Huge announcement – Win a pass to Live 360 / TechMentor in Orlando

We have a huge announcement to make, MVPDays will be giving away a free pass to the TechMentor / Live360 conference in Orlando, Florida from December 5-9 at Loews Royal Pacific Resort https://live360events.com/events/orlando-2016/home.aspx. You will have a chance to win this amazing prize by attending www.mvpdays.com live in Atlanta September 24, 2016. All valid registrations for speakers and attendees will be automatically entered to win. You must be in attendance in person to claim this prize. As a huge bonus a 750.00 travel credit has been added to this prize making it worth over $3000.00. What a great way...

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MVPDays 2016 Atlanta Call for Speakers now open

    MVPDays North American Roadshow is a technical event that is delivered by industry leading expert Microsoft MVP’s and prospective MVP’s. These sessions are not geared around Vendor Marketing fluff and have real content based on the deep expertise of our world class speakers. In order to have your submission considered please follow these guidelines. 1. Make your title, abstract, and pitch attention grabbing and eye-catching. 2. Your content is interesting, vendor and product agnostic. Conference sessions are meant to educate attendees on current IT innovations, challenges and trends only, and we do not accept product-related submissions. If...

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MVPDays is expanding to the US in 2016

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 MVPs to reach the IT community and share their vast knowledge and experience in a fun and engaging way” I mean, what is the point in recognizing these bright and inspiring individuals, and not leveraging them to inspire the community that they are a part of. MVPDays’ first run was a four city roadshow in Western Canada covering Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. All four cities sold out. This showed how much an event...

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Humble Beginnings with Channel 9

I can’t believe that it has been almost a whole year since we started the journey of publishing our content on Channel 9 #C9. @supercristal1 and myself were on a mission to get at least 10 episodes created in the first 60 days. For any of you that have produced content it isn’t easy to step in front of the camera and produce real quality content. Well here we are almost a year later and we now are approaching our 40th episode. Have a look below at episode #1 it was actually filmed inside of our Travel Trailer while...

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Interview with an MVP a year in Review

Folks it has been close to a year since we launched our Channel9 #CH9 series called https://channel9.msdn.com/blogs/interview-with-an-mvp . We have had such amazing feedback over the past 12 months that I thought we would highlight our top 8 Episodes. These 8 Episodes alone had over 60K unique views and as a result of your support I won the top Channel 9 contributor in all of Canada.   Coming in with almost 50 K views alone are www.mvpdays.com countdown shows that @supercristal1 and I did. These were so much fun to create and I think that we need to get...

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MVPAward #FridayFive

It is pretty cool when you wake up in the morning and your work is recognized. Today it was by the #MVPAward #FridayFive where they select content from top contributors from around the world and feature it.   You can follow the Friday Five at #FridayFive   https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/mvpawardprogram/2016/06/24/greet-the-weekend-with-this-fridayfive/ https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/mvpawardprogram/2016/03/18/and-now-your-fridayfive/       This was actually the second time that @ClintWyckoff and myself have been featured in the past few months. Here are links to our respective videos on Channel 9 @ch9   #Ch9 Episode 33 – What the Heck is Nano Server – Live from MVPDays 2016: Interview with Cloud...

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Canadian Community Super Hero Award

  This year I was extremely fortunate to win a Microsoft Canada MVP award for the top Channel 9 Contributor. I am not only honoured to received this award I am extremely grateful to everyone that helped me get http://channel9.msdn.com/blogs/interview-with-an-mvp rolling. Especially @supercristal1 (Cristal Kawula) her videos on the Channel have been the number 1 views for almost 1 year now. Cristal we need you back to help us with more top notch technical content. I have taken the liberty to highlight just a few of your favourite Canadian MVP’s … Sorry if I missed you … You know...

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Hyper-V Networking Deep Dive

I recently had the chance to do a nice Deep Dive session on Hyper-V Networking. It is often hard for customers to visualize what exactly is being configures with Hyper-V once it is installed.   The Diagram below was an illustration that walked through the following concepts:   Hardware Configuration of the Core Switches (Avaya in this Case) NIC Configurations ( 12 x 1 GB in this Case) upgrading to 10 GB in the near future Comparison of the different types of Windows Teaming Modes (LACP vs. Switch Independent) à We went with LACP for this implementation A walk...

