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In yesterdays blog I started with the first part of my analysis of the Hyper-V Survey:
The second part focuses on these three topics of the survey:
The Year is 2012
In this part we want to learn how people are managing their Hyper-V servers. Somehow I was not surprised to see that over 56% use System Center Virtual Machine Manager as their primary management tool. Many will be pleasantly surprised if they see what VMM 2012 can do for them! There are still a number of tasks you can only do (efficiently) in Hyper-V Manager or Failover Cluster Manager. So the 38% is understandable too.
As an invited blogger I will be at HP Discover 2011 next week (6-10 June) at the Venetian in Las Vegas. It is HP’s big Enterprise Business event that covers HP’s entire portfolio products, solutions and services. If you want to follow what is going on please follow the hashtag #HPDiscover
Again I will view the presentations, workshops and exhibitions through the eyes of an architect of private cloud infrastructure. I want to find out if HP has discovered there is more than one hypervisor ready for prime business. Of course I will interrogate HP people about their integration with Microsoft Virtualization, System Center, Hyper-V Private Cloud and Azure.
I have been working with HP (and previously Compaq) servers and storage since day one and I’m looking forward to their newest developments and announcements. We have built many server virtualization platforms based on HP ProLiant (BladeSystem) servers, HP EVA, HP LeftHand and HP MSA, now called P6000, P4000 and P2000. I intend to take a closer look at HP 3PAR (and wonder if this storage array gets a P#### number as well).
Let’s see how far HP has progressed with integrating HP and Microsoft technology. Hopefully it is not a VMware only story as it has been in the past, despite HP’s involvement in Hyper-V Private Cloud, the Fast Track program and the reference architecture built for this purpose. The first proof of real involvement was the Hyper-V Cloud HP built for Microsoft Management Summit 2011, the event I attended three months ago. Never thought I’d see Vegas again so quickly. I am not complaining.
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After my previous blog post announcing Vital Signs for Hyper-V server by Savision, I received some additional information (including an opportunity for MVP’s to request an NFR license).
Vital Signs for Hyper-V provides a real-time performance monitoring and troubleshooting capability for Windows Hyper-V Server. The agentless dashboard deploys in minutes and allows System Administrators to immediately see dozens of key performance graphs and configuration for Hyper-V Host (CPU, Memory, Disk, Network) and Virtual Guest.
Stop Waiting, Start Fixing Dynamic Hyper-V Problems
Stop waiting up to 15 minutes for the next polling cycle or remoting into a machine to see its current performance. Get everything you need to troubleshoot every alert or incident in seconds.
One Dashboard, Over 100 Real-time Metrics
Immediately collect all the foundational troubleshooting information to zero in on the root cause faster to ensure hyper-v fabric is functioning well.
Snapshots, Storage, and V-Systems
Instantly track snapshots paths, storage configuration and storage throughput in real-time. Drill into the Virtual Guest OS to understand its performance characteristics. Troubleshoot the most difficult performance problems faster.
Eliminate Capacity Guesswork
Automatically calibrate and quickly tune performance in your environment to understand virtual guest to hyper-v host usage.
Real-time for Microsoft’s Private Cloud (System Center + Hyper-V)
See SCOM Alerts and SCSM incidents, problems and changes, correlated and placed directly to the real-time performance charts.
If you have any additional questions or would like access to our internet-accessible demo environment, please contact: Dan Merritts @ firstname.lastname@example.org; +1-415-480-0366.
Learn more at: http://www.savision.com/hyper-v
Contact Dan Merritts for your MVP NFR License Key: email@example.com; +1-415-480-0366.
The System Center team is pleased to announce the Community Evaluation Program. The program is designed to provide IT professionals a structured approach to evaluating System Center and Forefront products before their final release. Members of this program are able to evaluate early versions of products with guidance from the product team and by sharing of experiences and best practices among a community of peers.
Multiple programs are now open and accepting applications including:
Forefront Identity Manager
Virtual Machine Manager
To apply and for more information about the programs, please visit:
I blogged about the webcast earlier. Corey Hines and Simon Perriman did a great job bringing awareness of Microsoft Virtualization (certainly not only Hyper-V) among VMware admins.
I strongly recommend this series if you want to have the best possible overview of this fantastic platform.
Microsoft Learning hosted another new and exclusive Jump Start virtual training event – Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals. We are thrilled to announce availability of the HD-quality video recordings – FREE – on TechNet Edge and soon coming to MS Showcase, the Zune Marketplace, iTunes! Additionally, every module will be made available (with assessment questions) on the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) in the next few weeks.
As a preparation for my upcoming posts about Bare Metal Deployment of physical servers and another one on Cluster Creation with VMM 2012, I will first write a couple of introductory blogs.
Setting Up Run As Accounts and Run As Profiles
Out of Band Management
Adding HP iLO as an OOB Management Protocol
Creating Server Hardware Profiles
The main reason for creating Run As Accounts and Run As Profiles is to provide a container for a set of stored credentials. It is very convenient to configure this once in a central location and then easily use it in all sorts of configuration tasks or when delegating certain tasks to delegated admins.
What different categories of Run As Accounts are available?
Profile Accounts – can be used for operating system profiles, application profiles, SQL Server profiles and host profiles
Storage Device Account – for configuring the credentials of a storage array or storage management server
BMC Account – for configuring a Base Management Controller such as HP iLO or Dell DRAC
Host Computer Account – for configuring a virtualization host (Hyper-V, XenServer, VMware)
Network Device Account – for configuring a network load balancer
External Account – for access to an external computer of some other kind
I took all four available courses on Microsoft Virtual Academy. Quite a nice crash course about private and public cloud based on Microsoft technology. It took me a few hours to reach a shared first place with 372 points completing all four assessments. I’m looking forward to more content. There are still a few medals to earn …
During Microsoft Management Summit we were shown the roadmap for System Center 2012. As you can see for most products there is or will be a beta by mid 2011. During the second half of 2011 all System Center 2012 members will RTM.
I cannot but conclude that Microsoft is well up-to-speed and will deliver on their promises.
In this video Kenon Owens is interviewed by Symon Perriman, talking about creating a Private Cloud with Virtual Machine Manager in less than 90 seconds! Symon is the guy with the stop-watch!
Go and see this cool video (contains a demo towards the end):
Microsoft Virtualization for VMWare Professionals – Free Online Classes – March 29-31
By Elden Christensen
Just one week after Microsoft Management Summit 2011 (MMS), Microsoft Learning will be hosting an exclusive three-day Jump Start class specially tailored for VMware and Microsoft virtualization technology pros. Registration for “Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals” is open now and will be delivered as a FREE online class on March 29-31, 2010 from 10:00am-4:00pm PDT.
On March 29th we will spend 2 hours focusing on Microsoft’s high-availability solutions for Virtualization using Windows Server 2008 R2 Failover Clustering. Learn about cluster planning, deployment, management, System Center integration and disaster recovery using multi-site clustering.