Category - Windows Server 8

Hyper-v Extensible Switch in Windows Server 2012 R2

A while back, when Windows Server 2012 was codenamed “Windows Server 8”, I sat down and talked with Bob Combs, a Sr. Program Manager on the Windows Core Networking Team about the newly released “Hyper-V Extensible Switch”.  Well, now that Windows Server 2012 R2 has been released and planning has already begun for whatever comes next – I decided it was time to pay Bob a visit and get the details on what was new in Extensible Switch land…

Pretty cool stuff.

This is the start of a bunch of video interviews I’ll be doing over the next while. Let me know if you have teams / topics you’d like me to reach out to and see if they are interested in sitting down to chat.

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Ports and More for Remote Management of Server 2012

I was delivering a quick session on the wonder that is Multi-Server Management for WIndows Server 2012 and I got asked the question – What Ports are required to be open when managing a system remotely.

ARGH… I always forget the port number – as it’s a non-standard port in the 5000 range.

Well – some quick Bing’ing – and I found this great article that lays out ALL the details on remote management capabilities using ServerManager. Lots of details on managing all sorts of systems and methods of managing them remotely.

Scroll down to the bottom and you’ll see the port:

Windows Remote Management (WinRM) listener settings


Server Manager relies on default WinRM listener settings on the remote servers that you want to manage. If the default authentication mechanism or the WinRM listener port number on a remote server has been changed from default settings, Server Manager cannot communicate with the remote server.

The following list shows default WinRM listener settings for managing by using Server Manager.

  • The WinRM service is running.
  • A WinRM listener is created to accept HTTP requests through port number 5985.
  • Port number 5985 is enabled in Windows Firewall settings to allow requests through WinRM.
  • Both Kerberos and Negotiate authentication types are enabled.

The default port number is 5985 for WinRM to communicate with a remote computer.

For more information about how to configure WinRM listener settings, at a command prompt, type winrm help config, and then press ENTER.

New things in Group Policy for Windows Server 2012

I was on point for The Edge Show recently and decided to talk with my buddy Zach Alexander a PM on the Group Policy team on what’s new and cool in Group Policy these days. Three things immediately came to mind:

  • Infrastructure Status
  • Remote Update on client systems
  • Improved Resultant Set of Policy.

I helped him do some screencasts of the three demos a while ago for the group policy blog so I called in my favour to have him come on the show and talk shop. Have a look at this episode.

How To: Change NIC binding order in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

imageAn unexpected slowdown issue had me baffled a not too long ago with timeouts to online services, web surfing, network access – generally everything had delays in starting / connecting. For the life of me, I couldn’t figure out why.

Then it struck me. I was using Windows 8 Hyper-V feature for some screencasts here on the blog as well as impromptu demos and I had created various INTERNAL and PRIVATE networks in order to isolate my VMGuests from the production network. By doing the newer INTERNAL networks – I had created new network adapters on my corporate client machine which screwed up my binding order!

A quick swipe to the start screen and typing of “binding” didn’t turn up anything in the search.  I then remembered the GUI way of surfacing the binding order configuration tool.

 

The Steps?

  • Just open your Network and Sharing Center.
  • Press an ALTkey on your keyboard to show the menu bar.
  • Click on the Advancedmenu
  • choose Advanced Settingsoption
  • Adjust your binding order for your NICs to ensure your primary CORP ones are at the TOP

Silly me!

Samsung Series 9 etched Windows Server 2012 logo

Looks like I am batting “CleanUp” for the Window Server Track here at TechEd New Zealand. I’m the last session before the farewell drinks and the official conference closure. I do have one trick up my sleeve to ensure people come out BESIDES an awesome session topic and content. I mean heck – who wouldn’t want to learn about Multi-Server Management with Server Manager in Windows Server 2012 and how to personalize it?

To drive even more excitement – the Windows Server Track Lead and Windows Server Lead handed me a B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L  Samsung Series 9 ultrabook with a Windows Server 2012 Engraving.   I decided put together a quick photo shoot of the laptop unboxing and show off the SIC hardware!

Come on out to “WSV311 – Using the Windows Server 2012 Server Manager for Remote and Multi-Server Management” in the New Zealand Room 3 at 13:55 on Friday 7th of September. 

