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Microsoft Hyper-V Performance Whitepaper and Webminar

March 23, 2015 1 comment

EXCLUSIVE Whitepaper: Microsoft Hyper-V Performance

Businesses worldwide are turning their attention to Microsoft’s Hyper-V platform when they’re looking at their private and hybrid cloud initiatives. Find specific and concrete advice in this whitepaper to help you design, build, and upgrade Hyper-V deployments.

Download it here

Find out how you can get the best value from your Hyper-V deployments, register now for our webinars “Microsoft Hyper-V Performance Considerations” by IT expert Paul Schnackenburg. The webinars will be co-hosted by Savision’s Technical Sales Engineer, Justin Boerrigter.

During the webinar, you will find out how to design, build, and upgrade Hyper-V deployments to ensure that workloads have adequate resources and don’t experience performance issues. Get all the information you need on tools and techniques that will help you locate and remove resource bottlenecks when planning a Hyper-V fabric rollout.

Mark your calendar for one of these dates:

Thursday April 2nd- 9 AM CET / 5 PM AEST / 3 AM EST

Wednesday April 8th- 11:30 AM CET / 7:30 PM AEST/ 5:30 AM EST

If you are unable to find a convenient time to attend the webinars, sign up here to receive the on-demand version after April 8th.

Updating Hyper-V Hosts after Virtual Machine Manager UR4

February 10, 2015 1 comment

In case you did not read the Microsoft KB, after applying Update Rollup 4 for Virtual Machine Manager (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2992024), make sure you manually update all VMM Hyper-V hosts and the VMM Console.

Note: If this component is not updated, virtual machines may not be assigned an IP address for several minutes when the lease expires or after restarting the VM.

Install the updates in the following order:
1. Update Rollup 4 for the Administrator Console
2. Update Rollup 4 for the VMM Server

Let’s start. First, check if the VMM DHCP agent version is up date, as you will need to manually remove it before installing the new one:

  1. From an elevated PowerShell Command Prompt window on the hyper-v host:
    PS: >Get-WmiObject -Class win32_product -Filter ‘Name = “Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager DHCP Server (x64)”‘

  2. If result version is earlier than 3.2.7768.0, you will firstly uninstall the old version:
    PS: >MsiExec.exe /X <IdentifyingNumber>
    Note: <IdentifyingNumber> information should be retrieved from the output of the last command: Get-WmiObject

  3. Locate and copy the file Dhcpextn.msi and run it on each hyper-v host (follow the steps in the wizard)
    Note: By default, this is C:\Program Files\Microsoft System Center 2012 R2\Virtual Machine Manager\SwExtn\DHCPExtn.msi.

  4. Double-click the DHCPExtn.msi to start the installation, and then follow the steps in the wizard.

Note:
Between these two installations, VMM Server might create one critical error log under the VMMLogs directory. This occurs because AdminConsole shares some DLLs with VMMServer, and version conflict could lead to the logging of the critical failure. To resolve this issue, install both of the updates on the VMM server that you use to start the VMM service.

Hyper-V Security book

A fellow MVP Andy Syrewicze and Eric Siron wrote a Hyper-V Security book. the book is a guide on how to defend your virtual environment from attack.

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The book covers securing the Hyper- Hosts, the Virtual Machines, the Network and the Storage as well as how VMM in play changes  the security approach.

You can buy it at http://www.amazon.com/Hyper-V-Security-Eric-Siron-ebook/dp/B00RP13BOY/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

Demystifying service management’s role in private cloud by MVP Steve Buchanan

A fellow MVP Steve Buchanan and Savision just launched a new whitepaper regarding Service Management and the Private cloud. The whitepaper sets out to define private cloud, the layers of private cloud, and those layers within which service management operates. It also explores having ultimate visibility into your organization’s business services. Business services discussed in this paper consist of configuration items (CIs), monitoring, and application maps; they are underpinned with incident, change management, and modern day self-service. In addition, the whitepaper explores the integration between Operations Manager and Service Manager, and the role Savision Live Maps plays in this area. 

You can download it here: http://www2.savision.com/l/12082/2015-01-16/q32vf

Essence of Cloud Computing with Azure and SQL Seminar. Register Now. Free Event. [Limited seats]

January 7, 2015 1 comment

I am presenting two amazing sessions showing what’s new in Hyper-V vNext and how to migrate your workloads to Azure, from VMware, AWS and Hyper-v. Don’t miss out this unique opportunity! It is time again for the annual MVP event across Asia Pacific. Register now for this Free Event. [Limited seats]

7 Years as Microsoft Most Valuable Professional

January 2, 2015 1 comment

My heartfelt thanks Microsoft. Once again and for the past 7 years, I am tremendously honoured to receive the distinguished Microsoft MVP award, particularly given the select group of experts who are recognized.

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A big thank you to Ben Armstrong, Sarah Cooley and the Hyper-V team.

