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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.

 

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 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: Hosts having 0kb free memory

5:24 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

Hey All,

One of the big issues with SCVMM 2008 for me was that the memory available on the hosts is not correct.  If you are running quite a large environment with a lot of virtual machines, it is difficult to know how many you have left.  You can of course start calculating it manually but… 😉

So here’s a screenshot of the problem

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As you can see, all my hosts are giving zero kb free of memory.  That’s not exactly correct

Here’s how to solve this one:

On each host that has this problem, open the registry and go to the following key:

HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\PerfOS\Parameters

If you see the key “Disable Performance Counters” then change it to 0.

Now you need to restart the WMI service on the host.  Please pay attention because it will restart other services too and you don’t want to do this during production hours…

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After that the services are restarted, you can refresh your configuration in SCVMM and then you get the correct figures

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Cheers,

Mike

Virtual Machine Manager 2008: Cost Center

10:21 am in Uncategorized by evilbart

Hey All,

One of the nice things in Virtual Machine Manager is the Cost Center feature.  Although this seems like “just another field in the database”, it can come in handy when you need to prove to your management which business unit is using what resources.  Or, if the servers are used for certain projects, you can prove which project is using what.  This can be handy when you need more hardware and the management asks a prove if you are using everything you’ve got 😉

In my example, I’ve added some cost centers to some servers.  You do this by double-clicking on the virtual server or by opening the properties of it.

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As you can see, I’ve added the Cost Center MSS to this server (which is actually the business unit I’m working for ;-))

Now the fun starts when you have Operations Manager in place and you have imported the Virtual Machine Manager Management Pack into OpsMgr.  Now you get cool reporting.

In Virtual Machine Manager, I go to reporting and I have one interesting report called Virtual Machine Allocation

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Ok, I hid the names of the cost centers but the important thing is that you can see that for each cost center I can see the # of VM’s, # of VM’s deployed, # in the library, # of processors, total allocated memory, number of disks, max disk space allocated and the number of nics.

Now the management has a great overview of who’s using all the hardware resources within the company.

Cheers,

Mike

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

What’s coming in SCVMM 2008 R2 (RC)?

1:35 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

While SCVMM 2008 R2 is still in Beta the team is quietly working on improvements for the Release Candidate. There are some great new features coming up:

 

  • Storage Migration where you will be able to migrate the storage of a VM within the same host or towards a new host. There will be some downtime but typical it will be less than 2 mins. Further will you be able to do storage Vmotion on VMWare hosts.
  • Live Migration queuing allows you to do multiple live migration from one server. VMM will detect that the live migration fails and will try the live migration again for a period of time
  • Rapid Provisioning  is a feature that allow you to create a new VM based on a template without the need to copy over the vhd file with the bits transfer. Now you will be able to point to a dummy disk and change the path of the vhd file by using the PowerShell cmdlets to deploy the new VM.
  • Host compat check, before migrating the VM to another box we will check the compatibility of the Hardware if it’s not compatible we don’t move.

We also added some other features for that I encourage you to read the full post:

http://blogs.technet.com/scvmm/archive/2009/05/11/scvmm-r2-rc-features.aspx

IT Infrastructure Software Spotlight – SCVMM and the cloud

3:18 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

Technology preview of System Center Virtual Machine Manager which is capable of managing Virtual Machines hosted in the cloud.

Slide decks: Windows Server Virtualization & Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2

9:01 am in Uncategorized by evilbart

Last week I had the opportunity to present at the Windays in Opitija in Croatia. The first presentation is about the Windows Server Virtualization technology Hyper-V. In this deck I focus onto the new features of Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2.

In the second presentation I’ve talked about System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2. With VMM2008 R2 we align with the different changes that Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2 includes.

System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 Cmdlet Reference

12:30 am in Uncategorized by chanelwlkTB

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Nice,

Microsoft just released vmm 2008 cmdlet reference…..and it’s about 442 pages long! [:)]

Have fun!

 

Abstract:

System Center Virtual Machine Manager
(VMM) 2008 is a server application that you can use to manage virtual
machines on a variety of virtualization platforms. As an alternative to using
the VMM Administrator Console to administer your Virtual Machine Manager
environment, you can use the cmdlets in the Windows PowerShell – Virtual
Machine Manager command shell, which is an administrator-focused command-line
shell. This document provides the Help topics for the VMM 2008 cmdlets.

[View:/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Components.PostAttachments/00.00.00.09.85/Virtual-Machine-Manager-2008-Cmdlet-Reference.docx]

 

Grtz,

Alexandre Verkinderen