Build your Windows Server Container and create Windows Server Containers and Windows Server Container Images #ws2016 #winserv   Leave a comment

What are containers?

They are an isolated, resource controlled, and portable operating environment.

Basically, a container is an isolated place where an application can run without affecting the rest of the system and without the system affecting the application. Containers are the next evolution in virtualization.

If you were inside a container, it would look very much like you were inside a freshly installed physical computer or a virtual machine. And, to Docker, a Windows Server Container can be managed in the same way as any other container.

The windows Server Container can be used to package a Windows Server application, and Microsoft’s .Net framework application and can be easily moved across different servers or from your test cloud to the production cloud.


Install-WindowsFeature –name Containers

By default you will not see any change only a few PowerShell commands.

Get-Command -Module containers


But I this scenario I have a Windows server 2016 and I will build a container in a VM


Important links :

Get your Container VM this image is about 6Gb and a slow download 

It all starts here samples of containers ready for testing

On my Hyper-v Server 2016 I opened Powershell

#gGet script download New-ContainerHost-Source.ps1
wget -uri -OutFile c:\New-ContainerHost.ps1

#Run script to create a new container
.\New-ContainerHost.ps1 –VmName MVPContainer01 -Password Password01


You will need to accept the Eula

the script will download the VM and configure it in the Hyper-v server.

Using VHD path C:\Users\Public\Documents\Hyper-V\Virtual Hard Disks
Copying VHD archive (6 GB) from to C:\Users\Public\Documents\Hyper-V\Virtual Hard Disks\ (this may take a few minutes)…

The Download is not fast at all so this will take some time So I have plenty of time to make some screenshots


and yes I used a clear password



Docker is already installed.
NSSM is already installed
Creating Docker program data…
Configuring NSSM for Docker service…
Waiting for Docker daemon…
Successfully connected to Docker Daemon.
Tagging new base image…
Script complete!
VM MVPContainer01 is ready for use as a container host.
See for more information about using Containers.
The source code for these installation scripts is available here: -Documentation/tree/master/windows-server-container-tools



By default the VM is not connected to a Switch and be aware of the disk placement, Containers are based on Differencing disk

#This VM is not connected to the network. 
Get-VM mvp* | Get-VMNetworkAdapter | Connect-VMNetworkAdapter -Switchname vSwitch

and in case you wonder why did I need this password. ? take a look in the unattended XML ( unless you do a lock )

Autologon count = 999 so in the first reboot you won’t need a password.

Ok but now what I have a VM running and this VM is running Core

Let us check things run

#get the Image name


#get the Virtual Switch name this is not the Hyper-v switch!




with the Get-Container you can see the Created Containers

All containers are Stopped and we need them to start

Start-Container my*  to start all containers

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Remote management without the container ID is not posible

get-container |ft containername,ContainerId

Below is a little snapshot of the Container. the Master disk WindowsServer_en-us_TP3_Container_VHD.vhd and the Differencing disks that are running as Container VM


ContainerVHDVersion.10514.2.txt  means This file indicates the web version of the base VHD

To manage a Container session

Enter-PSSession -containerId b6e784a6-632d-4efb-8e48-89496ee2abfa –RunAsAdministrator

Be aware you will need the ContainerId to enter this session


Checking the IP as well the Container IP Remember the Firewall is on and really you need to powershell a lot the get things done and far from easy. And if you build this in a LAB of Home server and SSD is a must.

In the next Post I’ll show you how to run stuff in the Container and set thing up.

SQL is a great option to run this in a Container. I started over several times and still I miss some great tools to easy manage this.


I hope there Will be a VMM or Hyper-v plugin to manage this all else it would be hard to manage all this.

