Let’s Take a Look at the MSIX Roadmap #MSIX #MVPHour #Win10

Introduction There are so many announcements to keep up with at Ignite, I’ve been trying to stay within my wheelhouse, which has largely been all things App-V. With over 20 years of experience in application packaging, I instinctively track new technologies such as MSIX like a jumping spider tracks a mayfly. I’m only going to cover the roadmap items below, and in some cases, the details are a little sparse. For a good primer on the MSIX platform, check out my previous post from the Windows Developer Day keynote. I’m confident that if Microsoft can stick to their roadmap,...

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Introducing the Intune PowerShell SDK #Intune #PowerShell #MVPHour

Ignite is turning out to be boiling over with new technologies and ideas, and you can really feel the momentum building behind Intune. For those of you that are struggling to customize Intune to suit your organization’s requirements, there is a collection of PowerShell scripts on GitHub maintained by David Falkus (@davefalkus) and others at Microsoft and the community that you need to start using. These scripts have become a great reference for using Graph API, which is the supported method for connecting to Microsoft 365 cloud services. The scripts have also helped with day to day management. I...

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Security Baselines, Intune and MDM. Oh My! #Intune #GroupPolicy #MDM #MVPHour

Security should always be at the forefront of our thinking these days and I can tell you that I’m up to my elbows in it on a regular basis. Today, it was announced that Microsoft has finally developed a security baseline for Intune that should help many us of dealing with custom security policies and help standardize our methods for hardening devices. With the traditional desktop, I usually walk through a fairly well-defined process when configuring the Group Policy security baselines: Go to Microsoft and download a baseline Modify it accordingly Test and remediate issues Deploy to production Unfortunately,...

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Intune Builds a Bridge #SCCM #Intune #Win32 #MSIX #MVPHour

Microsoft Ignite 2018, has kicked off and without wasting any time, Brad Anderson made a huge announcement for Intune that finally answers the problem of deploying Win32 applications via the cloud. In its 25th year, the mega-conference brings together the best and brightest in the industry and showcases the bleeding edge in hardware and software within Microsoft’s ecosystem in a sprawling and decadent affair. This is one conference I make a point of attending. Last year at this time, I discussed Microsoft’s introduction of co-management where Windows 10 devices could be managed through both Microsoft Intune and System Center...

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The Case of Configuring Forced Tunneling in Azure to route Virtual Machine traffic back through an on Prem Firewall – #Azure #AzureSiteRecovery

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, Today I was working with a customer that has a requirement of keeping internet traffic flowing back through their head office after we migrate VM’s to Azure using Azure Site Recovery. The reason for this is that they have purchased a security appliance that they want to keep on-prem for the foreseeable future. By default when we move a Virtual Machine to Azure using Azure Site Recovery the Route Tables for the Subnet override what is inside the VM. Let’s have a look at the problem at hand. What you see below is a Virtual Machine...

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#PowerShell – Reporting on Certificate Templates via #ADSI

All certificate template information is stored in Active Directory. As it’s shared configuration through a forest, it’s stored in the AD Configuration partition. I needed to report which certificate templates and their associated OIDs. Let’s do it with simple code and no external modules.

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iWarp the Movie featuring #Intel and #Microsoft #RDMA – #StorageSpacesDirect #WindowsServer #SMBDirect

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, Here is a quick little post on iWarp as a protocol that can be used to run RDMA for your Storage Spaces Direct deployments. The best part about iWarp is that it doesn’t require Switch or Server configuration it is pretty much plug and play. To this effect, Intel has created a nice little video explaining how it works. NOTE: I haven’t personally setup a Storage Spaces Direct configuration in production using iWarp yet, and I am working with my first customer that is using it this week. Traditionally although more complete the lossless RoCE v2...

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Hidden Updates to ReFS.sys Version 2457 in Microsoft KB434884 – #ReFS #Veeam #HyperV #StorageSpacesDirect

Hey Checkyourlogs fans, I was recently reading an update from a friend of mine at Veeam – MVP Anton Gostev in his Monthly Veeam Forums digest. In the September 3rd -9th 2019 Digest Email he stated that Veeam has been doing some extensive testing of Hotfix KB434884. This hotfix doesn’t state anything about fixes for ReFS in it. The ReFS.sys driver doesn’t get updated with every Windows Update or Rollup and this August one is supposed to have backported performance and stability improvements that are there in Windows Server 2019 to 2016. In this hotfix, nothing is stated about...

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Getting Started with the Azure Site Recovery Deployment Planner Tool for #HyperV – #AzureSiteRecovery

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans,   Today I want to have a look at some planning tools that Microsoft provides to help you get started with Microsoft’s Azure Site Recovery. As always with any project planning is an essential part of the equation. Before this tool, all of our work to plan a Disaster Recovery project with Azure Site Recovery was done with spreadsheets in Excel.   This tool will help automate the process and help us get a good cost estimate as well and appropriate sizing requirements for the project.   First, you should read up on the tool at...

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Protecting your Virtual Machines with Azure Site Recovery from Windows Admin Center – #WindowsAdminCenter #AzureSiteRecovery

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, In this post, we are going to look at the steps required to protect your infrastructure using Azure Site Recovery integrated into Windows Admin Center. First, let’s have a look at our Windows Admin Center and our source Hyper-V Server.     The Virtual Machine that I would like to protect in this post is a VM called TCCALRDS02. There is a Help protect your VMs from disasters by using Azure Site Recovery – Set up Now link. Let’s try that.   When clicked it opens Register the gateway with Azure and has three steps. Device...

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The Case cleaning Azure Site Recovery and Hyper-V Replica on an older Hyper-V Server – #WindowsAdminCenter #HyperV

Hey Checkyourlogs fans, In this post, we are going to look at my setup of some lab machines with Azure Site Recovery using only Windows Admin Center 1808. Now, the issue I ran into was with the Hyper-V Server I was trying to use in my lab. This was an older Hyper-V Server that I recently upgraded in the previous blog post to Windows Server 2019. This Server at some point had Azure Site Recovery Agents deploy and was connected to a deprecated recovery vault. Here is the view that I could see from Windows Admin Center: On the...

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The Case of the broken network on an Upgrade of Windows Server 2012 R2 to Windows Server 2019 – #HyperV #WindowsadminCenter

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, Today, we are going to have a look at the process of in-place upgrading a Windows 2012 R2 Hyper-V Host Server running production workloads to Windows Server 2019 Insiders Build 17744. We are also going setup Windows Admin Center to manage this environment once the upgrade is complete. This environment houses some Virtual Machines from my lab/production environment. Important Note: You should always make sure you backup important files or VM’s before proceeding with an upgrade like this. The first step to getting the upgrade rolling is to register for the Windows Insiders Program here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windowsinsiderpreviewserver?wa=wsignin1.0...

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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. https://bit.ly/2w4m6bz   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. https://forums.veeam.com/powershell-f26/veeam-satellite-process-is-not-cleaned-up-t36078.html#p198897     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: http://www.checkyourlogs.net/?p=53693 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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