Integrating Windows Azure Hybrid Services with Windows Admin Center 1904GA – #MVPHour

Hey there Checkyourlogs Fans, Today we are going to look at the latest release of Windows Admin Center version 1904. This is not the insiders build, but the latest GA build that Microsoft has delivered and it has some cool new enhancements. Like the new Azure hybrid Services. Let’s go have a look at that now. Setting up Azure Hybrid Services (WAC 1904GA) Instructions Screenshot (if applicable) Logon to Windows Admin Center and select the Server you want to work with. Click on Azure Hybrid Services and click Register your Windows Admin Center Gateway to get Started On the...

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How to Remove Users License from Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 V3.0 #Veeam #MVPHOUR #Office365

You have to very carefully about users License issues before run Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 backup job, because once a license has been given over to a user/site/item, it will aspirate (fall off) 31 days after the last backup. so, you will got the warning message even you removed the user from the backup job settings.
Fortunately, you don’t need to remove backup job or backup repository now because Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 V3.0 added the feature to remove licensed users, but you must remove those unwanted licensed users from backup repository’s database and then remove the license.

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Moving a Storage Spaces Direct Cluster to a new Location – #StorageSpacesDirect

Good Morning Checkyourlogs Fans, Today, I had a customer call me and let me know that they would like to move a Storage Spaces Direct Cluster into a new rack in the Data Center. They have a full maintenance outage window so we are just going to move the whole thing all at once. The process to do this is similar to taking a full outage for servicing. Ensure that the Network Ports in the new location have the same VLANs configured. To be sure you could ask your network team for a running configuration. If you don’t get...

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How to Configure Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 V3 #Veeam #MVPHOUR #Office365

Veeam released Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 V3 on April 2, there are lots of function be increased and improved, including increased backup speeds, improved security with multi-factor authentication support, simplified management for larger environments, flexible retention options… etc.
The most import is Veeam release Community Edition version, what is Community Edition? It provides FREE backup and recovery of Office 365 Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business, eliminating the risk of losing access and control over your Office 365 data – limited to 10 users and 1 TB of SharePoint data. What are you waiting for? Let’s follow steps to configure it for protecting your Microsoft office 365 data.

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How to Install Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 V3 #Veeam #MVPHOUR #Office365

Veeam released Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 V3 on April 2, there are lots of function be increased and improved, including increased backup speeds, improved security with multi-factor authentication support, simplified management for larger environments, flexible retention options… etc.
The most import is Veeam release Community Edition version, what is Community Edition? It provides FREE backup and recovery of Office 365 Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business, eliminating the risk of losing access and control over your Office 365 data – limited to 10 users and 1 TB of SharePoint data. What are you waiting for? Let’s follow steps to install it for protecting your Microsoft office 365 data.

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Critical Firmware Update Required for Intel Solid Sate DC S4510 and S4610 Drives – #StorageSpacesDirect

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, I just wanted to make you aware of a critical Firmware Update that is require for your Intel DC S4510 and S4610 Drives. In the fine print of the release notes you will see a critical note: Resolved 1.92TB and 3.84TB SKUs may become unresponsive at 1700 hrs of cumulative Idle Power On Hours. To me this is a pretty critical fix and just reminds everyone that when dealing with Storage that your Drive Firmware requires updating just like your other components. You can find more information here: https://downloadmirror.intel.com/28639/eng/Intel_SSD_Data_Center_Tool_3_0_19_Release_Notes.pdf You can download the Firmware Tool Here:...

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How to Activate Windows Server 2019 Evaluation Edition with VLSC MAK key or Retail key #WINDOWSSERVER #MVPHOUR

When you try to activate Windows server 2019 from evaluation version, do you always get an error message “the product key you entered didn’t work. Check the product key and try again, or enter a different one. (0x80070490)”? Today, I am going to show you how to install license key to activate Windows Server 2019 from Evaluation version. Let’s follow steps to activate your windows server 2019 (it also can be use for activating Windows Server 2016).
Note: you cannot use slmgr /ipk command with VLSC MAK key or Retail to activate evaluation edition server directly.

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Configuring Windows Analytics: Part 2 Creating the Azure Log Analytics Workspace

Introduction When configuring the workspace, it is usually a best practice to create a unique workspace using a free subscription to house the Windows Analytics solutions and data. Using an existing workspace is possible but it may muddy the waters between functional teams. What I recommend is only one workspace for Windows Analytics per tenant. You may want to keep all your workspaces in the same resource group depending on what Azure Log Analytics is being used for but for this example, I’ll be deploying to a new resource group with a new workspace. Creating the Workspace Creating the...

