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Convert Vmware virtual machines to Hyper-V with Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter

July 11, 2012 Leave a comment

Convert and deploy virtual machines to Hyper-V  with Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter

The Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC) Release Candidate is now available! This release allows you to convert and deploy virtual machines from VMware hosts to Hyper-V hosts running Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate and Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 Release Candidate.  The MVMC Release Candidate also adds virtual network interface cards (NICs) to the converted virtual machine on Hyper-V and configures the dynamic memory on the converted virtual machine.

MVMC supports converting virtual machines using the following guest operating systems:

  • Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 with Service Pack 2
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows 7

The Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter converts VMware virtual machines created with:

  • VMware vSphere 4.1
  • VMware vSphere 5.0

To virtual machines for:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Hyper-V
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 SP1

Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter key features:

  • MVMC provides a quick, low-risk option for VMware customers to evaluate Hyper-V.
  • MVMC converts the virtual disks and the VMware VMs configuration, such as memory, virtual processor, and other machine settings from the source.
  • Use this tool to uninstall VMware tools on the source VM and install the Hyper-V Integration Services as appropriate.
  • An easy-to-use wizard-driven GUI simplifying VM conversion is also included.
  • MVMC supports offline conversions of VMware virtual hard disks (VMDK) to a Hyper-V based virtual hard disk file format (VHD).
  • MVMC includes a scriptable Command Line Interfaces (CLI) for performing machine conversion and offline disk conversion which integrates with datacenter automation workflows, such as those authored and executed within System Center Orchestrator. The command line can also be invoked through PowerShell.

Download the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter Release Candidate.

Learn more about Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter.

Get ready for Windows Server 2012 with new Solution Accelerators : MAP Toolkit

July 11, 2012 Leave a comment

Accelerate Windows Server 2012 readiness with MAP 7.0!

 Get ready for Windows Server 2012 with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 7.0. The latest version of the MAP Toolkit adds several new planning scenarios that help you build for the future with agility and focus while lowering the cost of delivering IT. New capabilities allow you to understand your readiness to deploy Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 in your environment.

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Windows 2012 Hyper-V RTM to be released first week of August 2012

July 10, 2012 Leave a comment

Microsoft announced at WPC in Toronto, both server and client announced RTM (first week of August) and GA(Sept for Server, Oct for client) timing publicly:

“Windows 8/Windows 2012 is on track to Release to Manufacturing (RTM) the first week of August. For enterprise customers with Software Assurance benefits, they will have full access to Windows 8 bits as early as August. Additionally, she noted that RTM is when we’ll be turning on the commerce platform so that developers can start earning money for their apps ”

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VMM 2012 SP1: Installing and Configuring Dell EqualLogic PS Series SMP provider : NEW

June 28, 2012 6 comments

VMM 2012 SP1 supports the same storage arrays that were supported in VMM 2012, plus the SMP provider. For more info : (

Below are the steps to install and connect your Dell EqualLogic PS Storage to VMM 2012 SP1 using the new SMP Provider

1. Install the Dell EqualLogic Host Integration Tools 4.5 on the VMM management server, and then restart the server.

Note: Dell EqualLogic Host Integration Tools compatible with SCVMM 2012 SP1 is planned for availability late this year. The new release is the next step in integrating Microsoft applications with EqualLogic storage arrays.
Contact Dell to obtain the Dell EqualLogic Host Integration Tools.

2. Start the VMM command shell as an administrator. Import the EqualLogic PowerShell Tools module and then add the storage provider by using the New-EqlGroupAccess cmdlet. Then, import the storage provider into VMM by using the Import-SCStorageProvider cmdlet. For example:

PS C:\> Import-Module -Name “C:\Program Files\EqualLogic\bin\EQLPSTools.dll”

PS C:\> New-EqlGroupAccess -GroupName “EqlGroup” -GroupWKAddress -GroupMKAddress -UserName Administrator -Password “AcctPassword”

PS C:\> Import-SCStorageProvider

It may take a while depending on the number of storage pools and logical units that already exist on the array.

To verify whether the provider was imported, in the Fabric workspace of the VMM console, in the Fabric pane, expand Storage, and then click Providers.

In the Providers pane, verify that the provider appears, with a status of Responding.

