MVP Comm Camp : Windows Server 2012R2 Hyper-V slide decks


For those who were able to attend the MVP Community Camp last Saturday, a big thank you attending and for the positive feedbacks.

The session was all about understanding the various technologies in Windows Server 2012R2 that can reduce downtime for a private cloud deployment

As promised, here is the Hyper-V – Windows 2012 R2 – Overview slide deck.


Software-Defined Networking with Windows Server and System Center Jump Start

Software-Defined Networking with Windows Server and System Center Jump Start

Free online event with live Q&A with the networking team:

Wednesday, March 19th from 8am – 1pm PST

 Are you exploring new networking strategies for your datacenter? Want to simplify the process? Software-defined networking (SDN) can streamline datacenter implementation through self-service provisioning, take the complexity out of network management, and help increase security with fully isolated environments. Intrigued? Bring specific questions, and get answers from the team who built this popular solution!
Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 are being used with SDN implementations in some of the largest datacenters in the world, and this Jump Start can help you apply lessons learned from those networks to your own environment. From overall best practices to deep technical guidance, this demo-rich session gives you what you need to get started, plus in-depth Q&A with top experts who have real-world SDN experience. Don’t miss it!

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FREE Microsoft MVP Event Australia and New Zealand. March 2014. Register Now

The FREE MVP Community Camp (ComCamp) is a six-day event with both Live Webcasts and In-Person Seminars. MVPs from nine countries will deliver webcasts available to anyone anywhere to learn trends and techniques from these industry leaders; the in-person seminars will be available in 22 cities across seven countries with tracks providing opportunities to connect with others in the same expertise/interest area and to have a number of technology hands-on experiences.

Delivered by MVPs who not only possess the expert knowledge in their field but also have been influential technical leaders to IT community and audiences. Each session is 60 minutes long and includes Q&A to help you get an instant feedback on questions you have had during the session.  Between each session, 15 minutes break is given for MVPs and community members to network, share their thoughts on topics presented and share technical experiences.

There are sessions happening in the principal cities of Australia : Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide and New Zealand. Make sure you register early to secure your spot.

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Monitoring Hyper-V and VMware workloads. Integrating SCVMM with SCOM. Veeam MP

The System Center 2012 VMM cookbook has a Chapter 10 (as a plus for the readers), which is not on the paperback/Kindle version. It is mentioned in the “What This Book Covers” section of the book and if you brought the book you will be able to download the chapter for free.

Chapter 10, Integration with System Center Operations Manager 2012 SP1, provides tips and techniques to allow administrators to integrate SCOM 2012 with SCVMM when monitoring the private cloud infrastructure.

In a hybrid hypervisor environment (for example, Hyper-V, VMware), using Operations Manager management packs (MPs) (for example, Veeam MP), you can monitor the Hyper-V hosts and the VMware hosts, which allow you to use only the System Center Console to manage and monitor the hybrid hypervisor environment

What we cover in chapter 10 :

  • In this chapter, we will cover:
  • Installing System Center Operations Manager 2012 SP1
  • Installing management packs
  • Managing Discovery and Agents
  • Configuring the integration between Operations Manager 2012 and VMM 2012
  • Enabling reporting in VMM
  • Monitoring VMware vSphere infrastructure from the Operations Manager using management packs

With management packs, you can extend Operations Manager (OpsMgr) and its possibilities. On a hybrid hypervisor environment, where there is a mix of Hyper-V and VMware ESXi servers, the Veeam MP extends the OpsMgr for monitoring, alerting, and for undertaking remedial actions on VMware vSphere. Veeam MP uses vSphere API to gather information to allow monitoring and reporting against all layers of the VMware stack, which include layers from the underlying hardware though network, storage, hosts, clusters, datacenters, up to vCenter. Examples of the key metrics for the VMware admins include latency, CPU ready, disk and memory pressure against a host.

For the Chapter 10, Veeam Management Pack for VMware (SCOM) s required. There is a new version 6.5 which can download from here:

Enjoy reading !

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Hyper-V is the #1 Hypervisor in Latin America

Hyper-V is ranked number one in Latin America for x86 virtualization. The graphic below shows the adoption since 2008. Looking at that, I can see that it will grow more and more, as Windows 2012/R2 roll out increases.

Best-in-class features, performance, flexibility, simplified IT administration and cloud ready OS, allied with costs saving , I am sure are the drivers behind this adoption. Plus when you add System Center, you can take advantage of unified compute resources, data storage and networking administration which span physical, virtual and cloud environments.

Microsoft has closed the gap with its closest competitor : VMware.  The adoption of IT virtualization infrastructure is an example of how Latin America is one of the emerging markets that will shape what IDC calls the “Third IT Platform.”


