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Automating the deployment of Hyper-V hosts with VMM 2016 with Baremetal deployment

To deploy a new Hyper-V host from bare metal, the following simple steps are carried out by System Center 2016 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) :

  1. VMM Discovers the physical computer through out-of-band management (BMC)
  2. VMM Installs an OS image on the physical computer using a previously created physical computer profile.
  3. VMM Enables the Hyper-V role on the physical computer.
  4. VMM Brings the computer under VMM management as a managed Hyper-V host.

Now in order for that to happen, let’s see what pre-requisites you are required to provide first:

  1. DNS and Active Directory
    Create DNS entries and Active Directory account for the machine names.
  2. BIOS

    a. Set up the BIOS on the machine to support virtualization: Configuring the BIOS boot order to boot from (PXE)-enabled network adapter as the first device.
    b. Configure the BMC settings. Configure the logon credentials and IP address settings for the BMC on each computer.
  3. Add a PXE server environment: A PXE server integrated to VMM is required for Bare Metal deployment.
  4. Add resources to VMM library: Add a generalized virtual hard disk with an suitable OS to use as the base image, and driver files that will be added to the during installation of the OS.
  5. Create a Run As account. In VMM create a Run As Account with permissions to access the BMC.
  6. Create Physical Computer profiles: In the VMM library, create one or more physical computer profiles. These profiles include configuration settings, such as the location of the operating system image, and hardware and OS settings.


Now let’s have a look on the step by step to provision a Hyper-V host using Baremetal Deployment:

  1. Click Fabric > Servers > Home > Add > Add Resources > Hyper-V Hosts and Clusters.
  2. In the Add Resource Wizard > Resource location, select Physical computers to be provisioned as virtual machine hosts.
  3. In Credentials and Protocol select the Run As account with permissions to access the BMC. In the Protocol list, click the out-of-band management protocol that your BMCs use. If you want to use Data Center Management Interface (DCMI), click Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI). Although DCMI 1.0 is not listed, it is supported. Make sure the correct port is selected.
  4. In Discovery Scope, enter the single IP address, the IP subnet, or the IP address range that includes the IP addresses of the BMCs

Note:

  • If you specify a single IP address, when you click Next, the computer is restarted.
  • If you specify an IP address range, when you click Next, information about the computer is displayed, and you can confirm that you specified the computer that you meant to.

4a. If you specified an IP subnet or IP address range the Target Resources page appears. Select the BMCs you want to provision as Hyper-V hosts.

  1. In Provisioning Options, click a host group for new Hyper-V hosts. Select the physical computer profile you want to apply.
  2. In Deployment Customization, provide information for each computer that you want to provision as a Hyper-V host:

Note: To remove a BMC from the list, select it and then click Remove.

For each BMC IP address in the list:

    • Click the BMC IP address and specify a unique computer name, without wildcard characters.
    • Select or clear Skip Active Directory for this computer name. The Active Directory check prevents deployment if the computer account already exists.
    • For each BMC IP address in the list:
    • Click on the Network Adapter (on the left) to modify the configuration, or fill in more information. You can specify the MAC address of the management NIC (not the BMC) and static IP settings for this network adapter.
    • To specify an IP address select a logical network and an IP subnet if applicable. If the selected IP subnet includes IP address pool, you can check Obtain an IP address corresponding to the selected subnet. Otherwise, type an IP address that’s within the logical network or its subnet.
    • Configure the adapter settings for each network adapter. You must specify any information that is missing for the adapters.
    • When all information for the listed BMC are completed, click Next.
  1. In Summary, confirm the settings, and then click Finish to deploy the new Hyper-V hosts and bring them under VMM management.

Make sure that all steps in the job have a status of Completed.

  1. To confirm that the host was added click Fabric > Servers > All Hosts > host group, and verify that the new Hyper-V host appears in the group.

 

Note: Nano Server is not a supported OS for infrastructure-related roles like Hyper-V. I recommend that you use Windows 2016 Core Server version

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.

NEW book: System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager #SysCtr #MVPBuzz #HyperV

That’s on. After months of writing and reviews, my new book System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager is now released.

Covering : Windows 2012R2 aand Hyper-V new features, System Center 2012 R2 VMM, Operations Manager, App Controller and Azure integration as well Veeam Management Pack.

  • Plan and design a VMM architecture for real-world deployment
  • Configure network virtualization, gateway integration, storage integration, resource throttling, and availability options
  • Integrate Operations Manager (SCOM) with VMM to monitor your infrastructure
  • Integrate SC APP Controller (SCAC) with VMM to manage private and public clouds (Azure)
  • Deploy clusters with VMM Bare Metal
  • Create and deploy virtual machines from templates
  • Deploy a highly available VMM Management server
  • Manage Hyper-V, VMware, and Citrix from VMM
  • Upgrade from previous VMM versions

Order now at http://bit.ly/1pZ5VoQ

Create, deploy, and manage datacenters and private and hybrid clouds with hybrid hypervisors using VMM 2012 R2. Integrate and manage fabric (compute, storages, gateways, and networking), services and resources, and deploy clusters from bare metal servers. Explore VMM 2012 R2 features such as Windows 2012 R2 and SQL 2012 support, converged networks, network virtualization, live migration, Linux VMs, and resource throttling and availability

 

MVP Comm Camp : System Center 2012R2 Virtual Machine Manager slide decks

Hi

For those who were able to attend the MVP Community Camp last Saturday, a big thank you attending and for the positive feedbacks.

Great to hear that more and more you are utilizing System Center.

