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Virtualization and Management: Community Evaluation Program for the Microsoft System Center 2012 Private Cloud

October 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Whoever might be interested…

Microsoft would like to invite you to participate in Microsoft System Center 2012 Private Cloud Community Evaluation Program which will provide a structured approach to creating your Private Cloud environment and a well-managed datacenter.
Members of this community will evaluate the pre-release versions of Microsoft®System Center 2012 with guidance from the product team and through sharing of experiences and best practices among a community of peers.

To join the program, please fill out the application available here. This will help the CEP team gather relevant information about your organization and your environment. Accepted members will be invited to the program portal on Microsoft Connect by October 25. Once you have been added to the site, you will be notified of upcoming meetings and have access to product downloads and evaluation materials.

For more information on this and other available programs, visit theCommunity Evaluation Program Home Page on Microsoft Connect.

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System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012. What’s new in the RC version?

September 13, 2011 2 comments

Microsoft is about to launch the SCVMM 2012 for those who tried the beta version and as myself enjoyed, we will now be able to try also the Release Candidate version.

To download : http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/gg678609

My recommendation to managege for up to 150hosts:
2 Processor, Dual-Core, 4GB Ram ( minumum ), 40 GB free space. Remember SCVMM 2012 requires Standard,Entrepise or Datacenter version of SQL Server ( you CAN’T use SQL express anymore ) and you must use a case-insensitive instance of SQL Server

As with the previous release there are a number of improved features for you to take advantage of.  With this release you will be able to do:

  • Setup Upgrade
    • *New in RC -Upgrade- Setup will support the following upgrade paths
      • VMM 2008 R2 SP1 > VMM for System Center 2012 RC > VMM for System Center 2012 RTM
      • VMM for System Center 2012 RC > VMM for System Center 2012 RTM
  • Fabric Management
    • Hyper-V and Cluster Lifecycle Management – Deploy Hyper-V to bare metal server, create Hyper-V clusters, orchestrate patching of a Hyper-V Cluster
      • *New in RC:
        • ISO or CD-based OSD for environments with DHCP without WDS
        • OSD will now convert dynamic to fixed type of VHD destination
        • All network adapters on host can be configured during provisioning
      • *New in RC:
        • Ability to bypass cluster validation during cluster creation
        • Run cluster validation reports on-demand
        • New cluster status tab to view an aggregated status, plus the cluster validation report
        • Ability to see current CSV owner in the properties of the cluster
    • Third Party Virtualization Platforms – Add and Manage Citrix XenServer and VMware ESX Hosts and Clusters
    • Network Management – Manage IP Address Pools, MAC Address Pools and Load Balancers
      • *New in RC:
        • Simplification of the logical networks in the Fabric workspace
        • Ability to see IP addresses that are in use from a IP pool
        • Added support for Microsoft Network Load Balancer
        • Gateway and DNS are no longer mandatory fields for logical networks
        • Load balancer can now support affinity to logical networks
    • Storage Management – Classify Storage, Manage Storage Pools and LUNs
      • *New in RC
        • Create persistent sessions to iSCSI array and logon initiator to array
        • Better scalability of storage operations – LUN create, snapshot, clone, masking, and unmasking
        • Option to create storage groups per cluster (BETA only supported creation of storage group per node in a cluster)
        • Enablement of MPIO feature when provisioning a new Hyper-V server
        • Automatic MPIO device claim
        • Support for arrays that implement OnePortPerView
    • Update Management- Keep your SCVMM Fabric Servers (SCVMM roles, hosts, and clusters) up-to-date with patches.
      • *New in RC:
        • Share a WSUS root server between System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2/ System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Beta
        • Hyper-V Cluster Orchestration- Nodes put into VMM Maintenance Mode can be set to trigger Maintenance Mode in Operations Manager.
  • Resource Optimization
    • Dynamic Optimization – proactively balance the load of VMs across a cluster
    • Power Optimization – schedule power savings to use the right number of hosts to run your workloads – power the rest off until they are needed.
      • *New in RC:       
        • Set Operations Manager Mode for powered down hosts
    • PRO – integrate with System Center Operations Manager to respond to application-level performance monitors.
      • *New in RC:
        • Support added for System Center Operations Manager 2012 Beta
        • VMM will ship two sample PRO Packs: Cluster scale out and Service scale out MPs
  • Cloud Management
    • Abstract server, network and storage resources into private clouds
    • Delegate access to private clouds with control of capacity, capabilities and user quotas
    • Enable self-service usage for application administrator to author, deploy, manage and decommission applications in the private cloud
  • Service Lifecycle Management
    • Define service templates to create sets of connected virtual machines, OS images and application packages
      • *New in RC:
        • Service Designer and Specialization UI enhancements
        • Added ability to use Service Template Patterns
    • Compose operating system images and applications during service deployment
      • *New in RC:
        • IP-based provisioning
        • New application instance view
    • Scale out the number of virtual machines in a service
    • Service performance and health monitoring integrated with  System Center Operations Manager
    • Decouple OS image and application updates through image-based servicing
      • *New in RC:
        • Streamlined ability to enable OS VHD updates to a Service Template
        • Publish updated Service Templates in order to update Service Instances
    • Leverage powerful application virtualization technologies such as Server App-V

