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#TechDaysNL : Awesome Days with #DEV #ITPRO #MVPBUZZ Photos

Here you see a photo serie of the Microsoft TechDays 2014 in the Netherlands :

Start TechDaysNL

Entrance TechDaysNLEntrance of TechDays 2014 in The Netherlands

Ask the Expert BadgeGetting my Badge for TechDays 2014

With Jeff Woolsey

On the left is Robert Smit @Clustermvp and in the middle Microsoft Principal Program Manager Lead for Windows Server Virtualization and System Center, Jeff Woolsey keynote speaker @WSV_GUY and on the right it’s me James van den Berg :-)

TechDaysNL PostYes Ask The Experts is on the Right

With Dansaap

On the Photo with Microsoft alias Dansaap Daniel van Soest.
Microsoft Sales man Number One ;-)

Windows StandThe Microsoft Windows Stand

Ask the Expert BaliAsk The Expert Stand “How can I help you with Microsoft CloudOS”
Got a lot of questions about Microsoft Azure

Office365Robert Smit Cluster MVP : Office365 doen we ook !

Xbox One guysMVPBuzz X-Box ONE Experts ;-)

MS CloudOS Blog

This System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management BLOG on a BIG Tablet at TechDaysNL

Toys for Boys

Toys for Boys in the Virtual Roller Coaster.

On the TechDaysNL Stairs

THANK YOU ALL for these AWESOME TechDays 2014 !
Go for HybridCloud with Microsoft CloudOS.

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System Center Management Pack for HDInsight #sysctr #Azure #SCOM

MS HDInsight monitoring

This management pack provides capabilities to discover, monitor and manage HDInsight clusters deployed either on Analytics Platform System (APS) Appliance or Windows Azure. It simplifies monitoring process for HDInsight.

In addition to health monitoring capabilities, management pack includes a custom diagram view to visualize HDInsight cluster topology. The custom view has detailed knowledge about cluster structure and the health states of host components and cluster services. That enables near real-time diagnosis and resolution of detected issues.

Important Pre-Requisite Notes:
This management pack requires 2012 or 2012 SP1 version of System Center.

Feature Summary
The following list gives an overview of the features of System Center Management Pack for HDInsight (refer to the “Guide for System Center Management Pack for HDInsight” for more details):

  • Discovers HDInsight clusters deployed on Analytics Platform System or Windows Azure.
  • Monitors HDInsight software components. This includes:
    • Topology view to visually represent HDInsight cluster hierarchy:
      • Cluster view: hierarchy view that includes all monitored clusters with their health information.
      • Two different sub-hierarchies for representing the structure of monitored clusters:
        • Host hierarchy: represents the role of each cluster node (host), its health and the health of all deployed components.
        • Service hierarchy: represents the health of each HDInsight component and the health of HDInsight service that component belongs to.
    • The ability to roll up overall health information across host and service sub-hierarchies.
    • Alerts view: view for IT operator to look at proactive monitoring alerts and take appropriate actions.
    • Dashboard views: Several carefully designed dashboards that provide the most important insights into the health and performance of the cluster, HDFS and MapReduce services.
    • Performance views: Standard SCOM views that enable visualization of Hadoop metrics at the cluster level and the level of each cluster node.
  • Provides context sensitive tasks to stop or start host component, cluster service or all cluster services at once.
  • Uses Run-as profiles to securely connect to HDInsight clusters.

You can download Microsoft System Center MP for HDInsight here

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FREE E-Book : Microsoft System Center: Integrated Cloud Platform #sysctr #Azure #CloudOS

Integraded Cloud Platform

Microsoft System Center: Integrated Cloud Platform is targeted toward IT executives and architects interested in the big picture of how Microsoft’s cloud strategy is delivered using Windows and Microsoft System Center. We provide an all-encompassing approach to understanding and architecting Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, and Windows Azure based solutions for infrastructure as a service. The combination of Windows, System Center, and Windows Azure is a cloud-integrated platform, delivering what Microsoft calls the “Cloud OS,” which is a common platform spanning private cloud, public cloud (Windows Azure), and service provider clouds. This platform enables a single virtualization, identity, data, management, and development platform across all three cloud types.

