TechEd NA and TechEd Madrid: What to see

June 10, 2013 at 8:22 am in TechED by mikeresseler


It has been a great week being at TechEd NA in New Orleans. I had to be there to deliver 2 presentations (see later) but I was of course very anxious to learn about all the new stuff that is coming with System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2. Yes, for those who were living at another planet last week, the new release will be named R2 which is a difference with the name of the release of the Windows 8.1 release. And there was a lot to learn and explore this week for sure!

Below you find an overview of all the different sessions you much watch when you didn’t had the change to visit TechEd NA.  However, if you are going to go to TechED Madrid, then don’t watch the sessions but have a look at this list and use it to plan your agenda.

Let’s start with the first session of the event (pre-conference not included).

The Keynote

Brad Anderson (@inTheCloudMSFT) delivered the keynote and it can be watched here:

Besides driving with a nice car on stage and a very funny bond alike start movie the keynote showed us quite some stuff that needed to be checked out.  My attention was drawn and I needed to check some stuff out.  Unfortunately, as it is always at a conference, it is quite impossible to see all the sessions that you want to explore so I will have to spent some time on the TechEd NA Channel 9 site to see more presentations.  Luckily I am one of those that will go to TechEd Europe in Madrid also so that will give me the possibility to see some more sessions :-)

Let’s start with the list of sessions about Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Start off with What’s new in Windows Server 2012 R2 to get general information. This session will give you a quick overview of all the interesting new improvements and then you can select deep-dives on the different topics where you want to learn more from.

Some of the sessions that I have seen or that are still on my wish list:

Windows Server Work Folders overview – my corporate data on all my devices: As a road warrior and home worker I have multiple (read LOTs) of different devices that I use to do my work.  Because I never visit the corporate office I’m not even connected to the domain. Work Folder capabilities in Windows Server 2012 R2 will give me the capabilities of having my files on all of my devices.  And IT will still be sure that it is done securely and has control over those files. This is pretty cool technology and I can’t wait to see this in my environment! (PS: for the deep-dive on this topic:

Hyper-V – What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2: This session is worth at least a blog post (probably multiple) on its own. Ben Armstrong (@virtualPCGuy) delivered this session about all the new stuff in Hyper-V. And there is a lot of new and cool stuff coming.  Watch my words and start learning… Virtual Machines Gen2…

What’s new in Window Server 2012 R2 Networking: Many improvements have been made in Windows Server 2012 on the networking level and R2 just goes further. If you work a lot with these capabilities than this is the sessions to get you up-to-date with the enhancements (and then afterwards you can start investigating in-depth more :-))

Continuous Availability: Deploying and Managing Clusters using Windows Server 2012 R2: If you have clusters today then you will probably have clusters in R2. This session show you the updates in R2

System Center

Yep, there was a lot of good content on System Center and many of it was delivered by MVP’s and people that are actually in the field. Here is a list of good sessions:

Mission: IT Operations for a Good Night’ Sleep by Walter Eikenboom (@wwwally). A good session for those who want to take component monitoring to LOB monitoring.

Effective Capacity Planning of Your Infrastructure Resources with Microsoft System Center 2012 – Operations Manager Reporting by Gordon McKenna. A session on capacity planning with Operations Manager, SharePoint and the Datawarehouse



Windows PowerShell Unplugged: A session delivered by Jeffrey Snover (@jsnover) and this is a session that you must watch if you are a beginner at PowerShell or even already an advanced user. I love PowerShell and work with it on many occassions and this is just one of these sessions that teaches me how to learn and use PowerShell. I take benefit of this one every day

Advanced Automation Using Windows PowerShell: After seeing previous version you quickly will want to go further with PowerShell. Don’t rush too fast but the moment you feel confident in PowerShell then take this session and take the next step.

Key Metrics and Practices for Monitoring Virtualization Platforms by Raymond Chou (@exotrinity) and Alec King. If you want to know more about the metrics you need to monitor mixed environments than this is the best place to start.

