SCCM – Next Maintenance Window

Figuring out when the next maintenance should be trivial. The Administrators can usually track it down, but sometimes it’s great to empower the users. Teach them to fish and give yourself some time back!

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Session Catalog is live for Microsoft Ignite – .@MS_Ignite #MVPHour #TeamKawula

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, Team Kawula will be in full force at Microsoft Ignite coming up in a little over one month from now in Sunny Orlando, FL. This is Microsoft biggest conference of the year, and we are so thrilled to be a big part of it. Make sure you checkout our sessions.   So far Cristal and I have these sessions up in the catalog and there are more coming. If you happen to miss our sessions you are more than welcome to come see us at the Microsoft Software Defined booth. Discussions can be anything from...

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Eliminate Compliance Fatigue with SupTool #SCCM #Azure #MVPHour

For many of my clients, the work of ensuring the health and compliance of the devices in their organization represents a significant portion of their daily IT task load. The sneaky problem with repetitive, low priority tasks is that they’re usually improperly executed – over and over again. The result is only about 85% of SCCM clients are healthy at any given moment. SupTool can eliminate compliance fatigue and significantly improve performance and security across your organization while working in the background to maintain near 100% SCCM client health. For those of you just hearing about it, SupTool is...

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The Case of Veeam Backups Failing on Hyper-V Error 32775 – #Veeam #StorageSpacesDirect #HyperV

Hey Checkyourlogs fans,   Today I wanted to talk about a case that I am currently working on for a customer running Veeam Backup and Replication V9.5 UR 3. Veeam is protecting our Storage Spaces Direct Hyper-V Hyper-Converged infrastructure running on Server 2016. We recently upgraded all of the Servers from Windows 2012 R2 and started to see a weird error with Veeam over the weekend. Some of my backup jobs were failing with a WMI Error 32775 as you can see in the screen shot below.     When I checked the Hyper-V Cluster using Failover Cluster Manager...

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Speeding up Veeam Backups from a Hyper-V Cluster #Veeam #StorageSpacesDirect

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, I have been recently troubleshooting some slow backups from a new Storage Spaces Direct Cluster at a customer site. Have a look at the backup speeds from the backups before I started.   I was moving around a lot of data to the cluster and one thing I noticed was that when I start an SMB File copy from a cluster node to itself the speeds aren’t great. For example, I want to seed an ISO repository so I logged into the Storage Spaces Direct node opened C:\ClusterStorage\Volume1\ISO and tried copying some files over the network....

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Veeam Backup Satellite Process causing Jobs to Fail #Veeam #StorageSpacesDirect #HyperV

Hey Checkyourlogs fans, I have been recently having some challenges with an existing customer installation of Veeam Backup and Replication 9.5 UR3. Things have been working great and all of a sudden the console seemed super slow and was timing out.   I couldn’t even expand objects in Backup Jobs without things hanging. I finally had an error message the Veeam Could Start a Satellite Process and this lead me to the following topic in the Veeam Forums.     I decided to try the following on my server to see if this was the case: Get-Process Veeam.Backup.Satellite*...

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Workaround Storage Spaces Direct fix for 5120 errors – #StorageSpacesDirect #MVPHour

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans,   I know a lot of you have been reaching out to me asking about why they are getting the 5120 errors with a Status Code of STATUS_IO_TIMEOUT or STATUS_CONNECTION_DISCONNECTED when a node is rebooted.   It appears that in the May Cumulative update Microsoft introduced a new feature SMB Resilient Handles for the Storage Spaces Direct Intra-Cluster network to improve resiliency to transient network failures. This had some side effects in increased timeouts when a node is rebooted. This can effect a system under stress.   Until a fix is made from Microsoft here is...

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Migrating your Windows Roles without Downtime – #TechMentor #MVPHour

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans,   This week at the TechMentor 2018 Redmond conference we had some great discussions around Migrating your Windows Roles for example from 2003 to 2012 R2 and beyond. I had mentioned that we have a documents that we have used successfully at many clients and I wanted to get it out there to our attendees and friends.   This is the process from 2003 – 2012 R2 but it really doesn’t change much moving over to 2016 or 2019. I will update with a later blog post with the 2016 and 2019 process later as this...

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How to Use an MSI Wrapper to Install Citrix Receiver Client With a Twist

Summary This post will shed some light on how you can reliably install the Citrix Receiver client across your desktop environment with our old friend, the MSI wrapper. One of the projects I’m working on needed a solution to install Citrix Receiver into their desktop environment and, based on the frequency of that work, I thought it would be useful to share how I approached the problem and help you try this technique for yourself. I prepared a boilerplate MSI installer you can download from GitHub or you can download the source files and dissect the methodology further. For...

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The Case of – Failed to unregister the virtual machine with the virtual machine management service Event ID 21502 #Veeam #Restore #S2D #StorageSpacesDirect

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, In today’s post, I wanted to discuss I case that I had this week with a customer that had a couple of VM’s that were stuck in a Pending state in Failover Cluster Manager. They are running Windows Server 2016 with the April Cumulative Update. Leading up to this issue was the customer doing a routine operation where he restored a Virtual Machine to an alternate location using Veeam. What this did was indeed restore the Virtual Machine to a standalone Hyper-V Host but it also re-registered the same GUID for the VM. When the cluster...

