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#Microsoft Windows Server “8” Beta and #SCVMM2012 Controle…….

The looks and feels for Controle in Windows Server “8” Beta are Much better in view and easy to use.

In one view you see that there is a Service problem on your Server.

Just Double Click on the Red Services and you see the problem :

This was a failed Services, only right click on the services to restart.

For trouble shooting and performance in Windows Server “8” Beta is all looking better :

You can filter on the processen by Selecting them, here you can see that for SCVMM2012 and SQL2012 Server.

Memory usage for applications and services looks like this :

Here you can see on the Windows Server “8” Beta Hypervisor, the memory usage of SCVMM Console but also of the VirtualMachine Viewer.

By Filtering you can see the Memory Usage of the Services of SCVMM2012 and SQL2012 Server.
The views and the controles are easy to use on Windows Server “8” Beta


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Microsoft #SQL2012 reporting for System Center 2012 SP1 CTP VMM on Windows “8” Beta #SCVMM2012 #Windows8

This topic is about reporting SQL 2012 for System Center 2012 SP1 CTP Virtual Machine Manager under Windows “8” Beta Server.

If you open Microsoft SQL 2012 Management Studio and go to the Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) database :

Here you can make the following standard reports by SQL 2012 Server about Virtual Machine Manager :

  • Disk Usage
  • Disk Usage by Top Tables
  • Disk Usage by Table
  • Disk Usage by Partition
  • Backup and Restore Events
  • All Transactions
  • All Blocking Transactions
  • Top Transactions by Age
  • Top Transactions by Blocked Transactions Count
  • Top Transactions by locks Count
  • Resource locking statistics by Objects
  • Obeject Execution Statistics
  • Database Consistency History
  • Index Usage Statistics
  • Index Physical Statistics
  • Schema Changes History
  • User Statistics

Here are some examples of the reports you can run with SQL 2012 Management Studio :

This is a report on the disk Usage of the VMM Database running on Windows “8” Server Beta with SQL 2012.

Here you see the User Statistics of System Center Virtual Machine Manager.

Here you see the Usage by Partion of the SQL DataBase of SCVMM.

When you don’t have Microsoft System Center Operations Manager installed, standard reporting of SQL 2012 Server is handy to use.
You can also make your Custom report in SQL 2012 for SCVMM DataBase.

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TestLAB Windows Server 8 Beta with SC2012 SP1 CTP #SCVMM2012 and #SQL2012 Server

Here you can download the Software you need for a Home Test Lab Server :

  1. Microsoft Windows Server “8” Beta ( 64-Bit ISO and VHD)
  2. The Windows® Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows® 7
  3. Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Express
  4. Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 R2 Native Client
  5. Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 R2 Command Line Utilities
  6. System Center 2012 CTP for Windows Server “8” Beta support

Installing Microsoft Windows Server “8” Beta with Active Directory, my domain is called Cloud.local.

Prepare the Server with the next software installations :

  • Installing The Windows® Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows® 7
  • Installing Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Express ( ENU\x64\SQLEXPRADV_x64_ENU.exe)
  • Installing SQL Native Client and Command Line Utilities
  • And as last you install System Center 2012 CTP for Windows Server “8” Beta support ( SC2012_SP1_CTP_VMM.exe)

The installation of SC2012 SP1 CTP Virtual Machine Manager is the same installation as before.

Just connect to your Virtual Machine Manager Server on Microsoft Windows Server “8” Beta.

Working Fine, and my Virtualmachine Windows 7 is running in my DMZ again 😉

Can’t wait for the RTM versions :

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#Microsoft System Center 2012 CTP for Windows Server “8” Beta support #SCVMM2012 #Windows8


This Community Technology Preview (“CTP”) enables System Center customers to jointly evaluate System Center 2012 and Windows Server “8” Beta. Customers should use this CTP for their evaluations of Windows Server “8” beta, and to provide Microsoft with feedback on both products. The CTP includes updates to the Virtual Machine Manager and Data Protection Manager components of System Center 2012.

Feature Bullet Summary: This CTP includes updates to the Virtual Machine Manager and Data Protection Manager components in support of new capabilities in Windows Server “8” Beta:

The CTP enables the Virtual Machine Manager component’s management server to run on Windows Server “8” as well as managing virtual machines (VMs) hosted on Windows Server “8”. The CTP also enables management of new Windows Server “8” features in Virtual Machine Manager:

  • Creation of Hyper-V Virtual Networks using Hyper-V Network Virtualization
  • Creation of virtual machines using the VHDx format
  • SMB 2.2 file servers as storage for virtual machines in a clustered and non-clustered environment
  • Live migration and live storage migration

The CTP enables the Data Protection Manager component’s repository and agents to run on Windows Server ‘8” as well as providing protection in Windows Server “8” environments. The CTP also adds protection for new features in Windows Server “8”:

  • Hyper-V Virtual Machines on Cluster Shared Volumes 2.0 (CSV2.0)
  • Hyper-V Virtual Machines on remote SMB share
  • Files on De-Duplicated Volumes

Download Updates to System Center 2012 allowing for joint evaluation of System Center 2012 and Windows Server“8” Beta

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#Microsoft Windows Server 8 Beta download and More…….. #Windows8 #VDC


The next release of Windows Server, Windows Server “8”, offers businesses and hosting providers a scalable, dynamic, and multitenant-aware, cloud-optimized infrastructure. It securely connects across premises and allows IT Professionals to respond to business needs faster and more efficiently. Windows Server:

  • Takes you beyond virtualization
  • Delivers the power of many servers with the simplicity of one
  • Opens the door to every app on any cloud
  • Enables the modern workstyle

Here you can download Windows 8 Server Beta ISO 64Bits and the VHD file

Understand and Troubleshoot Virtualized Domain Controller (VDC) in Windows Server “8” Beta :


Windows Server “8” Beta introduces the first specific virtualization capabilities to Active Directory Domain Services. Virtualized Domain Controller (VDC) takes lessons learned from twelve years of virtualizing Active Directory and makes a more supportable, more flexible, more intuitive administrative experience for architects and administrators.

Download the Whitepaper on VDC here