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Windows Server 2012 R2 key capabilities

October 19, 2013 1 comment

Microsoft announced on October 18th that the final release of Windows Server 2012 R2, Hyper-V 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 are now generally available.

Windows Server 2012 R2 delivers significant value around seven key capabilities:

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  • Server virtualization. Whether you are looking to expand virtual machine mobility, increase virtual machine availability, handle multi-tenant environments, gain bigger scale, or gain more flexibility, Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V gives you the platform and tools you need to increase business agility with confidence. Plus, you can also benefit from workload portability as you extend your on-premises datacenter into a service provider cloud or Windows Azure.
  • Storage.Microsoft designed Windows Server 2012 R2 with a strong focus on storage capabilities, including improvements in the provisioning, accessing, and managing of storage and the transfer of data across the network that resides on that storage. The end result is a storage solution that delivers the efficiency, performance, resiliency, availability, and versatility you need at every level.
  • Networking.Windows Server 2012 R2 makes it as straightforward to manage an entire network as a single server, giving you the reliability and scalability of multiple servers at a lower cost. Automatic rerouting around storage, server, and network failures enables file services to remain online with minimal noticeable downtime. In addition, Windows Server 2012 R2 provides the foundation for software-defined networking, out-of-the box, enabling seamless connectivity across public, private, and hybrid cloud implementations.
  • Server management and automation. Datacenter infrastructure has become more and more complex. Multiple industry standards are confusing hardware vendors. Customers are looking for guidance on how to best automate their datacenter while adopting a standards-based management approach supporting their multi-vendor investments. Windows Server 2012 R2 enables IT professionals to offer an integrated platform to automate and manage the increasing datacenter ecosystem. Features within Windows Server 2012 R2 enable you to manage many servers and the devices connecting them, whether they are physical or virtual, on-premises or in the cloud.
  • Web and application platform. Even greater application flexibility, helping you build and deploy applications either on-premises, in the cloud, or both at once, with hybrid solutions that can work in both environments. Windows Server 2012 R2 provides the tools you need to build, provision, and manage multi-tenant environments while still supporting your large enterprise or the many customers hosted within your service provider infrastructure.
  • Access and information protection. Users need to be able to access this information from anywhere, share it where appropriate, and achieve maximum productivity with the assets they have. Windows Server 2012 R2 helps you accommodate these changes through exciting new remote access options, significant improvements to Active Directory and Active Directory Federation Services, and the introduction of policy-based information access and audits with Dynamic Access Control, and new scenarios to help customers provide access to corporate resources for users from their own devices. With these new capabilities, you can better manage and protect data access, simplify deployment and management of your identity infrastructure, and provide more secure access to data from virtually anywhere across both on-premises well managed devices and new consumer orientated form factors.
  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. VDI technologies in Windows Server 2012 R2 offer easy access to a rich, full-fidelity Windows environment running in the datacenter, from virtually any device. Through Hyper-V and Remote Desktop Services (RDS), Microsoft offers three flexible VDI deployment options in a single solution: Pooled Desktops, Personal Desktops, and Remote Desktop Sessions (formerly Terminal Services). With Windows Server 2012 R2, you get a complete VDI toolset for delivering flexible access to data and applications from virtually anywhere on popular devices, while also helping to maintain security and compliance.

You can find more info here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsserver/archive/2013/10/18/announcing-the-general-availability-of-windows-server-2012-r2-the-heart-of-cloud-os.aspx

Transform the Datacenter Immersion workshop event in Melbourne and Sydney

September 24, 2013 Leave a comment

Attend The Modern Datacentre: Envision & Evolve workshop.  This is a TDI workshop: Transform the Datacenter Immersion.

The workshop will inspire you to take further steps towards private/hybrid cloud architecture and operating model for their data centres.  The attendees will learn about strategies to cut costs and enable innovation across four solution areas:

·         Service Delivery and Automation

·         Infrastructure Management and Optimisation

·         Modern Work styles

 

Technologies covered : Windows 2012R2 Hyper-V, System Center 2012 R2 VMM, System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager, Windows Azure.

