First hands-on Upgrading Windows Server 2016 TP2 to TP3 #easy #upgrade #ws2016 #WinServ   Leave a comment

Now that Windows Server 2016TP3 is there we can test all the new stuff the in place upgrade was just 10 min downtime that is great. and my SCVMM and SQL server still worked. get the bits here:

At the heart of the Microsoft Cloud Platform, Windows Server brings Microsoft’s experience delivering global-scale cloud services into your infrastructure. Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 3 provides a wide range of new and enhanced features and capabilities spanning server virtualization, storage, software-defined networking, server management and automation, web and application platform, access and information protection, virtual desktop infrastructure, and more.

As a reminder, these are early pre-release builds. Many of the features and scenarios are still in development. As such, these builds are not intended for production environments, labs, nor full evaluations. This is pre-released software; features and functionality may differ in the final release.

Need more information about the next version of Windows Server? See what’s new in Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 3.


The upgrade is done in just a few steps I used a System center Virtual Machine Manager VM to upgrade ( with SQL2016 and SCVMM TP2 )

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Want to keep or wipe the server. and


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Setup encountered a problem and was unable to determine whether Hyper-V features can be upgraded. For more information about Hyper-V upgrade requirements, see  VmConfigurationVersion vmname or vmobject



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In just 10 Minutes Winking smile 

image and here is my VMM server


So what to expect when upgrading  there a a whole lot of new things in 2016 new in this release :


Windows Server Containers

What’s new in Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) in Windows Server Technical

What’s New in Failover Clustering in Windows Server Technical Preview.

What’s new in Hyper-V in Technical Preview.

What’s New in Windows Server Antimalware Overview for Windows Server Technical Preview.

What’s New in Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2016.

What’s New in File and Storage Services in Windows Server Technical Preview.

What’s New in Web Application Proxy in Windows Server Technical Preview.

What’s New in Networking in Windows Server Technical Preview.

Posted August 19, 2015 by Robert Smit in windows server 2016

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Windows Server 2016 with Storage Spaces Direct. Building #SOFS with Storage Spaces Direct #winserv #win2016 #S2D #howtopics

Windows Server 2016 enables service providers to deploy Microsoft storage solutions using Storage Spaces Direct with Direct Attached Storage (DAS). Today’s Microsoft storage solutions are dependent on and require storage hardware that is inherently shareable, such as Fibre Channel, or iSCSI SAN, or Storage Spaces with Shared SAS. Storage Spaces with DAS hardware support in Windows Server 2016 enables Microsoft Storage Solutions to use hardware that is not shareable by design.

Windows Server 2016 with Storage Spaces Direct

The Microsoft Storage Solution in Windows Server 2016 is an evolution of the investments in Scale-Out File Server (SOFS), Clustered Shared Volume File System (CSVFS), Storage Spaces and Failover Clustering.

Windows Server 2016 with Storage Spaces Direct

What’s New in the Windows Server Technical Preview

What’s New in Failover Clustering in Windows Server Technical Preview

What do we need to create a Windows Server Storage Spaces Direct  ?

Well just a cluster based on windows server Technical preview and some local disks any disks ? no not just any disk it can’t be USB disk but this can be used with the normal storage spaces. as shown here

A basic cluster with a bunch of drives is al you need

In this case I have a two node cluster and  20 disks on node 1 and 9 disk on node 2.

Remember these are local disk and not clustered. We can transfer this in a Storage Space and use it for Hyper-v

Windows Server 2016 with Storage Spaces Direct

But Suppose we could use this for a cluster then our “old” disks would be use full to other functions.

Of course there are some question marks here  but let me show you how to build this and this could be helpful.

If I take a look at the disk storage on my first node I see 21 disk

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and not that much storage on node 2

So on our two node cluster I can’t add local storage this will not work unless..

Unless we set an extra Cluster Property and then we can use this disk as cluster storage but with a star*

I’ll do this in the GUI in PowerShell it is way to easy ( did you hear that …odd a few years ago it was reversed )

If we take a look at the Cluster Property’s we will see that there is a new option in DASMODE

DASModeEnabled        0
DASModeBusTypes        134144
DASModeOptimizations        1
DASModeIOLatencyThreshold        10000


Windows Server 2016 with Storage Spaces Direct

When setting all the options we can use all the disks in the cluster nodes.

