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Updating Hyper-V Hosts after Virtual Machine Manager UR4

February 10, 2015 1 comment

In case you did not read the Microsoft KB, after applying Update Rollup 4 for Virtual Machine Manager (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2992024), make sure you manually update all VMM Hyper-V hosts and the VMM Console.

Note: If this component is not updated, virtual machines may not be assigned an IP address for several minutes when the lease expires or after restarting the VM.

Install the updates in the following order:
1. Update Rollup 4 for the Administrator Console
2. Update Rollup 4 for the VMM Server

Let’s start. First, check if the VMM DHCP agent version is up date, as you will need to manually remove it before installing the new one:

  1. From an elevated PowerShell Command Prompt window on the hyper-v host:
    PS: >Get-WmiObject -Class win32_product -Filter ‘Name = “Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager DHCP Server (x64)”‘

  2. If result version is earlier than 3.2.7768.0, you will firstly uninstall the old version:
    PS: >MsiExec.exe /X <IdentifyingNumber>
    Note: <IdentifyingNumber> information should be retrieved from the output of the last command: Get-WmiObject

  3. Locate and copy the file Dhcpextn.msi and run it on each hyper-v host (follow the steps in the wizard)
    Note: By default, this is C:\Program Files\Microsoft System Center 2012 R2\Virtual Machine Manager\SwExtn\DHCPExtn.msi.

  4. Double-click the DHCPExtn.msi to start the installation, and then follow the steps in the wizard.

Note:
Between these two installations, VMM Server might create one critical error log under the VMMLogs directory. This occurs because AdminConsole shares some DLLs with VMMServer, and version conflict could lead to the logging of the critical failure. To resolve this issue, install both of the updates on the VMM server that you use to start the VMM service.

Hyper-V Security book

January 28, 2015 Leave a comment

A fellow MVP Andy Syrewicze and Eric Siron wrote a Hyper-V Security book. the book is a guide on how to defend your virtual environment from attack.

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The book covers securing the Hyper- Hosts, the Virtual Machines, the Network and the Storage as well as how VMM in play changes  the security approach.

You can buy it at http://www.amazon.com/Hyper-V-Security-Eric-Siron-ebook/dp/B00RP13BOY/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

Essence of Cloud Computing with Azure and SQL Seminar. Register Now. Free Event. [Limited seats]

January 7, 2015 1 comment

I am presenting two amazing sessions showing what’s new in Hyper-V vNext and how to migrate your workloads to Azure, from VMware, AWS and Hyper-v. Don’t miss out this unique opportunity! It is time again for the annual MVP event across Asia Pacific. Register now for this Free Event. [Limited seats]

7 Years as Microsoft Most Valuable Professional

January 2, 2015 1 comment

My heartfelt thanks Microsoft. Once again and for the past 7 years, I am tremendously honoured to receive the distinguished Microsoft MVP award, particularly given the select group of experts who are recognized.

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A big thank you to Ben Armstrong, Sarah Cooley and the Hyper-V team.

“The Microsoft MVP Award recognizes inspiring, trusted, and independent experts from around the world who voluntarily share their passion and knowledge of Microsoft products with others.

… MVPs represent nearly 100 countries, speak over 40 different languages, and are awarded in almost 90 Microsoft technologies. Together, they answer more than 10 million questions each year.

Of the more than 100 million social and technical community members worldwide, only small portion are recognized as MVPs. As part of their award experience, MVPs are invited to share their feedback through direct interactions with Microsoft product group teams.”

I’m really looking forward to 2015 as it is promising to be a very exciting year with the release of Windows Server and System Center vNext looking to be one of the best versions ever launched.

Note sent by Microsoft:
Thank you for your exceptional contributions to technical communities! It gives us great pleasure to present you with the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for the technical expertise you generously provide to others. By sharing your knowledge, experience, and objective feedback, you inspire and help people to solve problems and discover new capabilities every day. We are honored to welcome you as a Microsoft MVP.
Steven Guggenheimer
Corporate Vice President

Once again, THANK YOU!  It is great to be awarded for something you love to do and it is a great motivation to continue contributing to the community.

I also would like to thank Readify for their support. If you are passionate about technology as we, Readifarians are, check out what do here: http://readify.net

 

Deploying System Center Operations Manager vNext

December 29, 2014 1 comment

Recently Microsoft released the preview version of their next release of Windows Server, Hyper-V and System Center as did Savision with Live Maps for System Center.

