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Microsoft Azure Surface Pro Flight

VeeamON Las Vegas, E2EVC Barcelona, MVP Summit Redmond and MMS Minnesota 2014

Last Sunday I finally arrived back home in Switzerland after 3-4 weeks of traveling, presenting, working and enjoying in different cities. I had a great time, met a lot of great people, learned a lot of new stuff and had a lot of great opportunities to present. This is why I think I should write a little summary about the past weeks.

VeeamON 2014

VeeamON 2014 Las Vegas Microsoft

My first job in the journey was the VeeamON 2014 in Las Vegas. Veeam did a great job with their first Data Center Availability Conference where they had keynote speakers like Ratmir Timashev (CEO Veeam) and Alexis Ohanian (Co-founder of reddit) and over 50 breakout sessions. They also released a new backup product for physical endpoints during the event, which allows you to backup physical servers.


E2EVC Barcelona 2014

E2EVC Barcelona

After a little break in my travel list I was the Experts to Experts Virtualization Conference in Barcelona. During this event I had a session where I talked about Disaster Recovery using Azure Site Recovery. The E2EVC is always a great event to learn about different virtualization solutions from different vendors such as Microsoft, VMware and Citrix.


TechEd Barcelona 2014

TechEd Barcelona Selfie

After the the E2E Virtualization Conference I did a quick visit at TechEd Europe where I met some of my friends from itnetx. And of course I also had some free time and visiting the city.

Microsoft MVP Summit Redmond

Microsoft Azure Surface Pro Flight

After a great time in Barcelona and a couple of days back home in Switzerland I was invited for the Microsoft MVP Summit on the Microsoft Campus in Redmond. Time to learn about new technologies and have some great discussions with the Microsoft Product Groups and other Microsoft MVPs. Seattle is always a great city to visit and I love to spend some extra days in Seattle even I didn’t get a Microsoft Band.


MMS Minnesota

MMS Minnesota Selfie

My last business stop was the Midwest Management Summit (MMS) in Minneapolis. During this event I had two sessions, one about Building a Datacenter Abstraction Layer with System Center Virtual Machine Manager and one about Disaster Recovery using Azure Site Recovery including the new solutions Microsoft showed at TechEd Europe.


New York

New York

My Last stop in the journey was New York where I spend some free days with some friends before I finally went back home to Switzerland.

Install Sysinternals from PowerShell

Install Sysinternals from PowerShell via OneGet

Microsoft just announced the Windows Management Framework 5.0 Preview. The Windows Management Framework V5 preview adds some cool new feature called OneGet.

OneGet is a new way to discover and install software packages from around the web. With OneGet, you can:
  • Manage a list of software repositories in which packages can be searched, acquired, and installed
  • Search and filter your repositories to find the packages you need
  • Seamlessly install and uninstall packages from one or more repositories with a single PowerShell command

As I did some tests this is perfect to install new software packages very easily. So I started with one of my favorite tools called Sysinternals Suite.

Install Sysinternals from PowerShell

First I have check if there was a Sys internals Package available by using:

Find-Package Sysinternals

This checks online from different sources if there is a package available. After that I installed the package by using:

Find-Package Sysinternals | Install-Package

So this is really easy and guess what, it does not just work for Microsoft Software, there is a lot more of third party Software which can be installed with OneGet. So make sure you checkout the Windows Management Framework 5.0 Preview to get the new OneGet cmdlets.


SCVMM 2012 SP1 Error: Windows network virtualization is not enabled on a host NIC available for placement

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If you are running Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V hosts and you are managing them with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 SP1 and you are running VM Networks with Network Virtualization you can get the following error when you try to deploy a new Virtual Machine to the Hyper-V host.

“Windows network virtualization is not enabled on a host NIC available for placement”

Windows network virtualization is not enabled on a host NIC available for placement

This happens if:

  • You create a Logical Network with Network Virtualization enabled
  • You add the Logical Network to a Host Adapter or a Logical Switch on the Hyper-V host
  • You create a Isolated VM Network
  • Deploy a new Virtual Machine with the VM Network.


  • Enable the Windows Network Virtualization Filter driver on the Hyper-V host
Windows Network Virtualization Filter driver

Windows Network Virtualization Filter driver

If you are running this on a Team you have to enable the Windows Network Virtualization Filter driver on the Network Adapter Team.

The Bing Bang Theory: Windows 7 is much more userfriendly than Windows Vista

Windows 7 is much more user-friendly than Windows Vista. I don’t like that. – The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory: Windows 7 is much more userfriendly than Windows Vista

SCVMM Logical Switch Hyper-V Host vNIC Live Migration

P2V Hyper-V Migration

Tonight I did a bigger P2V (physical two virtual) migration. I virtualized an older Windows Server 2003 SP1 with MS SQL Server 2005 and WSS 3.0. This can be used as a step by step how-to guide.

  • First, I created an image of the old server with Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery 2010; this could be done online. I just stopped all the Sharepoint, SQL, and Web Services so that no new data could be written in the time I created this Image.
  • After I moved this Image to the Microsoft Hyper-V Host Server, I started to convert the v2i Image with Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery 2010 to a Microsoft VHD.
  • I created a new Virtual Machine on the Hyper-V Server and added this existing VHD. (Important here: I tried to create the same Hardware environment for the VM which I had as physical Hardware before. (Dual Core with 2048MB memory) So I had no problem to start the Virtual Machine.
  • Now its time to install the Hyper-v integration components (the VM Drivers) which can only be installed on Windows Server 2003 with SP2 or later. I turned off the Virtual Machine again and attached the VHD File offline on my Hyper-v Server, so I had file access to the Virtual Hard Disk. I added the Service Pack 2 file to the root of the VHD.
  • After unmounting the VHD, I started my Virtual Machine again and installed the Servicepack 2 and the Hyper-v Integration components.
  • Now I added more Hardware to the Virtual Machine (Quad-Core and 4GB memory). I also change the Legacy Network Adapters to standard Network Adapters (higher Network performance)

The performance of the new Hyper-v is just pretty impressive.