Posts by Peter Noorderijk

Presentaties online; System Center Summer Night

Op 26 juni jl. vond de tweede editie van de System Center Summer Night plaats. Een event samen georganiseerd door de Hyper-V.nu en System Center User Groep NL. Een middag en avond boordevol met System Center en Hyper-V! Een geslaagde dag met +100 bezoekers, +10 nationale en internationale topsprekers en uitstekend BBQ weer!

Voor de geïnteresseerde staan de presentaties klaar om te downloaden via onderstaande link:

Alle sponsors – HP, Veeam, Savision en Secunia nogmaals bedankt voor het mogelijk maken van deze dag! En alle bezoekers; dank voor jullie komst! Hopelijk mogen wij jullie volgend jaar wederom  verwelkomen op de derde editie :-).

Emulex driver and firmware update

On this blog we’ve blogged about several issues with Emulex adapters on Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V, for example blog 1 and blog 2.

Yesterday Emulex announced a driver and firmware update that should solve these issues: http://blogs.emulex.com/implementers/2014/06/19/microsoft-windows-20122012-r2-hyper-vms-losing-network-connectivity-workaround/

As we can read in this blog: Status on 6/19/2014:  Updated driver and firmware code that addresses the VMQ network connectivity issues is currently going through comprehensive validation and test and is estimated to be available for Emulex branded products by mid-July 2014. Driver releases of specific OEM configurations are being evaluated now. We will update this blog as soon as we confirm the timing and location of each OEM release.

That’s good news! Let’s hope that this update will be available as soon as possible and that this update will fix the VMQ issue!

System Center Summer Night “The MasterChef edition” – 26 juni 2014

Laat je in één middag en avond bijpraten wat nieuw is op het gebied van Azure, Hyper-V & System Center!SCUG.4014_Summer_Night_logo_2014

Ook dit jaar slaan de Hyper-V.nu en de System Center User Group de handen ineen en organiseren zij gezamenlijk een community event de “System Center Summer Night”.  Een mooie kans om in een paar uur helemaal bijgepraat te worden door (internationale) topsprekers en MVP’s!

Momenteel werken wij aan de laatste details van het programma en deze zal de komende dagen concreter gemaakt worden. Het voorlopige programma willen we je niet onthouden en ziet er als volgt uit:

Programma

  • 15:00 – 16:15 uur: How many System Center fits on one grill by Ronny de Jong / James van den Berg [MVP] / Helmer Zandbergen / Marc van Eijk [MVP] / Dieter Wijckmans [MVP]
  • 16:15 – 17:30 uur: How Service Manager can do everything you need – a best-of-the-best Swiss cheese selection by Marcel Zehner [MVP]
  • 17:30 – 17:45 uur: Break
  • 17:45 – 19:00 uur: Light up the fire on your Hyper-V by Hans Vredevoort [MVP] & Peter Noorderijk
  • 19:00 – 20:15 uur: Become a Masterchef on Microsoft Azure Automation by Maarten Goet [MVP]
  • 20.15 uur: BBQ time

Ter afsluiting wordt aan het eind van het programma de BBQ ontstoken! Onder het genot van een hapje en een drankje biedt dit gelegenheid om de sprekers, MVP’s en experts vragen te stellen die tijdens de sessies niet aan bod zijn gekomen. Tevens wordt er onder de bezoekers van de Summer Night een kaartje verloot voor de System Center Universe in Basel (Zwitserland).

Locatie
Unieplaza
Multatulilaan 12
4103 NM Culemborg

Inschrijven
Voor dit unieke event kun je hier inschrijven. Om dit event mogelijk te maken vragen wij je om een kleine bijdrage van EUR 12,50. Schrijf je dus nu direct in, de plaatsen zijn beperkt!

Zonder onze sponsoren kunnen wij dit event niet mogelijk maken! Onze dank gaat uit naar:

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How credible is HP?

I think that we all remember the day: 27th of August 2013. On this day Microsoft announced that Windows Server 2012 R2 has been released to manufacturing. This means that Microsoft handles over the software to their hardware partners for them to complete their final system validation.

Back in those days I was involved in a project for upgrading a Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V environment to Windows Server 2012 R2. We started the project with a design phase and after that a POC phase. Although this was all successfull we could not continue to implement Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V to production because there was no support for Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V from out the backup solution used. The backup solution in place is: HP Dataprotector.

Positive as we are we asked HP if Dataprotector will support Windows Server 2012 R2 the next month or the month after that. HP told us that we must be a little patient but in November there will be an announcement. That announcement was quite dissapointing: HP Dataprotector support for Windows Server 2012 R2 (including Hyper-V) will be available in January 2014 Bedroefde emoticon

Hey, but we are patient! So we sit back and wait…

January 2014: Release of HP Dataprotector version 8.1, However without support for Windows Server 2012 R2! HP told us that they could not make it this time but support for Windows Server 2012 R2, with Hyper-V, will be available in April 2014!