Monitoring and Managing the Network and Storage Infrastructure with Microsoft System Center 2012 – Operations Manager by Maarten Goet (@Maarten_Goet). Yes you can monitor more than servers alone. Find out more here about monitoring your storage and network stack.

Tips and Tricks for Creating Custom Management Packs for Microsoft System Center – Operations Manager by Mickey Gousset (@Mickey_Gousset) is a good session if you want to start creating your own management packs.

And of course: Introduction to System Center 2012 R2

Upgrading your Private Cloud

For those who are totally convinced of the new technologies that are heading our way… Upgrading your Private Cloud with Windows Server 2012 R2 is probably something for you :-)

Last but not least!

I also did some presentations so here are the must-see (:-)) sessions:

Managing Multi-Hypervisor Environments with System Center 2012

Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager and Veeam: Better Together

As you can read, there is a lot of good stuff and I will be digging in to the catalog the next 2 weeks to start scheduling my sessions that I want to see in Madrid.

For more information on TechEd Europe:

But there is more than learning and working alone… At TechEd NA we had the possiblity to buy a Surface PRO and RT for a very sharp price and I took that possibility with 2 hands. Now let’s hope that we get the same opportunity in Madrid. I would watch this space and get your money ready :-) and

Have fun


Building demo’s quickly

January 7, 2013 at 7:38 am in Demo, Hydration, POC, System Center by mikeresseler

Many people ask me how much time I spent in building demo environments, proof of concepts and so on.  Since I do quite some presentations and build courseware, I’m always in the need of specific demo environments.  One thing is certain, I do not rebuild an entire domain every time again and again… At least not manually.

For the most of my environments, I use scripts and unattended installs to build the environments.  This allows me to start installing a base environment in the evening and wake-up to a shiny new infrastructure

However, I’m a backup guy so all this scripting and deployment would take me a huge amount of time.  So here is the biggest “secret”.  I use tools from the community.

And one tool is the hydration kit created by Mikael Nystrom.  This guy is an amazing IT professional that gives me the scripts necessary to focus on my real work and not on installing all the systems over and over again.

And the best?  It is for free, and it works!

Today, version 3 is out of the hydration kit. 

This version allows you to Windows Server 2012 as Domain Controller, Member Server, Fileserver, Print Server, Remote Desktop Server, Web Server, Connection Broker, Generic Member Server, and Remote Access – Direct Access Server.  It also allows you to deploy Windows 7 and Windows 8 with or without Office as member of the domain, system center servers and SQL servers.

For more information and to download the information visit and follow Mikael on twitter @mikael_nystrom



Have your own Windows Azure services on-premise

July 27, 2012 at 12:31 pm in Hosting, Hyper-V, Service Provider Foundation, SPF, System Center, Windows Server 2012 by mikeresseler


Many IT Pro’s I know are scared of the public cloudIt will take a way their job, it will make sure that business users can do things without the control of IT administrators and so on.  The same IT Pro’s and also a lot more of them are also jealous of these public cloud offerings.  Imagine how cool it would be if we could offer this in-house.   The same experience for our users as they have in the cloud (Azure, Amazon…) and still completely under our control.  Too bad we can’t offer these things…

But wait, we can… With the System Center 2012 suite and Windows Server, this is already perfectly possible in-house.  Building up your private cloud and using the self-service portal to create offerings for your end-users that are completely or almost completely automated is not an utopia anymore. 

But let’s think one step further here for a second.  Let’s say I want to have these offerings and give them to my customers.  And these customers are not only the in-house users, but external companies.  I want to become (or I am already) an ISV or a hosting provider.  Now it becomes more challenging.  Building in Multi-Tenancy in the System Center suite can become much more difficult and requires a lot of configuration and customization.  Not exactly what I (or the hosting providers) want to do if they want to compete with the Azure an Amazon and whatever offering is out there today.  And yet, still many of these companies want to be able to do that.  Why?  Many reasons, but for start, they want to make money.  Second, many companies will trust their ISV or hosting provider before they will ever trust Azure or equivalent.  Why?  The fact that they can put a face on the ISV / Hosting provider is still important.