Note: This blog post was first published here : http://www.savision.com/resources/blog/installing-system-center-opsmgr-vnext-and-savision-live-maps-part-i-mvp-alessandro

You can download System Center vNext Preview here and Savision Live Maps from here.

To start, make sure of the following:

  1. You installed the SQL Server 2014 as the database server for the System Center vNext preview edition. To note, I run into SQL connectivity issues when I tried to use an SQL 2012 version, with a message stating that I did not have a compatible version of SQL installed. Whereas the documentation says that SQL 2012 is supported for vNext preview it is not the case.
  2. If the SQL Server is installed on a dedicated machine (recommended), that the host firewall is configured to allow inbound connections on port 1433 (SQL) , 80(http) and 443 (https)

  1. You installed Reporting Services (SSRS), Analysis Services and Full Text Search as it is required by Operations Manager.
  2. You created an account to install System Center and it is member of local administrators. For this post, I created an account named “sc-admin”.
  3. Logon on the machine you plan to install System Center with the “sc-admin”
  4. The “sc-admin” account has permissions to create a database in the installed SQL server. You can achieve this by either adding the account to the SQL server administrators when install SQL Server, of by adding the account using SQL Server Management Studio, by expanding Security->Logins and then creating a new login, adding the “sc-admin” account and selecting “sysadmin” as permission under Server Roles (preferable). You can also, if security is a concern, create a OperationsManager database and give the account DB Owner (dbo) permission.

     

    If the credentials you are using to install do not have permission to create the database you will receive the following message:

     

  5. The SQL Server Agent is started and set to automatic:

    Or else the following error will appear when the Reporting Services configuration times come in the Operations Manager installation wizard.

     

 

Quick Note: You will notice that although you are installing System Center Operations Manager vNext, the initial screen will show 2012R2 🙂

  1. To initiate the installation, click on Install and the Preview logo will appear

    I also recommend selecting the Download the latest updates to the setup program checkbox.


  2. Select the System Center features you want to install. For this post, I am selecting: Management Server, Operations Console and Reporting Server. Click Next to continue.

  3. In the Select Installation location, provide the path for Operations Manager installation and click on Next.

  4. Your system will now be checked for hardware and software against System Center requirements. If some requirements are missing it will appear on the screen for your resolution.

    The below example, Report Viewer is missing. To fix the issue, click on the to expand

     

     

    Note that in the above example there are two warnings: the first one about the system not having the recommended 4GB of memory and the second one about a pending restart. As I am installing this for a demo purpose, I can safely ignore the 1st warning, but I will have to click on Cancel and restart the machine in order to proceed the installation.

     

    Click on the link to download and install Report Viewer

     

  5. If no error is reported, click on Next to continue.
  6. In the Specify the installation option, select Create the first Management server in a new management group and provide the name. For this post I am using the name “lab” for the management group name.

  7. Click on Next to continue and accept the License terms and click on Next to proceed.

  8. In the configure operational database, type the SQL server name and port (if different for the default 1433)

  9. Click on Next to progress and to the next step where you will need to provide the Data Warehouse database configuration

 

  1. Click on Next to continue and in the next step confirm the SQL Server instance that is running the SQL Reporting Services and then click on Next to proceed.

  1. In the Configure Operations Manager accounts, provide the accounts details and click on Next to proceed.

  2. In the Help improve Operations manager, select the desired options and click on Next to proceed.

  3. In the Update screen select the desired option (On is recommended) and click on Next to proceed.

  4. On the Installation Summary, click on Install and wait for the installation to complete.

Now we have System Center Operations Manager successfully installed.

 

What’s new in #Hyper-V webinar with Symon Perriman

November 24, 2014 1 comment

Join Microsoft’s Symon Perriman to see an overview of the new capabilities coming in the next version of Hyper-V for Windows Server. The new feature will enhance management of virtualized servers, storage, networks, and workloads. Learn about upgrading the fabric and virtual machines, Linux support, quality of service, backup, and dynamically adding new resources.

Register now for these exclusive webinars by Microsoft’s Symon Perriman. The webinars will be co-hosted by Savision’s VP of R&D, Steven Dwyer. The webinars will be held on two different dates:

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 | 3:30 PM CEST/ 9:30 AM EDT    

Thursday, December 4, 2014 | 8:00 PM CEST/ 2:00 PM EDT 

VSS Backups failing after KB3000853

November 20, 2014 1 comment

I have been contacted by some people asking about backup issues they are experiencing on Windows Server 2012 . The issue is related with the Microsoft November update release KB3000853.

