Azure Backup – Application Consistent VM Level Backup

This week Microsoft has announced a new feature for its Azure Backup services. Prior to this you had the choice to backup your Azure IaaS VMs either with the MARS agent or System Center Data Protection Manager to Azure Backup. Both options were limited. The combination of the MARS agent and Azure Backup was only file based. The other combination with DPM was only file based too and with additional more [...]

System Center 2012 R2 VMM – Forecasting for Capacity Planning

Ever thought about a forecasting for your on-premises virtualization infrastructure? No? Maybe the reason for that was the only option you had with System Center Virtual Machine Manager and Operations Manager was SQL Server Analysis Services. Yeah you heard right SQL Server Analysis Services. -> But it’s all good now because we more [...]

CeBIT 2015 – onstage at the Microsoft booth

From Monday 16.03.2015 till Friday 20.03.2014 I'm onstage at the Microsoft booth with some of my MVP colleagues. Here are my sessions. Date Time Topic 16.03.2015 09:30 Azure IaaS – What’s in for IT Pros? 17.03.2015 14:30 Windows Azure Pack – VM Role Gallery Items Advanced! 17.03.2015 16:30 Azure IaaS – What’s in for IT Pros? 18.03.2015 16:00 Azure IaaS more [...]

Azure like chargeback with System Center & Windows Azure Pack – Part 1

Since the release of Windows Azure Pack a frequently asked question is about the chargeback in Windows Azure Pack. I have heart the question a thousand times why Microsoft does not provide us with the chargeback and billing system from Azure for Windows Azure Pack. The answer is not that easy and I’m not willing to discuss it here in my blog. But I will show you something how you can provide more [...]

SCVMM – Storage Overcommitment PowerShell Script – Version 3.2

Nearly 1000 downloads got my CSV Overcommitment PowerShell script on the TechNet Gallery and again it was time to invest some hours into it. -> My main focus was to add support for SMB 3.0 file shares which are managed by VMM. Till version 3.1 the script supported only Cluster Shared Volumes and not SMB 3.0 file shares more [...]

SCVMM/WAP UR5 – VM Role Gallery Item Disk Deployment Changes

Microsoft is listening to our feedback and gives us the choice between differencing or dedicated disks for the VM role gallery item with Update Rollup 5 for VMM & WAP. -> -> Prior to UR5 you had to use a SMA runbook more [...]

Windows Azure Pack – ADFS authentication and the NetBIOS domain name

Normally you would only change the authentication mechanism for the WAP Tenant Portal to ADFS and let the Windows Authentication as the default setting for the WAP Admin Portal. When you decide to change the authentication mechanism for the WAP Admin Portal also to ADFS then you have to consider the following behavior of WAP and ADFS. Let us assume your domain name is and your NetBIOS more [...]

System Center Virtual Machine Manager – General VMM Feedback

This week the VMM team has opened the general VMM feedback site for the public! Do you have an idea or suggestion based on your experience with VMM? We would love to hear it! Please take a few minutes to submit your idea in the one of the forums available on the right or vote up an idea submitted by another VMM customer. All of the feedback you share in these forums will be monitored and reviewed more [...]

System Center 2012 R2 VMM – VM Console Connect Error (0x0003, 0x0000)

This week at one of my customers I got an error during the VM console connect that was initiated over the VMM console. Virtual Machine Manager lost the connection to the virtual machine for one of the following reasons. Another connection was established to the console of this machine The virtual machine has been shut down or put into the saved state The user credentials provided do not have the more [...]

Join the Windows Azure Pack Community

You are working with the Windows Azure Pack and have not joined the Windows Azure Pack Community yet? Then it’s time to join the community to stay up to date. -> You will get prior to the release date the newest information about the next upcoming Update Rollup. What bug fixes are included and when it is scheduled for release. Additionally you get a lot more [...]