How to enable max. performance on a Dell PowerEdge-C C1100 & C2100

Like you saw in one of my last posts, which BIOS Settings you have to change for maximum performance on Dell PowerEdge 11th & 12th Gerneration, you can do the same with PowerEdge-C C1100 and C2100

First reboot the server and press “F2” to enter the “System Setup”

BIOS C1100/C2100

BIOS C1100/C2100

In BIOS Main Menu please click on “Advanced”




Now click on “CPU configuration”

BIOS Advanced Menu

BIOS Advanced Menu


In the “CPU Configuration” Menu look after following settings and change them as follow:

BIOS CPU Configuration

BIOS CPU Configuration

INTEL SPEEDSTEP™ TECH (Enabled for OS default) to enabled
INTEL TURBOMODE TECH (Enabled default) to enabled
INTEL C-STATE TECH (Enabled default) to diabled
C3 STATE (Disabled default) to disabled
C6 STATE (Disabled default) to disabled

Now press “ESC” on your keyboard to leave the menu.

Back in the “Advanced Menu” click on “Exit” in the top right corner.

Menubar Exit

Menubar Exit


In the next menu please save the settings and restart the server. After the restart the changes will take effect.

Exit Menu save the Settings

Exit Menu save the Settings


Microsoft Masterminds Episode 8: Aidan Finn, MVP (Most Valuable Professional) Virtual Machine from Ireland

Welcome to the new episode of tech talks with outstanding Microsoft community members from all over the world. Most interviews are with Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs), and if you are not familiar with that program yet, I recommend you reading my recent introductory interview. In this episode I talk to Aidan Finn, a Ireland based MVP, Virtual Machine. I interviewed him during E2EVC in Hamburg and we were talking about his the books he wrote together with other MVPs, Hyper-V improvements and opportunities for Hardware Vendors. Enjoy reading!

This post has no relation to my job or my employer. Everything I post is my personal opinion and I write complete independent.

Editorial processing done by Rafael Knuth


Me left and Aidan right

Me left and Aidan right


Flo: Aidan, can you please introduce yourself and your company?

Aidan: I am an MVP in Virtual Machine; I am an author in my free time and a blogger about Hyper-V and System Center in Windows. I work for a company called Microwarehouse which is a Microsoft value added distributor and actually a seller of open licensing to Dell in Ireland.  My job is Technical Sales Lead; I also help promote Windows Server and Hyper-V System Center.

Flo:  You wrote together with Hans Vredevoort, Patrick Lownds and Damian Flynn an impressive book “Microsoft Cloud Computing” … tell us about that publication, please.

Aidan: It’s a deep technical book on using System Center Virtual Machine Manager to deploy and build and manage a private cloud, so you are building the fabrics of the private cloud compute cluster with storage and networking. I have to give the credit to Damian, Patrick and Hans, as they did most of the work in the book, to be honest I did a few of the fluff chapters of the cloud stuff at the start.

But like I said, it’s a deep technical book and if someone wants to learn how to use System Center 2012 Virutal Machine Manager to deploy and manage Hyper-V or to build bigger fabrics in the cloud and a compute cluster in a cloud … this book is a good starting point.

Flo: Do you plan further books in the nearest future?

Aidan: We are currently writing a book together with Patrick Lownds, Damian Flynn and Michel Luescher from Microsoft, titled “Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Installation and Configuration Guide” and it’s a deep, deep dive into current Hyper-V, and we expect the book to be out in February or March 2013.

It’s targeted both at people who are new to Hyper-V as well as to experienced users. I am writing half of the book and … when you look at Hyper-V … there is so much in it. Chapters that we expected to have 30 to 40 pages are turning out to be 80 pages long. In our book there will be a lot of step by step, how things work under the covers, we will tackle real world scenarios and … there will be a lot of PowerShell because Hyper-V has support for PowerShell.

Flo: I already had the chance to interview Jeff Wouters who has a very strong reputation as a PowerShell expert within the Microsoft community.

Aidan: Jeff has actually helped me with some problems I have been encountering, because I just started to learn PowerShell in March 2012. Only very few people know PowerShell … Jeff is definitely one of them.  Jeff will be getting credit in the book for the help he has given us.

Flo:  I know it’s not your focus area but let’s switch to System Center. How will System Center 2012 SP1 support the Windows Server 2012 release? Did you test drive some features? Can you share some first hands on experience?

Aidan: I didn’t have too much hands on, because I have been spending so much time working on Hyper-V … there is so much to it … it’s such a huge release.

But if you want to manage a number of Hyper-V hosts, the best way to do it will be using System Center 2012 with Service Pack 1.

