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TryCatch blogger also joins SCUG.be as SCVMM blogger

9:51 pm in Uncategorized by

Hi VMM lovers,

My name is Kurt Roggen.  I’m a MVP in Management Infrastructure and specialize in the Microsoft Server Virtualisation stack, covering Hyper-V, SCVMM, SCOM, Windows Failover Clustering, Powershell and related.

Since last year, I have been working intensive on both SCVMM 2008 R2 and SCVMM 2012. I will be posting on the SCVMM blog with 1 purpose: sharing knowledge and information.
BTW: Questions/Suggestions are always welcome

Hope you enjoy it, too!!

Kurt Roggen [BE]
Blog: http://TryCatch.be/blogs/roggenk

Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 3.0 – Now in Beta Release!

1:59 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

VMST 3.0 helps customers more effectively—and safely—manage the workflow of updating their offline virtualization environment. Using VMST 3.0, customers can now service:

· Offline virtual machines in a SCVMM library.

· Stopped and saved state virtual machines on a host.

· Virtual machine templates.

· Offline virtual hard disks in a SCVMM library by injecting update packages.

· Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V host clusters.

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Join the Beta Program

TechDays: New session about Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX

1:32 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

There was still one session in the IT Pro track that I could not disclose because the announcement was not made yet. But now that we announced the Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX capabilities in SP1 I can disclose the following session: 

Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and NEW SP1 features!

In this session, we will look at Hyper-V’s progression from Windows Server 2008, to R2, and will also give you a sneak peek of the new Hyper-V features coming in SP1.  SP1 will include both Microsoft Remote-FX and Dynamic Memory. These features are designed to meet the increasing needs of our customers as they utilize virtualization in their environments with Windows Server 2008 R2.  We will investigate how Hyper-V has continued to advance and how SP1 will address critical business and technology requirements.

Speaker: Bryon Surace – Microsoft Corp

Selecting the Right Virtualization Technology

2:51 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

The Infrastructure Planning and Design team has released two updated guides, Selecting the Right Virtualization Technology and Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services.

With the release of these updated guides, the Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) series of guides further assists organizations in selecting the right virtualization technologies for their business needs.

To select an appropriate virtualization technology, organizations can look to the updated IPD Guide for Selecting the Right Virtualization Technology. This guide walks the reader through the technology selection process for each workload—and is now updated to include coverage of Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).

If the IPD Guide for Selecting the Right Virtualization Technology points the organization to Remote Desktop Services as a best fit for their business needs, the guide then directs the user to the updated IPD Guide for Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services, which then outlines key infrastructure planning and design guidance for a successful implementation of Remote Desktop Services. The IPD Guide for Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services leads the reader through the nine-step process of designing components, layout, and connectivity in a logical, sequential order. Identification of the RD Session Host farms is presented in a simple, easy-to-follow process, helping the reader to design and plan centralized virtual data centers.

Used together, these updated guides provide comprehensive planning and design guidance for implementing a Remote Desktop Services infrastructure. The IPD Guide for Selecting the Right Virtualization Technology also teams with other virtualization guides in the IPD Series—to provide end-to-end planning and design guidance for a variety of virtualization technologies.

Download the IPD Guide for Selecting the Right Virtualization Technology at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=160981

Download the IPD Guide for Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=177881

For users of Windows Server 2008 R2, the Remote Desktop Services guide is a complete replacement for the Terminal Services guide. The Remote Desktop Services guide reflects the new capabilities introduced with Windows Server 2008 R2 as well as the rebranding of Terminal Services. The Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services remains available at http://www.microsoft.com/IPD.

TechNet Event: Learn how to use Virtualization from the Desktop to the Datacenter

1:58 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

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TechNet Event: Learn how to use Virtualization from the Desktop to the Datacenter

Using products that span the desktop to the data center, you can bring capacities online in real-time, as needed; streamline and provision applications, services and data on-demand; accelerate backup and recovery, and enhance availability so that your users are well protected against system failure and service interruptions.
This event will consist out of two tracks one for Data Center Virtualization and one for Desktop Virtualization.

 

Following technologies will be covered:

  • Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization
  • Application Virtualization
  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 – Hyper-V
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager
  • ….
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Server Virtualization Track:


Storage and Hyper-V: The Choices You Can Make and the Things You Need to Know

Storage and virtualization are two of the hottest technologies in IT right now — and they’re even better together. Microsoft is delivering new products into both spaces. , and Understanding the impacts that storage has on a server virtualization design is key to understanding and successfully building a virtual infrastructure. This session talks about where we are, where we’ve been, and where we are going. We give you the information you need to know to make the right storage decisions in this new virtual world.

