Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Azure Infographics

An overview of Azure features, services, and common uses
Microsoft Azure / Download link:

An overview of security, privacy, and compliance in Azure.
Cloud security / Download link

Visual reference for understanding the core identity services in Azure.
Cloud Identity and Access Management / Download link:

Monday, November 17, 2014

Virtualize your data center on a budget with free Hyper-V Server and vtUtilities

In recent years Windows Server has become the leading virtualization platform offering world class features, reliability and great performance helping to transform existing infrastructures into modern setups. Latest enhancements introduced in Windows Server 2012 R2 have made it possible for small businesses to build an enterprise-level virtual environment on a very modest budget.

The sysadmins planning to use Windows Server as their virtualization platform may choose between two ways of having a Hyper-V in their data center: installing it as a role on top of Windows Server   or simply downloading and installing standalone version of Hyper-V Server.

The affordability can significantly increase if organizations were using Hyper-V Server, which is completely free. Hyper-V Server is an ideal choice for many data centers, because it makes possible to virtualize existing physical servers that are already licensed absolutely free by hosting them on Hyper-V Server, which doesn't require an additional license.

Aside from licensing standpoint, standalone Hyper-V Server has many benefits to offer, but can be difficult to manage in some situations. For example, it has no graphical user interface and after the installation looks like this:

In contrast with Windows Server edition, Hyper-V Server does not include the Hyper-V Manager console and doesn't allow changing Hyper-V settings, except for basic configuration tasks via command line interface.

Of course you can manage Hyper-V by using System Center Virtual Machine Manager, but this option is quite expensive and kind of defeats the purpose. PowerShell is good if you want to do things at large scale, requires a great deal of understanding of the subject and may be quite difficult for sysadmins being new to the Hyper-V world.  One more option is to run Hyper-V Manager remotely, but there is no way you can do it locally in case you wanted to troubleshoot your setup in an emergency type situation.  RSAT also doesn't allow to manage some versions of Hyper-V Server from the older operating systems, so if you are still running Windows 7 and planning to virtualize with Hyper-V Server 2012 R2, you're out of luck.

vtUtilities as a management tool for Hyper-V

To avoid a painful task of dealing with command-line interface, learning scripting with PowerShell, or paying a small fortune for SCVMM, we recommend VT Technology Management Utilities for Hyper-V. vtUtilities have a powerful collection of features which caters to all your virtualized infrastructure  needs. With a license priced only $120 per host, vtUtilities  is a sensible choice what can outrun all the mentioned above management options for Hyper-V. The low cost of the tool can be easily justified in small to medium environments, including setups for personal use.

After downloading and installing vtUtilities you'll get the full GUI with functionality level similar to Hyper-V Manager, options to choose local or remote management, monitor health of the Hyper-V host and guests. The tool enables an easy access to Hyper-V event logs and virtual machine jobs history providing diagnostic and troubleshooting options to the user. There are also all kind of extras what can help you to cut your workload and run your data center daily tasks more efficiently.

Take a look at vtUtilities GUI for Hyper-V:

vtUtilities GUI

vtUtilities deliver GUI for:

  • Replication, including support for extended replica
  • Guest migration
  • VHDX
  • Virtual Fibre Channel Adapters
  • Virtual network management (including the management of virtual connections and bindings)
  • Advanced virtual switch management, including port-level access control
  • File system views and operations
  • Guest configuration management, including support of Gen 2 virtual machines
  • Server manager view
  • New virtual machine wizard, Import virtual machine wizard
  • Hyper-V settings management
  • Diagnostic and troubleshooting, including real-time performance monitoring of host and guests, access to Hyper-V event log and asynchronous Hyper-V tasks history.

Advantages of the vtUtilities

vtUtilities allow management and monitoring of virtual machines, virtual hard disks and networks on both local and remote Hyper-V servers.

vtUtilities eliminate the requirement for an additional Windows license when used to manage free Microsoft Hyper-V Server locally.

The features that make vtUtilities unique are the product's ability to manage different versions of Hyper-V from centralized management console, including non-compatible versions and operating systems:

  • vtUtilities can be used for remote management of different versions of Hyper-V from a single application, adjusting to the features supported by managed version. With vtUtilities you can manage Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 while still having a full access to Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012.
  • vtUtilities allow local and remote management of Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V Server 2012 / 2012 R2 not only from Windows 8 / 8.1 but from Windows 7 as well.

vtUtilities allow advanced management of  Hyper-V Virtual Network

A 7-day free trial for registered customers can be downloaded here: vtUtilities  free trial

Please note, what there is a non-obligatory registration to obtain a download, so the trial link here points to the vtUtilities registration page.
It is recommended what you download and read the latest version of User Guide prior to installing vtUtilities

vtUtilities Prerequisites

Virtualization platform: Microsoft Hyper-V

vtUtilities run only on computers with x64-based processors and 64-bit version of Windows. 

vtUtilities require .NET 3.51 or later

vtUtilities can be used on 64-bit versions of Windows that don’t support Hyper-V role too.

