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Happy Holidays and Thank you ! #MSOMS #Azure #AzureStack #Hyperv #Sysctr #HybridCloud


Thank you for following me @Jamesvandenberg
Thank you Community 😉
Thank you Microsoft
Wish you all the Best !

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Wish you all Merry Christmas & Happy New Innovative Year 2016 !

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Wow a lot has happened in 2015, I don’t even know where to begin with a recap of 2015 in a Mobile and Cloud first world ! What I have learned that’s it’s all about
applications on your Mobile Phone, Tablet, or any Device to Work, Learn in any environment you want. Sharing Microsoft technology with the Community and in Education via Social media is what I love to do on a daily bases. I hope you enjoyed the information in 2015 with Microsoft Products like :

I wish you all a Healthy Life and a lot of Success in 2016 !

Microsoft is transforming Datacenters with New Technology and making Hybrid Cloud possible for your Applications.
What I personally like is the Microsoft Hololens this is something different, but very Cool to be in a Virtual Reality World with
awesome possibilities in 2016 and in the Future 🙂

Thank you Community, Followers, Microsoft Product Teams, MVP Award Program, MVP’s, Developers, ITpro’s, Students, for Sharing !

Best Regards, James van den Berg.

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USE #UserVoice for Feedback to the #Microsoft Developer Teams Make IT BETTER TOGETHER

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Use Uservoice for getting features into Microsoft Products and give the Developer Teams your feedback.
It’s based on a voting system, the feature or special feedback with the most votes from users around the world will be picked out by the product team 🙂
Here you find some links to Microsoft Product Teams on Uservoice to give your feedback :

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Very Proud on the 5th #Microsoft Global MVP Award for SCCDM #SYSCTR

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I’m very proud to receive the 5th Microsoft Global MVP Award for System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management (SCCDM) !
A Big Thank YOU community for following me via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and my Blog, is really appreciated 🙂
A Big Thank YOU Microsoft for all the support and PGI sessions, really Awesome working together as a Great Team 😉
A Big Thank YOU MVP Mates for sharing information with the community 🙂
A Big Thank YOU to my Family for supporting me all the way ! 🙂

2015 – 2016 will be a beautiful Microsoft year with Awesome new technologies in Windows Server 2016, Hyper-V, System Center, Azure, and we will Bring
Microsoft Azure Cloud Services to your Datacenter with AzureStack.
A lot of New Microsoft information and Great solutions for blogging and sharing with the Community on Social Media.

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List of Build Numbers for System Center Virtual Machine Manager #SCVMM #sysctr

SCVMM TP2 build

2012 R2


Build Number Knowledge Base Article ID   Release Date Comment
3.1.7200.0 n/a System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager Preview
3.2.7510.0  n/a System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager RTM
3.2.7620.0 2904712  2014-01-27 Update Rollup 1 for System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager
3.2.7634.0 2932926  2014-04-21 Update Rollup 2 for System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager
3.2.7672.0 2965414   2014-07-29 Update rollup 3 for System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager
3.2.7768.0 2992024  2014-11-08 Update Rollup 4 for System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager
3.2.7828.0 3011473  n/a Update Rollup 5 Preview for System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager
3.2.7895.0 3023195  2015-02-10 Update Rollup 5 for System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager
3.2.8002.0 3050317  2015-04-28 Update Rollup 6 for System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager


Build Number Knowledge Base Article ID Comment
3.2.9013.0 n/a System Center Technical  Preview Virtual Machine Manager. Blog info
3.2.9234.0 n/a System Center Technical  Preview 2 Virtual Machine Manager. Blog info

Here you can find all the System Center Virtual Machine Manager Build Versions

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Microsoft Azure (Iaas) Cost Estimator Tool #Azure #Hyperv #SCVMM #VMware

Azure Cost Tool 1Select Machine Type in the Microsoft Azure Cost Estimator tool

Azure Cost Tool 2Enter the Machine Details.

Azure Cost Tool 3You can Profiling from Run Once til four weeks

The Azure (IaaS) Cost Estimator has been designed keeping in mind the need to provide the IT manager of next generation organizations the ability to quickly assess running cost of her existing on-premises workload on Azure.

