Microsoft released new tool for System Administrators to monitor the Active Directory replication. This reminds me the good old command line “repadmin”. This tool will go beyond that and provide more information than what given by CSV file output. Apart from that one of the tool I really love when it comes to AD monitoring is Quest tools which acquired by Dell.

The Active Directory Replication Status Tool (ADREPLSTATUS) analyzes the replication status for domain controllers in an Active Directory domain or forest. ADREPLSTATUS displays data in a format that is similar to REPADMIN /SHOWREPL * /CSV imported into Excel but with significant enhancements.

Specific capabilities for this tool include:

Expose Active Directory replication errors occurring in a domain or forest

Prioritize errors that need to be resolved in order to avoid the creation of lingering objects in Active Directory forests

Help administrators and support professionals resolve replication errors by linking to Active Directory replication troubleshooting content on Microsoft TechNet

Allow replication data to be exported to source or destination domain administrators or support professionals for offline analysis

Considering the detail level information provided by this tool I would say this is must for System Administrators J


This is not a latest news but thought sharing with you all an myself J.

Once you download and setup the tool it will scan the environment and provide you reports on the assessment. Reports can provide in details level descriptions as well. This tool work across physical and virtual machine environment.

Automated Assessment

  • This tool will provide a high level checklist and a detailed report.
  • The checklist outlines areas which are ready to move and areas which may need additional configuration or design changes.
  • The detailed report offers expert guidance and advice tailored to your environment.
  • Expert Advice


Your report shows areas that are ready to move and areas that need additional configuration or design changes.

Click into each area to get expert guidance and advice tailored to your specific situation.

Right now not all workload are scan and provided reports but I expect and improvement will come in the future. You can find detail instruction of the tool from here.

Nested Virtualization in Hyper-V

Posted: October 14, 2015 in HYPER-V

Finally, we’re hearing the god news from HYPER-V team we’ve been waiting for. HYPER-V on Server 2016 Preview version (Build 10565) is supporting nested virtualization. Now if you’re newbie on this then let me explain as much as possible by using general terms J

Nested virtualization means you’re running HYPER-V inside a HYPER-V vm ok? Well I guess that is not enough J

  1. You take a computer install server 2016 Preview with Build 10565
  2. You enable HYPER-V role in the host
  3. Create a Virtual Machine (Let’s say another server 2016)
  4. Go and enable HYEPER-V role in that VM (Yes now you can J)

There you go now you’ve nested virtualization. Very cool if you want to enable HYPER-V cluster and do testing. You can find more information about this news from here.

I already assume you’re aware and having Hyper-V experience knows the convenience / advantages of being able to take snapshots of VMs state before implementing a potentially disruptive change. But you also know the dangers of snapshotting for workloads such as domain controllers (DCs), Exchange Servers and SQL Servers: If you apply a checkpoint to a VM that’s replicating with others, it’s effectively sent back in time. That can cause AD corruption, password mismatches, missing group memberships and other data loss. But if you’re a developer then snapshot is a blessing for you to re-produce bugs…etc

With Server 10 (aka Server vNext) Microsoft is introducing new types of snapshots, called “Production Checkpoints”


It uses the Volume Snapshot Service (VSS) from within the VM, because the VM is aware that it happened (it’s more like a backup operation), applying a checkpoint won’t disrupt workloads. Basically machine will boot in normal boot process be restoring the previous snapshot data. Enterprise level applications (SQL, Exchange) will be aware about this restore process. This is an option you can enable and if you still prefer previous snapshot method in your demo environment you can switch back. With production checkpoint enabled Microsoft has taken HYPER-V customers to whole new level.


You can find entire list of Server vNext improvements in here

This might be somewhat old news for some readers but just want to share Microsoft has given indication they will provide nested virtualization capability on next release. This has been highlighted on the Windows Containers: What, Why and How session on Microsoft Build Conference.

This is one of the features most of the HYPER-V fans requesting from Microsoft (Including HYPER-V MVP’s as well). With this feature enabled we can enable HYPER-V role inside the Virtual machines. This would be really cool when we carry out demo labs.

During the Microsoft Ignite event new “Operations Management Suite” which is the new name for Azure Operational Insights announced. What´s new with this cloud based solution other than the name change is the fact that this no longer just contains log analytics and the things we’ve seen before. It is now also now capable to manage your Azure backup jobs, Azure Site Recovery and Automation. When it comes to onboarding, it´s the exact same process as there was to onboard Azure Operational Insights (and System Center Advisor before that) and there are still two ways to connect the servers to the solution.

The first method is to directly attach the server to Operations Management Suite (OMS) using the Microsoft Monitoring Agent and there is also the possibility to connect your SCOM management group to OMS as well.

As mentioned above the new stuff would be you can manage,

Azure backup
Azure Site Recovery

If you look at the product history you’ll find this would grow to a similar solution like SCOM where you’ll be able to manage on-prem servers as well.

In order to onboard you go to web site and register your account. Process is as much easier than configuring SCOM on-prem Winking smile 


Once onboarded you can go through the wizard and add your Azure subscription and start connecting the components. For the VM’s you can install the agent. One thing I like about OMS is the rich dashboard just like previous version. It’s easier to navigate and get required information.


Another thing that´s gotten a new name are the Intelligence Packs known from the Azure Operational Insights days. They are now called Solutions instead and besides from the ones that came along from OpInsights.



Apart from that Microsoft has confirmed this solution has be extend to monitor VM’s hosted AWS, VMWare, OpenStack and also monitoring Linux VMs. This given the clean vision how broader Microsoft is looking and OMS.

Are you a IT Pro or a Developer who work with Azure VM’s frequently? Have you gone through the pain of finding best way to transfer files between Azure VM’s up and down? There are numerous methods you can do this but I found Veeam’s FastSCP (Secure Copy Protocol) is much easier to use. This is still in the Beta stage but I found it’s quote useful. Though I found out sometimes folder refresh is not very efficient but I guess it will be fixed soon. You can grab the beta software for testing from here.

Step 1: Downlaod the software and install and go to FastSCP console

Step 2: Make sure you already have a Azure VM created prior. Go to Azure portal and copy the Azure cloud service url

Step 3: Go to Veeam FastSCP console and click “Add Virtual machine” and provide the url you’ve copied along with VM login credentials,



Step 4: Start playing around Smile You can create folders from FastSCP console to the Azure VM and start uploading and downloading files easily. If there is any bugs you better call Veeam guys Smile


Bug: When I try to create a colder I found out even though I click the button called “Create Folder” it doesn’t appear in the FastSCP console. Best method is to click that button once and refresh the console and then you’ll find the folder you’ve created.