Now how are they going to solve these needs.  The answer to that… Windows Azure Services for Windows Server for Hosting Service Providers.

With this solution, Microsoft is bringing Windows Azure Web sites, Virtual Machines, the Service Management portal and API to what you already know: Windows Server.

Want more information and try it out? Check here:

You want to check out the different web apps you can use: Check here:

Have fun,



Join the Private Cloud Roadshow in Brussels (25 April) and Ghent (26 April)

April 5, 2012 at 2:27 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Join experts Kurt Roggen (MVP) and Mike Resseler (MVP) for the Private Cloud Roadshow.

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In this half day you will learn more about private cloud infrastructure setup and how you can monitor this. Learn how to create your private clouds and how to deploy standardized applications or services into these clouds. And as a final session you will learn how you can provide automation in your private cloud.

There are 2 options to attend (same content, different location):

25 April 2012 in Brussels


26 April 2012 in Ghent


This TechNet event is free of charge and Microsoft will be giving away one Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phone in each location.

Detailed agenda:
13:00 : 13:30 Welcome & Coffee
13:30 : 14:30 Building your Private Cloud Infrastructure
Learn how to build your Private Cloud infrastructure, by dealing with Fabric Management (Compute/ Hypervisors, Storage, Network), which will serve as the basis for the Private Cloud that you will be creating. We will discuss how to deploy, configure and manage each of these different elements in your datacenter.
14:30 : 14:50 Break
14:50 : 16:30 Creating, Monitoring & Operating your Private Cloud
Learn how to create your private clouds and how to deploy standardized applications or services into these clouds. Learn how to monitor your clouds and how to can handle change requests. All this key area’s will be addressed to give you an idea of what is happening in a private cloud after it is up, running, and into production.
16:30 : 16:50 Break
16:50 : 18:00 Automating & Delivering Services in your Private Cloud
Learn how you can provide automation in your private cloud. Discover also how your cloud services can be offered and consumed using different self-service portals and what their differences are.
18:00 : 19:00 Networking & Drinks

My Nokia Lumia Experience

March 6, 2012 at 10:53 am in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to go to the Nokia Lumia event in Belgium.  Since I’m always in for a good event I went there on a Friday evening to check out the launch of the Nokia Lumia 800 in Belgium.  About the event itself I can be short.  Well organized, lot’s of people, great fun, gaming possibilities, a DJ, some food and drinks and a (short) presentation about the Lumia 800.  (Is there anybody out there who knows why they always keep the presentations short?  Smile).  At the end of the evening, we received a Nokia Lumia 800 to test-drive on the condition that we blog our experiences about it.  Well, this is it.


Disclaimer: First, I’m not working for Microsoft or Nokia.  So all my comments here are purely mine and they are not objective.  Second, I’m not considered a consumer user when it comes to smartphones.  I use my phone to work with.  In fact, I’m not even considered a phone person at all.  I don’t like to make a phone call and a good phone call takes less then a minute in my opinion.  Because of that, you will two sorts of review here.  The first part will handle the experience that my wife and kids had with the phone, and the second part will deal with my experience that I had using the phone for work.


Let’s start with part 1.  The morning after the event, I inserted the mini-sim card that we got during the event (a temporary card with some credit and a small data plan on it) and started the phone for the first time.  Instead of setting the device up, I gave it to my wife and see how far she could get with it.  My wife has never used a smartphone before.  She only uses a smartphone when she needs mine to make a call.  And with all my devices I had, she always hated the way she needed to find a contact or type an SMS message.  I’ve had an iPhone, Androids and my last one was a WP7 LG.  None of them could convince here although the LG WP7 came close because she found that a lot easier to find a contact.  But it had other issues that she didn’t like.  But still… she has a small Nokia phone, that cost less then 50 euro, that isn’t a smartphone, and she still is quicker with the device then I will ever be with any smartphone.  The power of buttons you know…