System Center enables robust management of heterogeneous datacenters, reduce datacenter complexity and enables common management that spans Windows Server and Windows Azure environments., be it provisioning, self-service or monitoring

Through this discussion,  we hope you see how System Center uniquely delivering on the key areas :

Hybrid IT – Consistent with the notion of Cloud OS, “hybrid” is built into System Center.   System Center truly enables common management that spans Windows Server and Windows Azure environments., be it provisioning, self-service or monitoring.
Enterprise-class performance:  System Center infrastructure management capabilities are enterprise grade and ready to use today.  Not only is System Center best-of-breed for Windows environments and Microsoft workloads (like Exchange, SharePoint and SQL) but it also enables robust management of heterogeneous datacenters.
•Reduce datacenter complexity: We’re constantly striving to reduce complexity in your datacenter by making it easy to provision, manage and operate infrastructure services with System Center.
Application focused: System Center has a relentless focus on optimizing your apps and workloads by arming you with rich insights to help you deliver predictable application SLA (after all,  apps are what your business cares about and infrastructure exists to support them)

As promised, here is the slide deck for VMM System Center VMM 2012R2 – Overview

Cheers

Monitoring Hyper-V and VMware workloads. Integrating SCVMM with SCOM. Veeam MP

The System Center 2012 VMM cookbook has a Chapter 10 (as a plus for the readers), which is not on the paperback/Kindle version. It is mentioned in the “What This Book Covers” section of the book and if you brought the book you will be able to download the chapter for free.

Chapter 10, Integration with System Center Operations Manager 2012 SP1, provides tips and techniques to allow administrators to integrate SCOM 2012 with SCVMM when monitoring the private cloud infrastructure.

In a hybrid hypervisor environment (for example, Hyper-V, VMware), using Operations Manager management packs (MPs) (for example, Veeam MP), you can monitor the Hyper-V hosts and the VMware hosts, which allow you to use only the System Center Console to manage and monitor the hybrid hypervisor environment

What we cover in chapter 10 :

  • In this chapter, we will cover:
  • Installing System Center Operations Manager 2012 SP1
  • Installing management packs
  • Managing Discovery and Agents
  • Configuring the integration between Operations Manager 2012 and VMM 2012
  • Enabling reporting in VMM
  • Monitoring VMware vSphere infrastructure from the Operations Manager using management packs

With management packs, you can extend Operations Manager (OpsMgr) and its possibilities. On a hybrid hypervisor environment, where there is a mix of Hyper-V and VMware ESXi servers, the Veeam MP extends the OpsMgr for monitoring, alerting, and for undertaking remedial actions on VMware vSphere. Veeam MP uses vSphere API to gather information to allow monitoring and reporting against all layers of the VMware stack, which include layers from the underlying hardware though network, storage, hosts, clusters, datacenters, up to vCenter. Examples of the key metrics for the VMware admins include latency, CPU ready, disk and memory pressure against a host.

For the Chapter 10, Veeam Management Pack for VMware (SCOM) s required. There is a new version 6.5 which can download from here: http://www.veeam.com/vmware-microsoft-esx-monitoring-resources.html

Enjoy reading !

To buy the book

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&field-author=Edvaldo%20Alessandro%20Cardoso&search-alias=books&sort=relevancerank

http://www.packtpub.com/microsoft-system-center-virtual-machine-manager-2012-cookbook/book

VMM 2012 book. Review by Vijay Tewari, Principal Group Program Manager at Microsoft Corp

September 2, 2013 1 comment

I just got the following email from Vijay with a review of my book. It is rewarding to see that coming from Vijay.

System Center 2012, SP1, Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) is the foundation of the Microsoft Private Cloud. Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V is chockfull of capabilities that are very valuable for customers looking to deploy Hyper-V at scale and virtualize literally any workload. VMM is the management infrastructure that enable customers to deploy and manage Hyper-V at scale. Alessandro’s book on VMM, SP1 is packed with useful tips and tricks that can really help you to get the most out of VMM. This is not just any book on VMM, it is your Swiss army knife for deploying and operating VMM. The chapter on installation itself is worth its weight. Thanks Alessandro!!!!
 
Vijay Tewari
Principal Group Program Manager, System Center Virtual Machine Manager
Microsoft Corp

To buy it see :

http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Virtual-Machine-Manager-Cookbook/dp/1849686327/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

Bring Windows Azure to your datacenter

How about having the Windows Azure experience locally on your datacentre?

Microsoft is now enabling Hosting Service Providers to use Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 to deliver the same great experiences already found in Windows Azure.

The first two of these finished services are high density website hosting and virtual machine provisioning and management. Hosting Service Providers enable these modules through the new Service Management API and optional portal.

Create high scale WebSites – Out of the box automation lowers customer onboarding costs while metering and throttling of resources can help tailor customer offerings. Supports many frameworks including ASP.NET, Classic ASP, PHP and Node.js with full Git integration for Source Code Control. Download and install the Web Sites service on machines dedicated for the Web Sites roles.

Create Virtual Machines – Leverage the power of System Center and Windows Server to easily create an Infrastructure as a Service solution for customers to provision and manage VMs. Download the System Center 2012 SP1 and install and configure SPF per the deployment guide.

Administer WebSites – Administer Web Sites and Virtual Machine services on Windows Server while also offering customers the same Windows 8-style self-service user experience as found on Windows Azure to provision and manage their Web Sites and Virtual Machines. Download the Service Management Portal and Service Management API Express bits to install the Admin and Tenant portals, and the Service Management API on one machine.Download the WebPI and click on the Products tab. Select Windows Azure to deploy the portals and the Service Management API on separate machines.

 

More Info:http://www.microsoft.com/hosting/en/us/services.aspx