Webinar: Introduction to EMS

July 5, 2016 // 0 Comments

A recording of this webinar can be viewed here, along with the slides and follow up reading/learning. I am presenting a webinar on Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) on Friday at 2pm UK/Irish time, 3PM Central European, and 9am EST. My job has many threads. Sometimes I am down-deep in [...]

Optimize Hyper-V VM Placement To Match CSV Ownership

July 5, 2016 // 5 Comments

This post shares a PowerShell script to automatically live migrate clustered Hyper-V virtual machines to the host that owns the CSV that the VM is stored on. The example below should work nicely with a 2-node cluster, such as a cluster-in-a-box. For lots of reasons, you get the best performance for [...]

MVP Award – Year 9

July 1, 2016 // 6 Comments

I received word this afternoon that I was awarded MVP status by Microsoft for my 9th year. What is an MVP? According to Microsoft: For more than two decades, the Microsoft MVP Award has provided us an opportunity to say thank you to independent community leaders and to bring the voice of community [...]

Don’t Deploy KB3161606 To Hyper-V Hosts, VMs, or SOFS

June 28, 2016 // 42 Comments

Numerous sources have reported that KB3161606, an update rollup for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 (WS2012 R2), are breaking the upgrade of Hyper-V VM integration components. This has been confirmed & Microsoft is aware of the situation. As noted below by the many [...]

Block Dodgy Admins, BotNets, and Data Leakage on Azure VMs

June 21, 2016 // 0 Comments

In this post I will explain how you can use Azure Network Security Groups (NSGs) to prevent unwanted or dangerous traffic from leaving your Azure virtual machines. Have you a written policy that prevents administrators from browsing the Internet from servers? Have you found that they find creative [...]

New F-Series Virtual Machines in Azure

June 13, 2016 // 0 Comments

Last week, Microsoft announced a new series of virtual machines called the F-Series. There’s quite a bit in this announcement. New Sizing One of the things that has wrecked my head in Azure is that the virtual machines had unusual memory sizes: 1.75 GB RAM 3.5 GB RAM 7 GB RAM 14 GB RAM etc And [...]

Webinar – What’s New In Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V

June 1, 2016 // 4 Comments

I’ll be joining fellow Cloud and Datacenter Management (Hyper-V) MVP Andy Syrewicze for a webcast by Altaro on June 14th at 3PM UK/Irish time, 4PM CET, and 10AM Eastern. The topic: What’s new in Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V (and related technologies). There’s quite a bit to cover in this new [...]

Cloud & Datacenter Management 2016 Videos

June 1, 2016 // 0 Comments

I recently spoke at the excellent Cloud and Datacenter Management conference in Dusseldorf, Germany. There was 5 tracks full of expert speakers from around Europe, and a few Microsoft US people, talking Windows Server 2016, Azure, System Center, Office 365 and more. Most of the sessions were in [...]

How To Manage Azure AD in CSP

May 26, 2016 // 3 Comments

In this post I’ll describe two ways that you can use to manage Azure AD in a CSP subscription using a GUI. CSP, CSP, CSP – that’s all you can hear these days in the Microsoft channel. In short, CSP is a new channel by which customers can buy Azure or partners can resell Azure, with a [...]

How Do I Connect Disks To Import Data/Backups To Azure?

May 23, 2016 // 0 Comments

How do you connect your disks if USB is out of the question? I recently had some experience on a customer site and learned a few things. The first thing to note is that you always use a naked 3.5” SATA II/III disk, and never a NAS or USB disk. You use a disk dock/duplicator. You connect this [...]
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