My Wishlist for System Center Virtual Machine Manager

I’ve used System Center Virtual Machine Manager for a few years now, and I’ve come to like its ups and deal with its downs. It has a lot of great features, like bare-metal deployments and logical networks, which when executed correctly are both huge time savers and take away a lot of human error. With SCVMM, let’s start with some of a new additions in 2016: Converting ‘Standard Switches’ on hosts to Logical Switches Too often in the past I’ve retro-fitted VMM into a Hyper-V Environment and had to wrestle with removing existing Standard Switches and replacing them with Logical switches and had to deal with migrating VMs, losing connectivity, rolling back.

Identifying storage intensive VMs in Hyper-V 2016 Clusters

We’ve all had the case where there was a volume running hot on your cluster and you spend ages wrestling with perf counters to try to find that VM that’s causing your storage to burn. Well let me introduce you to a magical new command in Windows Server 2016 Get-StorageQoSFlow This miracle command can give you insights on all the VHD(x)s running on your cluster, revealing IOPS, Latency and Bandwidth stats for them all without the need for large-scale monitoring solutions.

Expanding Storage Spaces Direct Volumes

As many of you would have seen, Windows Server 2016 has been officially launched, with evaluation media available and General Availability slated for later this month. One of the great new features in this release, is Storage Spaces Direct, a Software-Defined Storage Solution. There is already plenty of information available on how to get this up and running on Microsoft Docs, but I thought I’d share some of the operational tasks that aren’t so obvious, starting with expanding volumes.

Speaking at Microsoft Ignite

While sitting in LAX Airport with some time to kill I thought I’d reflect on the last week. I’ve spent the last week at the Microsoft Ignite conference in Atlanta, and what a crazy but fantastic week it has been. Starting with only finding out 2 weeks before the start of the conference that I was invited to speak, frantically trying to sort accommodation and flights, and finally ending with speaking at the conference itself.

Time for another Tech Blog

I’ve decided it’s time to get more active online, I’ve always been lurking in forums and posting on Reddit, but I want to give back more. For me, blogs are one of the biggest sources of information when looking at new technology. Whether it’s an honest review of a product or a deployment guide that highlights all the ‘gotchas’ that would otherwise catch out first timers. So I’m going to give it my best shot to write at least one useful post a week, sharing gotchas and other learnings that might help someone else out.