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“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

 

TechDays are coming to Luxembourg

6:00 am in Uncategorized by evilbart

The “TechDays 08” are coming to Luxembourg on Sept 30th, the registration for this event is open.

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It’s a free event organized by the MS Belux team so be quick to register as places are limited.
During this event you will have the possibility to choose between two tracks one track for developers and one for IT Pro’s.

In the IT Pro track we will have Vista SP1 Deployment, Group Policy Preferences and a SQL 2008 session. We will finish the day with three Virtualization sessions which will help you to understand the Microsoft Virtualization offering from the desktop to the datacenter.

Check out the agenda here: http://www.microsoft.com/belux/techdays08/agenda.aspx.

TechNet Spotlight: TechEd IT Professionals 2008 Videos

10:02 am in Uncategorized by evilbart

TechEd IT Professionals 2008- Available Videos


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TechEd IT  Professionals 2008 Event Page: http://www.microsoft.com/emea/spotlight/event.aspx?id=104



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Virtualization Solution Accelerators

3:15 am in Uncategorized by evilbart

Here is a list of the different Virtualization Solution Accelerators we have at Microsoft:

  1. Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 3.1 for Hyper-V and App-V – http://www.microsoft.com/MAP
  2. Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides for Hyper-V, App-V and SCVMM 2008 http://www.microsoft.com/IPD
  3. Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc501231.aspx
  4. Security Compliance Management Tool http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc677002.aspx
  5. Windows Server 2008 Security Guide http://www.microsoft.com/WSSG
  6. Microsoft Deployment Toolkit http://www.microsoft.com/deploymentlidays

There will be some breakout sessions covering the Solution Accelerators at TechEd IT Professional

Updating your Virtual Machines and SCVMM to support Hyper-V RTM

4:40 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

Today I finally found the time to update my demo environment which was still based on Hyper-V RC0 and SCVMM 2008 Beta. I want to share all the steps needed to perform the upgrade and updates. My demo environment consists out of 3 physical servers, one dc and two Hyper-V machines all in the same domain. My SCVMM 2008 Beta is running as a virtual machine on Hyper-V.

First of all I’ve deleted all my snapshots and then updated my Hyper-V machines to RTM by installing the KB950050 which is now available through windows update. Installing this update requires a reboot and  also make sure to take the following guidelines into consideration:

  • Saved state files are not supported between the Release Candidate (RC) and the release version of Hyper-V. All virtual machines should be shut down correctly before you install the release version of Hyper-V.
    Note If you have already applied the release version of Hyper-V, virtual machines in a saved state will not start.
  • Snapshot files are not supported between the Release Candidate (RC) and release version of Hyper-V. All virtual machine snapshots should be deleted by using the "Delete Snapshot Subtree" option for each virtual machine.
    Note After you delete the snapshots and after you shut down the virtual machines, the changes that exist in the snapshot files (.avhd files) will merge into the parent virtual hard disk file (.vhd).
    This operation can take a while. To verify that the snapshots have merged into the parent virtual hard disk file, locate the snapshots, and then verify that no .avhd files exist.

Note The saved state and snapshot files are compatible if you are upgrading from Release Candidate 1 (RC1) to the release version of Hyper-V.

The next step is to install the same patch onto my Domain Controller so I have the new Hyper-V management tools installed.

So I have now updated my 3 physical machines to the latest updates and in the next steps I will update all my virtual machines.

The last step in the process is to install the SCVMM 2008 patch, unfortunately I found out that I had an older version of SCVMM Beta (2.0.3193.0) running and I had to upgrade this one to the latest beta version  (2.0.3194.0) and then apply the patch needed to support Hyper-V RTM. The SCVMM patch can be found onto connect.microsoft.com

The upgrade process is pretty straightforward and takes not much time but be aware of the reboots needed.

Presenting @ KulenDayz

4:41 am in Uncategorized by evilbart

Last Saturday I presented at an event in Croatia called KulenDayz (aka Cool’n’days). Kind of funny to present at a Sausage (salami) event. Sausage? Yes Kulen means sausage and actually it’s a local spicy sausage, tastes nice.

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This event is organized by the community for the community. So my journey towards Croatia started with a short flight to Zagreb where I spent a few hours into the Microsoft office. Then we had to travel for almost 4 hours towards the event location in Beli Manastir.

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I really enjoyed to be there I must say that the community did a tremendous job organizing this event. The location is perfect, I have a very nice hotel room with my personal steam bath :).

There are several MVP from the region that came to the event to talk to other members of the community and to my surprise I was not the only Belgian guy in the room, one of our own MVP’s Marc Gregoire also traveled to Croatia to join the event.

I had quite some attendees at my Hyper-V session and I told them at the end of my session that I would be around during the day and if they had any questions around Hyper-V they just could grab me and buy me a beer. I had to drink many beers :)

I hope they will invite me back next year.

SCVMM 2008 Beta – Hotfix for Hyper-V RC1

3:54 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

Install this update to enable Virtual Machine Manager 2008 Beta (VMM) to function with Release Candidate 1 (RC1) to the Hyper-V role. After you install this update, you may have to restart your computer. Once you have installed this update, it cannot be removed

Download: http://connect.microsoft.com

Note: Before installing this hotfix your Hyper-V needs to be RC1. With this update you cannot manage Hyper-V RC0 hosts.

Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition evaluation VHD’s

1:29 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

Windows Server 2008 Evaluation Enterprise Edition and Server Core Evaluation Virtual Hard Drive Images are now available for Hyper-V and Virtual Server

  • Download the Hyper-V VHD’s from here
  • Download the Virtual Server VHD’s from here

Hyper-V RC1 released

5:51 am in Uncategorized by evilbart

Earlier this week we released the Hyper-V RC1 package to the connect.microsoft.com site.

What has been improved:

In addition to bug fixes and stability improvements we also made some additional changes largely based on feedback from customers

  • Integration Components For Windows Server 2008 guest’s included in Integration Services Setup Disk
  • New Graphics for Hyper-V Manager and Virtual Machine Connection – including a “Now” icon in the snapshot pane
  • IPv4 Address Migration – when creating a new Virtual Network bound to an adapter with a static IPv4 address the IPv4 settings are migrated to the new virtual adapter

Here are the different updates:

Windows Server 2008 x64 Hyper-V RC1 Update – KB950049

This is the Hyper-V RC1 package for Windows Server 2008 x64. This package must be installed on Hyper-V server’s (physical machines). 

Windows Server 2008 x86 Hyper-V RC1 Update – KB950049

This is the Hyper-V RC1 package for Windows Server 2008 x86. This package includes only the Hyper-V Management Components for Full Windows installs and the Hyper-V Integration Components for Server 2008 x86

Hyper-V Management For Windows Vista SP1 –KB949587

Note Updating to RC1 is a permanent operation.  Once installed, it cannot be uninstalled.  So you can’t got back to RC0 or Beta after installing RC1.

Source: http://blogs.technet.com/virtualization/archive/2008/05/20/hyper-v-rc1-release-available-on-microsoft-download-center.aspx


Installing System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 Beta Part II

6:59 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

In the first part of this blogpost I’ve explained how you can install and what to expect during the installation of the server components of SCVMM 2008 Beta.


Now we are going through the Console installation ( not much to go through though) and I’ll show how to add a Hyper-V host to SCVMM both using the console or by using PowerShell.


First you install the console and here again it’s very straightforward. First we show you some legal license terms, do a prerequisite check and ask for the installation location/


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I’ve installed this onto my Windows Server 2008 (x64) box and the install process added the .Net Framework and PowerShell feature before installing the SVMM Console. After this setup you can run the SCVMM console.


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Let’s now add my Hyper-V host.


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First of all you need to define which host you will add a domain joined, one in the perimeter or another host.


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Fill in the Host server name and go on with the installation. As you can see SCVMM detects which kind of Virtualization technology your host machine is using in my case it was Hyper-V. In the following screens you need to define to which host group you are going to add this machine, define the default storage paths and enable the remote control capability.


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In our case we will add this server to the All hosts group and enable the Remote control capability, also not the view script button. Here you have the choice either you click on install or you click on view script and you will then be able to copy the PowerShell script to add this host through PowerShell instead of using the console. Here is how this script looks like:



$Credential = get-credential
$VMHostGroup = Get-VMHostGroup -VMMServer localhost | where {$_.Path -eq “All Hosts”}



Add-VMHost -VMMServer localhost -ComputerName “hysrv02.virtual.local” -Description “” -Credential $Credential -RemoteConnectEnabled $true -RemoteConnectPort 5900 -VmPaths “e:\” -Reassociate $false -RunAsynchronously -VMHostGroup $VMHostGroup


I used the PowerShell script and it went fine, once you run the script there is a job scheduled. You can monitor all steps executed during the job by clicking onto the jobs console.


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This is the actual console after adding the host, as you can see on the screenshot he detected all my virtual machines running onto this host.


In the coming days weeks I will be playing with this software more extensively and share my findings with you.