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In one of the break-out session at the Microsoft Management Summit 2013, which was held last week, an automation toolkit was shown to migrate virtual machines from “the other guys” to Hyper-V. The toolkit makes use of Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter and is part of the Solution Accelerator tools.
The Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter provides a Microsoft-supported, freely available, stand-alone solution for converting “the other guys”-based virtual machines and virtual disks to Hyper-V-based virtual machines and virtual hard disks (VHDs)—including conversion from “the other guys” to Hyper-V on Windows Server 2012. Because MVMC has a fully scriptable command-line interface (CLI), it integrates especially well with data center automation workflows such as those authored and run within Microsoft System Center 2012 – Orchestrator. It can also be invoked through Windows PowerShell.
MVMC provides you with:
- A quick, low-risk option for “the other guys” to evaluate Hyper-V.
- Converts “the other guys” virtual machines to Hyper-V virtual machines: The VM Conversion will convert “the other guys”-hosted virtual machines and ensure that the entire configuration, such as memory, virtual processor, and other machine configurations, is also migrated from the initial source. The tool also adds virtual NICs to the deployed virtual machine on Hyper-V.
- Supports a clean migration to Hyper-V with uninstallation of VMware tools on the source virtual machine.
- Provides a wizard-driven GUI, making it simple to perform virtual machine conversion.
- Installs integration services for Windows 2003 guests that are converted to Hyper-V virtual machines.
- Supports conversion of virtual machines from “the other guys” vSphere 4.1 and 5.0 hosts, including those hosted on a vSphere cluster, to Hyper-V. The tool also supports migration of virtual machines to a Hyper-V host that is part of a failover cluster.Note MVMC also supports conversion of virtual machines from “the other guys” vSphere 4.0 if the host is managed by vCenter 4.1 or vCenter 5.0. You have to connect to vCenter 4.1 or 5.0 through MVMC to convert virtual machines on vSphere 4.0.
- Supports offline conversions of “the other guys”-based virtual hard disks (VMDK) to a Hyper-V-based virtual hard disk file format (.vhd file).
- Includes a fully scriptable command-line interface (CLI) for performing machine conversion and offline disk conversion, integrating with data center automation workflows such as those authored and executed within System Center 2012 – Orchestrator. The command line can also be invoked through Windows PowerShell.
MVMC simplifies low-cost, point-and-click migration of Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003 R2 with SP2, and Windows Server 2003 with SP2 guest operating systems from VMware to Hyper-V.
The MVMC Automation Toolkit is a collection of PowerShell scripts that will automate conversions using the MVMC.exe. It is back-ended by a SQL instance (SQL Express will work). You can use it to convert several machines at once, on a single server or across many servers at once.
MVMC Automation Toolkit can be considered as a low budget very easy to use toolkit to automate migrates from “the other guys” to Hyper-V. If you want to know more about this tool you have to watch this session!
The Experts Conference is approaching fast. In less than 3 weeks experts from all over Europe come to Hotel Carlos in Barcelona where a great event is scheduled from 22-24 October. TEC has been produced for more than a decade and features 400-level training on critical technologies including Active Directory & Identity, Exchange and Virtualization & User Workspace Management.
Please come and join us! TEC is world-class training for the experts, by the experts, offering the most advanced training and networking available. Quest alliance partner Microsoft is front and center at TEC, sending program management, product management, and development staff from Redmond and the field team members to the event every year to support the training requirements of its users.
If you want quality, you get quality!
Four Microsoft Hyper-V MVP’s
Three VMware vExperts!
The following presenters will take care of the Virtualization track focusing on Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V:
Having presented at TEC2011 in Frankfurt for the first time was a good experience and I was very pleased to be asked to speak again. This time in San Diego in the US.
Join us for The Experts Conference for Virtualization 2012, April 29-May 2 in San Diego! TEC is the leading advanced training conference for Microsoft technologies, and this year brings even more sessions on Windows Server 2012 / Hyper-V 3.0, including Hot Storage Tricks, Capacity Management and Performance Analytics, SCVMM 2012 and Best Practices for Virtualizing Mission Critical Applications, and many more key topics.
Some of the internationally known speakers at TEC 2012 include:
- Brian Madden, Virtualization Expert at Tech Target as keynote presenter
- Mattias Sundling, Virtualization Track Facilitator/vExpert/Evangelist at Quest
- Stephen Baron, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft
- Christopher Kusek, vExpert/Technology Evangelist at EMC
- Dung K. Hoang, Principal Engineer at HP
- Hans Vredevoort, MVP/Consultant at Inovativ
- Rob Nottoli, System Architect at Microsoft.
- Greg Shields, MVP/vExpert/Senior Partner at Concentrated Technology
Check out the TEC website to see the full lineup.