Security Architecture and Best Practices for Hyper-V
It is critical to ensure that your virtualization infrastructure is secured and protected against malicious intent. This session will outline the security architecture of Hyper-V and provide guidelines and best practices from a security viewpoint.

Disaster Recovery and Failover Clustering:
As Windows Server operating systems become increasingly accepted in the large scale and high-end mission-critical parts of organizations, the requirements for disaster tolerance and business continuance become more and more important. The goal of this session is to cover the considerations on how you can build a complete solution with Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering to achieve not only High Availability, but also Disaster Recovery.

Microsoft’s Builds the Foundation for your Private Cloud

Learn about Microsoft’s Private Cloud Infrastructure offering and find out how the latest technologies, tools and resources which are enabling the foundation for a private cloud infrastructure. Learn about the two extensible FREE Dynamic Data Center Toolkits; Dynamic Data Center Toolkit for Hosters (available now!) that enables hosting partners to offer managed

 

Client Virtualization Track:


Desktop Virtualization: Providing You with Clear Guidance

This business value session will review the different desktop virtualization solutions available and provide you with the context you need to create a meaningful and actionable plan to leverage Desktop Virtualization technologies to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) and increase business agility.  You will learn about VDI, App-V, MED-V, and other virtualization options in the context of selecting the "right tool for the right job" for your business needs.

Desktop Virtualization – The App-V side
App-V explained, what it is, how it works, what is the relation to Desktop Virtualization and how can App-V help us to achieve the Optimized Desktop vision. We will discuss deployment options and show an App-V Sequence and Deployment demo.

MED-V Client Hosted Desktop Virtualization
Client Hosted Desktop Virtualization – How can MED-V help us to achieve the Optimized Desktop vision. The difference between managed and unmanaged XP mode and we will show a MED-V demo.

 

Speakers:

Isaac Roybal – Product Manager Virtualization – Microsoft Corp

Isaac Roybal is a Product Manager in Microsoft’s Virtualization Marketing team. His responsibilities cover the Cloud Computing Infrastructure Initiative from a private cloud perspective, Dynamic Datacenter Toolkits for both hosters and enterprises and the Dynamic Datacenter Alliance.  Isaac’s career started in Systems and Network Engineering working with Windows Server since NT 3.51. Prior to his current role, Isaac managed Microsoft’s Hyper-V and IIS product marketing efforts. He has been involved in IT for over 13 years (8 with Microsoft), received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from New Mexico Highlands University and has his MCSE certification in NT 4.0, Windows 2000 and 2003.

 

Vijay Tewari – Program Manager Virtualization – Microsoft Corp

Vijay Tewari is a Principal Program Manager with the Windows Server Virtualization team at Microsoft. He has over 15 years of experience in the industry and has authored multiple specifications relating to systems management such as WS-Management. He owns the development of the Hyper-V role and the Microsoft Hyper-V Server.

 

Alexander Rublowsky – Group Manager, Desktop Virtualization for Windows Commercial – Microsoft Corporation

Alexander Rublowsky is responsible for leading Microsoft’s Desktop Virtualization Sales Strategy for Windows Client. Responsibilities include the sales management of  Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) and Desktop Virtualization technologies like Virtualized Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), Application Virtualization (App-V) and Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V).

Prior to managing Client Virtualization Sales Strategy, Rublowsky managed the Enterprise Partner Ecosystem for Windows Client including the development of the Application Compatibility Factory and led the Windows Client Deployment Team. Prior to joining Windows Client Rublowsky held Product Management, Product Marketing positions for product with revenue over $2.5 Billion and developed a unique demand based pricing strategy for Hardware Systems.  Rublowsky holds a Master Degree from the George Washington University’s GSPM and an undergraduate degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

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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 2008 R2 RC public release available

5:52 am in Uncategorized by evilbart

The product team just announced that SCVMM 2008 R2 is publicly released.

Have a look at my previous post to know what changes in SCVMM 2008 R2

You can download SCVMM 2008 R2 from connect.microsoft.com

Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 3.2 Release for Beta!

