Transform the Datacenter : MVP Roadshow #MVPBuzz @auteched

In the face of an exploding need for technology that supports the business, we need to transform the datacenter to increase agility and make it easier to deliver resources faster.  Today, every area of the business, from marketing to sales to human resources, depends on technology.  As a result, the need for IT resources is growing steadily.   The move to cloud computing reflects the trend: as business requirements grow, a flexible option for keeping up with that growth is by accessing cloud capacity.

We are all seeing trends that reflect the growth of cloud—the question is: how can IT build a cloud strategy that makes sense? And just as important, how can IT continue to take advantage of the strengths of today’s datacenter while evolving to a new hybrid cloud model?  One critical step is upgrading older resources.  Now is especially timely for an upgrade as July 14, 2015 marks the end of support date for Windows Server 2003. This provides a wonderful opportunity for you to modernize your infrastructure. 

 Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 give customers great options for reducing cost and complexity, as well as simplifying management.   As we mark one year until Windows Server 2003 end of support, we want customers to feel confident that they have a great path forward.   A smooth, successful server migration takes time to plan and execute, so start today to make sure you meet the deadline!

Technologies: Hyper-V, Microsoft System Center, Windows Azure and Windows Server

Local : SYDNEY – Microsoft Head Office
Conference Room
1 Epping Road
North Ryde New South Wales 2113
Australia

Starts: Friday, 15 August 2014 9:00 AM
Ends: Friday, 15 August 2014 1:00 PM
Time zone: (GMT+10:00) Australia (East)
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REGISTER NOW. Spaces limited!

http://bit.ly/1mCESYr (PC)
http://bit.ly/1ndFCbx (mobile)

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Agenda:
09:00 – 09:30 (30m.) | Breakfast/Registration

09:30 – 10:00 (30m.) | Session I – Cloud OS Data Moment

10:00 – 10:05 (05m.) | Break

10:05 – 10:45 (40m.) | Session II – Windows Server 2003 Migration Final Part 1

10:45 – 10:50 (05m.) | Break

10:50 – 11:30 (40m.) | Session III – Windows Server 2003 Migration Final Part 2

11:30 – 11:40 (10m.) | Break

11:40 – 12:30 (50m.) | Session IV* –

             Option 1. Bye Bye Server 2003, hello 2012 R2 (Demo based)

             Option 2.  Bringing the Azure Experience to your Datacenter with Windows Azure Pack 

 *Please choose one option for Session IV
12:30-  Lunch & Closing

NEW book: System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager #SysCtr #MVPBuzz #HyperV

That’s on. After months of writing and reviews, my new book System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager is now released.

Covering : Windows 2012R2 aand Hyper-V new features, System Center 2012 R2 VMM, Operations Manager, App Controller and Azure integration as well Veeam Management Pack.

  • Plan and design a VMM architecture for real-world deployment
  • Configure network virtualization, gateway integration, storage integration, resource throttling, and availability options
  • Integrate Operations Manager (SCOM) with VMM to monitor your infrastructure
  • Integrate SC APP Controller (SCAC) with VMM to manage private and public clouds (Azure)
  • Deploy clusters with VMM Bare Metal
  • Create and deploy virtual machines from templates
  • Deploy a highly available VMM Management server
  • Manage Hyper-V, VMware, and Citrix from VMM
  • Upgrade from previous VMM versions

Order now at http://bit.ly/1pZ5VoQ

Create, deploy, and manage datacenters and private and hybrid clouds with hybrid hypervisors using VMM 2012 R2. Integrate and manage fabric (compute, storages, gateways, and networking), services and resources, and deploy clusters from bare metal servers. Explore VMM 2012 R2 features such as Windows 2012 R2 and SQL 2012 support, converged networks, network virtualization, live migration, Linux VMs, and resource throttling and availability

 

#Azure Roadshow: Cloud Challenges, Opportunities and Migration Strategies

Summary

Cloud opportunities and offerings that will benefit organisations, as well as the challenges and Migration Strategies to help overcome these.

Topics covered:

  • Microsoft Azure PaaS and IaaS offerings:
    ◦Application Lift & Shift Scenarios
    ◦Cloud-born Applications that Leverage Office 365 & Yammer
    ◦Cloud Identity
  • Cloud-enabled Mobile Device Management with Windows InTune
  • Hybrid Cloud deployment model involving Hyper-V and System Center
    ◦Network Integration
  • Migration strategies to Public Cloud
    ◦Driving SaaS Adoption

Target Audience:
Decision Makers, CTO’s, CIO’s, IT Managers, Dev Managers

Time, Date, Venue and Registrations:

Registrations open at 8.30am. A light breakfast will be provided. Presentations will commence at 9am sharp and finish at 11am.