Register at http://au.insight.com/events/experience-the-cloud-optimised-datacenter/

 

WHERE & WHEN

Sydney          

Thursday 26th September 2013

8:30 am to 10:30 am

@ Microsoft – Ground Floor

Level 1, 1 Epping Road Freshwater Place

North Ryde NSW 2113

Melbourne

Wednesday 25th September 2013

8:30 am to 10:30 am

@ Microsoft – Exhibition Room

Level 5, 4 Freshwater Place

Southbank VIC 3006

Windows 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 released to MSDN and TechNet subscriptions

September 10, 2013 Leave a comment

A few hours ago, Microsoft released an communication starting that today (September 10/09/2013) , Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Pro and Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM builds are now available for download to the developer and IT professional communities via MSDN and TechNet subscriptions. You can download it here: http://www.msdn.com

More on Windows 2012 R2:

The Windows 8.1 RTM Enterprise edition will be available through MSDN and TechNet for businesses later this month.

More info: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/stevengu/archive/2013/09/09/download-windows-8-1-rtm-visual-studio-2013-rc-and-windows-server-2012-r2-rtm-today.aspx

VMM 2012 book. Review by Vijay Tewari, Principal Group Program Manager at Microsoft Corp

September 2, 2013 1 comment

I just got the following email from Vijay with a review of my book. It is rewarding to see that coming from Vijay.

System Center 2012, SP1, Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) is the foundation of the Microsoft Private Cloud. Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V is chockfull of capabilities that are very valuable for customers looking to deploy Hyper-V at scale and virtualize literally any workload. VMM is the management infrastructure that enable customers to deploy and manage Hyper-V at scale. Alessandro’s book on VMM, SP1 is packed with useful tips and tricks that can really help you to get the most out of VMM. This is not just any book on VMM, it is your Swiss army knife for deploying and operating VMM. The chapter on installation itself is worth its weight. Thanks Alessandro!!!!
 
Vijay Tewari
Principal Group Program Manager, System Center Virtual Machine Manager
Microsoft Corp

To buy it see :

http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Virtual-Machine-Manager-Cookbook/dp/1849686327/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

My sessions at Microsoft TechEd New Zeeland 2013

September 2, 2013 Leave a comment

This year I will be presenting 3 sessions at TechEd New Zeeland. Come to my sessions to learn how System Center can empower your cloud deployment and management, plus you can win a signed copy of my book: System Center 2012 VMM. (1 book per session) . See you there!

My Sessions:

MDC412

Thursday 11:55am

Availability Strategies for a Resilient Private Cloud

Your private cloud should be designed to be protected from downtime. This session will cover the breath of features available to reduce and protect from both planned and unplanned downtime, such as: live migration, storage migration, Failover Clustering, Cluster Aware Updating, and Hyper&-V Replica.

 

MDC417

Friday
09:00am

Managing Clouds with System Center

This session will take you through the architecture and steps to create and manage an Private/Hybrid Cloud. We will talk about multi-tentant, charge back, network virtualisation and new features of System Center. This session will address the ideal architecture design and requirements and will be full of tips.

MDC421

Friday
11:55am

Managing and Monitoring your hybrid datacenter with VMM and Operations Manager

is session will cover the integration with VMM and Operations Manager, taking you through all the required steps and requirements. Which management packs? How to monitor Hyper-V and VMware hypervisors. Which information/reports are available ?

 

My Microsoft Teched Australia 2013 speaking sessions

August 28, 2013 Leave a comment

This year I will be presenting 4 ILL sessions at TechEd Australia, but you can also find me at the Microsoft Showcase : Datacenter and at the Insight booth in the Exhibition Centre.

Take time to visit Insight booth and learn about what we can do to help your business and to enter on a draw to win a Microsoft Surface or a signed copy of my book: System Center 2012 VMM.