Be prepared for some tough skill testing questions that span ALL of my 3 sessions at TechEd New Zealand.

Getting ready to Head DownUnder in NZ and AU

I am in the final days of prep work to get ready to head down to TechEd New Zealand and TechEd Australia. I had a great time down there last year and apparently they liked my stuff enough to ask me to come back again!  I have slightly different speaking schedule for the two conferences – here’s the links to the different event schedules.

TechEd New Zealand
WS 2012 File System Enhancements: ReFS & Storage Spaces (Thursday, September 6 16:30 – 17:30 Ballroom 2)
http://newzealand.msteched.com/topic/details/WSV309

What’s New in Active Directory in Windows Server 2012 (Wednesday, September 5 15:10 – 16:10 Ballroom 2)
http://newzealand.msteched.com/topic/details/WSV310

Using the Windows Server 2012 Server Manager for Remote and Multi-Server Management (Friday, September 7 13:55 – 14:55 New Zealand 3)
http://newzealand.msteched.com/topic/details/WSV311

TechEd Australia
WS2012 File System Enhancements: ReFS and Storage Spaces (Wed, 12 Sep 2012, 17:00 – 18:15)
https://australia.msteched.com/topic/details/WSV316

WS2012 NIC Teaming and Multichannel Solutions (Thu, 13 Sep 2012, 08:15 – 09:30)
https://australia.msteched.com/topic/details/WSV321

WS2012 IP Address Management (IPAM) (Thu, 13 Sep 2012, 13:45 – 15:00)
https://australia.msteched.com/topic/details/WSV324

and a NEW one just added – Multi-Server Management and Beyond with Server Manager
(link to be added – it’s still SECRET)

I’ll be joined by my teammate David Tesar – his first time in Australia. We are two of the hosts on The Edge Show on Channel 9. Earlier this week we decided to do a little promo trailer for our trip down to TechEd Australia. Have a peek:

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V guest IOps and network portability demos

I have the good fortune of working with some great folks here at Microsoft HQ – some of which I have been following for quite some time. Last week at TechEd NorthAmerica Jeff Woolsey was on the main keynote stage demonstrating a whirlwind of functionalities and achievements of the next generation of Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012. I’ve pulled out two things that interest me VERY much I thought I’d share.

Specifically – the VM Guest capability of getting 3x the IO throughput via the new virtual HBA adapters then VMware guests can get.  We almost hit 1 million IOps with this demo on stage, but I swear I saw it over a million in rehearsal that morning and the night before.

Also of interest is the IP portability demo that was part of the TechEd North America and Europe “foundation” session I produced. It was called “Modernizing your Datacenter” which was well received. Taking the keyboard for the demo is my friend Michael Leworthy to show us what Windows Server 2012 and System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 can do for scenarios like Hosters or Mergers and Acquisitions.

TechEd Foundation Session: Modernizing Your Datacenter resources

techEdHeaderLogoGreetings!

As the curator of the TechEd Modernizing Your Datacenter foundational session, I have compiled a one stop resource to complementary sessions about the technologies we demonstrated during the event.  You can click on the links to view the session details in schedule builder.

If you are coming across this post AFTER TechEd 2012 has come and gone – don’t worry – there are recordings of each of these sessions you should be able to watch online.

Thanks for stopping by – keep coming back if you are a Windows Server 2012 geek like me.

Rick

Section One: Build and scale your infrastructure

VIR308 – What’s New in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V, Part 1

Speaker(s): Jeff Woolsey
Monday, June 11 at 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM in S310A

This two-part session overviews the new and updated features for Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V, including Multitenancy, High Availability, flexibility infrastructure, and Scale and Density. Over the two sessions, it provides a complete summary of why Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V is the best virtualization platform for server consolidation, key workload support and VDI, as well as the ideal platform for Infrastructure as a Service, including Private Cloud, Hybrid Cloud, and Public Cloud. #TEVIR308

VIR309 – What’s New in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V, Part 2

Speaker(s): Jeff Woolsey
Monday, June 11 at 4:45 PM – 6:00 PM in S310A

Building on Part 1, the second part of What’s new in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V continues to show a complete summary of why Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V is the best virtualization platform for server consolidation, key workload support and VDI, as well as the ideal platform for Infrastructure as a Service, including Private Cloud, Hybrid Cloud, and Public Cloud. #TEVIR309