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Installing the Storage Migration Service using Windows Admin Center #MVPHour

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, In today’s post, we are going to look at installing the Storage Migration Service using only Windows Admin Center. To get started with Windows Admin Center you can have a look at my previous post here: The Server we will use for today’s post is called techmentorHV05 and is actually an Azure Virtual Machine that will have Nested Virtualization enabled for the lab. I want to try using the Storage Migration Service to move data from my old Windows Server 2016 Nested Hyper-V Server to this new install of Windows Server 2019 LTSC. To start,...

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Installing Windows Admin Center on Windows Server 2019 LTSC #MVPHour

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, In today’s post, we are going to look at installing Windows Admin Center into my brand new Windows Server 2019 LTSC lab. I have done this a few times and I wanted to show how it can be literally setup in less than a few minutes. To start let’s grab the binaries for Windows Admin Center from here: Because I am a member of the amazing Windows Insiders program let’s grab the latest release available for the lab. To install simply double-click on the WindowsAdminCenterPreview1806.msi. On the Windows Admin Center Setup Welcome page, accept the...

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Enable Deduplication on Windows Server 2019 on #ReFS

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, In today’s post, we will look at the steps required to enable deduplication in Windows Server 2019 on a ReFS volume. What I have done to get started is installed a Virtual Machine running Windows Server 2019 Insiders Build. Next, we need to install the deduplication feature as seen in the image below. Once installed you can use Server Manager to configure it on your Volume. In this example, I have added an E: drive and formatted it using ReFS. To enable deduplication on the ReFS volume you simply need to right-click on the volume and...

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eeam released the service pack 3a on July, it includes to fix some support issues and it also add to support some current platforms – Microsoft Windows Server 1803, Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V 1803, Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 1801, Microsoft Windows 10 April 2018 Update, VMware vSphere 6.7, VMware vCloud Director 9.1…. and added support for Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure for environments with ExpressRoute or site-to-site VPN connectivity to Azure.

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Windows 10 Servicing Plans – Running out of Space – Filtering Updates – Too many Languages #SCCM #ServcingPlans

A slightly odd ball title, but I wanted to cover off a few scenarios that seem to have plagued a few people in the past. Hopefully this article will help a few people. I was called into a client site as their distribution points and WSUS drives were constantly filling up. The culprit was misunderstood and therefore misconfigured Windows 10 Servicing Plans. The Issue If you haven’t run into this issue, let me have you imagine this scenario. You configured the Servicing Plan to download only the English packages. Unfortunately, you’re still downloading a lot of non-required and legacy...

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Internal Client IP Address in the 411 Security Event Channel or in Azure AD Connect Health Service – #ADFS #WAP #Loadbalancer #AzureAD

ADFS is almost always configured with a part of it in the public facing DMZ and the server role in the corporate environment. If you’re using pure Microsoft technology for everything, it should just work, and your 411 events should show you the external IP. I’ve seen cases when using external load balancing where it appears that ADFS is working correct, but it probably isn’t working 100% correctly. For example, you always see the hardware load balancer’s IP in the 411. This is wrong and can easily be fixed! The Issue ADFS is fairly easy to deploy and configure,...

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Promo Code for TechMentor Redmond – 500 bucks off EarlyBird- #TechMentor #StorageSpacesDirect

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, I’ll be speaking at TechMentor, August 6-10 at Microsoft HQ in Redmond. Surrounded by your fellow IT professionals, TechMentor provides you with in-depth, immediately usable training that will keep you relevant in the workforce. I’ll be presenting the following sessions: · M03 – Workshop: Managing Windows Server with Project Honolulu (Windows Admin Center) · M05 – Workshop: Dave Kawula’s Notes from the Field on Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct · W06 – What’s New in Windows Server 2019 · TH17 – Running Hyper-V in Production for 10 years – Notes from the Field SPECIAL OFFER: As a...

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Deploying Storage Spaces Direct Part 46 – Nuke-ClusterandS2D Factory Reset Script #PowerShell #StorageSpacesDirect

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, Recently I have been working on a Storage Spaces Direct project with an amazing scripter and Dev/OPS admin named Sammy Shuck. He has taken the liberty to clean up the code in the Clear-SDSConfig.PS1.   As many of you know I love to use this script to factory reset Storage Spaces Direct Nodes. The source script can be found at the Technet Scripting Gallery. The issue with this script is there isn’t much for logging included with it. So, what Sammy has done is added some additional warning contexts to the code and then generate...

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Hyper-V to Stop Malware: Application Guard

For the fourth post in this series, we’re going to look at what’s probably my favourite new feature of Client Hyper-V: Windows Defender Application Guard. This is really cool, as it allows you to isolate the biggest threat to your machine…Surfing the web. Either manually or through defined policies, Microsoft Edge will launch its session inside a protected Virtual Machine that has no (or configurable, like copy/paste) access to the host computer or operating system. Any malware that inadvertently gets downloaded during the browsing session has zero access to the computer, and is automatically purged as soon as Edge is closed. Like Hyper-V itself, Windows Defender Application Guard is available to be installed as a Windows Feature. We enable it by first going to appwiz.cpl and clicking Turn Windows features on or off on the left-hand side. In the Windows Features window, scroll all the way to the bottom and you will find Windows Defender Application Guard. If you don’t see it, your version of Windows is no longer supported. As of Windows 10 1709, Enterprise edition is required to enable Windows Defender Application Guard, so if you don’t have that edition than it will be greyed out.  By 1803, Microsoft will allow you to implement Application Guard on Windows Pro, having recognized the large benefit to consumer users as well. If all is good, check the box to...

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