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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Enable Internet Connection Sharing in Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012


Hi guy, have you try enabled Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) for above operating system? Well, i just did today and if you get around with Windows 7 or older operating system probably it will be easy to configure. My guess is wrong. The normal way of configure ICS is no longer available and i can’t find a way to configure in GUI. Before we move further let look into which scenario that you use ICS


  • Laptop running Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012
  • Mobile broadband (I’m using Yes Mobile – 4G mobile broadband which came with own dialer program and cannot get the dial up number to dial except using their own program. You can probably use other mobile broadband provider.
  • Share multiple devices such as Mobile phone (without data plan) or
  • Tablet (just order – Google Nexus 7 and hopefully to arrive in a month. This model did not came with 3G data plan and you only can use Wifi. So i really need ICS to be enabled to stay mobile, use Internet and blog more post. Smile

Thanks to additivetips post (click here), i can finally enable ICS.

This post is to remind me in future on how to configure ICS and hopefully will be useful to those of you who are looking into this solution.

To get started:-

1. Open command prompt

2. Type the following command:

netsh wlan show drivers

Make sure “Hosted network supported” is listed as Yes.

3. Create a hosted network

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=nexus key=nexus123

My new Ad-hoc SSID is “nexus”

passkey is “nexus123”. Must be 8 character

4. Start the mode to create

netsh wlan start hostednetwork

5. A new connection has created in Network Connection.


6. Now, right click your mobile broadband connection, select Properties and click Sharing tab. Tick Allow other network users to connect through this computer Internet connection and select the new connection. For my scenario is “Local Area Connection 11”


The “Local Area Connection 11” will be assigned an ip address “” (ICS default IP address). Then just dial your mobile broadband and on other devices connect via ad-hoc SSID. (mine is called “nexus”).

Alright, that all for now and now my machine is ready to enable ICS for my new tablet:- “Google Nexus 7” which is currently in progress of shipping from USA to Malaysia.

Stay tune…

Friday, August 24, 2012

Windows Server 2012 Licensing

Hi! Windows Server 2012 is going to launch soon and it is just around the corner. Mark your calendar on 4th Sept 2012. You can save the calendar by clicking here. Since Windows Server 2012 is going to launch soon, i have gathered the information from Internet which talk about Windows Server 2012 Licensing and we as consultant/ consumer would probably like to understand about the new licensing. Here is the summary of my finding:-
Windows Server 2012 Edition:-
The edition has simplify to only 4 versions
Information taken from here. Our focus is on Standard Edition and Data Center Edition. There is no more Enterprise Edition and basically you will get the entire features even on Standard/Data Center Edition. So the question is “What is different between both and how should you choose?” .
A single license covered for two (2) physical processor. (unlimited cores)
Edition different between Standard & Data Center
Just virtualization right. (for 2 physical processor)
Edition Virtualization Right
Standard 2 VM
Data Center Unlimited
Now let look into scenario
Scenario 1:- Purchase 1 processor per server. Which license should i buy?
  • A: 1 Standard Edition License
Scenario 2:- Plan to setup 4 VM, how many license that i should buy
  • A: 2 Standard Edition for every 2 physical processor.
  • If 4 physical processor, then you need 4 Standard Edition license.
  • If 3 VM on a 2 physical processor, then you need 2 Standard Edition license
  • If 12 VM on a 2 Physical processor, then you need 6 Standard Edition license
Scenario 3:- When should i choose Data Center Edition?
  • A:- When you want to setup more VM. Based on my calculation according to Open NL price, if you have more than 8 VM, then it is cheaper to use Data Center Edition. So check your entitle pricing from Microsoft/Reseller and do proper calculation.
Scenario:- What is the criteria that i should use in order to calculate the number of license?
  • A:
  • 1st:- Determine the number of your processor
  • Formula:- Number of processor / 2 .
  • If 1 physical processor, then you need to buy at least 1 Standard Edition. If you use for virtualization, then refer to 2nd criteria
  • 2nd :- Determine the number of virtual instance running
  • Formula:- Number of virtual instance / 2
Scenario 4: You want to setup Failover Cluster. Which edition should you choose?
  • A:- Either standard or datacenter edition can use to configure failover cluster.
Scenario 5: Downgrade right to earlier version when purchase Windows Server 2012
Purchased Downgrade right
Windows Server 2012 Data Center Edition Datacenter 2008
Windows Server 2012 Standard Edition Enterprise 2008 R2 or Standard 2008 R2
Scenario 6:- Software Assurance entitlement
Existing Edition New Edition
2 Data Center 1 Windows Server 2012 Data Center Edition
1 Enterprise 2 Windows Server 2012 Standard Edition
1 Standard 1 Windows Server 2012 Standard Edition
2 Web Edition 1 Windows Server 2012 Standard Edition
Scenario 7:- Can i use Windows Server 2008 CAL to access Windows Server 2012
  • A:- No. You need to buy Windows Server 2012 CAL. Windows CAL is require for every user or device accessing a server.
Best practise on choosing Standard or Data Center Edition:-
  • Datacenter edition for highly-virtualized private clouds.
  • Standard edition for lightly or non-virtualized environments.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Veeam Backup and Replication 6.1 for Hyper-V and VMware Hypervisor


I just had a request from a customer which would like to backup and replication solution in a heterogeneous environment: Hyper-V and VMware hypervisor.  Immediate in my mind is Veeam Backup and Replication 6.1 , which has released few month ago and this give me opportunity to use my NFR license file to test the product in my lab environment.

