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Clustering Hyper-V and Installing a Highly Available Virtual Machine Manager Cluster

August 16, 2012 1 comment

Interesting  TechNet webcast : how to create a Hyper-V host cluster and install a highly available cluster by using Virtual Machine Manager, a component of Microsoft System Center 2012

http://blogs.technet.com/b/blainbar/archive/2012/07/25/technet-webcast-bare-metal-to-private-cloud-part-3-of-8-clustering-hyper-v-and-installing-a-highly-available-virtual-machine-manager-cluster.aspx

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Get hands-on : The Cloud OS Signature Events Sep/5 to Oct/11

August 16, 2012 Leave a comment

Get hands-on with the new technology, and learn how to manage and build your modern  data center with the Microsoft Cloud OS platform:    

  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Azure
  • Visual Studio 2012                  
  • System Center 2012

Pick your track and register for the event today. http://www.microsoft.com/enterprise/events/signature/#fbid=8R-XXnFl8p2

 

IT Pro Agenda:

Time Duration IT Professional Agenda
8:30am-9:00am 30 min Registration. Visit the Microsoft Partner Pavilion
9:00am-10:00am 60 min Keynote: Moving from Private and Public to Hybrid Cloud; Windows Server 2012, System Center 2012, Windows Azure and Visual Studio 2012
10:00am-10:15am 15 min Break. Visit the Microsoft Partner Pavilion
10:15am-11:15am 60 min Windows Server 2012 Virtualization Enhancements

  • Check out the new capabilities of Hyper-V with Windows Server 2012 in this overview and demo
11:15am-11:30am 15 min Break. Visit the Microsoft Partner Pavilion
11:30am-12:30pm 60 min Windows Server 2012 Storage Enhancements

  • This overview and demo will go over the new storage capabilities in Windows Server 2012 and discuss how to maximize storage capacity with Windows Azure Online Backup and Azure Storage
12:30pm-12:45pm 15 min Recap of the Morning. Account Team Introductions. What’s Next.
12:45pm-1:30pm 45 min Lunch. Visit the Microsoft Partner Pavilion
1:30pm-2:30pm 60 min Overview of Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Hands On Lab

  • Windows Azure started as a Platform as a Service offering from Microsoft.  Just recently, we announced the “beta” of Infrastructure as a Service capabilities in Windows Azure.  This session will provide a quick overview of what this offering means to you.
  • Fifteen minute overview followed by Hands on Lab
2:30pm Closing Remarks and Raffle Giveaway.
2:30pm-4:00pm 90 min Hands On Lab

System Center VMM 2012 SP1 CTP2: What’s new

June 16, 2012 1 comment

Microsoft announced the availability of CTP2 of System Center 2012 SP1.

With support for Windows 2012 and SQL 2012 introduced in CTP1, here are what’s more :

. Network Virtualization: Introduced in CTP1, this release adds support for using DHCP to assign customer addresses and for using either the IP rewrite or IP encapsulation mechanism to virtualize the IP address of a virtual machine.

· VHDX support: Introduced in CTP1, you can now convert from .vhd to .vhdx. In addition, placement determines the format of a VHD based on the OS of the destination host (when you create a virtual machine with a blank virtual hard disk), and the provisioning of a physical computer as a Hyper-V host supports the use of a .vhdx file as the base operating system image.

· Storage Enhancements: Support for the new Windows Standards-Based Storage Management service, which enables you to discover storage by using multiple provider types. In addition, this release adds support for the thin provisioning of logical units, and for the discovery of Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) storage.

· Provisioning a Hyper-V Host Enhancements: Support for performing deep discovery to retrieve detailed information about physical network adapters.

· Support for VMM Console Add-Ins: You can now create Add-Ins and extend the VMM console. Add-Ins allow you to enable new actions or additional configuration for VMM objects by writing an application that uses context passed about the selected VMM objects. You can also embed custom WPF UI or web portals directly into the console’s main views to provide a more fully-integrated experience.

In App Controller, you can deploy and manage in a single console, applications running in Windows Azure PaaS, IaaS, on premises VMM clouds, and clouds provided by hosting providers. In addition, there are the following new features:

· Windows Azure Virtual Machine support: In addition to supporting Windows Azure PaaS workloads, App Controller adds support to the newly announced IaaS virtual machines in CTP2. You can easily deploy, manage, and operate Windows Azure Virtual Machines.

· Copy VMs from private cloud to public cloud: In CTP2, you can select a VMM private cloud VM and copy it to Windows Azure. App Controller makes upload disk, convert settings, and deploying a new virtual machine into an easy migrate flow!

· Hosting Provider support: In addition to on premises VMM private cloud and Windows Azure public cloud, App Controller supports connecting to VMM clouds at a hosting provider. You can connect to a hosting provider and manage user access to these clouds. You can also deploy, manage, and operate virtual machines at the hosting provider.