  • Sydney : 29 Jul 2014  -  Cliftons | 190 George St, Sydney, NSW – REGISTER HERE
  • Melbourne : 31 Jul 2014  -   Microsoft  | Level 5, 4 Freshwater Place, Southbank, Melbourne – REGISTER HERE
  • Brisbane : 05 August 2014  -  Microsoft | Level 28, 400 Georges Street, Brisbane – REGISTER HERE
  • Perth : 12 August 2014  -  Microsoft | Level 3, 100 St Georges Terrace, Perth – REGISTER HERE

 For more Information about the events, see http://readify.net/events/

About READIFY : http://readify.net/about-us/


About the Presenters

Alessandro Cardoso | Readify National Manager – Platform Solutions
Alessandro Cardoso is a passionate technology evangelist and a subject matter expert in cloud, virtualization and management. He recently published his book; ‘Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Cookbook’ http://wp.me/p15Fu3-mK, and has reviewed 5 other books. Alessandro is a speaker at key technical events in Australia and New Zealand and has been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional since 2009 leading major Cloud, Virtualization, UC&C, AD and Exchange projects for large customers in APJ.

Mitch Denny | Readify Platform Technology Specialist 
Mitch Denny has been working with the .NET platform since the year 2000 when the first alpha releases shipped. Since then he has been awarded MVP status nine times in ASP.NET and more recently Microsoft ALM. Currently Mitch is working as Readify’s Platform Technology Specialist – focusing on bringing exciting new products and services to market and working with technical specialists to continually refine our technical vision.

Azure: Security

Microsoft published an infographic about security in Azure. The Infographic is an overview of security, privacy, and compliance in Azure and it is a great place to start if you are unsure about security in the Cloud space.

 

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You can download the infographic here : http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/infographics/cloud-security/

You can find more about Security in Azure here:

 

No Surprise: Microsoft a Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant: Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

No surprise, Microsoft landed in the Leader Quadrant in the Gartner IasS Magic Quadrant report.

The Gartner Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Magic Quadrant published with Microsoft landing in the Leader Quadrant.   This report evaluates Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Services, and overall, Gartner validates Microsoft’s technology and vision, as well as its platform execution and customer momentum. In the report, Gartner states, “Microsoft has a vision of infrastructure and platform services that are not only leading stand-alone offerings, but also seamlessly extend and interoperate with on-premises Microsoft infrastructure (rooted in Hyper-V, Windows Server, Active Directory and System Center) and applications, as well as Microsoft’s SaaS offerings. Its vision is global, and it is aggressively expanding into multiple international markets. “

 

 

Migrating a Hyper-v VM to Azure. What about the static IP Address?

When you have an on premises environment you normally configure the virtual machines with static IP’s ( at least in most cases ). But what happens when you want migrate to Azure?

Well some things will need to ensure first:

  • The Hyper-V Virtual Machine was created as Generation 1 VM.
  • The Hyper-V Virtual Machine disk was created with VHD disk and not VHDX (if you have a VHDX, convert it with the Convert-VHD Windows PowerShell cmdlet) and confirm it sizes is less than 1023GB.
  • The Hyper-V Virtual Machine has only ONE network adapter and that it is of type synthetic and NOT legacy.
  • The network connection is configured to obtain its IP address automatically (static IP addresses within the VM will not work).

Last February Microsoft announced the support for static IP’s on the Virtual Machines. The Virtual Network static IP feature is now available through Windows Azure PowerShell (available at the Window Azure website.) . For the steps to  install Windows Azure PowerShell, see: http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/documentation/articles/install-configure-powershell/

The commands to setup the IP are:

#Get the Virtual Machine name
PS C:\> $VM = Get-AzureVM -ServiceName YourCloudServiceName -Name VMWeb01

#Update the Virtual Machine (in my case VMWeb01) with a static IP (10.1.2.30)
PS C:\> Set-AzureStaticVNetIP -VM $VM -IPAddress 10.1.2.30 | Update-AzureVM

Also ,

#Get the assigned IP address of a Virtual Machine
PS C:\> Get-AzureStaticVNetIP -VM $VM

#Removes the static IP address of the VM
Remove-AzureStaticVNetIP – VM $VM

#Confirm availability of a certain static IP address
Test-AzureStaticVNetIP -VNetName WebServersVNet -IPAddress 10.1.2.30

syntax: Test-AzureStaticVNetIP -VNetName <network name> -IPAddress <IP address string>