7:43 am in Uncategorized by evilbart

Many of our customers do not know what computers are in their IT environment or what applications have been deployed.  The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 3.2 Beta makes it easier for customers and partners to quickly identify what servers, workstations, and network devices are in their IT environment. MAP also makes specific and actionable IT proposals and reports to help customers get the most value out of Microsoft products and infrastructure. Over 500,000 Microsoft customers and partners have already used the MAP Toolkit and its prior versions including one of our Luxembourg customers Banque de Luxembourg.

The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit is a scalable and agent-less assessment platform designed to make it easier for our customers to adopt the latest Microsoft technologies. In this latest version, MAP has expanded its assessment capabilities to include SQL Server 2008, Security Assessment Proposal, Forefront/NAP migration, Microsoft Online Services, as well as providing a Power Savings assessment to help your customers “go green.”

In summary, MAP 3.2 assessment areas now include:

  • SQL Server 2008 Migration Proposals and Reports (NEW!) 
  • Security Assessment Proposal (NEW!) 
  • Forefront/NAP Readiness Proposals (NEW!) 
  • Microsoft Online Services Migration Surveys, Proposals, and Reports (NEW!) 
  • Power Savings Proposals (NEW!) 
  • Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 Migration Proposals and Reports (NEW!) 
  • Server Migration Reports and Proposals (Windows Server 2008 and “virtualized guests by hosts” reporting) (NEW!) 
  • Server Consolidation Reports and Proposals (Virtual Server 2005 R2 and Hyper-V)
  • Desktop Security Assessment to determine if desktops have anti-virus and anti-malware programs installed and up-to-date, or if the Windows Firewall is turned on
  • Windows Vista and Microsoft Office 2007 Hardware Assessment Reports and Proposal

Download Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 3.2 BETA (Live ID login and registration required

Read MAP Toolkit Case Study: See how Banque de Luxembourg benefitted from using the MAP Toolkit

SCVMM 2008 IS RTM!

9:24 pm in Uncategorized by chanelwlkTB

System Center Virtual Machine manager is RTM! Microsoft made an announcement today on theire website!

Microsoft is pleased to announce the release to manufacturing (RTM) of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 – the next generation of Microsoft’s solution for managing the virtualized infrastructure. A key member of System Center – a centralized, enterprise-class suite of data center management products — Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2008 enables customers to configure and deploy new virtual machines and centrally manage physical and virtual infrastructure from one console. New to this version of VMM is multi-vendor virtualization platform support, Performance and Resource Optimization (PRO) and enhanced support of “high availability” host clusters, among other new features.

 

 

You can donwload an evaluation version here.

 

Greetz,

Alexandre

http://scug.be/blogs

“Get Virtual Now” Launch event with Demo of “Live Migration”

1:34 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

Later tonight we will officially launch our new virtualization products with the “Get Virtual Now” campaign but the news is on the web now. Now you can virtualize from the data center to the desktop, and manage with the same tools you’re already using for your physical infrastructure.

Here are some excerpt of the press release:

Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008, a new hypervisor-based server virtualization product, will be released within 30 days and be available at no cost via the Web. Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 provides a simplified, reliable, and optimized virtualization solution that allows customers to consolidate Windows or Linux workloads onto a single physical server. Hyper-V Server 2008 allows customers to leverage their existing patching, provisioning, management and support tools, processes and skills.

System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 will be released within 30 days. System Center Virtual Machine Manager enables customers to configure and deploy new virtual machines and centrally manage their virtualized infrastructure, whether running on Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2, Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 or VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3. System Center Virtual Machine Manager is part of the System Center suite of products, which provides centralized, enterprise-class management of physical and virtual resources across desktops and datacenters.

Microsoft demonstrated for the first time a live migration feature of Windows Server 2008 R2. Live migration utilizes the integrated hypervisor technology and high-availability features of the server operating system so that customers can move running applications between servers to accommodate changing, dynamic computing needs across a datacenter. In addition to other features, the next version of Microsoft Hyper-V Server will have live migration capabilities.

Watch the live keynote to see the Live Migration features from Windows Server 2008 R2 in action: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/events/virtualization/default.mspx

Last week Microsoft released Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5, which gives desktop users a boost in fully harnessing the power of Windows Vista by streaming resource-heavy applications to the desktop. This helps eliminate potential software conflicts driving desktop stability and performance, while simultaneously enabling IT managers to centrally control key applications and their use. Application Virtualization 4.5 will be included as part of Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack 2008 R2, which is due for general availability in the coming weeks.

The Full press release