You can download this Free Microsoft System Center Integrated Cloud Platform E-Book here

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Microsoft Windows Server Automation with Windows #PowerShell #Windows #WS2012R2 #Azure

Powershell for Automation

Windows and Windows Server Automation with Windows PowerShell

Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1

This topic lists the Windows PowerShell modules included with Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1. The Windows PowerShell modules in the list support automating the features of those operating systems and provide links to the cmdlet references for each module. These modules enable you to use Windows PowerShell to administer, maintain, configure, and develop new features for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2.

Module Name (sorted by) Title and link to Web version
ActiveDirectory Active Directory Directory Services Administration (AD DS) Cmdlets
ADCSAdministration Active Directory Certificate Services Administration (AD CS) Cmdlets
ADCSDeployment Active Directory Certificate Services Deployment (AD CS) Cmdlets
ADDSDeployment Active Directory Domain Services Deployment (AD DS) Cmdlets
ADFS Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) Cmdlets
ADRMS Active Directory Rights Management (AD RMS) Services Deployment Cmdlets
ADRMSAdmin Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS) Administration Cmdlets
AppBackgroundTask Background Application Task Management Cmdlets
AppLocker AppLocker Cmdlets
AppX App Installation Cmdlets
AssignedAccess Assigned Access Cmdlets
BestPractices Best Practices Analyzer Cmdlets
BitLocker BitLocker Drive Encryption Cmdlets
BitsTransfer Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) Cmdlets
BranchCache BranchCache Cmdlets
CimCmdlets Common Information Model (CIM) Cmdlets
ClusterAwareUpdating Cluster-Aware Updating Cmdlets
DcbQos Data Center Bridging (DCB) Quality of Service (QoS) Cmdlets
Deduplication Data Deduplication Cmdlets
Defender Defender Cmdlets
Dfsn Distributed File System (DFS) Namespace Cmdlets
Dfsr Distributed File System (DFS) Replication Cmdlets
DhcpServer DHCP Server Cmdlets
DirectAccessClientComponents DirectAccess Client Cmdlets
Dism Deployment Imaging Servicing Management (DISM) Cmdlets
DnsClient Domain Name System (DNS) Client Cmdlets
DnsServer Domain Name System (DNS) Server Cmdlets
FailoverClusters Failover Clusters Cmdlets
FileServerResourceManager File Server Resource Manager Cmdlets
GroupPolicy Group Policy Cmdlets
Hardware Certification Hardware Certification Cmdlets
Hyper-V Hyper-V Cmdlets
International Interational Settings Cmdlets
IpamServer IP Address Management (IPAM) Server Cmdlets
iScsi iSCSI Cmdlets
iScsiTarget iSCSI Target Cmdlets
Kds Key Distribution Server (KDS) Cmdlets
MMAgent Memory Management Agent Cmdlets
Mpio MultiPath I/O (MPIO) Cmdlets
MSDtc Distributed Transaction Coordinator (MSDTC) Cmdlets
MsMq Message Queuing Cmdlets
MsOnlineBackup Windows Azure Backup Cmdlets
NetAdapter Network Adapter Cmdlets
NetConnection Network Connection Profile Cmdlets
NetEventPacketCapture Network Event Packet Capture Cmdlets
NetLbfo NIC Teaming – Load Balancing and Failover Cmdlets
NetNat Network Address Translation (NAT) Cmdlets
NetQoS Network Quality of Service (QoS) Cmdlets
NetSecurity Network Security – IPsec and Windows Firewall Cmdlets
NetSwitchTeam Network Switch Teaming Cmdlets
NetTcpip TCP/IP Protocol Cmdlets
NetWnv Network Virtualization Cmdlets
NetworkConnectivityStatus Network Connectivity Status Cmdlets
NetworkLoadBalancingClusters Network Load Balancing (NLB) Cmdlets
NetworkTransition Network Transition (IPv4 to IPv6) Cmdlets
NFS Network File System (NFS) Cmdlets
NPS Network Policy Server (NPS) Cmdlets
PcsvDevice Physical Computer System View (PSCV) Cmdlets
PEF Message Analyzer Cmdlets
PKI Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Client Cmdlets
PowerShellWebAccess Windows PowerShell Web Access
PrintManagement Print Management Cmdlets
RemoteAccess Remote Access Cmdlets
RemoteDesktop Remote Desktop Cmdlets
RemoteDesktopServices Remote Desktop Services Cmdlets
ScheduledTasks Scheduled Tasks Cmdlets
SecureBoot Secure Boot Configuration Cmdlets
ServerCore Server Core Cmdlets
ServerManager Server Manager Cmdlets
ServerManagerTasks Server Manager Tasks Cmdlets
ServerMigration Server Migration Cmdlets
SmbShare Server Message Block (SMB) Share Cmdlets
SmbWitness SMB Witness Cmdlets
SmisConfig Storage Management Initiative – Specification (SMI-S) Cmdlets
SoftwareInventoryLogging Software Inventory Logging Cmdlets
StartScreen Start Screen Configuration Cmdlets
Storage Storage Cmdlets
Storage Storage Spaces Cmdlets
SyncShare Sync Share Cmdlets
TLS Transport Layer Security (TLS) Authentication Cmdlets
TroubleshootingPack Troubleshooting Pack Cmdlets
TrustedPlatformModule Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Cmdlets
UpdateServices Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) Cmdlets
UserAccessLogging User Access Logging (UAL) Cmdlets
VAMT Volume Activation Management Toolkit
VpnClient VPN Client Cmdlets
WasPSExt Windows Assessment Services Cmdlets
Wdac Windows Data Access Components (WDAC) Cmdlets
Wds Windows Deployment Services Cmdlets
WebAdministration Web Server (IIS) Administration Cmdlets
WebApplicationProxy Web Application Proxy Cmdlets
WHEA Windows Hardware Error Architecture (WHEA) Cmdlets
WindowsDeveloperLicense Windows Developer License Cmdlets
WindowsErrorReporting Windows Error Reporting Cmdlets
WindowsSearch Windows Search Cmdlets
WindowsServerBackup Windows Server Backup Cmdlets
WSSCmdlets Windows Server Essentials Cmdlets
WSSSetupCmdlets Windows Server Essentials Setup Cmdlets

