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Performance Tuing Guidelines for Windows Server 2016

Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Performance Tuning Guide

Yesterday Microsoft released the official Windows Server 2016 Performance Tuning Guide. The guide provides a collection of technical articles with guidance for IT professionals responsible for deploying, operating and tuning Windows Server 2016 across the most common server workloads. The guide is especially help full if you deploy roles like, Active Directory, Hyper-V, Storage Spaces Direct, Remote Desktop Servers, Web Servers, Windows Server Containers and Networking features.

It is important that your tuning changes consider the hardware, the workload, the power budgets, and the performance goals of your server. This guide describes each setting and its potential effect to help you make an informed decision about its relevance to your system, workload, performance, and energy usage goals.

You can find the documentation on the new docs.microsoft.com platform, where now all the Windows Server 2016 documentation is available. Here you can find the: Performance Tuning Guidelines for Windows Server 2016

If you are looking hardware recommendations check out my blog post: My Hardware Recommendations for Windows Server 2016 and you can also check my blog post about Getting started with Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016



Cloud & Datacenter Conference Germany 2017

Speaking at Cloud & Datacenter Conference Germany 2017

Last year I had the opportunity to speak at the first Cloud & Datacenter Conference Germany (CDC Germany) where I was talking about Windows Containers in Windows Server 2016. I am proud to also speak at this years CDC 2017 in Munich Germany on May 4th and May5th. In my session I will speak about the Microsoft Operations Management Suite and how you can manage your different datacenters and clouds from a single console.

If you are based in Munich or Germany and you are working in the Cloud and Datacenter space, I really recommend that you join this event.

Thomas Maurer OMS

Microsoft Operations Management Suite – Next step in Cloud and Datacenter Management - It’s great, you gonna love it!

Get an overview about the Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS). Get a kick start how you can manage your heterogeneous datacenter and cloud infrastructure from one place using OMS.

Hopefully see you in Munich!

 



Azure Stack Hardware

Azure Stack TP3, Roadmap and Pricing Update available

Microsoft today not only released Azure Stack TP3 (Technical Preview 3) for the public, Microsoft also announced an update on the Azure Stack roadmap and about Azure Stack licensing. The Technical Preview 3 of Azure Stack brings a couple of new features and scenarios for your hybrid cloud deployment. Right now TP3 is also only the single node POC deployment.

Azure Stack Roadmap

This is great for test and showcases as well as getting your deployment ready for the release of Azure Stack GA, which will be mid-CL17. The Azure Stack POC deployment will also be renamed to “Microsoft Azure Stack Development Kit” after GA.

For the Azure Stack TP3 release, Microsoft will deliver refreshes of that build until the release of Azure Stack GA.

At the Azure Stack GA release this summer, Microsoft will deliver Azure Stack hardware with provides from HPE, Dell and Lenovo. Later in 2017 Microsoft will also deliver Azure Stack with Cisco hardware.

After GA, Microsoft  will continuously deliver additional capabilities through frequent updates. The first round of updates after GA are focused on two areas: 1) enhanced application modernization scenarios and 2) enhanced system management and scale. These updates will continue to expand customer choice of IaaS and PaaS technologies when developing applications, as well as improve manageability and grow the footprint of Azure Stack to accommodate growing portfolios of applications.

Azure Stack POC Downloader

What’s new in Azure Stack TP3

With Azure Stack TP3, we’ve worked with customers to improve the product through numerous bug fixes, updates, and deployment reliability & compatibility improvements from TP2. With Azure Stack TP3 customers can:

  • Deploy with ADFS for disconnected scenarios
  • Start using Azure Virtual Machine Scale Sets for scale out workloads
  • Syndicate content from the Azure Marketplace to make available in Azure Stack
  • Use Azure D-Series VM sizes
  • Deploy and create templates with Temp Disks that are consistent with Azure
  • Take comfort in the enhanced security of an isolated administrator portal
  • Take advantage of improvements to IaaS and PaaS functionality
  • Use enhanced infrastructure management functionality, such as improved alerting

Pricing and Licensing

Azure Stack

As mentioned Microsoft will offer Azure Stack from 4 different OEMs. HPE, Dell and Lenovo will deliver a solution at Azure Stack GA in mid-CY17 and Cisco will be available later in 2017. For the pricing model of Azure Stack, Microsoft decided to deliver the licensing of Azure Stack on a pay-per-use base. This meets of course the cloud economics and there will be no upfront licensing costs for customers. Services will be typically metered on the same units as Azure, but prices will be lower, since customers operate their own hardware and facilities. For scenarios where customers are unable to have their metering information sent to Azure, we will also offer a fixed-price “capacity model” based on the number of cores in the system.

