VSS Backups failing after KB3000853

I have been contacted by some people asking about backup issues they are experiencing on Windows Server 2012 . The issue is related with the Microsoft November update release KB3000853.

My recommendation is to remove the update until Microsoft fix the issue as it affected Microsoft and third party backup products.

As per Taylor Brown’s (Hyper-V Program Manager) blog,

“We are getting reports that some customers are seeing backup jobs fail after installing the latest Windows Updates including the November rollup (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/3000853).

We believe there is an issue with the KB3000853 update and are working to fix it as quickly as possible, in the interim downloading and applying http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2996928/ should address the problem”

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/taylorb/archive/2014/11/19/backup-jobs-failing-post-nov-rollup-install.aspx

 

 

What’s New in Hyper-V vNext ? Check out at the Infrastructure Saturday event in Brisbane

Saturday 22nd November

Infrastructure Saturday is a day long event for south east Queensland based IT Professional that work with Microsoft products. This event is an educational, informative & lively day filled with sessions about Microsoft technologies.

Location: Microsoft office, Brisbane, QLD. http://www.infrastructuresaturday.com/

Topics covered in my Session: What’s New in Hyper-V vNext?

 

  • New Virtual Machine Upgrade Process
  • New Integration Components installation method
  • Secure Boot for Linux
  • Distributed Storage Quality of Service (QoS)
  • Hyper-V Backup
  • Hyper-V Virtual Machine Configuration
  • Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade

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Join me at the PASS Summit 2014, Nov. 4-7 in Seattle, WA #summit14

Hi

As you look to get the most from your database environment and career, I wanted to extend a special invitation for you to join me and 5,000 fellow professionals from around the world at PASS Summit 2014, Nov. 4-7 in Seattle, WA.

COME ALONG and meet me at the Birds of a Feather Luncheon (BoF) and interact with MVPs, SQLCAT architects, speakers, peers and members of the PASS Board and HQ team in this closing-day lunch focused on bringing people with the same passions together. We will discuss, debate and share ideas from your experiences and past week with others at this interactive sit-down. I will be covering topics like virtualization, cloud, security, Professional Development.

PASS Summit – the world’s largest SQL Server conference – is an amazing opportunity to connect, share, and learn with other SQL Server and BI pros like you and me.

With over 200 sessions across 5 topic tracks and 70+ hours of networking opportunities, PASS Summit is packed with the most intensive SQL Server and BI training available anywhere. Summit’s practical sessions are designed to help you increase your knowledge, keep your skills up-to-date, and gain strategic insights from the world’s leading experts that you can put into action immediately when you get back to the office. Plus, you can bring your pressing questions to the Microsoft SQLCAT team, meet me and other MVPS and community experts in the Community Zone, talk with your local PASS Chapter leader, and more – every day at Summit is a chance to make lifelong friends, like I have.

I hope to see you at Summit – here’s where you can register – and please let me know if you’re attending so that we can connect!

Cheers,
Alessandro

TechEd Australia 2014 Melbourne and Sydney editions

This year TechEd Australia will be held in Melbourne (Oct, 7th - Oct 8th) and in Sydney (Oct, 27th – Oct 28th)

I will be speaking about Azure Remote App on both editions and if you come along and tweet about my session you will enter into a draw to win a copy of my book along with Savision Polo.

It is an interactive demo. I will be using Hyper-V  to show how to build a custom RemoteApp image as well as demo the RemoteApp client on different devices.

Bring scale, agility and global access to your business applications. Azure RemoteApp helps employees stay productive anywhere, and on a variety of devices – Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, or Android. Integrate Azure RemoteApp with your company’s existing on-premise infrastructure and bring your own Remote Desktop Session Host, or deploy Azure RemoteApp using our pre-built app collections for a stand-alone cloud service. Quickly ramp up and provide seasonal workers, vendors, or large groups of new employees access to company applications without paying for new servers and expensive on-premise infrastructure.

Melbourne Edition

Date: Tuesday, October 7

  • Time:9:40 AM – 10:40 AM
  • Room: Datacentre and Infrastructure Management
  • Session Type: Breakout
  • Session Code:DCI301
  • Session Levels:300

 

Sydney Edition

Date:Monday, October 27

  • Time:10:10 AM – 11:10 AM
  • Room:Datacentre & Infrastructure Management
  • Session Type:Breakout
  • Session Code:DCI301
  • Session Levels:300

It’s time for a new Windows. Announcing Windows 10 : One Product with a tailored experience for each device

Windows 10 represents the first step of a whole new generation of Windows. Windows 10 unlocks new experiences for customers to work, play and connect. Windows 10 embodies what our customers (both consumers and enterprises) demand and what we will deliver

Microsoft promise that Windows 10 will deliver the right experience on the right device at the right time. It will be our most comprehensive platform ever

more details about what Windows 10 will have for these customers, check out this blog post on the Windows for your Business blog.

 

Tech Preview_Start menu

Check out the Windows 10 Video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=84NI5fjTfpQ

And form Windows Server and System Center perspective:

Infrastructure upgrades: Rolling upgrades for Hyper-V clusters to the next version of Windows Server without downtime for your applications and workloads. This includes support for mixed versions as you transition your infrastructure.

Networking:  New components for our software-defined networking stack that enable greater flexibility and control, including a network controller role to manage virtual and physical networks.

