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Just Published System Center VMM 2012 SP1 Cookbook

January 31, 2013 Leave a comment

Hi folks

I just want to share with all of you that my book is now published :


I will be waiting for your feedback!

Microsoft Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) is a management solution for the virtualized datacenter, enabling Administrators to configure and manage their virtualization host, networking, and storage resources in order to create and deploy virtual machines and services to private clouds.

Covering the VMM 2012 SP1 and Windows 2012 features, architecture design, deloyment planning this book is full of tips, techniques and solutions. It will guide to create, deploy and manage your own Private Cloud with a mix of Hypervisors: Hyper-V, Vmware ESXi and Citrix XenServer.

What you will learn

  • VMM Architecture and planning for a real word deployment
  • Network Virtualization, Gateway integration, Storage integration, Resource Throttling, Availability options
  • Operations Manager (SCOM) deployment and integration with VMM
  • SC APP Controller (SCAC) deployment and integration with VMM to manage Private and Public Cloud (Azure)
  • Cluster deployment with VMM Bare Metal
  • Create and deploying Virtual Machines from Templates
  • Deploy an High Available VMM Management Server
  • Managing Hyper-V, Vmware and Citrix from VMM
  • Upgrade from SCVMM 2008R2 to SCVMM 2012 SP1
  • Monitoring VMware with Veeam Management Pack

Currently, no other book offers thorough coverage of System Center VMM 2012 SP1 and integration with App Controller and SCOM.


It has been an amazing journey and I greatly appreciate all of those who gave me their full support.

I could not have finished this book without the help from the Microsoft System Center and Microsoft Virtualization team in Redmond: Travis Wright, Carmen Summers, Ben Armstrong and Nigel Cain.

In addition, as I wanted this book to be reviewed by the Microsoft System Center team, I would like to acknowledge and thank Carmen Summers and Nigel Cain not only for endorsing my participation in the System Center TAP program, but also for their assistance, working beyond their time to review and to provide great feedbacks that helped out to improve the content, adding substantial value to this book. The readers will truly appreciate that!

I also would like to thank Richard Skinners, Steve Buchanan and Kristian Nese for reviewing the book.

I also would like to thank the Veeam for the great insights about their product.

I would also like to thank the Packt Pub team involved in this great project.


5 year milestone as a Microsoft MVP

January 27, 2013 1 comment

Just got in my email on the Australia Day:

In recognition of your 5 year milestone as a Microsoft MVP, I am very pleased to tell you Microsoft is honoring your achievement …

…On behalf of all of us at the MVP Award Program, please let me extend our congratulations for this accomplishment and say thank you for your longstanding and exemplary community leadership.

…Congratulations, again, and please let me know if you have any questions.

Veronica Mandich Microsoft MVP Award Program

I am the one who says thank you! I am honoured to be an Australian VM MVP for 5 years. Happy Australia Day!

And don’t forget, I am running the Microsoft Windows and System Center around Australia. Be sure you register your self.

Windows and System Center Road Show

January 11, 2013 3 comments

Windows and System Center Road Show : Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane

Sponsored by Microsoft, Dell, Veeam, STEP and GITCA.

Join the industry experts at a Windows and System Center Roadshow that will keep you up to date and ahead of the pack!

The event will showcase 6 sessions, on a range of Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V and System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager 2012 SP1 and System Center Operations Manager 2012 SP1 topics.

Topics will include:

  • Windows 8 for Enterprise (New Interface, Direct Access, Client Hyper-V, Branch Cache, Advanced Diagnostics, Bit Locker)
  • Windows 2012 Enhancements (Active Directory, Direct Access, Networking, SMB File Server )
  • Server Virtualization: Hyper-V Enhancements, Mobility and Flexibility, Disaster Recovery
  • Windows Server 2012 – High Availability & Virtualisation
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 SP1
  • System Center Operations Manager 2012 SP1
  • Data Protection and Monitoring  in a Virtualized Datacentre with Veeam, Hyper-V, and Microsoft System Center 2012*

Do you need your applications and systems to be online all the time. Well listen closely. We will be covering the enhancements to Windows Server 2012 that will help keep your applications and systems online all the time. We will be covering a range of High Availability enhancements in Windows Server 2012. We will discuss, Hyper-V Replicas, Live Storage Migration, Disk De-Duplication and Network Teaming just to name a few.

You will not leave disappointed from this session. With so much to cover, you will not want this presentation to end.

Cost Details

Target Audience

The primary audience for this event is IT Professionals, Managers, Sales Engineers and partners who are excited about the upcoming release of the Windows Server 2012 technology.

 Dates and Registration:

MELBOURNE –  Friday 25 January – 9am – 5pm-  Microsoft Level 5, 4 Freshwater Place Southbank VIC 3006 REGISTER NOW

SYDNEY – Friday 8 February – 9am – 5pm – Microsoft 1 Epping Road North Ryde NSW 2113 REGISTER NOW

PERTH – Monday 11 February – 9am – 5pm – Microsoft Level 3, 100 St Georges Terrace Perth WA 6000 REGISTER NOW

BRISBANE – Tuesday 12 February – 9am – 5pm – Microsoft Level 28, 400 George Street Brisbane QLD 4000 REGISTER NOW


Veeam Software is a Microsoft Gold ISV partner and has recently won the 2012 Microsoft Management and Virtualization Partner of the Year award. Veeam Backup & Replication provides fast, flexible and reliable recovery of virtualized applications and data. It unifies backup and replication in a single solution, increases the value of backup and reinvents data protection for Microsoft Hyper-V. Veeam also offers customers Veeam ONE, which provides 24×7 real-time monitoring, performance analysis, resource optimization and management reporting for virtualized environments. Veeam also extends deep into virtualization monitoring in Microsoft System Centre 2012 with Veeam Management Pack™ (MP). Veeam MP helps businesses manage physical and virtual infrastructures, applications and dependencies from a single console.

