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I am Speaking at Teched Australia 2011

June 29, 2011 Leave a comment

I am absolutely thrilled to announce I will be presenting the following two sessions at Tech.Ed Australia 2011 :

SCVMM 2012: Deployment, Planning, Upgrade

This session provides a scenario rich detailed walk through of VMM 2012 deployment, planning, and upgrade scenarios. Come and learn how to best plan your next VMM rollout

SCVMM 2012 Fabric Lifecycle: Networking and Storage

This session provides a scenario rich detailed walk through of  new and more robust networking and storage features in VMM 2012. In this session you will learn how to discover, configure, and provision networking
and storage fabric for use with the private cloud

Came along! It will be an excellent session.

Tech.Ed Australia 2011 is on the Gold Coast between the 30th August and the 2nd September, registrations are now open. Find out more at http://australia.msteched.com/

Hyper-V Backup software : Altaro

June 29, 2011 Leave a comment

In January I was contacted by David Vella, CEO of Altaro to provide some feedback about a new Hyper-V backup software.

Altaro Hyper-V Backups works on Windows 2008 R2 (all editions, including core installation) and should be installed on the Hyper-V Host, not within the guest.

Yesterday, I receive a beta copy to test and I will post here my feedback, later. Anyway, my collegue MVP Hans Vredevoort post a good review in his blog with Femi Adegoke help.

For Hans Vredevoort review

http://www.hyper-v.nu/archives/hvredevoort/2011/05/altaro-hyper-v-backup-review/

Interested ? Here http://www.altaro.com/hyper-v-backup/ you can download the installation.  The install size is only 14 Mb in size.

 

Previewing ‘Windows 8’ : official announcements of Windows 8

June 24, 2011 Leave a comment

At the D9 Conference(June 1, 2011), Microsoft  demonstrated the next generation of Windows, internally code-named “Windows 8,” for the first time. Windows 8 is a reimagining of Windows, from the chip to the interface. A Windows 8-based PC is really a new kind of device, one that scales from touch-only small screens through to large screens, with or without a keyboard and mouse.

The demo showed some of the ways we’ve reimagined the interface for a new generation of touch-centric hardware. Fast, fluid and dynamic, the experience has been transformed while keeping the power, flexibility and connectivity of Windows intact.

To read more : http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/Features/2011/jun11/06-01corporatenews.aspx

To see the first preview demo

Validate SCSI Device Vital Product Data (VPD) test fails after you install W2008 R2 SP1

June 22, 2011 Leave a comment

If you found this error :” Failed to get SCSI page 83h VPD descriptors for cluster disk
<number> from <node name> status 2″ after applying SP1 to your W2008R2 cluster, Microsoft has released a fix for it.

The List Potential Cluster Disks storage validation test may display a warning message that resembles the following: “Disk with identifier <value> has a Persistent Reservation on it. The disk might be part of some other cluster. Removing the disk from validation set”

The  hotfix resolves an issue in which the storage test incorrectly runs on disks that are online and not in the Available Storage group.

More details:

You configure a failover cluster that has three or more nodes that are running Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1).

You have cluster disks that are configured in groups other than the Available Storage group or that are used for Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV).

These disks are online when you run the Validate SCSI Device Vital Product Data (VPD) test or the List Potential Cluster Disks storage validation test

More info : http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2531907

 

Plan your organization’s migration to a private cloud with the Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track Assessment!

June 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Use the MAP Toolkit to plan your organization’s migration to a private cloud with the Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track Assessment!

New MAP features  to:

  • Build portfolios of web applications and databases to migrate to Windows Azure and SQL Azure.
  • Assess your environment’s readiness for Office 365 or Internet Explorer 9
  • Identify and migrate databases from competing platforms like Oracle and MySQL to Microsoft SQL Server.
  • Consolidate your servers on to Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track Infrastructures

The beta of the MAP Toolkit v6.0 is now available. To get involved in the beta program

https://connect.microsoft.com/

 

 

Window 7 as Guest OS for VDI : Max Virtual Processors Supported

June 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Looking to implement a VDI scenario with Windows 7 as the guest with a 12:1 (VP:LP) ratio ? With the launch of the SP1 for W2008R2, Microsof increased the maximum number of running virtual processors (VP) per logical processor (LP) from 8:1 to 12:1 when running Windows 7 as the guest operating system for VDI deployments

Formula :  (Number of processors) * (Number of cores) * (Number of threads per core) * 12

 Virtual Processor to Logical Processor2 Ratio & Totals

Physical
Processors

Cores per
processor

Threads per
core

Max Virtual Processors
Supported

2

2

2

96

2

4

2

192

2

6

2

288

2

8

2

384

4

2

2

192

4

4

2

384

4

6

2

512
(576)1

4

8

2

512
(768)1

1Remember that Hyper-V R2 supports up to a maximum of up to 512 virtual processors per server so while the math exceeds 512, they hit the maximum of 512 running virtual processors per server.

2A logical processor can be a core or thread depending on the physical processor.

  • If a core provides a single thread (a 1:1 relationship), then a logical processor = core.
  • If a core provides two threads per core (a 2:1 relationship), then each thread is a logical
    processor.