Storage: New synchronous storage replication that enhances availability for key applications and workloads plus storage Quality of Service to deliver minimum and maximum IOPS in environments with workloads with diverse storage requirements.

Remote Desktop: Enhanced application compatibility with OpenGL and OpenCL support.

Identity and Access Management: New scenarios to reduce the risk profile of administrators with elevated rights, including time-based access with fine-grained privileges, and new application publishing capabilities.

The DOWNLOAD it is not yet available but if you want to download the bits or try them on Azure, it will be published here http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=404281

 

DATA as a power enablement

Cloud Management improving business agility

If you’re building a cloud solution you understand that getting expert advice rapidly better enables you to build solutions that address your business’ or customer’s needs.

I have been working with System Center and Cloud implementations for quite a while now as well as writing books about System Center. Deploying cloud management solutions like System Center requires an approach that takes advantage of the opportunities and features offered by the virtualization layer.

Beyond IT productivity, cloud management can dramatically improve business agility.  However, an evolving cloud architecture can also lead to waste and inefficiency.  Has the efficiency of your cloud architecture been reviewed overtime? Are you optimally defining the placement of workloads?

One of the concerns I always raise when speaking with decision makers and cloud adopters is ongoing management, especially with respect to increasing virtual machine density, preventing resource exhaustion, and tuning your environment to build a tailored virtualized infrastructure for your organization that will stand the test of time.

As an automated solution for infrastructure reviews, I definitely recommend Savision Cloud Advisor which provides an impact analysis for each problem it discovers and identifies savings for your business.

At TechEd NZ 2014 keynote speaker James Whittaker, talked about DATA as a power enablement. That’s exactly what this tool is about. It analyses the information VMM stores in the SQL database, using statistical techniques with the goal of discovering useful information, providing tips for your Private Cloud implementation.

Get tips for your Private Cloud implementation

A big plus for the tool is that it does not impose any load on the hosts or virtual machines. All information used in tip generation is retrieved from the System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) database.

To install Savision Cloud Advisor on VMM 2012 R2 follow the following steps:

  1. Download Cloud Advisor (http://www.savision.com/free-tuning-and-optimization-recommendations) as a zip file (don’t extract it).
  2. Save it to a location on the VMM Console machine (i.e. c:\Savision)
    Note: the add-in should be installed on each machine running the VMM console.
  3. Create an empty .txt file under ‘%PROGRAM FILES%\Microsoft System Center 2012\Virtual Machine Manager\bin\AddInPipeline\AddInViews’ folder

Note: All required files are distributed with the add-in, but a bug in VMM causes it to not always recognize this fact, that’s why you need to create the empty .txt file

4.      On the VMM 2012 R2 Console, logon as VMM Admin, click on Settings and then click on Import Console Add-In.

5.      Click on Browse and select the file Savision_Cloud_advisior.zip

Import-Cloud-Advisor-Addin-into-VMM

6.    Click on Continue after receiving the message “Add-in is valid but has warnings.”

7.    Make sure Continue installing this add-in anyway is checked.

8.    Click on Next and then click on Finish.

9.    Close the VMM Console and then re-open it.

10.  The Cloud Advisor add-in will appear on the VMM ribbon bar when a host, cluster, or cloud is selected.

Note: The first time you run the add-in, it will prompt you for credentials to the SQL Server database in which VMM stores performance data.

This performance data is used to assist in generating tuning tips. Provide the credentials of a user that has read access to the SQL database and click Connect.

database-credentials-vmm-database

For more information, read more about Savision’s Cloud Advisor FREE tool for free tuning and optimization recommendations for System Center VMM or visit Savision’s training center.

Note:

Post originally published on  http://www.savision.com/resources/blog/data-power-enablement-mvp-alessandro-Cardoso

TechEd New Zealand : my sessions

This year I have just about 2 sessions at TechEd New Zealand.

DCIM315 – Implementing Enterprise-Scale Disaster Recovery with Azure Site Recovery, Network Virtualization, and Microsoft System Center 2012 R2

In this session we cover different aspects of Hyper-V Recovery Manager, an enterprise-scale Disaster Recovery solution to provide a single click failover in case of disaster (e.g., automation of overall DR workflow using with sequencing, manual actions, etc. to provide both application and site level DR). Learn how to enable Azure as a Disaster Recovery point in a secure manner and seamless management of failover, failback type activities using Azure IaaS VM. Network connection—back to datacenter and to the clients—is one of the top challenges in setup of your DR infrastructure and we cover how to simplify networking for disaster recovery setup. The session also covers enhancements to the solution for the private datacenter to the private datacenter scenario.

https://newzealand.msteched.com/conference/sessions/implementing-enterprise-scale-disaster-recovery-wi/

PCIT313 – Azure RemoteApp

Bring scale, agility and global access to your business applications. Azure RemoteApp helps employees stay productive anywhere, and on a variety of devices – Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, or Android. Integrate Azure RemoteApp with your company’s existing on-premise infrastructure and bring your own Remote Desktop Session Host, or deploy Azure RemoteApp using our pre-built app collections for a stand-alone cloud service. Quickly ramp up and provide seasonal workers, vendors, or large groups of new employees access to company applications without paying for new servers and expensive on-premise infrastructure.

https://newzealand.msteched.com/conference/sessions/network,-storage-and-secutity-design-best-practice/

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