VIR305 – Hyper-V Network Virtualization for Scalable Multi-Tenancy in Windows

Speaker(s): Sandeep Singhal
Thursday, June 14 at 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM in S320A

“Any service at any server in any cloud.” Next generation data centers should allow dynamic resource allocation and consolidation across large resource pools. The topological constrains of today’s data center networks limit how services can be assigned to servers. Windows Server 2012 enables you to create an agile, multi-tenant cloud on top of your existing infrastructure by virtualizing the network. Network virtualization decouples server configuration from network configuration to provide a virtual dedicated network to each tenant. This allows seamless migration of workloads, while continuing to provide security isolation between tenants. Partners have the opportunity to become multi-tenancy aware and provide the next generation of services, devices, appliances, both physical and virtual, to augment and complete the Windows offering to build secure, scalable, multi-tenant public and private clouds. #TEVIR305

Section Two: Deploy applications and services

WSV332 – What’s New with Internet Information Services (IIS) 8: Performance, Scalability, and Security

Speaker(s): Robert McMurray
Thursday, June 14 at 2:45 PM – 4:00 PM in N310

The session focuses on the new performance, scalability, and security features that are available in IIS 8, including how IIS scales on modern hardware, offers additional security via dynamic rules, and manages the end-user expectations on the age old question, “why does the first request take a long time on IIS?” #TEWSV332

WSV42-HOL – Exploring Application Scale and Management Enhancements in IIS 8

All week in Hands On Labs area in S. Hall B

The lab steps through the key SSL investments in next version of IIS. Learn about how to configure SNI (Server Name Indication) and manage the certificate quickly and securely by keeping them in a central location. This lab is particularly relevant for those who manage many secure sites in a server farm.

MGT304 – Cloud? It’s All about the App!

Speaker(s): Maarten Goet
Wednesday, June 13 at 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM in N220A

The applications to empower our businesses are what we should focus on. We should choose the platform to host the application that best meets the needs, whether it’s a public cloud (Windows Azure) or a private cloud (Hyper-V). In this session Maarten Goet, five-year Microsoft System Center MVP, shows how System Center can help you make those choices and provides integrated management for all cloud worlds. He demonstrates Hyper-V with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 and System Center App Controller 2012 with Azure and provides you with a practical approach to embracing the right cloud for your application. #TEMGT304

Section Three: Manage  and maintain availability

WSV205 – Windows Server 2012 Overview

Speaker(s): Michael Leworthy
Monday, June 11 at 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM in N320A

Windows Server 2012 brings Microsoft’s experience building and operating public clouds to the server operating system, making it a dynamic, highly available, and cost-effective platform for private clouds and on-premise datacenters. It can take you Beyond Virtualization while offering The Power of Many Servers, and the Simplicity of One. It helps with Every App, Any Cloud, and offers to help Enable the Modern Work Style. Learn what we mean by all that and furthermore, experience this in a number of demos showing exciting new features and scenarios. #TEWSV205

WSV306 – Inside Windows Server 2012 Multi-Server Management Capabilities

Speaker(s): Erin Chapple, Jeffrey Snover
Tuesday, June 12 at 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM in N310

Windows Server 2012 will offer excellent total cost of ownership as an integrated platform with comprehensive, multicomputer manageability. Two areas in which Windows Server 2012 improves multicomputer management are Server Manager and Windows PowerShell 3.0. Server Manager in Windows Server 2012 helps you efficiently deploy and manage roles and features on the local server, on remote servers, and on both online and offline virtual hard disks. It also provides a multiserver experience where you can centralize your Windows Server management in a single view, and streamlined your server configuration and deployment from the same window. Windows PowerShell 3.0 provides an extensive platform to help you manage server roles and automate management tasks. With access to over 2300 commandlets (a tenfold increase from the previous version), Windows PowerShell 3.0 offers comprehensive management across your datacenter. This session overviews these subjects in detail and prepares you for enhancing your management capability. #TEWSV306