Happy Clustering

Robert Smit

Posted August 25, 2015 by Robert Smit [MVP] in Windows Server 2016

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First hands-on Upgrading Windows Server 2016 TP2 to TP3 #easy #upgrade #ws2016 #WinServ   Leave a comment

Now that Windows Server 2016TP3 is there we can test all the new stuff the in place upgrade was just 10 min downtime that is great. and my SCVMM and SQL server still worked. get the bits here:

At the heart of the Microsoft Cloud Platform, Windows Server brings Microsoft’s experience delivering global-scale cloud services into your infrastructure. Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 3 provides a wide range of new and enhanced features and capabilities spanning server virtualization, storage, software-defined networking, server management and automation, web and application platform, access and information protection, virtual desktop infrastructure, and more.

As a reminder, these are early pre-release builds. Many of the features and scenarios are still in development. As such, these builds are not intended for production environments, labs, nor full evaluations. This is pre-released software; features and functionality may differ in the final release.

Need more information about the next version of Windows Server? See what’s new in Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 3.


The upgrade is done in just a few steps I used a System center Virtual Machine Manager VM to upgrade ( with SQL2016 and SCVMM TP2 )

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Want to keep or wipe the server. and


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Setup encountered a problem and was unable to determine whether Hyper-V features can be upgraded. For more information about Hyper-V upgrade requirements, see  VmConfigurationVersion vmname or vmobject



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In just 10 Minutes Winking smile 

image and here is my VMM server


So what to expect when upgrading  there a a whole lot of new things in 2016 new in this release :


Windows Server Containers

What’s new in Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) in Windows Server Technical

What’s New in Failover Clustering in Windows Server Technical Preview.

What’s new in Hyper-V in Technical Preview.

What’s New in Windows Server Antimalware Overview for Windows Server Technical Preview.

What’s New in Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2016.

What’s New in File and Storage Services in Windows Server Technical Preview.

What’s New in Web Application Proxy in Windows Server Technical Preview.

What’s New in Networking in Windows Server Technical Preview.

Posted August 19, 2015 by Robert Smit [MVP] in Windows Server 2016

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#windows10 is here but what if you are still waiting? force Windows 10 #upgrade with the Media Creation Tool or Windows Update   Leave a comment

Download Windows 10

Still waiting for Windows 10 you can download an ISO and place it on a USB Stick or force it by poking Windows Update.

To get the media direct from Microsoft download the tool and create an ISO easy and handy.

Create a stick get the Download Tool Now (64-bit version)

if you want the X32 version it is also there.

image Download Windows 10

Choose what to do Upgrade now or create stick. and Pick the Language and edition you want. There is no enterprise edition here you need to get this from the SA site and or if you test the Windows 10 version and runs no production get this from the MSDN site.

Download Windows 10Download Windows 10

Pick the media and choose ISO of USB


The download is in progress and will do a verify just to make sure the Stick is OK.

Download Windows 10


But if you want to use Windows Updates to poke a bit to get the Windows 10 bits.

Type the following command in the Windows 10 task bar search field and press enter:

wuauclt.exe /updatenow

Want to make sure that your free Windows 10 update gets detected for download use this command:

wuauclt.exe /detectnow


Resetauthorization Option

WSUS uses a cookie on client computers to store various types of information, including computer group membership when client-side targeting is used.

In this case you should use this command:

wuauclt.exe /resetauthorization /detectnow


Download Windows 10

Posted July 29, 2015 by Robert Smit [MVP] in Windows 10

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Step by Step Server 2016 Remote Desktop Services QuickStart Deployment #RDS #VDI #RDP #RemoteApp   Leave a comment

Setting up a RDS  Farm is not that hard but anyway I created a step by step guide to build a Windows Server 2016 Remote Desktop Services deployment.

there is a new feature in the Windows Server 2016 RDS  : Full OpenGL support with RDS for VDI scenarios.

And Yes you can use the Quickstart but I’m not using this in this demo setup. I tried to do a complete setup,but doing this I noticed that I’m constantly expanding this demo with new options so. I’ll keep this pure to the setup and some PowerShell basics.

