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Monday, August 31, 2015

Win 2016 TP3 : Hello Powershell Direct !

 

You can now using Powershell Direct to easily manage and run Powershell cmdlet and script directly inside a virtual machine.

Requirements:

  • Host – Windows 10 or Windows Server 2016
  • Guest VM – Windows 10 or Windows Server 2016
  • Guest credential
  • Running as Hyper-V Administrator
  • VM on locally and booted

Powershell Remoting to Windows Server 2012 R2

  • Failed with an error message. We need to configure it in order to make it work.

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But the game has changed with Powershell Direct on Windows Server 2016 TP3

  • Work on VM without network connectivity

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  • Work on VM with  Windows Firewall enabled

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[ Test Powershell Direct]

Execute

Enter-PSSession –VMname (name)

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Able to connect to the virtual machine without any extra configuration. From here, you can execute powershell cmdlet.

Example: Install Web Application Proxy for ADFS

Add-WindowsFeature Web-Application-Proxy

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How do you find Powershell Direct? Cool right! Just give it a try yourself on Powershell Direct.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Win 2016 TP3: Update VM Configuration Version

Here is the current VM configuration version when run on Win 2012 R2 Hyper-V Host.

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Just execute

Get-VM * | ft name,version

By default, VM that you create on Win 2016 TP3 will run as VM configuration ver 6.2

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When VM import into Windows Server 2016 TP3, then you should update the VM configuration if you tend to use the features which available on Win 2016 TP3.

Mean, you still can power on VM running VM configuration version 5 on new Hyper-V Host.

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 Here is the compatibility table in case you want to move around

VM Conf version Win 2012 R2 Hyper-V Win 2016 TP3Hyper-V
5 Yes Yes
6.2 No Yes

Once VM configuration version run in version 6, then you cannot move back to Win 2012 R2 Hyper-V. This process is irreversible.

[ Configuration]

1. Power off virtual machine

2. Execute the following command

Update-VMVersion (vmname)

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After that, the VM will use new configuration file format .VMCX file extension for virtual machine configuration data and the .VMRS file extension for runtime state data.

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Note: Previous file format is .XML

It was designed to increase the efficiency of reading and writing virtual machine configuration data. It's also designed to reduce the potential for data corruption in the event of a storage failure.

Win 2016 TP3 : RIP Vmguest.iso Which Use to Install Integration Component

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We use to install or upgrade Integration Component on every Virtual Machine that we setup on prior version of Microsoft Hyper-V but in the next release of Microsoft Windows we no longer need to.

Let look on different between prior version vs Windows Server 2016 TP3

  • Prior version of Integration Services Version on Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V.

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Note: No value on IC is due to virtual machine is offline. IC version will display on those vm that are power on.

  • On Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview:

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Note:

  • TP3-SCO01 – running guest operating system Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview.
  • TP3-SCOM1 – running guest operating system  Windows Server 2012 R2

Both virtual machines display value “0”. So how to update if we no longer has an option on Virtual machine connection console?

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Good news is Integration Services (IC) will start to delivered through Windows Update. Something to cheer on! So just execute Windows Update on guest virtual machine to get it updated.

This will reduce the IT operational burden to make sure they are up to date.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

5th Book Reviewed–Designing Hyper-V Solution

Hey folks, sharing another milestones about the 5th book that we have successful work on as Technical Reviewer. It had been  great and glad to assist to make this book successful.

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[ Credit Page ]

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[ Reviewer Biography ]

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[ About the Book ]

This book is aimed at IT admins, consultants, and architects alike who wish to deploy, manage, and maintain Hyper-V solutions in organizations of various sizes. You are expected to have a working knowledge of managing Windows Server and a fair understanding of networking and storage concepts.

