[Howto]Manage Isilon Snapshots with Networker 8.2 in networker2go

This Post contains Screenshots of upcoming networker2go. it is subject to change !


First of all, Virtual Geek  posted a nice Update Update on how to get EMC´s Scaleout Fileserver  iSILON as a Virtual Appliance for testing.


Good start for those who want to Test Isilon with Networker Snapshot management for NAS that is currently in Beta!


Here is a Brief Walkthrough .

First off all we specify a new Networker Client.

In my Lab, i connect to Isilons Smart Connect Address:

Make sure to check NAS Device



Next, we have to specify the Credentials for management,

NDMP if we like to do a Rollover to a NDMP Device or Data Domain :-) ,

and the File Server credentials when we like to Mount the Volumes for restores


Next we can select the Snapshot Configuration.

In the beta, only Local is available.

We create a new Group with an 2 Hour Schedule starting from 00:00


Next i create a new Snapshot policy, 12 Snaps daily, every 2nd backup



As for now, we leave NDMP to Dump ....






This si our Summary:





When you start the group, you will see the Snapshots automatically Created on the Isilon.


You can also Import the Existing Snapshots into NSM:

A run Discovery from Devices in the NMC will discover all Snaps created by SnapIQ:



Now, for a recover, i can select to recover from the Snapshot or from the NDMP Backup.

In this Example i will retore from a Snapshot and use my Networker Server as Recover target.



I can now select the Saveset to Recover and the Mount option to Browse the Saveset:


The Snapshot get´s mounted:


And is Accessible from the Mounthost:


I will post a Howto for configuring Isilon into Networker2go soon.

[howto] Getting Running Processes on VMware Workstation with Powershell

There is a nice VMware Tray icon in the Taskbar that shows the Running VM´s



However, if you would like to get this information with powershell, there is only a process named VMware-vmx per VM that is visible in get-process:


Sow how to tranlate this to VM´s ?

To get to now Files Open by a Process, people normally sugest tools like openfiles or handles.exe .


But ther is a much more comfortable way with Powershell:

Get-WmiObject -Class win32_process

For Example, if you want to know detail on a vm named nwserver, just do this:

In networker2go, i just combined this with the Knowledge of my installed VM´s.

There is a Command in Networker2go that lists all VM Storage of a networker2go installation..

If i Combine the Results, i get this nice view:



[howto] Creating a Hyper-V Server including SQL and SCVMM for Networker Backups in a Custom Configuration Part 1

This is a small howto for a low-footprint Hyper-V / SCVMM / networker Demo Szenario.


Upon Completion, you will have 3 VM's:

  • one DC Node
  • one Hyper-V Host
  • one Networker Server

The Install Domain in this Example is NW82. We use vmnet10 as a Custom Network with subnet, as the Master we use the Master2012R2Update. Networker id going tpo

With the Option -nmm_ver and -nw_ver we can select different

The installation process  starts with:

.\networker2go.ps1 -HyperV -SCVMM -HVNodes 1 -Master 2012R2UMASTER -BuildDomain NW82 -NW -nmm_ver nmm82 -nw_ver nw82 -VMnet 10 -MySubnet


Please Note, Without Customizing you may want to use

.\networker2go.ps1 -HyperV -SCVMM -HVNodes 1 -NW


The Installation Process starts. Depending upon you machine Speed, the Install may take up to one Hour.



Once the Networker Server is installed, the Installation is Finished..

You will have a View of 3 VM´s in VMware Workstation:




Let´s go to node1. You may notice the new Server2012R2U Start Menue with Groups. Start the Virtual Machine manager Console from the Start menue


In the Connect Dialog, check "Automatically connect with these Settings" and click ok.



VMM will open.


Right now, no Fabric Elements are configured.

To add a Host to  SCVMM, go to the Fabric View and Select Add --> Hyper-V Hosts and Clusters


Next Dialog



In the Select Run As Account, Click Create run As Account



In the Details, Give the name SCVMMRUNAS

As Username, use domain\Administrator, Password Password123!

Note: Normally we would create a Special RunAs Account in the Domain, we use the Domain Admin here for Ease of use :-)



Select the newly Created RunAs Account


next, in the Specify Search scope, select Specify Windows Server by Name and enter HVNode1 as Computername and Click next.



Select the Discovered Host to add


Click OK to Continue



Add the Host to the All hosts Group



Confirm the Settings and Click finish


Monitor the Jobs Dialog for completion.




In the VM´s and Services View, you can see the newly Added host with the BRSVM.


This will Finish Part 1 of the Walkthrough,

Part 2 is on Configuring a Networker Saveset





Windows Server 2012R2 Update

What, R2update ? Youre kidding ?

Yes, Windows Update for Server 2012R2, 8.1 and 8.1 RT will be General Available by April 8th.

Subscribes can already download the Updates // New Install Images from Microsoft.


What´s in it ?


Very Simple, a set of KB´s, the largest 700Megs in Size:

Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 Update April, 2014


Important All future security and nonsecurity updates for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 require this update to be installed. We recommend that you install this update on your Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, or Windows Server 2012 R2-based computer in order to receive continued future updates.


A servicing stack update is available for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2: March 2014


Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 Update April, 2014


This update includes the following new features and improvements:

  • Enables a more familiar mouse and keyboard functionality for modern apps and controls.
  • Improves the web application compatibility of the Internet Explorer 8 emulation mode in Internet Explorer 11 F12 Developer Tools.
  • Increases performance and reliability when you use multi-display configurations for portrait-first device experiences.



OK, keep calm and Get your HoHoHo ........

Providers, ready To Patch your Installed Base ?


There is not even a Installer for All Packages, it comes with a Simple Readme:




The Update comes with a new Image Version:



After Applying, my Image Master went from 9GB to 16GB .....

Also cleaning up with dism and Trimming does not seem to shrink the master ....


Master before Update:


Master after Update


It took MS three releases of Modern UI to bring Power and Search to the Startmenu for Amins not used to work wit Modern UI :-)

Have fun Patching :-)