Also, check the the Project code-named “Service Provider Foundation” for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1) provides a rich set of web services that manages Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) for System Center 2012 SP1. The infrastructure of Virtual Machine Manager is exposed through “Service Provider Foundation” as a web service. Because of this, you can manage this System Center component through the web services; for example, you can create or delete virtual machines.

“Service Provider Foundation” provides a web service that acts as an intermediary between web-based administration client and server applications. The web service supports REST-based requests using the OData protocol. The web service handles these requests through Windows PowerShell scripts to communicate and manage server applications.

VMM 2012 : SMI-S Providers : Supported Storage Arrays

June 3, 2012 1 comment

VMM 2012 : the following storage arrays supports the new storage automation features

List Updated up to May 2, 2012

Note: For the SMI-S provider type, a value of “proxy” indicates that you must install the SMI-S provider on a server that the VMM management server can access over the network by IP address or by FQDN. Do not install the SMI-S provider on the VMM management server itself.

 

Manufacturer/Series Model Download Link Protocol Minimum Controller   Firmware SMI-S Provider Type Provider Version
DellCompellent Storage Center Dell Compellent Solutions iSCSI/FC SC 5.5.4 and later,EM 5.5.5 and later Proxy* 1
EMCSymmetrix VMAX/VMAXe EMC PowerLink FC Enginuity 5875 or later Proxy* 4.3
EMC/VNX VNX EMC PowerLink iSCSI Flare   31 or   later Proxy* 4.3
EMC/CX4 All EMC PowerLink iSCSI/FC Flare   30 Proxy* 4.3
HP/P10000 V800/V400 Embedded iSCSI/FC HP   3PAR   InForm OS 3.1.1.P10 Embedded 1.4
HP/P2000   G3 Embedded iSCSI/FC TS240 Embedded 1.5
HP/P6000 P6300/P6500 HP iSCSI/FC 1000   0000 Proxy* 1.4
IBM/DS8000 941/951/961 Embedded FC Embedded 5.6.x5.7.x
IBM/XIV 2810/2812     (Gen 2) Embedded iSCSI/FC Embedded 10.2.010.2.1,10.2.2, 10.2.4.x
IBM/XIV 2810/2812     (Gen 3) Embedded iSCSI/FC Embedded 11.011.1
NetApp/FAS All NetApp NOW iSCSI/FC 7.2.5     (7-mode) Proxy* 4.0.1

Start your Private Cloud evaluations with System Center 2012

April 26, 2012 1 comment

Get started with System Center 2012 by downloading/installing or by atteding Microsoft hands on sessions. Details below:

The Microsoft private cloud evaluation includes:

System Center 2012

  • System Center 2012 Unified Installer is a utility designed to perform new, clean installations of System Center 2012 for testing and evaluation purposes only. If you want to upgrade from an existing System Center installation or choose set up options such as high availability or multi-server component installs, please refer instead to the System Center 2012 component installation guides located on the Microsoft Private Cloud Evaluation Resource Page.
  • System Center 2012 App Controller provides a common self-service experience across private and public clouds that can help you empower application owners to easily build, configure, deploy, and manage new services.
  • System Center 2012 Configuration Manager provides comprehensive configuration management for the Microsoft platform that can help you empower users with the devices and applications they need to be productive while maintaining corporate compliance and control.
  • System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager provides unified data protection for Windows servers and clients that can help you deliver scalable, manageable, and cost-effective protection and restore scenarios from disk, tape, and off premise.
  • System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection, built on System Center Configuration Manager, provides industry-leading threat detection of malware and exploits as part of a unified infrastructure for managing client security and compliance that can help you simplify and improve endpoint protection.
  • System Center 2012 Operations Manager provides deep application diagnostics and infrastructure monitoring that can help you ensure the predictable performance and availability of vital applications and offers a comprehensive view of your datacenter, private cloud, and public clouds.
  • System Center 2012 Orchestrator provides orchestration, integration, and automation of IT processes through the creation of runbooks that can help you to define and standardize best practices and improve operational efficiency.
  • System Center 2012 Service Manager provides flexible self-service experiences and standardized datacenter processes that can help you integrate people, workflows, and knowledge across enterprise infrastructure and applications.
  • System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager provides virtual machine management and services deployment with support for multi-hypervisor environments that can help you deliver a flexible and cost effective private cloud environment.
  • Attend an IT Camp – Learn more and get hands on by attending an IT Camp on the Microsoft Private Cloud.  These in person workshops give you hands on experience with a range of Microsoft technologies.
  • Get Certified in Microsoft Cloud technologies by taking advantage of the recently announced redesign of Microsoft Certification which includes certifications focused on cloud computing.

