Review of VMM 2012 R2 Cookbook 2nd edition

August 20th, 2014 No comments

I have had the privilege to read the book System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager Cookbook – Second Edition by Edvaldo Alessandro Cardoso

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This is a Cookbook with tons of recipes that will help you setup and configure VMM 2012 R2.  With the Cookbook format you easily can get information and knowledge in the area that you need and use it as a reference.

The content includes

  • VMM Architecture
  • Upgrading from previous versions
  • Installing VMM 2012 R2
  • Installing a HA VMM
  • Configuring Fabric resources
  • Deploying VMs and services
  • Managing VMware ESXi and Citrix Xen
  • Managing hybrid clouds
  • Integration with SCOM
  • Scripting with Powershell in VMM

I can really recommend this book even if you know some about VMM, Edvaldo gives some more insights and information that can help you in your work!

If you want to buy this book you can do this at the following link http://bit.ly/1s7qAqO

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Moving on or moving back, starting on a new job!

July 23rd, 2014 No comments

Hope that you all have a nice summer!

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I have been busy with vacation and taking care of the family the latest couple of weeks! But there is some news I want to share with you, Tomorrow I will work my last day at Lumagate and then a new adventure will start at my old employer Real Time Services.

My role will be Chief Technical Architect – Microsoft Solutions, within this I will be responsible for offerings and design with hybrid clouds based on Azure and all its features, Hyper-V and office 365. With the new functionality that Azure continuously delivers it will be exiting times ahead getting customers to utilise and see the benefits with an hybrid cloud environment.

Real Time Services is also in a new exciting phase with a recent merger with two other companies making a larger and broader company that will be able to be a better solution provider and also make a serious commitment on Microsoft Cloud OS. The other companies that is part of the merger are PMCG and Skypoint.

If you want to contact me from now on use the following details :-)

 

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Running CentOS 7 on a gen2 VM in Hyper-V

June 27th, 2014 No comments

In my latest blog I was exploring the possibility to get a Redhat Linux to work in a generation 2 VM and I was also explaining that I had some issues with the CentOS version 7 that is currently being developed and that issue was with the EFI boot and it was malfunctioning!

Now as of yesterday 25 of June when there was a new release I could actually get a working CentOS 7 in a generation 2 VM on my lab environment!

So to get the fresh build installed on a Gen2 HyperV 2012 R2 VM you can do the following,

here I found the Boot ISO -> http://buildlogs.centos.org/centos/7/os/x86_64-latest/images/ and downloaded the boot.iso and configured it to be used for boot in my test-VM and as I described in the other post I unchecked the Secure boot also

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Once booted I connected the network and then added the path to the repository

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The path to be added was http://buildlogs.centos.org/centos/7/os/x86_64-latest/ , by using -latest in the path you will get the latest build instead of some old maybe not so well working version, as described on their page the distribution is still being developed

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And then choosing what roles to install and partitioning of the disk and then start the installation :-)

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Once installed you can see that it now nicely boots into CentOS and I can log in

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And you can see that it utilizes the Dynamic Memory function of Hyper-V also

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Running Redhat Enterprise Linux 7 in a generation 2 VM on Hyper-V

June 18th, 2014 No comments

I was reading the post from Ben Armstrong how he installed and configured a Ubuntu Linux VM to work under a generation 2 VM.

And after that I wanted to try this with either Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 or CentOS 7 as they would incorporate the Linux integration components that would be needed for being able to let go of that VM BIOS legacy generation 1 Hyper-V VM :-). Red Hat has released their 7 but CentOS is still in buildmode and thus this would be done on their “nightly build” as described on the site http://seven.centos.org and I did take a test with the current release but got an error during install with the EFI Boot so I went for the Red Hat and tried with that.

So Downloading the Redhat ISO and creating a VM was the first steps, If you do not have an account at redhat you can sign up and download a trial.

And then I created a VM and as Ben showed I disabled secure boot and added the ISO to boot:

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After that I booted the VM and connected the network and configured the settings and choosed a Server with A GUI

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The installation was successful and I could reboot with no warnings or errors

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Then once the installation was complete I could start a browser and test and as you can see it is a Generation 2 :-)

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I will during the next couple of days check out the new builds of CentOS and see if my error will be fixed and I can create a Gen2 VM of that one also :-)

 

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vCenter 5.5 integration in SC VMM 2012 R2

June 10th, 2014 No comments

I have for a Server Lifecycle project been investigating the possibility to add a vCenter 5.5 to a System Center VMM 2012 R2 environment as we are going to use WAP, SMA, SPF and VMM.

Based on the documentation on Microsoft Technet site the support ends with vSphere 5.1. Now this customer already runs vSphere 5.5  and I wanted to quickly check if it was possible at all to connect a vCenter 5.5 to VMM 2012 R2 and manage some basic tasks on VM´s.

