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KTSI Open Day 2012


Today I finished my diploma thesis. The focus on my projects over the last semester was Microsoft Private Cloud and the topic or the task I got was “Microsoft Private Cloud: From VMware to Hyper-V”. Now I will present this project tomorrow at the KTSI open day 2012. So if you are interested in how you can migrate from VMware to Hyper-V you should not miss this event:


Microsoft Cloud for SMB


Last year I did a little research project about Microsoft’s public cloud and how it cloud affect Small and Medium sized businesses. So I created a paper which should help Microsoft partners to decide how they can improve their services and solutions by using the Microsoft public cloud. I the paper I focused on Microsoft Office 365 and Windows Intune. This should be for the partner which do infrastructure solutions like Active Directory, Exchange and PC Management.


You can download this paper from my Windows Live SkyDrive.
The paper includes a lot of text copied from Microsoft documents and websites, and research I did by myself. All the sources should be marked, but if you find anything which is not marked please feel free to contact me.

Install CentOS on Windows 8 Hyper-V

For some courses at KTSI we need a CentOS to test some Linux spesific things like Apache and other stuff. The good thing, Windows 8 got Hyper-V and Hyper-V supports CentOS.

With Version 3.2 oft the Linux Integration Services Microsoft fixed also a bug which occurred in Windows 8.

  1. First download CentOS
  2. Download the Linux Integration Services Version 3.2 for Hyper-V
  3. Start Hyper-V Manager and create a new Virtual Machine
  4. Install CentOS 6.x
    centos hyper-v
  5. Reboot the virtual machine
  6. Login as root
    centos hyper-v
  7. Mount the Linux Integration Services ISO from step 2
  8. Now run the following commands in the virtual machine
    centos hyper-v
  9. After you the Installation is completed you have to reboot the virtual machine again
    centos hyper-v
  10. done 😉


Commands for Windows Server Core & Hyper-V Core Server

For some KTSI projects I have been working a lot with Windows Server Core or Hyper-V Server. Now I had to do a lot of automation, so I made this little connection of commands. If you configure the server manually you can do the most important things with the sconfig utility.

Windows Server Core


Set Hostname

Join Domain

Remove Domain

Rename Network Interface

Configure IP Address

Configure DNS Servers

Disable Firewall (not recommended)



Enable PowerShell Remoting

Enable Remotedesktop

Enable Remote Administration

Enable Remote Firewall Administration

Enable ICMP (Ping)

Enable Remote Disk Management



Enter License key

Activate Windows


Windows Update

Enable automatic updates

Disable automatic updates


Roles & Features

Get availibale features & roles

Enable feature & roles



Change Administrator password

Restart Computer


More information about Server Core: TechNet

First KTSI Project done


Now after the something over three months I finished my first project for the 5th KTSI semester. As a project I created a overview of the Microsoft Cloud for Small and Medium sized businesses. I wrote about the big partner and customer opportunity with Windows Intune and Office 365.

After I finished the review I may will publish this document on my blog.


KTSI: Tag der offenen Tür 2011

Tomorrow (Saturday, 2. July 2011) you can visit the KTSI (Kantonale Technikerinnen- und Techniker-Schule für Informatik). Everyone is welcome and you can check-out some really cool projects like the MindTouchCollaboration multi-touch table, the web-based statusboard and a lot more.


Where: KTSI, Gründenstrasse 46, 4132 Muttenz
When: Saturday 2. July 08:30 – 12:00

More information:

DirectAccess for SMB and Lab environments – Design, Step by Step and Troubleshooting Guide

DirectAccess for SMB and Lab Environments This is a modified document which I wrote for a Microsoft Workshop at KTSI. It’s a Desgin, Step by Step and a Troubleshooting Guide for Microsoft DirectAccess. This is made for SMB or LAB environments not for Enterprise Deployments.

I hope this guide can help you deploy DirectAccess in your environment and you can enjoy DirectAccess like I do 😉