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Every important application at Microsoft has its own Best Practices Analyzer, even Windows Server 2008 R2 has its analyzer out of the Box. Microsoft has released a Best Practices Analyzer for Hyper-V. After installing you can access the Best Practices Analyzer using the Windows Server Manager.
Open the Windows Server Manager and select the Hyper-V Role. In the details pane scroll down to the Best Practices Analyzer section. You can select “Scan this role” to scan the Hyper-V server for any issues:
You can double click on an issue to see more detailed information:
You can download the Best Practices Analyzer here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=89d80c15-0082-4fef-a4fc-fefa463bed08&displaylang=en
More information regarding the Best Practice Analyzer can be found on the Microsoft Technet Site: “Best Practices Analyzer”
During the MMS2010 keynote of Bob Muglia, Edwin Yuen showed a glimpse of SCVMM vNext. The short demo presented a very interesting view ahead of what a complete virtual management solution looks like.
Next to the familiar categories like Hosts, Virtual Machines, Library, Jobs and Administration a few new categories were visible: Datacenter, Network and Storage. Apparently these will be the new building blocks in the deployment of virtual machines and most likely also Hyper-V hosts. Along with Server App-V to deploy server apps to running virtual servers. By means of a model/template objects were dragged and dropped to define a new service/server combination.
Also the concept of the private cloud and the public cloud is translated in the user interface of SCVMM vNext. In the top lefthand corner, we can now see a new light blue (azure?) container with several private clouds as well as a hosted cloud. As I wrote earlier, we can expect to move servers and services between the two clouds.
Building blocks in the SCVMM vNext Library for creating servers
SCVMM vNext will support Virtual Sever, Hyper-V R1, Hyper-V R2, Xen and VMware. By the time the product is ready it will probably also support the latest incarnation of Hyper-V, if it still listens to that name in 2011/2012. For a System Center roadmap see my previous blog.
Factor of 10 reduction cost for hardware
Factor of 10 greater speeding up application delivery
Factor of 10 reduction in cost
This translates to faster time to market for solutions, and a great enabler for the business.
Part of the cost savings is done by means of scale of buying and using server hardware. As I wrote in my blog http://hyper-v.nu/blogs/hans/?p=159, the new server form factor for the cloud is the container. A picture was shown of how Microsoft gets its servers delivered: by the thousands and ready-to-go on delivery.
Here are some shots of the new SCVMM vNext GUI:
I will be presenting at ExpertsLive which is held in Nijkerk, the Netherlands on June 16th 2010.
Experts Live is a knowledge event around Microsoft Infra & Security, Unified Communication, Virtualization and Management with Microsoft System Center.
My talk will be called Hyper-V R2 Hotspots zooming in on Hyper V R2 Clusters, Cluster Shared Volumes, Live Migration, Direct I/O, Dynamic Storage, Direct Memory and VHD Tooling.
Proud to say that my company Nobel is one of the main sponsors of the event, along with Citrix and PQR.
The event has free admission but requires registration via http://expertslive.nl/