Channel 9 videos available from TechEd US 2014

Some Serious new features in Microsoft Azure!

I am at the Microsoft TechEd in Houston and yesterday VP Brad Anderson announced several new features in Azure. I am going to highlight some of the ones that I think is really cool!

  • Multiple Site-to-Site VPN connections
  • VNET-to-VNET connectivity
  • compute-intensive virtual machine instances
  • Azure Files
  • Azure RemoteApp
  • Azure Site Recovery (Hyper-V Replica to Azure!!)
  • Client Developer VM´s for MSDN

The coolest feature I think that was presented is the Azure Site Recovery with the possibility to actually set up Hyper-V replika and that to an Azure Datacenter, how cool isn’t that? Now It became quite easy to migrate those VM´s to Azure with little downtime at no extra third-party license cost..


Another Cool new feature is the networking parts with the multiple Site-to-Site VPN and VNet-to-VNet that have been on a wishlist for some time. Being able to add several different branch offices or datacenters to your Azure Network gives new possibilities to design a good hybrid infrastructure!

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For those of you that have an MSDN subscription and also activated the included Azure benefit, there was an addition of several gallery items for development and testing, VM´s with Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 has been published

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The Azure RemoteApp gives companies the possibility to set up your applications in Azure and having them available for all different devices and not having to manage and setup an RDS on premise anymore.

Read more about the new features on Azure blog and also look at the sessions on Channel 9 when they become available

Wooohoo Delete button in Azure Active Directory

So when I was exploring the Azure Active directory some months ago I created some AD´s and then when I had done the labs I could not find the delete button, I read on a blog post that it was not possible at that time.

But now as of yesterdays releases of the new features on Azure the “Delete” button has appeared!

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Sweet stuff isn’t it? So what happens when I press that precious button?

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Thats kind of good that you actively have to go in and remove all users before being able to delete so that would make an extra safety barrier for accidentally removing a AAD

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When that is done I can go ahead and delete the actual AAD 🙂

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I will add more posts during the week about my findings so stay tuned 🙂


After MVMC 2.0 VM time for license activation in Azure IaaS

Maybe you read my post about migrating a VM to Azure with the MVMC 2.0 and after successfully migrated my VHD to Azure IaaS I wanted to set my VM to the right key and in Azure that is Microsoft KMS..

I do not know if it is supported to do this but here is how it is done,

The VM I used MVMC to move was a EVAL version,



So the first step was to use Dism to set the version and a KMS license Key


And then after reboot I first got this message


 but after that I checked slmgr and it reported correctly KMS and activation


Good luck in your migration to the Cloud


Microsoft Teched 2014 in Houston post #1


It´s just about one week left until the Microsoft TechEd 2014 starts in Houston with about 15 000 attendees!

I am really looking forward to this event and the following sessions will be in my priority list and most likely you can find me in those rooms:


Comment: Of course I will be at the Keynote to see what Brad has to say about Hybrid Clouds in the Enterprise

Monday, May 12 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Room: General Assembly C
Comment: This session is one of the foundation sessions and the one in my area of interest, so this is added of course!
Monday, May 12 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM Room: Grand Ballrom B
Comment: PowerShell is one of my favorite topics and this session with two of TechEds best speakers (Don Jones & Jeffrey Snover) it can´t be bad!
Monday, May 12 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM Room: 371A
Comment: This session will be truly interesting with the expert in the area and MVP friend Marc van Eijk. He has published several brilliant posts on in WAP that have rescued me.
Monday, May 12 4:45 PM – 6:00 PM Room: 372A
Comment: This session is presented by my colleague and MVP friend Anders Asp that have some serious knowledge in Service Manager



Wednesday, May 14 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM Room: Hilton L2 Ballrm D
Comment: One of the best speakers again, Jeffrey Snover will dig through this interesting session
Tuesday, May 13 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM Room: 382A
Comment: This is also one great speaker, Eduardo Kassner, and of course an interesting topic!
Tuesday, May 13 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM Room: General Assembly A
Comment: Speakers here are my colleague and MVP Stefan Schörling and MVP friend Jörgen Nilsson. I´m not so much into client stuff but these Swedes know their stuff!



Wednesday, May 14 3:15 PM – 4:30 PM Room: Grand Ballrm C
Comment: This session is presented by the one and only Mark Russinovich, it is always a treat to see this man on stage and think that this topic will not make me disappointed!
Wednesday, May 14 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM Room: 320A
Comment: Interesting topic by a MVP friend Damian Flynn



Thursday, May 15 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM Room: 362A
Comment: If you want to learn from the best DPM gurus then this is the session to be at, with my good friend and MVP colleague Robert Hedblom!


I will probably find some more interesting sessions later and will update this list, I will also make a new post when the sessions are available to view on Channel 9.

Here is also a list that my friend and colleague Fredrik Nilsson has wrote in the Channel 9 forums what you should pack to make your visit as smooth as possible, unfortunately he could not attend this year in TechEd US 🙁