More info :
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee405267%28WS.10%29.aspx
http://blogs.technet.com/b/virtualization/archive/2011/04/25/hyper-v-vm-density-vp-lp-ratio-cores-and-threads.aspx

SCVMM 2008 Ports and Protocols

June 7, 2011 Leave a comment

SCVMM 2008, SCVMM 2008 R2 and SCVMM 2008 R2 SP1 default ports :

Connection type Protocol Default port Where to change the port setting
VMM server to VMM agent on Windows Server–based host (control) WS-Management 80 at VMM setup, registry
VMM server to VMM agent on Windows Server–based host (file
transfers)
HTTPS (using BITS) 443 (Maximum value: 32768) Registry
VMM server to remote Microsoft SQL Server database TDS 1433 Registry
VMM server to P2V source agent DCOM 135 Registry
VMM Administrator Console to VMM server WCF 8100 at VMM setup, registry
VMM Self-Service Portal Web server to VMM server WCF 8100 at VMM setup
VMM Self-Service Portal to VMM self-service Web server HTTPS 443 at VMM setup
VMM library server to hosts BITS 443 (Maximum value: 32768) at VMM setup, registry
VMM host-to-host file transfer BITS 443* (Maximum value: 32768)

* VMM 2008 R2 : port 30443 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971816)

Registry
VMRC connection to Virtual Server host VMRC 5900 VMM Administrator Console, registry
VMConnect (RDP) to Hyper-V hosts RDP 2179 VMM Administrator Console, registry
Remote Desktop to virtual machines RDP 3389 Registry
VMware Web Services communication HTTPS 443 VMM Administrator Console, registry
SFTP file transfer from VMWare ESX Server 3.0 and VMware ESX Server 3.5
hosts
SFTP 22 Registry
SFTP file transfer from VMM server to VMWare ESX Server 3i hosts HTTPS 443 Registry

More info  : http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc764268.aspx

 

SCVMM 2012 Management ports and protocols. Detailed

June 7, 2011 Leave a comment

Here are the list of ports/protocols for the new SCVMM 2012.

From To Protocol Default
port
Where to change port setting
VMM management server P2V
source agent (control channel)
DCOM 135
Load Balancer HTTP/HTTPS 80/443 Load balancer configuration provider
WSUS server (data channel) HTTP/HTTPS 80/8530
(non-SSL), 443/8531 (with SSL)
These ports are the IIS port binding with WSUS. They cannot be changed from VMM.
WSUS server (control channel) HTTP/HTTPS 80/8530
(non-SSL), 443/8531 (with SSL)
These ports are the IIS port binding with WSUS. They cannot be changed from VMM.
VMM agent on Windows Server–based host (data
channel for file transfers)
HTTPS
(using BITS)
443
(Maximum value: 32768)
Citrix XenServer host (customization data
channel)
iSCSI 3260 On XenServer in transfer VM
XenServer host (control channel) HTTPS 5989 On XenServer host in: /opt/cimserver/cimserver_planned.conf
remote Microsoft SQL Server database TDS 1433
VMM agent on Windows Server–based host (control
channel)
WS-Management 5985 VMM setup
VMM agent on Windows Server–based host (control
channel – SSL)
WS-Management 5986
in-guest agent (VMM to virtual machine control
channel)
WS-Management 5985
Storage Management Service WMI Local
call
Cluster PowerShell interface PowerShell n/a
P2V source agent (data channel) BITS User-Defined P2V cmdlet option
VMM library server hosts
file transfer
BITS 443
(Maximum value: 32768)
VMM setup
VMM host-to-host file transfer BITS 443
(Maximum value: 32768)
VMM Self-Service Portal VMM
Self-Service Portal web server
HTTPS 443 VMM setup
VMM Self-Service Portal web server VMM
management server
WCF 8100 VMM setup
Console connections (RDP) virtual
machines through Hyper-V hosts (VMConnect)
RDP 2179 VMM console
Remote Desktop virtual
machines
RDP 3389 On the virtual machine
VMM console VMM
management server
WCF 8100 VMM setup
VMM management server (HTTPS) WCF 8101 VMM setup
VMM management server (NET.TCP) WCF 8102 VMM setup
VMM management server (HTTP) WCF 8103 VMM setup
Windows PE agent VMM
management server (control channel)
WCF 8101 VMM setup
VMM management server (time sync) WCF 8103 VMM setup
WDS provider VMM
management server
WCF 8102 VMM setup
Storage Management Service  SMI-S Provider CIM-XML Provider-specific
port
VMM management server VMware
ESX Server 3i hosts
HTTPS 443

Others

Connection Type Protocol Default port Where to change port setting
OOB Connection – SMASH over WS-Man HTTPS 443 On BMC
OOB Connection IPMI IPMI 623 On BMC
BITS port for VMM transfers (data channel)
BITS 443 VMM setup
VMware ESX Server 3.0 and VMware ESX Server 3.5 hosts SFTP 22
VMware Web Services
communication
HTTPS 443 VMM console

Note: When you install the VMM management server you can assign some of the ports that it will use for communications and file transfers between the VMM components.

24 Hours in the Cloud : Live on June 1st

June 1, 2011 Leave a comment

 

The GITCA “24 Hours in the Cloud” round-the-world virtual event focusing on Cloud Computing is scheduled for June 1st. The speakers will be available via twitter to answer questions . Please visit http://sp.GITCA.org/sites/24Hours to find out more.

This is a very important community project and GITCA, supported by Microsoft, is acting as the enabler. So this is the community helping the community which is the way it should be. We have a great selection of presentations from experienced speakers from around the world. Please go to http://sp.gitca.org/sites/24hours/ugpages/FinalSpeakers.aspx to
view the list of speakers and http://sp.gitca.org/sites/24hours/ugpages/FinalSessions.aspx to view the list of sessions.

The first session, keynote by Doug Terry of Microsoft Research, will start at 9am Pacific Daylight
Time [UTC -7]. Please note the start time was incorrectly shown as UTC-8 in previous messages. The event can be accessed via http://vepexp.microsoft.com/24hitc which will go live on June 1st.