Deploying System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2016
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Deploying System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2016

About the Book

The purpose of this book is to showcase the amazing expertise of our guest speakers at the North American MVPDays Community Roadshow.  They have so much passion, expertise, and expert knowledge that it only seemed fitting to write it down in a book.  


MVPDays was founded by Cristal and Dave Kawula back in 2013. It started as a simple idea; “There’s got to be a good way for Microsoft MVPs to reach the IT community and share their vast knowledge and experience in a fun and engaging way” I mean, what is the point in recognizing these bright and inspiring individuals, and not leveraging them to inspire the community that they are a part of.

We often get asked the question “Who should attend MVPDays”?  

Anyone that has an interest in technology, is eager to learn, and wants to meet other like-minded individuals.  This Roadshow is not just for Microsoft MVP’s it is for anyone in the IT Community.

Make sure you check out the MVPDays website at: You never know maybe the roadshow will be coming to a city near you.


The goal of this particular book is to bring you real world step-by-step guidance from our expert MVP Authors on Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager. These are the same experts you come to see in person at the MVPDays Roadshow. This book is written in the format of a Step-by-Step learning guide. We really hope you find some immense value in what we have written.

About the Authors

Dave Kawula
Dave Kawula

Dave is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) with over 20 years of experience in the IT industry. His background includes data communications networks within multi-server environments, and he has led architecture teams for virtualization, System Center, Exchange, Active Directory, and Internet gateways. Very active within the Microsoft technical and consulting teams, Dave has provided deep-dive technical knowledge and subject matter expertise on various System Center and operating system topics.

Dave is well-known in the community as an evangelist for Microsoft, 1E, and Veeam technologies. Locating Dave is easy as he speaks at several conferences and sessions each year, including TechEd, Ignite, MVP Days Community Roadshow, and VeeamOn. 

Recently Dave has been honored to take on the role of Conference Co-Chair of TechMentor with fellow MVP Sami Laiho.  The lineup of speakers and attendees that have been to this conference over the past 20 years is really amazing. Come down to Redmond or Orlando in 2018 and you can meet him in person.

As the founder and Managing Principal Consultant at TriCon Elite Consulting, Dave is a leading technology expert for both local customers and large international enterprises, providing optimal guidance and methodologies to achieve and maintain an efficient infrastructure.


Twitter: @DaveKawula

Cary Sun
Cary Sun

Cary Sun has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in data center and deployment solutions. As a Principal Consultant, he likely works closely with clients to help them design, implement, and manage their data center infrastructure and deployment strategies.

With his background in data center solutions, Cary Sun may have experience in server and storage virtualization, network design and optimization, backup and disaster recovery planning, and security and compliance management. He holds CISCO CERTIFIED INTERNETWORK EXPERT (CCIE No.4531) from 1999. Cary is also a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), Microsoft Azure MVP, Veeam Vanguard and Cisco Champion. He is a published author with several titles, including blogs on, and the author of many books.

Cary is a very active blogger at and is permanently available online for questions from the community. His passion for technology is contagious, improving everyone around him at what they do.

Blog site:

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Twitter: @SifuSun


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Allan Rafuse
Allan Rafuse

Allan is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) and a Veeam Vanguard. Throughout his career, his skills have allowed him to work in variety of different industries (Oil and Gas, Banking and Healthcare) and also move to several Canadian provinces and even live in Europe. He has worked in many job roles that support the data center stack and cloud components and is also well versed in designing and deploying robust, highly available enterprise solutions in single or multi datacenter environments.

Integrating products and automation are passions of Allan. His solutions usually employ virtual environments (Hyper-V, VMware), Active Directory, SQL Server, System Center (SCCM, SCOM, SCVMM, SCORCH), Windows Server, Exchange, PowerShell, Veeam products and even Linux. He is an expert at scripting solutions and has an uncanny ability to reduce complexity and maximize the functionality of PowerShell.

Allan is a huge tech evangelist and the founder and Managing Principal Consultant at BroadArc Consulting. His consulting skills, vision, methodologies and frameworks have allowed many projects and solutions to thrive and succeed.

If you haven’t had the chance to personally meet Allan’s at an IT community speaking, you can always virtually follow him and introduce yourself on his blog or twitter.

BLOG: | Twitter: @AllanRafuse | LinkedIn:

Cristal Kawula
Cristal Kawula

Cristal Kawula is the co-founder of MVPDays Community Roadshow and #MVPHour live Twitter Chat.   She is the President of TriCon Elite Consulting where she manages the day to day operations of the field consulting and sales teams.

Cristal is also only the 2nd Woman in the world to receive the prestigious Veeam Vanguard Community excellence award.  In July of 2017 she was awarded the designation of Microsoft MVP.  

Early in her career Cristal worked as a consultant with Microsoft authoring content for internal SMSGR and GTR teams.   This content was used to train internal support engineers and global escalation engineering teams.  

Cristal can be found speaking at Microsoft Ignite, MVPDays, and other local user groups.   She is extremely active in the community and has recently helped publish a book for other Women MVP’s called Voices from the Data Platform.  