VT Technology Management Utilities for Hyper-V (vtUtilities) Demo

Monday, October 13, 2014

Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.0

Microsoft® Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC) is a Microsoft-supported, stand-alone solution for the information technology (IT) pro or solution provider who wants to convert virtual machines and disks from VMware hosts to Hyper-V® hosts and Microsoft Azure™.

New Features in MVMC 3.0
MVMC version 3.0 adds P2V support:
The 3.0 release of MVMC adds the ability to convert a physical computer running Windows Server 2008 or above server operating systems or Windows Vista or above client operating systems to a virtual machine running on Hyper-V host. 

Download link: MVMC

Date Published: 11/11/2014

Additional Information:

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Windows Server vNext Technical Preview, Windows 10 Technical Preview, RSAT for Windows 10 TP, Windows 10 TP Guide (PDF)

Windows 10 Technical Preview designed for "PC experts", so it must be installed separately from the existing OS. The download files are 2,9 GB for 32-bit and 3,8 GB for 64-bit in size

Download Link:

Windows 10 Technical Preview
In order to download this preview, follow these steps:

  • Sign up for the Windows Insider Program
  • Read the system requirements
  • Click "Get the upgrade" and follow the instractions

10-page Windows 10 Technical Preview Guide download link:

Windows 10 Technical Preview (PDF) Guide

Additional Information:

Microsoft's Windows 10: More on the 'under the covers' security, Store features   ZDNet

Hands-on with Windows 10: Installing the Windows Technical Preview  ZDNet

Download Windows 10 Free Technical Preview  askvg

Windows 10: 11 Big Changes  InformationWeek

Exclusive Review of Windows 10 New Features with Screenshots  ASCVG

Windows 10 Command Prompt (Console)   ASCVG

Windows 10: Command Prompt's experimental new features are genuinely useful  BetaNews

Windows 10 security, privacy and manageability features  NetworkWorld

Keyboard Shortcuts in the Windows 10 Technical Preview

Share from File Explorer in the Windows 10 Technical Preview

Windows 10 Tech Preview and Resources   TechNet

Windows 10 may be the last piece of Microsoft's cloud puzzle  ZDNet

Top 10 tips for Windows 10  InfoWorld

Microsoft's Windows 10: More on the 'under the covers' security, Store features   ZDNet

Windows 10: 11 Big Changes  InformationWeek

Exclusive Review of Windows 10 New Features with Screenshots  ASCVG

Windows 10 Command Prompt (Console)   ASCVG

Windows 10: Command Prompt's experimental new features are genuinely useful  BetaNews

Windows 10 security, privacy and manageability features  NetworkWorld

Keyboard Shortcuts in the Windows 10 Technical Preview

Share from File Explorer in the Windows 10 Technical Preview

Windows 10 Tech Preview and Resources   TechNet

Windows 10 may be the last piece of Microsoft's cloud puzzle  ZDNet

Top 10 tips for Windows 10  InfoWorld

The Coolest Windows 10 Features Microsoft Didn't Announce   lifehacker

Windows 10 Tip: Master New Keyboard Shortcuts  Paul Thurrott

Windows 10 Tip: Customize the Start Menu  Paul Thurrott

The curmudgeon's guide to Microsoft's embryonic Windows 10  BetaNews

Windows 10 is 'Windows for the masses'  ZDNet

Windows 10: You've got questions, I've got answers  ZDNet

Six Clicks: Windows 10's Command Line 2.0  ZDNet

Mastering Multiple Desktops in Windows 10  A Developer's Life

Windows 10: File Explorer gets the Share contract  Neowin

Windows 10: If you're using the Technical Preview, don't install Media Center  Neowin

5 top tips for Windows 10  ITWorld

Microsoft trumpets 1M Windows 10 preview participants CW

How To Access Sign Out And Lock Options In Windows 10  IntoWindows

Windows 10: A guided tour  NetworkWorld

DataSense in Windows 10 Build 9860  WindowsITPro

Here's what's new in Windows 10 Technical Preview build 9860  BetaNews

What you'll love and hate about Windows 10  InfoWorld

How To Disable Animations When Minimazing And Maximazing Windows In Windows 10 IntoWindows

