Posts tagged System Center

System Center 2012 SP1 beta Documentation

Here is a list of updated documentation for the recently announced System Center 2012 SP1 beta

System Center TechCenter:

TechNet Library:

  • Added the Technical Scenarios node
  • Added What’s New topics for all components
  • Updated deployment guides for all components
  • Delivered over 200 new or updated “How-to” topics for the SP1 Beta improvements
  • Delivered new SP1 cmdlet reference and updateable PowerShell help for VMM and CM
  • Updated the MP Guides for Windows Server 2012 and IIS

MSDN Library:

TechNet Wiki: In addition to the technical scenario content called out above, we also

Download Center: Updated all the off-line guides, and applied standard formatting to reinforce the single product message.

Big day for System Center and Microsoft Private Cloud

Don’t miss the big public webcast about System Center 2012 & Microsoft Private Cloud with Satya Nadella (President of Server and Tools) and Brad Anderson (CVP of System Center and Management).

The new System Center 2012 vision will be laid out in full detail!

Register for it here:

Date: January 17th 2012
Time: 17:30h CET


Hyper-V interview video’s in cooperation with NGN

A couple of weeks ago the team visited the Netwerk Gebruikersgroep Nederland (NGN) to record some interviews about Hyper-V. The NGN record and edit the video’s. Jaap Wesselius interviewed Hans Vredevoort, Maarten Wijsman and me. The first of the three video’s is just published online at the site of NGN.

You can watch the video here

Virtualization Career Training

UPDATE October 20th 2011: Here is a link to the video:

On Tuesday, October 4th Technical Evangelists Symon Perriman and Rick Claus are hosting an online conference on Virtualization Career Training with Microsoft Learning.  This half day virtual event (8am – 11am PST) will offer a Level 100 to 200 introduction for anyone who wants to learn more about Microsoft Virtualization and how it can help their career.  It is free and public so sign up for this warm-up for the Jump Start event on October 6th.

  • Module 1Technology: Learn about Microsoft’s virtualization technologies, how they work, and the future roadmap to the Cloud!
  • Module 2Career: Understand the importance of virtualization and Private Cloud, and how it can make or break an IT Professional’s career!
  • Module 3Certification: Get prepared for your next steps towards a virtualization career by understanding and preparing for the Microsoft 70-659 Technical Specialist exam, Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization.

Learn More:

Instructor Bios:



Results of The Great Big Hyper-V Survey of 2011 (part 2)

In yesterdays blog I started with the first part of my analysis of the Hyper-V Survey:

  • Why Hyper-V?

  • Hyper-V Implementation

The second part focuses on these three topics of the survey:

  • Systems Management

  • Private Cloud?

  • 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.



How serious is HP taking Hyper-V Private Cloud?

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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Vital Signs for Hyper-V Server (part 2)

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 @; +1-415-480-0366.

Learn more at:

For MVP’s:
Contact Dan Merritts for your MVP NFR License Key:; +1-415-480-0366.

System Center Team is accepting applications for evaluations

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:

  • Configuration Manager
  • Forefront Identity Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Orchestrator
  • Virtual Machine Manager

To apply and for more information about the programs, please visit:


Microsoft Virtualization Jump Start Training Videos available

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.