Download SysCtr 2016 TP4 VHD´s with PowerShell

I have been using and publishing my script for easily download all the VHD´s for evaluating and testing the technical previews of System Center 2016 and now it is time for the TP4! These pre-installed VHD´s make it quite easy to spin up some of the System Center Suite as VM´s on your Hyper-V box within minutes once downloaded.

Here is the script for your convenience and start playing with the new release!

 

 

Creating VM´s with configuration version 5.0 on Hyper-V 2016 TP4

Creating a VM in the GUI on a Hyper-V manager with Windows Server 2016 TP4 makes a VM configuration 7.0 by default and once that is done it is not possible to move the VM to a Hyper-V 2012 R2 box.

So if you have a mixed environment and want to be able to move those VM´s to a 2012 R2 Hyper-V box you will have to use powershell to create that VM instead of the GUI. One alternative way is to create them on that 2012 R2 box and then move it to the 2016 but that is not as cool  😉

in the New-VM cmdlet there is a parameter -Version that you can use and set the configuration version to 5.0 instead of 7 and thus enabling it to be compatible with the older version of Hyper-V.

I have two examples in the screendump below where you can see the result,

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My friend Didier has made a blog post about how you upgrade the configuration version if you do not need this backward compatibility and some new features requires the configuration version 7.

Download SysCtr TP3 evaluation VHD´s with PowerShell

Earlier this week Microsoft released Windows Server Technical Preview 3 and System Center Technical Preview 3 to the masses.

There is also a way to easily test the System Center bits instead of installing everything with prereqs and stuff and that is to use the preinstalled VHD´s that Microsoft and the System Center team provides.

You can find the eval VHD´s here on the download site:

Or you can use my powershell script to download them and import into your Hyper-V server and start playing once downloaded :-D. If there are issues during download you can just start the script again as I check if the file already been downloaded so you will only download each file once and as I use the BITS engine the file appears in the download folder when it is completely downloaded….

Happy playing!!

NanoServer in Windows Server 2016 TP3 – so easy even a monkey can do it

As I described in an earlier post the Technical Preview 3 was released today and I wanted to test things. Apparently there was quite a few more thinking this way as it seems containers vhd takes forever to download but that gave me a reason to look more at the new NanoServer version.

in the TP3 media there is the NanoServer folder and to deploy Microsoft and the Nanoteam has added the PS scripts in that folder making it ridiculously easy to get things up and running (even if my title says monkey I doubt that a chimpanzee  would pull it of?!)

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So I copied the folder to my server and ran the powershell for creating a virtual hard disk and a virtual machine with that disk.. As you can see I added some parameters such as -compute (hyper-v role) and -clustering (for failover cluster role) and name of the nanoserver, in this case I wanted it to be a hyper-v vm so I added the hyper-v integration components also but you could add some other drivers for a physical box NIC´s etc instead.

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The NanoServer team has taking feedback and making a console access that can let you log on and see basic stuff and also enable/disable networking so this looks really promising for the RTM release!

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and of course you can still use powershell remoting to access and manage that Nanoserver.

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Now time to sleep and tomorrow I will check out the Container stuff!

 

Windows Server 2016 TP3 alive on Azure

So the day we all have been waiting for is here, Microsoft releases the Technical Preview 3 of Windows Server 2016

This is really exciting news as for example in this build containers is here for us to play with!

Azure have been updated with the image and I immediately went in and created myself a VM with the new bits…

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And as you can see when I have the VM provisioned and log in it is actually the real stuff 🙂

 

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As you can read on the technet site there is more news besides containers!

I will do a follow up post with more details later!