Service Pack 1 is required to manage the 2012 release. If you want to use System Center you will need to wait for Service Pack 1 to support Windows Server 2012. Where you are really going to see the massive feature improvement or even new feature is in the cloud scenario. System Center Virtual Machine Manager is really required to light up those features like network virtualization, private VLANs

Although these can be managed using PowerShell … if you get Microsoft to talk quietly and honestly will say: “Yeah, you can do it using PowerShell … but you really don’t want to.  You will want System Center to manage these features because it is the cloud management and deployment solution for Microsoft’s technology.”

Flo:  Let us go back to Hyper-V. Do you miss any feature at the moment or features that should be improved? Also … what’s your view on VMware in that context?

Aidan: VMware … wow … I suppose history is a great teacher, and we all know what happened to Netscape and Novell. You don’t want to get into a knife fight with Microsoft in the datacenter because  it’s their territory. They are going to defend it, and Hyper-V has always been considered the underachiever or the underdog in the past. However, those tables have turned now. If you look coldly at the facts we can see that Hyper-V does more than ESXi. System Center does more and cost less than these vCloud packages that VMware sells. Microsoft at this point is the leading product, and I can’t see VMware really retaining the leadership in the market for very long. We already know in some European markets that Microsoft has actually started to outsell VMware. We saw that from Microsoft Turkey. The tables have definitely turned and we should see over the next year or two headlines about Fortune 1000 companies who VMware claims to have 100 % penetration of … we will start to see stories of these companies starting to migrate to Hyper-V. I don’t think we expect any big bang switch overs in those environments, because they are too big. But we will see gradual switch over, because people will look at the bottom line and say: “Listen, Hyper-V is free, System Center less expensive than the VMware package and … well Microsoft is now doing more. They understand what business wants from IT because … it’s all about the service and not about the servers.”

Flo: You mentioned servers … what do you think what role hardware vendors will play in the future? What challenges and opportunities do you see for these companies?

Aidan: Dell have actually done a great job with their current line of service, I have to say that. Their support for things like 10 GB networking, SR-IOV cross, almost the entire line of servers is fantastic, and the scalability you can achieve with 10 core processors or larger than that in just a 2U server with over  1 TB of RAM … it’s amazing.

Opportunities? I would love to see Dell do two things. Dell obviously sells networking infrastructure components for the datacenter. I would love to see them come along with a solution to extend their network footprint into the Hyper-V extensible switch and come up with an extension similar to those some other companies have done. There is an opportunity for Dell to expand their presence in the computer room and help Dell customers have a single point of administration for the network – both physical and virtual.

But the other thing I really, really hope Dell do, is come up with a Cluster in a Box solution that is good not just for the enterprise which is where most of the OEMs are focused,  but also for the SME. Where I come from Ireland, Dell has a very large market penetration in the SME. They have a lot of partners working with Dell and selling Dell hardware. These companies would love to sell a Cluster in a Box solution … as SAN alternatives. Small and medium business can’t afford SAN. But also as a Hyper-V Cluster in a Box … in a single 2 or 3U chassis … you have an entire Hyper-V cluster at a fraction of the cost of a traditional cluster. Small and medium customers have been putting in no cluster host, that’s what they can afford. This would be a great opportunity for Dell. If they do it quickly, they would be first to market. I would really hope that they do that.

Flo: Thank you very much for the interview, Aidan.

Aidan: You’re welcome, Flo.


Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) – Best Posts of the Week around Windows Server, Exchange, SystemCenter and more – #14

Hi Community, here is my compilation of the most interesting technical blog posts written by members of the Microsoft MVP Community. The number of MVPs is growing well, I hope you enjoy their posts. @all MVPs If you’d like me to add your blog posts to my weekly compilation, please send me an email ( or reach out to me via Twitter (@FloKlaffenbach). Thanks!

Select the category of your interest:

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Featured Posts of the Week!

Get Hyper-V (Windows Server 2012) guest network configuration using WMI by Ravikanth Chaganti

Configure Exchange 2013 UM to integrate with Lync by Johan Veldhuis

Exploring Hyper-V Virtual Switch Port Mirroring by Didier van Hoye

Error when installing the data warehouse in System Center Operations Manager SP1 2012 by Marcelo Sinic



Configure Exchange 2013 UM to integrate with Lync by Johan Veldhuis


Hyper-V Einsteiger Videotraining bei video2brain in German by Carsten Rachfahl

Attending The Converged Infrastructure Think Tank At Dell Technology Camp 2013 by Didier van Hoye

Are Data Tsunamis Inevitable Or Man Made Disasters? by Didier van Hoye

Group Policy


Deploying Application Virtual Machines Just Got A Whole Lot Quicker by Aidan Finn

An Interesting Use For Hyper-V Replica by Aidan Finn

PowerShell – Configure port mirroring in Hyper-V by Jeff Wouters

Exploring Hyper-V Virtual Switch Port Mirroring by Didier van Hoye

Hyper-V role inside Hyper-V virtual machine by Romeo Mlinar

Get Hyper-V (Windows Server 2012) guest network configuration using WMI by Ravikanth Chaganti