My recommendation is to remove the update until Microsoft fix the issue as it affected Microsoft and third party backup products.

As per Taylor Brown’s (Hyper-V Program Manager) blog,

“We are getting reports that some customers are seeing backup jobs fail after installing the latest Windows Updates including the November rollup (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/3000853).

We believe there is an issue with the KB3000853 update and are working to fix it as quickly as possible, in the interim downloading and applying http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2996928/ should address the problem”

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/taylorb/archive/2014/11/19/backup-jobs-failing-post-nov-rollup-install.aspx

 

 

What’s New in Hyper-V vNext ? Check out at the Infrastructure Saturday event in Brisbane

November 19, 2014 1 comment

Saturday 22nd November

Infrastructure Saturday is a day long event for south east Queensland based IT Professional that work with Microsoft products. This event is an educational, informative & lively day filled with sessions about Microsoft technologies.

Location: Microsoft office, Brisbane, QLD. http://www.infrastructuresaturday.com/

Topics covered in my Session: What’s New in Hyper-V vNext?

 

  • New Virtual Machine Upgrade Process
  • New Integration Components installation method
  • Secure Boot for Linux
  • Distributed Storage Quality of Service (QoS)
  • Hyper-V Backup
  • Hyper-V Virtual Machine Configuration
  • Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade

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TechEd New Zealand : my sessions

August 17, 2014 1 comment

This year I have just about 2 sessions at TechEd New Zealand.

DCIM315 – Implementing Enterprise-Scale Disaster Recovery with Azure Site Recovery, Network Virtualization, and Microsoft System Center 2012 R2

In this session we cover different aspects of Hyper-V Recovery Manager, an enterprise-scale Disaster Recovery solution to provide a single click failover in case of disaster (e.g., automation of overall DR workflow using with sequencing, manual actions, etc. to provide both application and site level DR). Learn how to enable Azure as a Disaster Recovery point in a secure manner and seamless management of failover, failback type activities using Azure IaaS VM. Network connection—back to datacenter and to the clients—is one of the top challenges in setup of your DR infrastructure and we cover how to simplify networking for disaster recovery setup. The session also covers enhancements to the solution for the private datacenter to the private datacenter scenario.

https://newzealand.msteched.com/conference/sessions/implementing-enterprise-scale-disaster-recovery-wi/

PCIT313 – Azure RemoteApp

Bring scale, agility and global access to your business applications. Azure RemoteApp helps employees stay productive anywhere, and on a variety of devices – Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, or Android. Integrate Azure RemoteApp with your company’s existing on-premise infrastructure and bring your own Remote Desktop Session Host, or deploy Azure RemoteApp using our pre-built app collections for a stand-alone cloud service. Quickly ramp up and provide seasonal workers, vendors, or large groups of new employees access to company applications without paying for new servers and expensive on-premise infrastructure.

https://newzealand.msteched.com/conference/sessions/network,-storage-and-secutity-design-best-practice/

NEW book: System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager #SysCtr #MVPBuzz #HyperV

June 24, 2014 8 comments

That’s on. After months of writing and reviews, my new book System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager is now released.

Covering : Windows 2012R2 aand Hyper-V new features, System Center 2012 R2 VMM, Operations Manager, App Controller and Azure integration as well Veeam Management Pack.

  • Plan and design a VMM architecture for real-world deployment
  • Configure network virtualization, gateway integration, storage integration, resource throttling, and availability options
  • Integrate Operations Manager (SCOM) with VMM to monitor your infrastructure
  • Integrate SC APP Controller (SCAC) with VMM to manage private and public clouds (Azure)
  • Deploy clusters with VMM Bare Metal
  • Create and deploy virtual machines from templates
  • Deploy a highly available VMM Management server
  • Manage Hyper-V, VMware, and Citrix from VMM
  • Upgrade from previous VMM versions

Order now at http://bit.ly/1pZ5VoQ

Create, deploy, and manage datacenters and private and hybrid clouds with hybrid hypervisors using VMM 2012 R2. Integrate and manage fabric (compute, storages, gateways, and networking), services and resources, and deploy clusters from bare metal servers. Explore VMM 2012 R2 features such as Windows 2012 R2 and SQL 2012 support, converged networks, network virtualization, live migration, Linux VMs, and resource throttling and availability