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#Microsoft Private #Cloud Fast Track Reference Operations Guide #sysctr #WindowsAzure #SCVMM

Solution Overview

The Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track Reference Architecture Guide details two distinct management design patterns. Pattern one uses a dedicated host cluster for the fabric management systems and has each Microsoft System Center 2012 component configured for high availability and for scalability. This is the recommended pattern. Design pattern two involves running the fabric management virtual machines on the fabric itself. Either pattern will result in a fully integrated private cloud utilizing Hyper-V and System Center 2012 as depicted below.

This document provides guidance to operate a Private Cloud Fast Track solution after it is installed.

management infrastructure: Pattern one

management infrastructure: Pattern two

Download the Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track Reference Operations Guide here

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Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter available #SCVMM #Hyperv #VMWare #WS2012

What’s New

The Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC) Release Candidate is now available!

Click here to download the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter Release Candidate if you have already joined the MVMC Connect program. To join the program, click here.

See the “Download the Release Candidate” section on this page for information about getting started.

New in the Release Candidate

In addition to the capabilities that were delivered as part of the beta release, the MVMC Release Candidate:

  • Converts and deploys virtual machines from VMware hosts to Hyper-V hosts running:
    • Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate.
    • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 Release Candidate.
  • Adds virtual network interface cards (NICs) to the converted virtual machine on Hyper-V.
  • Configures dynamic memory on the converted virtual machine.
  • Supports migration of virtual machines that are hosted on a vSphere cluster.
  • Supports migration of virtual machines to a Hyper-V host that is part of a failover cluster.
  • Enables Microsoft partners to cobrand the tool so that it incorporates their logos.

About This Solution Accelerator

The Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter provides a Microsoft-supported, freely available, stand-alone solution for converting VMware virtual machines and disks to Hyper-V-based virtual machines and virtual hard drives (VHDs). This tool simplifies low-cost, point-and-click migration of Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2003 SP2/R2 SP2 guest operating systems from VMware to Hyper-V. The tool can now convert and deploy virtual machines from VMware to Hyper-V on Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate. The tool also adds virtual NICs to the deployed virtual machine on Hyper-V.

In More Detail

The Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter:

  • Provides a quick, low-risk option for VMware customers to evaluate Hyper-V.
  • Converts VMware virtual machines to Hyper-V virtual machines: The VM Conversion will convert VMware-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.
  • 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 VMware 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.
  • Supports offline conversions of VMware-based virtual hard disks (VMDK) to a Hyper-V-based virtual hard disk file format (.vhd file)
  • Includes a fully scriptable command-line interfaces (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.

This stand-alone tool has a low footprint, is easy to install, and is supported by Microsoft.

Related Resources

Download the Release Candidate

The Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter is available as a release candidate on the Connect website. It is an open download.

To download the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter Release Candidate, do the following:

  1. Visit the Microsoft Connect website at
  2. Sign in using a valid Windows Live ID to continue to the Invitations page.
  3. Scroll down to Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter.

If you have not previously registered with Microsoft Connect, you might be required to register before continuing with the invitation process.

If the link in step 1 does not work for you, copy the link and paste it into the web browser address bar.

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#Microsoft System Center 2012 Integration Guide – Virtual Machine Manager on Technet WiKi #SCVMM

System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) is a management solution for the virtualized datacenter.  It enables you to configure and manage your virtualization host, networking, and storage resources in order to create and deploy virtual machines and services to private clouds.The following diagram shows the different technologies for integrating with System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager from other software, hardware, and System Center components.  Each of these technologies is discussed in the following sections.

Go to Technet Wiki for this great article made by Brian Wren (MSFT) about System Center 2012 Integration  – Virtual Machine Manager

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#Microsoft IT AS A Service is comming up with #WindowsAzure + #WS2012 + #Hyperv + #sysctr 2012

New capabilities with the Hyper-V Extensible Switch

The Hyper-V Extensible Switch in Windows Server 2012 RC introduces a number of new and enhanced capabilities for tenant isolation, traffic shaping, protection against malicious virtual machines, and hassle-free troubleshooting. The Extensible Switch allows third parties to develop plug-in extensions to emulate the full capabilities of hardware-based switches and support more complex virtual environments and solutions.