But back to the setup.  I was pretty surprised that she managed to setup the device pretty quickly.  No issues, she only had some difficulties in the beginning knowing which button did what but reading the manual sorted that out pretty quickly (Yes ladies and gentleman, there are still people that read manuals Smile).  After that, I gave here some random tasks to see if she could manage without me telling her what to do.  And surprisingly she managed to download some apps.  She got the device on our wireless network, she synced it with my car system, entered new contacts and succeeded in reading my facebook and twitter feeds (mistake number 1: never give your live-id to the wife for testing Smile).  She also set up some email accounts and some more smaller tasks.  But this proved to me that the device is pretty easy to use and straightforward.  Yes, she had to look from time to time but overall, an easy to use device.  Do I say here that my wife is too stupid to use a smartphone?  No I don’t, but I know that when she has to do effort for a phone, the phone has lost the battle…

Second mistake I made was giving the device to my children.  They are 4 and 5 years old and big fans of my iPad.  I wondered if they find it as easy working on the Nokia then they did on the iPad.  Besides the fact that the screen was to small in their opinion (okay, they compared a phone against a tablet so maybe not a fair remark but hey, they are 4 and 5 Smile) they could manage pretty quickly the device.  Taking a picture (that would be mistake 3 now that they know how that works…) playing a game, seeing at the pictures, looking through my feeds (luckily they don’t understand English yet…) and even succeeding to check in on foursquare (that one got me really by surprise…).  The downside now is that they want to play with it whenever they see it lying on the table…

So for the first part, the conclusion in my opinion is pretty easy.  My wife liked the device (her first smartphone device that she liked) and used it and set it up without any problems.  It is easy to use in her opinion, the reception on the car worked very well (trust me, it’s not the car kit that’s good, it really depends on the device attached to it…).  Making a call was easy and the quality was good (you’ll hear more about that later) and she actually tried to persuade me to give her the phone so that she could get rid of her old Nokia device.  (Nice try, but that didn’t work Smile)


About part 2: As I said in the beginning, I’m not a consumer user.  I use my phone to make calls (although they have to be as short as possible), texting, tweeting (business…) and reading emails.  Responding to emails only when it really is urgent.  But I do like to flag al the messages that I need to address when I’m back behind my computer.  So just before the test period, I finally managed to go to the store and changed my Sim card into a mini-sim card. 

Now for the test period.  I’ve tested the device the last 3 weeks where I only was about 2 or 3 days at home.  The rest of the time was divided at being at a conference (in my home country but still stayed at hotel), in Munich (Germany) teaching a class and in Seattle (attending the MVP summit).  So this means that the phone was tested in different countries, in airports and with little access to 3G.  And since my boss won’t like it that I use my 3G in a foreign country (the price is a bit high for that Smile) I think I have a good test base to see what it is capable off.

Let’s start with the first conference, the one in my home country.  Since I had 3G over there, I didn’t really had issues.  The phone simply works.  Even in a room with 1400+ techies (which means 1400+ smartphones and 1400+ 3G connections on a very small place Smile) the 3G worked and I was able to phone, text and whatever I need to do.  I could access the wireless, get my email messages and so on.  No problems detected.

The second part of my journey was to go to Munich to deliver a training.  This also means that 3G suddenly has finished working.  Now I need to rely on Wireless to get my phone synced with emails and all the other stuff.  First the good news.  Just by the fact that my email doesn’t get synched anymore automatically and Bluetooth has turned off (I don’t need that when flying / cab / hotel…) the battery life gets stretched hugely.  2 days with my phone was not a problem, even when I was searching for a free Wi-Fi all the time.  When you are travelling a lot, the more battery life you can get, the better.  Sometimes you just forgot to charge it at night and then this can come in handy.  Second was the Wi-Fi.  I downloaded an app that put the Wi-Fi icon on my home screen and that proved a killer app.  Open the Wi-Fi, see for an open network and off we went.  And again, it just works.  No technical issues and so on.  Oh yeah, and the range was impressive.  We noticed (did some comparison with other smartphones such as WP7 phones (non-Nokia), Androids and iPhones) and there was only one Android phone that almost had the same strength in signal or even found the same Wi-Fi networks that I did.  So the antenna or whatever is inside the Nokia does a great job.