Windows 10 will come with a command line package manager, much to the lament of Linux users  ExtremeTech

Windows 10 Includes a Linux-Style Package Manager Named "OneGet"  HowToGeek

Microsoft opens up about more Windows 10 preview features in the works  ZDNet

Windows 10 (finally) sets conventions for multiple-finger gestures  InfoWorld

Windows 10 Preview Product Key into windows

Everything you need to know about the Windows 10 Start menu  BetsNews

Build 9879 Of Windows 10 Has Removed “Smart Files”  Geoff Coupe's Blog

Hands-on with Windows 10 Preview build 9879  ZDNet

Installing Windows 10 Technical Preview Using Hyper-V in Windows 8  Connected Digital World

How To Use the New Windows 10 Command Prompt   Redmondmag

Windows 10 May Have Gotten Its Name Because of Lazy Coders  Gizmodo

Windows 10 is FAR more than simply a new and/or Windows Windows 10 "under the covers"  TechNet

Windows Server Technical Preview is also available to MSDN subscribers

  • What’s New in Active Directory Federation Services. Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) in Windows Server Technical Preview includes new features that enable you to configure AD FS to authenticate users stored in Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) directories. For more information, see Active Directory Federation Services Overview.
  • What's new for Hyper-V in the Technical Preview. This topic explains the new and changed functionality of the Hyper-V role in Windows Server Technical Preview, Client Hyper-V running on Windows 10 Technical Preview, and Microsoft Hyper-V Server Technical Preview.
  • Windows Defender Overview. Windows Defender is installed and enabled by default in Windows Server Technical Preview, but the user interface for Windows Defender is not installed. However, Windows Defender will update antimalware definitions and protect the computer without the user interface. If you need the user interface for Windows Defender, you can install it after the operating system installation by using the Add Roles and Features Wizard.
  • What's New in Remote Desktop Services in the Windows Server Technical Preview. For the Windows Server Technical Preview, the Remote Desktop Services team focused on improvements based on customer requests. We added support for OpenGL and OpenCL applications, and added MultiPoint Services as a new role in Windows Server.
  • What's New in Storage Services in Windows Server Technical Preview. This topic explains the new and changed functionality of Storage Services. An update in storage quality of service now enables you to create storage QoS policies on a Scale-Out File Server and assign them to one or more virtual disks on Hyper-V virtual machines. Storage Replica is a new feature that enables synchronous replication between servers for disaster recovery, as well as stretching of a failover cluster for high availability..
  • What's New in Failover Clustering in Windows Server Technical Preview. This topic explains the new and changed functionality of Failover Clustering. A Hyper-V or Scale-out File Server failover cluster can now easily be upgraded without any downtime or need to build a new cluster with nodes that are running Windows Server Technical Preview.
  • What's New in Web Application Proxy. Web Application Proxy now supports preauthentication for applications using the HTTP Basic protocol, wildcards in external URLS of applications, redirection from HTTP to HTTPS, use of pass-through authentication with HTTP applications, publishing of Remote Desktop Gateway apps, a new debug log, propagation of client IP addresses to backend applications, and improvements to the Administrator console.

  • This topic explains the new and changed functionality of the Hyper-V role in Windows Server® Technical Preview, Client Hyper-V running on Windows 10® Technical Preview, and Microsoft Hyper-V Server® Technical Preview.

    RSAT for Windows 10 Technical Preview download link:

    RSAT for Windows 10 Technical Preview
    RSAT for Windows 10 Technical Preview enables IT admins to manage roles and features that are installed on computers that are running Windows Server Technical Preview from a remote computer that is running Windows 10 Technical Preview

     Additional Information for Windows Server Technical Preview (vNext)

    First preview build of Windows Server Next available to testers ZDNet

    Hyper-V and the Windows Server Technical Preview  Ben Armstrong

    Announcing availability of Windows Server Technical Preview and System Center Technical Preview  Server & Cloud Blog

    Testing the Windows 10 Preview in a Hyper-V Virtual Machine   petri

    How to install Windows 10 Technical Preview on Microsoft Hyper-V in Windows 8.1 Pro  mobileosgeek

    Windows Server Technical Preview: FASTEST Way to Spin-Up Your Test Lab Environment in the Cloud with Microsoft Azure  KeithMayer

    Virtualization and some coffee: Scratching the surface of Networking in vNext  Kristian Nese

    What's New in the Windows Server Next Preview  WindowsITPro

    Windows Server Technical Preview – Storage Survival Guide (links to articles, blogs, downloads)  Jose Barreto