What You Will Learn

  • Set up independent and highly available clustered Hyper-V hosts via GUI and PowerShell
  • Acquire knowledge about Generation 1 and 2 Virtual Machines, their creation and management, and also look at the VM Conversion process
  • Understand NIC teaming, Extensible Virtual Switch, and other networking advancements
  • Gain insight into virtual machine storage changes and their follow-up benefits
  • Discover backup and recovery patterns for Hyper-V
  • Familiarize yourself with the essentials of Hyper-V Replica
  • Leverage the benefits of Microsoft VDI

It has officially available and you can get the book from here :- https://www.packtpub.com/virtualization-and-cloud/designing-hyper-v-solutions

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 Technical Preview 3 is Available to Download

Hey folk, Microsoft has released Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 Technical Preview 3 to tester.
Feel free to check out :




Do take note that this release still consist some bugs and not recommended to use on production environment.

Are you ready to evaluate it?
If yes, just click below link:-

Windows Server 2016 TP3 :
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/evalcenter/dn781243.aspx

System Center 2016 TP3:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-system-center-technical-preview

Enjoy!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

GA: Veeam FastSCP for Microsoft Azure

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Good news folk! Veeam FastSCP for Microsoft Azure has general availability. The latest build is 1.0.0.802.

Summary on features:

  • Copy file to Azure VM over 2GB
  • Secure file copy over https with built in encryption without VPN connection
  • Schedule file copy without RDP or UI open

Post:-

http://www.ms4u.info/2015/05/veeam-fastscp-for-microsoft-azure-beta.html

http://www.veeam.com/fastscp-azure-vm.html

[ Download ]

Click here. (FREE)

StarWind Updates 12 August 2015

1. New Document: LSFS Container Technical Description

This guide is intended for experienced Windows system administrators and IT professionals who would like to know more about StarWind Virtual SAN solution and better understand how StarWind Virtual SAN works. It provides the description of the LSFS container and explains its features i.e. deduplication, defragmentation etc., which should give the end user the necessary knowledge for its implementation into the system.

Click here to read it.

2. Webinar auf Deutsch! Hyper-Converged Virtualization Solution: Schlüsselfertige Lösung für kleine Unternehmen sowie Unternehmen mit Außenstellen

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Datum: 19 August, 2 pm CEST

Vortraghalter:

Thomas Maurer, Cloud-Architekt, itnetx gmbh.

Max Kolomyeytsev, Produktmanager, StarWind SoftWare Inc.

Hyper-converged Virtualisierungslösung, welche Hypervisor und Storage vereinen, sind zur Zeit in voll im Trend. StarWind Hyper-Converged Plattform kombiniert Server, Hypervisor und zugehöriger Software in einer skalierbaren Ebene und erlaubt schnelle Implementierung und eine einfache Bedienung. Diese Lösung ist herstellerunabhängig und ist einfach zu implementieren.

In diesem Webinar wird gezeigt, was mit der nächsten Version von Windows Server 2016 und Hyper-V möglich ist und welche Möglichkeiten StarWind Virtual SAN heute und in der Zukunft bietet.Registrieren!

Registrieren!

Besprechen Sie dieses Thema hier.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

StarWind Updates 10 August 2015

Live Webinar! Turn-key Hyper-Converged Virtualization Solution for SMBs / ROBOs

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Date: 11 August, 11 am PT / 2 pm ET Speakers:

Max Kolomyeytsev, Product Manager, StarWind Software Inc.

Ryan Brown, xByte Technologies

Register!

2. Live Demo: 3-2-1 Backup Rule in Real Life

Date: 13 August, 11 am PT / 2 pm ET
Host:

Oles Borys, Solution Engineer, StarWind Software Inc.

Register!

3. Recorded Tap Room Meetings and Webinars /webinars

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Webinar: StarWind H-CP: Hyper-V’s Most Integrated Hyper-Converged Platform

Tap Room: Мinimalistic 2-node Hyper-V cluster with ‪StarWind Virtual SAN

Tap Room: Neue Microsoft Storage Best Practices für Hyper-V und SQL Server: SMB 3.0 und Scale-Out File Servers