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 🙂
This evening (in my timezone) Microsoft released the new version of the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 2.0 that has the functionality to also migrate VM´s to Azure in the wizard. I wanted to take that path for a spinn to test and see how that worked.
There are still some things to think about when using the tool,
it still uses ovf export
the VM in VMware is offline during the copy of the vmdk data (it creates a VHD for Azure, but if you choose a Hyper-V host you can set it to create a VHDX instead), this can with large amounts of data take some time and will consume space on the converter server.
The VM´s Windows OS has to be joined in a Active Directory domain, and the account being used has administrative rights in the VM to successfully uninstall VMware tools during conversion.
No EFI support, meaning that the VM´s in your vSphere has to be setup with BIOS to be able to convert (Windows 2012 and later is from a best practice in VMware configured with EFI), but UEFI support is only on VM´s i generation 2 and Azure does not have that, at least not yet..
So how does it work in a migration from a VMware VM to Azure, well first of all in the wizard I select to migrate to Azure
Then I will add some information for the connection to my Azure subscription (yes I have done some editing in the image so not the whole world reading my blog would se my cert thumbprint and sub id)
After that I select what storage account I want the VHD to be transferred to (smart to think twice to select the storage account in the region where you have the network configured if you are using site 2 site vpn and such 😛 ).
Then I connect to either vCenter or an ESXi and select what VM I want to convert
After that I either use the already entered credentials or other and the state of the source VM for a successful VMware tools uninstall and as it is being migrated to Azure I do not get the option to select state of the destination VM (that can of course if used with the Azure PowerShell module and MVMC module be automated)
For the MVMC to succeed in its task to move the VM to Azure it has to store the VHD somewhere before moving it up to the cloud, the little caveat here is that it will create a fixed size vhd so bare that in mind when selecting the drive so you have space!
Then it´s time to kickoff the conversion
And as you can see in my vCenter the conversion is under its way
And then after some waiting the conversion and the upload to azure has completed,
Now I can enter the Azure management portal and create a VM and from the gallery select this disk disk_testmigrate_00_os.vhd , as the MVMC creates a disk pointer from the storage blob (the VHD) I do not need to do that part.
And then I can connect to the VM
Apparently I had some issues creating the VM as a Basic but using standard it worked nicely and as you can see I managed to get an RDP session to it.. So it was not lost in the cloud as in this Dilbert cartoon 😛
Today Microsoft released the long awaited new version of the Virtual Machine Converter (the 1.0 version could be integrated with MAT but had limits in both VMware and Hyper-V latest releases). Microsoft has also released a new version of the MAT (migration automation toolkit) that supports the MVMC 2.0 to automate the migration!
New Features in MVMC 2.0
MVMC 2.0 release of MVMC includes the following new features:
Converts virtual disks that are attached to a VMware virtual machine to virtual hard disks (VHDs) that can be uploaded to Windows Azure.
Provides native Windows PowerShell capability that enables scripting and integration into IT automation workflows.
Note The command-line interface (CLI) in MVMC 1.0 has been replaced by Windows PowerShell in MVMC 2.0.
Supports conversion and provisioning of Linux-based guest operating systems from VMware hosts to Hyper-V hosts.
Supports conversion of offline virtual machines.
Supports the new virtual hard disk format (VHDX) when converting and provisioning in Hyper-V in Windows Server® 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012.
Supports conversion of virtual machines from VMware vSphere 5.5, VMware vSphere 5.1, and VMware vSphere 4.1 hosts Hyper-V virtual machines.
Supports Windows Server® 2012 R2, Windows Server® 2012, and Windows® 8 as guest operating systems that you can select for conversion
Well as I am a techy nerd I have been checking out and following the Build keynote on Channel 9 and found that they now release the Microsoft Azure Portal, it is in Preview but it looks good! Just hope that this also soon comes to the Windows Azure Pack to the hosters
I have signed in at the Portal.Azure.com and as you can see I get a good overview regarding my subscriptions and how the Azure current status is right now
right now in the preview I cannot handle my IaaS VM´s and networks yet 🙁 but that will probably be updated soon I can think …
I have been configuring a demonstration environment on Azure and that connected to my local datacenter with S2S VPN.
I created several VM´s in Azure and during that process I connected them to my own network. One thing I noticed once doing this was that these VM´s was not activated.
The reason for this appeared to be quite easy and as I had the plan to setup a DC with DNS I only added that in the networking dns settings and the gallery VM´s points to a KMS in Azure and as I did not have a name resolution working the VM´s could not be activated. Checking that you can do a name resolution of the following url shows if you have any potential issues..
So after I added an second DNS (excuse me for adding a google dns, but it is so easy to remember) and started the VM´s I could see that they been successfully activated 🙂