April 2014: Release of HP Dataprotector version 8.11… with support for Windows Server 2012 R2!!! So we could continue our project… no just kidding, we couldn’t! Although there is support for Windows Server 2012 R2, there is no support for Hyper-V. Astonishment and dander all around. We got the feeling that we be kept on a leash. HP told us very friendly that they do not expect support for Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V before September 2014.

Let’s hope it will be earlier than September. HP promised us to support Hyper-V 2012 R2 in the future and in a futured version. When this will be? I’ve no idea and I’m afraid that HP also not having a idea right now.

Unfortunately this is not the only frustration, a lot of customers are waiting for the final release of Lefthand OS 11, features like ODX (in 3PAR) are not working well and so I can continue this story.

For now I’ve the question: How credible is HP?

New 5nine Cloud Security 4.0 for Hyper-V is Now Available

Agentless Multi-Tenant Security, Antivirus and VM Isolation Help Enterprises and Cloud Providers to Enforce Security and Compliance for Hyper-V.

February 5, 2014, Seattle, WA, USA. 5nine Software, a leading provider of agentless security, compliance and management products for Microsoft Hyper-V, announced the immediate availability of new 5nine Cloud Security 4.0 for Hyper-V. The solution provides enterprises and cloud providers with agentless antivirus, comprehensive multi-tenant security support and complete control over VM isolation, thus helping to ensure security and compliance for Microsoft Cloud OS, Windows Server, and Microsoft Hyper-V Server.

With the release of 5nine Cloud Security 4.0, we enforce security for our customers with a powerful solution that provides active antivirus protection, comprehensive multi-tenant SDN (Software Defined Networking) security, and unmatched levels of industry-demanded protection and compliance, including PCI-DSS, HIPAA and Sarbanes-Oxley,” said Konstantin Malkov, CTO, 5nine Software.

5nine Cloud Security for Hyper-V is the first and only agentless anti-malware and virtual firewall solution for the Windows Server Hyper-V, utilizing the flexibility of Hyper-V Extensible Switch. Enterprises and cloud providers can:

  • Secure multi-tenant Hyper-V environments and provide VM isolation
  • Protect Hyper-V with light-speed agentless antivirus
  • Enforce PCI-DSS, HIPAA and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance
  • And more

5nine Cloud Security provides multi-layered protection with integrated firewall, antivirus and IDS in one package. Agentless firewall provides complete traffic control and isolation between VMs. Antivirus performs incremental scans up to 50x faster than competitors. Solution also provides real-time detection of malicious attacks with IDS.

“In line with Microsoft’s longstanding and deep commitment to security, Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V was designed to the highest security standards,” said Chris Van Wesep, Group Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft. “Building on that security foundation, 5nine Software has a long history of delivering enhanced security solutions for Microsoft platforms. Now, 5nine Cloud Security provides multi-tenant SDN security along with VM isolation and agentless antivirus for Hyper-V environments.”

New 5nine Cloud Security 4.0 for Hyper-V features:

  • Secure multi-tenancy and VM isolation
  • Virtual Machine security groups and cloud tenant security
  • User/roles access that allows users or user groups to manage only objects associated with them
  • Agentless antivirus for Hyper-V hosts and real-time protection for VMs
  • NVGRE support
  • New LWF R2 vSwitch extension
  • Enhanced API and advanced event logging

Availability, Demos: 5nine Cloud Security 4.0 for Hyper-V is available now worldwide. It updates and replaces 5nine Security Datacenter 3.0. For product description and feature information, please visit: http://www.5nine.com/cloud-security-4.0-release.aspx.

Bare metal deployment stuck on step 1.2.12

Today (and yesterday) I was troubleshooting a Hyper-V bare metal deployment of a Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V host from out System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2 environment.

All preparations were done (like: Marcs blog). PXE boot went well, deep discovery went well, image was succesfully deployed but then the process stuck on step 1.2.12 (Wait for physical machine to reboot and customization to be finished 0%).

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When we manually join the host to the domain the step resume to 50% and stops then again. So computer name or IP address is not yet set. An IP address is already claimed from the IP pool but as I said not configured on an interface. Communication with the host is still possible.

After a lot of trial-and-error (manually register the host in DNS/ prestage computer account in AD/ use DHCP instead of IP from a pool and so on…) we replaced the Windows Server 2012 R2 OS image (stored in the SCVMM library) with a new fresh image (All Windows updates applied and firewall on all profiles disabled). Retried the operation and this time the bare metal deployment runs succesfull. We could not find a specific problem with the old OS image (we could succesfully use it for VM deployment) however when we use the image for bare metal deployment the process stuck on step 1.2.12.

So if you encounter this problem, replace your OS image in the SCVMM library with a new fresh image and retry the operation.

Generation 2 Virtual Machine template and the invalid boot device

Last week I build a Generation 2 virtual machine (Windows Server 2012 R2) which I will be use as a virtual machine template in SCVMM 2012 R2. I build this virtual machine with SCVMM 2012 R2. After building and configuring the virtual machine I have converted the virtual machine to a template and stored the template on a library share.