About the tool

  1. The tool provides real world machine hardware usage
  2. It recommends appropriate Azure instance to match the scanned workload
  3. It also generates 30-day cost estimates of running such an Azure instance


  1. The tool supports
    1. Microsoft technologies (Hyper-V, SCVMM)
    2. VMware technologies (vCenter, ESXi)
    3. Physical environments (Windows, Linux)
  2. It is able to export to Excel/.csv that can be used for discussions with Systems Integration partner or a Microsoft representative
  3. No data is sent to Microsoft at any time. All report and profile information resides on the machine where the tool is installed

Value Proposition

  1. Can be Installed and a profile scan completed within 15 minutes (can be deployed on a Windows client)
  2. Enables a comparison with on-premises running costs (e.g. hardware, power, cooling, building, security, and systems management among others)

If you have any questions about the tool, or would like to send us your valuable feedback/comments, please write to Microsoft at

You can download the Microsoft Azure Cost Estimator tool here


Making a NVGRE Gateway with System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager #SCVMM #sysctr

We made in our TestLAB ICTCUMULUS (Means CLOUDS) a NVGRE (Network Virtualization using Generic Routing Encapsulation) Gateway with System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager.

Before you make the Microsoft NVGRE Gateway see these blogposts here :

From Microsoft Private #Cloud to Hybrid Cloud Services Part 2 of 5 #SCVMM 2012 R2










The Microsoft Windows Server Gateway is active.

NVGRE 10Here we set the right settings for Front and backend Connection.


Now we create VM Network with isolation called Tenant Blue.









We create an IP Pool for the Blue Tenant network.





We now create a Hyper-V Port Profile for the VM’s in Tenant Blue







Now we deploy a Virtual Machine







We Create a Virtual Machine in the isolated Blue Tenant.



VM is automatically configured with an IP-adress from the IP-Pool (


VM communicates via the NVGRE (via NAT) with the internet:


Our virtualization gateway host is using a Provider Address ( used for network virtualization:


We created two more VM in the blue tenant to see some more results in the next step:


We can see our three created VMs with Customer address mapped to Provider Address if we run the powershell command Get-NetVirtualizationLookupRecord on the gateway host (ras01):



From Microsoft Private #Cloud to Hybrid Cloud Services Part 2 of 5 #SCVMM 2012 R2

Before we start with Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager, we had the following blog posts :

SCVMM 2012 R2 ServerOur System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager Server in our TestLAB

We installed Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 and joined the server in our Testlab domain ICTCUMULUS.
We installed all Windows Updates and made the Machine ready for System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager with the following step-by-step guide:

Install Prerequisites with Dism

  • Install prerequisite .net Framework 3.5 via de command prompt. Make sure you mount the Windows 2012 DVD in D:
  • Restart the server after you successfully enabled the features.

From here we install Microsoft SQL 2012 SP1 DataBase Server for the Virtual Machine Manager DataBase :


We installed a new SQL 2012 SP1 DataBase Server just for System Center 2012 R2 VMM in our TestLAB but of course you can install the SCVMM Database also on an existing SQL Cluster Instance.






We install the SQL Database on a local LUN but when you use an SQL Cluster you have to set the Windows Firewall rules with the right port access rules for SCVMM



We add here only the SQL DataBase engine and the Management Tools.




Here we set the instance on our provisioned I-SCSI LUN path D:\



Here you set your Service accounts


SQL2012SP1-15Here you set the Data directorys


SQL2012SP1-17Here you add the SQL Server administrators






The Microsoft SQL 2012 SP1 DataBase Server is installed successfully.

To install Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager you have to install the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) for Windows 8.1

You can download the ADK 8.1 here


System Requirements: VMM Console you can find here










SCVMM2012R2-10We installed the Library share on our I-SCSI LUN D:\

SCVMM2012R2-11Ready to install


SCVMM2012R2-13Successfully installed Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager


So far so good but now we are going to configure Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager with a Great step-by-step white paper of my fellow SCCDM MVP’s

In the Spotlight => Hybrid Cloud with NVGRE (WS SC 2012 R2)

To configure Virtual networks inside SCVMM you can follow this great White Paper.

We first configure the following items in the Fabric for networking :



  1. Create and Configure Logical Networks
  2. Create and Configure the IP Pools for the Logical Networks
  3. Create and Configure The UP Links Hyper-V Port profiles
  4. Create and Configure the Logical Switches

VMs and Services

In VMs and Services we configure :

  1. Virtual Machine Networks

To do these steps follow the White Paper.

Logical NetworksWe made two host groups : Hyper-V Cluster and Edge

In the Edge Group is coming our Virtual Gateway with RRAS Server deployed by SCVMM.
Here we configured our Logical Networks with the right IP Pools.

