NAT Switch now built into Hyper-V! – Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

With the new Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Microsoft finally added a built-in NAT Switch into Hyper-V! This gives Hyper-V Virtual Machines access to the computer’s network. The new switch automatically assigns IP address to your Virtual Machines, so no need to run your own DHCP server anymore!

In older versions of Windows 10, it was still required to create the Virtual Switch yourself, but this required static IP address assignment in the OS or the installation of a DHCP server. Not the most elegant option.

The switch is named “Default Switch” and cannot be changed in the Hyper-V Virtual Switch Manager:

The Default Switch Virtual Network in the Hyper-V Virtual Switch Manager
The Default Switch Virtual Network in the Hyper-V Virtual Switch Manager

According to the info message: “The Default Network switch automatically gives virtual machines access to the computer’s network using NAT (network address translation).”

I’m happy that Microsoft finally introduced this as it was already available in other 3rd Party solutions and a good argument why some people didn’t want to migrate to Hyper-V. Now they can! I wasn’t able to find an official statement of Microsoft on this new feature, but I’m sure it will be published soon.

What do you think of this new feature? Are you going to migrate from VMware or other solutions to Hyper-V? Let me know in the comments section!

Cheers,

Jean-Paul

Microsoft Ignite – Day 04 – 29-09-2016

Today I met Jeffrey Snover and had a lot of conversations with new IT Pro’s. That’s what I like about Ignite: connecting with Microsoft Experts and other IT Pro’s! Tonight is the Attendee Celebration at the Olympic Park. Tomorrow is the last day at Ignite and the conference will end at 14:00.

Below are the sessions I can recommend and followed today:

  • Understand Credential Security by Paula Januszkiewicz
    • If you can attend a session of Paula, always do it because she has interesting sessions about security.
    • She will demo how cached credentials work and will show you how to get the users credentials with Classic Data Protection API.
    • Paula will demo how to decrypt KeePass if you use Windows User Authentication with the Data Protection API.
    • Paula will show you how to extract credentials from a Windows service. You need access to the registry for this hack.
    • She will show you how you get access to the password in a SID-protected PFX certificate file and how to access Windows with smart card authentication turned on, without a smart card.
    • ProTip from the session: know and limit your domain admins! Domain admins can also do tricks as other users from the domain.
  • Conduct a successful pilot deployment of Microsoft Intune
    • You’ll learn how to start a successful pilot and get tips from the field.

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Microsoft Ignite – Day 03 – 28-09-2016

Yes, a new day at the Microsoft Ignite conference! All the sessions are spread across 3 buildings (A, B, C) and I must say that this keeps you fit during the conference. On Monday, my iPhone showed me the following stats for the day:

ignite-health-stats

18.8 kilometers is around 11.6 miles!

Today I really enjoyed the session with Jeffrey Snover and Don Jones about PowerShell. I don’t know if it was recorded and will be available later, but I can highly recommend it. In the afternoon I met Jason Helmick, which is a really great guy who learned me (with Jeffrey Snover) what PowerShell is and how it can be used. One of the greatest courses you can find on the internet today, is an MVA course with Jeffrey and Jason.

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Microsoft Ignite 2016 in Atlanta – Here we come!

I’m so happy to tell you that I’m one of the 5 people from Avanade Netherlands that will attend Microsoft Ignite in Atlanta this year! We are all really excited as this is the first time that we attend a big conference like Ignite. Last year I followed a lot of online presentations from home, and the high quality of the presentations makes this the best Microsoft event of the world. Seeing Jeffrey Snover, Mark Russinovich, Satya Nadella and much more people for the first time is amazing! I’m looking forward to meet all my Twitter ‘tweeps’ as well!

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Azure 70-534 Exam Tips – April 2016

Recently I passed the 70-533 Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions exam. I was thinking about stopping with the Azure exams but I couldn’t resist it to pass this exam as well. Today I passed the 70-534 – Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions exam with 857 points. I think that the 70-534 exam is a lot easier than the 70-533 exam. Most of the questions where questions where you had to select the Azure features that you could use in a specific situation. This blogpost is written with the knowledge needed for the 70-533 exam in mind.

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