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101 Free Hyper-V Management & Monitoring Tools and Resources

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All the tools you need to manage, monitor and understand Hyper-V are available on the Internet. But, how do you find them all? Lucky for us, good people done a lot of the work for us. They’re collecting a list of 101 Hyper-V tools, scripts and resources.
What could be better?
Well, they’re all free.

What kind of tools you can find here?

– Free Hyper-V Management Tools
– Microsoft’s Free Hyper-V Management and Monitoring Tools
– Free Monitoring Tools for Hyper-V
– PowerShell Scripts for Hyper-V
– Hyper-V Resources
– Free Hyper-V Backup Tool

All tools with their details you can find here Winking smile

Cheers,

Romeo

Create Nano Server image with Nano Server Image Builder

Hi guys,

This is my last blog post for this year Smiješak s namigivanjem. So, I’ll describe, mostly in pictures, how to create Nano Server image using Nano Server Image Builder. This is straightforward installation/image creation but we need to be careful with few things, (BOLD).

For this “action” we need three tools, the first is Windows Server 2016 .iso image, the second is Nano Server Image Builder and the last one is Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit.

Install Windows ADK, (you need to install only this roles, Deployment Tools and Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE) and  Nano Server Image Builder on your PC and extract Windows Server 2016 .iso image in a folder. I did it on C:\\Server2016.

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We are ready for the next step. Run Nano Server Image Builder and choose Create a new Nano Server image.

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Click on Next

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On the next screen we need to select Windows Server media source.

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We read and agreed, of course Smiješak

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On the next screen we need to choose deployment type. I have chosen Virtual Machine Image and place where I want to save .vhdx.

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Follow the wizard.

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Here we need to choose Nano Server editions, Standard or Datacenter. Please read carefully differences between editions.

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Please be patient, edition and package loading can take some time to complete!

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If you need drivers (read framed), add, if you don’t need just click on Next.

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On the next screen enter destination machine information.

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I decided to join Nano Server to the domain.

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On the next screen we need to set network.

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Please read all chosen settings and if you are OK with that click on Create.

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We need to wait some time for the image creation. In my case that was less then three minutes.

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And viola, are Nano Server image created through Nano Server Image Builder is ready to use.

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, this is the last blog post for this year. Wish you all the best in New Year 2017. Be happy and fat Smiješak

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Cheers,

Romeo

Rename a Nano Server

Hi to everyone,

In this blog post I’d like to explain how to add new name to your Nano Server. Why I would like to do that? Because, when you create Nano Server image from the Nano Server Image Builder, during the setup process you need to enter the name of the Nano Server, also if you want to create few of Nano Servers, you will have the same name on the every machine what’s not good, right?
As you can see from the picture below, the recovery console doesn’t have an option to rename the hostname.

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The only way to rename Nano Server is using PowerShell Remote Session or PowerShell Direct from the Hyper-V host.
In this case I’ll use PowerShell Direct, and as you can see on the picture below I haven’t network adapter on the Nano Server because I have one Nano Server on my network with the same host name and want to avoid collision.

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Open PowerShell in elevated mode and type:

Enter-PSSession –VMName “nano server name” –Credentials administrator
Where “nano server name” is the name of your Nano Server.

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Rename-Computer –NewName “New Name” –PassThru
Where “New Name” is the name of your Nano Server.

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After you are done, logon to your renamed Nano Server, enable network adapter and enjoy the day. Smiješak

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Have a nice weekend! Smiješak s namigivanjem

Cheers,

Romeo