Last part of my trip was Seattle.  This means a different time-zone, no 3G of course and one hell of a week for guys like me… Few things that are important here: Finding Wi-Fi, automatic time-zone change.  Good call quality to phone the kids, possibility to text message (calling your boss in the same foreign country is just not a smart idea because of the double foreign cost…).

Again, the phone didn’t let me down.  It did everything I need to do without any issue.  I found my Wi-Fi’s easily (oh yeah, Europe can learn something from the free Wi-Fi hotspots in the US…) the time-zone changed including my calendar that adapted itself (sounds stupid but I saw differently…). I was able to get my emails (over the Wi-Fi of course) send text messages and so on…


For me, with what I need from a device, this is the companion I need for my work.  I’ve had phones that didn’t come close and some that I considered doable.  But this one does what it needs to do for me.  Making calls (does it really surprise somebody that I need the best quality for this “feature” Smile), doing text messaging and so on.  If I have only one complaint that is the maximum level of sound on the device.  When I was in a bar in the evenings (still doing business Winking smile) I didn’t always hear my phone ring.  (If somebody knows if this can changed…). 

The battery life is pretty good if you take the effort to turn off features that you can’t use in a foreign country anyway.  I even succeeded in three days but I had to admin that were 3 days of low usage off the phone.

Getting onto networks proved pretty easy.  We even had fun with an iPhone user that didn’t succeed in getting onto a Wi-Fi network while I was already downloading mails and stuff… (Yeah, sometimes laughing with an iPhone can make my day Smile).

From a consumer vision, I probably can see that the phone misses some features.  But in all honesty… if you are looking for a phone for business purposes… you really need to give this device a try.






It took me a couple of weeks before

Remember the date: 13/09/2011

September 14, 2011 at 10:03 am in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Yesterday I was at the Microsoft Belux offices to view the keynote of the Build conference.  Build is the conference that replaced the PDC conference of the last years. 

Because Microsoft was going to reveil more information about the new Operating System (code-named Windows 8) at Build, and because Microsoft succeeded in not releasing a lot of information in advance, the keynote was a must see.  Even the agenda and speaker list was not known until yesterday after the keynote.

There were already a lot of rumours about the new Operating System that Microsoft is going to release (date not yet known aswel but rumours say it could be april 2012) but not much was confirmed.   

Many watchers, bloggers and MVP’s stated that Microsoft had to create at least an iPad clone to make sure that they stayed relevant in today’s IT world.  I never agreed with that statement as I still don’t believe that the traditional PC (desktop/laptop) will be replaced soon by a tablet or similar.  I do however believe that the way we compute is drastically changing.  The keyboard and the mouse are still very important, but touch navigation is gaining a lot of importance and devices that are “on” the moment you press the button are also becoming more and more important.

By not releasing much information and making the whole conference bading into some secrecy many persons hopes were high.  When the day of the keynote came closer, I thought for a second that we were getting as much excitement as for an Apple conference :-)

After yesterday’s keynote, I’m assured that Microsoft has answers to their competetors and their devices.  And even more.  I figured they were not going to create an iOS clone.  They have released windows phone 7 a while ago that is a direct competitor for android and iOS devices but they didn’t clone it.  Instead, they had the ‘guts’ to innovate.  I know, the story of the windows phone 7 isn’t a real success for the moment, but I’m pretty sure that it will be in the near future.  For their new OS, they again had the ‘guts’ to innovate.  They completely redesigned the UI and made it (at first sight, and after a few hours of playing) a whole new experience.

I’m not going to go into the details of all the new features here, there are many blogs out there that have already done this.  But after playing around a bit with the new OS, after seeing it demoed yesterday, after learning some of the new names (“charms” anyone :-)) and viewing different aspects of the new UI and after reading and seeing the big buzz on the internet I think Microsoft has succeeded in its first achievements.