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Configuring Windows Analytics: Part 1 Prerequisites

Introduction Welcome, since I’ve been working with a number of clients using Windows Analytics I thought I would share some tips on getting up and running plus make sense of all the ways it can be configured. This blog series reviews the strategy and steps I have used to configure device telemetry for Windows Analytics with various organizations. And to add a twist I’ve decided to break with my tradition of making mega blog articles and break this one up into the following posts. Part 1: Prerequisites Part 2: Configuring Azure Log Analytics Part 3: Configuring Windows Analytics with...

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The Case of the Failed Storage (East/West) Switch fabric with #StorageSpacesDirect

Hey Checkyourlogs fans, I wanted to write to you today chatting about what happens if you lose your East/West (Storage) Switch Fabric with Storage Spaces Direct. In my design for this customer, they had a Dedicated pair of Mellanox switches for their Storage Network and then different core switches for their North/South (VM & MGMT Networks). We had to do some emergency maintenance on our pair of Mellanox Switches that would require a reboot of both. I let the customer know that when this happens, the RDMA (RoCE) traffic would just fail over to non-RDMA (RoCE) during the outage....

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The Case of Troubleshooting a failed Windows 10 Pro In-Place-Upgrade like the Pro’s – #MVPHour

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, With the looming deadline of January 2020 coming up very very fast I know many of you are racing to get your Windows 10 upgrade projects done. With that said I wanted to share an extremely handly little tool that Microsoft has built to help troubleshoot failed upgrades. It is called setupdiag.exe and is a real life saver. You can grab a copy from here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/deployment/upgrade/setupdiag Our situation today was a failed upgrade and this prompt on the end users machine: The Installation failed in the SECOND_BOOT Phase with an error during MIGRATE_DATA operation. This error...

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Checking out Windows Admin Center 1903 – DHCP, DNS, and Active Directory Previews #MVPHour

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, Tonight, I wanted to checkout some of the brand new previews that are now available inside of Windows Admin Center Insiders Build 1903. I have been waiting for a long time for the ability to manage DHCP, DNS, and Active Directory so let’s see how this goes. Step 1 – You need to Install the new Preview Extensions after you upgrade or install Windows Admin Center 1903. Here is the install in progress. After I installed the extensions, Windows Admin Center reloaded the main page. First up is the Active Directory Extension. It is really responsive....

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INSTALL VEEAM BACKUP & REPLICATION 9.5 UPDATE 4a #Azure #VEEAM #WINDOWSSERVER #MVPHOUR

Veeam released the Backup & Replication 9.5 service pack 4a today, Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 4a is a cumulative hotfix rollup that addresses issues reported by customers on the original build of Update 4, as well as minor platform support enhancements –
VMware vSphere 6.7 U2 readiness, Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2019, Dell EMC Data Domain DD OS 6.2. In addition, Update 4a addresses over 300 minor bugs reported by customers and found during the internal testing.
The details information you can check from Veeam website https://www.veeam.com/kb2926
The Installation steps are straightforward, but you need to confirm that you are running version 9.5.4.2615 prior to installing this update. You can check this under Help | About in Veeam Backup & Replication console. After upgrade, your build number will be 9.5.4.2753.

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The Case of the Partitioned Network in Failover Cluster Manager when Updating Windows Server 2016 #StorageSpacesDirect

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, Tonight @SifuSun (Cary Sun) and I were doing some routine maintenance of a 2-node Storage Spaces Direct Cluster that was having issues with checkpoints locking up during Veeam Backups. We went through the normal process putting the nodes into maintenance mode, patching, and waiting for storage jobs to complete before moving on to the next node. We found an interesting scenario where after the first node was complete and we patched our second node look at what happened to our cluster. The above screenshot was what we first noticed with the Cluster IP going offline. Even...

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HOW to FIX Access Denied Error in Demote DC server #Active Directory #WINDOWSSERVER # #MVPHOUR

Today, I was trying to remove an old windows 2003 R2 DC server in our domain, when I run DCPROMO command to demote it, I received the following error message:
The operation failed because: The attempt at remote domain controller DC2016 to remove domain controller CN=DC1,CN=Servers,CN=Default-First-Name,CN=Sites….from the forest was unsuccessful. “Access is Denied”

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Performance Tuning Deduplication on Windows Server 2019 ReFS and #StorageSpacesDirect

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, In the previous post, we talked about the essential operator’s report for Storage Spaces Direct in Windows Server 2019. Today, I want to talk to you about the performance penalty that is required to run Deduplication on Windows Server 2019. Nothing in life is free, and this is certainly the case for Deduplication. Don’t get me wrong I love this feature and think that it is one of the best in Windows Server 2019; however, you must have an understanding of what it is that you are configuring. The first thing that you need to understand...

