Andy Syrewicze Solving IT & business problems with Microsoft solutions Thu, 15 Jan 2015 04:25:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Newly Published Book on Hyper-V Security! Thu, 15 Jan 2015 04:17:22 +0000 5490EN_3570_Hyper-VI am extremely proud to announce that the book I co-authored on Hyper-V Security with fellow blogger Eric Siron has been published by Packt Publishing, and is available directly via the publisher and numerous other outlets including Amazon.

The book is largely focused around Hyper-V security and the larger security concepts contained in the Microsoft virtualization eco-system.

The book is targeted at IT Pros who are already familiar with basic Microsoft security concepts and have a basic working knowledge of Hyper-V and System Center.

Chapters 1 through 6 focus on the security of the host system and the associated guest VMs, while chapter 7 focuses on how System Center VMM plays a role in security and chapter 8 centers around App Controller and how it enables the management of multiple public and private clouds through a unified securable web interface.

I’m happy to have the ability to continue contributing to the community via this new media format and look forward to possibly doing some more in the future!

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Hyper-V from a VMware Admin’s Perspective – How Does Networking Work in Hyper-V? Thu, 20 Nov 2014 03:54:18 +0000 After a very long hiatus, I finally have some time to begin posting to my blog once again, and one of the first orders of business is to finish cross-posting the various series I’ve participate in on TechNet Radio!

We’ll start by posting the last video in the “Hyper-V from a VMware Admin’s Perspective” series. Enjoy!

In Part 9 of our  “Hyper-V from a VMware admin’s perspective” series, Keith Mayer andAndy Syrewicze discuss how networking is supported in Hyper-V. Tune in as they take a look at different network approaches from NIC Teaming , Standard vSwitches vs. Distributed (Logical vSwitches) vs. Network Virtualization (HNV).

If you’re interested in learning more about the products or solutions discussed in this episode, click on any of the below links for free, in-depth information:

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Upcoming Events in the Southern Michigan and Ohio Regions! Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:02:53 +0000 For those that are near, or in the Midwest, there are a number of events coming up towards the end of September for those that are in need of a good Microsoft event. I’ll be speaking at both and if your interested in stopping in to say hey, by all means don’t be shy!

1. MVP Roadshow event in Detroit on Nov 18th.

Main Topic of discussion during this session will revolve around phasing out Windows Server 2003 from your environment. We’ll be discussing migrating those services to 2012/2012 R2 platforms, along with Microsoft Azure.

2. Dog Food Con. on Sept. 29th and 30th.

To be honest, I love the name. The whole concept is centered around the idea that we as IT pros, should be practicing what we preach. Or, in a sense, we need to be eating our own dog food. While there is a vast array of content during this two day event, I’ll be doing a session specifically on migrating from VMware to Hyper-V and Azure.

Stop on in and check them out! Both will be great events. Hope to see you there!

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Introduction to Client Hyper-V Wed, 03 Sep 2014 03:51:53 +0000 Hello all!

With all the added obligations I’ve had as of late, it’s been difficult to get to my own blog at times! Not a bad problem to have, but for folks looking for fresh content it can certainly be an issue.

At any rate, today I’m cross posting a piece I did for Altaro’s Hyper-V hub on Client Hyper-V. I find this is a topic that doesn’t get discussed much and is often overlooked. Hope you enjoy!


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In talking with IT pros in the industry on a regular basis, I often see ebbs and flows of interest regarding specific topics or technologies, and one such topic that I’ve seen several inquiries on lately is Client Hyper-V.

Its difficult to pin down any one reason, but whatever the cause, it’s very apparent there seems to be a very real lack of information regarding Client Hyper-V. I mention it in conversations and forums and I’m often met with strange looks. Most people think or assume that the only Hyper-V out there is “the” Hyper-V contained in the Windows Server product line. This couldn’t be further from the truth.