My scenario:-

  • Hyper-V Cluster
  • Hyper-V Stand-alone Server
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012
  • VMware VCenter and ESX 4.1
  • Installed Veeam in a virtual machine hosted in Hyper-V Server and installed with a license file which support both hypervisors.


Features tested:


Without install any agent into Hyper-V and VMware server. I would be able to view the entire virtual machine running in both hypervisor. Just add SCVMM and ESX server into Veeam console

2 Solution in 1 & bundle with Compression and Deduplication

A solution from Veeam which provide backup and replication in 1 product and came with compression and deduplication which reduce backup time and data size

VMware backup:-


Hyper-V Replication:-



Export running virtual machine without shutdown the VM. VeeamZIP encapsulates all virtual hard disk and configuration files into a single, compressed backup that can be recovered to another host.



Then, you can extract entire VM, VM files and Item Level Recovery


Application Item Level Recovery (for VMware only)

If you are using Vmware hypervisor, you can perform application item level recovery for Active Directory, Exchange Server , SQL database and files.


Faster Recovery- vPower

Wow!… Without restore an entire VM, you can runs a virtual machine (VM) directly from a compressed and deduplicated backup file, on regular backup storage. With vPower you can restart a failed VM in as little as 2 minutes, and it significantly reduces the duration and impact of outages. Check out below result on the VM which i’ve tested boot up on another host, just within few second and the VM has up and running.


That’s concluded my test scenario. If you would like to test the product in your environment, click here for FREE!

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Force An Object Discovery After Add DPM Server in SCOM


Well, if you have perform DPM Centralize console using SCOM and you have just installed SCOM agent into DPM Server. Next is you would like to manage and monitor DPM Server but when view on the monitoring workspace, no object is discover under “System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager”.

By default, it has a predefined schedule but i can’t remember when and you do not want to wait for another 24 hours. Here is a way to force an object discovery.

Just go to SCOM services snap-in and restart “System Center Management”. Just wait for a while then the object will appear under “System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager”. Below is a sample of Protected Server just detected after restart the service. (result: Not monitor)


and after a while…


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

StarWind iSCSi SAN 6.0 Beta is Available For Testing


Few words from our sponsor: Starwind Software. StarWind iSCSi SAN 6.0 (beta version), enhanced by three-nodes High Availability (HA) architecture -  is available now.

New Features and Improvements

High Availability:
-Management functions for HA device nodes. You can add new node to HA device, remove or switch existing nodes without recreating the whole HA device.
- High availbility device can use other types of StarWind devices for storing data. It can be deduplicated device, thin-provisioned IBV device, or DiskBridge device.

Deduplicated disk:
- Asynchronous replication of deduplicated storage. Any iSCSI target can be used as a destination storage for replication.

- Backup and management for VMWare ESX virtual machines.


StarWind 6.0 beta is ready for download from the following link:

Do check it out and test the beta for free!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Teaming in A Virtual Machine using Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V


Hey! We have heard about new feature called “NIC Teaming in Windows Server 2012”. In my previous post, i have talked about physical NIC Teaming using Windows Server 2012 as well, you can always refer to here.

Now, won’t it be an interesting to have a teaming in a virtual machine as well?. In this article, we will look on how to configure teaming in the guest virtual machine.



1. Shutdown the virtual machine

2. Add 2 Network Adapter or 2 Legacy Network Adapter to the virtual machine. If you select Network Adapter, please remember to install the Integration Service Component.

3. On the network adapter:-

  • Point 1st Network Adapter to Virtual Switch 1
  • Point 2nd Network Adapter to Virtual Switch 2


4. On the Advanced features of the network adapter, remember to Tick “Enable this network adapter to be part of a team in the guest operating system”.

5. Connect to Virtual machine and select NIC Teaming using Server Manager snap-in.

6. Then, on the Adapter and Interfaces, select both Ethernet , click Tasks and select Add New Team.

7. For the virtual machine, create a NIC Teaming with only the following configuration

  • Teaming mode: Switch Independent
  • Load Balancing : Address Hashing


8. Now you have successful created a NIC teaming in a virtual machine which will provide failover and load balancing features.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Backup for Hyper-V 2012 – Beta & Free Nexus 7 Giveaway



Altaro are giving away two Nexus 7’s to a couple of lucky testers of their Win Server 2012 Backup for Hyper-V Beta.

