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We are very excited to announce an upcoming opportunity to 'Ask Microsoft Anything' (AMA) about Windows Server Containers! The AMA will take place on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM Pacific Time in the Windows Server AMA space.

 

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We are very excited to announce an upcoming opportunity to 'Ask Microsoft Anything' (AMA) about Windows Server Containers! The AMA will take place on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM Pacific Time in the Windows Server AMA space.

 

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Are you evaluating a possibility of having role based tools ?

For example if I want to allow a user to only see the Events or a role liek a reporting role where the user could see all the tool, but not change anything (like able to see all the services sta

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This is something we are looking into!  We are watching our User Voice forum closely for feature requests, please submit and vote for the features that are most important

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Thank you for joining us and voicing your questions and feedback during this fun and action-packed hour.  

 

We will put together a summary document of what was covered during and share it in this group. See you next time!

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For future discussions re: Project Honolulu, we're opened a new space. Check it out! https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Windows-Server-Management/bd-p/WindowsServerManagement Read More
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What is an optimal number of servers managed by Honolulu?

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In its current state, the gateway is optimized for less than a few hundred server connections. We're looking into scalability scenarios for larger environments.

Hi! I'm Germano from Brazil.
I work in a company that don't use clustering yet. In this case I don't see much advantagens in use Honolulu to manage all my servers with Windows Server 2016. But I thinked: If Honolulu could manage all roles and features as t

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We can't tackle them all at the same time, so that's why we need your input on UserVoice to help us prioritize which ones to add first: https://aka.ms/HonoluluFeedback Read More

We are using SCEP on our servers, wouldn't it be possible to add a tool to launch scan remotely (full scan or partial), view its configuration (folder/process exception etc...) ?

 

Thanks for your answer

Marc

 

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If the programs have a remote API that could be called, then technically yes, but that is not something we are currently working on. We also have a SDK for people to buil... Read More

Will there ever be the option to email out reports and perhaps do reports on a schedule?

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What kind of reporting are you looking for?

Are you planning something to be able to see (and maybe install) the available updates distributed through SCCM and not from Windows Update ?

 

Thanks for your answer.

Marc

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I will do. that. Thanks
We're looking to support WSUS first. For SCCM, please ensure it's captured on UserVoice: https://aka.ms/HonoluluFeedback Read More

Wouldn't it be possible to add a tool to act on the CCM client of a machine ? (refreshing machine policies, launching inventories, etc..)

 

Thanks for your answer

Marc

 

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yes, I think it would be "technically possible", but it's not currently on our radar / feature requests. If you'd like to see it, the best place to add this would be User... Read More

Feedback.

Using honolulu without domain is a little bit tough for bigginer user. (like configure trusted client.)

If that kind of configuration is easier, it's better for SMB user.

If users can configure from SCONFIG or something, honolulu should be much eas

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Thanks, we'll continue to look for ways to simplify the user experience.

what i mean by this was the questions that were asked in this ama what was expected example feature requests and so on?

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We are using this AMA to hear what questions the community has about Project Honolulu - feature requests, deployment, usage, or otherwise. We'll continue tracking feature

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Welcome to the Windows Server Management (Project Honolulu) Ask Microsoft Anything! This live hour gives you the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback directly to the Windows Server team.

  

Please post your question in a new thread. You can v

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Hi , I'm Paul Durisseau Systems Administator at the University of Houston in Houston, TX

Hi I'm Corey, a Hyper-V engineer in San Antonio, TX

Hi, I'm Edson from Brazil.

What is the recommended sizing for a Gateway Server?

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Our expectation is that it will depend on how many admins are simultaneously using the gateway. In most cases, the minimum system requirements are fairly low.

Hi, any plans to add integration with SCUP so that we can manage our third party updates without having to RDP to our server?

 

Thks

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For future planning, we are looking closely at feedback in our User Voice forum. Please submit new feature requests or vote for existing ones at https://aka.ms/HonoluluFeedback Read More

Any thought to providing a way for Honolulu to report on the data it gathers?  For example, perhaps Honolulu could have a search function under Registry, Files, etc. on all servers I'm managing.  Maybe all servers with CPU usage above 80%, etc.  

