Best Practice Analyzer for Hyper-V

This blog post brought to you by eighteen year veteran Microsoft Premier Field Engineer David Morgan. Goal of this Post Today I’d like to impart to you how you can collect a few of what Microsoft thinks are important best practices around Hyper-V. (Note: You can use these same methods for all the other Best… Read more

AskPFEPlat Ask Me Anything-September 2016

UPDATE (9/26/2016 @ 10:45a ET): Thank you all for your participation in this AskPFEPlat Ask Me Anything Q&A blog session! We are ending active questioning at this time. Rest assured, if you have asked us questions and have not yet gotten a response, we are still working on it. Additionally, we would like to request feedback on… Read more

Building out labs

Hi Matthew Walker here again. So in the course of learning the new features of Windows Server 2016 it is very useful to be to be able to have an environment built out quickly. There are multiple ways to address this. My co-worker Jaromir has his way which is built upon https://ws2016lab.codeplex.com/ I’m going to… Read more

Secure Administrative Workstations

Hi All. This Jerry Devore a Midwest PFE back after a long hiatus from blogging. If you thumb through the owner’s manual of your car you will find a maintenance schedule section.  There you can see how often the manufacture suggests you should change your engine oil, flush your radiator fluid and replace various filters. … Read more

DSC for the PFE: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Solution with Configuration Data

Hi Folks, Platforms PFE Dan Cuomo here to chat about Desired State Configuration, AKA “the hotness.” DSC has a few value propositions and is different than general PowerShell scripting in that it’s declarative, idempotent, and remediable in nature. If you’re not too familiar, checkout last week’s post (A Training Montage) which describes DSC and includes… Read more

DSC for the PFE: A Training Montage

Hi Folks, Platforms PFE Dan Cuomo here to have a heart-to-heart about Desired State Configuration; a platform so valuable (how valuable is it, you ask?) if DSC had a utility belt, I’d label it a “borderline superhero.” Then again, if DSC is already part of your IT arsenal, perhaps you are the superhero. Either way,… Read more

Pre-seeding Hyper-V Backups in DPM

Hi folks, it's me, Heyko and I'm a Premier Field Engineer for Virtualization in Germany. A few days ago a customer asked me if it is possible to pre-seed a Hyper-V VM Backup in Data Protection Manager 2012 R2. First of all a few words about Data Protection Manager. System Center Data Protection Manager or… Read more

Mailbag – Holiday 2015 Edition

Season’s Greetings from the AskPFEPlat PFEs! A solid Mailbag today with items from Paul Bergson, Rick Bergman, Matthew Walker, Mike Kline and Mike Hildebrand. Also an AskPFEPlat alum – Mark Morowczynski – has started making Permanent Waves over in Azure AD land (did you catch the Rush reference I snuck in there? J) Let’s roll…… Read more

After Migrating Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Cluster to Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Cluster, Virtual Machines Fail to Come Online in Failover Cluster Manager

Lots of my customers are upgrading their Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Cluster nodes to Windows Server 2012 R2. The increased stability and reliability that Windows Server 2012 R2 combined with the news that Windows Server 2016 will support rolling upgrades from Windows Server 2012 R2 Cluster nodes makes this a no brainer. The migration… Read more

From Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012 R2: A Tale of a Successful Failover Cluster Hyper-V Migration

  I seemed to be running into more and more Hyper-V Failover Cluster migrations with my customers as of late. Some of these are migrating from VMWare to Hyper-V, but some of these are simply migrating from Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Cluster to Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Cluster. It’s actually a fairly simple… Read more