Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) – Best Posts of the Week around Windows Server, Exchange, SystemCenter and more – #1

Hi Community,

from now on I will write a small wrap up about interesting blogposts from the Microsoft MVP Community.

Currently, there are only a few MVP’s which I contacted, but more will follow soon.

@all MVP’s when you want to be on my newsletter too, just send me a mail or tweet.


Quatro novos artigos técnicos sobre o Exchange Server 2013 RTM!! in Portuguese by Marcelo Vighi 


Live Migration Security Failures, Kerberos Live Migration Authentication & Constrained Delegation by Aidan Finn

You Pause A Clustered Hyper-V Host And Low Priority VMs are QUICK MIGRATED! by Aidan Finn

Expanded Supported Guest Operating Systems on WS2012 Hyper-V by Aidan Finn

KB2779204 – Live Migration Of Or Starting WS2012 Hyper-V VMs Fails With 0×80070569 Error by Aidan Finn

How to setup a Virtual Machine with Hyper-V Replica by Thomas Maurer

Windows 2012 Hyper-V VHDX Disk format : Why should you convert your VHD to VHDX and how (Step by Step) by Alessandro Cardoso

Hyper-V Guest Storage Performance: Above & Beyond 1 Million IOPS by Didier van Hoye

Windows Server Core:

Windows 2012 : switching from Server Core to Server with a GUI by Alessandro Cardoso


Microsoft Hyper-V Error Message “Processor don’t support virtualisation technology” during Role installation

Hi Community,

when you install Microsoft Hyper-V role on a new system, it could be that you get the error and you can’t install Hyper-V. Mostly the error says that your CPU don’t support virtualisation technology.

Error Windows Server 2012

Error Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2

In nearly all of the cases the issue is that Intel VT or AMD-V is disabled in BIOS or UEFI.

To fix this, you should restart your system and enter the BIOS or UEFI. Mostly you find the options in processor settings. You only have to enable it and than you can install the Hyper-V role.

For Windows Server 2012 you have also to enable the executional bit (NX-Bit).

See some example BIOS and UEFI settings.

UEFI settings for Dell PowerEdge 12th Generation with enabled Intel VT and disabled NX-Bit


BIOS settings for Dell PowerEdge with disabled Intel VT and disabled NX-Bit


BIOS settings for Dell PowerEdge-C (CloudEdge) with enabled Intel VT and disabled NX-Bit


BIOS settings for Dell PowerEdge-C (CloudEdge) with disabled Intel VT ,disabled NX-Bit and disabled Intel VT-d.


Help Improve Hyper-V: The Great Big Hyper-V Survey Conducted by Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs)

Hi community,

last week Dell Quest TEC 2012 took place in Barcelona. We were pleased to welcome some very special guests, amongst them Aidan FinnHans VredevoortDidier van Hoye and Carsten Rachfahl. All of them are well known Microsoft MVPs (Most Valuable Professionals).

During this event they created a video to promote their The Great Big Hyper-V Survey.


This survey is conducted jointly by Adain Finn (Virtual Machine), Hans Vredevoort (Virtual Machine), Damian Flynn (System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management) and we are happily supporting this initiative.

What’s the aim of the survey?

The aim of The Great Big Hyper-V Survey is to understand how Hyper-V is being deployed, used, and managed.  This means that we ask questions about lots of subjects including the deployment project, the design of Hyper-V, the implementation of Hyper-V, how you manage it, and the private cloud.  This information is gathered and shared, free of cost, so we can all get a better understanding of how we all are implementing Microsoft virtualisation technology.


Who should participate in this survey … and why?

In brief: Anyone working with Hyper-V including Microsoft customers, partners as well as members of the Hyper-V community should take time to complete the survey. Your answers on Hyper-V usage will help improve the product, detect issues before they show up and enhance Microsoft and community support with guides, blogs and how to’s.

The survey is anonymous and no private data will be transmitted to Microsoft or any other vendor. The survey’s initiators are recognized by Microsoft as a Most Valuable Professional (MVP) but they all are completely independent experts (which, by the way, makes their contributions so valuable). All findings from the survey will be published at

Please go to The Great Big Hyper-V Survey webpage if you want to learn more about the survey; alternatively you can go straight to the survey. Thank you very much in advance for your support!

Free “MCSA: Windows Server 2012” preparation materials

For Windows Server 2012 R2 Exam pratice klicke here.


Hi Community,

like for the MCSE: Private Cloud, I collected some free learning materials for the MCSA: Windows Server 2012. I will update this blog as soon as new materials are available.


Free Practice Questions for the Exams


Jumpstarts Videos:

Windows Server 2012

Windows Server 2012 Jumpstart 1

Windows Server 2012 Jumpstart 2a

Windows Server 2012 Jumpstart 2b

Windows Server 2012 Jumpstart 3a

Windows Server 2012 Jumpstart 3b

Windows Server 2012 Jumpstart 4

Windows Server 2012 Jumpstart 5a

Windows Server 2012 Jumpstart 5b

Windows Server 2012 Jumpstart 6a

Windows Server 2012 Jumpstart 6b

Windows Server 2012 Jumpstart 7

Windows Server 2012 Jumpstart 8

Windows Server 2012 Jump Start! Upgrade Skills for Exam 70-417

Windows Server 2012 Jump Start! Upgrade Skills for Exam 70-417


free eBooks:

Introducing Windows Server 2012 (RTM Edition)

Windows Server 2012 Compatibility Cookbook

FREE eBook Chapter: Migrating and Upgrading Physical and Virtual Servers to Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 <- Keith Mayers Blog

Free Ebook :- The Hands-on Guide: Understanding Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 <- Lai Yoong Seng

