PowerShell – Start-Service, Stop-Service, they work, but not always well enough!

Well as the title suggests, I’m happy with the code, but I always find myself adding more and more code around the cmdlets. Service control in Windows has been pretty straight forward for the past few decades. Obviously PowerShell can control the state and configuration of services, but one thing I’ve always run into with service control is reacting to how the service stops and starts and also managing the state of dependent services. I’m sharing some short code functions that I use.

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Hyper Converged for the best price possible – E-Book

Well based on some extremely wonderful feedback from our attendees of the North American MVPDays Community Roadshow we have released our 2nd @mvpdays e-book. This one was compiled by Dave Kawula MVP @davekawula. The book reveals what you need to know about the Hyper Converged industry and how to acquire your infrastructure for the best possible price. The book documents the way the typical maintenance contracts are calculated and how you can completely eliminate them by using technology that you already own and trust from Microsoft. It focuses on key elements: The facts about maintenance renewals Top 10 critical...

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Master PowerShell tricks Volume 1

Update…. Order your copy today. Our E-Book is available on Kindle from Amazon Below is a preview of the Kindle Version that was just released as of today. December 19, 2016. The book documents the following Master PowerShell tricks that these two experts employ with they day jobs at IT System Admins. My personal favourite was the Simulating a Ransomware attach with PowerShell. Other topics in this first E-Book are: Using PowerShell to retrieve the lists of a users is a member of Identifying large exchange mailbox folders via PowerShell Deploying a domain joined Nano Server via PowerShell Enabling...

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PowerShell – Is your AD Sites and Services missing subnets?

This has been a very common pain point for Active Directory administrators. AD is perfectly planned according to Microsoft’s best practices and successfully deployed. But as time goes on, network admins change the network topology, devices are added here and there and if there is no formal process of adding new networks, AD Sites and Services will mostly likely not be updated to reflect these changes.

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Massive Savings on Hyper Converged Infrastructure with Project @Data_Raft #S2D

Many customers and friends have been asking me why I am so passionate about the developments with Microsoft flagship operating system Windows 2016. The answer is really simple. It is because of the massive value that has been added free of charge allowing us to build out our own Software Defined Data Center. Specifically, Storage Spaces Direct, is the single biggest feature addition in the core Windows 2016 stack that I can think of.   We have been crunching the hyper converged numbers for quite some time now. Basically, I have seen almost every flavor of Hyper Converged infrastructure...

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Countdown to Orlando MVPDays

We are less than 1 week away from our last stop on the North American MVPDays Community roadshow. This time we are heading all the way down to Orlando Florida on December 2, 2016. We still have space left to come out and see some amazing presenters and support your local MVP’s. When at the Channel 9 Studio @Ch9 in Redmond last month we recorded this quick countdown show for you. MVPDays was founded by Cristal and Dave Kawula back in 2013. It started as a simple idea; “There’s got to be a good way for Microsoft MVPs to...

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Why Do Hyper Converged Installs fail?

About two years ago the term Hyper Converged infrastructure was not common in most discussions around that IT water cooler. Now it seems like this is all that people are talking about. Hyper Converged has skyrocketed onto the Gartner Magic quadrant and customers are buying it faster than vendors can build it. Let’s take a step back and have a look at this video from Microsoft Product Manager Cosmos Darwin. In less than 5 minutes he will explain what Hyper Converged Infrastructure is. Ok so here is how I normally explain it to people. In traditional converged infrastructure, there...

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Hyper-V Operational Training Part 2

Welcome to our second in a series of Hyper-V Operational Training.   This training started prior to the release of Windows Server 2016.   Most of it is based on current technology on Windows 2012 R2 however there is a ton of amazing content.   In todays session we will focus on the Windows 2012 R2 Networking Stack including: Network Architecture Teaming Configuring with PowerShell Automation Troubleshooting The premise of this training is to teach you everything that you need to know about Hyper-V and System Center from an operational standpoint.   I like to call it Operationalizing your ops team....

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Hyper-V Operational Training – Part 1

Welcome to our first in a series of Hyper-V Operational Training.   This training started prior to the release of Windows Server 2016.   Most of it is based on current technology on Windows 2012 R2 however there is a ton of amazing content. The premise of this training is to teach you everything that you need to know about Hyper-V and System Center from an operational standpoint.   I like to call it Operationalizing your ops team.   When your project team is done and now you are left with having to operate all of the day to...

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Huge Milestone – Episode 50 – MVPDays Countdown Show – Orlando

Wow I can’t believe we finally did it. 50 Episodes are up and live at http://channel9.msdn.com/blogs/interview-with-an-mvp I have to say a huge thank you to our fearless Microsoft CPM MVP Lead – Simran Chaudry @sim_100. He was the one that pushed us to start getting our content up on @CH9 Channel 9. Cheers to the next 50. We hoped you enjoyed the ride so far there is a lot more content coming. Thanks,   Dave, Cristal and all of our special guests on Interview with an...

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Windows Time Sync – The fixes!

As many of you know when running a simple standalone machine at home, at work, in a datacenter or in the cloud, time keeping can be tricky. Very odd though, it’s been around for over a decade and people/enterprises still can’t seem to figure out how it really works or how they should configure it.

