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Recording – Windows Azure Virtual Machine

The Deployment Bunny - Sun, 02/02/2014 - 05:32

(In Swedish)

För Microsofts räkning så spelade jag in en serie korta filmer, varsågod.

 

/mike


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Recording – System Center 2012 – Operations Manager

The Deployment Bunny - Sat, 02/01/2014 - 05:31

(In Swedish)

För Microsofts räkning så spelade jag in en serie korta filmer, varsågod.

 

/mike


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Resizing the boot drive of a virtual machine

Virtual PC Guy's WebLog - Fri, 01/31/2014 - 13:02

You can only resize the virtual hard disk of a running virtual machine if:

  1. It is a .VHDX file
  2. It is connected to a SCSI controller

These restrictions mean that people often ask me if you can resize the boot disk of a virtual machine.  And the answer is: Yes, if it is a Generation 2 virtual machine.  Generation 2 virtual machines only have SCSI controllers, and boot off of the SCSI controller.

Meanwhile, Windows has supported shrinking and expanding the boot partition since Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2.  So you can easily resize the boot partition after you have expanded the virtual hard disk.

Cheers,
Ben

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Recording – System Center 2012 – Orchestrator

The Deployment Bunny - Fri, 01/31/2014 - 05:29

(In Swedish)

För Microsofts räkning så spelade jag in en serie korta filmer, varsågod.

“Mikael Nyström, expert inom setup & deployment och konsult på TrueSec, lär dig att konfigurera Orchestrator – så automatisterar och optimerar du flödet i ditt datacenter. “

/mike


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Shrinking a VHDX on a Running Virtual Machine

Virtual PC Guy's WebLog - Thu, 01/30/2014 - 12:43

This week I have been talking about how to resize a VHDX on a virtual machine that is currently running.  It is easy to think that you can only increase a VHDX of a running virtual machine, but you can also shrink the VHDX of a running virtual machine.  The first thing that you need to do is to free up some space at the end of the virtual hard disk that you want to shrink.  To do this – you will need to login to the guest operating system and:

  1. Open Disk Management
  2. Locate the last partition on the disk
  3. Right click on the partition and select Shrink Volume
  4. Enter the amount that you want to shrink by and click Shrink

Once you have done this – you will need to open the Edit Virtual Hard Disk Wizard and:

  1. Locate the virtual hard disk that you want to shrink
  2. Select Shrink
    1. Note – the option to shrink will only be available if we detect that there is available, unpartitioned space at the end of the disk
  3. Enter new size that you want
    1. Note – you will be limited to shrinking down to the available, unpartitioned space
  4. Click Finish

You can also do this using PowerShell

Get-VM "Windows Server - Resize" | Get-VMHardDiskDrive -ControllerType SCSI | Resize-VHD -SizeBytes 100GB

One nice option that you get with PowerShell is that you can also ask to just resize the virtual hard disk to the smallest possible size:

Get-VM "Windows Server - Resize" | Get-VMHardDiskDrive -ControllerType SCSI | Resize-VHD –ToMinimumSize

Cheers,
Ben

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Community tools from System Center Universe 2014

Coretech Blog » Kent Agerlund - Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:36
These are some of the tools the I used in my demonstraiton @SCU 2014 in houston Remember to hug your community contributers today!!! Infrastructure and Client Management Johan Arwidmark ConfigMgr R2 Hydration Kit – http://www.deploymentresearch.com/Research/tabid/62/EntryId/113/The-Hydration-Kit-for-ConfigMgr-2012-R2-is-available-for-download.aspx Mikael Nyström System center Hydration Kit – http://deploymentbunny.com/2013/01/04/hydration-kit-v3-is-out/ Startup Script -http://blog.configmgrftw.com/?page_id=349 Right Click tools – http://psrightclicktools.codeplex.com/releases/view/104529 Right click took – […]
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Coretech HTA

Coretech Blog » Kent Agerlund - Thu, 01/30/2014 - 10:16
The main idea with this HTA is to assist small and medium sized organizations with an easy way to implement a custom OSD solution without having any developer or HTML skills. The HTA solutions can be used when booting directly into WinPE and to prestage computers. Why; You might ask, Why, do Coretech create this […]
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Recording – System Center 2012–DPM

The Deployment Bunny - Thu, 01/30/2014 - 05:26

(In Swedish)

För Microsofts räkning så spelade jag in en serie korta filmer, varsågod.