My Sessions:

AZR-I201

 Wednesday 11:15 – 12:45 

Getting to Know Windows Azure IaaS, Part 1

Whether   you build apps or support the infrastructure that runs the apps, the cloud   can be a really big place. For some, it’s a natural evolution for their   application and infrastructure to embrace the power and scale of the cloud.   For others, it’s a journey that has to begin with a single step. Windows   Azure provides that first step with a scalable, flexible platform for deploying   your applications your way. With our Infrastructure as a Service platform   (IaaS) called Windows Azure Virtual Machines, you get the flexibility to   choose between Windows and Linux with full control over the operating system   configuration and installed software, matched with the portability of Hyper-V   disk images. Windows Azure Virtual Machines provide the perfect environment   for meeting all of your Infrastructure-as-a-Service needs. To learn more   about our Infrastructure as a Service platform, we invite all developers and   IT professionals to join Matt Hester as he introduces you to the Microsoft   Cloud Platform, dives deep into Windows Azure Virtual Machines, and helps   walk you through a hands-on demonstration of the power of IaaS on the Windows   Azure platform.

This is part 1 of 2. Please plan on attending both WAD-IL201 and WAD-IL202 to   complete the lab.

The lab requires you to connect to the Windows Azure Portal, where you will   provision three separate virtual machines in the cloud and configure them each   via a Remote Desktop client connection. All participants need to have access   for Windows Azure prior to the lab. You can register for a FREE 90-day trial   of the Windows Azure prior to the lab. You can sign up for your FREE trial   here:  http://aka.ms/IaasBootCamp.

AZR-I202

 Wednesday
13:30 – 15:00

Getting to Know Windows Azure IaaS, Part 2

Whether   you build apps or support the infrastructure that runs the apps, the cloud   can be a really big place. For some, it’s a natural evolution for their   application and infrastructure to embrace the power and scale of the cloud.   For others, it’s a journey that has to begin with a single step. Windows   Azure provides that first step with a scalable, flexible platform for   deploying your applications your way. With our Infrastructure as a Service   platform (IaaS) called Windows Azure Virtual Machines, you get the   flexibility to choose between Windows and Linux with full control over the   operating system configuration and installed software, matched with the   portability of Hyper-V disk images. Windows Azure Virtual Machines provide   the perfect environment for meeting all of your Infrastructure-as-a-Service   needs. To learn more about our Infrastructure as a Service platform, we   invite all developers and IT professionals to join Matt Hester as he   introduces you to the Microsoft Cloud Platform, dives deep into Windows Azure   Virtual Machines, and helps walk you through a hands-on demonstration of the   power of IaaS on the Windows Azure platform.

This is part 2 of 2. In order to attend this session you need to attend   WAD-IL201 first.

The lab requires you to connect to the Windows Azure Portal, where you will   provision three separate virtual machines in the cloud and configure them   each via a Remote Desktop client connection. All participants need to have   access for Windows Azure prior to the lab. You can register for a FREE 90-day   trial of the Windows Azure prior to the lab. You can sign up for your FREE   trial here:  http://aka.ms/IaasBootCamp.

MDC-I315

 Friday
11:15 – 12:45 

Microsoft System Center 2012 – Orchestrator: Overview and Automation   of IT Process

This   lab guides you through several process automation examples, providing   hands-on experience with the concepts explained in the course manual and   provides real-world context. In this exercise, you are introduced to the   interfaces available with Orchestrator. Create a Runbook to perform actions   such as working with File Management Objects, monitor a folder for the   accumulation of more than 5 log files, move the files to an archive folder   and log an event for each file archive operation, using the Runbook Tester   Console to Validate Runbooks. This lab also covers the creation of a Runbook   to perform the actions, such as automate recovery of a Windows Service based   on alert detection from a unit monitor in System Center Operations Manager to   address the intermittent Windows service failures. It also highlights   advanced concepts and techniques that can be employed when creating runbooks   in Orchestrator.