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UPDATE : Hybrid Cloud with NVGRE WhitePaper #CloudOS #SCVMM #WAPack

HybridCloud NVGRE Update v5

This white paper is meant to show you a real world deployment of a fabric infrastructure that is supporting network virtualization with NVGRE for hybrid cloud computing, together with Windows Azure Pack.

Read this great whitepaper first when you start with Microsoft Private Cloud and Hybrid Cloud computing made by my fellow MVP’s :

You can follow them on Twitter :


Kristian Nese, Cloud & Datacenter Management MVP @KristianNese
Flemming Riis, Cloud & Datacenter Management MVP @FlemmingRiis
Stanislav Zhelyazkov, Cloud & Datacenter MVP @StanZhelyazkov
Marc van Eijk, Azure MVP @_marcvaneijk
Daniel Neumann, Cloud & Datacenter Management MVP @neumanndaniel
Stanislav Zhelyazkov, Cloud & Datacenter Management MVP

You can download this Great White Paper on Hybrid Cloud with NVGRE & Windows Azure Pack here

Thank you for this real world WhitePaper guys ! ;-)

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Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 2.0 and #Powershell cmdlets #Hyperv #VMware #Azure #SCVMM


Microsoft® Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC) is a Microsoft-supported, stand-alone solution for the information technology (IT) pro or solution provider who wants to convert virtual machines and disks from VMware hosts to Hyper-V® hosts and Windows Azure™.