Port Profiles

After we created and Configured the UP Link Port profiles we could create the Logical Switches :

Logical Switches

and after this we could Create and Configure the Virtual Machine Networks :

VM Networks

From here the virtual network configuration is ready for deployment.
We added Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Cluster01 to System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager by add Hyper-V Hosts and Clusters :

Add Cluster

And after adding the Hyper-V Cluster we configured the hosts with SCVMM




We did this with all the Hyper-V Hosts with the following result :

Network ICTCUMULUSWe made a Windows Server 2012 R2 VHDX and Syspreped the image for in our SCVMM Library.

Hardware ProfilesWe Made two Hardware Profiles to deploy

questOS ProfileOne Guest OS Profile

2012R2 Profile

Make the right configuration here.

VM Templates

We made two VM Templates for deployment.

Service Template

With Service Template designer you can make your own service templates for tear deployments with Generation 1 VM’s.

We got the following message when we did the same with Generation 2 VM’s :

GEN2 not supported in service template

Hope this blog will work for you to, and the following blog post is on Cloud Computing with SCVMM and App-Controller.


Microsoft Hybrid #Cloud Multi-Tenant Networking Solution #SCVMM #Hyperv #WAP #Winserv

This guide describes a hybrid cloud solution where a hosting provider can connect multiple tenant networks to their network and offer secure network isolation to each tenant in a way that is simple to set up and efficient to operate. A self-service portal makes it easy for tenants to provision their private network and virtual machines without the need for the hosting provider to intervene if a change is required.

The following diagram illustrates the problem and scenario that this solution guide addresses.

Hybrid Cloud Multi-Tenant Networking

Hybrid Cloud Multi-Tenant Networking

Example scenario

The example organization described in this guide is a medium-sized hosting provider that offers managed services, including infrastructure as a service (IaaS). This organization is seeing a lot of interest from their enterprise customers to move some of their enterprise workloads to the cloud, while maintaining connectivity back to their on-premises network.

This organization provides a hybrid cloud service that makes it possible for a customer to create a virtual network that spans their cloud infrastructure and the customer’s on-premises network, using the customer’s existing private IP address space.

Their marketing has been so successful that the demand for their service is increasing rapidly. This rapid rise in demand has made it imperative for the organization to lower their operating expenses to make it a profitable service, given the inefficiencies in their current implementation.

Problem statement

The organization has found that their current hybrid cloud solution does not scale well, and is inefficient and expensive to operate. For example, in their experience:

  • Their current solution requires two virtual machine network virtualization gateways for every tenant (for redundancy), and each pair of gateways requires a public IP address. As the number of tenants increases, the number of virtual machine gateways required increases linearly, and they can become very difficult to administer. The costs associated with all these network virtualization gateways can add up rather quickly, which makes the current solution not cost-effective.
  • Connecting multiple sites per tenant requires a virtual machine gateway for each tenant site.
  • Without an industry standard routing protocol, the administrator must manually administer network routes. This is inefficient and subject to configuration errors.
  • Using VLANs for network isolation limits the number of networks that can be supported.

The organization is looking for a simpler, cost-effective way for a hosting provider to connect tenant networks in a hybrid cloud offering. They want to deploy virtual machine gateways that can connect multiple tenant networks and multiple sites per tenant simultaneously. Also, they want virtual machine gateways to be clustered to offer redundancy and connection preservation in case of failure, and multiple virtual machine gateways to be deployed to address throughput requirements. In addition, they want to use an industry standard routing protocol, and enable a scalable virtual network isolation protocol that is not limited by current VLAN technologies.

Also, this organization needs to use an easy-to-use management interface, which includes IP address space management, together with an easy-to-use self-service tenant portal provided to make a hybrid cloud simple and efficient to deploy.

Organization goals

To summarize, the example organization for this guide has the following goals for a hybrid cloud solution:

  • I can use a single gateway to connect multiple tenant sites in a hybrid cloud offering, which means that I do not need multiple gateways using multiple public IP addresses for each of my tenants. This solution scales well, which allows me to connect more tenants with fewer resources.
  • I can isolate my tenant networks using network virtualization, which scales better than VLANs. VLANs are typically implemented with a limit of about 1000 different identifiers, which limits the number of tenant networks I can support. Network virtualization can support thousands of tenants, without any of the constraints imposed by VLANs, switches, and physical network locations.
  • I can manage my hybrid cloud offering using an easy to use management interface that allows me to manage my virtual networks, IP address spaces, and gateways all in one location. This makes it easier and more efficient to manage many tenants at a time.
  • I can offer my tenants a common self-service portal, which allows them to efficiently place their computing resources where it best meets their business needs. I can offer tenants a customizable portal compatible with Windows Azure, utilizing the same Service Management API based on REST (Representational State Transfer).
  • I can offer my tenant customers easy-to-follow guidance to connect their on-premises network to my hosting provider network through a secure site-to-site VPN (virtual private network). Router configuration guidance includes required protocols, settings, and end-point addresses.

