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New Demo integrating a hybrid VM deployment with Windows Azure Pack

 :: Posted by John Savill on 07-15-2014

Decided to play with the Windows Azure Pack and specifically offer a hybrid VM deployment which would deploy either via SCVMM to a cloud OR deploy to Azure depending on if the user desired high availability for the VM. I walk through this in video and mini version can be seen below.

I uploaded my runbook to and the sample RDP file to

If you decide to play with this there are a number of things you need to do:

  1. The Orchestrator service account needs to be a SCVMM administrator (as it interfaces via PowerShell to update VM status)
  2. You will need configurations in Orchestrator for Service Manager and SCVMM
  3. You will need to have downloaded your Azure publish settings file which you can do with command Get-AzurePublishSettingsFile and should save this as c:\data\Microsoft Azure Subscription.publishsettings (if you follow my standard configuration)
  4. You need the Azure and SCVMM PowerShell cmdlets installed on the Runbook server or whatever server you configure the PowerShell to run on (I use localhost which means it runs on the runbook server but in larger environment you would likely have a specific PowerShell server(s) )
  5. There are lots of places in the PowerShell with < > that you need to replace with your values and ideally in Get Clouds for user you should use real logic to set values!
  6. In Create Azure VM you need to replace subscription name with your own name as in the Azure Publish Settings File
  7. Make sure the same RDP file is in c:\data as used in Create RDP File activity
  8. Make sure the users in AD have the mail attribute populated

Also I really don’t have error handling in this runbook, it was more a demonstration of what can be done and integration with Windows Azure Pack. I also enabled ADFS for my Windows Azure Pack tenant site and I’ll write that up as a FAQ on over the next 2 weeks. I already have FAQs on installing Windows Azure Pack.

This runbook was done as one long runbook. Normally you would not do that, you would have separate runbooks but to demonstrate the flow and how simple it really is I left it as one big runbook but wanted to be clear this is not best practice.



Have fun!

Mastering Hyper-V 2012 R2 is available!

 :: Posted by John Savill on 04-28-2014

Just wanted to let everyone know my new book is now available. I also wrote a Windows 8.1 application that is free and complements the book offering videos, links and PowerShell for everything referenced in the book which is available at


Let me know what you think!


What’s new in Hyper-V 2012 R2 Part 1

 :: Posted by John Savill on 03-13-2014

Article now live at!

New video on VMDK to VHD conversion options

 :: Posted by John Savill on 03-03-2014

Added a new video to go with Chapter 13 of the new book. Talks about options to convert VMDK to VHD including using the NetApp Shift technology for superfast conversions.

Key useful links:

Lots of updates!

 :: Posted by John Savill on 02-10-2014

I’ve been very lazy updating this blog so wanted to get everyone caught up on a few things.

Firstly I’ve posted a lot of new videos to my YouTube channel including creating a new Hyper-V 2012 R2 Playlist which is ordered and will be added to over the next month to accompany my new Mastering Hyper-V 2012 R2 book that will be available in April ( The playlist is available below:

I’m also about to run a Hyper-V Master Class that will build on my book that I’m presenting with Penton and details can be found at

I have a bunch of new articles in Windows IT Pro around DirectAccess, Quality of Service, Hyper-V and more so go check out

I’ll work harder to keep this updated 🙂

New features of Hyper-V video

 :: Posted by John Savill on 08-18-2013

As the first video of a new series that will accompany my upcoming book, Mastering Hyper-V 2012 R2, I have posted a new video that covers all the main features of Hyper-V from Windows Server 2008 through to Windows Server 2012 R2 with lots of demos. Hope you enjoy it!

Direct link –

See my Cloud interview for Technet Radio

 :: Posted by John Savill on 06-28-2013

I had the chance to sit down and talk to Microsoft’s Matt Hester about various cloud topics and its available at It was a lot of fun.

New video on networking for Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Clusters

 :: Posted by John Savill on 06-13-2013

Created a new video talking about a new way to think about networks in Windows Server 2012 using NIC teaming, Hyper-V virtual switch, host virtual adapters and Quality of Service! See it at and below.

Four new articles posted on

 :: Posted by John Savill on 04-23-2013 – Getting started with Hyper-V (a good start for clients not sure about Hyper-V). Includes a video. – Configuration Levels (Server Core) in Windows Server 2012. Also a side article on the history of Server Core at . Includes a video. – Storage Live Migration overview. Includes a video. – Service Manager 2012 SP1 overview which includes using the Service Catalog.

Happy reading!!!!

New video on maintaining a VM template with Hyper-V

 :: Posted by John Savill on 04-16-2013

VMTempalteVideologoPosted a new video on maintaining a VM template for use with Hyper-V without using offline tools (which I already have another video outlining at

Find the video at