4. To bring the storage pools under management and to assign classifications, follow these steps:

a. In the Arrays pane, right-click the array, and then click Properties.

b. In the Array Name Properties dialog box, click the Storage Pools tab.

c. Under Storage Pools, select the check box next to each storage pool that you want VMM to manage.

d. Under Classification, select an existing classification or create a new one. To create a new one, click Create classification, enter a classification, click Add, and then in the Classification list, select the new classification.

e. When you are finished, click OK.

f. Open the Jobs workspace, and verify that the Sets Storage Array job completes.

5. Verify that you can create and delete logical units. To do this, follow these steps:

a. In the Fabric pane, under Storage, click Classifications and Pools.

b. In the Classifications, StoragePools, and Logical Units pane, click the desired storage pool.

c. On the Home tab, click Create Logical Unit.

d. In the Create Logical Unit dialog box, enter a name, optional description, and size.

e. If the storage pool is configured to support thin provisioning, optionally click Create thin storage logical unit with capacity committed on demand, and then click OK.

When the job completes, in the Classifications, StoragePools, and Logical Units pane, verify that the new logical unit is listed under the pool.

f. To remove the logical unit, click the logical unit. Then, on the Home tab, in the Remove group, click Remove. Review the warning message, and then click OK to continue. Verify that the logical unit is removed from the list.

To configure storage on a Hyper-V host, follow the procedures in in the System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager topic How to Configure Storage on a Hyper-V Host. Try assigning a logical unit to a host, with an assigned drive letter.

Hyper-V Windows 2012 : High Availability and Resiliency : new enhancements

June 28, 2012 Leave a comment

There are a number of new enhancements that ensure key workloads are resilient, and protected.

Hyper-V ReplicaAsynchronous, application-consistent virtual machine replication and it does not depend on any hardware vendor. You can establish an Hyper-V Replica between 2 separated physical locations without a storage. It permits asynchronous replication of Hyper-V virtual machines between two locations for business continuity and failure recovery.

Incremental BackupsTrue differential disk backups of virtual hard disks to help ensure that the data is backed up and restored when necessary. It also reduces storage costs because it backs up only what has changed, not the entire disk.

NIC TeamingProvides increased reliability and performance for virtual machines and now does not depends on manufacturer drivers.

Hyper-V Clustering Enhancements – Unmatched scale and flexibility for virtualized infrastructures:

Unmatched Scale – Windows Server 2012 support up to 64 physical nodes and up to 4,000 virtual machines in a single cluster providing scalability and flexibility for key virtualized workloads.

Flexible Virtual Machine Guest Clustering – Provides not only iSCSI guest clustering support, including MPIO, but also enables the use of Virtual Fibre Channel adapters within the virtual machine allowing workloads access to storage area networks using fiber channel fabric. In addition, a virtual fibre channel enables IT to cluster guest operating systems over Fibre Channel providing HA for workloads within VMs and utilize the built-in Windows multi-path I/O (MPIO) for high-availability and load balancing on the storage path.  By employing MPIO and Failover Clustering together as complimentary technologies, users are able to mitigate the risk of a system outage at both the hardware and application levels.

Highly Secure Clustered Storage – Hyper-V, Failover Clustering and BitLocker now work in concert to create the ideal and secure platform for private cloud infrastructure. Windows Server 2012 Cluster disks that are encrypted using BitLocker Drive Encryption enable better physical security for deployments outside secure data centers, providing a critical safeguard for the cloud and helping protect against inadvertent data leaks

Enhanced Cluster Shared Volumes – Cluster Shared Volume 2.0 (CSV). CSV has been greatly enhanced in a number of ways. From a usability standpoint, CSV is now a core Failover Clustering feature, with simplified administration and management.  To support up to 64 nodes in a cluster, CSV has been improved in aspects of both performance and scalability. In terms of integrating with our partners, CSV has specifically been enhanced to work out of the box with storage filter drivers such as those used by: anti-virus, data protection, backup and storage replication ensuring a more seamless integration with existing investments.

3 Levels of Availability – Bringing higher availability to workloads that do not support clustering. It does this by providing a light-weight, simple solution to monitor applications running in the VMs and integrating with the host. By monitoring services and event logs inside the virtual machine, Hyper-V and Failover Clustering can detect whether the key services that a virtual machine provides are healthy and provide automatic corrective action such as restarting the virtual machine or restarting a service within the VM.  This is in addition to the already existing virtual machine failover capabilities should a host fail, or the virtual machine itself become unresponsive.