    Hyper-V virtualization - setup and use in Windows 10  Windows 10 Forums

    Windows 10 - Dual Boot with Windows 7 or 8   Windows 10 Forums

    Hyper-V - Create and Use VHD of Windows 10 with Disk2VHD  Windows 10 Forums

    Getting started with Storage Replica in Windows Server Technical Preview  TechNet

    A first look at the Windows Server 10 Technical Preview  ComputerWorld

    Windows Server 10 Storage Replica Configuration and First Impressions   Clustering For Mere Mortals

    What's New in Remote Desktop Services for the next version of Windows Server? Server & Tools

    Storage Replica Guide Released for Windows Server Technical Preview   Server & Tools

    Automated Server Setup in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8, Part 1  WindowsITPro

    Windows 10 Hyper-V Management  WindowsITPro

    The best new features in Windows Server 10 (so far)  CITEworld

    Console Improvements in the Windows 10 Technical Preview

    Windows Server Technical Preview - New/Removed Windows Server Roles and Features  MiCloud

    First experiences with a rolling cluster upgrade of a lab Hyper-V Cluster (Technical Preview)  Working Hard In IT

    2015 Server OS Outlook: Cloudy, Chance Of Containers - InformationWeek

    Windows 10 Preview - VMs Missing In Hyper-V Manager  technet

    Hot Add & Remove Static Memory in a Hyper-V vNext Virtual Machine  Working Hard In IT

    Announcing the MultiPoint Services Role in Window Server vNext Technical Preview  Server & Tools

    TechEd Europe:  Windows vNext Hyper-V Backup and Restore PowerShell Scripts  MSDN

    What's New in Windows Server vNext Hyper-V Petri

    Windows Server vNext Hyper-V Feature List Glossary  Aidan Finn

    First look at Windows Volume Replication Storage Replica in Windows Server  ClusterMVP

    Improvements for Remote Desktop Services in WinServ vNext  WindowsITPro

    Windows Server 10 New Cloud Witness  Clustering For Mere Mortals

    Windows Server 10 "Cloud Witness" in a failover cluster  Clustering For Mere Mortals

    RemoteFX vGPU Updates in Windows Server Next  Server & Tools

    Microsoft Demos Disaster Recovery Feature Slated for Windows Server  RedmondMag

    Hyper-V integration components are available through Windows Update  Server & Tools

    Network Access Protection in Windows Server vNext  WindowsITPro

    Hot-add/remove Memory on a Hyper-V VM in Technical Preview  vNiklas

    Windows Server vNext Technical Preview: The first steps to software-defined everything  ZDNet

    Windows Server vNext Technical Preview: Screenshots  ZDNet

    First Impressions: Windows Server 10 Hyper-V Preview  Redmondmag

    What's next for Microsoft's Windows Server 2016  ZDNet

    Update 02/01/2015

     "The Windows team recently shared information on the direction and delivery of Windows 10, and on the Server & Cloud Blog, you can learn more about what to expect from Windows Server and System Center this year.
    “As we continue to advance the development of these products, we plan to release further previews through the remainder of 2015, with the final release in 2016,” writes the Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform Team.
    The next preview is planned for this spring. “Windows Server will continue to share the same core technology as Windows and we will continue working together on solutions for our customers,” the team says. “In fact, the next version of System Center Configuration Manager, which delivers support for Windows 10, will ship in a timeframe that aligns with Windows.”
    To read more, head over to the Server & Cloud Blog."


    Software Defined Compute in the Next Release of Windows Server Hyper-V  Ch9

    vNext Failover Clustering in Windows Server Technical Preview  Edge Show 125

    Let's Tech: What's New in Windows Server Technical Preview  TechNet

    Sessions from TechEd Europe 2014

    Software Defined Storage in the Next Release of Windows Server 

    Virtualizing Linux and FreeBSD Workloads on the Next Release of Windows Server Hyper-V 

    Stretching Failover Clusters and Using Storage Replica for Disaster Recovery in the Next Release of Windows Server

    Sneak Peek into the Next Release of Windows Server Hyper-V

    Delivering Predictable Storage Perfomance with Storage Quality of Service in the Next Release of Windows Server

    From Demo to Reality: Best Practices Learned from Deploying Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V

    Network Infrastructure Services in the Next Release of Windows Server for Datacenter Network Operations

    Tuesday, September 30, 2014

    Windows 10 is Official. Upcoming Windows Server Changes.

    Microsoft announced a new version of Windows today at San Francisco Event, called Windows 10. Windows 10 will be a single operating system for all Windows devices, embracing Microsoft's vision of "mobile-first, cloud-first world".

