Posts Tagged ‘VMM 2012SP1’

Just Published System Center VMM 2012 SP1 Cookbook

January 31, 2013 Leave a comment

Hi folks

I just want to share with all of you that my book is now published :


I will be waiting for your feedback!

Microsoft Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) is a management solution for the virtualized datacenter, enabling Administrators to configure and manage their virtualization host, networking, and storage resources in order to create and deploy virtual machines and services to private clouds.

Covering the VMM 2012 SP1 and Windows 2012 features, architecture design, deloyment planning this book is full of tips, techniques and solutions. It will guide to create, deploy and manage your own Private Cloud with a mix of Hypervisors: Hyper-V, Vmware ESXi and Citrix XenServer.

What you will learn

  • VMM Architecture and planning for a real word deployment
  • Network Virtualization, Gateway integration, Storage integration, Resource Throttling, Availability options
  • Operations Manager (SCOM) deployment and integration with VMM
  • SC APP Controller (SCAC) deployment and integration with VMM to manage Private and Public Cloud (Azure)
  • Cluster deployment with VMM Bare Metal
  • Create and deploying Virtual Machines from Templates
  • Deploy an High Available VMM Management Server
  • Managing Hyper-V, Vmware and Citrix from VMM
  • Upgrade from SCVMM 2008R2 to SCVMM 2012 SP1
  • Monitoring VMware with Veeam Management Pack

Currently, no other book offers thorough coverage of System Center VMM 2012 SP1 and integration with App Controller and SCOM.


It has been an amazing journey and I greatly appreciate all of those who gave me their full support.

I could not have finished this book without the help from the Microsoft System Center and Microsoft Virtualization team in Redmond: Travis Wright, Carmen Summers, Ben Armstrong and Nigel Cain.

In addition, as I wanted this book to be reviewed by the Microsoft System Center team, I would like to acknowledge and thank Carmen Summers and Nigel Cain not only for endorsing my participation in the System Center TAP program, but also for their assistance, working beyond their time to review and to provide great feedbacks that helped out to improve the content, adding substantial value to this book. The readers will truly appreciate that!

I also would like to thank Richard Skinners, Steve Buchanan and Kristian Nese for reviewing the book.

I also would like to thank the Veeam for the great insights about their product.

I would also like to thank the Packt Pub team involved in this great project.

Networking Virtualization in VMM 2012 SP1

January 10, 2013 3 comments

In VMM 2012 SP1, Microsoft introduced the VM Networking, in support of Windows 2012.

On the scenario that has multiple VM’s from different organizational divisions or customers, network secure isolation is highly required and  working with(VLANs), can present significant disadvantages in this scenario, on the other way, Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Network Virtualization provides policy-based, software-controlled network virtualization that reduces the management overhead that is faced by enterprises providing better flexibility and scalability for managing virtual machines to achieve higher resource utilization.

The key functionalities, benefits, and capabilities of Hyper-V Network Virtualization in Windows Server 2012:

  • Enables flexible workload placement – Network isolation and IP address re-use without VLANs
  • Enables easier moves for workloads to a shared IaaS cloud
  • Enables live migration across subnets
  • Enables easier management of decoupled server and network administration
  • Simplifies the network and improves server/network resource utilization
  • Is compatible with existing infrastructure and emerging technology
  • Provides for interoperability and ecosystem readiness
  • Uses Windows PowerShell and WMI.

Nigel Cain from Microsoft started an series of blog post to explain in detail the VM Network concepts with detailed steps by steps. Have a look here