– Put themselves back on the map as an innovative company

– Prove that they can build something where people look at and say “Hey, that’s cool”

– Make the entire world wanting the release version of an OS asap

– Give hardware vendors a sweet.  (Imagine how many touch based tablets / laptops / hybrids are going to appear)

– Get Developpers enthousiast about new technology and still make sure that the ‘old’ technology is supported (yes, silverlight is not dead (yet))

– And they didn’t forget about the keyboard and mouse users in this “touch” world.

Does this mean that I think that Microsoft has just invented the best of the best?  Nope, it is way to early to make such a statements and I’m pretty sure that after a few days or weeks we will see posts and comments about stuff that people don’t like.  But that is not relevant for the moment.  What counts is that our user experience is going to change a lot in the near future.

The last thing they need to do now is to make sure that it is a fast, reliable Operating System.  But that’s something we’ll see in the future.  On the other hand, bugs and issues never stopped the iPad from becoming an extreme popular device :-)

Remember the date: 13/09/2011, because that is the date that Microsoft announced a new era in the computing business and made itself relevant, sexy and cool… once more.




IT is in your DNA!

December 7, 2010 at 7:13 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler


  Microsoft Belux has recently released the “Do you have IT in your DNA” campaign.

  Now it is time to play the game!

  There is not much you need to do for playing the game…

  – Register for the MSDN or Technet Newsletter (Dutch or French) (This will increase your changes to crack the code…)

  – Play the game: : www.itinyourdna.Be , ,

  – Share it with your friends and colleagues…

  And who knows… You might be winning a great prize.


There are cool prices to win…

5 Microsoft Windows Phone 7 devices

5 Mini Laptops

10 entrance tickets for Microsoft TechDays

10 Microsoft Windows 7 Licenses

10 FNAC coupons with a value of 50 euro

250 books

10 times 2 movie theater tickets.


So join the fun and play @ www.itinyourdna.Be , ,





Technet Cloud Campaign

October 12, 2010 at 6:08 am in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Microsoft just launched their cloud campaign.  If you want to know all about the myths of cloud computing, then make sure you check out following pages:

French landing page:

Dutch landing page:

Some myths that are discussed: Job loss, Role of IT changes, Integration, Data control and so on…

Get the facts you need…

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New SCVMM 2008 Hotfix Rollup Package: 14 Sept 2010

September 15, 2010 at 12:59 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

There is a new SCVMM 2008 Hotfix Rollup Package available.  Date is 14 September 2010 and it should solve following issues:

Issue 1

Duplicate virtual machines (VMs) may appear in the SCVMM Administrator Console window after a Hyper-V VM in a cluster fails over to another cluster node. Additionally, the status for one of the duplicate VMs is set to Missing. If you try to remove the missing VM from the SCVMM Administrator Console window, the VM is not removed.

Issue 2

Consider the following scenario:

  • You install the Hyper-V role on a computer that is running Windows Server 2008 R2.
  • You configure the computer to start from a virtual hard disk.
  • The computer is part of a Hyper-V failover cluster. The cluster is configured to use cluster shared volumes.
  • You try to create a VM on a cluster shared volume by using SCVMM 2008 R2.

In this scenario, the operation fails together with the 2912 (0x8004232C) error code.

Issue 3

The Virtual Machine Manager service (Vmmservice.exe) crashes if the following conditions are true:

  • System Center Operations Manager 2007 integration is enabled.
  • A Performance and Resource Optimization (PRO) feature-enabled management pack is imported into Operations Manager.
  • The PRO settings for a host group are changed on the SCVMM server.


More information:



Recommended Hotfixes for System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2

September 13, 2010 at 5:53 am in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

One of my colleagues sent me this interesting KB article that includes all the recommended hotfixes for Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2.

Last update is from a few days ago (8-09-10 :-)) so for all of you out there with VMM 2008 R2 running, check it out.;EN-US;2397711