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Windows server 2019 Upgrade virtual machine version in Hyper-V #hyperv #winserv #hybrid   Leave a comment

Why should I upgrade the virtual machine configuration version?


When you move or import a virtual machine to a computer that runs Hyper-V on Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2016, or Windows 10, the virtual machine"s configuration isn’t automatically updated. This means that you can move the virtual machine back to a Hyper-V host that runs a previous version of Windows or Windows Server. But, this also means that you can’t use some of the new virtual machine features until you manually update the configuration version. You can’t downgrade the virtual machine configuration version after you’ve upgraded it.

The virtual machine configuration version represents the compatibility of the virtual machine’s configuration, saved state, and snapshot files with the version of Hyper-V. When you update the configuration version, you change the file structure that is used to store the virtual machines configuration and the checkpoint files. You also update the configuration version to the latest version supported by that Hyper-V host. Upgraded virtual machines use a new configuration file format, which is designed to increase the efficiency of reading and writing virtual machine configuration data. The upgrade also reduces the potential for data corruption in the event of a storage failure.


With PowerShell we check what versions I have running

Get-VM * | Format-Table Name, Version


As you can see I have version 5.0 – 9.0 running time for some upgrading.

This VM has version 5 and I’m upgrading this to version 9.0 , Windows server 2019 default.

Microsoft Windows 10 October 2018 Update/Server 2019 9.0     True

Update-VMVersion HYD-DC1 



Confirming and done.


If you want to upgrade all vm’s   then use a *

Update-VMVersion *

Get-VMHostSupportedVersion –Default



Microsoft Windows 10 October 2018 Update/Server 2019 9.0     True

In the table below you can see the versions between the OS versions and LTSC and SAC.

Supported VM configuration versions for long-term servicing hosts

The following table lists the VM configuration versions that are supported on hosts running a long-term servicing version of Windows.

Hyper-V host Windows version 9.1 9.0 8.3 8.2 8.1 8.0 7.1 7.0 6.2 5.0
Windows Server 2019
Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2019
Windows Server 2016
Windows 10 Enterprise 2016 LTSB
Windows 10 Enterprise 2015 LTSB
Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows 8.1

Supported VM configuration versions for semi-annual channel hosts

The following table lists the VM configuration versions for hosts running a currently supported semi-annual channel version of Windows.

Hyper-V host Windows version 9.1 9.0 8.3 8.2 8.1 8.0 7.1 7.0 6.2 5.0
Windows 10 May 2019 Update (version 1903)
Windows Server, version 1903
Windows Server, version 1809
Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809)
Windows Server, version 1803
Windows 10 April 2018 Update (version 1803)
Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (version 1709)
Windows 10 Creators Update (version 1703)
Windows 10 Anniversary Update (version 1607)




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Posted June 5, 2019 by Robert Smit [MVP] in Windows Server 2019

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Configuring cloud witness in Windows Server 2016 Cluster Azure Files #cloud #azure #winserv   7 comments

Cloud Witness is a new type of Failover Cluster quorum witness being introduced in Windows Server 2016. But you will need an Azure Subscription to use this unless you are using your own private cloud to use a file share witness in a third  DataCenter. As this post is an edited post but still actual

Earlier I create a blog post about creating a file share in Azure.


But now this file share can also be used for your Private Cluster Or Azure Cluster but remember your cluster needs internet access to connect to Microsoft Azure.



Edited 5-11-2014 <>>>>>>

So if you want to have a file witness then you will need the fileshare option but the cloud witness is using the BLOB storage and will cost you almost noting with Azure Credits

However the File share is still in preview under Windows Azure Files

Sign up for a preview

Now that we have created a new storage account We can use this for the cluster.

If you select the storage account you will see something like this.


We are using the blob storage and skip the above but you can use this for other things



At the bottom you can select the Manage Access Keys. This is the information we needed for the cluster.


Keep this save ! You will need this in your cluster.


When opening my windows Cluster Failover manager under more actions you can configure the quorum settings.


As always we do the Advance configuration.


Now we check the Cloud Witness option.


We use the Account name and the Key from the Azure portal that we created earlier.

The screen may differ as you could have a different version!


And we have a Cloud Witness here configured in my Public Cloud.


We don’t need a site to site VPN just connect the Cluster nodes to Internet ( atleast a Azure connection )


If we check the Azure Configuration and there you can see the creation of MSFT-Cloud-Witness. With the files in the blob storage.



You can also configure this in azure.

With the Get-ClusterQuorum we find quickly what witness we have.


and Configuring this is also quickly done put your account name and key in the set-clusterquorum and it will create a Cloud Witness.

Set-ClusterQuorum -AccessKey V7CR1/DijezGyA== -AccountName clusterw10 –CloudWitness


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Spam on live dot com   2 comments

I did not post that much items the last month but now I want to post something. So my is full
In the mean time my backup sit is still open
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mmm I was working around my blog try to update this but I saw that some idiot posting comments multiple times WHY nobody wants your stuff,
of course you know this else you won’t do this as a desperate action.
Please stop this
I saw this post on microsoft research on project ASIRRA great project


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Posted January 22, 2010 by Robert Smit [MVP] in Windows

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Why Windows Storage Server 2008?   1 comment


The amount of data supported within the organization continues to grow every year. Regulatory requirements, archival demands and data availability push storage requirements to their limits. As the datacenter grows, so does power consumption, physical space requirements and the need for improved hardware to handle the massive volume of data. Administrators need more than just raw storage capacity, but to implement the storage techniques and strategies that help them prioritize data and provide a standard of service. Storage demands will continue to grow and a storage solution is needed that can grow with the demand. Windows Storage Server 2008 can enable your organization to optimize your datacenter storage requirements.

