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: www.ktsi.ch
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.
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.
- First download CentOS
- Download the Linux Integration Services Version 3.2 for Hyper-V
- Start Hyper-V Manager and create a new Virtual Machine
- Install CentOS 6.x
- Reboot the virtual machine
- Login as root
- Mount the Linux Integration Services ISO from step 2
- Now run the following commands in the virtual machine
sudo mount /dev/cdrom /media sudo /media/install.sh
- After you the Installation is completed you have to reboot the virtual machine again
- done 😉
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.
netdom renamecomputer %COMPUTERNAME% /NewName:<NewComputerName>
netdom join %COMPUTERNAME% /domain:<DomainName> /userd:<UserName> /passwordd:*
Rename Network Interface
netsh interface set interface name=”old name” newname=”new name”
Configure IP Address
netsh interface ipv4 set address name=”<Interface Name>” source=static address=<IPAddress> mask=<SubnetMask> gateway=<DefaultGateway>
Configure DNS Servers
netsh interface ipv4 add dnsserver name=”<Interface Name>” address=<DNS Server IP> index=1
Disable Firewall (not recommended)
netsh advfirewall set allprofiles state off
Enable PowerShell Remoting
netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group=”remote desktop” new enable=yes
Enable Remote Administration
advfirewall firewall set rule group=”Remote Administration” new enable=yes
Enable Remote Firewall Administration
netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group=”Windows Firewall Remote Management” new enable=yes
Enable ICMP (Ping)
netsh firewall set icmpsetting 8
Enable Remote Disk Management
netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group=”Remote Volume Management” new enable=yes
Enter License key
slmgr.vbs -ipk XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX
Enable automatic updates
cscript C:'Windows'System32'Scregedit.wsf /au 4
Disable automatic updates
cscript C:'Windows'System32'Scregedit.wsf /au 1
Roles & Features
Get availibale features & roles
Dism /online /get-features /format:table
Enable feature & roles
Dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:<featurename>
Change Administrator password
net user administrator *
shutdown /r /t 0
More information about Server Core: TechNet
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.
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: www.ktsi.ch
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 😉
My name is Thomas Maurer. I am a Senior Cloud Advocate at Microsoft. I am part of the Azure engineering team and engage with the community and customers around the world. I am located in Switzerland. I am focusing on Microsoft technologies, especially cloud and datacenter solutions based on Microsoft Azure, Azure Stack and Windows Server.
Opinions are my own.