Troubleshooting SMA (Service Management Automation) – Part 1

As I work more and more with SMA in my daily job, I’m of course also running into situations where things go wrong. I decided to share some troubleshooting tips and therefore, this is the first post in a series of 3, explaing how to troubleshoot SMA infrastructure, failing jobs, stuck / stalled jobs, etc. ...

Creating clustered storage spaces a lot faster

The process for creating a new clustered space includes a fair amount of single steps to be processed in the right order, no matter if you use the Server Manager GUI or PowerShell. creating the virtual disk partitioning and formatting the virtual disk adding the virtual disk to the cluster converting it into CSVFS The ...

This year isn’t over yet…Next speakings… #E2EVC Barcelona and #TechSummit Berlin

      This year has been a busy one already, but more to come up. After speaking at various TechNet events in the beginning of the year, I spoke at E2EVC this spring together with fellow Thomas Maurer on “How to create a Microsoft Private Cloud” using the Cloud OS and the System Center ...

SMA Runbook to update SCVMM R2 UR3 DHCP Server Extension on all Hyper-V Hosts

Some weeks ago Microsoft released Update Rollup 3 for System Center 2012 R2. Part of this RU, SCVMM components also got updated. This time, unfortunately it was not sufficient to update the SCVMM Server / Console components and to execute the post-update SQL script. Microsoft has also updated the SCVMM DHCP Agent extension running on ...

Get a brief Storage Spaces Status Overview via Powershell

Get a brief Storage Spaces Status Overview via Powershell
One of the things I like with Powershell is the way you can handle object output and format conversations in a very easy and efficient way. In this example I’m going to show a Powershell script to generate a HTML report on the current Windows Storage Spaces Status. Although you can monitor the most relevant ...

Hyper-V Replica initial Replication suddenly stops with error (0x800704CD)

The simple the root cause is in this case, the longer it took me to figure it out. Sometimes you don’t see the things which are very close. In this case I just wanted to enable Hyper-V Replica for certain VMs between two Clusters. Below is a little diagram to illustrate the environment. Now when ...

System Center Universe Europe 2014 is around the corner

System Center Universe Europe 2014 is around the corner
System Center Universe opens its doors for the second time in Europe. From September 17-19, 2014, Basel (CH), the community event is going to deliver best of class technical sessions and networking opportunities. SCU Europe will host the crème-de-la-crème of the Windows Server and System Center Community from all over the world including 27 MVPs as well ...

Updated: Service Management Automation White Paper

In February 2014 I released a Service Management Automation white paper on TechNet. It became quite popular, so I decided to make this an ongoing project. I decided to release an update to the document at least 3 times a year. So my next editor round came along a request from Aleksandar Nikolic, the co-founder ...

My first post as a Microsoft MVP

Yesterday was an exciting day as I received the confirmation email from Microsoft for my first MVP Award. I’m proud now being part of this worldwide experts community. I was awarded with MVP for Cloud and Datacenter Management, which is a group of ~80 experts around the world. This not only shows that Microsoft is ...

SCVMM / Converged Network Setup and duplicate MAC Addresses explained

SCVMM / Converged Network Setup and duplicate MAC Addresses explained
In this post I’m not going through the topic why you should use a software defined network architecture (SDN), there are plenty of posts out there explaining why THIS is the way to go. Instead I’ll explain how the teaming works in Server 2012 R2 and how it can hurt you while pushing a logical ...
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