MVMC can be deployed with minimal dependencies. Because MVMC provides native support for Windows PowerShell®, it enables scripting and integration with data center automation workflows such as those authored and run within Microsoft System Center Orchestrator 2012 R2. It can also be invoked through the Windows PowerShell® command-line interface. The solution is simple to download, install, and use. In addition to the Windows PowerShell capability, MVMC provides a wizard-driven GUI to facilitate virtual machine conversion.

New Features in MVMC 2.0
MVMC 2.0 release of MVMC includes the following new features:

  • Converts virtual disks that are attached to a VMware virtual machine to virtual hard disks (VHDs) that can be uploaded to Windows Azure.
  • Provides native Windows PowerShell capability that enables scripting and integration into IT automation workflows.
    Note The command-line interface (CLI) in MVMC 1.0 has been replaced by Windows PowerShell in MVMC 2.0.
  • Supports conversion and provisioning of Linux-based guest operating systems from VMware hosts to Hyper-V hosts.
  • Supports conversion of offline virtual machines.
  • Supports the new virtual hard disk format (VHDX) when converting and provisioning in Hyper-V in Windows Server® 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012.
  • Supports conversion of virtual machines from VMware vSphere 5.5, VMware vSphere 5.1, and VMware vSphere 4.1 hosts Hyper-V virtual machines.
  • Supports Windows Server® 2012 R2, Windows Server® 2012, and Windows® 8 as guest operating systems that you can select for conversion.

Standard MVMC Features
In addition to the new features previously identified, MVMC provides the following functionality:

  • Converts and deploys virtual machines from VMware hosts to Hyper-V hosts on any of the following operating systems:
  • Windows Server® 2012 R2
  • Windows Server® 2012
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
  • Converts VMware virtual machines, virtual disks, and configurations for memory, virtual processor, and other virtual computing resources from the source to Hyper-V.
  • Adds virtual network interface cards (NICs) to the converted virtual machine on Hyper-V.
  • Supports conversion of virtual machines from VMware vSphere 5.5, VMware vSphere 5.0, and VMware vSphere 4.1 hosts to Hyper-V.
  • Has a wizard-driven GUI, which simplifies performing virtual machine conversions.
  • Uninstalls VMware Tools before online conversion (online only) to provide a clean way to migrate VMware-based virtual machines to Hyper-V.
    Important MVMC takes a snapshot of the virtual machine that you are converting before you uninstall VMware Tools, and then shuts down the source machine to preserve state during conversion. The virtual machine is restored to its previous state after the source disks that are attached to the virtual machine are successfully copied to the machine where the conversion process is run. At that point, the source machine in VMware can be turned on, if required.
    Important MVMC does not uninstall VMware Tools in an offline conversion. Instead, it disables VMware services, drivers, and programs only for Windows Server guest operating systems. For file conversions with Linux guest operating systems, VMware Tools are not disabled or uninstalled. We highly recommend that you manually uninstall VMware Tools when you convert an offline virtual machine.
  • Supports Windows Server and Linux guest operating system conversion. For more details, see the section “Supported Configurations for Virtual Machine Conversion” in this guide.
  • Includes Windows PowerShell capability for offline conversions of VMware-based virtual hard disks (VMDK) to a Hyper-V–based virtual hard disk file format (.vhd file).
    Note The offline disk conversion does not include driver fixes.