Every Windows computer has a lovely service on it that is called W32Time with a description that reads “Windows Time Service”. This service is set to manual, and for all intents and purposes can be left that way.

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@MVPDays Orlando Registration and Schedule now live

Hey @MVPDays fans registrations are now open for MVPDays Florida on December 2, 2016. #mvphour Checkout www.mvpdays.com for more information   You can see the schedule and speakers for the event at:   http://mvpdaysfl.busyconf.com/schedule   See you all in a month in Florida. Dave and...

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Storage Spaces Direct #S2D for Everyone

This week at #MVPDays Seattle we had a chance to have some really great discussions on the future of storage in the Data Center. As such I had a chance to attend a really great session delivered by MVP’s Anton Gostev @Gostev and Clint Wyckoff @clintwyckoff on ReFS. I learned in this session that there are some self healing features that come with the new ReFS file system when using in conjunction with Storage Spaces Direct (S2D). This messaging from MVPDays has closely aligned with a new Community Open Source Project that has been started by 4 Microsoft MVP’s...

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Better Together – Learn more about how 5nine and Veeam will rock your Data Center

Hey .@mvpdays and #mvphour followers you know I always love to let you know about great webinars. Especially when they are done by two of my favorite partners. .@veeam and .@5ninesoftware have amazing platforms to Secure, Manage, Backup, and Replicate your #hyperv farms.   You can register by clicking here: https://go.veeam.com/webinar-cloud-security-solution-enterprise.html @symonperriman (5nine) and Zane Allyn (Veeam) will be chatting about: How to efficiently manage your increasing Hyper-V Infrastructure Ways to effectively protect your virtualized data center Best Practices to quickly recovery you VMs and data   It is definitely on my can’t miss list for this month.  ...

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Hyper-V Rock Stars coming to VeeamLive – Live from Atlanta

Sign up today people!!! #VeeamLive episode, join our MVP duo @DaveKawula and @ClintWyckoff as they bring everyone up to speed on all the latest enhancements of Windows Server 2016. You’ll see a live demo of Veeam® Availability Suite™ 9.5 which provides full support for Windows Server 2016 data center technologies. You’ll also learn how ReFS 3.0 provides spaceless and instant Synthetic, GFS and Reverse Incremental operations. Attendees will also see demonstrations of Hyper-V 2016, Nano Server, PowerShell Direct, and Storage Spaces Direct. This is an episode you don’t want to miss!   You can check it out and register...

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Made the cut this week on Channel 9 at Microsoft

I am always extremely proud to be recognized out of the thousands of videos up on @ch9.   This week @clintwyckoff (Clint Wyckoff – MVP) and myself @davekawula made the cut. Our video on must attend sessions of MS Ignite was really popular and made the short list of must watch videos. https://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/C9Team/Last-Week-on-Channel-9-August-22nd-August-28th-2016 Thanks for the recognition @microsoft and Channel 9 team. Thanks,...

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Switch to Hyper-V and save big time with Microsoft

About five days ago Microsoft announce via a blogpost that they have introduced a new Switch and Save program. This program is called Vmware Shift and is gear to help drive adoption of Windows Server 2016’s amazing Virtualization Stack. Here is a little snip from the blog post at Microsoft: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/windowsserver/2016/08/24/announcing-the-new-vmware-migration-offer-for-windows-server-2016/ More reasons to switch to Windows Server 2016 than ever before Recently we shared the new Gartner x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure Magic Quadrant where Microsoft was not only positioned as a leader for the sixth year in a row, but also closed the gap with VMware by moving...

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Why you will move to Windows 2016 NOW – Hybrid Use Rights

.@Microsoft has dangled the carrot will you bite? With their licensing model is called Hybrid Use Rights. #mvphour @mvpdays This basically allow you to use the Windows Server Datacenter licenses on SA that you own today both on Prem and in Azure. I think this bold move will really strengthen Microsoft’s position, especially with the pending release of Windows Server 2016 soon.   Here is a nice little write-up on this from our friends at .@Gartner :   Hybrid Use Rights enable Windows Server to be used in Azure, overdue perhaps may be a reaction but welcome particularly given...

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Are you kidding me – Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V Maximum Configurations

Thanks @microsoft for taking the Virtualization game to the next level. Today it was announced that the new Virtual Machine and Host Server Maximums will look like this:   Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 Standard & Datacenter Windows Server 2016 Standard & Datacenter Physical (Host) Memory Support Up to 4 TB per physical server Up to 24 TB per physical server (6x) Physical (Host) Logical Processor Support Up to 320 LPs Up to 512 LPs Virtual Machine Memory Support Up to 1 TB per VM Up to 16 TB per VM (16x) Virtual Machine Virtual Processor Support Up to 64...

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My Favourite moments from MVPDays over the past 3 years

Hey folks I thought I would write this up as a quick post that truly shows the power of community.   Here are also a few of the top moments @twitter has captured for us. I love a lot of this pictures captured from Various #MVPHour sightings across north America. #MVPDays4Life...

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