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2016: My blog year in an overview

2:37 pm in Azure, Azure Backup, Azure RemoteApp, Client Hyper-V, Cloud, DC, Hyper-V, IaaS, PowerShell, Private Cloud, Public Cloud, Replica DC, SCAC 2012 R2, SCVMM 2012 R2, System Center 2016, W2K12R2, Windows 10 by Wim Matthyssen

Hi all,

As a blogger completely focused on Microsoft technologies, it was a fun year of writing about all those interesting and ever changing products and services. As we almost end the year 2016 and are preparing for 2017 to start, I wanted to make a list of all the blog posts I wrote throughout the twelve months of 2016. During the year, I’ve published 26 blog posts mostly about Azure, the System Center Suite and Hyper-V. Below you can find them all divided by technology.



Azure Compute – IaaS (ASM)

Step-by-step: Move an Azure IaaS VM between different Azure Subscriptions

Clean up Azure PowerShell when using different Azure subscriptions

Replica DCs on Azure – Removing the Azure Endpoints

Replica DCs on Azure – Transferring FSMO roles to the IaaS DCs

Replica DCs on Azure – Manage the Time Configuration settings on the DCs

Replica DCs on Azure – Domain Controller Health Check

Replica DCs on Azure – Promote the Azure IaaS VMs to a domain controller

Replica DCs on Azure – Add the Active Directory Domain Services role

Replica DCs on Azure – Adjustment of some server settings before promoting the DCs

Replica DCs on Azure – Initialize and format the additional data disk

Replica DCs on Microsoft Azure – Create the VMs with Azure PowerShell

Step by step: Change the drive letter of the Temporary Storage on an Azure IaaS v1 VM


Azure Networking

How to connect an Azure ARM VNet to an ASM VNet using VNet Peering

Replica DCs on Azure – Switch DNS servers for the VNet

Replica DCs on Azure – Create the Active Directory site for the Azure VNet


Azure Backup

Microsoft Azure Backup Server: Install a new version of the Microsoft Azure Recovery Services Agent

Microsoft Azure Backup Server: System State backup fails with WSB Event ID: 546

Microsoft Azure Backup Server: System State backup fails with the message replica is inconsistent

Step by step: How to install Microsoft Azure Backup Server (MABS)


Azure RemoteApp

An RDP connection to the Azure RemoteApp custom VM fails with the following error: “No Remote Desktop License Servers available”


Windows 10

How to deploy Windows 10 from a USB flash drive


System Center

System Center 2016 evaluation VHDs download links

Step by step: How to connect SCAC 2012 R2 to SCVMM 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure

Step by step: Installing SCAC 2012 R2



A list of tools that can be used to do a V2V from VMware to Hyper-V

Client Hyper-V – Using nested virtualization to run Client Hyper-V on a Windows 10 VM


Before I wrap up this blog post, I want to thank you all for reading my blog posts in 2016, and I really hope you will keep doing so in 2017. I wish you all a healthy, successful and outstanding New Year! See you all in 2017!

Wim Matthyssen (@wmatthyssen)

Step by step: How to connect SCAC 2012 R2 to SCVMM 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure

10:43 am in Azure, Cloud, hybrid cloud, Private Cloud, Public Cloud, SCAC 2012 R2, SCVMM 2012 R2 by Wim Matthyssen

11-02-2016 16-14-33What’s a System Center App Controller (SCAC) server without a connection to System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) or Microsoft Azure … right nothing! That’s why in this blog post I will show you how you can connect your SCAC server to your private (SCVMM) and public cloud (Microsoft Azure) environments.

Before we start some things to keep in mind:

To connect SCAC to SCVMM, complete these steps:

1) Open the SCAC web portal, expand Settings and click Connections. On het menu bar, click Connect and select SCVMM


2) In the Add a new VMM connection screen, enter a Connection name (this is the name the user sees), a Description, the SCVMM server name in FQDN format, and the TCP port of that same SCVMM server (default is 8100). Check the “Automatically import SSL Certificates” check box if you plan to copy files and templates to and from SCVMM libraries (this option is recommend). Click OK


3) SCAC establishes the connection and begins a session with the SCVMM server. You can follow the completion in the Jobs section




4) If all is setup without any errors, you will be able to connect to your different on premise Clouds and Virtual Machines (VMs)



To connect SCAC to your Azure Subscription, complete these steps:

1) To create the Self-Signed Certificate open up the IIS Manager on the SCAC server. Double-click on Server Certificates


2) In the Actions pane select Create Self-Signed Certificate



3) Name the certificate (in my example AzureSCACCert) and click OK


4) Now we need to export this certificate as a .pfx file. To do so, right-click on the certificate and choose Export…


5) Choose a file name, a location and set a password. If all is filled in click OK


6) In my example the .pfx file is created under the C: root


7) Now open run an type mmc and add the Certificates Snap in for the “Local Computer Account”



8) Go to Personal, right-click Certificates and under All Tasks select Import…



9) Follow all steps to import the .pfx file (AzureSCACCert) in the personal certificate store



10) To generate the .cer file by right clicking on the certificate, and under All Tasks, select Export




11) Use the defaults trough the wizard, as file name I used AzureSCAC.cer and as location C: At the end of the wizard press Finish


12) As a next step we need to upload the .cer file to Azure. To do so logon into your subscription in the classic portal ( When logged on, select Settings at the bottom left, select MANAGEMNT CERTIFICATES and finally select Upload at the bottom


13) Browse to the .cer file (located under the C: drive) select it, and click the check box. After a few seconds you should see a notification telling you that your upload is successful and the certificate should be added to the list of management certificates




14) Before we can connect SCAC to this Azure Subscription we need the Azure subscription ID. Because were already at the MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATES page, you can find this ID under the field SUBSCRIPTION ID. Copy the subscription ID to the clipboard


15) Open up the SCAC web console again, in the Overview pane, under Public Clouds, select Connect a Windows Azure Subscription




16) Fill in a Name and a Description, past the Azure Subscription ID, and select the correct certificate and add the password. If all is foreseen click OK


17) If all went well, you can see that you have an Azure subscription is now connected in the Overview page


18) Under the Virtual Machines section you can see your Azure IaaS VMs running


This concludes this blog post, hope it helps. Till next time!

Wim Matthyssen (@wmatthyssen)