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Windows Management Framework 5.0 Preview November 2014 #Powershell #DSC #Winserv

Powershell

Windows Management Framework (WMF) 5.0 Preview November 2014 contains functionality that has been updated from WMF 4.0. WMF 5.0 Preview November 2014 is available for installation on Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2, and contains updated versions of the following features:

  • Windows PowerShell
  • Windows PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE)
  • Windows PowerShell Web Services (Management OData IIS Extension)
  • Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC)
  • Windows Remote Management (WinRM)
  • Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)

PowershellgetHere you can download Microsoft Windows Management Framework 5.0 Preview November 2014


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How to recover a gateway that was deployed through VMM and is running Windows Server 2012 R2 #SCVMM #Winserv #sysctr #HybridCloud

SCVMM Gateway

This article contains information about gateways that are running Windows Server 2012 R2 and were deployed through Virtual Machine Manager (VMM). The VMM server must be running Microsoft System Center 2012 R2.

Here you find all the information you need about Windows Server 2012 R2 Gateway and how to recover


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#Microsoft System Center Management Pack for Windows Server Cluster #SCOM #sysctr #Winserv #Cluster

MP ClusterThe Windows Server Failover Cluster Management Pack provides both proactive and reactive monitoring of your Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2 failover cluster deployments. It monitors Cluster services components—such as nodes, networks, resources, and resource groups—to report issues that can cause downtime or poor performance.
The monitoring provided by this management pack includes availability and configuration monitoring. In addition to health monitoring capabilities, this management pack includes dashboard views, extensive knowledge with embedded inline tasks, and views that enable near real-time diagnosis and resolution of detected issues.
With this management pack, Information Technology (IT) administrators can automate one-to-many management of users and computers, simplifying administrative tasks and reducing IT costs. Administrators can efficiently implement security settings, enforce IT policies, and distribute software consistently across a given site, domain, or range of organizational units.

You can download the Microsoft System Center Management Pack for Windows Server Cluster with documentation here


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UPDATE Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.0 #SCVMM #Azure #Hyperv #VMware

MVMC3

Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC) is a Microsoft-supported, stand-alone solution for the information technology (IT) pro or solution provider who wants to convert virtual machines and disks from VMware hosts to Hyper-V hosts and Microsoft Azure or alternatively convert a physical computer running Windows Server 2008 or above server operating systems or Windows Vista or above client operating systems to a virtual machine running on Hyper-V host

MVMC can be deployed with minimal dependencies. Because MVMC provides native support for Windows PowerShell, it enables scripting and integration with data center automation workflows such as those authored and run within Microsoft System Center Orchestrator 2012 R2. It can also be invoked through the Windows PowerShell command-line interface. The solution is simple to download, install, and use. In addition to the Windows PowerShell capability, MVMC provides a wizard-driven GUI to facilitate virtual machine conversion.

New Features in MVMC 3.0
The 3.0 release of MVMC adds the ability to convert a physical computer running Windows Server 2008 or above server operating systems or Windows Vista or above client operating systems to a virtual machine running on Hyper-V host.

Standard Features
•Converts virtual disks that are attached to a VMware virtual machine to virtual hard disks (VHDs) that can be uploaded to Microsoft Azure.
•Provides native Windows PowerShell capability that enables scripting and integration into IT automation workflows.
Note The command-line interface (CLI) in MVMC 1.0 has been replaced by Windows PowerShell in MVMC 2.0.
•Supports conversion and provisioning of Linux-based guest operating systems from VMware hosts to Hyper-V hosts.
•Supports conversion of offline virtual machines.
•Supports the new virtual hard disk format (VHDX) when converting and provisioning in Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012.
•Supports conversion of virtual machines from VMware vSphere 5.5, VMware vSphere 5.1, and VMware vSphere 4.1 hosts Hyper-V virtual machines.
•Supports Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows 8 as guest operating systems that you can select for conversion.
•Converts and deploys virtual machines from VMware hosts to Hyper-V hosts on any of the following operating systems:
•Windows Server 2012 R2
•Windows Server 2012
•Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
•Converts VMware virtual machines, virtual disks, and configurations for memory, virtual processor, and other virtual computing resources from the source to Hyper-V.
•Adds virtual network interface cards (NICs) to the converted virtual machine on Hyper-V.
•Supports conversion of virtual machines from VMware vSphere 5.5, VMware vSphere 5.0, and VMware vSphere 4.1 hosts to Hyper-V.
•Has a wizard-driven GUI, which simplifies performing virtual machine conversions.
•Uninstalls VMware Tools before online conversion (online only) to provide a clean way to migrate VMware-based virtual machines to Hyper-V.
Important MVMC takes a snapshot of the virtual machine that you are converting before you uninstall VMware Tools, and then shuts down the source machine to preserve state during conversion. The virtual machine is restored to its previous state after the source disks that are attached to the virtual machine are successfully copied to the machine where the conversion process is run. At that point, the source machine in VMware can be turned on, if required.
Important MVMC does not uninstall VMware Tools in an offline conversion. Instead, it disables VMware services, drivers, and programs only for Windows Server guest operating systems. For file conversions with Linux guest operating systems, VMware Tools are not disabled or uninstalled. We highly recommend that you manually uninstall VMware Tools when you convert an offline virtual machine.
•Supports Windows Server and Linux guest operating system conversion. For more details, see the section “Supported Configurations for Virtual Machine Conversion” in this guide.
•Includes Windows PowerShell capability for offline conversions of VMware-based virtual hard disks (VMDK) to a Hyper-V–based virtual hard disk file format (.vhd file).
Note The offline disk conversion does not include driver fixes.

You can download the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.0 and documentation here


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#Microsoft Private #Cloud Security Considerations Guide–Introduction and Overview #WAPack #sysctr

Private Cloud Data

Thomas W Shinder (MSFT) alias on Twitter @Tshinder published some awesome posts about Private Cloud Security :

The Following document is to provide you with design considerations and architectural view for designing effective security within a private cloud environment :
Private Cloud Security Considerations Guide–Introduction and Overview

Private Cloud Security

This section of the Private Cloud Security Considerations Guide covers a number of security design challenges that you will need to address when considering options for making the best decisions for securing your private cloud :

Private Cloud Security Considerations Guide-Security Challenges

Network security

This section of the Private Cloud Security Considerations Guide covers a number of security design considerations that you will need to think about and options for making the best decisions for securing your private cloud deployment :

Private Cloud Security Considerations Guide-Security Design Considerations

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