I hope you enjoy as much as I enjoyed!

Post comments about your SCVMM 2012 experience!

SCVMM 2012 Storage and Load Balancer Provider downloads

September 1, 2011 Leave a comment

In SCVMM 2012, in
order to have Storage and Load Balance integration you will need the Provider.

For the Storage you
will need the SMI-S provider and for the Load Balance you will need their
custom provider.

If you are looking for
the download links for the SCVMM 2012 Storage and Load Balance Providers, here
is the list:

Type Manufacturer Version Link/Instructions Additional
Information
Load Balancer F5 3.0.0.175 Click here Registration
required
Citrix 0.9.0 Click here
SMI-S Provider NetApp 4.0 X2 Click here Registration
required
EMC 4.2.1 Click here Registration
required
HP 9.3 Built-in to HP
StorageWorks CommandViewEVA
Requires SMI-S CIMOM
to enabled
Dell Click here for MD32x0/i and
MD36x0/i Storage Array
Registration
required

Storage : SMI-S Provider tested for vs.1.4

Vendor
Brocade
Dell
EMC Corporation
Hewlett-Packard
Hitachi
Huawei Symantec
IBM
LSI, Engenio Storage Group
PMC-Sierra

Source : http://www.snia.org/ctp/

SCVMM 2012 : Ports commnications for Firewall Configuration

August 27, 2011 Leave a comment

When you install the SCVMM 2012 you can assign some of the ports that it will use for communications and file transfers between the VMM components.

Note: Not all of the ports can be changed through VMM.

The default settings for the ports are listed in the following table:

