel Word Perfect in those days. If I had told you in year 2000 that Active Directory would beat Novell e-directory, you would have burst out of laugh. But now there’s nothing to comment on this. By now you rarely see and work e-directory, word perfect or lotus notes. These examples says it all. VMware’s fate is written when Microsoft released Windows Server 2012, Hyper-v Server 2012 and System Center 2012. By the next Windows, Hyper-v and System Center release VMware may extinct.

If you need more evidence then you can find Microsoft’s Oil and Gas customer’s success stories on Microsoft View Point.

Pasting text to Hyper-V guests sometimes results in garbled characters- An Work Around

To work around this issue:

  • RDP to virtual machine using the mstsc.exe
  • Increase the keyboard class buffer size in the virtual machine
  • Disable the synthetic keyboard in the virtual machine to force using the emulated keyboard

To Increase the keyboard class buffer size in the virtual machine

1. Logon to a running virtual machine as an Administrator.

2. Hover mouse on the right hand side top corner, Click Search, Type regedit, and Right Click on Registry Editor, Click Run As Administrator.

3. Locate and then click the following registry entry:


4. In the details page, double click: KeyboardDataQueueSize

5. Select Decimal and type a value data of: 1024

6. Click Ok. Close the Registry Editor. you can modify the same registry for a group of Hyper-v virtual machines using GPO. GPO location is Computer Configuration/Windows Settings/Security Settings/Registry. Right Click and add new registry. 

To disable the synthetic keyboard for a virtual machine

1. Logon to a running virtual machine as a member of the Administrators group.

2. Hover mouse on the right hand side top corner, Click Search, Type devmgmt.msc, and then Right Click on device manager, Click Run As Administrator. 

3. Click Keyboards, right click Microsoft Hyper-V Virtual Keyboard and click Disable.

4. Close the Device Manager snap-in. Restart Virtual Machine.

5. On Windows Server 2012 Core, download DevCon.exe from the Windows Driver Kit to disable this driver using the command-line.

Windows Server 2012 Step by Step Book


This is my first book published on December 2 2012. The following is the chapters available in detailed in the book titled “Windows Server 2012 Step by Step” Chapter 1: Introduction to windows server 2012 Chapter 2: Installing and navigating … Continue reading