“Mikael Nyström, expert inom setup & deployment och konsult på TrueSec, lär dig mer om Data Protection Manager – konfigurera säker och stabil backup och dataskydd i ditt datacenter. “

 

/mike


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Online VHDX Resize with SCVMM 2012 R2

Virtual PC Guy's WebLog - Wed, 01/29/2014 - 14:20

Yesterday I discussed how to expand the size of a virtual hard disk on a running virtual machine.  You can also do this with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2.  To do this you need to:

  1. Open Properties on the virtual machine in question
  2. Go to Hardware Configuration
  3. Locate the disk you want to resize
  4. Select Expand virtual hard disk (GB): and enter the new size that you want
  5. Click OK

You can also use SCVMM PowerShell to do the same thing:

Get-SCVirtualMachine "Windows Server - Resize" | Get-SCVirtualDiskDrive | ?{$_.VirtualHardDisk -like "Windows Server - Resize_disk_1"} | Expand-SCVirtualDiskDrive -VirtualHardDiskSizeGB 140

Note, just like I discussed yesterday:

  • You can only do this for .VHDX files attached to SCSI controllers
  • After doing this you will need to login to the guest operating system and do something to take advantage of the new space

Cheers,
Ben

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Recording–Hybrid Cloud

The Deployment Bunny - Wed, 01/29/2014 - 05:24

(In Swedish)

För Microsofts räkning så spelade jag in en serie korta filmer, varsågod.

“Mikael Nyström, expert inom setup & deployment och konsult på TrueSec, lär dig mer om hybridmoln i Windows Server 2012 – så kombinerar du Windows Azure och det privata molnet i Windows Server 2012. “

 

/mike


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Online VHDX Resize in Windows Server 2012 R2 / Windows 8.1

Virtual PC Guy's WebLog - Tue, 01/28/2014 - 14:08

One of the new features in Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 is the ability to resize a virtual machines virtual hard disk while it is running.  In order to pull this off – all you need is a virtual machine with a .VHDX file attached to a SCSI controller (this functionality is not supported with .VHD files or IDE controllers).

Once you have done this you simply need to open the Edit Virtual Hard Disk wizard.  Then you should:

  1. Locate the virtual hard disk that you want to expand
  2. Select Expand and click Next
  3. Enter the new size that you want and click Next
  4. Click Finish

Once you have done this, we will increase the size of the virtual hard disk.  However, we will not do anything with the partitioning on the virtual hard disk.  So at this point in time you will have a bunch of extra, unused space at the end of the virtual hard disk.  To take advantage of it you will need to login to the guest operating system and do something with it.  You can either create a new partition – or extend an existing one.  Extending a partition under Windows is simple enough.  You just need to:

  1. Open Disk Management
  2. Locate the partition that you want to extend
  3. Right click on it and select Extend Volume
  4. Select the available space and click Next
  5. Click Finish

You can also use PowerShell in the parent partition to expand a virtual hard disk, like this:

Get-VM "Windows Server - Resize" | Get-VMHardDiskDrive -ControllerType SCSI | Resize-VHD -SizeBytes 200GB

Note, this is the same command that you use whether the virtual machine is running or not.  Also note that you still need to login to the guest operating system to take advantage of the extra space.

Cheers,
Ben

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Recording–Private Cloud

The Deployment Bunny - Tue, 01/28/2014 - 05:21

(In Swedish)

För Microsofts räkning så spelade jag in en serie korta filmer, varsågod.

“Mikael Nyström, expert inom setup & deployment och konsult på TrueSec, ger dig en introduktion till privata moln i Windows Server 2012. Så konfigurerar du infrastrukturen och hanterar virtuella maskiner. “

 

/mike


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New Poster: Windows Server 2012 R2 Private Cloud Storage and Virtualization

Virtual PC Guy's WebLog - Mon, 01/27/2014 - 13:23

Another fantastic poster is out.  This one is focused on the storage technology in Windows Server 2012 R2 that you will want to use for private cloud environments:

You can download it here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=41665

And it has also been included in the Server Posterpedia application: http://aka.ms/sposterpedia 

Cheers,
Ben

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Recording–Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V

The Deployment Bunny - Mon, 01/27/2014 - 05:21

(In Swedish)

För Microsofts räkning så spelade jag in en serie korta filmer, varsågod.

“Mikael Nyström, expert inom setup & deployment och konsult på TrueSec, lär dig att konfigurera Hyper-V och upptäcka alla fördelar med att köra virtuella maskiner i Windows Server 2012. “

/mike


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Recording–Windows Server 2012 Fjärråtkomst

The Deployment Bunny - Sun, 01/26/2014 - 05:20

(In Swedish)

För Microsofts räkning så spelade jag in en serie korta filmer, varsågod.

