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Hyper-V Cloud Program

November 9, 2010 Leave a comment

To help you deploy commercial private and public clouds based on Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V, System Center, and related products, Microsoft offers a set of programs and initiatives called Hyper-V Cloud. These programs can help you:

Microsoft is also investing in a set of engagements to help customers with IaaS assessments, proofs-of-concept, and deployments with help from our partners or Microsoft Services. The investments are designed to help reduce the risk, cost, and time associated with testing and deploying a cloud environment.

Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track Partners

 Get an infrastructure as a service private cloud with a pre-validated configuration from server partners in the Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track. Offerings from the Fast Track program combine Microsoft software; consolidated guidance; validated configurations from OEM partners for compute, network, and storage; and value-added software components.

Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track partner offerings provide flexibility and choice while reducing risk and increasing the speed of deployment. Read the solution briefs below to learn about the available options from each partner.

For Dell solution, click here

Physical to Virtual (P2V) Migration : Download

November 9, 2010 Leave a comment

 Microsoft P2V Migration for Software Assurance automates the delivery of an updated and personalized Windows 7 operating system while backing up and converting the legacy Windows XP or later desktop and its applications for seamless use within Windows 7. P2V Migration supports both native Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) Lite Touch Installation as well as Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Zero Touch Installation.

System Requirements

  • Supported Operating Systems:Windows 7;Windows Vista;Windows XP

To install P2VMigration.msi:

  1. Double-lick the P2VMigration.msi.
  2. Accept the Microsoft Software License Terms.
  3. Follow the steps in the installation process to complete the installation

Download P2V Migration for Software Assurance now:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=14d08880-bd5e-4602-a747-2717d3f54cb2

Windows 2008R2 SP1: Changes that were made to the Hyper-V Manager

November 4, 2010 Leave a comment

In response to feedback from beta users of the service pack 1 release, Microsoft made some changes to the Hyper-V Manager and also to the virtual machine settings user interface.

There are three changes that have been made to the virtual machine settings user interface 

  • “Memory priority” is now “Memory weight”
  • The memory buffer is now configured using a text box instead of a slider.
  • Memory buffer now uses different math. 

To learn more and understand why, check here on Ben Armstrong (Virtual PC Guy  ) Blog:

Debian on Hyper-V with 4 vCPU support and syntetic network.

November 2, 2010 2 comments

When Microsoft says that does not support all linux distributions, does not mean that a particular distribution will not work on Hyper-V.

It’s easy to get a DEBIAN running on Hyper-V. It took me more time to install Debian than to add the Hyper-V integration services components, thanks to Yusuf Ozturk , who created the kernel updates, ready to deploy on Debian.

Here are the steps:

1. Download Debian 5.06 (lenny)  from http://www.debian.org/releases/lenny/debian-installer/  (full CD/DVD sets – CD 1 )
2. Create a VM with 1 Legacy Network ( we will add the synthetic one, later ) and 4 processors
3. Install Debian using the ISO.
4. After installation finished, logon

5. Using a Terminal session, typed the following commands

# apt-get update

 

# aptitude update
# wget -c http://www.yusufozturk.info/linux/linux-headers-2.6.36-hyperv-debian.x86_64.deb
# wget -c http://www.yusufozturk.info/linux/linux-image-2.6.36-hyperv-debian.x86_64.deb

# dpkg -i linux-image-2.6.36-hyperv_2.6.36-hyperv-10.00.Custom_amd64.deb linux-headers-2.6.36-hyperv_2.6.36-hyperv-10.00.Custom_amd64.deb
# echo -e “hv_vmbus\nhv_storvsc\nhv_blkvsc\nhv_netvsc” >> /etc/initramfs-tools/modules
# update-initramfs –u –k 2.6.36-hyperv
 
6. Shutdown the Virtual Machine
7. Added synthetic Network
8. Start the VM

Done!
Now you have a Debian distribution running on Hyper-V, with 4 processors, synthetic network and also integrated shutdown is available. Simple as that!

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 RC. Detailed list of Improvements and others questions

November 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Microsoft has made available a Release Candidate (RC) for Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. SP1 includes both a roll-up of operating system updates and several new capabilities for Windows Server.

