Friday, July 31, 2015

Class 20409B - Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center


Just finished conducting a 5-days class on Server Virtualization using Hyper-V and System Center.  During class, I shared real life scenarios on how it was implemented, what are the obstacles they will face if planning were not done properly in the first place before rolling out.

Feeling happy that the students went back with knowledge.

keywords : 20409, Hyper-V, virtualization, backup, protection, VMM, virtual machine manager, dpm, azure, cloud, vmmlibrary,

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

System Center Virtual Labs


Let’s get our hands ‘dirty’ and I want to share the “Virtual Labs” that I found especially lots and lots of Systems Center labs.


The Website is in this link.

Let’s get started !!


keywords : systems center, virtualization, virtual, hyper-v, virtual machine, data protection, monitoring, SCOM, SCCM, Service Manager

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Upgrade Windows Server 2012 R2 Evaluation Version to License/ Full Version

I had been doing a development or lab environment with Windows 2012 R2 Datacenter Evaluation copy.  Lots of work has been done.

Instead of reinstalling the entire copy of a Windows Server 2012 R2 Full Version and then reinstalling the application that I’ve been doing lots of work on it, I found a way to upgrade the Windows Server 2012 R2 Evaluation to a Full Windows Server 2012 R2.

(Note : This does not work for Domain Controllers running on evaluation license)

The following are the steps that I want to share.


The above shows the desktop of the Windows 2012 R2 that I’ve been testing and the 180 days is over.  I can do the slmgr.vbs –rearm , however had decided to go a full version and put into production since testing has been done for the application installed in this server.


Using the command slmgr.vbs /dlv would gather the information for the volume licensing.


As the arrow shows the information is an evaluation Windows Server 2012 copy.

Another way is to launch the command prompt in elavated (run as administrator).

Key in the command as below in the command prompt.

dism /online /get-currentedition


As you see, it shows the Current Edition is an Evaluation copy.

Next command is to check what version this current Evaluation can be upgrade to.

dism /online /get-targeteditions


If the evaluation copy is a ServerStandard, it will allow the option to upgrade to Standard Full or Datacenter Full edition

Next get the full license key ready. The next command will need to input in the command.  The command is as :

For DataCenter Edition key in as below :

dism /online /set-edition:ServerDataCenter /ProductKey:xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx /AcceptEula

For ServerStandard Edition key in as below :

dism /online /set-edition:ServerStandard /ProductKey:xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx /AcceptEula

Only make the changes in the Pink colour (input your valid license key).  In my example I’m using the DataCenter edition.


It will look something like the above displayed.  Press enter to execute.


Press Y to restart the computer



The computer will restart/reboot twice.

Once it’s done, login the Windows and you’ll have the full version of the Windows 2012 R2


Reference : Evaluation Versions and Upgrade Options for Windows Server 2012

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

DPM 2012 R2 with Azure Recovery (Backup Vault)

I would like to share my experience on how to configure DPM 2012 R2 with Azure Recovery.  Which means I’ve already had a Disk to Disk backup in place in the DPM.  I would like to extend my backup to the Azure.

Firstly the DPM 2012 R2 needs to patch with at least UR5 and the Hotfix for UR5

The Download Links are as follow :


Hotfix for UR5


The blog will cover the following :

  • Creation in Azure Recovery (Backup Vault)
  • Register DPM into Azure Recovery
  • Manage Certificate
  • Install Microsoft Azure Backup Agent (MARS)
  • Attach Vault Credential to DPM

Azure Recovery



  • Key in the Name (must be unique) and select the region
  • Click Create Vault to finish it.


  • Should have the screen something like the above.

Manage Certificate

In the DPM Server, launch the command prompt in elevated mode

C:\>makecert.exe -r -pe -n CN=ICG-AP-SCDPM01 -ss my -sr localmachine -eku -len 2048 -e 01/01/2017 ICG-AP-SCDPM01.cer

Change the values in pink and yellow only.  The rest of the syntax stays.

Pink = The DPM server that will be register into the Backup Vault
Yellow = Not more than 3 years for the validity of the certificate.


It should look something like the above in the DPM Server command prompt.

Next must upload the certificate to the Windows Azure backup vault.  Launch the Windows Azure Management Portal.


  • Click on the Recovery Services | Select the backup vault | Click on Manage Certificate



  • In the Manage Certificate, click Browse for the certificate file that was created using the command prompt of makecert.
  • Click on the Tick to confirm


  • Progress will show it has been successfully uploaded.

Install Microsoft Azure Backup Agent


  • Still in the manage Windows Azure Portal, click on the Download Agent for the DPM. Left click on it.


  • Click Save or Run (according to your preference)
  • If Save, then double-click on the file and execute it.


  • Click Next


  • Click Next if not using Proxy.
  • Then click Install .


  • Click Close once it’s completed.

Attach Vault Credential to DPM

The next step is to attach the Backup Vault for the DPM.

From Windows Manage Azure Portal | Recovery Services | the specific backup vault.


  • Click on the Download vault credentials.image


  • Save the File

Then back to the DPM Console


  • Click on the Management | then click on Register



  • Click Next.


  • Next is Backup vault  section, click Browse
  • Next in the following of the Backup Vault, click Browse
  • Select the certificate file and click Next.


  • Once it’s done, click Next.


  • Next is the Throttling Setting, input the necessary badwidth allocated, else click Next.


  • In the Recovery Folder Settings, key in or browse the Restore Folder assigned to the DPM server, then click Next.


  • In the Encryption section, click Generate passphrase (or you can key in your own)
  • Click Copy to clipboard
  • Open Notepad, then paste and save the file.
  • Then the Encryption Setting, click Register.


  • Click Close once the Register Server for Azure Backup is completed.


  • Click on Management in the left panel.
  • In the Online, verify it is registered,

Hopefully the above steps helps.

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