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Essential Operators Report for #StorageSpacesDirect

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, I know we love Windows Admin Center for pretty much all things Storage Spaces Direct. However, at this time there are a few things that are missing for our wonderful HTML5 UI. The most important thing for Storage Spaces Direct admins is visibility into the ReFS, Deduplication, and Data Integrity logs. There has been much discussion around the Storage Spaces Direct Community surrounding volumes that go offline due to the DRT (Dirty Region Tracking) tables filling up. This normally happens when there is a catastrophic event to the cluster such as a hard power failure. Now,...

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Don’t forget to configure your Power Management Settings for #StorageSpacesDirect via Windows Admin Center

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, Just a quick post here and a reminder to always configure your Power Management Settings for your Storage Spaces Direct nodes in both the BIOS and in Windows. Windows Admin Center has a hidden little gem that allows you to do this. It won’t show up in the configuration tabs that you see here: So where is it then? Scroll all the way to the bottom and you will find a settings wheel. Then come over to the Power Configuration tab and change the value to High Performance to match your BIOS Settings. That is it...

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Activating DataON MUST via Windows Admin Center for #StorageSpacesDirect

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, Today I’m going to show you how to use the DataON MUST extension for Windows Admin Center. The only step that I have already completed is to register the DataON MUST extension by clicking on Settings, Extensions, and Installing it. As you can see below, it shows up as an installed extension inside of Windows Admin Center. Next, open up your Hyper-Converged Cluster Manager for Storage Spaces Direct. You will notice the new extension now shows up because we indeed are working with DataON hardware. The default view that you see above is make and model...

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Automated SDDC Diagnostics via Windows Admin Center for #StorageSpacesDirect

Hey Checkyourlogs fans, Today, I’m going to show you a little golden nugget that came with Windows Admin Center 1812+. I’m currently using version 1902, and it has added functionality to run diagnostic reports on Storage Spaces Direct automatically. Inside of Windows Admin Center in the Hyper-Converged section, you will notice a new Diagnostics tab. Just click on the install button to download the SDDC PowerShell Module on each of the nodes. You can see more information about this here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/storage/storage-spaces/data-collection It runs the following on each node: After it has been installed successfully you can just turn on...

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The Case of Inventory Gathering using Microsoft MAP #MVPHour

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, I wanted to write to you today because sometimes the good old tools are just what the doctor ordered. I have used the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit before, but I haven’t tried it out in a few years. I have to say that the latest version from November 2018 9.9.13.0 is pretty awesome. It is quite literally a Next,Next,Finish install. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=7826 Just download it onto a Management Server, have your Domain Admin rights ready, and scan the network. I needed some information for this client on 4 projects: Windows 2003/2008 EOL Exchange 2010 Migration to...

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The Case of Excluding Microsoft Teams from #Office365 Installer #MVPHour

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, Just a quick post for you today. I was asked by a client this week to prevent the installation of Microsoft Teams from the Office 365 Click to Run Installer package. This customer exclusively uses Skype for Business and isn’t ready for Teams yet. Luckily this article from Microsoft came out this week: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-gb/DeployOffice/teams-install#how-to-exclude-microsoft-teams-from-being-installed-by-default-on-devices-running-windows <Configuration> <Add OfficeClientEdition="64" Channel="Monthly"> <Product ID="O365ProPlusRetail"> <Language ID="en-us" /> <ExcludeApp ID="Teams" /> </Product> </Add> </Configuration> As it turns out it is quite easy to do. Just edit the configuration.xml file with the above settings, and you are in business. Currently, Microsoft Teams...

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The Case of the Missing Deduplication Scheduled Tasks in Windows Server 2019 #StorageSpacesDirect #HyperV #MVPHour

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, Recently I have been deploying a lot of Storage Spaces Direct Configurations on Windows Server 2019. As many of you know, one of my favourite features of Windows Server 2019 is ReFS + Deduplication. Now, normally I will just go to the Task Schedule under Deduplication and kick off the 1st Pass Dedup jobs once I get things setup and some data moved over. To my horror, my scheduled tasks were gone on the last cluster I setup.   I could go in via PowerShell and manually run them? start-dedupjob -volume 'c:\clusterstorage\csv01' -type optimization -verbose  ...

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Migrating VM’s with Passthrough and ISCSI disks to #StorageSpacesDirect using #Veeam Agent for Windows #MVPHour

Hey Checkyourlogs fans, Today I wanted to talk about moving non-standard workloads to your new Storage Spaces Direct Clusters. We recently ran into a real issue with some older Hyper-V Hosts that had been built using ISCSI from a Dell/EMC VNX SAN. The setup included a variety of directly presented ISCSI disks inside of the VM’s as well as pass-through disks. Well, this is where the rubber was about to come off the road for our project.     Here was a quick list of the VM’s that needed to be migrated as part of this project.   Our...

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