To address the problem and scenario described in the previous section, Microsoft integrates various products and technologies. Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview together with System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager give hosting providers a multi-tenant gateway solution that supports multiple host-to-host VPN tenant connections. Hyper-V Network Virtualization provides tenant virtual network isolation with Network Virtualization using Generic Routing Encapsulation (NVGRE), which allows tenants to bring their own address space and allows hosting providers better scalability than is possible using VLANs for isolation.

Virtual Machine Manager offers a simple user interface to manage the gateways, virtual networks, virtual machines and other fabric items. When integrated with Windows Server IP Address Management (IPAM), you can manage the IP address space for the tenant and fabric networks.

Windows Azure Pack creates a self-service portal for tenants to manage their own virtual networks. With Windows Azure Pack, you can deploy a common self-service experience, a common set of management APIs, and an identical website and virtual machine hosting experience. Tenants can take advantage of the common interfaces, which frees them to move their workloads where it makes the most sense for their business or for their changing requirements.

The following diagram illustrates the Microsoft Hybrid Cloud Multi-Tenant Networking solution, which connects each tenant’s network to the hosting service provider network using a site-to-site VPN tunnel and Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) for automatic routing table synchronization. Each tenant must configure their own gateway to connect to the hosting provider gateway. The gateway then isolates each tenant’s network data using the NVGRE protocol for network virtualization.

Hybrid Cloud Multi-Tenant Networking Solution Architecture

Multi-Tenant Networking solution

When planning this solution, you need to consider the following:

  • High availability design for the gateway
  • Tenant virtual machine Internet access requirements
  • Infrastructure physical hardware capacity and throughput
  • Site-to-site connection throughput
  • Network isolation technologies
  • Authentication mechanisms
  • IP addressing
  1. Plan and design for hybrid cloud multi-tenant networking.

    Use the Hybrid Cloud Multi-Tenant Networking Planning and Design Guide to plan and design your solution.

    After you complete this step, verify that you have a completed worksheet showing your selected solution design options.

  2. Deploy Virtual Machine Manager.

    Use the Virtual Machine Manager Deployment Guide to install and configure Virtual Machine Manager. Virtual Machine Manager is used to deploy and manage your gateway and other network components for this solution.

    After this step is complete, verify you have the features configured.

  3. Deploy Windows Server IPAM.

    Use the IPAM Deployment Guide to install and configure IPAM. Windows Server IPAM is integrated with Virtual Machine Manager to deploy and manage the IP address space for your customer and fabric infrastructure.

    After this step is complete, verify you have the features configured.

  4. Deploy the Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Gateway.

    Use the Windows Server 2012 R2 Gateway Deployment Guide to install and configure the gateway. The gateway is deployed using Virtual Machine Manager and provides a connection point for multiple tenant site-to-site VPN connections.

    After this step is complete, verify you have the features configured.

  5. Deploy the Windows Azure Pack.

    Use the Windows Azure Pack Deployment Guide to install and configure the Windows Azure Pack. The Windows Azure Pack integrates with Virtual Machine Manager and allows your tenants to create and manage their own private networks and compute resources.

    After this step is complete, verify you have the features configured.

  6. Connect a test tenant gateway to the hosting provider Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview gateway.

    Use the Tenant Gateway Configuration Guide to connect a test tenant gateway to the hosting provider Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview gateway. This is the documentation that you will provide to your tenant customers so that they can connect their network to your hosting service. By testing these steps, you will verify that your customers will be successful if they follow your instructions.

    After this step is complete, verify you have the features configured.

  7. Verify the solution.
  8. Mark Your Calendars for Oct. 18: The R2 Wave is Coming!

Related resources:

What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2

Technical Scenarios for Windows Server 2012

IPAM Planning and Design Guide

Networking Overview

Configuring Networking in VMM Overview

Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server

What’s New in 2012 R2: Enabling Modern Apps with the Windows Azure Pack