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PowerShell is King–Use PowerShell to find out the file information in a file repository

Posted by Mikael Nystrom on April 16, 2014

This morning I was scheduled to install some software, one part of HP Service Pack was not installed, so I made the decision to just install that component, rather then re-running that Service Pack Setup (HPSUM). The quarion is, what file contains what I need? All files has just the CPXXXXXXX.exe? If I select properties from a file in explorer, I can see that it contains this:


Hmm, how could  I get that using PowerShell? Could it be “"Get-ChildItem”?

Running Get-ChildItem -Path \\cloud\dfs\Software\Applications\HP\swpackages -Filter *.exe gives me this:


and that does not help, but if adding | Select * will give me this:


So, the info is there, right, now how could I get rid of the junk…

Hmm, there is something called VersionInfo, lets try that…

Get-ChildItem -Path \\cloud\dfs\Software\Applications\HP\swpackages -Filter *.exe | Select-Object Name,VersionInfo | Out-GridView


Getting closer, bet still to much junk…

Maybe, this would work?

Get-ChildItem -Path \\cloud\dfs\Software\Applications\HP\swpackages -Filter *.exe | Select-Object -ExpandProperty VersionInfo | Select-Object -Property ProductName, ProductVersion, Filename | Out-GridView

Lets try that:


Yes, that seems to give the the result I like.


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Nice to Know–Management Pack for Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V has an Issue

Posted by Mikael Nystrom on April 16, 2014

The Issue:

ID: 26001 – Microsoft.SystemCenter.VirtualMachineManager.2012.Report.VPortUsageCollection

Got null results from Select Connection from Msvm_SyntheticEthernetPortSettingData where InstanceId=

The “Solution”:

To be honest, there is no real solution so far, the reason is that the MP is looking for the WMI data in the “old” V1 place, and in R2 that is gone, that information is in the new namespace V2. There should be a new MP, but so far I have not seen one. So the only solution is to turn this collector of and that solves only one issue. The event log looks “nice”. In my world that’s is not a solution…

Read more:

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TechEd–New Session: Bare Metal OS Deployment in Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager: This is How it is Done!

Posted by Mikael Nystrom on April 16, 2014

A very nice surprise.

At TechEd they have added more sessions to the DataCenter track and that means I’ve got a new session!


Bare Metal OS Deployment in Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager: This is How it is Done!

System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2 has bare metal OSD deployment built-in. This session is all about that. You will learn how to do discover, how to deal with drivers, networking and you will learn how to troubleshoot the process and most of all you will learn how to NOT troubleshoot, since you will learn how to do it correctly. You will also see how to deal with hardware configuration, firmware and such, expect lots of demos and PowerShell.

As you can see the session will be focusing on bare metal deployment, something I have been doing for many years now. Besides the actual deployment I will also show you how to do the network and storage related configuration to get VMQ to work correctly and some other stuff. This is going to be fun!

Note: If you are going to TechEd and you do join the session, please, step up to the podium and say hi.


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Event – CA Accelerate IT PRO Camp, Stockholm 10,22,23 of April 2014 – Windows Client deployment and then some…

Posted by Mikael Nystrom on April 7, 2014

(in Swedish)

LabCenter kommer tillsammans med Microsoft att genomföra en dags workshops kring Windows 8 och Windows 8.1 klienten med fokus på administration och utrullning I föreatags miljöer. Cirka halva dagaen är förläsningar och demonstrationer och den andra halvan är hands-on. av dom 3 event vi kör så är 2 fullbokade, men det finns ett tillfälle med cirka 10 platser kavr och det är där du kommer in!

Vi visar hur du kan gå från en tidigare version av Windows och Office till en mer modern miljö och kunna dra nytta av de senaste teknologierna kring säkerhet och mobilitet.

Under dagen går vi igenom grunderna i Windows 8/8.1 och Office 365 klientutrullning genom interaktiva presentationer, demos och hands-on laborationer.

  • Introduction to Windows 8.1, Office 365 ProPlus and Office 2013
  • Image Creation, Lite Touch/Zero-Touch Deployment
  • Strategies & Office 2013 Deployment
  • Windows to Go Creation and Deployment
  • Windows 8/8.1 Security
  • Application Delivery with App-V
  • User Personalization with UE-V

Datum att välja på:
Stockholm 10 april 2014 – Fullt!
Stockholm 22 april 2014

Stockholm 23 april 2014 – Fullt!
Plats: LabCenter, Oxtorgsgränd 2, 111 57 Stockholm
Längd: 1 dag (09.00-16.30)
Instruktör: Mikael Nyström
Workshopen är kostnadsfri.

Läsa mer och anmälan –

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Reduce DNS Client Cache in Windows Server 2012 R2

Posted by Mikael Nystrom on April 6, 2014

A very good friend (and Geek) wrote a post about modifying the cache when using RDP Gateway. A very common issue we have is when we deploy, configure and re-construct the infrastructure is that the gateway is keeping the cache a bit to long.

Get the solution from Markus Lassfolk



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TechX–Azure In Sweden next week!–Don’t MISS it!

