What’s New in Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V Tuesday, 11 August 2015 @Microsoft Brisbane

This month I am talking about what’s in in Hyper-V. There are lots of new features and possibilities with Hyper-V in Windows 10 and the Windows Server Technical Previews. Come to this session to get the details of all the new features (i.e Storage QoS Enhancements, Shielded Virtual Machines, Nano Server , Production checkpoint = Application consistent checkpoint , Hot add/remove of network interface cards of virtual machine, Hot/add of disks used by cluster nodes and many other features).

Learn about how you can play with it. If you have an Windows 10 device bring it and we will play with Hyper-V hand on.

When
Tuesday, 11 August 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (AEST) Add to Calendar
Where
Microsoft Brisbane – 400 George St. Level 28. Brisbane, QLD 4000 AU – View Map
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/whats-new-in-windows-server-hyper-v-tickets-18012035483

Categories: Cloud

Challenges of Cloud Adoption

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The Cloud approach addresses elastic scale, agility, costs and time to market, by allowing organizations not only to deploy a solution quickly but also to scale up/down based on demand. Cloud adoption is sky rocketing, there’s no doubt about it. However, when it comes to investments in the Cloud, how are you planning and assessing business and IT requirements?

  • Is your current IT infrastructure and resources meeting the required business SLA’s?
  • How you foreseeing capacity issues?
  • Are you connecting IT resources to business outcomes and unifying IT processes with business cycles?
  • How does your business maintain the system availability and resilience?
  • How are you maximizing the utilization of the resources within your IT infrastructure? 

With this whitepaper, we will help you find the answer to those questions, covering the challenges in deployment, management and automation phases with some tips and considerations.

 Download the whitepaper

You can also register for Savision’s complimentary webinar, presented by MVP Alessandro Cardoso on Adopting the Cloud. The webinar will be presented by MVP Alessandro Cardoso, and will be co-hosted by Savision’s co-founder and VP of Product Management, Dennis Rietvink.

Register for the webinar:

September 9 at 9:00 am CEST | 5:00 pm AEST

Upgrading to Windows 2016 Hyper-V. What about the Virtual Machine Configuration?

Well, at some point we will all upgrade to Windows 2016 Server. Server aside, what happens with the virtual machines itself?

One of the good advantages of the upgrade process is that it will not automatically upgrade the Virtual Machine configuration file. The virtual machine configuration version represents what version of Hyper-V the virtual machine’s configuration, saved state, and snapshot files it is compatible with.

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After installing Windows Server 2016 and then importing or migrating (moving) a Virtual Machine from Windows Server 2012R2 the configuration version will remain the same: in Windows Server 2012R2 the VM configuration version is 5 and my advice for you is that you keep it as version 5 it the workload is important for you and you don’t want any risk. It is not clear yet if it will be possible to upgrade the virtual machine from Technical Preview to RTM.

On the positive side, by not upgrading the VM configuration version, the VM can be moved back to a server running Windows Server 2012 R2, if required. On the negative side, you will not have access to new VM features until you manually upgrade the virtual machine configuration version.

  • Version 5 VM’s can run on both Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016.
  • Version 6 VM’s can run ONLY on Windows Server 2016.

Also, in Windows 2016 Server the configuration changed from file (XML) and BIN + VSV extensions to VMCX (Virtual Machine Configuration) and VMRS (Virtual Machine Runtime State). The new format are also more resistant to storage corruption and more effective in r/w changes to VM configuration.

Summary of the VM configuration version

  • Server 2012 R2 has VM configurations version 5
  • Server 2016 TP1 – version 6.0
  • Server 2016 TP2 – version 6.2
If you decide to upgrade:
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My first 2 days at WPC.

WPC started on Sunday for me.

I enjoyed a pre-WPC meeting with the ALM Cloud leaders. We had great discussions with Microsoft and other worldwide partners, learning from each other experiences and sharing ideas to improve on services and revenue.

We also had a session with DevOps session with Kurt from Forester. Great start!

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Monday started with great keynote sessions. I loved the real world application with HoloLens, Delve Org Analytics, Cortana Analytics but particularly GigJam. What was that! (if have not yet heard about it, check it out at http://gigjam.com) great opportunity to create solutions to integrate with customer apps and provide some real experience to empower business.

WPC is also an opportunity to meet partner from other countries and learn from their experiences and to build partnership, which I am looking forward to.

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Is System Center Operations Manager still relevant in the Cloud?

EXCLUSIVE Whitepaper: Is OpsMgr still relevant in the Cloud by MVP Cameron Fuller

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The addition of the Cloud has truly changed how we monitor in Microsoft solutions. In this whitepaper, Microsoft MVP Cameron Fuller tackles the elephant in the room and answers the question of the relevance of Operations Manager. Find out whether Operations Manager is still relevant in the world of the Cloud

Installing Hyper-V role on Windows 2016 Server TP2 MinShell version

As you probably are aware of, Windows 2016 Server TP2, comes with 2 installation options. You also probably have noticed as well that the graphical user interface (GUI) is no longer an option in a default install on the Technical Preview 2.NOt even Start Menu.
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  • Windows Server Technical Preview 2 option, will install the server with MinShell (Minimal Shell no GUI). Assuming that you will manage the host remotely you won’t need graphical interface at all and from a security point of view, it is the better option.

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  • Windows Server Technical Preview 2 (with local admin tools) option, will install the server again with MinShell, but includes Server Manager and the other GUI administration tools, although no desktop experience (traditional desktop), nor start menu.

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To install Hyper-V role in the Windows Server Technical Preview 2 (with local admin tools) option, in the Server Manager console, click on Add roles and features and select Hyper-V.

To install Hyper-V role in the Windows Server Technical Preview 2 option :

in the command prompt, type:

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PS: > InstallWindowsFeature Hyper-V

Note: If the installation fails due to “The source files could not be found” error, assuming the Windows Server Technical Preview 2 ISO image connected to the DVD drive (D:), type:

PS: > InstallWindowsFeature Hyper-VRestart Source wim:D:\sources\install.wim:4

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Simple as that!

Solved: Wireless not connecting after installing Windows Server TP2

Issue:

Wireless network does not connect on Windows Server TP2 after enabling Wireless Services and installing Wireless Drivers

Solution:

Add the Native WiFi Filter SERVICE in the properties of the wireless adapter

To be more specific:

  1. In the Network and Sharing Center, click on Change Adapter Settings and then on the network connections, select the Wireless Network, right click and select Properties.

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2. In the Properties on the Wireless Adapter, click on Install
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3. Select Service and click on Add
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4. Select Native WiFi Filter and click on OK 4
5. Done. You will be able to connect to a WiFi connection now.

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