Microsoft UserVoice: let YOUR voice be heard

One of the concerns that many people have is that it is difficult to be heard by the (large) companies that supply their software (or hardware). And it is true that in many cases it isn’t possible. Many companies have different ways of hearing the customer, and some companies listen better than others. Of course this is sometimes misconceived by the customer when they reach out and there is no response directly. The company that I work for is always listening very heavily (through user forums) and we try to respond as good as possible but on the other hand we will never submit to something requested if it is not planned or coming soon. And we are certainly not the only ones working like that.

For larger companies (such as Microsoft) it is even more difficult to respond to everything or to review every request. They (and us) have to think about the bigger picture. The more a specific feature is requested, the more likely it will make it into the product.

Microsoft is starting a new initiative that will make it much easier for you to submit feedback on different solutions they have. I think that creating one single place to bring all the feedback together is good and it will make things easier both for you and for Microsoft.

So the time is now, use your power and start submitting feedback, or upvote others ideas that you would like to see also. The power is in your hands!

Windows Server: http://windowsserver.uservoice.com/forums/295047-general-feedback

Clustering: http://windowsserver.uservoice.com/forums/295074-clustering

Storage: http://windowsserver.uservoice.com/forums/295056-storage

Virtualization: http://windowsserver.uservoice.com/forums/295050-virtualization

Networking: http://windowsserver.uservoice.com/forums/295059-networking

Nano Server: http://windowsserver.uservoice.com/forums/295068-nano-server

Linux Support: http://windowsserver.uservoice.com/forums/295062-linux-support

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Happy submitting Winking smile

Hyper-V Bear

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2015 Microsoft MVP Virtual Conference

If there is something that MVP’s like to do, it is sharing content. This year, US MVP’s have teamed up (together with Microsoft) to deliver a virtual conference with lots of interesting stuff to watch.

First, the bad news… It is a US MVP event so the hours are maybe not that interesting for other area’s in the world. On the other hand, I am sure you still can find a few sessions that you can watch at (more or less) normal hours and some of us might say this is an advantage because that means they can watch outside the office hours…

The dates: May 14th and 15th

Time: 8am – 6pm PT (Pacific time)

There will be around 95 sessions in total divided over 5 tracks. Keynote (all tracks) will be delivered by Steven Guggenheimer, corporate VP at Microsoft

The tracks itself are IT Pro, Developer, Consumer, Latam (Spanish), Brazil (Portugese)

Each session will be around 50 minutes with a moderator to answer Q&A.

You can find the full agenda here: http://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/virtualconference-agenda.aspx

There are certainly a lot of interesting session with fantastic speakers so it is certainly worth checking it out.

More information:  http://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/virtualconference.aspx

To register: https://managedevents.eventbuilder.com/event?eventid=h4p0x7

Enjoy the free sessions!

Hyper-V Bear

Microsoft wants to hear your voice!

Did you ever wanted to tell something to Microsoft about Hyper-V? Never had the opportunity or you don’t believe they listen? Here is your change!

The following survey: https://www.instant.ly/s/G5bPn?s=cp is being performed by the Hyper-V PM team itself. In their efforts to improve Hyper-V, they ask you some questions to see what is most important and most used by YOU in your environment. I can only assume that this will lead into more development time for those specific features Smile

Only problem… Don’t open the above link in Chrome… The drag-and-drop functionality of the survey doesn’t work in that browser. IE works fine (haven’t tested other browsers…)

It only takes 5 minutes so go ahead and fill-in the survey!

Cheers

Hyper-V Bear

Extending the Windows Server Technical Preview

For those of you who are playing and learning about the next version of Windows Server (aka Windows Server Technical Preview) it might have come as a surprise that you suddenly started to receive below message.

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The problem is that Microsoft has not yet delivered a new build and while we are eagerly waiting for that, we also need to be  able to continue working in our labs. A server that is rebooting every few hours isn’t that convenient at that moment. Luckily, this weekend, Microsoft came to the rescue (or as some famous blogger said it this weekend… the cavalry is there…). During the weekend, they delivered a patch that will extend the trial period. The patch can be downloaded from here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=46447

A few notes on this patch.

