Deploying System Center Virtual Machine Manager Volume 2
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Deploying System Center Virtual Machine Manager Volume 2

About the Book

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.  It has been completely updated to feature Windows Server Insiders 17079 and the latest build of SCVMM 1711. These are the same experts you come to see in person at the MVPDays Roadshow. It has 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.

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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 18

Additional Resources 18

Chapter 1 20

Pre-Requisites 20

Lab Server Names 20

Building the Lab with BigDemo_Insider.PS1 22

Enable Routing in the Lab 27

Software Requirements 41

Virtual Machine Manager Accounts Required for Build 43

Add a 2 VHDx drives to the VMM Server for the SQL Install 47

Install Windows ADK 1709 56

SQL Command Line Utilities 59

Chapter 2 60

Install SQL Server 2016 SP1 60

SQL Server Service Accounts 60

Configure SQL Firewall Port Exceptions 61

Install Default Instance of SQL 2016 SP1 65

Download and Install SQL Server Managemetn Studio (SSMS) 74

Configure SQL Server Memory Limits 76

Chapter 3 80

Install System Center Virtual Machine Manager Version 1711 80

Download VMM 1711 Media 80

Install System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2016 82

Chapter 4 89

Base Configuration of VMM 89

Create a Run As Account 89

Configure Network Settings 91

Create a New Host Group 93

Add Hyper-V Hosts 95

Chapter 5 101

Configuring Host Networking for S2D with VMM 101

Sample – Network Configuration from Mellanox 101

Logical Network Configuration 103

Servers and Network Configuration 103

DHCP Service Configuration 103

Sample Top of Rack Switch Configuration: 104

System Deployment 113

Install and Configure DataCenter Bridging – Optional 113

Creating Logical Networks (MGMT, Cluster, LiveMigration, and Storage) 114

Review the S2D Node Networking configuration 114

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

VMM_Netoworking_S2D.PS1 Script 168

Deploy the Storage Logical Switch to S2D1-4 181

Deploy the CorpNet Logical Switch to S2D1-4 184

Chapter 6 188

Configure Failover Cluster and S2D with VMM 188

Build the Cluster and Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) 188

Chapter 7 194

Configure Storage Integration of S2D with VMM 194

Review Storage Providers, Arrays, and Classifications 194

Create Cluster Shared Volumes with VMM 197

Create Cluster Shared Volumes with PowerShell 201

Chapter 8 202

VM Templates 202

Configure S2D Nodes with 8 GB RAM 202

Building a Gold VHDx with BaseImageBuilder.PS1 204

Creating the VM Template 210

Deploying a VM Template 214

Chapter 9 220

Host Patch Management with VMM 220

Install the WSUS Feature on VMM01 220

WSUS Configuration Wizard 226

Add WSUS Server to VMM 234

Verify that WSUS has been added Successfully 235

Assign Computers to Built-In Update Baseline 236

Scan S2D Hyper-V Hosts for Compliance 240

Remediate Hosts 244

Chapter 10 246

Host Patching of Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) with VMM 246

Patching Storage Spaces Direct nodes with VMM 246

Check the Health of Your Virtual Disks before going into Maintenance Mode 246

Scan S2D Hyper-V Hosts for Compliance 248

Put the Node into Maintenance Mode 250

Remediate Hosts 253

Turn off Maintenance Mode on the Host and verify Storage Spaces Direct Health 255

Chapter 11 258

Operational Maintenance of Storage Spaces Direct 258

Restarting Storage Spaces Direct nodes with VMM 258

Check the Health of Your Virtual Disks before going into Maintenance Mode 259

Put the Node into Maintenance Mode and Restart / Shutdown 260

Chapter 12 264

Bonus Community Content - Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) Scripts 264

Using PowerShell to Document Storage Spaces Direct 264

Using the Community PowerShell S2D-Audit.PS1 264

Using PowerShell to setup Email Alerting for Storage Spaces Direct 270

Using the Community PowerShell Monitor-S2D.PS1 270

Monitor S2D with Storage Spaces Direct Monitor GUI 273

Using the Community PowerShell Monitor-S2D.PS1 273

Monitor S2D with Storage Spaces StarWind Manager (Preview) 276

Using StarWind Manager (Preview) 276

Chapter 13 287

Integrate VMM 1711 with Azure 287

Connecting to your Auzre Subscription 287

Chapter 14 289

Configuring Deduplication for ReFS and Storage Spaces Direct 289

Enable Deduplication on a Cluster Shared Volume 289

Appendix 294

BigDemo_Insider.PS1 294

S2D-Audit.PS1 331

Contact Info 333

Join us at MVPDays and meet great MVP’s like this in person 333

Live Presentations 333

Video Training 333

Live Instructor-led Classes 334

Consulting Services 334

Twitter 335

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