According to IDC, in 2014 emerging markets will see almost 100% more smart connected devices shipped than in developed markets. They will also see their cloud computing spending increase seven-fold, and, in terms of Big Data, they will account for more than 40% of the ‘digital universe’ in 2014.


System Center 2012 Operations Manager. How to quickly become more efficient

Recently when working on a System Center 2012 R2 project I found some very useful videos that will help you speed your learning curve on Operations Manager and will help you become more efficient.

System Center 2012 Operations Manager Dashboards: Visualizing Alert Data. Richard Pesenko, Microsoft Senior Support Escalation Engineer who works on Operations Manager support team, published a video out that walks you all through visualizing alert data in OpsMgr 2012.

Video URL:

Private Cloud Demo Extravaganza : Deep Application Diagnostics & Insight with System Center 2012. how to analyze and isolate a problem impacting an application using System Center 2012. Adam Hall and Symon Perriman show you System Center 2012 Operations Manager along with some of its features:

  • Application advisor web component
  • Understand the problem distribution analysis
  • Navigate problem reports to see the line of code that caused the problem
  • View detailed events and alerts from a component of the application
  • See which transactions happened when the problem occurred
  • Understand related events to a particular issue
  • View the application diagnostics at the developer level

Video URL:    WMV      |  MP4     |     WMV (ZIP)    |     PSP

Private Cloud Demo Extravaganza 12: Enabling Application Performance Monitoring with System Center 2012 : How to enable Application Performance Monitoring (APM) with System Center 2012. Adam Hall and Symon Perriman show you System Center 2012 Operations Manager along with some of its features:

  • Discover an application
  • Configuration an application for APM
  • Use a template to add a monitoring Management Pack (MP)
  • Enable a .NET APM configuration
  • Create a new MP
  • Search and filter to discover applications across servers
  • Set custom thresholds
  • Review exception options

Video URL :         WMV     |      MP4   |       WMV (ZIP)     |      PSP

MVP renewed : 6 consecutive years!

What a way to start 2014!. For 6 consecutive years I have been awarded Microsoft MVP in virtualisation.

Below is the email I just got from Microsoft:

“Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2014 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in Virtual Machine technical communities during the past year.

The Microsoft MVP Award provides us the unique opportunity to celebrate and honor your significant contributions and say “Thank you for your technical leadership.”

Mike Hickman
Community Engagement

“As a Microsoft MVP, you are part of a highly select group of experts that represent technology’s best and brightest who share a deep commitment to community and a willingness to help others.
On behalf of everyone at Microsoft, thank you for your contributions to technical communities.
Soyoung Lee, your Community Program Manager”


Removing the ghost Hyper-V vNic adapter when using Converged Networks after in-place upgrade to W2012R2


You have a Windows 2012 with NIC Team configured, Hyper-V Virtual Switch and vNIC’s and you have done an in-place upgrade to Windows 2012 R2

What will happen:

You will find out that the Hyper-V Virtual Nic Adapter (vNIC) is disconnected (as shown below). As you can see, the Management and Migration vNIC’s are showing as network cable unplugged.

You can also use wmi to query for the vNIC’s (pictured below):

gwmi   -nnamespace root\virtualization\v2  -Class MSVM_InternalEthernetPort | select elementname


What should you do to avoid this situation:

Recommendation: Before upgrading from Windows 2012 to Windows 2012 R2, make sure you remove the Hyper-V Virtual Switches and the Network Team (in this order).

What you could do if you did not follow the recommended approach:

Below I describe the step by step that you need to take in order to get the ghost vNIC’s removed.
Note: The following process was certified by Ben Armstrong (aka Virtual PC Guy), Microsoft PM for Hyper-V and it is supported by Microsoft, as a valid similar approach that fix the Physical Networking by using the registry, as per MS KB : ( don’t follow the method described in that article, to fix the VNIC issue.)


1. in the Network Connections, take note of the vNIC name (e.g. Hyper-V Virtual Ethernet Adapter #2)  in the properties: Select the vNIC (e.g. Management), right click properties ( as per below):


2. Open the registry: Windows Key + R, then type regedit

3. Locate the following Key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\ROOT\VMS_MP

4. Go though the folders until you find the folder that contains the FriendlyName with the SAME name of the ghost vNIC


5.  Select the Folder, right click and select Permissions, click on Advanced and replace the owner of the folder to Local Server Administrators (currently: System), by clicking on Change, typing Administrators (make sure the From this location show your server name) and click OK.


6. Disable the inheritance by clicking on Disable inheritance and then clicking on Convert inherited permissions into explicit permissions on this object and then add the local server Administrators group with Full Control


7. Select all the objects INSIDE the folder, right click and click on Delete


8. Repeat the steps 5-7 for all ghosts vNIC’s and close the registry

9. Open the Device Manager: Windows Key, type Device Manager and click on Scan for Hardware Changes. ( Select the Server Name, Click on Action and then Scan for Hardware Changes)


…and you are done! All fixed. Go back to Network Connections and refresh and you will noticed that the ghosts vNIC’s are all gone.

