MVP Hyper-V 2015 award: Thank you everyone !

Hi everyone, Since March 2014, I’ve opened Tech-Coffee with Gilles Monville to share contents about Microsoft Technologies. I’m very passionate about virtualization, software-defined networking and storage, Cloud Computing and security so I write mainly about Hyper-V, SOFS, VMM, Azure and so on. I decided to publish regularly on these technologies firstly to share my knowledges with you. Then I realized ...

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Working with PowerShell Direct

PowerShell Direct is a new feature provided by the next release of Windows Server that enables to run PowerShell commands from Hyper-V hosts in a virtual machine. It works without the network and so without WinRM or other features. This is great when a firewall is misconfigured or when a network issue occurs and avoids you to manage your server. ...

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Rename VM’s Network Adapters automatically with Virtual Machine Manager 2016

The next version of Hyper-V comes with a new feature called Virtual Network Adapter Identification. This feature enables to specify a name when a network adapter is added to the virtual machine and to retrieve this same name inside the VM. This feature can be also managed from Virtual Machine Manager 2016 (Technical Preview 3 where I’m writing this post). ...

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Deploy and add Network Controller to Virtual Machine Manager

Network Controller is a new feature which will be available with Windows Server 2016. This feature enables to manage centrally the virtual and the physical network infrastructure to automate the management, configuration monitoring and troubleshooting. After a quick overview about network controller, I’ll explain how to deploy network controller and how to connect it to Virtual Machine Manager. Network Controller ...

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Upgrade Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2 in High Availability to Technical Preview 2

Currently the last build for the next release of Virtual Machine Manager is the Technical Preview 2 (maybe Technical Preview 3 in the end of the month). In this topic, I will explain how to upgrade Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2 installed in high availability to the Technical Preview 2. Architecture Overview My Virtual Machine Manager nodes are in a failover ...

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Hyper-V converged networking and storage design

Since Windows Server 2012, the converged networking is supported by Microsoft. This concept enables to share an Ethernet adapter for several network traffics. Before that, it was recommended to dedicate a network adapter per network traffic (backup, cluster and so on). So thanks to the converged networking, we can use a single Ethernet adapter (or teaming) to carry several network ...

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Deploy Azure Resources with JSON template

If you are using Microsoft Azure, you may have noticed that currently there are two Portals: Standard Azure Portal: https://manage.windowsazure.com Preview Portal: https://portal.azure.com The Standard Azure Portal is based on the REST API called Service Management while the Preview Portal is based on Azure Resource Manager (ARM). Microsoft introduces ARM to simplify the deployment in their Public Cloud thanks to ...

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Manage Azure VM from Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2

Since Update Rollup 6 of Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2, it is possible to manage Azure VM from the VMM console. You can do simple actions as stop or start the machine, establish an RDP connection. In this topic I’ll describe how to add the Azure Subscription to manage Azure VM from Virtual Machine Manager 2012R2. Requirements To follow this topic ...

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Deploy Azure VM from a generalized image

To deploy a large amount of consistent Virtual Machines, generalized images are often used. You can upload a generalized image that you deploy usually on your On-Premise datacenter or you can also create a generalized image directly from Microsoft Azure. In this topic I’ll explain how to capture an image directly from Azure and how to upload your already existing ...

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Understand Microsoft Azure Storage for Virtual Machines

Microsoft Azure provides a storage solution that can be used for files, backups, virtual machines and so on. In this topic I’ll talk about Blob Storage that enables to store virtual disks for Virtual Machines. Storage account To use the Microsoft Azure storage solution, it’s necessary to create a Storage Account. This storage account gives you a single namespace where ...

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