Twitter: @supercristal1

Table of Contents


Acknowledgements iv

From Dave iv

About the Authors v

Dave Kawula - MVP v

Allan Rafuse – MVP vi

Cristal Kawula – MVP vii

Cary Sun – CCIE #4531 (Cisco Champion) viii

Contents x

Introduction 16

North American MVPDays Community Roadshow 16

Sample Files 17

Additional Resources 17

Chapter 1 19

Pre-Requisites 19

Lab Server Names 19

Building the Lab with BigDemo_VMM.PS1 21

Enable Routing in the Lab 26

Software Requirements 40

Virtual Machine Manager Accounts Required for Build 42

Add a 2 VHDx drives to the VMM Server for the SQL Install 46

Install Windows ADK 1709 55

SQL Command Line Utilities 58

Chapter 2 59

Install SQL Server 2016 SP1 59

SQL Server Service Accounts 59

Configure SQL Firewall Port Exceptions 60

Install Default Instance of SQL 2016 SP1 64

Download and Install SQL Server Managemetn Studio (SSMS) 73

Configure SQL Server Memory Limits 75

Chapter 3 79

Install System Center Virtual Machine Manager 79

Download VMM 2016 Media and Update Rollup 4 79

Install System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2016 81

Install update Rollup 4 for System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2016 88

Chapter 4 90

Base Configuration of VMM 90

Create a Run As Account 90

Configure Network Settings 92

Create a New Host Group 94

Add Hyper-V Hosts 96

Chapter 5 102

Configuring Host Networking for S2D with VMM 102

Sample – Network Configuration from Mellanox 102

Logical Network Configuration 104

Servers and Network Configuration 104

DHCP Service Configuration 104

Sample Top of Rack Switch Configuration: 105

System Deployment 114

Install and Configure DataCenter Bridging – Optional 114

Creating Logical Networks (MGMT, Cluster, LiveMigration, and Storage) 115

Review the S2D Node Networking configuration 115

Create MGMT Logical Network 116

Create MGMT IP Pool 118

Create Cluster Logical Network 122

Create Cluster IP Pool 124

Create Live Migration Logical Network 128

Create Live Migration IP Pool 130

Create Storage Logical Network 134

Create Storage IP Pool 136

Create CorpNet Logical Network 140

Create CorpNet IP Pool 142

Validate the Logical Networks 145

Create Logical Switch for the Storage Network 146

Create Logical Switch for the CorpNet Network 162

Deploy the Storage Logical Switch to S2D1-4 168

Deploy the CorpNet Logical Switch to S2D1-4 171

Chapter 6 174

Configure Failover Cluster and S2D with VMM 174

Build the Cluster and Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) 174

Chapter 7 178

Configure Storage Integration of S2D with VMM 178

Review Storage Providers, Arrays, and Classifications 178

Create Cluster Shared Volumes 182

Chapter 8 186

VM Templates 186

Configure S2D Nodes with 8 GB RAM 186

Building a Gold VHDx 188

Creating the VM Template 200

Deploying a VM Template 204

Chapter 9 210

Host Patch Management with VMM 210

Install the WSUS Feature on VMM01 210

WSUS Configuration Wizard 216

Add WSUS Server to VMM 224

Verify that WSUS has been added Successfully 225

Assign Computers to Built-In Update Baseline 226

Scan S2D Hyper-V Hosts for Compliance 230

Remediate Hosts 234

Chapter 10 236

Host Patching of Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) with VMM 236

Patching Storage Spaces Direct nodes with VMM 236

Check the Health of Your Virtual Disks before going into Maintenance Mode 236

Scan S2D Hyper-V Hosts for Compliance 238

Put the Node into Maintenance Mode 240

Remediate Hosts 243

Turn off Maintenance Mode on the Host and verify Storage Spaces Direct Health 245

Chapter 11 248

Operational Maintenance of Storage Spaces Direct 248

Restarting Storage Spaces Direct nodes with VMM 248

Check the Health of Your Virtual Disks before going into Maintenance Mode 249

Put the Node into Maintenance Mode and Restart / Shutdown 250

Chapter 12 254

Bonus Community Content - Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) Scripts 254

Using PowerShell to Document Storage Spaces Direct 254

Using the Community PowerShell S2D-Audit.PS1 254

Using PowerShell to setup Email Alerting for Storage Spaces Direct 260

Using the Community PowerShell Monitor-S2D.PS1 260

Monitor S2D with Storage Spaces Direct Monitor GUI 263

Using the Community PowerShell Monitor-S2D.PS1 263

Monitor S2D with Storage Spaces StarWind Manager (Preview) 266

Using StarWind Manager (Preview) 266

Appendix 278

BigDemo_VMM.PS1 278

S2D-Audit.PS1 296

Contact Info 297

Join us at MVPDays and meet great MVP’s like this in person 297

Live Presentations 297

Video Training 297

Live Instructor-led Classes 298

Consulting Services 298

Twitter 299

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