Connecting App Controller 2012 R2 with System Center 2016 TP4 VMM

Let me start this blog post with the explanation why I am writing about connecting App Controller 2012 R2 with SCVMM 2016 TP4. It is not about that I like App Controller more than Windows Azure Pack or something else. The reason is that I presented last week my session “What’s new in System Center 2016 Virtual Machine Manager?” to the audiences at the Microsoft Technical Summit 2015 and Experts mehr [...]

Managing Nano Server with System Center 2016 TP4 VMM

This week Microsoft has released the Technical Preview 4 for Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016. -> Finally the package bits of the SCVMM agent for the Nano Server are included in the ISO. When you are creating your Nano Server mehr [...]

MVP Summit 2015, Technical Summit 2015 and Experts Live 2015

A week ago I have been in Redmond for the Microsoft MVP Summit 2015. What can I say other than that this was the best out of my last three MVP summits! Great to talk to my MVP friends, the Product Groups and the Product Manager again. I really enjoyed it and I am loving it to talk to people that have the same affinity for the same technology. Here are some impressions from the MVP Summit 2015. If mehr [...]

Deploying Storage Spaces Direct on a Single Node SOFS Cluster

In my previous post on how to deploy Windows Server 2016 TP3 onto an SD card I introduced you to my new server system. -> The reason why I bought this system was to play around with Storage Spaces Direct in Windows Server 2016 TP3. Regarding the testing guide Microsoft recommends four servers to test Storage mehr [...]

System Center 2012 R2 VMM Update Rollup 8 introduces Port ACL Management

Today Microsoft published the Update Rollup 8 for the System Center 2012 R2 Suite and Windows Azure Pack. -> But I want to talk about a specific feature that Microsoft has added to the Virtual Machine Manager in UR8. It is the management capability of Hyper-V Port ACLs in VMM. Ability to deploy extended Hyper-V Port ACLs With Update Rollup 8 mehr [...]

Building a lab environment with Windows 10 Hyper-V and Nested Virtualization

Last week Microsoft has released the newest Insider Build 10565 of Windows 10. -> The Insider Build 10565 includes a long awaited and hidden gem: Nested Virtualization. Before the release of build 10565 we know that nested virtualization will be included in Windows Server 2016 for running mehr [...]

How to deploy Windows Server 2016 TP3 onto an SD card?

A few weeks ago I bought a HP Microserver Gen8 (Intel Celeron G1610T, 2,3GHz, 2GB RAM) to continue to use the four 1TB Hitachi HDDs from my previous NAS system and 12GB RAM that are left over from other systems. The main reason for buying the HP Microserver is to play a bit with Storage Spaces Direct and the Scale-Out File Server, but I will talk about this later in another blog post. What is really mehr [...]

Handling Equivalent Objects in multiple VMM Libraries

Everyone who has to work with a central VMM management server installation and multiple VMM Libraries in different sites has to deal with the equivalent objects. Managing equivalent objects through the VMM console is not appropriate, if you have a lot of objects in your VMM Library. -> Some weeks ago I was faced again with the equivalent mehr [...]

Attestation failed with a transient error – System Center 2016 TP3 VMM

At the moment I am testing and working in my lab on the Shielded VM and Guarded Fabric scenario. Due to the fact that my Hyper-V hosts in my lab are not having any TPM chip, I am forced to use the AD-based attestation. After a business trip I started my lab again and ran into this error message under the status tab in the properties of my Hyper-V hosts. Error (20588) Attestation failed on HV-02.neumanndaniel.local mehr [...]

Working with VM Update Functional Level in System Center 2016 TP3 VMM

In Windows Server 2016 Microsoft introduces the next VM version 6.2 as they have always done with every new Server version since Hyper-V. This time an important part is different. VMs will not get updated automatically to the newest VM version. The reason for that is the new Rolling Cluster Upgrade feature. In short VMs with version 6.2 are not compatible with Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V, but mehr [...]