Windows Azure Pack Roadmap and Future Support

Microsoft has recently published their vision and plans for the future of Windows Azure Pack. This document called as “Windows Azure Pack Roadmap and Future Support” and must be taken into consideration by any service providers who has datacenters based on WAP and related components (SC, Windows Server).

You can download the full version of roadmap here.

Here I’m just citing the most important quotations:

Product support for WAP and the current version of System Center will continue to be available until the end of 2022. Table 1 summarizes the product support lifecycle for the main components in a WAP cloud deployment.

windows azure pack support

Microsoft Azure Stack brings Azure to service provider datacenters so that they can accelerate time to market and expand the addressable market for their services portfolio. Application developers can maximize their productivity using a ‘write once, deploy to Azure or Azure Stack’ approach. Microsoft Azure Stack will be launching in the fourth quarter of calendar year 2016

Service Providers should continue to use Windows Server Hyper-V for highly virtualized environments (for example, virtualizing their most demanding workloads) along with Windows Azure Pack and System Center for management. More importantly, they should sell and support what is available today that end customers understand and ask for, and then prepare for future evolution of technologies.

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TOTD: Error applying RemoteFX 3D Adapter changes

Hi, guys!

In this Tip Of The Day we are going to discuss strange issue in WS2012/2012R2 *

When you add RemoteFX Adapter to VM error pops up:

Error applying RemoteFX 3D Adapter changes

remotefx adapter error applying changes

You’ve checked requirements and figured out that your environment is completely applicable to RemoteFX:

  • Up-to-date graphical adapter driver’s version and GPU is also listed in Windows Server catalog
  • Host is up-to-date
  • SLAT-compatible CPU (systeminfo.exe, extended page tables or nested page tables are enabled in BIOS)
  • DirectX 11 and driver model WDDM 1.2 at least (dxdiag.exe shows the required versions)
  • Hyper-V is installed and RemoteFX adapter is enabled


You don’t have to rack your brain! It’s a bug of GUI that was originated in Windows Server 2012 RC (Release Candidate) and we don’t have any official patches or KBs yet. Just for reference, WS 2016 is coming and 2015 year now Улыбка


To solution use PowerShell instead of GUI

Add-VMRemoteFx3dVideoAdapter -VMName vmname
Set-VMRemoteFx3dVideoAdapter -VMName vmname -MonitorCount 1 -MaximumResolution 1920x1200
Get-VMRemoteFx3dVideoAdapter -VMName vmname

MaximumScreenResolution : 1920x1200
MaximumMonitors : 1
ComputerName : RDVH01
Name : RemoteFX 3D Adapter
Id : Microsoft:1C7D9096-ED62-4039-9285-FB88DB183C93\113560EA-48CD-4BD1-8828-FCEC44E2B5D5
IsDeleted : False
VMId : 1c7d9096-ed62-4039-9285-fb88db183c93
VMName : vmname
VMSnapshotId : 00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000
VMSnapshotName :
Key :

*pics are in Russian but they are easy to understand 🙂

TIP: after adding RemoteFX 3D Adapter to VM you can set it up (change monitor count or resolution)  in GUI without any issues.