Posted by Mikael Nystrom on April 6, 2014

(In Swedish)

Nästa vecka är det TechX Azure ( och då kör jag och Markus Lassfolk hela 6 sessioner, vilket gör att vi kommer att vara där hela dagen och köra!, så vill man så kan man vara I Vision hela dagen och njuta av en tillställning med oss. Vi kommer att bjuda på allt som har med IaaS att göra, Hybrid kopplingar, System Center, Azure AD och mycket mer än så. Här har du agendan:


om du inte har anmält dej så kan det finnas platser kavr (inte säker, men jag tror det)


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PowerShell is King–Measure disk performance for IOPS and Transfer rate

Posted by Mikael Nystrom on April 2, 2014

The need

Since I build datacenters I need to verify performance and you can do that using SQLIO. But there is a lot of parameters, a lot of typing and to make testing a bit more consistent I was reading Jose Barreto’s blog and that gave me inspiration to create a PowerShell script that is a bit more complete and here you can see the result of it. We use this to measure performance on local disks, SMB storage, Storage Spaces, SAN storage, iSCSI storage, basically everything, now it is easy to “spot” the issue, since we have seen the numbers so many times.

Measure-DiskPerformance - pic01

Output sample in table format.

Measure-DiskPerformance - pic02

Output in Grid view.

The Download

You can download the script from here:

To use it you need to have SQLIO from Microsoft and you need to store the SQLIO.exe file in the same folder as the script, this way it is easy to move around the test tool as a kit, since SQLIO does not really needs to be installed, the download is an MSI file, so you need to install it once or extract it

You can download SQLIO from here:

The script it is rather easy, it is basically a wrapper for SQLIO.exe but it gives you an output as a table or in a grid. There is two options to measure workload, you either measure IOPS or Transfer rate.

The howto

.\Measure-DiskPerformance.ps1 -TestFileName test.dat –TestFileSizeInGB 1 -TestFilepath C:\VMs -TestMode Get-LargeIO -FastMode True -RemoveTestFile True -OutputFormat Out-GridView


-TestFileName test.dat

The name of the file, it will create the file using FSUTIL, but it checks if it exists and if it does it stops, you can override that with the –RemoveTestFile True

–TestFileSizeInGB 1

Size of the file, it has fixed values, use the TAB key to flip through them

-TestFilepath C:\VMs

The folder, can also be an UNC path, it will create the folder so it does not need to exist.

-TestMode Get-LargeIO

There is too test modes Get-LargeIO or Get-SmallIO, you use Get-LargeIO to measure the transfer rate and you use Get-SmallIO to measure IOPS

-FastMode True

Fastmode true runs each test for just 10 seconds, it gives you a hint, if you don’t set it or set it to false it will run for 60 sec (it will take a break for 10 sec between each run)

-RemoveTestFile True

Removes the test file if it exists

-OutputFormat Out-GridView

Choose between Out-Gridview or Format-Table


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Nice to Know–MVP for one more year!

Posted by Mikael Nystrom on April 1, 2014

Friends, I’m happy to inform you that I have been awarded the Microsoft MVP title.



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Training–Geek Week in Sweden

Posted by Mikael Nystrom on March 26, 2014

For a couple of years, Johan Arwidmark and I have been delivering a very special kind of training that we call Geek Week. But, we have NEVER done it in Sweden where we actually lived. So, finally after many requests we are running the Geek Week in Sweden. During one entire week we will go trough the entire System Center Suite from a Windows Client  perspective and that means, ConfigMgr, SCVMM, OpsMgr, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8.1, MDT, WDS, Orchestrator and then some. It is a very special week. So, lets switch into “Swedisch”….



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Event – TechX Azure–(Sweden)

Posted by Mikael Nystrom on March 26, 2014

Theese are my sessions at TechX Azure in Sweden. The full Agenda is here and here is how you sign up for it



Building Hybrid Solutions – The reasons why you should

Hybrid cloud could be something you have longed for without knowing it. So, what does define the needs?  What will it give you? Why should you always build it? This session will cover the benefits and the basic design needed to make this work. You will learn in what scenarios this is a great solution and in what scenarios this is just an “ok” solution.

Speaker(S) : Mikael Nystrom and Markus Lassfolk

Level: 200

Download Windows Azure Pack and run your own Azure Solution

Azure is great, but what if you would like to have your own Azure, is that possible, YES!, it is, Windows Azure Pack is available for download and using WAP means that you can expose your internal infrastructure exactly as Azure works. In this session you will learn what is needed to make this work and the pitfalls that is to fall into. Note that this session is highly technical and consists mostly of demos.

Speaker(S) : Mikael Nystrom and Markus Lassfolk

Level: 300

Running a full implementation of Remote Desktop Services in Azure – How to?

Remote Desktop Services is in many situations a great solution, but is it possible to run that workload in Azure? Even if it is possible, how to deal with roaming profiles, synchronize data with your on premise datacenter, or should you? At first it seems like an easy setup, but after a while the questions starts coming. In this session you will learn how to set this up, to configure and what design considerations you must take to make it work the way you expect.

Speaker(S) : Mikael Nystrom and Markus Lassfolk

Level: 300

Using Azure as part of a Datacenter Disaster Recovery Scenario

Azure has a new services that has the ability to orchestrate a datacenter failover in the case of a disaster. This service will connect to multiple datacenter and if needed makes sure that all servers are started in the correct order. It uses the Hyper-V Replica feature and System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2 on the local sites and azure will be the head master and manage the recovery if needed, during this session you will learn how to configure it and how this service could be a real life saver.

Speaker : Mikael Nystrom

Level: 300

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