Pre-seeding Hyper-V Backups in DPM v2

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…


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……


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…


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…


CROSS POST: How Shared VHDX Works on Server 2012 R2

In the not far back point in time, there was a blog done by Matthew Walker that we felt needed to also be on the AskCore site as well due to the nature and the popularity of the article. So we are going to cross post it here. Please keep in mind that…(read more)


Working with the VMAgent on Microsoft Azure IaaS VMs

Ahhh, welcome to summer. The cool splashing blue water of the municipal pool. Blue-raz slushies from Tropical Snow. Bright, clear blue skies. Sometimes all that blue makes me think of Azure – the colors of the portal, the logo and the word itself – Azure – is a type of blue. Gary Green and Mike…


How Shared VHDX Works on Server 2012 R2

Hi, Matthew Walker here, I’m a Premier Field Engineer here at Microsoft specializing in Hyper-V and Failover Clustering. In this blog I wanted to address creating clusters of VMs using Microsoft Hyper-V with a focus on Shared VHDX files. From the advent of Hyper-V we have supported creating clusters of VMs, however the means of…


Invitation to provide feedback through UserVoice

I am not sure if everyone is aware of UserVoice but I am here to tell you about it. UserVoice is where you can provide feedback to the Microsoft Product Groups who are now monitoring these forums. Do you have idea or suggestion on how to make Windows…(read more)


Mailbag: Starting To Get The Hang Of This (Issue #9)

Hey y’all Mark, Tom and Hilde back for another mailbag Friday. Keep the questions coming and we’ll keep answering them. This week we are getting back into the Hyper-V pool and always some ADFS goodness. Let’s get into it. FREE Security & The Cloud Virtual Event Domain Admin credentials while installing ADFS .NET versions and…