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Now Available: Virtual Machine Manager 2016 book

February 28, 2018 1 comment
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VMM 2016 book

Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2016 is part of the System Center suite to configure and manage private clouds.

Now available: System Center 2016 Virtual Machine Manager Cookbook – Third Edition

The book will be your best companion for day-to-day virtualization needs within your organization, as it takes you through a series of recipes to simplify and plan a highly scalable and available virtual infrastructure. You will learn the deployment tips, techniques, and solutions designed to show users how to improve VMM 2016 in a real-world scenario. The chapters are divided in a way that will allow you to implement the VMM 2016 and additional solutions required to effectively manage and monitor your fabrics and clouds. We will cover the most important new features in VMM 2016 across networking, storage, and compute, including brand new Guarded Fabric, Shielded VMs and Storage Spaces Direct. The recipes in the book provide step-by-step instructions giving you the simplest way to dive into VMM fabric concepts, private cloud, and integration with external solutions such as VMware, Operations Manager, and the Windows Azure Pack.

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By the end of this book, you will be armed with the knowledge you require to start designing and implementing virtual infrastructures in VMM 2016.

The book has been updated to reflect the updates available on VMM 2016 1801 release.

What You Will Learn

  • Plan and design a VMM architecture for real-world deployment
  • Configure fabric resources, including compute, networking, and storage
  • Create and manage Storage Spaces Direct clusters in VMM
  • Configure Guarded Fabric with Shielded VMs
  • Create and deploy virtual machine templates and multi-tier services
  • Manage Hyper-V and VMware environments from VMM
  • Enhance monitoring and management capabilities
  • Upgrade to VMM 2016 from previous versions

Authors

  • Roman Levchenko
  • Edvaldo Alessandro Cardoso

Order your Copy

You can order your copy of the VMM 2016 book here

 

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Monitoring Virtual Machine Manager Jobs from OMS Log Analytics #VMM #OMS

February 26, 2018 1 comment
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Wondering how you could use Microsoft OMS to have a single view of the jobs’ status across multiple VMM instances?

Well, you can now deploy an open-source solution that can be included in your OMS workspace called Virtual Machine Manager Analytics . This solution brings in the job data of your on-premises VMM instances to the log analytics in OMS. VMM admins can then use this versatile platform to construct queries for searching the relevant data and creating data visualizations.

The Virtual Machine Manager Analytics solution comes with some built-in reports with preconfigured data visualizations so you can easily get started with frequently used queries, such as:

  • Distribution of failed jobs across VMM instances to easily scope down the broken instances.
  • Distribution of failures over time to find sudden spikes, and to help with correlating the cause and failures.
  • Distribution of failed jobs and errors to help with identifying the most error-prone jobs and the cause.
  • Distribution of the job runtime across different runs to identify the sluggish and error-prone jobs.

Additionally, the VMM jobs data in OMS Log Analytics can be correlated with the data from other OMS solutions for better debugging and auto resolution with Azure automation Runbooks

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Categories: Cloud

VMM 2016 1801 release. Configuration of guest clusters in SDN through VMM has undergone some changes.

February 19, 2018 1 comment

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With the release of the update 1801 for System Center VMM 2016, configuration of guest clusters in SDN through VMM has undergone some changes.

With network controller in place, now VMs that are connected to the virtual network using SDN are only allowed to use the IP address that the network controller assigns for communication. Inspired by Azure networking design, VMM enables this feature by emulating the floating IP functionality through the Software Load Balancer (SLB) in the SDN.

 

IMPORTANT: Network Controller does not support floating IP addresses which are essential for technologies such as Microsoft Failover Clustering to work.

 

VMM supports guest clustering in SDN through an Internal Load Balancer(ILB) Virtual IP(VIP).  Guesting clustering is managed through the SDN NC. Before you start, ensure you have set up SDN and deployed NC and SLB

The ILB uses probe ports which are created on the guest cluster VMs to identify the active node. At any given time, the probe port of only the active node responds to the ILB and all the traffic directed to the VIP is routed to the active node

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6 most commom Hyper-V configuration mistakes

February 7, 2018 1 comment

Microsoft MVPs Dave and Cristal Kawula developed an eBook when you’ll find useful information about what not to do when Installing and Configuring Hyper-V .

This eBook focuses on the 6 most important Hyper-V configuration mistakes made today and how to avoid them. You’ll learn about:

  • Common Deployment Mistakes
  • NUMA best practices that won’t affect performance
  • Proper use of Anti-Virus with Hyper-V
  • Proper use of Checkpoints

You can download the ebook here.

The eBook Authors: Dave Kawula – MVP and Cristal Kawula – MVP

 

Categories: Cloud