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:

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!

Microsoft is bringing an Azure-inspired SDN Stack to all your customers in Windows Server 2016 and the Microsoft Azure Stack. With it, customers get -

Unparalleled Agility: Business groups look to their IT department to deploy apps and services fast. Some of these apps have complex policies (for example, isolation, load balancing, security, quality of service, routing, and so on) that need to get deployed across the physical network infrastructure. This takes time. In Azure, we deploy hundreds of thousands of apps a month with complex networking requirements!

Do your customers desire such agility (even if at smaller scale)? Help them be the heroes! Windows Server 2016 brings the agility we have in Azure to your on-premises customers.

Dynamic Security: Security is a huge issue for customers today. While many customers invest in strong perimeter defense for their workloads, frequently attacks make it through, and once they do – they are able to easily infect a lot more. In Azure, we enable a customer to virtually segment their network (such as a DMZ, backend, Internet, etc) to match against the workload’s deployment needs, apply security policies within and across segments, and even route or mirror traffic to specialized 3rd party security appliances. All of this can be done dynamically in a matter of seconds.

Do your customers want to confidently protect their workloads from attacks that come from the outside and within? Windows Server 2016 comes with advanced security capabilities tried and tested in Azure.

High Availability – Amongst the most important capabilities customer desire once a service is running is…well, to keep it running! This turns out to be pretty hard as there is so much infrastructure that can fail resulting in outages. The beauty of SDN is that network infrastructure for the workload is virtualized, and it is trivial to spin up more instances of the workload and the infrastructure (load balancer, gateways, controllers, etc) to ensure that one or more individual components going down will not bring the service down.

Do your customers desire high availability for their services? Is networking a frequent culprit? Windows Server 2016 can help.

Hybrid Flexibility – Workloads frequently are sticky – to the hardware, to the rack, to the network – resulting in poor server/network utilization. By virtualizing the network infrastructure, SDN can help customer workloads be sticky-free! Customers can move their workloads across servers, across racks, across clouds! Microsoft is unique in giving customers the freedom and choice to run their workloads (or parts of their workload) either in our public cloud (Azure) or on-premises with no change to workload itself.

Do your customers desire such flexibility and choice? Windows Server 2016 brings virtual networking (with both VXLAN and NVGRE) together across hybrid gateways to enable such flexibility.


These are continuously being updated


-          Zero to SDN in under 5 minutes

-          4 datacenter challenges and how SDN can help


Deployment Scripts

-          Microsoft/SDN GitHub repo


-          Planning and Deployment

Jetzt schon den 10.06.2016 reservieren. Dann findet nämlich unser nächste Community Event "Sommer 2016" statt. Dieses Mal sind wir mal wieder in NRW, genau gesagt in Münster, Details zu genauen Lokation folgen noch.

Es ist wieder ein interessanter Event geplant mit hochkarätigen Themen auf der Agenda - rund um das Thema Cloud.


Hier einige Auszüge aus der Agenda:

Keynote „Cloud Computing – seit 10 Jahren immer noch in den Kinderschuhen!?
Neuigkeiten aus der Community
Deutsche Azure Cloud
Azure Stack TP1 – Überblick
O365 – ein Erfahrungsbericht einer Migration
Azure Stack Deep Dive
Ask the Expert

Es lohnt sich.

Wer jetzt schon einen festen Platz ergattern möchte, kann sich hier anmelden:

Weitere Details folgen!



CDC Banner 200x200px ohne ButtonCome and join us for the CLOUD & DATACENTER CONFERENCE in Germany on 12/05/16. I will be talking about Azure Pack Scale Out and real world scenarios. Meet me there, it's worth joining us. This is one of the most interesting datacenter conferences this year in Germany.

Mehr als 25 Vorträge von top Community Sprechern die in fünf parallelen Tracks um eure Teilnahme wetteifern. Thematisch deckt die Konferenz ein breites Spektrum ab: Windows Server 2016, Hyper-V, Microsoft Software Defined Storage, Networking, Azure Stack, System Center, OMS, Failover Cluster, IaaS, Azure, Nano Server, PowerShell, Container und vieles mehr. Die Konferenz startet mit der Keynote um 9:00 Uhr  und endet mit einer Verlosung gegen 18:00 Uhr.

Lest mehr auf der Event Website und entscheidet euch schnell solange der EarlyBird von netto € 99,- noch gilt.


Microsoft released the Azure Pack Connector on Github.

With this tool you are able to provide on glass of pane for Azure Pack based and Azure based Cloud Services. Have a look, it's worth each minute.



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