The Hyper-V Extensible Switch is a layer-2 virtual network switch that provides programmatically managed and extensible capabilities to connect virtual machines to the physical network. The Extensible Switch provides policy enforcement for security, isolation, and service levels. With built-in support for Network Device Interface Specification (NDIS) filter drivers and Windows Filtering Platform (WFP) callout drivers, it also allows for third-party extensible plug-ins that can provide enhanced networking and security capabilities.

The Hyper-V Virtual Switch Manager displays the extensions enabled for each virtual switch.

It is now easier for organizations to connect virtual machines to physical networks, and third parties can add virtual networking features and integrate the Hyper-V Extensible Switch into their hardware.

Multi-tenant security and isolation using the Hyper-V Extensible Switch

As virtualized data centers become more popular and practical, IT organizations and hosting providers have begun offering more flexible, virtualized infrastructures to customers. This new class of service, sometimes known as “server instances on demand,” is also called infrastructure as a service (IaaS). Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 RC provides the platform capabilities needed for enterprises to create private clouds and transition to an IaaS environment. It also helps hosting providers build public clouds and offer IaaS solutions to their customers.

To enhance a more stable, safer computing environment for private clouds and IaaS environments, Windows Server 2012 RC contains new security and isolation capabilities that use the Hyper-V Extensible Switch. The Extensible Switch provides policy-based, software-controlled support for isolating multiple tenants while providing improved security.

Top benefits

The Hyper-V Extensible Switch helps organizations isolate multiple tenants and maintain security. The Extensible Switch also helps administrators to accommodate more tenants on the same infrastructure—and to provide access to this environment from their customers’ data centers. It helps large enterprises and hosting providers achieve the economies of scale required to reduce their cost structure. Hosting providers can also achieve the necessary revenue per customer or service by using the Hyper-V Extensible Switch.

Create extensible ‘Infrastructure as a Service’ offerings for Windows Server and Linux Virtual Machines. Leverage the power of System Center and Windows Server to easily create an Infrastructure as a Service solution for customers to provision and manage Windows Server and Linux VMs. This flexible multi-tenant solution puts Hosting Service Providers’ customers in control of how they grow their datacenter resources while lowering support costs.

Getting started yourself with Infrastructure as a Service from here

Hyper-V Network Virtualization lets you run multiple virtual networks on a single physical network. Each virtual network believes it is running on its own physical infrastructure.

The New Hyper-V Features include :

  • Ability of customers to keep internal IP addresses while moving workloads onto a shared IaaS cloud.
  • Flexible placement of workloads, which keep their IP addresses while being migrated or placed anywhere in the data center.
  •  Simplified migration and placement of server workloads, which are no longer dependent on underlying physical network
  • Tenant isolation that is enforced through software policies instead of through VLANs.
  • Increased flexibility of virtual machine workload placement, which simplifies network management and improves server and network resource usage.
  • Compatibility with existing infrastructure and emerging technologies, which allows Hyper-V network virtualization to be deployed in current data centers while remaining a viable option for emerging data center technologies.
  • Use of Windows PowerShell command-line interface or WMI to script and automate administrative tasks.

When you think of Sharepoint Online, Microsoft System Center 2012 products and Windows Azure, IT AS A SERVICE is comming up realy fast.



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Microsoft Endpoint Protection for #WindowsAzure Customer Technology Preview #sysctr


Before you get started, you should already have a Windows Azure account configured and have an understanding of how to deploy your service in the Windows Azure environment. You will also need Microsoft Visual Studio 2010. If you have Visual Studio 2010, the Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio, and have written and deployed Windows Azure services, you’re ready to go.

If not, do the following:

  1. Sign up for a Windows Azure account
  2. Install Visual Studio 2010
  3. Install Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio

Download Microsoft Endpoint Protection for Windows Azure here

System Center Monitoring Pack for Windows Azure Applications


The Windows Azure Monitoring Management Pack enables you to monitor the availability and performance of applications that are running on Windows Azure.
Feature SummaryAfter configuration, the Windows Azure Monitoring Management Pack offers the following functionality:

  • Discovers Windows Azure applications.
  • Provides status of each role instance.
  • Collects and monitors performance information.
  • Collects and monitors Windows events.
  • Collects and monitors the .NET Framework trace messages from each role instance.
  • Grooms performance, event, and the .NET Framework trace data from Windows Azure storage account.
  • Changes the number of role instances via a task.