You want to become a Hyper-V Superstar? You need the PowerCourse!

I had the chance to participate Carsten Rachfahls Hyper-V Power Course V2 in the week from 10. December to 14. December in Hallenberg Germany.

I have to say, it was a great experience. I work with Hyper-V since 2009 and I think I know something about it but in this course you get also a extrem deep dive in all functions of Hyper-V and all dependencies.

Carsten and his CoTrainer Jan Kappen are very experienced technicians and have also a wide knowledge in consulting and support.

Both brought all this experiences in their new Hyper-V course based on Windows Server 2012 RTM.

What can you learn? At first they build up the elementary knowledge for all who never worked with Hyper-V before, after this they dive with you into Hyper-V replica, networking , Live Migration, Clustering, SMB 3.0 and all other functions.

For every feature they build a lab so that you can try it by yourself and in different use cases.

As you know I participate the Windows Server 2012 Upgrade Course in the beta Version at Microsoft (Redmond, WA, America) in August this year.

When I compare both courses to each other my resume is the following.

When you want to become a good overview about all new Windows Server 2012 features you will do right with the official MOC course but you will not get a deeper introduction in Hyper-V. When you want real big and awesome Hyper-V knowledge, you have to join the Hyper-V Course of Carsten Rachfahl and Jan Kappen.

But be aware, this Hyper-V Course week is very hard and full of stuff you need to see and learn. 


Photo of my PowerCourse certificate

To find more information please visit:

Additional information:

– free internet during the course hours
– free drinks and snacks
– free and very delicious lunch in hotels (4 stars) near by

Systen Center 2012 with SP1 download able for MSDN and TechNet Subscriber

A few hours before Microsoft enables the download from System Center with SP1 for all TechNet and MSDN Subscriber.

If you have an TechNet or MSDN account, take your chance and evaluate the new Servicepack.

What’s New in System Center 2012 SP1

Updated: December 20, 2012
Applies To: System Center 2012 SP1

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Microsoft Masterminds Episode 4: Thomas Maurer, MVP (Most Valuable Professional) for Virtual Machine from Switzerland

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 with Thomas Maurer, a Switzerland based MVP, expert for System Center and private Cloud. Enjoy reading!

Editorial processing done by Rafael Knuth



Readable Interview:

Flo: Thomas, you were just nominated as MVP for Virtual Machine. Congratulations! Tell us about you and your company and also how it feels to be a Microsoft MVP.

Thomas: My name is Thomas Maurer. I work as a Private Cloud Architect for ITNETX, a consulting and engineering company in Switzerland. We are focused on Microsoft technology, especially Windows Server Hyper-V and SystemCenter … systems management and Microsoft virtualization. My focus area is Hyper-V and VMM (Virtual Machine Manager). I’m working on a lot of projects for customers where we built the base for private cloud. Since this year I’m MVP for Virtual Machine and it’s a big honor for me.

Flo: How does your role as MVP relate to your work at ITNETX?

Thomas: I became a MVP because of my work at ITNETX. In Switzerland we don’t have so many Hyper-V deployments at the moment, and at INTETX I spend all my time working with Hyper-V and System Center, that’s a huge opportunity and that’s how I get a lot of experience in this area. Also, as a MVP I give presentations for Microsoft, partners and at events like E2EVC conference.

Flo: ITNETX is one of the key companies for private clouds and System Center in Switzerland and was awarded with the Microsoft Data Center Partner Award in 2012. Can you give us a brief overview over your projects? Which were the most challenging ones and what are your biggest accomplishments for customers so far?

Thomas: ITNETX just got awarded by Microsoft second time in a row by the way, for being the Microsoft Partner of the Year 2012 in Data Center and that’s a big honor. We try to achieve this next year as well.

The biggest challenge is: You have to understand customer needs and you have to be always working with newest technology. We are trying to get the best solutions for our customers – the greatest and latest technology from Microsoft. Hardware-wise we are vendor independent; we are looking at different hardware vendors. It’s sometimes a challenge to get new Microsoft technology working on old hardware or getting vendors to build hardware which supports new technologies … specially Hyper-V and many of its functionalities.

Flo: What are the major differences in cloud computing between Europe and the US?

Thomas: I cannot say much about the US market; I am not working for companies in the US. I do work for international companies based outside the US, and we are for example part of the System Center 2012 TAP program.

In Switzerland security and data privacy is a big issue. I think that other countries are doing the step to the cloud really fast and it’s going to happen sooner or later in every country. But it will take some time specially Switzerland, which is not that fast in going forward with new technologies.

Flo: Let’s talk a bit about Microsoft private cloud solutions. What’s your absolute killer feature in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V?

Thomas: There are a lot of great features such as ESXi or Xen management. If I had to pick two features I would choose first Hyper-V Replica, which allows you to easily migrate or replicate virtual machines from one host or one cluster to another host or cluster. That was a big problem for disaster recovery in the past. There are lot of companies which didn’t have disaster recovery yet. Or if they had it, it was too complex to work with. If a disaster happened no one knew what to do. So they had to call the vendor, and he had to do the failover and it was not that easy. Hyper-V Replica is going to change that because everything is built into Hyper-V Manger and Microsoft Failover Cluster Manger (MSFCM). I think it will be in System Center 2012 as well and that’s one of the greatest features.

The other feature I’d like to mention: You don’t need to place Hyper-V virtual machines on block storage any more. You can use SMB 3.0 for storage instead. You are not limited to expensive block storage anymore. You now have more options and potential scenarios for Hyper-V usage in various hardware environments.

Flo: How do you see data centers change over the next few years?

Thomas:  Well, what I see at the moment in data centers is that there is lack of management capabilities. A lot of companies still do script based “slow management”. Many companies lack a management suite allowing them do everything from within it.

