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Microsoft Windows Server 2016 TP4 released

November 20, 2015 Leave a comment

Microsoft today announced the release of Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 Technical Preview 4.

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This new build includes new features that enables hybrid datacenter solutions.

The three main features: Hyper-V Containers, Software-defined datacenter capabilities and increase agility and Enhanced management capabilities:

Hyper-V: Now includes an early preview of nested virtualization, along with Direct Device Assignment, and improved PowerShell support for VM upgrades. Nested virtualization can be used in dev and test scenarios and is a key enabling technology for Hyper-V Containers.

  • Networking:  high availability for the network controller, better East-West load balancing, enhanced container networking, and support for live migration. New: Virtual Machine Multi-Queue to enable 10G+ performance.
  • Storage:  Storage Spaces Direct to support all-flash configurations with NVMe SSD and SATA SSD devices, and Erasure Coding for increased storage efficiency. Also in this release, support for Storage Health Service provides easier health monitoring and more streamlined operations, with a single monitoring point per cluster. Storage QoS now supports adjusting the normalization size of the algorithm from the current default 8 KB settings. Additional enhancements are designed for increased control, such as maximum bandwidth settings for a VHD/X.
  • Security: Enhancements to shielded VMs and the Host Guardian Service are directed toward ensuring readiness for production environments. Just Enough Administration, which limits administrator rights for additional security, has been expanded to domain controllers and server maintenance roles.

 

Make innovation easier with Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 Technical Preview 4.

Core enhancements in System Center 2016 Technical Preview 4 include:

  • Advanced software-defined datacenter support for Windows Server 2016 including new technologies such as patching of hosts while provisioning, simplified logical network creation, scale-out file server with Storage Spaces Direct and SAN storage automation, and improved storage monitoring.
  • Protecting customer IP through shielded VM’s and Guardian Host deployment and management
  • Easy to use monitoring improvements in Operations Manager through data-driven management of alerts and enhanced visualization

Download Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-windows-server-technical-preview

Download System Center 2016 Technical Preview 4: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-system-center-technical-preview

 

Savision just released their newest version of Live Maps Unity

November 13, 2015 1 comment

Savision just released their newest version of Live Maps Unity. Live Maps Unity 7.5 comes with new features. In this last release, Savision is adding more functionality on ways to proactively monitor business services. Besides the advanced SLAs monitoring, another great feature added to Live Maps Unity 7.5 is the new Web Portal. Savision will be hosting two webinars to introduce the new features and show you how they work so you can get the most out of your System Center environment.

Savision’s co-Founder and VP of Product Management, Dennis Rietvink will be hosting the webinars.

Register for the webinars and find out more about the new features:

– Advanced Service Level Agreement Monitoring

With this new feature, you can have more control over your SLAs as you will receive proactive notifications when they are in danger of being breached.

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– Brand New Web Portal

Get end-to-end service visibility and track interconnected infrastructure and applications from any mobile device, anywhere you are. Live Maps Unity is now Silverlight free.

Register now for any of the webinars:

  • EU Webinar – Wednesday, November 25th, 3:30 pm CET / 9:30 am EST
  • US Webinar – Tuesday, December 1st, 8:00 pm CET / 2:00 pm EST

Savision will also be raffling a pair of HiFi Philips headphones amongst the attendees of the webinars.  To register for the webinars, click here.

Hybrid Cloud Computing with Microsoft and Red Hat

November 5, 2015 1 comment

Microsoft and Red Hat announced a partnership that will help customers embrace hybrid cloud computing by providing greater choice and flexibility deploying Red Hat solutions on Microsoft Azure.

redhat-msRed Hat Enterprise Linux will be the preferred option for enterprise Linux workloads on Microsoft Azure.

Microsoft Azure will become a Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider, enabling customers to run their Red Hat Enterprise Linux applications and workloads on Microsoft Azure. Red Hat Cloud Access subscribers will be able to bring their own virtual machine images to run in Microsoft Azure.

Customers will be offered cross-platform, cross-company support spanning the Microsoft and Red Hat offerings in an integrated way, unlike any previous partnership in the public cloud. By co-locating support teams on the same premises, the experience will be simple and seamless, at cloud speed.