Q: Can I install the Release Candidate over the Beta of SP1?
A.
 No. You must uninstall the beta.

Q: Can I install the RC on an evaluation version of Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2?
A.
Yes. The RC of SP1 can install on RTM evaluation versions of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

Q: There are several downloads available. Which one should I choose?
A: There are two ways you can obtain the service pack RC. You can download a special key to enable Windows Update to offer you the service pack RC, or you can download the service pack directly. For each download method, you should choose the correct download for your platform (x86, IA64 or x64).

Q: Should customers who are considering deploying Windows 7 wait for SP1?
A:
No. Windows 7 is a high quality release and provides many benefits to consumers and businesses alike.  SP1 will include all updates previously available to Windows 7 users through Windows Update, so there is no reason to wait or delay their use of Windows 7.

Q. Can I upgrade from the RC builds to the final build of SP1?
A.
No. You will have to uninstall the Service Pack or do a clean install of Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.

Q. Will there be a slipstream build of SP1 RC?
A.
No. The RC will only be available as the service pack update itself. You will need to have a release to manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 to install the RC of the service pack.

Q. What languages will be released at RC?
A.
  For RC, we will release English, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.

Q: Which improvements are included in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1?
A. 
• Dynamic Memory – Dynamic Memory allows for memory on a host machine to be pooled and dynamically distributed to virtual machines as necessary. Memory is dynamically added or removed based on current workloads, and is done so without service interruption.
• Microsoft RemoteFX – a new set of remote user experience capabilities that enable a media-rich user environment for virtual desktops, session-based desktops and remote applications
• Enhancements to scalability and high availability when using DirectAccess – improvements have been made to enhance scalability and high availability when using DirectAccess, through the addition of support for 6to4 and ISATAP addresses when using DirectAccess in conjunction with Network Load Balancing (NLB).
• Support for Managed Service Accounts (MSAs) in secure branch office scenarios – enhanced support for managed service accounts (MSAs) to be used on domain-member services located in perimeter networks (also known as DMZs or extranets).
• Support for increased volume of authentication traffic on domain controllers connected to high-latency networks – more granular control of the maximum number of possible concurrent connections to a domain controller, enabling a greater degree of performance tuning for service providers.
• Enhancements to Failover Clustering with Storage – SP1 enables enhanced support for how Failover Clustering works with storage that is not visible for all cluster nodes. In SP1, improvements have been made to the Cluster Validation and multiple Failover Cluster Manager wizards to allow workloads to use disks that are shared between a subset of cluster nodes.

Q: Which improvements are included in Windows 7 SP1?
A. 
• Additional support for communication with third-party federation services – Additional support has been added to allow Windows 7 clients to effectively communicate with third-party identity federation services (those supporting the WS-Federation passive profile protocol).
• Improved HDMI audio device performance – Updates have been incorporated into SP1 to ensure that connections between Windows 7 computers and HDMI audio devices are consistently maintained.
• Corrected behavior when printing mixed-orientation XPS documents – Prior to the release of SP1, some customers have reported difficulty when printing mixed-orientation XPS documents (documents containing pages in both portrait and landscape orientation) using the XPS Viewer, resulting in all pages being printed entirely in either portrait or landscape mode. This issue has been addressed in SP1, allowing users to correctly print mixed-orientation documents using the XPS Viewer.

Q: Changes common to both client and server platforms:
A. 
• Change to behavior of “Restore previous folders at logon” functionality – SP1 changes the behavior of the “Restore previous folders at logon” function available in the Folder Options Explorer dialog. Prior to SP1, previous folders would be restored in a cascaded position based on the location of the most recently active folder. That behavior changes in SP1 so that all folders are restored to their previous positions.
• Enhanced support for additional identities in RRAS and IPsec – Support for additional identification types has been added to the Identification field in the IKEv2 authentication protocol. This allows for a variety of additional forms of identification (such as E-mail ID or Certificate Subject) to be used when performing authentication using the IKEv2 protocol.
• Support for Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX) – Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX) is a 256 bit instruction set extension for processors. AVX is designed to allow for improved performance for applications that are floating point intensive. Support for AVX is a part of SP1 to allow applications to fully utilize the new instruction set and register extensions.