Quick Start is an option in RDS deployment during the process of adding roles and features with Windows Server 2012 Service Manager. It dramatically simplifies the deployment process and shortens go-to-market while still providing the ability to add additional RDS servers as needed. The abstraction formed by RDWA, RDCB, and RDSH offers such elegancy that the Quick Start process integrates the three and deploy all to one server in a process rather uneventful. For For prototyping a centralized remove access environment, demonstrating and testing a VDI solution, or simply building a study lab for self-training, Quick Start is a fast track for getting RDS up and running in a matter of minutes. – See more at:

As a lot of customers are using Citrix just to host some applications and never heard od RDS paying big license cost. as in the options is already build-in

My DC is running the License services and this is also my broker server.


Doing this setup is in two parts One add Roles and Second  the RDS setup.


Adding the Roles to my DC and adding all the servers in the all server filter in the server manager of the DC.


Selecting the Server that holds the Remote Desktop Session host ( mvprds01 )


Selecting and installing the role. I did this in the menu but you can also do this in the configuration. and the role will be installed.


Now that the roles are installed there is an extra option in server manager <> Remote Desktop Services.


To configure Windows Server 2016 Remote Desktop Services you have to pick in the add roles and features the lower option Remote Desktop Services Installation.


As you can see a quick Start option is here but we are not using this. and check the standard deployment. now you need to configure all the stuff.

But for a quick demo you can pick the quick start option.


When using the VDI option you will need a machine that is running Hyper-v !. In my setup I’ll use the Session based desktop deployment.


A quick overview of the roles that I’ll need for this deployment.


Selecting the RD Connection Broker Server


Selecting the RD Web Access Server


Selecting the RD Session host Servers ( in this case only 1 )


The roles are getting configured and if needed deployed to the servers. I already did this but there is a check mark to deploy the Roles


Now that all the roles are installed in server manager you can go to the Remote Desktop Services


In the overview you can see what is deployed and what options you can do. but in every task pulldown item there are the same options.




I installed all my options and I’m ready to create a Collection.

Create a Collection.


In the task menu I choose the Create Session Collection,


Just Name it


Choose a RD Session host Servers


What users may access this collection. I’ll pick all domain users.



User profile disks offer several advantages:

  • Configuration and deployment is simpler than roaming profiles or folder redirection.
  • User profiles can be maintained even on pooled virtual desktops that get rolled back after logoff.
  • Logon and logoff times are reduced.
  • Previously, profiles could be corrupted if used simultaneously on multiple computers. User profile disks are specific to the collection, so they can’t be used on multiple computers simultaneously.
  • Administrators can have granular control of exactly which locations get saved to the virtual hard disk (VHDX).
  • User profile disks can be stored on Server Message Block (SMB) shares, cluster shared volumes, SANs, or local storage.
  • In pooled virtual desktop collections, user profile disks work with virtual machines running both Windows 8 and Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (SP1).

Some things to remember about user profile disks:

  • User profile disks are available only in pooled virtual desktop collections and session collections—not in personal virtual desktop collections.
  • Share permissions are automatically set up by the management tools.
  • Use Server Manager or Windows PowerShell to manage user profile disks.
  • User profile disks are for a single collection only. A user connecting to two different collections will have two separate profiles. If you want to synchronize settings, refer to Microsoft User Experience Virtualization.



When Creating the collection we can make a start for publishing applications.


Now that the Application Collection is ready we can add applications to this collection. When selection the task <> publish remoteapp programs or in the hyperlink. there will be a discovery off all the apps on the RD Session host Servers in this case the mvprds01.mvp.local



But sure you can apps that are not discovered just press add



and  press Publish and there is the APP


When Logon to the Portal you can see the RemoteApp


Changing the Icon of the RemoteApp can be done by PowerShell or copy and replace. On the RDS Broker server. goto the path :



all the RemoteApps are there and can be changed here.

OR change the ICON with the shell23.dll with powershell


To change the Icon

The Icon Index for this interface works top to bottom, starting with 0. So count the rows until you see your desired icon, multiply this by 4, subtract 1, and count up to your desired icon. The Icon Index for the Windows Update icon turns out to be 46.