    Technical Preview will be available on October 1 at
    Consumer Preview will be available in early 2015
    Windows 10 GA is scheduled to be launched around the middle of 2015.

    Some of the new features:

    • New Start Menu
    • Improved task view, virtual desktops, and Alt-Tab
    • Improved Snap Assist and windowed apps
    • Search Improvements

    Microsoft also shared new information about future Windows Server version (preview available on October 1)
    Infrastructure upgrades: Rolling upgrades for Hyper-V clusters to the next version of Windows Server without downtime for your applications and workloads. This includes support for mixed versions as you transition your infrastructure.
    Networking:  New components for our software-defined networking stack that enable greater flexibility and control, including a network controller role to manage virtual and physical networks.
    Storage: New synchronous storage replication that enhances availability for key applications and workloads plus storage Quality of Service to deliver minimum and maximum IOPS in environments with workloads with diverse storage requirements.
    Remote Desktop: Enhanced application compatibility with OpenGL and OpenCL support.
    Identity and Access Management: New scenarios to reduce the risk profile of administrators with elevated rights, including time-based access with fine-grained privileges, and new application publishing capabilities.

    Additional Information

    What Happened to Windows 9?  abouttechnology

    Thursday, September 25, 2014

    Windows Troubleshooting

    A new YouTube channel for Windows debugging and troubleshooting, created by Windows Support team.

    Special Pool

    Stop 9E Explained

    Wednesday, September 10, 2014

    Azure Infographics

    Provides an overview of Azure features, services and common uses

    Download Link: Azure Poster

    Tuesday, September 9, 2014

    Windows Server 2012 R2 / Hyper-V / Azure Links and Videos

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    Hyper-V step by step config guide for beginners

    Virtual Machine Converter 3.0

    Licensing Brief - Licensing Windows Server 2012 R2 for Use with Virtualization Technologies

    Clone VM on Hyper-V 2012 R2

    New Hyper-V Whitepaper: High Performance Storage for Clustering

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    Windows Azure Pack Tool  Now with added ADFS support
    Windows Azure Pack Tool enables you to execute tasks through a simple menu. In this version Windows Azure Pack Tool includes the following functions: Change default URLs, Add admin users and more!


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    Choosing a Management OS for Hyper-V: Windows Server  Altaro

    5 Hyper-V Host Decisions To Make Before Installing Redmondmag

    Microsoft Azure Review of 2014  MSDN


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    Updated Documentation on Supported Guest Operating Systems  B Armstrong

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    Getting Started with Azure and/or VS Online using your MSDN benefits  MSDN

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    Integration components: How we determine Windows Update applicability   Server & Tools

    Sizing Volumes for Data Deduplication in Windows Server  Server & Tools

    Windows Server 2012 R2 ADFS Deployment Part 1 technet pdf

    Windows Server 2012 R2 ADFS Deployment Part 2 technet pdf

    Microsoft Azure White Papers in One Place msdn



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    What are Hyper-V Protected Networks?

    5 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade To Windows Server 2012 R2 

    How to Downsize to an ‘Extra Small’ Server Core Azure VM 

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    Fix Windows 8 and Hyper-V Virtual Switch Problems  siliconvalve

    Manually Merging Hyper-V Checkpoints   WorkingHardInIT

    What is AutoRecovery .avhdx all about?  WorkingHardInIT

    Microsoft Hyper-V S3 Cap warning when upgrading a Hyper-V Virtual Machine   WorkingHardInIT

    Windows Server 2012 R2 Clustering brings improved CSV diagnosability  WorkingHardInIT

    Hot add/remove of network adapters and enabling device naming in Windows Server Hyper-V

    Windows Azure Pack-Manage VM Networks  Tech-Coffee

    Windows Azure Pack-Notifications  Tech-Coffee

    Windows Azure Pack-NVGRE Gateway  Tech-Coffee

    Windows Azure Pack-RDS Gateway for VM Cloud  Tech-Coffee

    Hyper-V Networing NVGRE do's and dont's  hypervnu

    Bare Metal Post-Deployment    hypervnu 

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    Install and Configure Windows Server 2012 with Windows Powershell  VegiBit

    3 Concepts of Administering Windows Server 2012   VwgiBit

    Hyper-V VM: Set Up PDCe NTP Time Server plus other DC's time service MPECSInc Blog

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    Losing UDP traffic in a Hyper-V environment with NVGRE and can't explain why?  MS Sec by Ben

    Virtualization Admin's Guide to Using Both Hyper-V and VMware  Tom's  IT Pro

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    10 Free Hyper-V Downloads  Altaro

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