Windows 2016 released and with it Hyper-V and System Center

September 27, 2016 Leave a comment

Microsoft released today at the Microsoft Ignite conference in Atlanta the newest release of Windows Server 2016!

Windows Server 2016 is jam-packed with innovation and customer response has been overwhelming, with more than half a million devices running the final Technical Preview. These customers range from large global enterprises to private cloud hosters to organizations of every size from every corner of the globe – Erin Chapple, General Manager, Windows Server

 

Windows Server 2016 delivers powerful innovation across three areas:

  • Advanced Multi-layer Security: Use Shielded Virtual Machines to help protect your virtual machines from a compromised fabric as well as improve your compliance. Shielded Virtual Machines are encrypted using BitLocker and will run on healthy hosts. To help prevent attacks and detect suspicious activity with new features to control privileged access, protect virtual machines and harden the platform against emerging threats.Watch an introduction to Shielded Virtual Machines
  • Software-defined Datacenter with Hyper-V: Run your datacenter with the utmost confidence with an automated, resilient server operating system. Azure utilises Windows Server and Hyper-V at a massive scale. Windows Servers delivers a more flexible and cost-efficient operating system for any datacenter, using software-defined compute, storage and network features inspired by Azure. Explore server virtualization with Hyper-V
  • Cloud-ready Application Platform: Run your existing apps on Windows Server 2016 without modifying them. Take advantage of enhanced security and efficiency features in the fabric. Applications are at the heart of every organization and its ability to serve customers and compete effectively for their loyalty.  Windows Server 2016 delivers new ways to deploy and run both existing and cloud-native applications – whether on-premises or in Microsoft Azure – using new capabilities such as Windows Server Containers and the lightweight Nano Server deployment option.  Learn more about containers  and Learn more about Azure Service Fabric on Windows Server 2016

 

Availability: Windows Server 2016 is available for evaluation starting today

Note: Volume licensing customers will be able to download fully licensed software at General Availability in mid-October.

Innovation Days. 2nd batch tickets released. Register Now!

I am not surprised to see so many registrations for Innovation Days : we have great speakers and amazing sessions organised for the attendees. Plus a laptop will be draw at end of the event! So make sure you secure your ticket before is gone!

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Join the Australians Most Valuable Professionals (MVP) and Industry Speakers, for a one day of accelerated learning about innovative technologies. Expert speakers will present based on their real world experience in short action packed sessions. Content will focus on the following topics:

  • Cloud (Private, Hybrid and Public)
  • Identity and Security
  • Collaboration
  • Development
  • Analytics
  • Management and Monitoring

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Categories: Cloud

Why your business need a strategic cloud roadmap

Adoption of the “public cloud” IT model is growing faster, not doubt about it. Now, when I talk with customers about cloud, instead of “if”, they now ask “how” and “where to”.

According to Cloud Industry Forum, satisfaction with cloud services is high at 94% and cloud adoption is happening successfully across all types and sizes of organisation across every industry sector.

It is also becoming evident that the short answer for a successful adoption, starts with a roadmap.

The roadmap should contain:

  • The list of the strategic business priorities for the next years.
  • A prioritised list of Initiatives/projects/opportunities with expected timeline
  • Ownership, business sponsor
  • Costs and
  • High-level justification

More and more companies are looking forward to the cloud experience, as a way to drive the arrival of entirely new classes of automation, business innovation and competitive differentiation and of course, cost reduction.

Customer are realising the cloud is elastic, reliable, secure and can work on a OPEX model and no investment is needed in expensive hardware and better the IT don’t need to worry about server/storage maintenance and depending on the cloud model (PaaS/SaaS): patches, software upgrades, backups and other administrative tasks as the cloud provider would be able to offer/handle these entirety.

Cloud is affecting both IT and the LBDM as a whole and this new ethos requires their close alignment.

With Cloud, the steadiness between maintenance and innovation shifts and the new capabilities in the cloud make new kinds of powerful applications highly potential. Take the Microsoft PowerApps as an example: “Build apps that use device capabilities, including cameras, GPS, and pen control—without code. Connect to existing data sources and services—Excel files, SharePoint lists, CRM records, your custom APIs—to automatically generate a meaningful business app”.

