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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
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Dell EqualLogic and VMM 2012 support

July 25, 2012 Leave a comment

With the release of VMM 2012 SP1 CTP2, Microsoft added support to the SMP storage provider.

Now VMM 2012 with SP1, supports the following types of storage providers:

  • SMI-S CIM–XML
  • SMP

Besides the new SMP provider type, the VMM 2012 SP1 release adds the following new functionality:

  • Supports auto (dynamic) iSCSI target systems, such as the Dell EqualLogic PS Series. System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager supported only static iSCSI target systems.
  • Supports the thin provisioning of logical units through VMM. Your storage array must support thin provisioning, and thin provisioning must be enabled for a storage pool by your storage administrator

For a detailed step by step, look at my blog post https://virtualisationandmanagement.wordpress.com/2012/06/28/vmm-2012-sp1-installing-dell-equallogic-ps-series-smp-provider-new/

Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for VMM 2012

July 25, 2012 Leave a comment

The new IPD Guide for System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager is now available to download

Infrastructure Planning and Design streamlines the planning process by:

  • Defining the technical decision flow through the planning process.
  • Listing the decisions to be made and the commonly available options and considerations.
  • Relating the  decisions and options to the business in terms of cost, complexity, and other characteristics.
  • Framing decisions in terms of additional questions to the business to ensure a comprehensive alignment with the appropriate business landscape

Download the guide now: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=245473

VMM 2012 SP1 storage providers supports : new SMP storage provider

June 25, 2012 Leave a comment

With the release of VMM 2012 SP1 CTP2, Microsoft added support to the SMP storage provider.

Now VMM 2012 with SP1, supports the following types of storage providers:

  • SMI-S CIM–XML
  • SMP

Besides the new SMP provider type, the VMM 2012 SP1 release adds the following new functionality:

  • Supports auto (dynamic) iSCSI target systems, such as the Dell EqualLogic PS Series. System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager supported only static iSCSI target systems.
  • Supports the thin provisioning of logical units through VMM. Your storage array must support thin provisioning, and thin provisioning must be enabled for a storage pool by your storage administrator

To evaluate the storage enhancements in this CTP, you must use the following storage arrays.

Provider Type Supported Arrays
SMI-S CIM-XML See the “Supported Storage Arrays” section of Configuring Storage Overview for the supported storage arrays.

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/4583.scvmm-2012-storage-and-load-balancer-provider-downloads.aspx

SMP Dell EqualLogic PS Series using iSCSI

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

20th Australian System Administrators’ Conference

June 1, 2012 Leave a comment

The 20th Australian System Administrators’ Conference (a milestone event for Systems Administration in Australia) will be held 2 – 5 October in the Hilton Cairns Hotel.

This is the premier Systems Administration event in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Technical Program is being held 2-3 October 2012; followed by two days of Tutorials on 4 and 5 October 2012

I will be presenting the session :  Private Cloud with Windows 2012 Hyper V and System Center VMM 2012

Registratiosn are now open : http://conference.sage-au.org.au/files/registration-form_31052012

 

More info : http://conference.sage-au.org.au/

See you there!!