Active Directory Virtualization Safeguards with VM-GenerationID on VMware vSphere

Arriving at the fifth part of this series on Virtualizing Domain Controllers on vSphere, I managed to gather some feedback on these blogposts. One question that emerged after writing the last blogpost on Replication considerations for Domain Controllers running on VMware vSphere was: Isn’t Windows Server 2012 supposed to solve all these challenges with virtualizing … Continue reading "Active Directory Virtualization Safeguards with VM-GenerationID on VMware vSphere"

Cases where VM-GenerationID doesn’t help make Active Directory virtualization-safe, Part 2

Yesterday, I talked about the new Active Directory virtualization safeguards in Windows Server 2012 (and beyond) and how Joe Richards triggered me to think about cases where the Active Directory virtualization safeguards (powered by the new VM-GenerationID) don’t help make Active Directory virtualization-safe(r). In the first post, I talked about how the Active Directory virtualization … Continue reading "Cases where VM-GenerationID doesn’t help make Active Directory virtualization-safe, Part 2"

Cases where VM-GenerationID doesn’t help make Active Directory virtualization-safe, Part 1

Joe Richards posted an interesting blogpost a while ago on why Active Directory VM-GenerationID functionality is not an alias for Active Directory anti-USN Rollback functionality. In it, he makes some valid claims: You are only protected in very limited set of very certain very specific circumstances. The VM-GenerationID "triggers" are dependent upon the virtualization platform.  … Continue reading "Cases where VM-GenerationID doesn’t help make Active Directory virtualization-safe, Part 1"

List of Hypervisors supporting VM-GenerationID

Microsoft introduced the VM-GenerationID in Windows Server 2012, to enable Virtual Machines (VMs) to notice when they’re snapshotted, restored and/or cloned. Active Directory is the first technology to put the VM-GenerationID to good use. The following Hypervisors support VM-GenerationID: Windows Server 2012 Standard Edition (Hyper-V) Windows Server 2012 Enterprise Edition (Hyper-V) Hyper-V Server 2012  (Hyper-V) … Continue reading "List of Hypervisors supporting VM-GenerationID"

Pictures of VMworld Europe 2019

Deji Akomolafe invited me over to Barcelona last week, to present two sessions with him at VMware’s VMworld Europe 2019 event. After I had spend Tuesday November 5th at one of my favorite customers, I drove to the airport to take my first flight to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport. I had a short layover, … Continue reading "Pictures of VMworld Europe 2019"

Domain Controller Cloning on VMware vSphere

After detailing Active Directory Virtualization Safeguards with VM-GenerationID in part 5 of this series on Virtualizing Domain Controllers on vSphere, it’s time to talk about the second Active Directory Domain Services feature that is enabled through the VM-GenerationID technology: Domain Controller cloning.   About Domain Controller cloning Microsoft recommends not re-using Domain Controllers for other … Continue reading "Domain Controller Cloning on VMware vSphere"

Pictures of VMware VMworld Europe 2018

Last week, I presented at VMware’s VMworld Europe 2018. After a last-minute day of work for a customer on Monday, I flew into Barcelona El Prat (BCN) airport via Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport. As usual, KLM and Air France were extremely nice to me with some leg space on both flights and good … Continue reading "Pictures of VMware VMworld Europe 2018"

Passing Microsoft Exam 70-742: Identity with Windows Server 2016

There is a good and free way to prepare for Microsoft exam 70-742: Identity with Windows Server 2016. In the past years, I conducted webinars that can serve as a primer on Active Directory in terms of forests, domains, trusts, security and on Group Policy. They are not and were never intended as the sole … Continue reading "Passing Microsoft Exam 70-742: Identity with Windows Server 2016"