Connection type Protocol Default port Where to change port setting
SFTP file transfer from VMware ESX Server 3.0 and VMware ESX Server 3.5 hosts SFTP 22
VMM management server to P2V source agent (control channel) DCOM 135
VMM management server to Load Balancer HTTP/HTTPS 80/443 Load balancer configuration provider
VMM management server to WSUS server (data channel) HTTP/HTTPS 80/8530
(non-SSL), 443/8531 (with SSL)
These ports are the IIS port binding with WSUS. They cannot be changed from VMM.
VMM management server to WSUS server (control channel) HTTP/HTTPS 80/8530  (non-SSL), 443/8531 (with SSL) These ports are  the IIS port binding with WSUS. They cannot be changed from VMM.
BITS port for VMM transfers (data channel) BITS 443 During VMM setup
VMM library server to hosts file transfer BITS 443 (Maximum value: 32768) During VMM setup
VMM  host-to-host file transfer BITS 443
(Maximum value: 32768)
VMM Self-Service Portal to VMM Self-Service Portal web server HTTPS 443 During VMM setup
VMware Web Services communication HTTPS 443 VMM console
SFTP file transfer from VMM management server to VMware ESX Server 3i hosts HTTPS 443
OOB Connection – SMASH over WS-Man HTTPS 443 On BMC
VMM management server to in-guest agent (VMM to virtual machine data channel) HTTPS
(using BITS)
443
VMM management server to VMM agent on Windows Server–based host (data channel for file transfers) HTTPS
(using BITS)
443
(Maximum value: 32768)
OOB Connection IPMI IPMI 623 On BMC
VMM management server to remote Microsoft SQL Server database TDS 1433
Console connections (RDP) to virtual machines through Hyper-V hosts (VMConnect) RDP 2179 VMM
console
VMM management server to Citrix XenServer host (customization data channel) iSCSI 3260 On XenServer in transfer VM
Remote Desktop to virtual machines RDP 3389 On the virtual machine
VMM management server to VMM agent on Windows Server–based host (control channel) WS-Management 5985 During VMM setup
VMM management server to in-guest agent (VMM to virtual machine control channel) WS-Management 5985
VMM management server to VMM agent on Windows Server–based host (control channel – SSL) WS-Management 5986
VMM management server to XenServer host (control channel) HTTPS 5989 On XenServer host in: /opt/cimserver/cimserver_planned.conf
VMM console to VMM management server WCF 8100 During VMM setup
VMM Self-Service Portal web server to VMM management server WCF 8100 During VMM setup
VMM console to VMM management server (HTTPS) WCF 8101 During VMM setup
Windows PE agent to VMM management server (control channel) WCF 8101 During VMM setup
VMM console to VMM management server (NET.TCP) WCF 8102 During VMM setup
WDS provider to VMM management server WCF 8102 During VMM setup
VMM console to VMM management server (HTTP) WCF 8103 During  VMM setup
Windows PE agent to VMM management server (time sync) WCF 8103 During VMM setup
VMM management server to Storage Management Service WMI Local
call
VMM management server to Cluster PowerShell interface PowerShell n/a
Storage Management Service to SMI-S Provider CIM-XML Provider-specific
port
VMM management server to P2V source agent (data channel) BITS User-Defined P2V cmdlet option

I am Speaking at Teched Australia 2011

June 29, 2011 Leave a comment

I am absolutely thrilled to announce I will be presenting the following two sessions at Tech.Ed Australia 2011 :

SCVMM 2012: Deployment, Planning, Upgrade

This session provides a scenario rich detailed walk through of VMM 2012 deployment, planning, and upgrade scenarios. Come and learn how to best plan your next VMM rollout

SCVMM 2012 Fabric Lifecycle: Networking and Storage

This session provides a scenario rich detailed walk through of  new and more robust networking and storage features in VMM 2012. In this session you will learn how to discover, configure, and provision networking
and storage fabric for use with the private cloud

Came along! It will be an excellent session.

Tech.Ed Australia 2011 is on the Gold Coast between the 30th August and the 2nd September, registrations are now open. Find out more at http://australia.msteched.com/

SCVMM 2012 Management ports and protocols. Detailed

June 7, 2011 Leave a comment

Here are the list of ports/protocols for the new SCVMM 2012.