You Can download Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 2.0 here

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Microsoft #SQL Server Backup to #MicrosoftAzureTool

Microsoft SQL Server Backup to Microsoft Azure Tool

SQL Server 2012 SP1 CU2 and SQL Server 2014 have built in capability to back up to Microsoft Azure storage. The SQL Server Backup to Microsoft Azure tool provides the same functionality for previous versions of SQL Server. It can also be used to provide encryption and compression for your backups.
Using the 3-step wizard, you can specify a rule or set of rules that are applied to any SQL Server backup. One example of a rule could be to redirect all local backups to the specified Microsoft Azure storage. Another example of a rule would be to use compression or encryption for backups stored in a specific location.
Once you configure the rules, these rules are applied to SQL Server Backup files. If the rule is set to use a Microsoft Azure storage account, the tool redirects the backups to the specified Microsoft Azure storage account, but leaves a stub file in the local storage with metadata information to be used during restore.

• Support for backups to Microsoft Azure Storage for SQL Server versions that do not have the built-in capability. Using Microsoft Azure storage for your backups has several benefits, such as providing off-site storage for disaster recovery, accessibility regardless of location, etc. For more information, see SQL Server Backup and Restore with Microsoft Azure.
• Encryption support for SQL Server versions that do not have the built in capability. Currently only SQL Server 2014 has encryption support.
• Compression support for SQL Server versions that do not have the built in capability. Currently, SQL Server 2008 supports compression in Enterprise edition only, but SQL Server 2008 R2 and later, encryption is supported on Enterprise and Standard editions.
SQL Server and Operating Systems Support:
This tool is supported on SQL Server 2005 or later, and Operating System versions: Windows Server 2008 or later for Servers, and Windows 7 or later for Client Operating Systems.
• Microsoft Azure subscription and a Microsoft Azure Storage Account.
o You can log in to the Microsoft Azure Management Portal using your Microsoft account. If you do not have a Microsoft account, visit Microsoft Azure 3-Month free trial.
o To create a Microsoft Azure storage account, see How to Create a Microsoft Azure Storage Account.

• A Microsoft Azure Blob Storage Container: SQL Server uses the Microsoft Azure Blob storage service and stores the backups as blobs. A container is a grouping of blobs an all blobs must live in a container.
Installing the Tool:
The setup is simple and involves the following steps:
1. From the download page, download the MSI (x86/x64) to your local machine that has the SQL Server Instances installed. If your production machines do not have access outside of your organization, download to a local share and use the MSI to install the tool on your production machines.
2. Double click the MSI file to start the installation.
3. Read and accept the terms of the license agreement, and click Install to start the installation process.
When the installation completes, a service named Microsoft SQL Server Backup to Microsoft Azure Tool Service is created on the machine. This service runs the SQLBackup2Azure.exe to apply the configured rules such as backing up to Microsoft Azure Blob storage, compression, or encryption of the backup files. The installation also requires and attempts to create a low privilege account which is used to run the service. When installed, Microsoft SQL Server Backup to Microsoft Azure Tool adds two objects to the users and groups on the local machine:
• A user group called “TempGroup”
• A user in the group called “SQLBackup2Azure”
These names are hard coded. The password for the user SQLBackup2Azure account is generated automatically and not accessible by anyone including Microsoft.
When a rule is created, Read/Write permission for the specified folder is automatically granted to the group “TempGroup”. This includes the SQLBackup2Azure account. If the account does not have permission to read or write to the specified folder, it will not function correctly.

How to Use the Tool to Create Rules:
Going through the wizard to setup the rules allows the program to process the backup files that should be encrypted, compressed or uploaded to Azure storage. This tool does not provide for scheduling, error tracking or logging of the backups. All backup job scheduling, maintenance and error tracking should be done by using SQL Server Management Studio or other applications which can provide this functionality.
In addition, turn off SQL Backup compression on the databases that you want to back up with the Tool. SQL Backup Compression does not give additional benefit over the tool’s compression features. If you wish to compress your backup, please use the Tool for compression.

1. Once installed, the tool should be appear on the Programs list.

SQL Server Backup to Azure 1

2. Click on the “Microsoft SQL Server Backup to Windows Azure…” to start the Wizard.

3. On the Rules page, click Add to create a new rule. NOTE: Only the Add button is enabled if you are using this tool for the first time.

