We proudly announce to have joined the Microsoft Technical Community Program (MSTC). What do we get from this? That's quite easy because we will get support from Microsoft for Catering, Speakers, gifts, etc. - let's wait for the next community events.

SCU Web Banner 200x200 Ambassador 256 We proudly announce to join System Center Universe 2016 in Berlin as a Community Conference Ambassador.

Does your lab hardware for Azure Stack meet the requirements?

Check out the Deployment Checker on Technet Gallery:


A few weeks ago a great conference took place in Düsseldorf and was organized from Rachfahl IT Solutions. Thanks to Carsten, Kerstin and their team the event was a great success and will be organized in 2017 again.

A pleasure for me was to join as a speaker. If you haven't had the chance to join in person, the lessions are now live on Channel9.


To see my session, this is the direct link:


Thanks again.

Announcing the GA of Update Rollup 10 for System Center & Azure Pack:


This time it contains updates for Azure Pack, DPM, SPF & VMM.

If you are an MCT you don't have to miss it: MCT Summit Europe comes to Phatasialand in Brühl (near Cologne). Join me and other great speakers.


I will be talking about Azure Stack and how this can help you as a trainer.

The first Cloud and Datacenter Conference in Germany CDC is history. It was a great event - special thanks to Carsten Rahlfahl and his team. About 286 attendees joined the 25  sessions, mainly held be MVPs from Germany, Switzerland and Belgium. In addition Matt McSpirit, Ben Armstrong & Lars Iwer from Microsoft Corp. have joined as speakers, too - especially for the Keynote.

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The conference was great planned from Carsten Rachfahl and his team, there was nothing left. It was a great event and everybody was there as part of a huge family.

In 2017 the conference will be planned as a 2 day event with 40 sessions in 5 parallel tracks.


Further information: www.cdc-germany.de

Micorosft has published TP5 of Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016:

Download Builds from the Eval Center

Windows Server 2016 TP5: here

System Center 2016 TP5: here

Download Updates  (Please install these updates to get the best TP5 experience)

Cumulative Update for Windows Server 2016 TP5: here

Cumulative Update 1 for System Center 2016 Virtual Machine Manager TP5: here


System Center 2016 TP5: here

Windows Server 2016 TP5: here

1)      Support for Volume Sizes Up to 64 TB

In Windows Server 2012 R2, Dedup optimizes data using a single-threaded job and I/O queue for each volume. While this works well for a lot of scenarios, you have to consider the workload type and the volume size to ensure that the Dedup Processing Pipeline can keep up with the rate of data changes, or “churn”. Typically this means that Dedup doesn’t work well for volumes greater than 10 TB in size (or less for workloads with a high rate of data changes). In Windows Server 2016, we went back to the drawing board and fully redesigned the Dedup Processing Pipeline. We now run multiple threads in parallel using multiple I/O queues on a single volume, resulting in performance that was only possible before by dividing up data into multiple, smaller volumes. The result is that our volume guidance changes to a very simple statement: Use the volume size you need, up to 64TB.

2)      Support for File Sizes up to 1 TB

While Windows Server 2012 R2 supports the use of file sizes up to 1TB, files “approaching” this size are noted as “not good candidates” for Data Deduplication. In Windows Server 2016, we made use of new stream map structures and improved our partial file optimization, to support Dedup for file sizes up to 1 TB. These changes also improve overall Deduplication performance.

3)      Simplified Dedup Deployment for Virtualized Backup Applications

While running Dedup for virtualized backup applications, such as DPM, is a supported scenario in Windows Server 2012 R2, we have radically simplified the deployment steps for this scenario in 2016. We have combined all the relevant Dedup configuration settings needed to support virtualized backup applications into a new preset configuration type called, as you might expect, “Virtualized Backup Server” (“Backup” in PowerShell).

4)      Nano Server Support

Nano Server is a new headless deployment option in Windows Server 2016 that has far small system resource footprint, starts up significantly faster, and requires fewer updates and restarts than the Windows Server Core deployment option. Data deduplication is fully supported on Nano Server!

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