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Veeam Community Pod Cast Live from London UK

I recently had the chance to speak at the London,UK VeeamON Forum with Cristal. We had a load of fun and one of our sessions was recorded and put up on the Veeam Community Podcast # 118 https://www.veeam.com/podcast/episode-119-veeam-vanguard-panel-at-veeamon-forum.html   In this episode, Rick Vanover hosts five Veeam Vanguards from around the world in a panel discussion at the VeeamON Forum held in London. The Vanguards participating in the panel are: Craig Dalrymple (@Cragdoo on Twitter) Dave Kawula (@DaveKawula on Twitter) Cristal Kawula (@SuperCristal1 on Twitter) Anthony Spiteri (@SnthonySpiteri on Twitter) John Nicholson (@Lost_Signal on Twitter) The discussion traversed a number of relevant topics today:...

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Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V All you need to know Part 4

In this episode of Interview with an MVP your hosts, Dave Kawula and Clint Wyckoff discuss many of the new features  and answer questions from a recent webinar. https://www.veeam.com/videos/largest-announcements-within-hyper-v-2016-8009.html Q. What the heck are Containers? Q.  re: containers use case – Condensing the infrastructure I need to support my dev group’s SDLC. Dev, Test, QAT, UAT on one box = 1/4th the VMs I need to patch. Q.  What is nano server? Q.  What type of bandwidth is required for Shared VHDX to work properly?  is 1GB/sec sufficient or is 10GB or higher required? Q.  Will the new Hyper-V...

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Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V All you need to know Part 3

In this episode of Interview with an MVP your hosts, Dave Kawula and Clint Wyckoff discuss many of the new features  and answer questions from a recent webinar.  https://www.veeam.com/videos/largest-announcements-within-hyper-v-2016-8009.html   Q.  any improvements specifically around VMM with server 2016 coming out? we find ourselves going to Hyper-V Manager/Failover cluster Manager instead of VMM often due to performance issues/bugs. Q.  Can I use SCVMM 2008 r2  manage server 2016 and nano? Q.  Do you know when Server 2016 will RTM ??  Estimated date??Q.  Does using Shared VHDX provide High Availabilty in an SQL cluster. For example – if Hyper-V node A...

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Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V All you need to know Part 2

In this episode of Interview with an MVP your hosts, Dave Kawula and Clint Wyckoff discuss many of the new features  and answer questions from a recent webinar.  https://www.veeam.com/videos/largest-announcements-within-hyper-v-2016-8009.html Q.  Does  hyper-v have knowledge of what IO it has available to it? so we can do things like bursting IO (allowing the machine to use more resources for X amount of time… as long as it does not affect other machines in the cluster?   Q.  Dynamic RAM – What if your server has maxed out to 8GB on Dynamic RAM and you need to free up RAM....

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Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V All you need to know Part 1

In this episode of Interview with an MVP your hosts, Dave Kawula and Clint Wyckoff discuss many of the new features  and answer questions from a recent webinar. https://www.veeam.com/videos/largest-announcements-within-hyper-v-2016-8009.html   Q.   Do the Remote VM Management PowerShell and IIS-based tools still require an Azure host?   Q.  In phased upgrade approach; what about storage?  I.e. NTFS to ReFS?   Q.  Will there be a new version of VMM?   Q.  Can you start Windows from ReFS? Q.  Is there an expected release date for Windows Server 2016? Q.  Can you switch from GUI 2012 to...

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VMCE Advanced Training live from London

I had the privilege of attending the first worldwide run of Veeam’s Certified Engineer Advanced (Architect) training this week. It was filled with some of the brightest minds from around the world. Attending training like this gives someone like myself the ability to interact with peers from my industry, figure out solutions to complex problems, and learn some cutting edge technology.   Some of the highlights from the training this week so far are: Learning hands on in an architecture / whiteboard framework. Not being Power Pointed to death. Having early access to the newest labs from Veeam Getting...