First you might notice that it states you can continue using the current build until the next preview is available in May. At least that gives us more or less a data when to expect the next build.

Second, you can read in the installation instructions that you might need to use the DISM command (as seen below) in case you are using Hyper-V Server or Server Core and installed it from the ISO. This process can be seen below

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Unfortunately, that didn’t do the trick. After rebooting (and rebooting, and rebooting…) I kept receiving the expiry message and when checking winver.exe I still could notice that my expiry date was 15 april 2015.

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After a lot of emails exchanged on the MVP distribution lists where it was confirmed that lots of people had the same issue, although some of them had no issues at all the program managers of Microsoft confirmed the issue, and delivered us the solution.

Simply run slmgr /ato in a command prompt to fix it. This will simply reactivate your license key.

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Reboot again, and your problem is solved as you can see in the next screen

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One final note, depending on the installation with the ISO or VHD, you can retrieve your license key here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-windows-server-technical-preview (The ISO doesn’t need one, the  VHD does)

Happy continuation of preview testing Winking smile

Hyper-V Bear

Hyper-V Reporting Script!

My first blog post and it is not even something specific from myself… But sometimes you just have to write about something you discovered on the web, and that is just fantastic… I am a big fan of PowerShell (OK, I am a huge fan of Hyper-V first, but I like to do as much as possible with PowerShell so automatically I am a fan of PowerShell also Winking smile) and one of the Hyper-V MVP’s has written a PowerShell script that is absolutely brilliant.

The MVP, Serhat AKINCI (http://www.serhatakinci.com/ or https://twitter.com/serhatakinci) has built a PowerShell script of over 2600+ lines that contains PowerShell, HTML, CSS and WMI. It produces a very nice HTML webpage with lots of information about your hyper-v environment.

The script requires an AD membership and runs on a cluster or standalone hosts for Windows Server 2012 (R2) and Hyper-V server 2012 (R2). It does have a few more requirements such as PowerShell 3.0 or 4.0 but some modules but mostly these will be already installed, unless you will be running the script remotely from a workstation.

It supports parameters also. The script, called Get-HyperVReport.ps1, accepts the following parameters:

  • -Cluster <nameofcluster>. This will give you the information about your cluster.
  • -Cluster <nameofcluster> –HighlightsOnly. This will give you only highlighted events and alerts
  • -VMHost <nameofhost>. This will give you the report for the host, and if you want a report for multiple hosts you can user <nameofhost>, <nameofhost2>, <nameofhost3>
  • -Cluster <nameofhost> -SendMail $true -SMTPServer smtp.mailserver.com -SMTPPort 587 –MailFrom <email-adress> –MailFromPassword <password> -SMTPServerTLSorSSL $true -MailTo recepient1@something.com,recepient2@something.com. This will send the report through an SMTP server (pwd protected in this case) to different recepients.

But of course, the most interesting thing is to find out what kind of data this report generates (and it is A LOT). For this report, I used a standalone host to see what it delivers

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First you get the information about the host. data such as State, Uptime, the domain, the # of VM, # of CPU, Used, Free and Total RAM are displayed as well (see the little asterisks) some additional info.

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The second table gives you more information about your disks such as State, Usage, Owner, Bus Type and many more. Again valuable information that can be used in your CMDB if necessary. Normally this doesn’t change a lot, but for example the last column will tell you the percentage free. If you run this script regularly (or maybe schedule it or so…) you can follow what is happening with your storage.

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The last table will give you your VMs and their information such as generation, clusteredresource or not, state, uptime, vCPU, vRAM (including Min/Mx and Assigned) and so on…

A much larger report with more different states can be viewed on the website of the author himself: http://www.serhatakinci.com/files/get-hypervreport-v1-0-demo-output.html and if you are interested (and you should Winking smile) then you can get all the information and download from here: https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Hyper-V-Reporting-Script-4adaf5d0

If you are running a Hyper-V environment, and you don’t have a monitoring tool in place, this certainly will be of use. Even if it is run on an irregular base. Of course it is not a replacement for a monitoring solution, but I am convinced it will come in handy for a specific reason Winking smile

Enjoy the script, and do sent feedback to the author (and maybe even enhancement requests? Smile)

Cheers,

Hyper-V Bear