Cluster-Aware Updating – An in-box end-to-end solution for updating Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Failover Clusters, helping customers to preview, apply, and report on updates, all with zero downtime to the virtual machines.

Virtual Machine Failover Prioritization –  Virtual machine priorities can now be configured to control the order in which specific virtual machines failover or start. This ensures higher priority virtual machines are given the resources they need and lower priority virtual machines are given resources as they are available.

Affinity (and Anti-Affinity) Virtual Machine Rules – Administrators can now configure partnered virtual machines so that at failover, the partnered machines are migrated simultaneously. For example, administrators can configure their SharePoint virtual machine and the partnered SQL Server virtual machine to always failover together to the same node. Administrators can also specify that two specific virtual machines cannot coexist on the same node in a failover scenario.

How Does VmWare compare?

Capability Windows   Server 2012 Hyper-V

VMware   ESXi 5.0

VMware   vSphere 5.0 Enterprise Plus
 Incremental   Backups




 VM   Replication



vCenter SRM

 NIC   Teaming




 Integrated   High Availability




 Guest OS   Application Monitoring




 Cluster-Aware   Updating




Failover   Prioritization




Affinity   & Anti-Affinity Rules




What are you waiting for? start today your own POC of Windows 2012 !

Hyper-V Windows 20012 improvments and comparison

June 27, 2012 1 comment

Significant improvements have been made across the board, with Hyper-V now supporting increased cluster sizes, a significantly higher number of active virtual machines per host, and additionally, more advanced performance features such as in-guest Non-Uniform Memory Access (NUMA).

The tables below shows the improvement Microsoft has done with  Windows 20012 Hyper-V :



The table also shows that both Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and vSphere 5.0 Enterprise Plus deliver up to 1TB of memory to an individual virtual machine, however, one aspect to bear in mind when creating virtual machines of this size, is the vRAM (Virtual Machine Memory) entitlement with vSphere 5.0.

  • Each vSphere 5.0 Enterprise Plus CPU license comes with a vRAM entitlement of 96GB vRAM, and on a 2 CPU physical host, this would equate to 192GB vRAM added to a ‘vRAM Pool’
  • The 1TB virtual machine would consume 96GB of the vRAM allocation (this is an upper limit established for an individual VM, and was one of the results of customer feedback around the original vRAM licensing announcements)
  • This would leave only 96GB of vRAM for use by other virtual machines, restricting scale. The only option to overcome this would be for the customer to purchase additional vSphere 5.0 licenses at considerable expense. This is on top of the extra administrative overhead of monitoring and managing vRAM entitlements.



1.XenServer 6.0 active VMs per host varies based on Server/VDI workload, with PVS/IntelliCache & HA on/off
2.Maximum VMs on a Cluster (Resource Pool) on XenServer 6.0 based on a maximum of 50-60 concurrent protected VMs per host with HA enabled.
3.Host physical memory is capped at 32GB thus maximum VM memory is also restricted to 32GB usage.
4.For clustering/high availability, customers must purchase vSphere
5.vSphere 5.0 Enterprise Plus is the only edition that supports 32 vCPUs.  All others support 8 vCPUs within a virtual machine.
6.Maximum number of Virtual CPUs per Host is not documented in the Citrix XenServer 6.0 Configuration Limits documentation

Solutions for Private, Public, and Hybrid Clouds and Introducing Windows Server 2012 : Free e-books

June 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Introducing Windows Server 2012

If you are looking for an early, high-level view of Windows Server 2012, this guide introduces its new features and capabilities, with scenario-based insights demonstrating how the platform can meet the needs of your business. Click here to download.

Solutions for Private, Public, and Hybrid Clouds

Make sure to read chapter one for information on why cloud computing is the most efficient and cost-effective way to deliver computing resources to users according to your business needs:

Chapter 1: Microsoft Solutions for Private, Public and Hybrid Clouds. Click here.
Chapter 2: From Virtualization to the Private Cloud – Click here
Chapter 3: Public and Hybrid Clouds. Click here