Tag Archives: Virtualization

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 [...]

Handling Equivalent Objects in multiple VMM Libraries

Everyone who has to work with a central VMM management server installation and multiple VMM Libraries in different sites has to deal with the equivalent objects. Managing equivalent objects through the VMM console is not appropriate, if you have a lot of objects in your VMM Library. -> https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg610650.aspx Some weeks ago I was faced again with the equivalent Read more [...]

Attestation failed with a transient error – System Center 2016 TP3 VMM

At the moment I am testing and working in my lab on the Shielded VM and Guarded Fabric scenario. Due to the fact that my Hyper-V hosts in my lab are not having any TPM chip, I am forced to use the AD-based attestation. After a business trip I started my lab again and ran into this error message under the status tab in the properties of my Hyper-V hosts. Error (20588) Attestation failed on HV-02.neumanndaniel.local Read more [...]

Working with VM Update Functional Level in System Center 2016 TP3 VMM

In Windows Server 2016 Microsoft introduces the next VM version 6.2 as they have always done with every new Server version since Hyper-V. This time an important part is different. VMs will not get updated automatically to the newest VM version. The reason for that is the new Rolling Cluster Upgrade feature. In short VMs with version 6.2 are not compatible with Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V, but the 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 [...]

Working with vNIC Consistent Naming in System Center 2016 TP3 VMM

Windows Server 2016 TP3 Hyper-V includes a very interesting feature that got several names out there vCDN, Consistent Naming of Virtual Network Adapters and Virtual Adapter Identification. Only the last two are a good wording for it, because it is not Consistent Device Naming. In this blog post I use the following wording vNIC Consistent Naming regarding to the TechNet Library description and will Read more [...]

Rolling Cluster Upgrade in System Center 2016 TP3 VMM

One of the best features in Windows Server 2016 will be the Rolling Cluster Upgrade capability. Even better you can orchestrate it with the System Center 2016 Virtual Machine Manager. The requirements are very low. Your servers only need a baseboard management controller, you must have also a prepared VHD in your VMM library with Windows Server 2016 on it and a physical computer profile. Let us get Read more [...]

Bare-Metal Provisioning Hyper-V Cluster in System Center 2016 TP3 VMM

In System Center 2012 R2 VMM you can do a bare-metal provisioning of a single Hyper-V host or of a Scale Out File Server cluster. Now in System Center 2016 TP3 VMM you can do a bare-metal provisioning of a Hyper-V cluster too. In the Fabric section click on Create in the ribbon bar and select Hyper-V Cluster. Define the cluster name and the host group in which the cluster should be placed after the 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 [...]