SC2012 : The WinRM settings are not configured correctly

April 13, 2012 4 comments

When installing System Center 2012, if you get into the following error:

The WinRM settings are not configured correctly :

To Fix :

1. Make sure you installed all pre-requisites:

  • One of the following versions of Windows operating systems:
    • 64-bit edition of Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
    • 64-bit edition of Windows Server 2008 R2 with (SP1)
  • Internet Information Services (IIS)
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.51
  • Windows PowerShell 2.0

Plus, depending on which component you want to install, verify that :

Prerequisite Download Component
.NET Framework 4 Microsoft .NET Framework 4 (Standalone Installer)
  • App Controller*
  • Configuration Manager
  • DPM
  • Operations Manager
  • Orchestrator
Windows Automated Installation Kit 2.0** The Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows 7
  • App Controller*
  • VMM
Report Viewer 2008 SP1 Redistributable Report Viewer Redistributable 2008 Service Pack 1 GDIPLUS.DLL Security Update
  • Operations Manager
  • Service Manager
Trial Version of Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 R2 Trial version of Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 R2
  • App Controller*
  • Configuration Manager
  • DPM
  • Operations Manager
  • Orchestrator
  • Service Manager
  • VMM
SP1 for Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 R2**Cumulative Update Package 4 for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1** SP1 for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2CU4 for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1
  • Configuration Manager
SQL Server 2008 R2 Native Client Three different setup files are available for installing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Native Client based on the microprocessor architecture that you are using, as indicated in the following list:

  • App Controller*
  • VMM
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Command Line Utilities Three different setup files are available for installing Microsoft SQL Server Command Line Utilities, based on the microprocessor architecture that you are using, as indicated in the following list:

noteNote
This component requires both Windows Installer 4.5and SQL Server 2008 R2 Native Client
  • App Controller*
  • VMM
Microsoft Analysis Management Objects Three different setup files are available for installing Microsoft AMOs, based on the microprocessor architecture that you are using, as indicated in the following list:

  • Service Manager

* App Controller depends on the installation of VMM.

** SP1 for Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 R2, the Cumulative Update Package 4 for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1, and the Windows Automated Installation Kit 2.0 will need to be extracted (uncompressed). The other files ending in .exe are executable files.

The Windows Automated Installation Kit can be extracted using any ISO extraction utility. CU4 and SP1 for SQL Server should be uncompressed using the command <filename>.exe /x

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2. Edit the following local computer policy settings:

  • Computer Configuration / Administrative Templates / System / Credential Delegation / Allow Delegating Fresh Credentials
  • Computer Configuration / Administrative Templates / System / Credential Delegation / Allow Delegating Fresh Credentials with NTLM-only Server Authentication

There are two methods that you can use to make the following policy changes. You can edit the local group policy, or you can open a command prompt and run a series of WinRM commands. If you edit the local group policy, it can take some time for the changes to take effect. If you run the WinRM commands, the changes take effect immediately.

  • Computer Configuration / Administrative Templates / Windows Components / Windows Remote Management (WRM) / WinRm Client / Allow CredSSP authentication
  • Computer Configuration / Administrative Templates / Windows Components / Windows Remote Management (WRM) / WinRm Client / Trusted Hosts

WinRM commands ( open the command prompt – Run as Administrator ):

winrm qc -q

winrm set winrm/config/service/auth @{CredSSP=”True”}

winrm set winrm/config/winrs @{AllowRemoteShellAccess=”True”}

winrm set winrm/config/winrs @{MaxMemoryPerShellMB=”2048″}

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3. If installing on a target computer, configure the target computer Windows firewall for the Unified Installer

  1. Click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Windows Firewall with Advanced Security.
  2. In the Windows Firewall with Advanced Security on Local Computer pane, click Inbound Rules.
  3. In the Actions pane, under Inbound Rules, click New Rule.
  4. In the New Inbound Rule Wizard, do the following:
    1. In Rule Type, click Port, and then click Next.
    2. In Protocol and Ports, click TCP, click Specific local ports, and then type 81, and then click Next.
    3. In Action, click Next.
    4. In Profile, click Next.
    5. In Name, type Installer Web TCP 81, and then click Finish.
  5. In the Actions pane, under Inbound Rules, click New Rule.
  6. In the New Inbound Rule Wizard, do the following:
    1. In Rule Type, click Port, and then click Next.
    2. In Protocol and Ports, click TCP, click Specific local ports, type 1433, and then click Next.
    3. In Action, click Next.
    4. In Profile, click Next.
    5. In Name, type Installer SQL TCP 1433, and then click Finish.
  7. In the Actions pane, under Inbound Rules, click New Rule.
  8. In the New Inbound Rule Wizard, do the following:
    1. In Rule Type, click Port, and then click Next.
    2. In Protocol and Ports, click UDP, click Specific local ports, type 1434, and then click Next.
    3. In Action, click Next.
    4. In Profile, click Next.
    5. In Name, type Installer SQL UDP 1434, and then click Finish.
  9. Close Windows Firewall with Advanced Security

Note: When you run the System Center 2012 – Unified Installer, you will be prompted for account credentials to use for installing a System Center 2012 component on a target computer. The account that you specify must be a member of the Administrators group on both the target computer and the installer computer