Thanks to Ben Armstrong, who actually found this solution and Taylor Brown.

System Center 2012R2 enables at-scale management of major Windows Server 2012 R2 capabilities.

Utilizing the Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2, which powers the Cloud OS vision, organizations can quickly and flexibly build and manage modern applications across platforms, locations, and devices, unlock insights from volumes of existing and new data, and support end-user productivity wherever and on whatever device they choose.

System Center 2012 R2 delivers unified management across on-premises, service provider and Windows Azure environments, in a manner that’s simple and cost-effective, application focused, and enterprise-class. System Center 2012 R2 offers exciting new features and enhancements across infrastructure provisioning, infrastructure monitoring, application performance monitoring, automation & self-service, and IT service management.

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Need more information about System Center 2012 R2? See the  product details page.

  • System Center 2012 R2 effectively manages the scale and performance that Windows Server 2012 R2 offers.  Building on System Center 2012, this release enables at-scale management of major Windows Server 2012 R2 capabilities, including running VM snapshots, dynamic VHDX resize, and Storage Spaces.
  • System Center 2012 R2 also extends software-defined networking in Windows Server 2012 R2 with provisioning and management support for a multitenant VPN gateway to enable seamless extension of datacenter capacity.  System Center 2012 R2 will continue to help you provision and manage a flexible hybrid IT environment that adapts dynamically to changing business needs, including migrating workloads to Windows Azure Virtual Machines and managing them consistently.

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Windows Server 2012 R2 key capabilities

Microsoft announced on October 18th that the final release of Windows Server 2012 R2, Hyper-V 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 are now generally available.

Windows Server 2012 R2 delivers significant value around seven key capabilities:


  • Server virtualization. Whether you are looking to expand virtual machine mobility, increase virtual machine availability, handle multi-tenant environments, gain bigger scale, or gain more flexibility, Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V gives you the platform and tools you need to increase business agility with confidence. Plus, you can also benefit from workload portability as you extend your on-premises datacenter into a service provider cloud or Windows Azure.
  • Storage.Microsoft designed Windows Server 2012 R2 with a strong focus on storage capabilities, including improvements in the provisioning, accessing, and managing of storage and the transfer of data across the network that resides on that storage. The end result is a storage solution that delivers the efficiency, performance, resiliency, availability, and versatility you need at every level.
  • Networking.Windows Server 2012 R2 makes it as straightforward to manage an entire network as a single server, giving you the reliability and scalability of multiple servers at a lower cost. Automatic rerouting around storage, server, and network failures enables file services to remain online with minimal noticeable downtime. In addition, Windows Server 2012 R2 provides the foundation for software-defined networking, out-of-the box, enabling seamless connectivity across public, private, and hybrid cloud implementations.
  • Server management and automation. Datacenter infrastructure has become more and more complex. Multiple industry standards are confusing hardware vendors. Customers are looking for guidance on how to best automate their datacenter while adopting a standards-based management approach supporting their multi-vendor investments. Windows Server 2012 R2 enables IT professionals to offer an integrated platform to automate and manage the increasing datacenter ecosystem. Features within Windows Server 2012 R2 enable you to manage many servers and the devices connecting them, whether they are physical or virtual, on-premises or in the cloud.
  • Web and application platform. Even greater application flexibility, helping you build and deploy applications either on-premises, in the cloud, or both at once, with hybrid solutions that can work in both environments. Windows Server 2012 R2 provides the tools you need to build, provision, and manage multi-tenant environments while still supporting your large enterprise or the many customers hosted within your service provider infrastructure.
  • Access and information protection. Users need to be able to access this information from anywhere, share it where appropriate, and achieve maximum productivity with the assets they have. Windows Server 2012 R2 helps you accommodate these changes through exciting new remote access options, significant improvements to Active Directory and Active Directory Federation Services, and the introduction of policy-based information access and audits with Dynamic Access Control, and new scenarios to help customers provide access to corporate resources for users from their own devices. With these new capabilities, you can better manage and protect data access, simplify deployment and management of your identity infrastructure, and provide more secure access to data from virtually anywhere across both on-premises well managed devices and new consumer orientated form factors.
  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. VDI technologies in Windows Server 2012 R2 offer easy access to a rich, full-fidelity Windows environment running in the datacenter, from virtually any device. Through Hyper-V and Remote Desktop Services (RDS), Microsoft offers three flexible VDI deployment options in a single solution: Pooled Desktops, Personal Desktops, and Remote Desktop Sessions (formerly Terminal Services). With Windows Server 2012 R2, you get a complete VDI toolset for delivering flexible access to data and applications from virtually anywhere on popular devices, while also helping to maintain security and compliance.

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