WSV322 – Update Management in Windows Server 2012: Revealing Cluster-Aware Updating and the New Generation of WSUS

Speaker(s): Erin Chapple, Mallikarjun Chadalapaka
Wednesday, June 13 at 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM in S230E

Today, patch management is a required component of any security strategy. In Windows Server 2012, the new Cluster-Aware Updating (CAU) feature delivers Continuous Availability through automated self-updating of failover clusters. In Windows Server 2012, Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) has evolved to become a Server Role with exciting new capabilities. This session introduces CAU with a discussion of its GUI, cmdlets, remote-updating and self-updating capabilities. And then we proceed to highlight the main functionalities of WSUS in Windows Server 2012 including the security enhancements, patch deployment automation, and new Windows PowerShell cmdlets to perform maintenance, manage and deploy updates. #TEWSV322

Section Four: Securely Deliver Services to Devices

SIA207 – Windows Server 2012 Dynamic Access Control Overview

Speaker(s): Gunjan Jain, Nir Ben Zvi
Monday, June 11 at 4:45 PM – 6:00 PM in N320E

This session provides an overview of the new Dynamic Access Control capabilities built into Windows Server 2012 and how it can best be leveraged for Compliance and Data Leakage Prevention to enable Data Governance. Administrators now have greater control over file server data by leveraging Active Directory claims, a more robust ACL model, Active Directory centralized authorization/auditing policy, and data classification. This session provides an overview of the principal Dynamic Access Control scenarios, showcases the data classification toolkit and integrated partner solutions, and provides a foundation for the Dynamic Access Control breakout sessions. #TESIA207

SIA341 – Windows Server 2012 Dynamic Access Control Deep Dive for Active Directory and Central Authorization Policies

Speaker(s): Siddharth Bhai
Tuesday, June 12 at 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM in N220A

How does Dynamic Access Control affect Active Directory Domain Services? Come to this session and find out how it works! This session provides a technical deep-dive on Dynamic Access Control specifically targeted to the AD Administrator. Topics include the mechanics of Active Directory claims, central access policies, new authentication and authorization capabilities, the latest guidance on AD token bloat, and more. #TESIA405

SIA21-HOL – Using Dynamic Access Control to Automatically and Centrally Secure Data in Windows Server 2012

Available all week in Hands On Labs area in S. Hall B

In this lab, explore Dynamic Access Control in Windows Server 2012. Learn how to create Central Access Policies, explore the new Access Denied Remediation features, as well as how to utilize the audit capabilities built into Dynamic Access Control.

Free (as in beer) Windows Server 2012 training

imageI’ve been working with Windows Server “8” since last September when it first peeked outside of the internal deployment servers at the Build conference. Because I was not part of the engineering group or product team – I had the same level of access all the rest of the public had.  Time moved forward and things changed in January when I moved to “The Mother Ship” and joined the Corp Evangelism team. A little more access, but mostly connections to some really smart people talking quite candidly about Windows Server “8” and the upcoming Beta release. Now it’s getting even closer with an RC coming around the corner soon.

I believe it’s time to take this to the next level and share the goodness that is Windows Server 2012.

Are you ready for some serious pay dirt on Windows Server 2012? Are you ready to evolve your Datacenter (regardless of it’s size) and your skills to a new level of capabilities?

I’ve created and will be delivering a 2 day online FREE event with Microsoft Learning called a JumpStart.  It’s going to take place on June 20th and 21st in-between TechEd North America and TechEd Europe. I recruited my good friend Corey Hynes to help deliver this monster of a online event and will have a plethora of help from product teams, IT geeks and helpers all around answering questions and interacting in the live chat room. In short – it’s going to be an all around Windows Server 2012 party my friends!

Here’s the official write up.

Windows Server 2012:
Preparing for the Datacenter Evolution

Windows Server 2012 provides a dynamic, highly available and cost-effective server platform for the modern datacenter and the cloud. Its impact scales from a few servers all the way to multitenant-aware, multisite environments in the largest organizations. Windows Server 2012 is one of the most significant releases of Windows Server to date, and there is a vast number of new features in this release that will enable you to Cloud-Optimize your IT.