A roadmap would help the IT Leadership to act more in line with the business strategy. It benefits both technology leaders and LBDM and encourages teamwork that results in true executive alignment on existing and new investments

Also, following the roadmap, an assessment for cloud migration at scale would involve looking at silos, current IT environment, applications and determining how it should be thought of in this new environment. Is further investment in certain technologies or applications reasonable? Should they be replaced/retired?

Many enterprises have held their technologies and applications for far too long without assigning to them a maintenance or retirement schedule. Therefore, for fear of complexity, lack of documentation, resources and many other reasons, some technologies and applications remain untouched. Even for technologies and applications that remain on-premises, modernization can save time and money.

Want to learn more about Cloud? Checkout my session at Innovation Days

Keynote Session: IaaS x PaaS : If you have been holding off on leveraging PaaS services, now is the time to revisit that decision. The modern cloud era is not IaaS-centric but modern app-centric. The latest Total Economic Impact Study by Forrester Consulting shows that migrating to PaaS from IaaS result in a 466% return on investment. For customers migrating from on-premises environments to PaaS, the return on investment can be even greater. Time to market also improved by as much as fifty percent, because of the efficiency and speed of deploying applications with PaaS services.
Are you interested in learn how you can drive application innovation and reduce costs, then this session is for you!

Note: A series of White Papers based on the Research are available free of charge from the Cloud Industry Forum website (www.cloudindustryforum.org).

Categories: Cloud

Innovation Days Australia

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This year, I decided to organise a 1 day conference in Sydney and invited fellow MVP’s and other industry leaders to present great sessions and the result is Innovation Days.

Today, due to overwhelming number of registrations, the tickets sold out, almost 1 month in advance of the event which is happening on September 17th. To go on the waiting list, see site registration.

Thanks to our sponsors, a 2nd batch of tickets have been released. Don’t wait, register now! http://innovationdays.com.au/register

Although it is not the first time I organise events, I couldn’t be more proud to organised a great event covering topics like Cloud and Datacenter Management, Data Analytics and Integration, Identity.

I would like to thank the conference speakers and sponsors: Northern Sydney Institute Tafe NSW, RXP Services, Microsoft and RedHat. Thank you very much for your support.

For more information about the event, check out http://innovationdays.com.au/

Join Australian Most Valuable Professionals (MVP) and Industry Experts for a one day of accelerated learning about innovative technologies and real world experience in short action packed sessions. http://innovationdays.com.au

If you are asking yourself about other cities: stay tunned.

Categories: Cloud

Get the big picture of your IT environment

 

With today’s digital transformation how many experts does it take to cover the hardware and software that the company needs to be productive? And how do you get the big picture if they are all disconnected with teams using different tools to monitor and manage their own divided departments?

Savision will be hosting two live online sessions that will guide you step by step and show you how to obtain a holistic view of your IT environment by connecting your ITSM & Monitoring systems. They will show you how to aggregate and analyze dispersed data from systems like SCOM, Azure, SolarWinds, Nagios, ServiceNow, with more to come.

If you are having that problem within your organization, you cannot miss the upcoming live online sessions that Savision will be hosting. The sessions will walk you through the process of improving your IT operations and show you how to obtain a holistic view of your IT environment by connecting your ITSM & Monitoring systems. You can choose to join one of two sessions where you will find out more about: – How you can find out your organization’s IT Maturity level and how to improve it

  • How easy it is to connect the IT, the helpdesk and the business departments
  • How to aggregate and analyze dispersed data from your existing systems and obtain actionable information

The sessions will be hosted by Savision’s CTO, Rob Doucette and co-founder & VP of Product Management, Dennis Rietvink. You can choose one of the following dates to register, depending on your region.

US Session: Tuesday, June 21st – 2PM EDT | 8PM EST

EU Session: Thursday, June 23rd – 8AM EDT | 2PM EST

Register here.

Categories: Cloud

Linux Bash Command Line natively on Windows 10

 

If you a Linux fan or like to play around with Linux or are experienced Linux, Mac OS X or Unix developer, this feature is perfect for you: the new Bash feature will give you a Linux root shell, which means that you won’t even need to use sudo to become “Administrator”. As root user you will have full system access, like you have in Linux and Unix systems.

 

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Before we start, is important to understand that an application that you install in the Bash shell is restricted to Bash shell. You won’t be able to access the application from PowerShell, Cmd or Explorer in Windows.