As soon as the virtual machine was stored in the library I would like to deploy some virtual machines from this template. I started the deploy and I saw that the virtual machine was created succesfully. However during the template rollout the proces stops at step 1.4 (view from the “Jobs” tab):

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I switched to the “Summary” view and there I saw the following Error: VMM cannot find the device or this device is not valid for a boot device.

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Update: The story continues: vNICs and VMs loose connectivity at random on Windows Server 2012 R2

See for the latest updates the end of this post.

In this post Marc van Eijk points out connectivity issues with VMs and vNICs. At random virtual machine or vNIC would loose connectivity completely. After a simple live migration the virtual machine would resume connectivity.

Marc has already logged a support case at Microsoft and HP and they are investigating this issue. Last week I also discovered this issue, here is my configuration:

Currently we experience network connectivity issues with one of our cluster networks in a Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V cluster environment.

Our environment is as follows:

- Two HP BL460 G7 servers (name of the servers: Host01 and Host02)

- 6x HP NC553i Dualport Flexfabric 10GB Converged Networkadapters (only 2 active)

- Installed with Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V (full edition)

- Configured in a Windows Failover Cluster

The NICs are installed with the following driver

Driver: Emulex, Driver date: 5-6-2013, Driver version: 4.6.203.1

We have configured a switch-independent NIC team with dynamic loadbalancing with 2 NIC team members. Upon this NIC team we have configured a vswitch.

In this vswitch we have created three vNICs of type Management OS:

- Management

- Live Migration

- Cluster CSV

Every NIC is configured in a separate VLAN. Only the Live Migration network may be used for Live Migration traffic (Configured in Windows Failover Clustering).

The initial installation and configuration of Hyper-V and the Windows Failover Cluster was OK. Over all the networks, communication between the hosts in the cluster was possible.

The Cluster Validation Wizard runs successfully without any warning or error.

After the installation of the Hyper-V cluster we start creating and installing the virtual machines. No problems at all, till we build a specific VM called VM06. This VM was created on the host Host01.

When the VM resides on this host everything is OK. As soon as we move this virtual machine (via Live Migration) to the host Host02 the cluster network called Live Migration went down and communication on this network between the two Hyper-V hosts is not possible anymore. When we move the virtual machine back to Host01 the cluster network called Live Migration comes back online. Also when we shut down the virtual machine when it resides on node Host02 the cluster network called Live Migration comes back online.

When we change the NIC teaming configuration to a Active/ Standby configuration, as Mark described in his blog, this network issue does not appear.

Microsoft requested us to disable Large Send Offloading: “Get-NetadapterLSO | Disabel-NetadapterLSO” (with NIC teaming in active/ active). However the issue is still there.

Update 11-26-2013 14:45: After disabling RSS and RSC (which does not change te situation) Hans suggest to disabling VMQ. We used PowerShell to disable VMQ on all interfaces: “Get-NetAdapterVmq | Disable-NetAdapterVmq” …. and yes disabling VMQ does the trick. Off course this is not a solution but only a workaround. These findings are logged in the case @ Microsoft and they will investigate this futher.

Update 12-02-2013 10:45: After applying update KB2887595-v2 to both of our Hyper-V nodes the network problems with our Live Migration network are gone. Even with VMQ enabled the network keeps up and running. However this update does fix the problem for our situation but not for the situation that Marc describes. So it seems that we’ve two different issues here.

We, Hans, Mark en me, will continue to investigate this issue and will update you on www.hyper-v.nu!

5nine Software announces complimentary 5nine Security for Microsoft Hyper-V with built-in Security and Compliance Scanner

5nine Software, the only vendor delivering management and agentless/host-based security and compliance products for Windows Server and Microsoft Hyper-V, has released a complimentary 5nine Security for Hyper-V with built-in 5nine Security and Compliance Scanner.

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Experts Live 2013 – Call for sessions!

Experts Live is THE event for Microsoft Azure, System Center, Hyper-V, SQL Server, Windows Server and PowerShell. This year, Experts Live will be held for the third time on November 28th 2013 in The Netherlands.

Experts Live is organized by and for the various communities and usergroups such as Hyper-V.nu System Center User Group Windows Azure User Group Dutch PowerShell User Group and PASS (SQL) Experts Live has been profiled as the goto knowledge event. Known speakers from the community such as Microsoft MVP’s already have committed to this
year’s event. Community experts will present level 300 to level 400 in-depth breakout sessions, allowing attendees to catch up on the various Microsoft technologies in one single day. Experts Live is an event driven by the community; that makes Experts Live unique in its kind.

By the end of the day you can expect a spectacular closing keynote by: André Kuipers

Call for session

We invite every Microsoft System Center, Hyper-V, Azure, PowerShell, SQL and Windows Server expert for this ‘Call for Sessions’ for Experts Live 2013.

You can send your proposal or proposals to organisatie@expertslive.nl. The session will be around 60 minutes and we prefer level 300 or 400 sessions. See for more information this ‘Call for session’ paper.

Your proposal must be applied before the 11th of September 2013!

We are looking forward to your contribution!