It is finally here – the Windows Storage Server 2008 release based on Windows Server 2008 is ready for OEM embedded partners to develop dedicated NAS and block appliances. Learn about the new improvements in the OS, including OEM extensibility, Single Instance Storage (SIS), Java-based remote desktop features and the new iSCSI Software Target package

Get more info here

Or See the webcast :  TechNet Webcast: Introducing Windows Storage Server 2008 (Level 300)

Posted May 6, 2009 by Robert Smit [MVP] in Windows, Windows 2008

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Mount SkyDrive As A Virtual Drive In Windows Cloud Dektop   Leave a comment

The microsoft Skydrive is very handy 25 gb lots of space, easy to put 25000 pictures in the drive.

But how do you get them off , one by one ;-( pictures are easy with the live photo manager but what about files ??

Well I found the tool for this. my cloud desktop 

You can mount you skydrive as a windows drive.


*Gladinet Beta testers may receive a free license with one year free upgrade
*Some features may be disabled during Beta testing
*Please check the product for the exact list of integrated cloud storages/applications

There are 3 versions Check it out !

Posted May 5, 2009 by Robert Smit [MVP] in Skydrive, Windows, Windows Live

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Network Monitor 3.3 is now available   Leave a comment


Please download Network Monitor 3.3 from Visit the Network Monitor 3.3 Release Blog to get more information about this release.

To provide feedback, go to our scenario voting page, and let your opinion be heard.

What’s New in Network Monitor 3.3?

· Ability to capture on WWAN and Tunnel interfaces on Win7.

· Critical fixes to NM3.3 to operate correctly with Hyper-V.

· Right-click-add-to-alias. Right-click a frame in the Frame Summary window with an IPv4, IPv6, or MAC address to add that address as a new alias.

· Right-click-go-to-definition: Right-click a field in the Frame Details windows and select Go To Data Field Definition or Go To Data Type Definition to see where the field is defined in the NPL parsers.

· Auto-scroll. See the most recent traffic as it comes in. In a live capture, click the Autoscroll button on the main toolbar to have the Frame Summary window automatically scroll down to display the most recent frames as they come in. Click Auto-scroll again to freeze the view in its present location.

· Experts available online: Experts are stand-alone applications that analyze Network Monitor capture data. Various experts are available online at

· Frame Comments: Attach comments to frames in a saved capture file. Select the Frame Comments tab in the lower-right window to add, view, edit, or delete comments.

· API Extensions: API methods have been added to enable access to conversation information, properties, field display strings, and comments.

· Ability to open ETL files and correlate information by Network Tracing scenario.

· Set of core parsers to improve parsing performance. These can be accessed by changing the Common and Windows set of parsers to stubs:

From the Tools menu, select Options

· Go to the Parsers Tab

· Select the folder you want to stub out (Common or Windows)

· Click on the Stubs button on toolbar

· See our Release Notes for a complete list of new features and known issues.

· Experts: Experts are stand-alone applications that analyze Network Monitor capture data. Network Monitor 3.3 provides a simple interface for registering experts with the product and invoking them on a saved capture file. We have made some initial experts available online. Do you have a network troubleshooting need that is not currently met by Network Monitor or our available experts? Why not suggest your own expert? Please use the feedback link on the left to submit a description of the analysis task you want to solve (you must first join our connection) and we will work with you to create an expert for the community to enjoy.

Posted April 22, 2009 by Robert Smit [MVP] in Network Monitor, Windows

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Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V)   1 comment


Enhancing deployment and management for Virtual PCs in enterprise environments

MED-V v1 has released

Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) provides deployment and management of virtual Windows desktops to enable key enterprise scenarios. MED-V 1.0 helps enterprises upgrade to the latest version of Windows even when some applications are not yet compatible.

MED-V builds on top of Microsoft Virtual PC to run two operating systems on one device, adding virtual image delivery, policy-based provisioning and centralized management.

MED-V is one of the six technologies in the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP). Read MDOP 2009 announcement.

"MED-V saves us time in standardizing our desktop across the multiple entities of the Belgacom group", says Eric Opitom, Office Automation Domain Manager at Belgacom, a provider of integrated telecommunication services, "With thousands of users in our environment, MED-V will significantly reduce the time required for testing and migrating the applications we have."

The challenge of legacy applications

Incompatibility of legacy applications with newer versions of Microsoft Windows can often delay enterprise upgrades to the latest version of Windows. Testing and migrating applications can be time consuming, and meanwhile users are unable to take advantage of the new capabilities and enhancements offered by the new OS. By delivering applications in a Virtual PC that runs a previous version of the OS (e.g., Windows XP or Windows 2000), administrators can remove the barriers to OS upgrades.

Read the EMA case study

Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization: Advantages
  • Centrally create, deploy, and update virtual PC images throughout the enterprise

  • Provision virtual images and user policies according to business affiliation and requirements

  • Accelerate the upgrade path to new Desktop OS-legacy applications continue to run in a virtual environment with a previous OS version

  • Simplify IT integration of new subsidiaries by running two IT environments concurrently (i.e. the corporate one and the acquired company’s one)

Read more about MED-V features in the datasheet (PDF, XPS) or in the Architecture white paper


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Posted April 3, 2009 by Robert Smit [MVP] in MED-V, Windows

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