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Download Microsoft System Center 2012 Pre-Release Products

6:14 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

System Center solutions help you manage your physical and virtual IT environments across datacenters, desktops, and devices. Using these integrated and automated management solutions, you can be a more productive service provider for your business. System Center captures and aggregates knowledge about systems, policies, processes, and best practices so that you can optimize your infrastructure to reduce costs, improve application availability, and enhance service delivery.



Download All Available System Center 2012 Products:

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Select and Download Individual System Center 2012 Products:

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Available System Center 2012 Products:

  • System Center 2012 Configuration Manager RC provides comprehensive configuration management for the Microsoft platform that can help you empower users with the devices and applications they need to be productive while maintaining corporate compliance and control.
  • System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection RC, built on System Center Configuration Manager, provides industry-leading threat detection of malware and exploits as part of a unified infrastructure for managing client security and compliance that can help you simplify and improve endpoint protection.
  • System Center Operations Manager 2012 RC provides deep application diagnostics and infrastructure monitoring that can help you ensure the predictable performance and availability of vital applications and offers a comprehensive view of your datacenter, private, and public clouds.
  • System Center Data Protection Manager 2012 Beta provides unified data protection for Windows servers and clients that can help you deliver scalable, manageable, and cost-effective protection and restore scenarios from disk, tape, and off premise.
  • System Center Orchestrator 2012 RC provides orchestration, integration, and automation of IT processes through the creation of runbooks that can help you to define and standardize best practices and improve operational efficiency.
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 RC provides virtual machine management and services deployment with support for multi-hypervisor environments that can help you deliver a flexible and cost effective private cloud environment.
  • System Center App Controller 2012 Beta provides a common self-service experience across private and public clouds that can help you empower application owners to easily build, configure, deploy, and manage new services.
  • System Center Service Manager 2012 Beta provides flexible self-service experiences and standardized datacenter processes that can help you integrate people, workflows, and knowledge across enterprise infrastructure and applications.

Recommended Hotfixes for System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2

5:53 am in Uncategorized by evilbart

One of my colleagues sent me this interesting KB article that includes all the recommended hotfixes for Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2.

Last update is from a few days ago (8-09-10 :-)) so for all of you out there with VMM 2008 R2 running, check it out.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;2397711

Cheers,

Mike

VDI Day Sessions online

6:20 am in Uncategorized by evilbart

Last week we organized a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure day together with Citrix. We’ve published the sessions onto TechNet Edge.

Session 1: VDI Day: Citrix & Microsoft Desktop Virtualization Strategy

In this session we will guide you through the desktop virtualization strategy and show you how Citrix and Microsoft will help you reduce the costs of Managing your virtual desktop infrastructure. We will answer questions like: “Will desktop virtualization really fit every user?”

Speakers: Jurgen Van Duvel & Andreas Van Wingerden

Session 2: VDI Day: Planning and Deploying VDI with Citrix and Microsoft Technology – Part 1

In this more technical session we will drill down into the Microsoft virtualization architecture of VDI and determine what key questions need to be asked and answered around required components, networking, capacity and end user experience. In the second part of the Presentation we will drill down into the Citrix components of our joint VDI solution. You will learn what the different key components are and how to setup your own test environment.

Speaker: Arlindo Alves – http://blogs.technet.com/b/aralves/

Session 3: VDI Day: Planning and Deploying VDI with Citrix and Microsoft Technology – Part 2

In the second part of the Presentation we will drill down into the Citrix components of our joint VDI solution. You will learn what the different key components are, what they add on top of the Virtualization back-end. By then end of this session you will be geared up with the knowledge to setup your own test environment.

Speaker: Andreas Van Wingerden – Citrix

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

Do you want to know how Microsoft IT does Virtualization?

5:24 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

Come to the TechDays 2010 and attend the following session:

Virtualization in Microsoft IT

Lessons learned in 5 years of implementing Microsoft’s virtualization platform and System Center Virtual Machine Manager, driving from 5 pilot Virtual Server 2005 hosts to 1100 virtualization hosts with 7000 Hyper-V guests. The changes in the computing hardware, storage solutions and Networking implementations. And what we envision for the next two years.

Video New Efficiency: Introduction to Hyper-V and Windows Server 2008 R2 with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 – Dutch

10:04 am in Uncategorized by chanelwlkTB

This session focuses on the new capabilities of Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and the free Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2.

We will also covers the base architecture of Hyper-V and provides guidance on key areas high availability, live migration, deployment and managing your virtual infrastructure using System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2.

 

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: 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 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