All you need to do is send a screenshot of the beta installed by Aug 24th. For full info check out the contest page.

Check also a review we did of the beta, check it out here.

Altaro Hyper-V Backup Support Windows Server 2012



Good News! Altaro Hyper-V Backup is now support Windows Server 2012. We, has managed to get a copy of the Altaro Hyper-V Backup version 3.5.5 to review and test the product in our test environment. Here is my test scenario:-

My Test Scenario:-

  • 1 unit of Stand Alone Windows Server 2012 RC Hyper-V
  • 2 unit of Cluster Windows Server 2012 RC Hyper-V
  • Altaro Hyper-V Backup Win 2012-beta-1-3-5-5
  • File Server Windows Server 2012 RC- With De-duplication Enabled.

Software Size : Still remain as small size with just 13.5 MB. No additional pre-requisite, database, etc except .Net Framework 3.5.

Installation Review: Straight forward without any hassle except you need to make sure you have install .Net Framework 3.5 from the Server Manager.


If you did not install .Net Framework,then you will receive an error message “ Altaro Hyper-V Backup Setup Wizard ended prematurely”.


Where to install ? Just run Altaro Hyper-V Backup execution program from Hyper-V Host either on cluster or stand-alone Hyper-V node. 

Agent Deployment Review : Simple. If you’re in the cluster, then you need to specify the Altaro master controller and 2nd node as Altaro Hyper-V Backup Agent. Reminder again, please deploy .Net Framework 3.5 into entire cluster node before deploy an agent to Hyper-V Host.

New Metro UI look : Here is how the dashboard look like.

Cluster Hyper-V Backup:-


Stand-Alone Hyper-V Backup


De-Duplication Support –Able to backup to dedup file server running in Windows Server 2012.

Rather than backup to USB, i have decided use UNC Network Path to De-duplication File Server running in Windows Server 2012.

When backup running, it seem the de-duplication is working fine! Refer to below figure showing the de-duplication progress


To configure de-duplication, you can refer to my previous article:-

De-duplication result


Network Path Support – Yes! Backup of virtual machine using Network path is supported. My Backup drive is pointing to UNC Network Path File Server running in Windows Server 2012. The option to backup to external USB drive is still supported and provide a good option for people to easily move the backup to alternate location.



You also can restore a VM by using UNC Network path.


By using Altaro Hyper-V Backup, you can connect to UNC Network path and select the VM that you would like to import. This is my favourite option and quite useful during lab testing.


Select the version that you would like to recover and before restore, you have the option to disable the Network adapter to avoid conflict of IP address.


Now let look into Item Level Recovery (ILR). Well, we often would like to recover an item and of cause avoid restore the entire virtual hard disk. Here Altaro Hyper-V Backup provide an option to use “File Level Restore” to achieve ILR. Just select the VM and it will mount it. Then use Windows Explorer to copy an item. Once complete, remember to unmount the VHD.


Let proceed to look on other supported features:-

SMB3 Support – Yes ! VM running in SMB3 is supported and able to backup

without any problem.

VHDX Support – Yes! Altaro Hyper-V Backup was able to backup VHD and the latest virtual machine format : VHDX which can support up to 64TB.

Snapshot VM is backup as well (refer to below screenshot-avhd file).


Cluster Shared Volume 3 (CSV3) Support- Yes!. Was able to backup the entire virtual machine residing in CSV3 – Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Cluster.


Live Migrate the VM to another host – Altaro Agent was able to detect and backup VM which located in another node.

Linux or Non VSS Support Guest Operating system backup is still available. Previously i have talk about it here.


Now, let say if you would like to clean-up or remove unwanted VM backup. You can easily select which version of backup to remove or delete the entire VM which is no longer protected by Altaro. Just a few click to get the job done in the faster way.


What are you waiting for? Let start to evaluate and test the product. The beta product came with 30 days of free trial. Do use the Altaro Error Reporter to report any bug to the Altaro product team.



We appreciate and need your valuable feedback to improve the product before release as full version. Want more good news!

“Altaro are also giving away two free Nexus 7’s to testers of their Hyper-V backup for Win 2012 beta. Check out all the details here.”

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Total Capacity “0” Size When Adding Starwind SMI-S Provider in VMM 2012


Have you try use Starwind iSCSI SAN, Starwind SMI-S Provider and VMM 2012 to provision storage? If yes, and you may experience my similar issue as listed below. Read the below issue and the resolution on how I've solved the issue.


1. Added Starwind SMI-S Provider into VMM 2012 but total capacity size is in 0 size.


1. On the Starwind iSCSI SAN , create “pool” directory on your E Drive

2. Then specify “My Computer\\E\\pool” in the SMI-S Configurator. Refer to below screenshot on my configuration


At the end, when adding SMI-S Provider into VMM 2012, you should see “total capacity” is the same size of E Drive on StarWind iSCSI SAN.


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