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VMM 2012 R2: Unified (almost) on premise and Azure management through the VMM console

Although it is only simple actions (i.e such as restart, refresh, and view) you can use Virtual machine Manager 2012R2 to manage both on premises and Azure Virtual Machines, by adding Azure subscription to VMM.

Let’s hope the VMM team extend those tasks beyond that.

To Download: KB3050317Update Rollup 6 for System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager (


for more information on new features on VMM 2012 R2 UR6 check

Unified management through the VMM console

With VMM 2012 R2 UR6, Virtual Machine Manager offers a very simple way for a VMM Fabric administrator to add a Microsoft Azure subscription to VMM. After users have added the Microsoft Azure subscription to VMM, they can get a view of their Azure instances directly from the VMM console, and they can perform some simple actions on these instances.

Although in the long term Microsoft vision is to establish WAP as the console of choice for on-premises and Azure workload management, we still see this feature as a value-add to a large set of users who don’t yet use WAP or who don’t want to incur the overhead of WAP. This option of performing simple VM management tasks such as restart, refresh, and view on Azure VMs through VMM consoles gives Fabric administrators the flexibility to manage both on-premises and Azure public cloud VMs from within a single VMM management console


Azure BootCamp in Brisbane: We’re heading for the big day! Join us.

April 21, 2015 1 comment

We’re heading for the big day. Come and join us. This will be a one day deep dive Azure sessions held on Saturday, 2nd May.

A conference for learning about Microsoft Azure right here in Brisbane.  Saturday, 2nd May 2015 – 9:00am – 5:00pm

The location will be at Microsoft, 400 George Street, Level 28.

Event Organizers: Alessandro Cardoso, Daniel Toomey and Damien Berry

Our sponsors: MicrosoftMexia and Readify will ensure that we have resources to bring in high profile speakers


  • Given the requirement to set up tables, we must limit the attendance to 50* persons. Therefore, if you RSVP and then find you are unable to attend, please change your RSVP so that another party will have the opportunity.

– Because this event is on a Saturday, lifts will be locked. Please arrive within the 30 minute window prior to start time so we can activate the lift for you. Latecomers will not be able to gain access.

Event Website

Enhancing Operations Manager with Savision Dashboards

Several key IT trends have been reshaping the industry, notably Cloud and Big Data. As business innovations drive the need for enhanced systems, the data that IT must track grows exponentially and creates significant challenges. Without the right tools for visualizing data, significant and valuable insights remain unknown. In fact, the utter volume of data prevents organizations from capturing, analysing and presenting information that is significant…

Click here to read the full version of this article.

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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 (, 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.

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.


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


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:


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