Type one of the following commands in the Powershell box:

Get-RDRemoteApp -Alias "clustermvp" | Set-RDRemoteApp -IconPath "c:\windows\system32\shell32.dll" -IconIndex 46

Creating Subfolders in the Application

Using the The RemoteDesktop PowerShell module we’re also able to add subfolders in RD Web Access and “move” specific Remote Apps to specific folders.

In order to do so we use the same command as above, Set-RDRemoteApp. For example, to create a subfolder called “My tools” and move the Remote App MSpaint to that folder you can use the following command:

Set-RDRemoteApp -CollectionName “Application 1” -Alias clustermvp -FolderName “My tools” -ConnectionBroker mvpdc01.mvp.local


Creating File Extensions

A common setting is configuring the file extensions for Remote Apps. Inside the ServerManager GUI, file extensions are configured as a property of a RemoteApp, therefore you would expect that setting a file extension using PowerShell should be done using the command Set-RDRemoteApp. Instead, we need to use a different command called Set-RDFileTypeAssociation.
For example if we want to add the file extension .pdf or .txt to a Remote App Acrobat Reader or Wordpad we can use the following command:

Set-RDFileTypeAssociation –CollectionName “Application 1” -AppAlias AcrobatReader -FileExtension .pdf -IsPublished $true –ConnectionBroker mvpdc01.mvp.local


More about using Powershell to manage RemoteApp programs.

Get-RDRemoteApp ( is used to list properties for RemoteApps.

Get-RDRemoteApp -alias “wordpad” | fl


Set-RDRemoteApp ( is used to set properties for RemoteApps.

Set-RDRemoteApp -Alias “wordpad” -DisplayName “WordPad – Renamed”

New-RDRemoteApp ( is used to create a new RemoteApp in a certain collection.

New-RDRemoteApp -CollectionName “RemoteApps” -Alias “regedit” -DisplayName “RegEdit” -FolderName “Admin Tools” -FilePath “C:\Windows\regedit.exe”

Remove-RDRemoteApp ( is used to remove a RemoteApp.

Set-RDRemoteApp -CollectionName “RemoteApps” -Alias “wordpad”

Get-RDAvailableApp ( is used to list available applications to publish in a collection.

Get-RDAvailableApp -CollectionName “RemoteApps”

Get-RDFileTypeAssociation ( lists the filetype association(s) for a certain application.

Get-RDFileTypeAssociation -AppAlias “wordpad”

Set-RDFileTypeAssociation ( is used to set the filetype association(s) for a certain application.

Set-RDFileTypeAssociation -CollectionName "Application 1" -AppAlias "wordpad" -FileExtension ".txt" -IsPublished $True -IconPath "%ProgramFiles%\Windows NT\Accessories\wordpad.exe" -IconIndex 0


Happy RDS clustering

Robert Smit


Posted June 23, 2015 by Robert Smit [MVP] in Windows Server 2016

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Keynote can be found here

As my sessions :






At the Intel Innovation stage.

My slides can be found here :


As Hans jan was the cartooning man and he made a MVP logo of the Cloud and Clustering. 



Custom logo



The new company car Winking smile


Happy clustering

Robert Smit


Posted June 23, 2015 by Robert Smit [MVP] in TechDays

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Windows Server 2016 With Clustered SQL Server 2016 Instance #winserv #SQL #WS2016 #SQL2016   Leave a comment

Now that Windows Server 2016 is there and SQL server 2016. you can build a default cluster with SQL but that is no fun. Building a SQL Cluster on Storage Spaces Direct or putting the Databases on storage replication.  or building a hybrid SQL cluster with Azure.

In my blog there are plenty off samples on how to build this. This blog is a easy step by step on hoe to create a cluster with the 2016 products.  ( basically the same as 2008,2012R2 )

Get your Windows server 2016 here

What’s new in Windows Server 2016 ?

the Cluster is easy I use 3 lines of PowerShell to create this. needless to say the .net 3.5 is needed for SQL!