From To Protocol Default
port
Where to change port setting
VMM management server P2V
source agent (control channel)
DCOM 135
Load Balancer HTTP/HTTPS 80/443 Load balancer configuration provider
WSUS server (data channel) HTTP/HTTPS 80/8530
(non-SSL), 443/8531 (with SSL)
These ports are the IIS port binding with WSUS. They cannot be changed from VMM.
WSUS server (control channel) HTTP/HTTPS 80/8530
(non-SSL), 443/8531 (with SSL)
These ports are the IIS port binding with WSUS. They cannot be changed from VMM.
VMM agent on Windows Server–based host (data
channel for file transfers)
HTTPS
(using BITS)
443
(Maximum value: 32768)
Citrix XenServer host (customization data
channel)
iSCSI 3260 On XenServer in transfer VM
XenServer host (control channel) HTTPS 5989 On XenServer host in: /opt/cimserver/cimserver_planned.conf
remote Microsoft SQL Server database TDS 1433
VMM agent on Windows Server–based host (control
channel)
WS-Management 5985 VMM setup
VMM agent on Windows Server–based host (control
channel – SSL)
WS-Management 5986
in-guest agent (VMM to virtual machine control
channel)
WS-Management 5985
Storage Management Service WMI Local
call
Cluster PowerShell interface PowerShell n/a
P2V source agent (data channel) BITS User-Defined P2V cmdlet option
VMM library server hosts
file transfer
BITS 443
(Maximum value: 32768)
VMM setup
VMM host-to-host file transfer BITS 443
(Maximum value: 32768)
VMM Self-Service Portal VMM
Self-Service Portal web server
HTTPS 443 VMM setup
VMM Self-Service Portal web server VMM
management server
WCF 8100 VMM setup
Console connections (RDP) virtual
machines through Hyper-V hosts (VMConnect)
RDP 2179 VMM console
Remote Desktop virtual
machines
RDP 3389 On the virtual machine
VMM console VMM
management server
WCF 8100 VMM setup
VMM management server (HTTPS) WCF 8101 VMM setup
VMM management server (NET.TCP) WCF 8102 VMM setup
VMM management server (HTTP) WCF 8103 VMM setup
Windows PE agent VMM
management server (control channel)
WCF 8101 VMM setup
VMM management server (time sync) WCF 8103 VMM setup
WDS provider VMM
management server
WCF 8102 VMM setup
Storage Management Service  SMI-S Provider CIM-XML Provider-specific
port
VMM management server VMware
ESX Server 3i hosts
HTTPS 443

Others

Connection Type Protocol Default port Where to change port setting
OOB Connection – SMASH over WS-Man HTTPS 443 On BMC
OOB Connection IPMI IPMI 623 On BMC
BITS port for VMM transfers (data channel)
BITS 443 VMM setup
VMware ESX Server 3.0 and VMware ESX Server 3.5 hosts SFTP 22
VMware Web Services
communication
HTTPS 443 VMM console

Note: When you install the VMM management server you can assign some of the ports that it will use for communications and file transfers between the VMM components.

SCVMM 2012: Private Cloud Management. Got it!?

March 23, 2011 Leave a comment

It’s great pleasure to see how far Microsoft SCVMM went with the SCVMM 2012.
Belevie me, it’s a whole new product.
So, if you are seriuos about Private Cloud Management, that’s the product you will look into.

•Fabric Management
◦Hyper-V and Cluster Lifecycle Management – Deploy Hyper-V to bare metal server, create Hyper-V clusters, orchestrate patching of a Hyper-V Cluster

◦Third Party Virtualization Platforms – Add and Manage Citrix XenServer and VMware ESX Hosts and Clusters

◦Network Management – Manage IP Address Pools, MAC Address Pools and Load Balancers

◦Storage Management – Classify storage, Manage Storage Pools and LUNs

•Resource Optimization
◦Dynamic Optimization – proactively balance the load of VMs across a cluster

◦Power Optimization – schedule power savings to use the right number of hosts to run your workloads – power the rest off until they are needed.

◦PRO – integrate with System Center Operations Manager to respond to application-level performance monitors.

•Cloud Management
◦Abstract server, network and storage resources into private clouds

◦Delegate access to private clouds with control of capacity, capabilities and user quotas

◦Enable self-service usage for application administrator to author, deploy, manage and decommission applications in the private cloud

•Service Lifecycle Management
◦Define service templates to create sets of connected virtual machines, os images and application packages

◦Compose operating system images and applications during service deployment

◦Scale out the number of virtual machines in a service

◦Service performance and health monitoring integrated with System Center Operations Manager

◦Decouple OS image and application updates through image-based servicing.

◦Leverage powerful application virtualization technologies such as Server App-V

Note: The SCVMM 2012 Beta is NOT Supported in production environments.
Download SCVMM 2012 Beta Now