Red Hat CloudForms will interoperate with Microsoft Azure and Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager, offering Red Hat CloudForms customers the ability to manage Red Hat Enterprise Linux on both Hyper-V and Microsoft Azure. Support for managing Azure workloads from Red Hat CloudForms is expected to be added in the next few months, extending the existing System Center capabilities for managing Red Hat Enterprise Linux

In addition, Expanding on the preview of .NET on Linux announced by Microsoft in April, developers will have access to .NET technologies across Red Hat offerings, including Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, jointly backed by Microsoft and Red Hat. Red Hat Enterprise Linux will be the primary development and reference operating system for .NET Core on Linux.

Source: http://www.redhat.com/en/about/press-releases/microsoft-and-red-hat-deliver-new-standard-enterprise-cloud-experiences

High availability and disaster recovery

September 10, 2015 1 comment

High availability and disaster recovery are key components of an Enterprise’s IT environment. While more and more companies are adopting Hyper-V on Server 2012 R2 for their private cloud solution, Savision’s newest whitepaper, written by Microsoft MVP Peter de Tender, will explain how:

-You can leverage on the power of Microsoft Azure for building a Hyper-V based datacenter disaster recovery plan.

-You can migrate your in-house VM’s to Microsoft Azure, guaranteeing uptime and availability of the machine and the applications to your end-users.

Not using Hyper-V yet? No worries, Azure Site Recovery can also act as failover for your VMware or physical host platform.

Learn from Peter De Tender, independent technical speaker, valued Microsoft Infrastructure Architect, Microsoft Certified Trainer and Windows IT Pro MVP, about the core features of Azure Site Recovery, extended with insights on how Savision can assist you in monitoring the ASR topology by showing real-time feedback

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Categories: Cloud, Microsoft, System Center

Challenges of Cloud Adoption

August 4, 2015 Leave a comment

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The Cloud approach addresses elastic scale, agility, costs and time to market, by allowing organizations not only to deploy a solution quickly but also to scale up/down based on demand. Cloud adoption is sky rocketing, there’s no doubt about it. However, when it comes to investments in the Cloud, how are you planning and assessing business and IT requirements?

  • Is your current IT infrastructure and resources meeting the required business SLA’s?
  • How you foreseeing capacity issues?
  • Are you connecting IT resources to business outcomes and unifying IT processes with business cycles?
  • How does your business maintain the system availability and resilience?
  • How are you maximizing the utilization of the resources within your IT infrastructure? 

With this whitepaper, we will help you find the answer to those questions, covering the challenges in deployment, management and automation phases with some tips and considerations.

 Download the whitepaper

You can also register for Savision’s complimentary webinar, presented by MVP Alessandro Cardoso on Adopting the Cloud. The webinar will be presented by MVP Alessandro Cardoso, and will be co-hosted by Savision’s co-founder and VP of Product Management, Dennis Rietvink.

Register for the webinar:

September 9 at 9:00 am CEST | 5:00 pm AEST

Is System Center Operations Manager still relevant in the Cloud?

June 19, 2015 1 comment

EXCLUSIVE Whitepaper: Is OpsMgr still relevant in the Cloud by MVP Cameron Fuller

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The addition of the Cloud has truly changed how we monitor in Microsoft solutions. In this whitepaper, Microsoft MVP Cameron Fuller tackles the elephant in the room and answers the question of the relevance of Operations Manager. Find out whether Operations Manager is still relevant in the world of the Cloud

Installing Hyper-V role on Windows 2016 Server TP2 MinShell version

May 25, 2015 1 comment

As you probably are aware of, Windows 2016 Server TP2, comes with 2 installation options. You also probably have noticed as well that the graphical user interface (GUI) is no longer an option in a default install on the Technical Preview 2.NOt even Start Menu.
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  • Windows Server Technical Preview 2 option, will install the server with MinShell (Minimal Shell no GUI). Assuming that you will manage the host remotely you won’t need graphical interface at all and from a security point of view, it is the better option.

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  • Windows Server Technical Preview 2 (with local admin tools) option, will install the server again with MinShell, but includes Server Manager and the other GUI administration tools, although no desktop experience (traditional desktop), nor start menu.

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To install Hyper-V role in the Windows Server Technical Preview 2 (with local admin tools) option, in the Server Manager console, click on Add roles and features and select Hyper-V.

