Multi-Tenant VPN with Windows Server 2012 R2

In the previous blogs we looked at how cloud service providers can reduce their capital expenditure (CAPEX) and operation expenditure (OPEX) by deploying multi-tenant site-to-site (S2S) VPN & multi-tenant routing using Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) with Windows Server 2012 R2. In this blog we will examine details of how remote access dial-in (point-to-site or machine… Read more

Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) with Windows Server 2012 R2

This blogs describes in detail the concepts of Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) introduced in What’s New in 2012 R2: Hybrid Networking blog and multi-tenant site-to-site VPN (S2S VPN) blog. In this blog, we’d try to analyze how multi-tenant Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) enables cloud service provider Fabrikam to manage routing between virtual networks of organizations… Read more

Network Automation using IPAM 2012 R2

Introduction: Windows Server 2012 introduced IPAM to help Administrators to manage IP address space and DHCP/DNS network services. Prior to Windows Server 2012, customers had little option outside of using disjointed tools, excel spreadsheets and custom scripts. These tools, although serving short-term purpose, impacted the Network administration productivity and cost overruns maintaining proprietary tools. IPAM… Read more

DNS Zone Level Statistics

  The Microsoft DNS Server provided certain server level statistics which enabled an admin to track the usage pattern or monitor DNS server performance. The statistics provided includes server wide query statistics, zone transfer statistics, packet statistics, different record statistics, DNSSEC statistics etc. ( For more details on DNS Server level statistics see http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj649858.aspx )… Read more

Automatically Triggering VPN Connections and VPN Diagnostics Enhancements in Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 allows a VPN client to automatically connect to the corporate network. From end user perspective, access to corporate resources works just like when he is inside the corporate network. Whenever you launch a corporate application a VPN connection is automatically triggered, if it is not already connected. Application based triggering Admin can configure a… Read more

Multi-tenant Site-to-Site (S2S) VPN Gateway with Windows Server 2012 R2

This blogs describes in detail the concepts of multi-tenant site-to-site (S2S) Virtual Private Network (VPN) introduced in what’s New in 2012 R2: Hybrid Networking blog. In this blog, we will examine how requirements of two organizations Woodgrove Bank, Contoso Ltd are fulfilled by cloud service provider Fabrikam using multi-tenancy capability of Windows Server 2012 R2… Read more

VMQ Deep Dive, 2 of 3

Introduction In my last blog post of this series, ‘VMQ Deep Dive, 1 of 3,’ I went into detail on why we implemented VMQ and how to view the VMQ settings on the adapter to verify that it was configured properly. In this blog post I am going to explain Static v Dynamic VMQ and… Read more

VMQ Deep Dive, 1 of 3

Virtual Machine Queues (VMQ) is an incredibly powerful performance technology introduced in Windows Server 2012. A concern we’ve noticed as Windows Server 2012 is increasingly deployed in datacenter environments is misconceptions about VMQ, and even “tribal knowledge” that disabling VMQ solves networking issues. With a set of three blog posts on VMQ, we are going… Read more

Enable the forwarding function on Windows Server Gateway: a use case study

Windows Server Gateway in Windows Server 2012 R2 is a key element of Hybrid Networking, which enables enterprises to connect to service providers via site-to-site VPN. This blog describes a different use case. It shows how Windows Server gateway can be configured to forward traffic between a traditional VLAN network and a virtual network (or… Read more