NOTES :

  • The virtual machine guest operating system still have to be configured  to get IP from DHCP (obtain IP address automatically)
  • The configuration of a static IP address can only be done by using Windows Azure PowerShell. There is no GUI
  • The Virtual Machine must be part of an Azure Virtual Network.
  • As oppose of what many blogs says, you can specify the static IP at any time as long as the VM is stopped. The information that you can only configure a static IP address in the context of the CREATION of the Virtual Machine is not correct

Also Microsoft is now offering VIP Reservation for a virtual Machine, which means that the virtual IP address (public IP) won’t change for example if you move the VM to a different region (e.g. USA to Singapore) or removing and redeploying the services. This together with the ExpressRoute MPLS connections, will open many scenarios like SharePoint Hybrid, External Monitoring, Database backend…

Extend your Datacenter: Integrate your on premises Hyper-V with Azure with no public Internet traffic using ExpressRoute

Microsoft announced the general availability of the Azure ExpressRoute service.

ExpressRoute allows you to connect your existing datacenters to Azure without having to flow any traffic over the public Internet, and enable–guaranteed network quality-of-service and the ability to use Azure as a natural extension of an existing private network or datacenter.

It can also be a cost-effective option for transferring large amounts of data such as datasets for high performance computing applications or moving large VMs between your dev/test environment in Azure and on-premises production environment

Microsoft is also offering enterprise SLA for the service, as well as a variety of bandwidth tiers.

Several provider partnerships with ExpressRoute are in place, including: AT&T, Equinix, Verizon, BTLevel3, TelecityGroup, SingTel and, Zadara.

Here you can find pricing details about the service: http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/details/expressroute/

ExpressRoute will allow you to build applications that span on-premises infrastructure and Azure without compromising security or performance. For example, you can have your corporate front end intranet application running in Azure (SharePoint for example) and the back end using an on-premises SQL Server, serving all corporate users without traffic ever routing through the public Internet. This can also be used to guarantee, if you have data sovereignty policies that your data will always stays in the country.

You can get more information on the ExpressRoute website.

Virtual Machines. Security Extensions : Built-in Anti-Virus Support

Microsoft announced during TechEd NA 2014 the release of 3 new security extensions that enable  Built-in Anti-Virus Support via the VM Agent for Azure Virtual Machines:

  •  Microsoft Antimalware
  • Symantec Endpoint Protection
  • TrendMicro’s Deep Security Agent

The VM Agent is a lightweight and unobtrusive process that you can optionally enable to run inside your Windows and Linux VMs. The VM Agent can then be used to install and manage extensions, which are software modules that extend the functionality of a VM and help make common management scenarios easier.

These extensions enable you to add richer security protection to the Virtual Machines hosted in Azure using industry security products.

To enable it, in the Azure Management Portal, in the Virtual Machine Configuration, check Install VM Agent and then select the desired Anti Virus protection:

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You can also use the command line (PowerShell) to enable it.

Windows Server 2012 Update – released today

Today is a big day with the release of Windows Server 2012 R2 Update!

Windows Server 2012 R2 Update is a cumulative update of every hotfix released for Win2012 R2 to date. This just radically simplified our set of recommended hotfixes.

New Win2012 R2 Cluster Recommended hotfixes:
1. Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 Update April, 2014

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2919355

2. CSV snapshot file is corrupted when you create some files on the live volume

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2929869

Springboard Series Insider – Spotlight of the month. @MSSpringboard

Microsoft Windows releases a monthly newsletter called Springboard Series Insider. This is a vastly popular online publication targeting IT Pros and anyone interested in Windows.

Only a few are listed in the Springboard Series Insider. So I am really happy and proud for this recognition. Thank you!

springboard-insider

The Insider provides their subscribers with

  • New Resources
  • Windows Tip of the Month
  • Something to Blog About
  • Tips and Tricks
  • Internet Explorer IT Corner
  • Tweet Alert
  • Events and Training
  • Sneak Peek: For Insiders Only

This month the main theme is Windows 8.1 updates, which provides a number of features designed to improve the Windows 8.1 experience for enterprise environments.

If you haven’t signed up yet, now it is time :

Sign up for the Springboard Series Insider newsletter

Note: As always, if you have any suggestions on content you’d like to see or resources you need, please reach out to Microsoft anytime at springboard@microsoft.com. In the meantime, enjoy this month’s edition of the Springboard Series Insider and be sure to try out Windows 8.1 Update!

 

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