“Mikael Nyström, expert inom setup & deployment och konsult på TrueSec, lär dig att konfigurera fjärråtkomst i Windows Server 2012 och upptäcka nya, förbättrade funktioner i Direct och Remote Access. “’’

 

/mike


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Recording–Windows Server 2012 konfiguration

The Deployment Bunny - Sat, 01/25/2014 - 05:19

(In Swedish)

För Microsofts räkning så spelade jag in en serie korta filmer, varsågod.

“Mikael Nyström, expert inom setup & deployment och konsult på TrueSec, visar hur du konfigurerar Windows Server 2012 och fixar en optimal infrastruktur i ditt datacenter. “

 

/mike


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Managing Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V from Windows 8.1

Virtual PC Guy's WebLog - Fri, 01/24/2014 - 11:43

In the past we have always required that you use Hyper-V Manager on the same version of Windows as the version of Windows that you are using to run Hyper-V (i.e. Use Windows 7 to manage Windows Server 2008 R2, use Windows 8 to manage Windows Server 2012).  But we have made a change with Windows 8.1.

You can use Hyper-V manager on Windows 8.1 (or on Windows Server 2012 R2) to manage either Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2012.  In fact, you can connect to both at the same time if you want to.

What happens is that when you connect to a new instance of Hyper-V, we check to see what the version is that we are connecting to.  If it is Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012 we will load the UI for that version of Hyper-V.  If it is Windows 8.1 / Windows Server 2012 R2 we will load the UI for that version of Hyper-V.

Here you can see an instance of Hyper-V manager where I have connected to a number of servers:

Above; I have selected “MELPOMENE” – which is a Windows Server 2012 R2 instance of Hyper-V.  You can tell that this is case because we are using the term “checkpoints”.  Below; I have selected “POLYHYMNIA” – which is a Windows Server 2012 instance of Hyper-V.  Here you can see that we are using the term “snapshots”.

This all happens automatically, with no configuration needed.

One issue that you should be aware of is that there are now two versions of VMCONNECT.EXE.  Hyper-V Manager will always launch the correct instance for the server you are connected to – but, if you start VM Connect directly you should know that "C:\Windows\System32\vmconnect.exe” is the Windows 8.1 / Windows Server 2012 R2 version of VM Connect.  While “C:\Program Files\Hyper-V\6.2\vmconnect6.2.exe” is the Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012 version of VM Connect.

Cheers,
Ben

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Recording–Windows Server 2012 Installation

The Deployment Bunny - Fri, 01/24/2014 - 05:19

(In Swedish)

För Microsofts räkning så spelade jag in en serie korta filmer, varsågod.

“Mikael Nyström, expert inom setup & deployment och konsult på TrueSec, lär dig att installera Windows Server 2012. “

/mike


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Reading Hyper-V Event logs with PowerShell

Virtual PC Guy's WebLog - Thu, 01/23/2014 - 12:03

Here is a handy tip – it is quite easy to gather any information that Hyper-V puts in the event log from PowerShell.

You can get all Hyper-V related events by running:

Get-WinEvent -FilterHashTable @{LogName ="Microsoft-Windows-Hyper-V*"}

But I would not recommend that, as you will get a lot of events!  What is more useful is just displaying any error messages that were logged in the last 24 hours – with a command like this:

Get-WinEvent -FilterHashTable @{LogName ="Microsoft-Windows-Hyper-V*"; StartTime = (Get-Date).AddDays(-1); Level = 2}

Alternatively – you can look at the warnings with this command:

Get-WinEvent -FilterHashTable @{LogName ="Microsoft-Windows-Hyper-V*"; StartTime = (Get-Date).AddDays(-1); Level = 3}

Which gives an output like this:

Cheers,
Ben

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TechEd NA 2014 – Deploying and Managing Windows in the Real World (PRC06)

The Deployment Bunny - Thu, 01/23/2014 - 05:41

This Pre Conference is for all of you that knows how to deploy and manage Windows, or would like to know how…

What does it take for organizations to deploy and manage Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone? During this all-day seminar we walk through the entire process. We ensure that you understand what has changed in Windows 8.1, how you prepare for a Windows 8.1 migration, how to create your Windows 8.1 image, how to deploy Windows 8.1, and how to deploy Windows Store apps to the already-deployed computers using an enterprise app store. Regardless of whether you are new to Windows deployment and management, new to Windows 8.1, or an existing Windows 7 or Windows XP expert, there will be benefits for all attendees, from “how-to’s” to best practices to tips and tricks.

Join Michael Niehaus, Ben Hunter and Mikael Nystrom in this dazzling full day filled with demos, demos, knowledge and expertise!

Click here for more information PRC06 Deploying and Managing Windows in the Real World


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