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Hi Matt, we've thought about scenarios like this a lot and I agree there's a lot of value in it. However, querying 100s or 1000s of servers doesn't scale and starts to re... Read More

Hi, is there a way to generate/view the Windows update log with Honolulu now that it moved to a new way of generating this log?

 

Thks

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If it's about the log file under %windir%\Windowsupdate.log, we currently don't have plan to parse/view it directly. But adding a link to download it sounds like straight... Read More

Ooooooo... this would be very nice.

How can we use Honolulu to manage servers in multiple domains?

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Thanks for you question Richard. I'm a little unclear what you mean by "create Domain groups". If you mean creating AD Organizational Units from Honolulu, that feature is... Read More
Would we be able to create Domain groups as such?
Thanks. I'll make sure to tryout the gateway install. So far, I've only played with local installs.
If you configure your Honolulu gateway machine to have access to multiple domains, it should be able to manage servers in those domains.

This has already been brought up in uservoice:

https://windowsserver.uservoice.com/forums/295071-management-tools/suggestions/31493620-rest-api-for-infrastructure-as-code-tools

 

Any insight into the teams current feeling on this request?  This is something

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Hi Jacob,

 

We are actively building an SDK for extending Honolulu, if you join our Server TAP program you can gain access to the early version: http://aka.ms/JoinServerTAP

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Its possible to have a demonstration of the project Honolulu?

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We're here and ready for more questions! Be sure to ge them in before the hour ends! 

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What about the "multi point" reports? At the moment one can see the state of one server at a time, only.

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Currently, multi-machine monitoring is out of scope, but we are starting to look into future integration with other solutions like OMS for reporting.

Its possible to Honolulu to integrate on SCOM or OMS in the future?

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Thanks for your question Nuno. We are currently looking into integration with OMS. We're also interested in integration with SCOM in the future but are not currently inve... Read More

If I am not mistaken, you will add features to the project like RDP etc... ; how are you planning the distribution of these updates ? through WSUS ? through an internal update mechanism ?

 

Thanks for you answer.

Marc

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With Honolulu currently in Technical Preview the final update mechanism is still TBD, but the next update will come in the form of a MSI to be downloaded.

I understand that Project Honolulu does not currently replicate the following RSAT tools:

 

  • AD Directory Administrative Center
  • AD Domains and Trusts
  • AD Module for Windows PowerShell
  • AD Site and Services
  • AD Users and Computers
  • ADSI Edit
  • Cluster Aware Updating
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For future feature planning, we are looking closely at feedback in our User Voice forum. The more votes a feature gets, the sooner we start looking into it :) You can sub... Read More
This is something I would like to know also.

Honolulu is great, but needs to download and out-box tool.

Do you have any plan to ship as OS in-box tool?

Our support team may be relactant to support out-box tool. Do you provide any support like premire support?

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At this time, shipping separately from the OS allows us to update more frequently. We currently don't have plans to ship in-box, but this could change in the future. When... Read More
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currious what is the list to be done for intergations and what is the piority of getting them implemented?

 

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For future planning, we are looking closely at feedback in our UserVoice forum. Please submit new feature requests or vote for existing ones at https://aka.ms/HonoluluFeedback... Read More

havent see this yet currious how long project Honolulu has been in development so far.

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Our first release (it was internal) was in December last year. :)

Can we expect more details about local accounts.?  The enable\disable status and the possibility to change it?

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Hi Kazimierz, do you mean managing local accounts via Local Users and Groups? We are actively watching our User Voice forum for new feature requests, you can submit or vo... Read More
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Currently HCI for LTSC (RS1) looks disabled. 

When will it be available?