Interviewer: You mean there’s lack of automation in data centers?

Thomas: Absolutely, yes. There is no real orchestration in a lot of data centers I have seen in Switzerland. That has to change because a data center is a dynamic environment. You don’t put in a server and let it run for five, six or seven years. That’s changing and you have to deliver faster to your customers. If your customer requests servers or applications, you have to be able to deliver them quickly. That is changing more and more and it has to.

Flo: So in the future you will not care about the rack of servers but only about the mount of storage, CPUs, memory you need for virtual machine deployment for example – correct?

Thomas: Yeah, absolutely! That’s the kind of stuff we already do for customers. We try to go away from a “I need a server!” type of thinking. Instead we ask: “What do you need for your application or service to run?” We are putting a layer between the service, OS and the hardware. So you just have resources which so you can use for your applications and you don’t care as an application owner if this is block storage or file storage, you don’t care which CPU it is … it just has to perform. That’s what the fabric layer has to do and the fabric layer doesn’t really care which applications are running inside your virtual machines. Of course the fabric layer has to know what performance is needed and: “Is it disk related? Is it IO related? Or CPU related?” … but: At the end the fabric layer has to take care of that. System Center and Windows Server 2012 provides a perfect solution for that.

Flo: Should hardware be more intelligent or … more stupid?

Thomas: It sounds a little bit strange now but I think it has to be both. Hardware has to be stupid and intelligent at the same time in a way that I want the hardware to take care of itself without installing lots of sophisticated tools to manage it. I simply expect the hardware to run and if it doesn’t, I will replace it.

Flo: Thank you very much, Thomas. I am looking forward to interview you soon and to dive deeply into some of the topics we talked about today.

Thomas: Sure, Flo!

Twitter: @ThomasMaurer


Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) – Best Posts of the Week around Windows Server, Exchange, SystemCenter and more – #7

Hi Community, here is my compilation of the most interesting technical blog posts written by members of the Microsoft MVP Community. Currently, there are only a few MVPs contributing to this compilation, but more will follow soon. @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!

Featured Posts of the Week!

Monitoring Startup,Shutdown and restart of a Virtual machine With PowerShell 3.0 by Didier van Hoye

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V: VM Resource Metering via PowerShell by Thomas Maurer

Deploying RedHat Enterprise Linux (And Probably CentOS) On Hyper-V Is About To Get Easier by Aidan Finn

How to Add a Native-Boot Virtual Hard Disk to the Boot Menu #Hyperv by James van den Berg


Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V: VM Resource Metering via PowerShell by Thomas Maurer

Deploying RedHat Enterprise Linux (And Probably CentOS) On Hyper-V Is About To Get Easier by Aidan Finn

My Interview About Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Changing The Market On SearchServerVirtualization by Aidan Finn

Network Based Monitoring Solution By ExtraHop Appears To Be Using Virtual Switch Extension by Aidan Finn

Monitoring Startup,Shutdown and restart of a Virtual machine With PowerShell 3.0 by Didier van Hoye

How to Add a Native-Boot Virtual Hard Disk to the Boot Menu #Hyperv by James van den Berg

Windows Server Core

You Got To Love Windows Server 2012 Deduplication for Backups by Didier van Hoye

System Center Core

System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 Has RTMd … Allegedly by Aidan Finn


New PowerShell 3.0 Video Training Course by Jeffery Hicks

How is my WinRM service configured? by Jeff Wouters (no MVP)

A PowerShell oneliner that exponentially consumes all memory by Jeff Wouters (no MVP)

Remove the saved state of a VM with PowerShell by Jeff Wouters (no MVP)

PowerShell 3.0 Workflows @ PowerShell Bangalore User Group meeting by Ravikanth Chaganti

Windows 8

Tablets Are The Entry Point For Windows 8 In Business – Pay Attention Partners! by Aidan Finn


Moving Applications to the #Cloud, 3rd Edition – Free Book Download #WindowsAzure by James van den Berg


Himmlische IT Podcast Folge 23: Kerstins Surface in German by Kerstin Rachfahl

Microsoft Core

2012: A Year of Microsoft Milestones by Thomas Maurer

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
Marcelo Vighi – 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
Aidan Finn – MVP for Virtual Machine
Carsten Rachfahl – MVP for Virtual Machine
Thomas Maurer – MVP for Virtual Machine
Alessandro Cardoso – MVP for Virtual Machine
Ramazan Can – 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

No MVP but he should be one

Jeff Wouters – PowerShell

Supported GPUs (Graphics processing unit or graphic cards) for Windows Server Hyper-V Remote FX

I played a around with Windows Server Remote FX the last weeks and for me it was very hard to find a GPU that supports Remote FX with Windows Server 2012. After some tries on my own, I asked my friend Udo Walberer Technology Solution Professional DataCenter at Microsoft. (Thank you Udo)

He gave me the current GPU Support list from Microsoft.

The funny thing I found out was, the GPUs that worked with Windows Server 2008 R2, worked also in Windows Server 2012 Beta and RC. With RTM Version the compatibility changed and you need other GPUs. For me it looks like Microsoft changed some libraries.

Please also check the drivers for the GPUs because many of the current driver (december 2012) are not working with Windows Server 2012 Remote FX.


Two  Dell PowerEdge-C C6220 with one PowerEdge-C C410x and 16 Nvidia Tesla GPUs. Two C6220 can handle up to 4 GPUs per node.

Nvidia Tesla M-Series GPUSource:

Nvidia Tesla M-Series GPU in a Cage for Dell PowerEdge-C C410x Source:


Dell PowerEdge R720 can handle up to two GPUs Source:

Dell PowerEdge R720 can handle up to two GPUs Source: