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Download the PowerShell Management module for Hyper-V

9:38 am in Uncategorized by evilbart

The PowerShell management module for Hyper-V contains about 100 cmdlets that will let you manage your Hyper-V infrastructure by using scripts. Out of the box you can only manage this through WMI and we all know that WMI is not so user friendly.

The PowerShell module is available onto codeplex

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We are listening to customer feedback

8:20 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

One of the shortcomings in Windows Server Core is the possibility to change the network order or bindings in an easy way. The only way to do it is through the registry key. After we received some feedback from our customers one of the Hyper-V team members decided to write a tool called NVSPBind.

NVSPBind also has the ability to enable bindings, bind or unbind the Hyper-V network switch protocol from a NIC and repair bindings on a NIC.

Read more about this tool http://blogs.technet.com/jhoward/archive/2010/01/25/announcing-nvspbind.aspx#comments

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8:27 am in Uncategorized by evilbart

 

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TechNet: Join us at the Server and Client Virtualization day to learn more about Microsoft’s virtualization technology.

10:14 pm in Uncategorized by chanelwlkTB

 

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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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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

Hyper-V: Virtual Machine Bus cannot find enough resources

8:14 am in Uncategorized by evilbart

A few weeks ago my colleague installed Hyper-V onto her laptop and she copied one of her Virtual Machines onto this server.
When she booted the server there where some issues with the virtual machine, the main issue was that the vmbus technology was not available.
After a bit of troubleshooting I find out where the problem was.

I’ve looked into the device manager and saw that the Virtual Machine bus failed to load.

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In the details pane of this device you can see the following error:

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The device cannot find enough free resources that it can use. Basically this means that the VMBus cannot load. This is due to the fact that this VM was build on a non Hyper-V platform and therefore using a wrong HAL. The HAL running in the VM must be an APIC HAL. Now with Windows Server 2008 and Vista you can force to detect the correct HAL during the boot process. This is disabled by default but I will show you how you can enable it. First, open the System Configuration tool by running “msconfig”.

Next click onto the “Boot” tab and select the “Advanced Options”.

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Click onto “Detect HAL” and close the tool and reboot the server. Once the server is rebooting it will detect the new HAL and install everything that is needed. If you open the device manager again you will see that the VM is now a “ACPI x86-based PC” (you can find this under the computer settings).  After the reboot you can uncheck the “Detect HAL” option in msconfig.

I hope this helps.

 

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

Interesting Virtualization links

12:54 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

Whilst preparing for the TechNet Virtualization roadshow I came across some interesting links to help me with the configuration of the integration of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 and System Center Operations Manager 2007.

Opsmgr 2007 Management Pack for Windows Server 2008:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=3529D233-5E3E-4B51-8F66-5D6F27005EC3&displaylang=en

How to integrate SCVMM and Opsmgr 2007:

Please follow the following blogposts to integrate both products and have the Pro Tips enabled: http://blogs.technet.com/rakeshm/archive/2008/07/08/scvmm-2008-and-ops-manager.aspx

Hyper-V update for issues that may occur when you manage the Hyper-V role on the 64-bit editions of Windows Server 2008 by using SCVMM:

After the integration services are installed, performance counters for storage devices that are attached to the emulated IDE controller are not reported. For example, the performance counters for storage devices report 0 even though files are being transferred on the related storage devices.

Virtual machines may stop responding while performance monitor data is being collected.
The Hyper-V Networking Management Service may stop responding to incoming requests.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/956589

TechEd IT Professional EMEA: Windows Server Track

4:14 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

With the TechEd IT Professional EMEA  coming closer I wanted to start share some of the top sessions in different tracks in this first post I will share with you what I think will be the 5 best rated or attended sessions in my track:

 

Windows Server 2008R2 Hyper-V: Feature Dive

Want to get a sneak peek at what’s new in Hyper-V for Windows Server 2008 R2? This session focuses on the new capabilities of Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V. The session also covers the base architecture of Hyper-V and provides guidance on key areas like storage management, performance and more.

Jeff Woolsey
Product Manager

Pushing the Limits of Windows

Windows manages many resources, both physical (such as RAM and CPUs) and logical (such as virtual memory, files, processes and handles). There are limits to the amount of these resources Windows makes available and when they are exhausted because of application resource leaks or oversubscription the system can operate with reduced functionality. This session explains how Windows manages these resources, each resource’s limit, the internal constraints and implementation from which a limit derives and how to monitor resource usage. Demos using resource stressing tools highlight the impact of hitting some of these limits.

Mark Russinovich
Technical Fellow

Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008: Advanced Features

Get a sneak peek at advanced features of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008. This session discusses features such as VMware system management, Windows Server 2008 Cluster integration, Quick Migration, and advanced resource management.

Edwin Yuen
Technical Product Manager

Going Cold Turkey on the GUI: Server Core Setup Step-by-Step

For years you’ve known it: you’ve just GOT to get more familiar with the command line. You get things done faster, you can create simple batch files for automating many tasks, and, best of all, when you’re working from the GUI, then your boss starts to think, “hey, what IS that thing he/she’s using? We need to pay techie employees like them more money!” Well, Windows 2008 command-line-only Server Core has arrived, so here is your opportunity. Picking up where his popular “Command Windows from C: Level” talk left off, Mark Minasi walks you through the process of building a Server Core server from setup to initial configuration to full-blown DNS, Active Directory, and more. Every step includes the specific commands, options, and working examples to ease the path from "GUI admin" to "command-line ninja!"

Mark Minasi

Windows Server 2008 R2 Overview

This session will provide you an overview of the new technologies in Windows Server 2008 R2, the scenarios, features, benefits and the development philosophy behind the product. We will discuss new Management Technologies, Virtualization Enhancements, Scalability features and enabling the remote workforce.

Iain McDonald
General Manager

 

Also check out my interview with the Virtual TechEd crew:

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October Edition of TechNet Magazine Online

1:58 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

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Virtualization: An Introduction to Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008
The introduction of Hyper-V makes virtualization an even more compelling solution for IT environments. Get an overview of today’s virtualization market and see how Hyper-V improves the manageability, reliability, and security of virtualization.

Virtualization: Manage Your Virtual Environments with VMM 2008
System Center Virtual Machine Manager provides a consolidated interface for managing your virtual infrastructure. The latest version adds support for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, as well as for VMware virtual machines. Explore the new features and get an overview of using VMM to centralize your management tasks.

Virtualization: Getting Started with Microsoft Application Virtualization
Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) allows you to deliver virtualized desktops to client systems throughout your organization. This simplifies system management and liberates employees from their desktops. Take a close look at how App-V works and discover how you can deploy it in your organization.

Virtualization: Achieving High Availability for Hyper-V
Consolidating servers onto fewer physical machines has many advantages, but it is extremely important that you plan for your systems to be highly available. Here’s a guide to using Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering to bring high availability to your Hyper-V virtual machines.

Virtualization: Backup and Disaster Recovery for Server Virtualization
Virtualization brings significant changes to disaster recovery. Here’s an introduction to how the Microsoft virtualization platform factors into your disaster recovery plan, as well as a deeper look into backup and restore options and considerations for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V.

Virtualization: Essential Tools for Planning Your Virtual Infrastructure
Is your infrastructure ready for virtualization? The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit, a network-wide infrastructure assessment tool, can help you better understand your IT infrastructure and determine whether your systems are ready for upgrade or migration to a variety of technologies, including virtualization.