And as a feed back, I would like MS to publish the chart which feature supported by RS3 only. (like ...  feature is RS3 only)

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The HCI UI in Honolulu relies on new functionality built into Windows Server that is only available on recent Insider builds. Making the HCI UI work for RS1 requires back... Read More

We have tested the use of LAPS in Honolulu and yes it works as intended but our AD administrators are not happy with the way it has to be configured (delegation on the DCs).

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We understand the concern and looking into different options to support LAPS.

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Andreas here from Sweden.
I'm using Honolulu in a S2D cluster today to monitoring the hyper-v hosts and vm. Will honolulo support server 2016 Or do i need to upgrade to 1709 to be able to connect to the cluster. Honolulo is awesome looking forward to nex

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Hi Andreas!
If you are running a hyper-converged cluster and want to manage both HYPER-V and S2D, you currently need to be running a recent Windows Server Insider build. W... Read More

For example, the way that VMM handles this is very handy and really provides an additional level of enablement to an admin/engineer.

Will we be able at some point to "see" the commands that Honululu is running if we want?

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Edge, Chrome, and possibly Safari are the browsers to run Honolulu, and IE is no longer being developed for, but since IE is still the only browser out of the box on Server SKUs, is there any thought on possibly letting Honolulu run via IE11?  

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At this time we are unable to support IE11 because of its lack of modern JavaScript support.

Hi, I always get an error when I try to download an sccm log file. I guess it is because the file is always been written on. Will project honolulu provide direct access to file so that we can view live changes for log files?

 

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Thanks for bringing this to our attention - we'll look into this.

Any eta on when iis will be intergraded to project Honolulu?

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For future planning, we are looking closely at feedback in our User Voice forum. Please submit new feature requests or vote for existing ones at https://aka.ms/HonoluluFeedback... Read More

We are very excited to announce an upcoming opportunity to 'Ask Microsoft Anything' (AMA) about Windows Server Management (Project Honolulu)! The AMA will take place on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM Pacific Time in the Windows Server

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Project Honolulu looks great and interesting. I'm excited to check it out.

Haven't had a chance to try the Project Honolulu Technical Preview yet? It's quick and easy!

 

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/windowsserver/2017/09/22/project-honolulu-technical-preview-is-now-available-for-download/

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Hello.

This is Yusuke from Redmond.

May I ask some questions?

 

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What are the enhancement points of Health Services?

 

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Will Health Services be able to be operated from Server Manager?

 

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What kind of information will we be able to collect using Time Series or

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What is Marginal Drive Handling?

 

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Documentation on this will be coming soon. In general, we are hardening Storage Spaces Direct with defenses against

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Do you expect to use M.2 devices as data store?

 

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There is no reason (that I can think of) preventing M.2 devices being used as cache or capacity for t

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What kind of information will we be able to collect using Time Series or Alerts?

 

[Rob for Cosmos]:
Timeseries collects over 50 total series across Cluster, Server, VM,

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Will Health Services be able to be operated from Server Manager?

 

[Rob for Cosmos]:
We are working on a graphical experience for the Health Service – stay tuned!

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What are the enhancement points of Health Services?

 

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The big two enhancements are:

(a) Better defenses against marginal drives

(b) Improved performan

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Should Storage Replica in async replication mode impact write performance? All of my testing has shown that it does (I am using dedicated data and log NVMe drives).  In sync mode write performance is expected to suffer but in async mode writes should ACK

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Yes, data writes still have to go through the local log. If the local log volume is slow, or at least, same/slower than data volume, perf will suffer even without the sec... Read More

When will we see read-only access to the destination volume in a Storage Replica? Will this integrate with DFS where SMB clients are aware of the read-write and read-only nodes and select the appropriate one (similar to SQL AlwaysOn)?

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In RS3 the option to have a mounted R/W snapshot will be possible for backups, reading/copying off files, testing VMs, validating DR plans, validating replication consist... Read More

When will we see a supported cluster-to-stand-alone node Storage Replica scenario? 

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I do not have an ETA for this. Full disclosure, this is much lower priority for us than other SR feature work.