Leveraging the popular “Jump Start” virtual classroom approach, Microsoft Senior Technical Evangelist Rick Claus and Microsoft Partner Corey Hynes will walk you through their personal favorite feature sets while answering why and how each one will have a positive impact on improving your day-to-day IT environment. These accelerated, engaging and demo-heavy sessions are guaranteed to get you excited and ready to try them yourself.

We’re loosely going to be breaking this up into for chunks over two days. The breakdown is organized into the following categories:

  • Beyond Virtualization
  • Manageability
  • Storage technology
  • Remote access / networking

Go check out the registration page for more details on what is being covered from a technology perspective.

Register Here

Did I mention it’s Free (as in beer)?

Windows Server 8 Hands On Labs

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(Or this could be called Windows Server 2012 Hands On Labs as well I guess. )

While I was off in Las Vegas for Microsoft Management Summit – I happened to notice that something sneaked on to the Windows Server TechCenter page on TechNet.

Hands On Labs are now LIVE on the site!

Yup – you too can play in a sandbox of a pre-configured Windows Server 2012 environment via an RDP client. I have been using them internally for a while now, but now they are public for you to use!  Oh – and a hint – if you prefer your lab manuals in a hard copy format – you can save a copy of the lab manual for printing.

Here’s the complete list of 12!

  • Active Directory Deployment and Management Enhancements
    In this lab, you will learn how to deploy Active Directory Domain Controllers with Windows Server “8”. You will deploy domain controllers using the new Server Manager, as well as deploying remote domain controllers using Windows PowerShell. You will be able to explore the new Active Directory Management tool and use its PowerShell History Viewer.
  • Configuring a Highly Available iSCSI Target
    In this lab, you will learn how Windows Server “8” can provide storage remotely to any machine. You will build clusters using shared storage and build iSCSI high-availability instances–observing highly available application communication during cluster failover.
  • Configuring Hyper-V over Highly Available SMB Storage
    In this lab, you will learn how to configure a file server cluster to support running Hyper-V virtual machines from SMB file shares. You will create the file share, configure delegation, and then create a new VM on SMB storage.
  • Implementing Storage Pools and Storage Spaces
    In this lab, you will work with the new storage spaces technology in Windows Server “8”. You will first create new storage pools and virtual disks, and then you will work with those virtual disks in both Server Manager and Control Panel.
  • Introduction to Windows PowerShell Fundamentals
    Windows PowerShell is a command-line shell and scripting language that helps you achieve greater control and productivity. Using a new admin-focused scripting language, more than 230 standard command-line tools, and consistent syntax and utilities, Windows PowerShell enables you to more easily control system administration and accelerate automation.
  • What’s New in Windows PowerShell 3.0
    In this lab, you will explore some of the new features and functionality in Windows PowerShell 3.0 to enable you to more easily control system administration and accelerate automation.
  • Managing Branch Offices
    In this lab, you will learn how the branch office scenario has been improved in Windows Server “8” including new branch cache enhancements.
  • Managing Network Infrastructure
    In this lab, you will explore new network management capabilities in Windows Server “8”. You will learn how to implement Network Teaming as well as how to implement DHCP failover. Finally, explore new Windows PowerShell cmdlets for network management.
  • Managing Your Network Infrastructure with IP Address Management
    Network management is core to running a business, yet the tools that IT professionals need can be too costly or not available from Microsoft. With Windows Server “8”, we change that with the introduction of IP Address Management (IPAM).
  • Managing Windows Server “8” with Server Manager and Windows PowerShell 3.0
    In this lab, you will learn how the Server Manager and Windows PowerShell framework in Windows Server “8” delivers an enhanced, multi-server management experience. You will learn to perform tasks such as multi-server management. You will also explore new Windows PowerShell capabilities including new cmdlets and the Windows PowerShell gateway.
  • Online Backup Service
    In this lab, you will use Windows Server Backup to back up your critical data to Windows Azure. This lab will teach you the entire set of workflows around backing up and recovering your data to Windows Azure.
  • Using Dynamic Access Control to Automatically and Centrally Secure Data
    In this lab, you will explore Dynamic Access Control in Windows Server “8”. You will learn how to create Central Access Policies, explore the new Access Denied Remediation features, as well as learn how to use the audit capabilities built into Dynamic Access Control.

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