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

June 24, 2014 8 comments

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

 

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Hyper-V and Jumbo Frames in 3 steps

February 3, 2014 2 comments

As we start working with 10GB nic’s and Hyper-V There are 3 required steps necessary to ensure JUMBO FRAMES proper configuration:

Important to understand: Jumbo Frames needs to be enable from end to end to work properly.

Enable JUMBO FRAMES in all physical hardware that are interconnected : switches, storage and servers. They must support jumbo packets and this feature must be enabled. Note: Almost all switches requires a reboot after jumbo frames have been configured.

physical-nic-jumbo

Enable JUMBO FRAMES in the Hyper-V’s virtual switch. Hyper-V’s virtual switches are no different than any other TCP/IP implementation.

hyper-v-switch-jumbo

-Enable JUMBO FRAMES inside the VM (Guest OS). You can use PowerShell or use the GUI in Windows 2012 R2:

vm-adapter-jumbo

After the reboot you can test jumbo frames.

Use the ping command to test it, pinging from the VM to the switch for example.

eg. ping -f -l 8000 10.1.1.200

Notes:
The -f parameter does not allow packets to be fragmented.
The -l parameter specifies the size of the packet.

Also remember to enable VMQ to improve performance  But it DOES help to reduce CPU cycles in that case

My sessions at Microsoft TechEd New Zeeland 2013

September 2, 2013 Leave a comment

This year I will be presenting 3 sessions at TechEd New Zeeland. Come to my sessions to learn how System Center can empower your cloud deployment and management, plus you can win a signed copy of my book: System Center 2012 VMM. (1 book per session) . See you there!

My Sessions:

MDC412

Thursday 11:55am

Availability Strategies for a Resilient Private Cloud

Your private cloud should be designed to be protected from downtime. This session will cover the breath of features available to reduce and protect from both planned and unplanned downtime, such as: live migration, storage migration, Failover Clustering, Cluster Aware Updating, and Hyper&-V Replica.

 

MDC417

Friday
09:00am

Managing Clouds with System Center

This session will take you through the architecture and steps to create and manage an Private/Hybrid Cloud. We will talk about multi-tentant, charge back, network virtualisation and new features of System Center. This session will address the ideal architecture design and requirements and will be full of tips.

MDC421

Friday
11:55am

Managing and Monitoring your hybrid datacenter with VMM and Operations Manager

is session will cover the integration with VMM and Operations Manager, taking you through all the required steps and requirements. Which management packs? How to monitor Hyper-V and VMware hypervisors. Which information/reports are available ?

 

Networking enhancements in the Windows 2012 R2 based on customer feedbacks

August 2, 2013 Leave a comment

With Server 2012 and VMM 2012 SP1, Microsoft enabled new foundational scenarios from Continuous Availability (with in-box NIC Teaming) to building blocks for Software Defined Networking (with the extensible Hyper-V Virtual Switch and Hyper-V Network Virtualization [HNV]) to IP Address Management (IPAM).

Now with Server and VMM 2012R2,  Microsoft is targeting the reduction of networking Capital Expenditures (CapEx), by enabling customers to maximize utilization of their existing resources and reduce the need for specialized hardware over time.

Microsoft got the feedback from customers advising that they want choice and flexibility in both the networking vendors they use and the cloud in which their workloads run. They need the ability to plug and play between vendors without having to change management software, processes, or knowledge, plus the ability to deploy any workloads across any cloud provider.

The other feedback received by Microsoft is that network automation is key. Automation is required across the Service Provider’s network, the tenant’s network, and network infrastructure services (load balancing, firewall, etc.).

As you can see in the figure below, the feedback is giving notably results to the customers with many features that further enhance Microsoft  end-to-end capabilities:

w2012r2-network

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Windows Server 2012 R2. What’s new in this new version….

June 5, 2013 Leave a comment

Windows Server 2012 R2 offers exciting new features and enhancements across virtualization, storage, networking, virtual desktop infrastructure, access and information protection, and more.

With Windows Azure VM and System Center 2012 R2, it unlocks improved application portability between on-premises environments and public and service provider clouds, increasing flexibility and elasticity of your IT services.

Windows Server 2012 R2 provides a scalable, highly available platform for mission-critical applications.

Windows Server 2012 R2 makes it easier to deploy a virtual desktop infrastructure, and can lower storage costs significantly by supporting a broad range of storage options and with a new feature VHD de-duplication.

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure in Windows Server 2012 R2 makes it possible for users to access IT from virtually anywhere, providing them a rich Windows experience while ensuring enhanced data security and compliance.

For more info and evaluation:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/evalcenter/dn205292.aspx?CR_CC=200142594 (yet to be available)

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/windows-server/windows-server-2012-r2.aspx?WT.mc_id=Newsletter_TechnetFlash_TechEd_General_EN_US&loc=zTS3z&prod=zWSz&tech=zOttechz&prog=zOTprogz&type=znewsz&media=zOTmediaz&country=zUSz