There is a rumor that there is an update planned for Storage Replica that will improve performance for all-NVMe storage arrays. When will this be released?

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This is the top priority for us in SR after RS3.
Hi, Yes, this is something we are aware of and actively looking at. No release dates to communicate at this time. Thanks! Elden

Hello, Storage Team!  I am a consultant (and Microsoft MVP) that sees Hyper-V Replica, Storage Spaces and Storages Spaces Direct as great solutions for my SMB (the protocol and small- to mid-sized businesses). :)

 

The major issue I've run into is storage

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I also recommend checking out this video which discusses design considerations for Storage Spaces Direct, and covers the scenarios when you should use Mirror vs. Miror-ac

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Hi Anil, 

 

We have worked to improve rebuild times for Spaces across mirror, parity, and mirror-accelerated parity volumes. These improvements will be available in the W

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I'll also add that I found this Storage Spaces documentation to be very helpful, but I'd like a way to estimate read/write speeds with certain disk combinations. Of cours... Read More

(EDIT: Windows Server Storage AMA summary attached!)

 

Thank you for joining us and voicing your questions and feedback during this fun and action-packed hour.  

 

We will put together a summary document of what was covered during and share it in this gro

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Hi Malik - I believe I met you at SDC last year.

Are the clustering and S2D capabilities/limits


Mallikarjun Chadalapaka wrote:
Hi, I am Mallikarjun Chadalapaka joining this AMA, I work on Windows Server High Availability & Storage technologies.


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Hi Terry,

 

Nano starting Windows Server, version 1709 (aka RS3) is targeted for containers only. Please see this blog post that explains the context:

 

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/hybridcloud/2017/06/15/delivering-continuous-innovation-with-windows-server/

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In RS3, Nano is now a container OS only. All infrastructure roles will be removed and no longer for physical or virtual machines.

 

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/hybridcloud/2017/06/15/delivering-continuous-innovation-with-windows-server/

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I'm curious who has actually downloaded, installed, and tried out any of the new hyper-converged infrastructure features coming in Windows Server, version 1709? 

 

Lots of good questions here, I'm curious who's actually banged on it?  Here's where you can

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Can you explain why write performance of a parity space is so poor, especially when other types of SDS platforms can give acceptable RAID50 write performance with the same (or less) hardware? Are there plans to improve this?

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S2D uses dual parity and if you look at any system and compare Mirror to Parity, Parity is always slower for writes and about the same for reads. When you write to a pari... Read More

Storage Spaces Question:  Can Storage Class Memory devices be used in Tiered storage or only Flash/3DXpoint devices?

 

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For S2D systems we will support SCM as S2D cache devices backed by either SSD or NVMe as capacity devices, or when the hardware supports many SCM devices you can have an ... Read More

Welcome to the Windows Server Storage Ask Microsoft Anything! This live hour gives you the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback directly to the Windows Server team.

  

Please post your question in a new thread. You can view the AMA Guidelines

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Hi, Rob Hindman joining the AMA

Terry Spear, Breakthrough Systems.

Loging in from Boulder County, CO

 

Hello! Shannon from the community team here, signing in from the Microsoft campus in Redmond, WA. Bring on your questions!

Can you provide any detailed information regarding the new dedup/compression capabilities or ReFS on the soon to be released build of Server core 2016?

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Hi Jeff,

 

Deduplication will be available on ReFS in the Windows Server, Version 1709 release, and it will function similarly to Deduplication on NTFS: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/storage/data-deduplication/overview

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Hello,

 

Robert here from Austria (Partner HPE).

What is the rough plan about the GA of 1703-codebase Server 2k16 to be able to use Dedup for ReFS ?

 

 

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Hi Robert,

 

Yes, in the coming Windows Server, version 1709 release Dedup will be supported with ReFS and this is to enable Dedup on Storage Spaces Direct solutions with

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Quote from insider release notes: Efficiency Data Deduplication available for ReFS New Data Deduplication DataPort API for optimized ingress/egress Space efficiency with ... Read More