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Veeam Community Podcast 116

In this episode, Clint Wyckoff hosts Dave Kawula (@davekawula). Dave is a Microsoft MVP for Cloud and Datacenter Management, Inaugural Veeam Vanguard, Community Evangelist and Independent Blogger (CheckYourLogs.net). Dave and Clint discuss the Microsoft MVP Program, Hyper-V 2016 as well as community events like TechMentor and MVPDays. Mentions in the episode: Veeam NFR for Certified Professionals MVPDays – Use code VEEAM to register TechMentor MSDN Channel 9 – Interview with an...

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MVPDays 2016 Countdown Show #1

Hey there everyone Cristal Kawula here and I am so pleased to give your our first MVPDays 2016 countdown show. It has been a little while for me since I have appeared on Interview with an MVP and I am so please to be back. This year I will be presenting my own session at MVPDays 2016 East and am really pumped to get back in front of everyone. Checkout our 1st Countdown show. Make sure you watch all of it as there are little nuggets in there for Promo Codes and big announcements. Thanks,...

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Deploying Windows 10 like a Champ

In this episode I was lucky enough to snap Mr. Emile Cabot MVP and Deployment Guru. He walks through all of the deployment essentials For your very own Windows 10 Project. This was a great session that we did at Channel 9 studios in Redmond, WA. We hope you enjoy.  ...

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Dude Where’s my Server?

In this episode I was so lucky to be joined by my great friend Clint Wyckoff MVP from Veeam Software. We also had Emile Cabot MVP come in with a Cameo as “The Angry Boss”. We were live trying to record another session as we got a call from the “Boss” that the servers were down. Our RTO/RPO was under 2 minutes and this was an amazing example of how Veeam Software is changing the game. Thanks so much this was a lot of fun....

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Speaking at TechMentor 2016 Las Vegas

I’ll be speaking at TechMentor, March 7-11 in Las Vegas. 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: Troubleshooting Hyper-V 2016 Performance: Notes from the Field   Workshop: Hacking Hyper-V: How to Protect Your Private Cloud   SPECIAL OFFER: As a speaker, I can extend $500 savings on the 5-day package. Register here: http://bit.ly/TMLSK10Home   Amplify your knowledge at TechMentor Las Vegas — bring the issues that keep you up at night and prepare to leave...

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Ultimate Tips for Certification and building your own Home Lab

“I have always found it difficult to find good information on building my home lab” à is a question I often get when speaking at conferences. As such Clint Wyckoff MVP and myself (Dave Kawula MVP) have decided to have a dedicated episode on Interview with an MVP. We also threw in some great little nuggets about Certification and lots of free tools you can use to get yourself started. I hope you enjoy,  ...

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MVPHour Live from Redmond

For only the second time ever we have recorded #MVPHour Live. In this episode Clint Wyckoff – MVP, Emile Cabot – MVP, and myself (Dave Kawula – MVP) discussed Some of the topics streaming in on our live twitter feed #MVPHour.   “I think this one will be an instant classic” said Clint Wyckoff on a facebook post earlier today.   I tend to agree with him and I think we need to do these more often.   Once again special thanks to our crew at Channel9 @ch9 for making this all possible.     Thanks,...

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Zero Downtime Migration between Hyper-V Clusters using Shared Nothing Live Migration

In this blog post I thought it would be fun to share how we migrated a customer environment from one Hyper-V Failover Cluster to another with Zero Downtime using Shared Nothing Live Migration.   The image below was some chicken scratch I drafted up during a meeting with the customer showing how we could do this. I often tell people that I get paid to draw with crayons and see it really is true. I hope you enjoy. Dave   Shared Nothing Live Migration from Hyper-V Cluster to another Hyper-V Cluster (Without Down Time) In this solution you will be able to migrate Virtual Machines between two Hyper-V Clusters without down time using Shared Nothing Live Migration. The steps below outline the process required to achieve these results. Prerequisites Infrastructure Servers Requirements   Component Requirement Servers Need to install and configure a new Hyper-v Cluster Need to match the Virtual Switch Network Name Storage Need to create new Cluster Shared volume   Migration Steps – Reverting to Standalone Virtual Machine from Highly Available   Login to the Source Hyper-V Cluster and open Failover Cluster Manager Expand Cluster and select Roles. Right-click on the Source Virtual Machine and select Remove   Note This step simply removes the Virtual Machine from the cluster and changes the availability of the Virtual Machine from Highly Available to Standalone.   Migration Steps – Using...