Guide To Windows Server 2012 <- The Register


Free Training Videos: <- Trainsignal

TechED 2013 Exam Prep: 70-410 and 70-417 – MCSA: Windows Server 2012

TechED 2013 Exam Prep: 70-411 and 70-417 – MCSA: Windows Server 2012

TechED Exam Prep: 70-412 and 70-417 – MCSA: Windows Server 2012

TechED Exam prep: 70-413 and 70-414 – MCSE: Server Infrastructure



Build Your Lab on Windows Server 2012 <- Keith Mayers Blog


Trial Download:

Windows Server 2012

Hyper-V Server 2012


Microsoft Virtual Academy (free courses): 

Windows Server 2012: Technical Overview

Windows Server 2012: Server Virtualization

Windows Server 2012: Management & Automation

Windows Server 2012: Storage

Windows Server 2012: Networking

Windows Server 2012: Identity and Access

Windows Server 2012: Web & Application Platform

Windows Server 2012: Virtual Desktop Infrastructure


IT Camp on Demand

Hyper-V shared nothing Live Migration


Evaluation Guide:

Windows Server 2012 Evaluation Guide

Build your own Windows Server 2012 server lab in the Cloud … for FREE! <- Keith Mayers Blog


Free Study Guide: 

Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge – Exam 70-410 – Installing Active Directory <- Keith Mayers Blog

Windows Server 2012 “Early Expert” Challenge – Exam 70-410 – Installing and Configuring <- Keith Mayers Blog

Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge – Exam 70-410 – NIC Teaming <- Keith Mayers Blog

Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge – Exam 70-410 – Storage Spaces <- Keith Mayers Blog

Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge – Exam 70-410 – Managing Server Roles and Features <- Keith Mayers Blog

Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge – Exam 70-410 – Create and Manage Group Policy <- Keith Mayers Blog

Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge – Exam 70-410 – Managing Servers with PowerShell 3.0 <- Keith Mayers Blog

Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge – Explorer Quest <- Keith Mayers Blog

IPv6 Bootcamp – Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Challenge – Exam 70-410 <- Keith Mayers Blog

Configuring DHCP in Windows Server 2012 – “Early Experts” Challenge – Exam 70-410 <- Keith Mayers Blog

Configuring Hyper-V Virtual Networking in Windows Server 2012 – “Early Experts” Challenge – Exam 70-410 and 70-417 <- Keith Mayers Blog

Configuring Hyper-V Virtual Machine Storage in Windows Server 2012 – “Early Experts” Challenge – Exam 70-410 and 70-417 <- Keith Mayers Blog

My thoughts on 70-410 <- Michael Benders Blog


PowerShell 3.0 (german only):

Windows PowerShell 3.0 für Einsteiger – Teil 1

Windows PowerShell 3.0 für Einsteiger – Teil 2

Windows PowerShell 3.0 für Einsteiger – Teil 3


Other Collections:

Windows Server 2012 Early Experts – 70-417 – Resources for Preparation


Study Groups: 

Windows Server 2012 “Early Experts” Study Group on LinkedIn




Twitter Hashtags:




Special offers:

Great Blog’s around Windows Server 2012:


Keith Mayer – IT Rocks

Didier van Hoye – Working Hard in IT

Alessandro Cardoso – Virtualisation & Management Blog

Thomas Maurer –Just another private cloud weblog

James van den Berg – Mountainss

Aidan Finn – Aidan Finn, IT Pro

Leandro Carvalho – Virtualisation with Hyper-V, System Center, Cloud and much more

Microsoft – System Center Blog

Microsoft – Hyper-V survival Guide

Blain Barton – Blain Barton’s Blog

Microsoft – Windows Server


Carsten Rachfahl – Hyper-V Server

Microsoft – German Virtualization Blog


Book recommendation:

Cert Prep Pack: MCSA Windows Server 2012 (Exam Ref 70-410, 70-411, 70-412)

How to install Windows Server 2012 in a Hyper-V VM

Hi Community,

in this small guide I will show you how to install Windows Server 2012 in a Hyper-V VM.

This Server will be my first Domain Controller, so the VM is not so big sized.


1. Pass the Post-Process and boot the Installation DVD or ISO.

Download Trial Version

2. The first Screen you will see after Booting the DVD is the “localisation screen”

I normaly install my Servers with english language pack and set Time and Keyboard Layout to german but thats why I’m located in germany.


3. When you set all Localisations you need, klick on “next”.

4. After this you get the Screen where you can enter the installation interface or the repair interface. Please klick here “Install now”.


5. After this you will ask after your productkey.


The productkey should be located on the lower left (when the HDs are in front of you) corner of your server.


6.  After you entered your productkey you can klick “next” to select the type of GUI you want to use.

Maybe some best practice from my site in this case. Install your first server and your management server with GUI all other only as core. When you are not familiare with serverconfiguration on a core server, you can also install with GUI and than change back to core version via PowerShell Command.


7. After you selected the GUI or Core installation, you have to read 😉 and agree the License Terms and klick “next”.


8.  Now you have to select if you want to upgrade an old installation or if want to install a fresh windows. In my case I want to install a fresh windows server so I selected “Custom”


9. Now you can selecte your availible Harddisks or VHD (also VHDx). Here the VHD is preconfigured. But no fear, if you want to partition or prepare your HD click on expand options than new and now you can partition and format the disk. It’s the same like in Windows Server 2008 / R2, Vista and Windows 7.


10. Klick “next” and the installtion will beginn. Installation take 20 t0 40 minutes.


11. After the installation is finished the server reboots and you have to enter the new Administrator password.


12. Now you get the login screen and you have to press Ctrl + Alt + Delete to enter your adminpassword.


13. Type your passwort and press enter


14. After this it takes a few minutes for first initialization of the useracount and than you should see the new Servermanager. When this works the installation is finished.