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Microsoft Virtual Machine Queue 2008R2 SP1 Architecture and Improved Virtual Networking Performance

This topic is about Microsoft Virtual Machine Queue (VMQ) in Hyper-V R2 ServicePack 1.

In this Microsoft Architecture design of Virtual Machine Queue you can see the difference between VMQ in Microsoft Hyper-V 2008 and Hyper-V 2008 R2.

Improved Virtual Networking Performance

The new Hyper-V leverages several new networking technologies contained in Windows Server 2008 R2 to improve overall VM networking performance. Two key examples are support for Jumbo Frames and new support for the Virtual Machine
Queue (VMQ). Support for Jumbo Frames was also introduced with Windows Server 2008. Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2 simply extends this capability to VMs. So just like in physical network scenarios, Jumbo Frames add the same basic performance enhancements to virtual networking. That includes up to 6 times larger payloads per packet, which improves not only overall throughput but also reduces CPU utilization for large file transfers.
VMQ allows the host‘s network interface card (NIC) to DMA packets directly into individual VM memory stacks. Each VM device buffer is assigned a VMQ, which avoids needless packet copies and route lookups in the virtual switch. Essentially, VMQ allows the host‘s single NIC card to appear as multiple NICs to the VMs, allowing each VM its own dedicated NIC. The result is
less data in the host‘s buffers and an overall performance improvement to I/O operations.

Here is an example of the propeties of a NIC Driver.

Microsoft VMQ is important to get the best performance in your virtual network.

More information about Microsoft VMQ is here :
MSDN site
Enabling Virtual Machine Queue on the Management Operating System


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Hybrid Cloud Management with Microsoft System Center Code-Named “Concero”

Here is the powerpoint presentation about Microsoft System Center “Concero” wich was presented on Tech-Ed 2011 in Atlanta.

For the video about Concero at Tech-Ed 2011 in Atlanta, just click on the picture above.

Microsoft Concero Presentation


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Microsoft SCVMM 2012 Default management ports and protocols

When you install Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Beta, this will be the ports by default for Virtual Machine Manager.

When you install the VMM management server in System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2012,
you can assign some of the ports that it will use for communications and file transfers between the VMM components. While it is a best security practice to change the default ports, not all of the ports can be changed through VMM. The default settings for the ports are listed in the following table.

Connection type Protocol Default port Where to change port setting
SFTP file
transfer from VMware ESX Server 3.0 and VMware ESX Server 3.5 hosts
SFTP 22
VMM management
server to P2V source agent (control channel)
DCOM 135
VMM management
server to Load Balancer
HTTP/HTTPS 80/443 Load balancer configuration provider
VMM management
server to WSUS server (data channel)
HTTP/HTTPS 80/8530 (non-SSL), 443/8531 (with SSL) These ports are
the IIS port binding with WSUS. They cannot be changed from VMM.
VMM management
server to WSUS server (control channel)
HTTP/HTTPS 80/8530 (non-SSL), 443/8531 (with SSL) These ports are
the IIS port binding with WSUS. They cannot be changed from VMM.
BITS port for
VMM transfers (data channel)
BITS 443 During VMM setup
VMM library
server to hosts file transfer
BITS 443 (Maximum value: 32768) During VMM setup
VMM host-to-host
file transfer
BITS 443 (Maximum value: 32768)
VMM Self-Service
Portal to VMM Self-Service Portal web server
HTTPS 443 During VMM setup
VMware Web Services communication HTTPS 443 VMM console
SFTP file
transfer from VMM management server to VMware ESX Server 3i hosts
HTTPS 443
OOB Connection –
SMASH over WS-Man
HTTPS 443 On BMC
VMM management
server to in-guest agent (VMM to virtual machine data channel)
HTTPS (using BITS) 443
VMM management
server to VMM agent on Windows Server–based host (data channel for file
transfers)
HTTPS (using BITS) 443 (Maximum value: 32768)
OOB Connection IPMI IPMI 623 On BMC
VMM management
server to remote Microsoft SQL Server database
TDS 1433
Console
connections (RDP) to virtual machines through Hyper-V hosts (VMConnect)
RDP 2179 VMM console
VMM management
server to Citrix XenServer host (customization data channel)
iSCSI 3260 On XenServer in
transfer VM
Remote Desktop
to virtual machines
RDP 3389 On the virtual machine
VMM management
server to VMM agent on Windows Server–based host (control channel)
WS-Management 5985 During VMM setup
VMM management
server to in-guest agent (VMM to virtual machine control channel)
WS-Management 5985
VMM management
server to VMM agent on Windows Server–based host (control channel – SSL)
WS-Management 5986
VMM management
server to XenServer host (control channel)
HTTPS 5989 On XenServer
host in: /opt/cimserver/cimserver_planned.conf
VMM console to
VMM management server
WCF 8100 During VMM setup
VMM Self-Service
Portal web server to VMM management server
WCF 8100 During VMM setup
VMM console to
VMM management server (HTTPS)
WCF 8101 During VMM setup
Windows PE agent
to VMM management server (control channel)
WCF 8101 During VMM setup
VMM console to
VMM management server (NET.TCP)
WCF 8102 During VMM setup
WDS provider to
VMM management server
WCF 8102 During VMM setup
VMM console to
VMM management server (HTTP)
WCF 8103 During VMM setup
Windows PE agent
to VMM management server (time sync)
WCF 8103 During VMM setup
VMM management
server to Storage Management Service
WMI Local call
VMM management
server to Cluster PowerShell interface
PowerShell n/a
Storage
Management Service to SMI-S Provider
CIM-XML Provider-specific port
VMM management
server to P2V source agent (data channel)
BITS User-Defined P2V cmdlet option


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All Microsoft Virtualization video from Data Center to Desktop

Here is a link to the Microsoft site where you can see all the virtualization solution videos of Microsoft.

Watch these free videos to learn more about Microsoft Virtualization whenever and from wherever you want—just click, listen, and learn. Start by clicking the picture above to learn more about the videos. You can then stream it or download to view offline.


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Microsoft Integration Pack Opalis for System Center Virtual Machine Manager

This topic is about integration pack Opalis for System Center Virtual Machine Manager to automate the virtual environment on Hyper-V.

The Integration Pack for System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) is an add-in for Opalis Integration Server 6.3 and is
included in the Opalis 6.3 download.

The Integration Pack enables you to automate the following activities:

– Manage the self-service virtual machine library
– Create virtual machine resources such as disks, virtual hard disks (VHD)s, and network adapters, as needed
– Create virtual machines from templates, VHDs, and from other virtual machines (modifying disk and network resources if needed)
– Modify existing virtual machines
– Turn on and shut down virtual machines in batch mode
– Restart virtual machines
– Move virtual machines to a new host to manage availability and performance
– Create and restore virtual machine checkpoints

Virtual Machine Manager Integration Pack activities:

– Create Checkpoint
– Create Disk From VHD
– Create Network Adapter
– Create New Disk
– Create VM from Template
– Create VM from VHD
– Create VM from VM
– Get Checkpoint
– Get Disk
– Get Network Adapter
– Get VM
– Manage Checkpoint
– Move VM
– Remove VM
– Repair VM
– Resume VM
– Shut Down VM
– Start VM
– Stop VM
– Pause VM
– Update Disk
– Update Network Adapter
– Update VM

The Name System Center Opalis will be called in the nearby future :

You can find more information about Opalis here