“The Microsoft MVP Award recognizes inspiring, trusted, and independent experts from around the world who voluntarily share their passion and knowledge of Microsoft products with others.

… MVPs represent nearly 100 countries, speak over 40 different languages, and are awarded in almost 90 Microsoft technologies. Together, they answer more than 10 million questions each year.

Of the more than 100 million social and technical community members worldwide, only small portion are recognized as MVPs. As part of their award experience, MVPs are invited to share their feedback through direct interactions with Microsoft product group teams.”

I’m really looking forward to 2015 as it is promising to be a very exciting year with the release of Windows Server and System Center vNext looking to be one of the best versions ever launched.

Note sent by Microsoft:
Thank you for your exceptional contributions to technical communities! It gives us great pleasure to present you with the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for the technical expertise you generously provide to others. By sharing your knowledge, experience, and objective feedback, you inspire and help people to solve problems and discover new capabilities every day. We are honored to welcome you as a Microsoft MVP.
Steven Guggenheimer
Corporate Vice President

Once again, THANK YOU!  It is great to be awarded for something you love to do and it is a great motivation to continue contributing to the community.

I also would like to thank Readify for their support. If you are passionate about technology as we, Readifarians are, check out what do here: http://readify.net

 

Deploying System Center Operations Manager vNext

December 29, 2014 1 comment

Recently Microsoft released the preview version of their next release of Windows Server, Hyper-V and System Center as did Savision with Live Maps for System Center.

Note: This blog post was first published here : http://www.savision.com/resources/blog/installing-system-center-opsmgr-vnext-and-savision-live-maps-part-i-mvp-alessandro

You can download System Center vNext Preview here and Savision Live Maps from here.

To start, make sure of the following:

  1. You installed the SQL Server 2014 as the database server for the System Center vNext preview edition. To note, I run into SQL connectivity issues when I tried to use an SQL 2012 version, with a message stating that I did not have a compatible version of SQL installed. Whereas the documentation says that SQL 2012 is supported for vNext preview it is not the case.
  2. If the SQL Server is installed on a dedicated machine (recommended), that the host firewall is configured to allow inbound connections on port 1433 (SQL) , 80(http) and 443 (https)

  1. You installed Reporting Services (SSRS), Analysis Services and Full Text Search as it is required by Operations Manager.
  2. You created an account to install System Center and it is member of local administrators. For this post, I created an account named “sc-admin”.
  3. Logon on the machine you plan to install System Center with the “sc-admin”
  4. The “sc-admin” account has permissions to create a database in the installed SQL server. You can achieve this by either adding the account to the SQL server administrators when install SQL Server, of by adding the account using SQL Server Management Studio, by expanding Security->Logins and then creating a new login, adding the “sc-admin” account and selecting “sysadmin” as permission under Server Roles (preferable). You can also, if security is a concern, create a OperationsManager database and give the account DB Owner (dbo) permission.

     

    If the credentials you are using to install do not have permission to create the database you will receive the following message:

     

  5. The SQL Server Agent is started and set to automatic:

    Or else the following error will appear when the Reporting Services configuration times come in the Operations Manager installation wizard.

     

 

Quick Note: You will notice that although you are installing System Center Operations Manager vNext, the initial screen will show 2012R2 :)

  1. To initiate the installation, click on Install and the Preview logo will appear

    I also recommend selecting the Download the latest updates to the setup program checkbox.


  2. Select the System Center features you want to install. For this post, I am selecting: Management Server, Operations Console and Reporting Server. Click Next to continue.

  3. In the Select Installation location, provide the path for Operations Manager installation and click on Next.

  4. Your system will now be checked for hardware and software against System Center requirements. If some requirements are missing it will appear on the screen for your resolution.

    The below example, Report Viewer is missing. To fix the issue, click on the to expand

     

     

    Note that in the above example there are two warnings: the first one about the system not having the recommended 4GB of memory and the second one about a pending restart. As I am installing this for a demo purpose, I can safely ignore the 1st warning, but I will have to click on Cancel and restart the machine in order to proceed the installation.

     

    Click on the link to download and install Report Viewer

     

  5. If no error is reported, click on Next to continue.
  6. In the Specify the installation option, select Create the first Management server in a new management group and provide the name. For this post I am using the name “lab” for the management group name.

  7. Click on Next to continue and accept the License terms and click on Next to proceed.

  8. In the configure operational database, type the SQL server name and port (if different for the default 1433)

  9. Click on Next to progress and to the next step where you will need to provide the Data Warehouse database configuration

 

  1. Click on Next to continue and in the next step confirm the SQL Server instance that is running the SQL Reporting Services and then click on Next to proceed.

  1. In the Configure Operations Manager accounts, provide the accounts details and click on Next to proceed.

  2. In the Help improve Operations manager, select the desired options and click on Next to proceed.

  3. In the Update screen select the desired option (On is recommended) and click on Next to proceed.

  4. On the Installation Summary, click on Install and wait for the installation to complete.

Now we have System Center Operations Manager successfully installed.

 

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