Setting the DASModeEnabled=1 will allocate all the local disk to the Storage Pool.


Windows Server 2016 with Storage Spaces Direct

in the enclosures there is a huge list with all the Disks, these disk are all local disks Winking smile

Windows Server 2016 with Storage Spaces Direct

Now we are creating Storage Spaces I’ll show you this in the GUI and this way you can see what is changed in the cluster. After this you can do this in PowerShell like in de blogs below

More info can be found here Deploy Clustered Storage Spaces

Step-by-step for Storage Spaces Tiering in Windows Server 2012 R2

Now that all my disk converted to a SES enclosure and as you can see this is published in the Cluster under the new Enclosure under storage.




Creating a new Storage spaces direct

Windows Server 2016 with Storage Spaces Direct 

As you can see I can create Multiple Spaces


You will need at least 3 disk to create a Storage Space.


Windows Server 2016 with Storage Spaces Direct

Selecting the Disks for the Storage Space



Next create a Virtual disk in the just created Storage Space




I have no storage tier so for this demo I choose a simple setup




Now that the disk is created we need to create a volume on the Disk.



As you can see there are several steps needed to create a disk/ volume in a Storage space. This has nothing to do with Storage spaces direct.

when look at the cluster I see now a Disk in the pool that I can use as a Cluster Disk for a Clustered Resource.


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In this case I used Only a simple setup but you can create a bigger setup and getting more lops or redundancy


Windows Server 2016 with Storage Spaces Direct

In this case I created a Scale out file server with Storage Spaces Direct. This is demo only!

Windows Server 2016 with Storage Spaces Direct

So these are the basic steps to use , you can use a tiered storage space direct.

If you want more info about this checkout the Techdays NL Agenda


Or view the Sessions from Ignite on Channel 9



Happy clustering

Robert Smit


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Posted May 12, 2015 by Robert Smit in windows server 2016

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PowerShell Place custom VM into Windows Azure Pack Subscription #wapack #cloud #scvmm #Microsoft

During migrations there is always the trouble of all those settings and things to do before everything is running smoothly.

Well during my migration I needed to move several Machines to a private cloud subscription in Azure Pack.

As I’m not the Biggest Powershell Guru I like to keep things simple and I’m a big fan of the “ select Name “  and the  “ Out-GridView “

Options these options give you much more detail and make powershell a but more GUI ( don’t shoot )

#Set your SCVMM server and use -ForOnBehalfOf to make use of Service Provider Foundation.
Import-Module -Name virtualmachinemanager
$VMMSERVER = Get-SCVMMServer -ComputerName YOUR OWN VMM Server-ForOnBehalfOf

#Select WAP Cloud
$Cloud = Get-SCCloud -Name (Get-SCCloud | select Name | Out-GridView -Title "Select WAP Cloud" -PassThru).Name

#Select Select WAP User Subscription
$User = (Get-SCUserRole | Where-Object Cloud -Match $Cloud).Name | Out-GridView -PassThru -Title "Select WAP User Subscription"

# Show WAP Subscription User
$WAPUserrole = Get-SCUserRole | Where-Object Cloud -Match $Cloud | Where-Object Name -Like $User*
$WAPUserrole |ft name

# Select Single VM to WAP
$WAPVM = (Get-SCVirtualMachine ($Cloud | Get-SCVirtualMachine | select Name | Out-GridView -Title "Select Single VM to WAP" -PassThru).Name)



# show Selected VM to WAP Subscription
$WAPVM|ft name

#Place VM in WAP Subscription
Set-SCVirtualMachine -VM $WAPVM –UserRole $WAPUserrole –Owner $User

As there is a pick list there is no typo there when moving the VM

When Checking the Windows Azure Portal you will see after a refresh a VM that is migrated to Azure Pack.



Happy clustering

Robert Smit


Posted April 14, 2015 by Robert Smit in Azure

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