I have had the privilege to read the book System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager Cookbook – Second Edition by Edvaldo Alessandro Cardoso
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
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!
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 🙂
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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…
After that is done you can proceed to the wonderful world of the command prompt and sconfig 🙂
And the next step is to sysprep and shut down this and capture an Image to be able to provision this one.
Once the VM is in a Stopped State you can capture it
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.
And when I have deployed a new VM it is in the wonderful world of Server Core!
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:
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.
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
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
compute-intensive virtual machine instances
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..
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!
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
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
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!
Sweet stuff isn’t it? So what happens when I press that precious button?
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
When that is done I can go ahead and delete the actual AAD 🙂
I will add more posts during the week about my findings so stay tuned 🙂