Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 5 is here!

Just seen on TechNet Evalcenter: Windows Server 2016 TP5 and System Center 2016 TP5 have just arrived: TechNet: what’s new in Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 5.  FREE EBOOK: Introducing Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview. .pdf Live-Webinar:May 5, 2016  10:00-11:00AM PST (GMT -7) Register for our Windows Server 2016 webinar


Windows Server 2016: Bereitstellen von Nano Server in einer virtuellen Maschine

Ziel: Wie erstelle ich mir einen Nano Server als virtuelle Maschine in Hyper-V? Einen Nano Server zu installieren erfordert etwas mehr als nur von der Windows Server .iso zu booten. Es gibt im Windows Server 2016 Setup (Stand Technical Preview 4) gar keine Auswahl für Nano Server. Der Vorgang ist ein bisschen anders. Man nehme…


Termin: 12. Mai – Cloud & Datacenter Conference Germany

Hier mal Werbung für die Cloud & Datacenter Conference (CDC) Germany, welche am am 12.Mai in Düsseldorf stattfindet.Für die Nerds, hier der PowerShell 2-Zeiler zum Ausrechnen wie lange es noch dauert (Alternativen werden gerne genommen ):$CDCConferenceDate = Get-Date “12.Mai 2016 9:00”“Time to wait {0:dd} days and {0:hh} hours” -f ($CDCConferenceDate -(Get-date)) Das Lineup lässt sich…


DPM 2012 R2–System State Backup (BMR) of Windows Server 2012 R2 fails with error “Replica is inconsistent”

Scenario:Failover Cluster with a bunch of clustered Hyper-V virtual machines residing on a CSV. Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2012 R2 with UR8 installed. Configured a “Protection Group 1” with all hosts in the cluster + System State and Bare Metal Recovery Option: Problem:System State / Bare Metal Recovery (BMR) is shown as inconsistent within DPM…


Where to find makecert.exe?

Sometimes you need to create test certificates and keys for demos, tests and trials e.g. SSL certs for websites or for a Point-to-Site VPN connection to Microsoft Azure. One of the cmd line tools you could use for creating test certificates is makecert.exe. However where to find & download it?: makecert.exe is part of the…


Checkpoint-ing Hyper-V with PowerShell

As I just needed it for my own personal test lab. Here is some Powershell to manipulate checkpoints of multiple VMs at a time. Warning: Use at you own risk and not in production!   <# Removes specific checkpoints for specific virtual machines replace the "FAB*" for your VM Name filter replace the "*2015*" for…


World Hosting Day 2015 Presentation: PowerShell – let's talk about automation

Please find at the bottom of this post the presentation as pdf that Carsten Rachfahl and I held on WHD 2015 in Rust. More on:   – Create a cloud video series also with PowerShell Deployment Toolkit (PDT)      – MVA Video Webinar “Servermanagement und Automatisierung inkl. PowerShell 4.0”   Thanks for listening Bernhard PowerShell…


Activate Many Computers using PowerShell

Just came in handy when you need to activate a bunch of computers (from a Windows Server 2012 R2) I combined a PowerShell AD Computer search with a filter ("blablabla") and executed slmgr.vbs /ato remotely with no prompts:   $computers = Get-ADComputer -filter * | where name -like "blablabla*" foreach ($computer in $computers) { Invoke-Command…


Youtube Serie: Aufbau einer Cloud mit Windows Server 2012 R2, Hyper-V, System Center und dem Azure Pack

  zu die Youtube Playlist ist zu finden unter In dieser Video-Serie bauen Carsten Rachfahl und Bernhard Frank für Sie eine Cloud mit Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2, Hyper-V, System Center 2012 R2 (insbes. Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2) und dem Windows Azure Pack (WAP) Es geht im wesentlichen um die Klärung von 3…


My Favorite Storage Spaces / Scale Out Fileserver Links

  Videos: Delivering Exceptional IOPS/$ with Windows Server 2012 R2 to create appetite Best Practices for Deploying Tiered Storage Spaces in Windows Server 2012 R2 to drill into the sizing Best Practices for Deploying Tiered Storage Spaces in Windows Server 2012 R2 to hear from MVPs / practical MVP Carsten Rachfahl zu Storage   Blogs:…