Hyper-V Failover Cluster: Basic Setup

16. February 2017 Technical 4
I have previously shared a slightly more complex method for configuring a simple 2-node failover cluster, involving a converged Hyper-V virtual switch, with QoS policies and so forth to manage traffic on the Management, CSV and Live Migration networks. However, there is another config I wanted to share, which in some cases is preferable in an ...

Hyper-V Failover Cluster: MPIO & CSV Storage

08. August 2016 Technical 0
Continuing our last post on Hyper-V Failover Clustering, we turn our focus from networking to storage. To bring storage into the picture, we will have to provision some volumes from Storage Spaces, our SAN or other Shared Storage device. This varies by vendor, so see their documentation for more details. However you do it, just be ...

Hyper-V Failover Cluster: Converged Network

04. August 2016 Technical 0
In this post, we will look at a concept known as “Converged Networking” for setting up a simple two-node Hyper-V cluster (a great option for small businesses). The basic idea is that all of your physical network adapters will be brought together as a single NIC team, and thereby made interchangeable–it’s just connection tissue to ...

GPO’s be trippin!

20. June 2016 Technical 0
As many of us are now aware, a recent June update (MS16-072) causes certain GPO’s to stop working. Short of removing the update, you can actually fix this yourself. But how to identify the problem policies? If you’ve ever removed the default security filtering (Authenticated users) from your GPO before applying a specific security group, ...

Automate the deployment of guest virtual machines with PowerShell

02. June 2016 Technical 0
Small businesses often bemoan the cost and complexity of implementing System Center. But who needs System Center when you’ve already got PowerShell?! In the previous post, I shared a series of snippets / scripts that I use to quickly configure a standalone Hyper-V host, including host name & timezone, storage, networking, and so on. To continue that ...

Automate the deployment of a standalone Hyper-V host server using PowerShell

30. May 2016 Technical 0
In this article, I wanted to document a standard, standalone Hyper-V server deployment for a small business using nothing but PowerShell. The best practices for Hyper-V state that the role should be enabled on a server without the GUI (e.g. Core or Nano–although I rarely see this done in a small business setting). Best practices aside, I still enjoy using PowerShell ...

Scripting with ISE: Adding new LUN’s, part 2

12. May 2016 Technical 0
When we left off last time, we had a small script that: Put an offline disk (disk #1) online Initialized the disk Created a new partition on that disk Formatted a new volume from that partition The script looked something like this: But that’s a pretty poor script, because it only runs if the disk ...

Scripting with ISE: Adding New LUNs, part 1

09. May 2016 Technical 0
In this series, we are getting familiar with Windows PowerShell ISE. My hope is that thru working in this application, more IT professionals will come to view PowerShell as a truly accessible (and indispensable) tool. Remember that the point of technology should include making your job easier–to allow you to leverage capabilities that you would otherwise ...

How to teach yourself PowerShell using ISE

There is no reason to be afraid of PowerShell. I know a lot of IT generalists out there have avoided learning it, or, when they do run into a situation where it is required (since not everything is exposed to the GUI interfaces these days), they steal a snippet from the Internet. Well, that’s all well ...