Bring Windows Azure to your datacenter

January 11, 2013 Leave a comment

How about having the Windows Azure experience locally on your datacentre?

Microsoft is now enabling Hosting Service Providers to use Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 to deliver the same great experiences already found in Windows Azure.

The first two of these finished services are high density website hosting and virtual machine provisioning and management. Hosting Service Providers enable these modules through the new Service Management API and optional portal.

Create high scale WebSites – Out of the box automation lowers customer onboarding costs while metering and throttling of resources can help tailor customer offerings. Supports many frameworks including ASP.NET, Classic ASP, PHP and Node.js with full Git integration for Source Code Control. Download and install the Web Sites service on machines dedicated for the Web Sites roles.

Create Virtual Machines – Leverage the power of System Center and Windows Server to easily create an Infrastructure as a Service solution for customers to provision and manage VMs. Download the System Center 2012 SP1 and install and configure SPF per the deployment guide.

Administer WebSites – Administer Web Sites and Virtual Machine services on Windows Server while also offering customers the same Windows 8-style self-service user experience as found on Windows Azure to provision and manage their Web Sites and Virtual Machines. Download the Service Management Portal and Service Management API Express bits to install the Admin and Tenant portals, and the Service Management API on one machine.Download the WebPI and click on the Products tab. Select Windows Azure to deploy the portals and the Service Management API on separate machines.


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Networking Virtualization in VMM 2012 SP1

January 10, 2013 3 comments

In VMM 2012 SP1, Microsoft introduced the VM Networking, in support of Windows 2012.

On the scenario that has multiple VM’s from different organizational divisions or customers, network secure isolation is highly required and  working with(VLANs), can present significant disadvantages in this scenario, on the other way, Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Network Virtualization provides policy-based, software-controlled network virtualization that reduces the management overhead that is faced by enterprises providing better flexibility and scalability for managing virtual machines to achieve higher resource utilization.

The key functionalities, benefits, and capabilities of Hyper-V Network Virtualization in Windows Server 2012:

  • Enables flexible workload placement – Network isolation and IP address re-use without VLANs
  • Enables easier moves for workloads to a shared IaaS cloud
  • Enables live migration across subnets
  • Enables easier management of decoupled server and network administration
  • Simplifies the network and improves server/network resource utilization
  • Is compatible with existing infrastructure and emerging technology
  • Provides for interoperability and ecosystem readiness
  • Uses Windows PowerShell and WMI.

Nigel Cain from Microsoft started an series of blog post to explain in detail the VM Network concepts with detailed steps by steps. Have a look here

Red Hat RHEL 5.9 now includes the Hyper-V Linux Integration Services built-in

January 10, 2013 Leave a comment

Red Hat announced the release of RHEL 5.9 which includes the Hyper-V Linux Integration Services built-in.

New Virtualization Capabilities and Flexibility in Multi-vendor Environments. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9 enhances the operating system’s usability in multi-vendor environments by introducing Microsoft Hyper-V drivers for improved performance. This enhances the usability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 for guests in heterogeneous, multi-vendor virtualized environments and provides improved flexibility and interoperability for enterprises.

To download Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9 visit here

My 2012 year review

January 2, 2013 Leave a comment

Today I got an email from Microsoft congratulating for the MVP renew. That’s already 5 years as Microsoft MVP in Virtual Machine.

Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2013 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in Virtual Machine technical communities during the past year.

It is an honour to be part of this unique group. Thank you Ben!

2012 was a busy and challenger year. Full on 🙂

I will start from the 2012 MVP summit, where we had great sessions, and then with the System Center TAP program, which gave me precious access to the SP1 version as well to meetings and docs. I would like to thank the System Center team for the huge opportunity.

In the work side, working as Dell Consultant, I led successful enterprise projects across APJ, spanning from virtualisation, exchange and O365 migrations. All of them with great and positive feedbacks from customers and team mates.

With the lunch of Windows 2012 and System Center, we had a lot to work and learn through the year.

I delivered 3 ILL sessions at Teched Australia in Gold Coast and I delivered 18 sessions in events Australia wide (Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Perth) and for that I would like to thank Veeam for their sponsorship and Dell (specially my manager) for their support. Lots of positive feedbacks.20130102-213926.jpg20130102-214124.jpg

I reviewed the Windows 2012 Hyper-V Cookbook for my friend Leandro Carvalho, which I recommend you to buy at

And to close with a gold key, I manage to finish writing my own book : System Center 20012 SP1 Cookbook : build you own private cloud. The book is now under review and I expect it to be published very soon. So, keep looking in my blog for more news about that.

Tomorrow, I will be back from my short leave. 2013 is promising….

Wishing you all, a happy and prosperous New Year J