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

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

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 ...

Starting SMA Runbooks in untrusted environments or dedicated workers

Starting SMA Runbooks in untrusted environments or dedicated workers
The unpleasant question While deploying Service Management Automation out in the field over the last 2 years, I’m more and more confronted with an unpleasant question: How can we choose the runbook worker, which is going to execute a particular runbook? Why would you need that? If you have a multi-forest environment without trusts and/or ...

Getting Started with Storage Replica and Storage Spaces Direct in Server 2016 Technical Preview 2 5

With Windows Server 2016,  Microsoft is once again going to mix up the storage vendor market. Continuing the ASD (all Software defined) strategy, some new cool features arise with the new version. If you’re familiar with Storage Spaces / JBOD architectures already you might now, that there are some limitations today, which may prevent some customers ...

itnetx gmbh and Syliance IT Services GmbH become one !

itnetx gmbh and Syliance IT Services GmbH become one !
  Today’s an exciting day for all of us, employees of itnetX as well as of Syliance IT Services. Two of the most important companies in the field of Microsoft Workplace, Cloud and Management Solutions, Syliance IT Services GmbH and itnetx gmbh, will merge as of 1st July 2015 to form the new company, itnetX AG. This ...

How to change SQL Server, Instance or Port for SMA Web Service and Runbook Service

This is a quick post on how to change SQL connection parameters for SMA Web Service and SMA Runbook Worker Service. If you ever have to migrate the database to another SQL backend, change the instance or just the port, here are the necessary steps. Preparation Stop all Runbook Worker Services and SMA Web App ...

Performing Maintenance on busy SMA Runbook Workers

Starting Point In one of my current projects we use SMA as the main automation engine for infrastructure general IT process automation. Sometimes the four runbook workers have more than 100 concurrent jobs running. While some of the jobs complete after 1-2 minutes, others run for hours up to 1 day, depending on the overall ...
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