As it is known we should use Windows Server 2016 foremost and as often as it is possible and try to not use with a “Desktop Experience” unless it is really necessary! Of course it makes total sense if you are deploying a RDS solution but if you deploy a AD DC and file servers then naaaee….
In Azure it is not just called Windows Server 2016 and searching in the marketplace you can see that there the name core is the denominator
And it kind of make sense that the Server without GUI can and should use the Small disk option that is to be used with the new managed disks so you have to dig a bit deeper and search for small and then you find those:
Deploying with CLI or powershell with a template need the right SKU to get the core :
Unfortunately Azure have the core as a name but should instead use the “Desktop Experience” on the other one instead so it was consistent with the install of regular OS deployments in a datacenters..
I have been trying out the Altaro VM Backup in my lab. It is a Backup solution that have been around for quite a while but also got support for VMware which was not part of the product in the start! Quite a few companies have both Hyper-V and VMware and having different backup solutions is not viable and place a burdon on the backup admins!
They have several very nice features:
Backup and Replication features
Drastically reduce backup storage requirements on both local and offsite locations, and therefore significantly speed up backups with Altaro’s unique Augmented Inline Deduplication process
Back up live VMs by leveraging Microsoft VSS with Zero downtime
Full support for Cluster Shared Volumes & VMware vCenter
Offsite Backup Replication for disaster recovery protection
Compression and military grade Encryption
Schedule backups the way you want them
Specify backup retention policies for individual VMs
Back up VMs to multiple backup locations
Restore & Recovery features
Instantly boot any VM version from the backup location without affecting backup integrity.
Browse through your Exchange VM backup’s file system and restore individual emails
Granular Restore Options for full VM or individual files or emails
Retrieve individual files directly from your VM backups with a few clicks.
Fast OnePass Restores
Restore an individual or a group of VMs to a different host
Restore from multiple points in time rather than just ‘the most recent backup’
They do also have a REST api that can be utilized for automation which in todays world is a requirement for most business because of their standardisation and automation work to get better quality and speed.
The VM Backup Installation and configuration
It is very easy to get started with Altaro VM Backup.
And once finished you can start the management console to configure the backups and also the repositories
The console is very easy to find your way around in and configure advanced settings
For the trial there are no limits so you can test it for all your VM´s in 30 days. You can also download the Free Hyper-V Backup or the VMware version. You will be able to back up 2 VMs for free forever.
Altaro has still a license that is not bound to cores or cpu and uses a host license instead!
This last weekend there have been quite a buzz about the ransomware that been spreading like the plague based on the fact that there are still so many unpatched servers and clients running windows from the stone age. We can also discuss for a while why in Windows 10 and Windows server 2016 the SMB1 protocol is still enabled and needs to be turned off? One alternative could have been to say that if you want to use this 30 year protocol you would need to enable it and thus knowing the risk and taking that into account when deciding for the legacy track
One way of beeing safe is to of course turn of the computer but that works how long?
In my lab environment I have the luck to only use WIndows 2012 R2 and above, I need to get the computers from the AD and also remove the FS-SMB1 role. The quickest way is to just disable the SMB1 protocol, you know there are users in an ordinary world that kind of does not want servers to be restarted whenever and removing the feature does need a reboot… So first disable the protocol now and then remove the role when it is time to do the magic reboot
# Checking for servers in my ADlab environment and I want to return those responding on SMB/445
So in my home lab I had a DC going out of time (it was a technical preview of 2016) and needed to be replaced and I wanted to do it the right way and not login to the console/gui on the actual DC to it once during the removal and deploy of a new one!
So firstly I had to decommission it as a DC and then I created a new image from the media
After this I started the new DC-VM, to use the PowerShell Direct I had to activate the “Guest Service Interface”. one cool thing is when using PowerShell direct I can set the IP address on the NIC within the VM without getting disconnected as I would have been otherwise if using a ordinary powershell remoting session!
PSC:\>Enable-VMIntegrationService-VMNamedc01-Name"Guest Service Interface"
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
Shortly after TP3, Azure Functions will be available to run on TP3, followed by Blockchain, Cloud Foundry, and Mesos templates. Continuous innovation will be delivered to Azure Stack up to general availability and beyond. TP3 is the final planned major Technical Preview before Azure Stack integrated systems will be available for order in mid-CY17.
This month I have started on a new job at Basefarm and will be in the Sweden office but also work with the rest of the company residing in Norway and Netherlands. I will take on the role as Microsoft Lead Architect and be responsible for the Microsoft Datacenter Delivery with Azure, Azure Stack and Windows Azure Pack. This will be a really exciting times with the Azure Stack on the verge to being released this year!
I will try to update the blog more frequently with findings in areas that might be interesting regarding the way to do things the best way.
We will work on being the best hybrid solution provider in the north of Europe 🙂