Hyper-V and AZMAN Permission

Hi there, a very interesting scenario where I personally think Microsoft does have here some room for improvements, the permission management from Hyper-V perspective is currently still laborious. BUT there are already (free) published scripts available which makes the life much more easier, when you need set up more granular permissions for Hyper-V Management (VM…

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Recommended Hotfixes – Failover Cluster, SCVMM, Hyper-V

Here is a list of technet/KB articles where you can find a summary of the recommended patches around Hyper-V (R2) and SCVMM (R2). Hyper-V Update List for Windows Server 2008 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd430893(WS.10).aspx Hyper-V Update List for Windows Server 2008 R2 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff394763(WS.10).aspx Recommended hotfixes for System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2397711 Recommended hotfixes for Windows…

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TechEd 2010 in Berlin and Offline Sessions around Clustering, Hyper-V…

personally I was invited from Microsoft to be an MVP Cluster expert at the TechEd 2010 in Berlin and it was a pleasure for me to represent clustering and HA technologies at TechEd 2010. Mainly we had supported the Failover Clustering booth in 3.2 hall at the TLC (Technical Learning Center) and answered all your…


Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2008 R2 Core Edition

Some of the benefits for the usage of core edition’s are: Reduce the attack and servicing surface area for certain server roles by only installing what is required and administrators use Servers optimized by role are easier to service and manage (Remote Management via Server Manager, Full GUI administration possible) Increased reliability and security Less…

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Whitepapers around Windows Server 2008

Here you can find all relevant whitepapers which are published by Microsoft around Windows Server 2008 Features, Roles like HA, RDS, File and Storage, Virtualization … and some general information’s. http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/white-papers.aspx

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Free eBooks around Microsoft Technologies

Here are some useful ebooks which are available for free: Free eBook: Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 (10 chapters by Patrice Pelland, Pascal Paré, and Ken Haines) Free eBook: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 (10 chapters by Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner) Free eBook: Programming Windows Phone 7 Series (DRAFT Preview) (6 chapters…


How to configure NPIV to use SAN Deployment with SCVMM?

As SCVMM does support NPIV virtualization (N_Port ID) on Fibre Channel SAN environments here are some useful documents around this technology. NPIV uses Host Bus Adapter (HBA) technology, which creates virtual HBA ports on hosts by abstracting the underlying physical port. This support enables a single physical Fibre Channel HBA port to function as multiple…

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Terminal Services aka Remote Desktop Services Step-by-Step Guide’s available

Here is an summarized list of all step-by-step guides from Microsoft around deploying Terminal Services (RTM) / RDS  – Remote Desktop Services (R2) with Windows Server 2008 RTM/R2. I personally think there are many useful scenarios where this built-in role can be implemented. My personal favourite is the TSGateway (RTM) or RD Gateway (R2) where…


AV Exclusion’s in Windows Server Environments

All of you had in the past faced issues where the root cause was an AV system which locks files, processes or even crashes application’s. Here you can find an collection of several windows server roles and applications like SQL, Exchange, SCOM, SBS, IIS…. Windows Anti-Virus Exclusion List http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/windows-anti-virus-exclusion-list.aspx Kudos to Tony Super (MSFT)


Failover Cluster – Powershell – General

For building automated tasks on a failover cluster you can use the powershell cmdlet’s which are also available for failover clusters. powershell CLI interface is very useful when building or completing tasks on a frequently manner. A.e.: HA VM – When you had changed VMs parameters via Powershell or Hyper-V Manager you can directly use…

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