TEC is for the experts by the experts and, as such, the sessions are highly technical (300-400 level) and include both presentations and demonstrations led by some of the world’s top technologists. Don’t miss your chance to learn from the best. TEC also provides really good networking opportunities! Meet the speakers, experts, product managers from Quest and Microsoft.
UPDATE October 20th 2011: Here is a link to the video: http://t.co/v1xAMV6x
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 1 – Technology: Learn about Microsoft’s virtualization technologies, how they work, and the future roadmap to the Cloud!
Module 2 – Career: Understand the importance of virtualization and Private Cloud, and how it can make or break an IT Professional’s career!
Module 3 – Certification: 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.
During an entertaining #mvpchat today, someone mentioned a Twitter statistics site called the Archivist. It is very easy to use and the graphics are very attractive. Just enter a keyword or hashtag. You can save up to three archives. Initially saved archives are private, but you can make them public too. I have not found a way to share my public archives yet.
When upgrading from SCVMM2008R2 RC version to SP1 you need an additional tool that changes the database used by the RC version.
The tool is called UpgradeVMMR2SP1RC.exe and can be downloaded here.
Before you start make a backup of your SCVMM database! After this run the tool and than upgrade the Server component of SCVMM2008R2. The other components can be upgraded in the same way the RC version is installed.
Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 SP1 RC Upgrade Tool
Use this tool to upgrade your VMM 2008 R2 SP1 RC database.
Usage: UpgradeVMMR2SP1RC.exe -server -database
Example (named SQL instance):
UpgradeVMMR2SP1RC.exe -server VMMDB01\MICROSOFT$VMM$ -database VirtualManagerDB
Example (default SQL instance):
UpgradeVMMR2SP1RC.exe -server VMMDB01 -database VirtualManagerDB
A full description in how to use this tool can be found here: Migrating to VMM 2008 R2 SP1 from VMM 2008 R2 SP1 RC.
Okay, more Virtual Machine Manager News! SP1 for System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 is OUT!
System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 (VMM 2008) is a comprehensive management solution for managing virtualized infrastructure running on Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V, Virtual Server 2005 R2 and VMware ESX through Virtual Center. With the release of Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, significant feature improvements were made to Hyper-V—the underlying hypervisor platform.
VMM 2008 R2 SP1 – the next version of VMM – has been released. VMM 2008 R2 SP1 leverages the new platform enhancements and extends the feature set of VMM 2008 R2. This overview highlights the most important new and significantly enhanced features in VMM 2008 R2 SP1:
Support for new features of Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
- Dynamic Memory: Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Hyper-V supports Dynamic Memory enabling customers to better utilize the memory resources of a Hyper-V host. VMM 2008 R2 SP1 allows administrators to create and deploy Virtual Machines onto Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Hyper-V hosts and will report on the memory currently in use for these VMs where Dynamic Memory is enabled. Using Dynamic Memory for supported VMs allows for more efficient utilization of memory, with consistent performance, and higher consolidation ratios.
- Microsoft RemoteFX: Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 introduces a new set of end user experience enhancements with Microsoft RemoteFX. VMM 2008 R2 SP1 allows administrators to create and deploy Virtual Machines with RemoteFX enabled to qualified Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Hyper-V hosts. This enables a rich, local-like desktop environment over the network.
Have you ever wondered if your Microsoft producted is supported when virtualized? Microsoft recently released a KB article with a list of products and support statements.
This article discusses the support policy for running Microsoft server software in the following supported virtualization environments:
- Windows Server 2008 and later with Hyper-V
- Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 and later
- Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP)
For more information, visit the following Microsoft website: http://www.windowsservercatalog.com/svvp/
Microsoft supports Microsoft server software that is running in the supported virtualization environments that are listed in the “More Information” section. This support is subject to…….read more.
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HP Virtual Connect for Dummies:
Especially the Virtual Connect Flex-10 version has been invaluable for us in many Hyper-V projects where high bandwidth, flexibility and abundance of network adapter ports is crucial. Many of our customers have become convinced of using this very flexible network product in HP Blade Enclosures. I can very safely recommend this wonderful piece of technology (No, I don’t work for HP but I do work for a longstanding HP Partner in the Netherlands). We have built our Nobel Cloud Services based on this technology. We also help customers build their own private cloud for which HP Virtual Connect can be major building block.
New generation: HP virtual Connect FlexFabric
The future has even more flexibility in store: HP FlexFabric which can be used in HP’s Converged Infrastructure Architecture which is based on emerging industry standards like Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE), Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FcOE) and Virtual Ethernet Port Aggregation (VEPA):
My fellow MVP Aidan Finn wrote it. I had the honor to be technical editor for it.
As Amazon promotes it:
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