Tag Archives: Server

Enabling Azure Disk Encryption on Windows Server 2016 Server Core in Azure

Beside the Windows Server 2016 Datacenter image, Microsoft also provides an image with Windows Server 2016 Datacenter - Server Core in Azure. If you are using the Server Core image and want to enable Azure Disk Encryption for the VM, you will see the following error message. The official solution is described in the Azure documentation. -> https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/security/azure-security-disk-encryption-tsg#troubleshooting-windows-server-2016-server-core You Read more [...]

Deploying Storage Spaces Direct on a Single Node SOFS Cluster

In my previous post on how to deploy Windows Server 2016 TP3 onto an SD card I introduced you to my new server system. -> http://www.danielstechblog.de/how-to-deploy-windows-server-2016-tp3-onto-an-sd-card/ The reason why I bought this system was to play around with Storage Spaces Direct in Windows Server 2016 TP3. Regarding the testing guide Microsoft recommends four servers to test Storage Spaces Read more [...]

Building a lab environment with Windows 10 Hyper-V and Nested Virtualization

Last week Microsoft has released the newest Insider Build 10565 of Windows 10. -> http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2015/10/12/announcing-windows-10-insider-preview-build-10565/ The Insider Build 10565 includes a long awaited and hidden gem: Nested Virtualization. Before the release of build 10565 we know that nested virtualization will be included in Windows Server 2016 for running Hyper-V Read more [...]

How to deploy Windows Server 2016 TP3 onto an SD card?

A few weeks ago I bought a HP Microserver Gen8 (Intel Celeron G1610T, 2,3GHz, 2GB RAM) to continue to use the four 1TB Hitachi HDDs from my previous NAS system and 12GB RAM that are left over from other systems. The main reason for buying the HP Microserver is to play a bit with Storage Spaces Direct and the Scale-Out File Server, but I will talk about this later in another blog post. What is really Read more [...]

Getting started with Windows Server Containers

The last month I have played a bit with Docker and now I’m looking forward to have some time to get in touch with Windows Server Containers. If you have not done something yet with Docker or did not play around with the Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 3 which includes the Windows Server Container capability you might be interested in some getting started information. First starting point are Read more [...]

Manage Windows Server 2016 TP3 Network Controller with System Center 2016 TP3 VMM

Actually in the Technical Preview 3 you can use either PowerShell or System Center 2016 VMM to manage a Network Controller instance. I had not the time yet to test the management capabilities provided by System Center 2016 Operations Manager. You can manage your datacenter network with Network Controller by using management applications, such as System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM), and System Read more [...]

Convert Standard Switch to Logical Switch in System Center 2016 TP3 VMM

How often have I rebuild the Hyper-V Switch configuration in the last few years at customer sites? I cannot remember. When ever I implemented VMM or checked the VMM installation at a customer I designed or redesigned the Logical Network configuration and with that the Logical Switch configuration. In System Center 2012 R2 VMM you had to do the following to replace the Standard Switch on a Hyper-V host Read more [...]

Connect Windows Server 2016 TP3 Network Controller with System Center 2016 TP3 VMM

Today Microsoft released Windows Server 2016 TP3 and System Center 2016 TP3. -> http://blogs.technet.com/b/server-cloud/archive/2015/08/19/what-s-new-in-windows-server-2016-and-system-center-2016-technical-preview-3.aspx Finally with the release of Technical Preview 3 we got a guide on how to set up the Network Controller role in Windows Server 2016. -> https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt282165.aspx In Read more [...]

SCVMM 2016 Technical Preview 2 – Operational Notes

If you are testing the SCVMM 2016 Technical Preview 2 I have some operational notes for you. I ran into several issues in the first two days of testing the TP2 release and I want to share the solutions with you. First issue that you will run into it is an error where the VMM console crashes when you try to add an additional cluster node to an existing cluster. As it is mentioned in the release notes Read more [...]