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Hyper-V from a VMware Admin’s Perspective – Supported Guest Operating Systems Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:31:50 +0000 In this installment of our “Hyper-V from a VMware admin’s perspective” series, Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze discuss support for guest operating systems in Hyper-V. Tune in as they go in depth on supported server and client operating systems as well demo for us how Linux is supported in Hyper-V.

If you’re interested in learning more about the products or solutions discussed in this episode, click on any of the below links for free, in-depth information:

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Selected as Microsoft MVP in Hyper-V! Fri, 11 Jul 2014 05:17:17 +0000 MVP_Horizontal_FullColor Last Tuesday (July 1st), I had the great honor of being selected as a Microsoft MVP in Hyper-V. As a First time MVP, I am greatly humbled and gracious for all those in the community that have found my contributions meaningful in some way.

In my professional career, my goal has always been to share knowledge and evangelize technology amongst peers, user groups, and the IT community at large. Receiving MVP recognition tells me those contributions are/have been effective and are being positively received.

MVP status will allow me to continue to provide the community with continued valuable content in a more official capacity and I look forward to continuing my contributions to you (the IT community) for years to come.

Thanks to all my friends and followers for being part of this great community. We couldn’t ask for a better group of consummate professionals and all around great people!

Time to get back to our regularly scheduled programming.


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Hyper-V from a VMware Admin’s Perspective – Dynamic Workload Balancing Sat, 31 May 2014 03:48:13 +0000 Continuing their “Hyper-V from a VMware Admin’s Perspective” series, Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze show us how to dynamically optimize and manage our virtual machine environment with System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM). Tune in as they discuss and demo intelligent placement, and dynamic and power optimization capabilities.

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Post Teched 2014 Review: What’s New in Microsoft Virtualization Sat, 24 May 2014 03:31:53 +0000 Today I’m going to be guilty of another repost, but I truly enjoy sharing the work I do on other sites with the people that follow my blog specifically.

This is another cross site post from Altaro’s Hyper-V Hub that was completed earlier in the week.

I find that I’m still in “TechEd Mode”, and wanted to make sure I got this out to the folks that follow my blog, just in case they are like me and can’t get enough of TechEd.


While I found that 95% of the conference material seemed to center mostly around Azure and Microsoft’s other cloud services, there were some relevant items mentioned at TechEd when it comes to implementing Hyper-V and other parts of the Microsoft virtualization stack.

Main points of topic along those lines are Azure Site Recovery, and Desired State Configuration.

I cover both in the article HERE.


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Managing Hyper-V Integration Services with Windows Powershell Wed, 21 May 2014 05:05:48 +0000 Not that long ago, I completed another blog entry for Altaro’s Hyper-V Hub regarding the management of Hyper-V Integration Services using Windows Powershell. powershell

Some people will look at that statement and say to themselves “Well gee…  why would I want to do that? Managing the integration services is easy enough via the GUI. Why bother with Powershell?”

Ok…  Valid statement, when your talking about a small number of VMs.

What happens when your talking about 1000 VMs? 2000 VMs?

Do you really want to manage the settings via the GUI on that many VMs?

I Didn’t think so. Work of this magnitude, with the potential for automation, is really where Powershell shines.

In said post, I lay out all the associated Powershell cmdlets, and demo how they are used to make the various changes possible when manipulating Integration Services.

Click HERE to view the entire article.

Hope you enjoy!

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Hyper-V from a VMware Admin’s Perspective – Watch it Now with the New Windows Store App! Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:20:56 +0000 Just wanted to post a quick blurb for the folks that have been keeping up with our podcast series: Hyper-V from a VMware Admin’s Perspective.

Episode 6 has now been released, which means we have even more content on this great subject available!

Well, I’d like to take this opportunity to announce the availability of a new Windows Store App, courtesy of Keith Mayer, that will allow you to stream this series on your Windows PC or Tablet!


The app can be picked up HERE.

Happy streaming!

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