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Updated virtualization guides: Windows Server Virtualization and System Center Virtual Machine Manager.

8:42 am in Uncategorized by evilbart

Updated virtualization guides: Windows Server Virtualization and System Center Virtual Machine Manager.
These guides, updated to reflect the features and functionalities of Windows Server® 2008 R2 and System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2, outline the critical infrastructure design elements that are crucial to a successful implementation of these virtualization products.

The Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for Windows Server Virtualization takes the reader through the process of designing components, layout, and connectivity in a logical, sequential order. Identification of the Hyper-V™ server hosts required is presented in easy-to-follow steps, helping the reader to design and plan virtual server datacenters.

The Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager assists readers in the design and implementation of SCVMM architecture, thus enabling centralized administration of physical and virtual machines. Identification of the VMM server instances required is one of the simple, seven-step design processes presented in this guide.

Download the IPD Guides for Virtualization at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/solutionaccelerators/ee395429.aspx
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.

System Center Virtual Machine Manager: Updated IPD Guides

3:55 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

Hey All,

Microsoft has announced updated IPD Guides for SCVMM.  You can find more information here:

http://blogs.technet.com/technet_flash_feed/archive/2009/09/24/get-the-updated-infrastructure-planning-and-design-guides-for-virtualization-and-system-center.aspx

The download can be found here:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/solutionaccelerators/ee395430.aspx?SA_CE=VIRT-IPD-BLOG-SCVMM-2009-09-21

Cheers,

Mike

System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 and 2008 R2 Configuration Analyzer VMMCA

5:25 pm in Uncategorized by chanelwlkTB

Hey All,

Microsoft just released the new VMMCA for vmm 2008 and vmm 2008 r2.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=02d83950-c03d-454e-803b-96d1c1d5be24&displaylang=en

 

Brief Description

Virtual Machine Manager 2008 and 2008 R2 Configuration Analyzer (VMMCA) is a diagnostic tool that you can use to evaluate important configuration settings for computers that either are serving or might serve VMM roles or other VMM functions.

 

Important

  • You must install and run the VMMCA on the computer that either currently is or will become your VMM 2008 server.
  • You should use this version of the VMMCA with VMM 2008 and VMM 2008 R2 only. To download the VMMCA for VMM 2007, go tohttp://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=132136.

 

The VMMCA is a diagnostic tool you can use to evaluate important configuration settings for computers that either are serving or might serve VMM roles or other VMM functions. The VMMCA scans the hardware and software configurations of the computers you specify, evaluates them against a set of predefined rules, and then provides you with error messages and warnings for any configurations that are not optimal for the VMM role or other VMM function that you have specified for the computer.

 

I will soon post a blog about the results of the VMMCA.

 

Thanks,

Alexandre Verkinderen

System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 MPSRPT Tool

8:01 am in Uncategorized by evilbart

Hey All,

Microsoft has released the Product Support Reporting Tool for SCVMM2008 and 2008R2

Use the MPS Reporting Tool to gather detailed system status and configuration information from the Virtual Machine Manager server of Virtual Machine Manager 2008 or 2008 R2 server as well as from all managed virtual machine hosts, library servers, and physical to virtual conversion (P2V) source computers. This version of the MPS Reporting Tool collects gathers data to help Microsoft Support Professionals diagnose error conditions experienced in Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 and Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2.
The Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) version of the MPS Reporting Tool gathers the following diagnostic data for the VMM server, the virtual machine hosts and library servers that the VMM server manages, and physical to virtual conversion (P2V) source computers:

  • Virtual Machine Manager traces
  • Virtual Machine Manager database
  • Windows event logs and virtual server event logs
  • IP address
  • Virtual Machine Manager setup logs
  • SQL Server setup logs
  • Registry information
  • Open ports information
  • System Information (msinfo)

You can download the tool here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=4e3dc013-c299-4b80-9735-64a8b9fa60c7&displaylang=en

Cheers,

Mike

MVUG Event Securing Hyper-V

5:49 pm in Uncategorized by chanelwlkTB

Securing Hyper-V (with the Winsec User Group)

Date and time: THURSDAY 1st October 2009, start at 18u30 until around 21u00.
Event Location:
Microsoft BELUX – Corporate Village – Leonardo Da Vincilaan 3 – B-1935 Zaventem
Entry: Free
Registration: send a mail to benoit@mvug.be
Focus: with
the rising popularity of virtualization, it is time to start thinking
about how you secure your virtual environment. During this
presentation, best practices for securing a virtual environment based
on Microsoft’s Hyper-V are discussed, both from the angle of the
Hyper-V host as from the angle of the guests. Further it will be shown
how you can use Authorization Manager (AzMan)
to provide role-based access control for Hyper-V, separating host
administrators from guest administrators and precisely delegating
control to them, which will also be shown using System Center Virtual
Machine Manager (SC VMM).

 

More information can be found on the MVUG site http://mvug.be/content/Events.aspx