To install Hyper-V role in the Windows Server Technical Preview 2 option :

in the command prompt, type:

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PS: > InstallWindowsFeature Hyper-V

Note: If the installation fails due to “The source files could not be found” error, assuming the Windows Server Technical Preview 2 ISO image connected to the DVD drive (D:), type:

PS: > InstallWindowsFeature Hyper-VRestart Source wim:D:\sources\install.wim:4

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Simple as that!

Make your voice heard and improve Windows Server 2016

May 14, 2015 Leave a comment

The public download for Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 2 (TP2) is here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-windows-server-technical-preview

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 Now it is your time to give your feedback to the Microsoft Product team and help them improve Windows Server 2016

What’s new in Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 2: (Please note that this is pre-released software; features and functionality may differ in the final release, that’s why YOUR FEEDBACK IS VERY IMPORTANT)

Compute and Virtualization: Simplified upgrades, new installment options, and increased resilience, helping you ensure the stability of the infrastructure without limiting agility.

Networking: Continued investment to make networking as flexible and cost-effective as possible while ensuring high performance.

Storage: Expanding capabilities in software-defined storage with an emphasis on resilience, reduced cost, and increased control.

Security and Assurance: Protecting against today’s threats with a “zero-trust” approach to security that is rooted in the hardware.

Management: Ongoing advances to simplify server management and increase consistency in approach.

  1. PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) for easier, consistent and faster deployment and updates.
  2. PowerShell Package Manager  for unified package management and deployment
  3. Windows Management Framework 5.0 April Preview and DSC Resource Kit  (available online simultaneously with TP2)

VMM 2012 R2: Unified (almost) on premise and Azure management through the VMM console

April 30, 2015 Leave a comment

Although it is only simple actions (i.e such as restart, refresh, and view) you can use Virtual machine Manager 2012R2 to manage both on premises and Azure Virtual Machines, by adding Azure subscription to VMM.

Let’s hope the VMM team extend those tasks beyond that.

To Download: KB3050317Update Rollup 6 for System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3050317/)

 

for more information on new features on VMM 2012 R2 UR6 check http://blogs.technet.com/b/scvmm/archive/2015/04/29/an-overview-of-the-new-features-in-vmm-2012-r2-update-rollup-6.aspx

Unified management through the VMM console

With VMM 2012 R2 UR6, Virtual Machine Manager offers a very simple way for a VMM Fabric administrator to add a Microsoft Azure subscription to VMM. After users have added the Microsoft Azure subscription to VMM, they can get a view of their Azure instances directly from the VMM console, and they can perform some simple actions on these instances.

Although in the long term Microsoft vision is to establish WAP as the console of choice for on-premises and Azure workload management, we still see this feature as a value-add to a large set of users who don’t yet use WAP or who don’t want to incur the overhead of WAP. This option of performing simple VM management tasks such as restart, refresh, and view on Azure VMs through VMM consoles gives Fabric administrators the flexibility to manage both on-premises and Azure public cloud VMs from within a single VMM management console

 

Microsoft Hyper-V Performance Whitepaper and Webminar

March 23, 2015 1 comment

EXCLUSIVE Whitepaper: Microsoft Hyper-V Performance

Businesses worldwide are turning their attention to Microsoft’s Hyper-V platform when they’re looking at their private and hybrid cloud initiatives. Find specific and concrete advice in this whitepaper to help you design, build, and upgrade Hyper-V deployments.

Download it here

Find out how you can get the best value from your Hyper-V deployments, register now for our webinars “Microsoft Hyper-V Performance Considerations” by IT expert Paul Schnackenburg. The webinars will be co-hosted by Savision’s Technical Sales Engineer, Justin Boerrigter.

During the webinar, you will find out how to design, build, and upgrade Hyper-V deployments to ensure that workloads have adequate resources and don’t experience performance issues. Get all the information you need on tools and techniques that will help you locate and remove resource bottlenecks when planning a Hyper-V fabric rollout.

Mark your calendar for one of these dates:

Thursday April 2nd- 9 AM CET / 5 PM AEST / 3 AM EST

Wednesday April 8th- 11:30 AM CET / 7:30 PM AEST/ 5:30 AM EST

If you are unable to find a convenient time to attend the webinars, sign up here to receive the on-demand version after April 8th.