Set (or inject) guest network configuration from Hyper-V host (Windows Server 2012) by Ravikanth Chaganti

Lync Server


Building Excel Reports with PowerShell by Jeffery Hicks

Office 365

Office 365 and Remote Desktop Services by Aidan Finn

Office 365 “2013” Is Launched/Announced by Aidan Finn


PoshUtils: Set (enable or disable) resource metering on clustered Hyper-V virtual machines by Ravikanth Chaganti

#PSTip Retrieve a redirected URL – PowerShell 3.0 way! by Ravikanth Chaganti

#PSTip Transposing lines in PowerShell ISE by 

The complete list of PowerShell ISE 3.0 keyboard shortcuts by 

Find Files with WMI and PowerShell by Jeffery Hicks

PoshInternals – Get-Dll by Adam Driscoll


System Center Core

System Center App Controller

System Center Avisor

System Center Configuration Manager

Reminder: Re-Download Configuration Manager & Endpoint Protection 2012 SP1 by Aidan Finn

System Center Dataprotection Manager

System Center Operations Manager

Error when installing the data warehouse in System Center Operations Manager SP1 2012 by Marcelo Sinic

System Center Orchestrator

System Center Service Manager

System Center Virtual Machine Manager

 SQL Server

Windows Client

Windows Server Core

WSUS – Windows Updates Workflow by Jeff Wouters

KB2804526 – Fixes A Number Of Third Party Storage Issues with WS2012 Clusters by Aidan Finn

Scale-Out File Server Role Fails To Start by Aidan Finn

Features & Rollen über die Kommandozeile in Windows Server 2008 installieren: ServerManagerCmd.exe in German by Robert Mühsig


Other MVPs I follow

James van den Berg – MVP for SCCDM System Center Cloud and DataCenter Management
Kristian Nese – MVP for System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management
Ravikanth Chaganti – MVP for PowerShell
Jan Egil Ring – MVP for PowerShell
Jeffery Hicks – MVP for PowerShell
Keith Hill – MVP for PowerShell
David Moravec – MVP for PowerShell
Aleksandar Nikolic – MVP for PowerShell
 – MVP for PowerShell
Adam Driscoll – MVP for PowerShell
Marcelo Vighi – MVP for Exchange
Johan Veldhuis – MVP for Exchange
Lai Yoong Seng – MVP for Virtual Machine
Rob McShinsky – MVP for Virtual Machine
Hans Vredevoort – MVP for Virtual Machine
Leandro Carvalho – MVP for Virtual Machine
Didier van Hoye – MVP for Virtual Machine
Romeo Mlinar – MVP for Virtual Machine
Aidan Finn – MVP for Virtual Machine
Carsten Rachfahl – MVP for Virtual Machine
Thomas Maurer – MVP for Virtual Machine
Alessandro Cardoso – MVP for Virtual Machine
Robert Smit – MVP for Cluster
Marcelo Sinic – MVP Windows Expert-IT Pro
Ulf B. Simon-Weidner – MVP for Windows Server – Directory Services
Meinolf Weber – MVP for Windows Server – Directory Services
Nils Kaczenski – MVP for Windows Server – Directory Services
Kerstin Rachfahl – MVP for Office 365
Matthias Wolf – MVP Group Policy
Robert Mühsig – MVP ASP.NET/IIS

No MVP but he should be one

Jeff Wouters – PowerShell

#PS Script that filters AD Computers and moves it to specified OU

I wrote this script to filter my Active Directory Domain for Computers beginning with “SMB-” and move them to an Organizational Unit (OU) with the name “SMB-OU”.

You can use the script but you have to change the OU, Computer filter and Domain so that it matches your search and domain criteria.

I use the Outfile command to create a logfile from the movement for documentation.

Get-ADComputer -Filter * -Properties name | #get all active directory computers
where { $_.Name -match ‘SMB-*’} | #with computername that includes “SMB-“
Out-File c:\move_resultates_before.txt #writes status before any computer will moved in output file
Get-ADComputer -Filter * -Properties name | #get all active directory computers
where { $_.Name -match ‘SMB-*’} | #with computername that includes “SMB-“
Move-ADObject -TargetPath “OU=SMB-OU, DC=Datacenter-Flo, DC=de” #and moves the computer to OU named SMB-OU in domain (you have to change to your domain)
Get-ADComputer -Filter * -Properties name | #get all active directory computers
where { $_.Name -match ‘SMB-*’} | #with computername that includes “SMB-“
Out-File c:\move_resultates_aftwe.txt #writes status after the computers were moved in output file

At the moment there is no security and other filters included. Only quick and dirty but it’s working.