MMS 2018!!! It is on like Donkey Kong!

So just a few days from now on Mothers Day I am flying to the great state of Minnesota (u betcha!) for one of the best IT technical conferences available.  (In my opinion that is.)  It is already time for MMS 2018 (Midwest Management Summit) which is not MMS (Microsoft Management Summit).  The Minnesota Systems … Continue reading MMS 2018!!! It is on like Donkey Kong!

Lessons Learned: Public Certificate Authorities and Azure Stack Certificates

In my previous blog post yesterday, Using AzsReadinessChecker To Generate Certificate Signing Request for Azure Stack I showed how to use the AzSReadinessChecker tool provided by Microsoft to create a CSR that you could then take to your Public Certificate Authority.  I created a single CSR request that had all my Subject Alternative Names (SAN's) in a … Continue reading Lessons Learned: Public Certificate Authorities and Azure Stack Certificates

Using AzsReadinessChecker To Generate Certificate Signing Request for Azure Stack

My experience with Azure Stack until recently has all been around the ASDK (Azure Stack Development Toolkit).  Recently we received our first multi-node Azure Stack from our Partner and OEM Dell EMC.  My next few blogs are more than likely going to focus on my experiences and lessons learned around our integration and configuration of our first 4 … Continue reading Using AzsReadinessChecker To Generate Certificate Signing Request for Azure Stack

Automate deployment of Azure Stack Development Kit on an Azure VM

With the Azure Stack Development Kit (ASDK) having a limited lifespan per deployment I need a way to be able to spin up the ASDK fairly fast for internal use and for clients who want to take Azure Stack for a spin.  There are more and more great resources coming online on how to deploy and … Continue reading Automate deployment of Azure Stack Development Kit on an Azure VM

Restarting Storage Space Direct Cluster Nodes managed by SCVMM 2016

So most of my experience recently with Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) have been deploying stand alone clusters that are not managed by System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2016.  I have another blog in the works that documents how I built out a 4 node S2D cluster using VMM and PowerShell.  It piggy backs on … Continue reading Restarting Storage Space Direct Cluster Nodes managed by SCVMM 2016

Keep IT Simple? Live migration of ‘Virtual Machine ‘ failed.

Started out with looking up Live Migration errors that lead me to configuration of the constrain delegation not being truly configured correctly.  Why, because the SPN's for three of the Hyper-V services where not registered correctly because the NTDS ports on my domain controllers had been restricted to ports not in the dynamic ranges that Hyper-V uses to register those SPN's.  At the end of the day if I would have focused on the SPN issues and just looked at my domain controllers I would have saved myself a lot of time.  

Building A Microsoft Hyper-Converged Private Cloud Solution.

For my next blog I have decided to follow a project I am about to start with a larger client that is moving from VMware to a Microsoft Hyper-Converged solution using Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016.  This part of my blog will just be an over view of the project and what we … Continue reading Building A Microsoft Hyper-Converged Private Cloud Solution.

Automating Computer Naming after Deploying Windows 10 Images

I was recently at a client planning on delivering a Windows 10 Pilot as normal.  However, during our kick off meeting a wrench was thrown into our standard practice.  The client didn't have a working Configuration Manager or MDT environment and still used Ghost to deploy images.  Over all not a bad thing just not … Continue reading Automating Computer Naming after Deploying Windows 10 Images

Deploying System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager with Multiple Site Servers for a Lab/Production Environment

This blog is information on how to plan and install Configuration Manager 2012 R2 in a lab environment but can also be used for a production environment if needed for a smaller organization. However, I don't recommend you use this example for a production environment for one main reason. I will be going off the … Continue reading Deploying System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager with Multiple Site Servers for a Lab/Production Environment

System Center Operations Manager 2012 SP1 Reporting Server Failed Install

A few weeks ago I went through the process of upgrading our System Center Operations Manager 2012 environment from RTM to SP1.  When I came to the Reporting Server I had decided to upgrade my SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 to SP2 as well.  During the upgrade the Reporting Server service failed to start.  I … Continue reading System Center Operations Manager 2012 SP1 Reporting Server Failed Install