Windows Server 2016 is there and SQL server 2016

Installing the Cluster feature you will need to reboot this node.
install-WindowsFeature "Failover-Clustering","RSAT-Clustering" -IncludeAllSubFeature -ComputerName "mvpsql16-1.mvp.local","mvpsql16-1.mvp.local"
Test-Cluster -Node "mvpsql16-1.mvp.local","mvpsql16-1.mvp.local"
New-Cluster -Name Techdays01 -Node "mvpsql16-1.mvp.local","mvpsql16-1.mvp.local" -NoStorage -StaticAddress ""

The Cluster is in place and yes you could do create a new failover cluster but that is to easy. command line is way faster with the advanced config.

Windows Server 2016 is there and SQL server 2016


Let’s pick the two steps installation in the advanced menu. cluster prep and cluster completion.


first step is advanced cluster preparation. when installing from command line you will need a ini file during the GUI setup you can save this ini file and use this for later or you can use an older file non 2016 if you just want to setup the DB.

Windows Server 2016 is there and SQL server 2016

If you are using named instances you can see this error if you are not using the right names


SQL named instance Requirements  :


Step 1


WHen using the Command line with the INI file you can do this :

Remember to change the ini file and set the ignore to the UIMODE="Normal"



In just a few minutes you have completed the whole setup.  ( 5 minute Setup Windows Server 2012R2


Step 1 is done still there is nothing to see in the Cluster but the first part of SQL install is done.




Creating the Cluster with the advanced Cluster completion.


Important that you did run the cluster validation. else the setup will fail.



Using the named instance and using the Created ini file in step 2 if you haven’t had this file.



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Done in just a few minutes and ready for the next Cluster rollout using the unattended files just change the names and IP and or locations in the INI files and you are ready to go.



Done for Part 1 the cluster basics.

Happy clustering

Robert Smit


Posted June 17, 2015 by Robert Smit [MVP] in Windows Server 2016

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Quick Create a Windows Server 2012 R2 Network Load Balancing (NLB) ,How To , Step by Step #winserv #NLB #ws2012   Leave a comment

As there are still many questions on how to setup a Windows NLB. Or not getting a working situation with all kind of different errors.

I made already two Blog post about NLB. This blog post will be a bit off Both.

So for starting I have 4 NLB nodes MVPSQL141 to MVPSQL 144

The NLB tools I installed with Powershell Run this on every NLB node!

Install-WindowsFeature nlb –IncludeManagementTools



Now that the tools are installed We can start with the Configuration of the NLB.

Starting the NLB manager to Create the NLB cluster and joining the Other Nodes.


All my nodes have multiple network cards and for the NLB I use always a dedicated NIC to avoid problems.

I select the create new cluster from the menu and add the First NLB node.


As you can see there are 3 nic’s in this case I use the Ethernet connection. The Public connection is connected to the Domain.

And All NIC’s have a fixed IP Addresses.


As you can see the nic has a dedicated IP if the nic has a DHCP Address you can give here a fixed IP by selecting ADD


This step is adding the Cluster IP by selecting ADD and then choose the right NLB Cluster IP!


Right Creating a DNS name for the NLB Cluster.


As I will only use Port 80 I changed the Rule and selected only port 80. I does not make sense to select all the ports when using only 80 and or 443.


Now that the Cluster is created We can join other Nodes with add host to the cluster I the menu. You can do only One Node at the time. the same screens as above are showing so no reason to capture this. However I have one node that has no fixed IP


When Adding this node there is a little warning.

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As you can see the IP is not there therefore I do ADD and create a FIX IP on the NIC when I select Next the port policy will appear and the node Will be joined to the Cluster.


If anything fails to join the NLB node to the Cluster you need to look on this node. Creating NLB is a simple Process. Basic rule all nics need to See and Ping on FQDN and IP incoming and outgoing ! and make sure the NLB DNS entry is there and make sure the reversed lookup is also there!

When joining the NLB IP to IIS make sure you use the Cluster NLB IP and remove all other IP bindings!!



Happy nlb clustering

Robert Smit


Posted June 4, 2015 by Robert Smit [MVP] in Windows Server 2012 R2

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