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And as you can see I managed to add the vCenter Server and after adding a ESXi host the view in VMM looks like this

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Checking it in PowerShell, I can see that it looks and reports in the same manner as the 5.1 vCenter that I have registered

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And after some VM massage I can see that basic tasks as starting, stopping and also taking snapshots works as intented through the vCenter 5.5.

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Of course new features introduced in vCenter 5.5 and ESXi 5.5 for the VM´s will not work and there might be other things that also can have issues, I will continue to explore and if I find anything that seems to be a showstopper I will do a followup blog post.

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Going to Windows Server 2012 R2 Core in Azure IaaS

June 9th, 2014 No comments

Read on Twitter that someone wanted an image in the gallery for a Windows Server Core to get a smaller footprint instead of the full gui VM

As you know there is a way to go to core mode from a full installation so after you have deployed a IaaS VM you can run the following commands to remove the GUI. The roles Server-Gui-Shell and Server-Gui-Mgmt-Infra can be removed.

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And then as instructed, you reboot and when you are up and running again there is some configuration that needs to be done so just be patient and wait…

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After that is done you can proceed to the wonderful world of the command prompt and sconfig :-)

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And the next step is to sysprep and shut down this and capture an Image to be able to provision this one.

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Once the VM is in a Stopped State you can capture it

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Once that job has completed you can find your image in the gallery, observe that as this is saved in your storage account that is bound to the location you cannot deploy Core VM´s to all azure datacenters if you do not copy this storage blob to the other azure datacenters storage accounts that you have set up.

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And when I have deployed a new VM it is in the wonderful world of Server Core!

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Adding more external IP´s to your WAP NVGRE VM´s

June 3rd, 2014 No comments

So I have been during these two last days been in deep waters to find out a customers demands and the possibility to add more than one external IP to the same NVGRE enabled VM network within WAP and VMM and the Hyper-V Network Virtualization Gateway this as the ports from the external application the customer has cannot be altered and they need to access several different VM´s simultaneously.

Described in this visio diagram the customer wish is:

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As you maybe know, within the VMM when you have configured the HNV there is no possibility to add more external addresses in the GUI and configure port forwarding.

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So how to do this then, well there is a way and that is called PowerShell on the HNV Gateway and first you add the external address and then add the NAT rules

Here is a screendump of an addition of a port rule:

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To get the NatName I added the first external IP and Port rules through VMM and then I could use that information when creating the rest config from within the HNV gateway.

The following cmdlets are available on the HNV GW

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Observe though that when adding these things directly in the HNV GW you cannot manage these rules and IP addresses in Windows Azure Pack portal or VMM!

 

Channel 9 videos available from TechEd US 2014

May 23rd, 2014 No comments

Some Serious new features in Microsoft Azure!

May 13th, 2014 No comments

I am at the Microsoft TechEd in Houston and yesterday VP Brad Anderson announced several new features in Azure. I am going to highlight some of the ones that I think is really cool!

  • Multiple Site-to-Site VPN connections
  • VNET-to-VNET connectivity
  • compute-intensive virtual machine instances
  • Azure Files
  • Azure RemoteApp
  • Azure Site Recovery (Hyper-V Replica to Azure!!)
  • Client Developer VM´s for MSDN

The coolest feature I think that was presented is the Azure Site Recovery with the possibility to actually set up Hyper-V replika and that to an Azure Datacenter, how cool isn’t that? Now It became quite easy to migrate those VM´s to Azure with little downtime at no extra third-party license cost..

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Another Cool new feature is the networking parts with the multiple Site-to-Site VPN and VNet-to-VNet that have been on a wishlist for some time. Being able to add several different branch offices or datacenters to your Azure Network gives new possibilities to design a good hybrid infrastructure!

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For those of you that have an MSDN subscription and also activated the included Azure benefit, there was an addition of several gallery items for development and testing, VM´s with Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 has been published

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The Azure RemoteApp gives companies the possibility to set up your applications in Azure and having them available for all different devices and not having to manage and setup an RDS on premise anymore.

Read more about the new features on Azure blog and also look at the sessions on Channel 9 when they become available

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Wooohoo Delete button in Azure Active Directory

May 13th, 2014 No comments

So when I was exploring the Azure Active directory some months ago I created some AD´s and then when I had done the labs I could not find the delete button, I read on a blog post that it was not possible at that time.

But now as of yesterdays releases of the new features on Azure the “Delete” button has appeared!

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Sweet stuff isn’t it? So what happens when I press that precious button?

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Thats kind of good that you actively have to go in and remove all users before being able to delete so that would make an extra safety barrier for accidentally removing a AAD

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When that is done I can go ahead and delete the actual AAD :-)

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I will add more posts during the week about my findings so stay tuned :-)