 

The solution

 

To offer a full Bash shell based on Ubuntu, Microsoft worked with Canonical to provide a shell that runs atop the subsystem allowing you to run the Bash shell and the exact same binaries you’d normally run on Ubuntu Linux.

There are some limitations as you won’t be able to install Linux server applications or to start Linux graphical software. The target for the feature are developers who want to run Linux command-line utilities on Windows.

 

Requirements

 

  • Windows 10 Insider Preview Build (minimum build: 14316)
  • Developer Mode activated

 

Getting there in simple 10 steps

 

1. Click on Windows Start, click on Settings and then click on Update & Security

2. On the left menu, click on Windows Update, then click on Advance Options

3. On the Advanced Options window, if you are not already an Windows Insider, click on Get Started and follow the instructions to become an Windows Insider. You will be requested to restart your computer and after that, return to this same windows and select the Fast mode to have at least the 14316 build installed.

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4. Once the computer have the required minimum build, go back to Update & Security and on the left menu select For Developers.

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  1. On Windows Start, type Program and Features

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6. On the left panel, click on Turn Windows Feature on or off

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7. Select Windows Subsystem for Linux (Beta) from the list and click on OK.  You’ll be requested to restart your computer,  for the feature to get installed.

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8. When you computer gets back, click on the Windows Start button and type bash then select the bash command or press enter.

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9. You will be requested to accept the terms of license and after accepting it a bash window will open. Press Y to accept the download of the Bash Ubuntu on Windows application from the Windows Store.

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10. That’s it. You now have a full command-line bash shell based on Linux Ubuntu. You now have access to all the Linux command line software.

Note: As we installed the bash for Ubuntu and because they’re the same binaries as you would have on a normal Linux Ubuntu installation, you can use the same apt-get command you used to run on Ubuntu, to install software from Ubuntu’s repositories.

Notes:

  • In Linux the Bash shell is case-sensitive and the
  • Windows file system is located at /mnt/c in the Bash shell environment.

 

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Shielded VM’s: Virtualization security is a major investment area in Hyper-V 2016

security_banner1SECURITY – Protecting the company data should be a priority.

 

Protecting a Virtual Machine(VM) guest from a possible host compromised as well as the certain that on a 3rd party hosting environment your VM will be protected in addition to the protection applied to the hosts is a major investment area in Hyper-V 2016.

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Taking into consideration that a VM is a file, stored somewhere on a storage on locally in the Hyper-v host, it needs to be protected from attacks to the storage system, the network, while it is backed up or taken or copied to other systems.

To help protect against compromised fabric, Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V introduces Shielded VMs. A Shielded VM, requires a VM to be created as generation 2, which has a virtual TPM, is encrypted using BitLocker and can only run on healthy and approved hosts in the fabric. So, if someone copy either maliciously or accidentally the VM to a non-approved host, the VM (which is encrypted), won’t start and cannot be used to be mounted to allow access to it’s file system.

Shielded VM’s use several features to make it harder for Host administrators and malware on the host to inspect, tamper with, or steal data from the state of a shielded virtual machine. Data and state is encrypted, Hyper-V administrators can’t see the video output and disks, and the virtual machines can be restricted to run only on known, healthy hosts, as determined by a Host Guardian Server.

A configured Shielded VM has:

  • BitLocker encrypted disks
  • A hardened VM worker process (VMWP) that helps prevent inspection and tampering
  •  Automatically encrypted live migration traffic as well as encryption of its runtime state file, saved state, checkpoints and even Hyper-V Replica files (from 2016 TP5)
  • Blocked console access
  • Blocked  PowerShell Direct
  • Blocked Guest File Copy Integration Components
  • Blocked  services that provide possible paths from a user or process with administrative privileges to the VM.

 

 

 

With the release of Windows Server 2016 TP5, the Hyper-V team at Microsoft  made shielded virtual machines compatible with Hyper-V Replica. As with copying/moving the VM, to replicate a shielded VM, the host you want to replicate to must be authorized to run that shielded VM.

The Host Guardian Service supports two different deployments of a Guarded fabric (attestation modes): TPM-trusted attestation (Hardware based) and Admin-trusted attestation (AD based).

I hope you walk away with a better understanding of the Hyper-V Shielded VM solution from this post.