MDC-I321

 Thursday
15:15 – 16:45

Microsoft System Center 2012: Network Virtualization

This   lab provides a step-by-step description for how to build, configure and   implement Hyper-V Network Virtualization using Windows Server 2012 and System   Center 2012 SP1. You create a multi-tenant virtual network on shared physical   network including multiple subnets and virtual routes using the NVGRE   configuration.

What’s New in 2012 R2: Why is it so important for IT Pros to understand how modern applications are built

August 22, 2013 4 comments

A great post by Microsoft Brad Anderson covering :

  • Windows Azure Pack and it ability to build an application once and then deploy and operate it in any Microsoft Cloud – private, hosted or public.
  • Windows Azure Service Bus,  integrated experience as a part of the Windows Azure Pack, with the goal of bringing a self-service tenant experience that is consistent with the one that currently exists in Windows Azure.
  • and lots of scenarios:
  • Scenario 1: Application Messaging Patterns with Service Bus
  • Scenario 2: Manage Messaging Entities Across Clouds
  • Scenario 3: Hosting Alternatives with Service Bus

 

To read the blog series, follow http://blogs.technet.com/b/in_the_cloud/archive/2013/08/21/what-s-new-in-2012-r2-enabling-modern-apps-with-the-windows-azure-pack.aspx

 

Next Steps

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Microsoft announced date for Windows 8.1 RTM

August 16, 2013 Leave a comment

Microsoft announced that Windows 8.1 will be available to consumers and businesses worldwide on October 18, 2013. At 12:00am on October 18th in New Zealand(4:00am October 17th in Redmond)

I’m excited to announce that, on the same day, eligible customers will be able to download Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2, as well as the latest update to Windows Intune!  .

Keep learning about the 2012 R2 releases via our “What’s New in 2012 R2” series, and also download the preview bits if you haven’t already done it.

Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 will begin rolling out worldwide as a free update for consumers with Windows 8 or Windows RT devices through the Windows Store. Windows 8.1 will also be available at retail and on new devices starting on October 18th by market. So mark your calendars!

 

More info:

http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/bloggingwindows/archive/2013/08/14/mark-your-calendars-for-windows-8-1.aspx

Networking enhancements in the Windows 2012 R2 based on customer feedbacks

August 2, 2013 Leave a comment

With Server 2012 and VMM 2012 SP1, Microsoft enabled new foundational scenarios from Continuous Availability (with in-box NIC Teaming) to building blocks for Software Defined Networking (with the extensible Hyper-V Virtual Switch and Hyper-V Network Virtualization [HNV]) to IP Address Management (IPAM).

Now with Server and VMM 2012R2,  Microsoft is targeting the reduction of networking Capital Expenditures (CapEx), by enabling customers to maximize utilization of their existing resources and reduce the need for specialized hardware over time.

Microsoft got the feedback from customers advising that they want choice and flexibility in both the networking vendors they use and the cloud in which their workloads run. They need the ability to plug and play between vendors without having to change management software, processes, or knowledge, plus the ability to deploy any workloads across any cloud provider.

The other feedback received by Microsoft is that network automation is key. Automation is required across the Service Provider’s network, the tenant’s network, and network infrastructure services (load balancing, firewall, etc.).

As you can see in the figure below, the feedback is giving notably results to the customers with many features that further enhance Microsoft  end-to-end capabilities:

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Recommended articles:

IaaS Innovations in Windows 2012R2

August 2, 2013 3 comments

To deliver smooth end-to-end scenarios in the Windows Server 2012 R2 release, Microsoft is focusing on two important aspects of delivering IaaS:

  1. Continuing to drive innovation into the infrastructure itself to ensure network, compute, and storage are not only low-cost, but also easy to operate through rich integration with System Center.
  2. Delivering a delightful experience for the IaaS and customer of the Service Provider (tenant administrators) using IaaS.

Microsoft is targeting specifically Service Providers and enterprises that want to act as Service Providers for their users.

To Download Windows 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/evalcenter/dn205295.aspx?CR_CC=200142594

To read Microsoft published IaaS articles :