SQL Server Backup to Azure 2Once you have created one or more rules, you will see the existing rules and the option to
Modify or Delete the rule as shown below.

SQL Server Backup to Azure 3

4. On the Add Rule (Step 1 or 3) page, you can either choose to apply the rule to all paths to the local machine or to one specific location. You must also specify the file name pattern that this rule should apply to. For example, if you want to apply this rule to all files with the extension .bak, you would specify *.bak in the File name pattern field.

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5. On the Add Rule (Step 2 of 3) page, you can specify the Windows Azure storage account information, so the backups you specified in Step 1 can be redirected to use the Windows Azure storage as the backup destination. Alternatively, you can choose to keep the local storage as the backup destination.

For Microsoft Azure Storage, you must specify the name of the account, the storage access key, and the name of the container. You can retrieve the name of the storage account and the access key information by logging into the Microsoft Azure management portal. For more information on where to find this information, see The storage name and access key are used to authenticate to the storage account, the container. Click Verify account to ensure that the information specified is valid and the tools is able to connect to the storage account.

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6. On the Add Rule (Step 3 of 3) page, you can enable or disable encryption or compression. If you enable encryption, you must specify a password. The password is used for decryption purposes. For more information, see Backup Encryption. Once you specify the options, click Finish to create the rule.

SQL Server Backup to Azure 6

7. On clicking Finish you will see the following page with the rule configuration. You can close the wizard once you have completed adding or modifying the rules

SQL Server Backup to Azure 7

Restoring a Database from a Backup Taken with SQL Server Backup to Microsoft Azure Tool in Place:

The SQL Server Backup to Microsoft Azure Tool creates a ‘stub’ file with some metadata to use during restore. Use this file like your regular backup file when you wish to restore a database. SQL Server uses the metadata from this file and the backup on Microsoft Azure storage to complete the restore. For example:
RESTORE DATABASE AdventureWorks2012
FROM DISK = ‘<metadata file location>’

Restoring a Database from a Backup Taken with SQL Server Backup to Microsoft Azure Tool in Place If You have Lost the Stub File

If you have lost the stub file (e.g. through loss of the storage media that contained the stub file) and you have chosen the option of backing up to a Microsoft Azure Storage account, you may recover the stub file through Microsoft Azure Storage by downloading it from the storage container in which it was placed. You should then place the stub file into a folder on the local machine where the Tool is configured to detect and upload to the same container with the same encryption password if encryption was used with the original rule.

Frequently Asked Questions:


Q: The tool doesn’t seem to detect and select my backup files correctly.

A: Try the following:

  1. Confirm the “Microsoft SQL Server Backup to Windows Azure” service is started
  2. Check if your rule matches the file name you try to back up. A rule will look for files named “.bak”, for example, if you placed “.bak” in the “File Name Pattern” field. To properly match files, you may need to use wild cards.

Q: I can’t start the “Microsoft SQL Server Backup to Windows Azure” service.

A: Check Windows System Event logs for errors when the service fails to start.

Q: Is there any retry logic built into the tool?

A: No. In the event of a loss of network connectivity, SQL Server will surface the error as not being able to write to the device. You will need to clean up the files relating to this backup operation (if any) and retry the backup.

Q: Can I back up to an existing backup file on disk?

A: No. This is a known limitation of the Tool. If you want to create a backup using the Tool, you must create a new backup file instead of overwriting/appending to an existing backup file.

Q: Should I use SQL Backup Compression with the Tool?

A: No. SQL Backup Compression provides no additional benefit over the Tool’s compression algorithms. We strongly suggest you turn off SQL Backup Compression for any backups taken to a folder that the tool is monitoring. If you wish to compress these backups, please turn on the Compression option in the Tool instead of using SQL Backup Compression.

Additional Resources:

SQL Server Backup and Restore with Windows Azure.

You can download the Microsoft SQL Server Backup to Microsoft Azure Tool here

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