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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

 

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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:

PowerShell

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!

Hyper-V quick Survey. Give your feedback to the hyper-v team

April 22, 2015 Leave a comment

The Hyper-V team is conducting a survey and they want to hear from you!

https://www.instant.ly/s/G5bPn?s=bb

In this survey they:

  • Ask for some basic information about how you are using virtualization
  • Ask for feedback on Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Give you the option to participate in future Hyper-V surveys
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Enhancing Operations Manager with Savision Dashboards

April 17, 2015 Leave a comment

Several key IT trends have been reshaping the industry, notably Cloud and Big Data. As business innovations drive the need for enhanced systems, the data that IT must track grows exponentially and creates significant challenges. Without the right tools for visualizing data, significant and valuable insights remain unknown. In fact, the utter volume of data prevents organizations from capturing, analysing and presenting information that is significant…

Click here to read the full version of this article.

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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.

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.

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]