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SCOM 2012 R2 – Data Warehouse Service Account is not allowed to access Data Warehouse database

  Well today I logged into a customer’s site to deal with a SCOM issue in there SCOM 2012 R2 environment. The SCOM environment itself appeared to be working, but the data warehouse wasn’t being populated. This occurred as they changed the service accounts from a Local Service to best practices of using domain accounts. The following events were constantly repeated through the Operations Manager event log (Applications and Services Log/Operations Manager)   Event ID: 31551 Provider Name: “Health Service Modules” Task Category Data Warehouse Time: 13:03 Failed to store data in the Data Warehouse. The operation will be retried. Exception ‘SqlException’: Management Group with id ”ABCDEFAB-ABAB-1234-4567-ABCDEFABCDEF” is not allowed to access Data Warehouse under login ”DOMAIN\svc-ScomDW”One or more workflows were affected by this. Workflow name: Microsoft.SystemCenter.DataWarehouse.CollectEventData Instance name: scom01.someCompoany.com Instance ID: {12312312-3434-4545-5656-123456789012} Management group: SCOM-MGMTGROUP Event ID: 31569 Provider Name: “Health Service Modules” Task Category Data Warehouse Time: 13:02 Report deployment process failed to request management pack list from Data Warehouse. The operation will be retried. Exception ‘SqlException’: Management Group with id ”ABCDEFAB-ABAB-1234-4567-ABCDEFABCDEF” is not allowed to access Data Warehouse under login ”DOMAIN\svc-ScomDW” One or more workflows were affected by this. Workflow name: Microsoft.SystemCenter.DataWarehouse.Deployment.Report Instance name: Data Warehouse Synchronization Service Instance ID: {12312312-3434-4545-5656-123456789012} Management group: SCOM Management Group Event ID: 31557 Provider Name: “Health Service Modules” Task Category Data Warehouse Time: 13:01 Failed to obtain synchronization process state...

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Windows Azure Pack (WAP) Site to Site VPN (S2SVPN) with Cisco ASA

Problem I’ve run into an issue when a customer was using a Cisco ASA 5515 to connect into our WAP deployment. Cisco is a big player in the networking market and one would think that connecting a device such as this to a Windows Server Gateway (WSG) WAP S2SVPN would be straight forward. Reason There are a few key implementation differences with how the WSG and Cisco ASA implement IKEv2. As WSG uses RRAS under the hood, we have to look at how RRAS works. Currently RRAS is configured to send an IKEv2 tunnel with a Traffic Selector of...

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MDT 2013 Update 1 Re-released

Anyone who installed MDT 2013 Update 1 experienced a number of issues with the initial release. As of September 16, Microsoft has re-released MDT 2013 Update 1 under build 8298, which addresses most (but not all) of these issues. The new build replaces the existing links from the Download Center, and the old build has been taken down. A full list of fixes and known issues can be found here. It’s important to note that Build 8290 is no longer supported, so those running it will have to upgrade their MDT installation. Among the bug fixes, Microsoft has finally fixed the problems with the UEFI partitioning process, which means that any Task Sequences should be re-created as well. Unfortunately, there are still a few bugs in the release. Microsoft has said that there are no updated builds planned for MDT 2013 Update 1, as Update 2 is scheduled to be released later this year. The upgrade process from Build 8290 to 8298 is very straightforward. Download the new MicrosoftDeploymentToolkit from the Download Center and launch the MSI installation. Next, Next, Finish through the install, and launch Deployment Workbench. From there, if you expand Deployment Shares, you’ll see that your Deployment Share has a yellow Exclamation Mark. Right-click and choose Update Deployment Share. Next, Next, Finish through the upgrade process, and you’re all good to go to re-create your Task...

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