 



Hyper-V Manager ins Azure Server Management Tools SMT

Manage Hyper-V from Azure Server Management Tools

Microsoft released an updated to the Azure Server Management Tools (SMT) and this improves some of the existing tools such as File Explorer and Device Manager. But the big announcement here is, that you now can manage your Hyper-V Server and Virtual Machines directly from Microsoft Azure from where ever you are. This is one of the great examples of using cloud solutions to extend your on premise environment, By using Management as a Service you basically don’t need to updated anything, you just got this new feature available in the Azure portal and you can start using it.

In this update to the Server Management Tools, Microsoft supports the following VM management functionality:

  • Start/Shutdown/Turn off/Pause/Resume
  • Save State/Delete Saved State
  • Take/Apply & rename checkpoints

You can see the Virtual Machines on which are running on the Hyper-V server

Hyper-V Manager in Azure SMT

You can also do basic management of checkpoints

Hyper-V VM in Azure SMT

If you want to know more about the Server Management Tools (SMT) check out my blog post: Manage Nano Server and Windows Server from Azure using Remote Server Management Tools

 



Microsoft Technical Summit

Speaking at Microsoft Technical Summit 2016 in Darmstadt Germany

After some great events like ITDEV Connections in Las Vegas, E2EVC in Rome and ExpertsLive in Amsterdam, I will also speak at the Microsoft Technical Summit 2016 in Darmstadt, Germany. The Microsoft Technical Summit will be the Microsoft IT event in 2016. This time it will be in Darmstadt from December 6-8. In my session I will speak about the new Nano Server deployment option in Windows Server 2016.

Nano Server - The Future of Windows Server

Nano Server is the future of Windows Server. With Nano Server Microsoft created the foundation for Windows Server for the next years. In this session you will get an overview about Nano Server and see some great live demos how you can deploy, manage and operate Nano Server as well as creating applications for it. Get a better understanding of Nano Server and see how you deploy, manage and operate it.

This will be more the last conference I will be speaking in 2016. I am really looking forward and hopefully see you there.



ExpertsLive

Speaking at ExpertsLive 2016 in Amsterdam

Last year I had the chance to speak for the first time at ExpertsLive.nl in Amsterdam. Today I am proud that I will be speaking at ExpertsLive.nl again this year. Next week I will be presenting in two session about Windows Server 2016 together with Michael Rüefli.

Also check out the Savison blog post about ExpertsLive from Isidora Katanić and me: Empower your knowledge at Experts Live 2016!

Presenting ExpertsLive

Greatest Server OS Hits; best of Server 2016

In this presentation we will guide you through the highly anticipated innovations including: •Hyper-V 2016 features •Nano Server •Storage Spaces Direct •Storage Replica •Windows Server Containers •And more

The future of your datacenter: Nano Server and Container

Nano Server is the future of Windows Server. With Nano Server Microsoft created the foundation for Windows Server for the next 20 year. In this session you will get an overview about Nano Server and see some great live demos how you can deploy, manage and operate Nano Server as well as creating applications for it. Get a better understanding of Nano Server and see how you deploy, manage and operate it.



Windows Azure Pack Version PowerShell

Verify installed Windows Azure Pack version

If you want to check which version of Windows Azure Pack is installed or if you want to find out which Update Rollup of Windows Azure Pack is installed you can simply do this using two ways.

You can check the version of the installed Windows Azure Pack components on each server, using the Control Panel – Programs and it shows you the installed components:

Windows Azure Pack Version

You can also use the following PowerShell command to check the installed Windows Azure Pack server

Windows Azure Pack Version PowerShell

You can now compare the version numbers in this list an you can see which Windows Azure Pack Update Rollup is installed. Every component on every sever has to be checked.

Windows Azure Pack (links to KB articles) Version number Build Date
Update Rollup 10 3.33.8196.14 04/20/2016
Security Update Rollup 9.1 3.32.8196.12 3/2/2016
Update Rollup 8.1 3.29.8196.0 11/16/2015
Update Rollup 8 3.28.8196.48 10/28/2015
Update Rollup 7.1 3.27.8196.3 8/25/2015
Update Rollup 7 3.25.8196.75 7/31/2015
Update Rollup 6 3.24.8196.35 4/28/2015
Update Rollup 5 3.22.8196.48 2/10/2015
Update Rollup 4 3.19.8196.21 10/21/2014
Update Rollup 3 3.15.8196.48 7/22/2014
Update Rollup 2 3.14.8196.32 4/16/2014
Update Rollup 1 3.12.8198.0 1/20/2014
RTM release 3.10.8198.9 9/16/2013

If you need more information please check the following Microsoft TechNet article: Install Windows Azure Pack updates and verify versions

Thanks to Fulvio Ferrarini (itnetX) which helped me with this blog post.