Deploy Packages and Windows Updates to Nano Servers

Deploy Packages and Windows Updates to Nano Servers
Nano Server is a new deployment option for Server 2016 where you need to create the images prior the deployment. If you’re unfamiliar with Nano Server I highly recommend the following “getting started” documentation. After deployment you might want to service your deployed images, like adding more packages or install servicing packges (updates / rollup ...

Building Storage Spaces Direct hyper-converged Cluster using Nano Server in virtual Machines

Building Storage Spaces Direct hyper-converged Cluster using Nano Server in virtual Machines
In this article I’m going through the steps required to build up a S2D hyper-converged cluster using virtual machines. S2D BTW stands for “Storage Spaces Direct”, which is has been introduced with Server 2016. As a general disclaimer: The setup is for Lab / Test purposes only, do not consider to use it in production ...

Change Storage Location of RDS VDI Collections

Change Storage Location of RDS VDI Collections
The time will come, where you have to “re-home” your RDS VDI collections, respectively the master images and the deployed desktop instances to a new storage location. In this post I’ll guide through the steps which worked for me. As they involve direct modifications to the RDS Database, this is probably not officially supported and ...

Sneak Peek on Nano Server 2016 TP5

Sneak Peek on Nano Server 2016 TP5
Yesterday Microsoft made Windows Server 2016 TP5 public available. With it, Nano Server also comes in a new version and the two flavors. WIM Image being part of the ISO Media Native VHD Disk Image For those still new to Nano Server, it will be the new flagship for server types such as (not mentioning ...

Azure Automation Role based Access Control (RBAC) 15

Azure Automation Role based Access Control (RBAC)
Since December 24th, Azure Automation supports RBAC. We really asked Microsoft to implement this enhancement, as lots of sensitive information and code may live within an Azure Automation account. Assets are used to store credentials, variables, connection objects. As you might have more and more contributors to the system, you probably don’t want to share ...

Configuring Cloud Witness on Server 2016 Cluster fails: Server failed to authenticate the request 7

While preparing my Demo Environment for the next TechNet Event, in fact re-bulding it with Technical Preview 4, I stumbled over an error while configuring the Cloud Witness for the storage clusters. Cloud Witness is a new feature of Server 2016. To have a Quorum for your clusters you can now leverage a file share ...

The year is not over yet again – My upcoming speeches and trips 1

The year is not over yet again - My upcoming speeches and trips
As last year, November 2015 will be a very busy month. Beside lot of customer projects all around private- and hybrid Cloud deployments, first stop on my road trip is Seattle. During the week of 1st to 06th of October I’m honored to join the annual MVP Summit in Redmond. For those who don’t know ...

Apply changes to virtual Port Profiles in SCVMM

If you use Logical Network / Logical Switch capabilities in SCVMM, and you hopefully do so ;-), then you might want to change virtual port profile / uplink port profile settings from time to time. Changes to the following properties can be made on the fly: Security Settings Bandwidth Settings (QoS) Offload Settings (except SRIOV, which ...

Fix RDS Virtualization Host assignment after re-reployment

Fix RDS Virtualization Host assignment after re-reployment
Microsoft based VDI deployments require to install a specific Windows Feature called “RDS-Virtualization” onto all Hyper-V hosts being part of a RDS VDI Deployment. After adding a Hyper-V host to an existing RDS VDI deployment, the host gets registered with a unique ID and it’s hostname within the broker database. The corresponding tables are rds.Server ...

Azurecon 2015 – Get the latest on Azure innovation 3

Azurecon 2015 - Get the latest on Azure innovation
On September 29th 2015, Microsoft will host a free virtual event covering the latest innovations Microsoft has made within its Azure Cloud Platform. In 3 Keynote- and 50 technical breakout sessions you can get lot of information about modern cloud based solutions from the lead architects and customers adopting the solutions. You can even ask questions ...
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