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Update Rollup 4 for System Center 2012 R2 #sysctr #SCVMM #WAPack

RollUpdate 4
Link to Update Rollup 4 for System Center 2012 R2

RollUpdate 4 VMM

Link to Update Rollup 4 for System Center 2012 R2 VMM

RollUpdate 4 DPM

Link to Update rollup 4 for System Center 2012 R2 DPM

RollUpdate 4 SCOM

Link to Update Rollup 4 for System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager

RollUpdate 4 ServiceManager

Link to Update Rollup 4 for System Center 2012 R2 Service Manager

RollUpdate 4 SPF

Link to Update Rollup 4 for System Center 2012 R2 SPF

RollUpdate 4 WAPack

Link to Update Rollup 4 for Windows Azure Pack

RollUpdate 4 WAPack Websites

Link to Update Rollup for WAPack Websites

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Cloud computing is happening. It is being driven by the exponential growth in modern applications, data and devices. These trends require organizations to quickly scale and deliver continuous services. Simultaneously, innovation is happening across storage, network and compute technologies. With these new requirements and innovations, IT is under pressure to deliver capacity on demand, whether for short-term projects or longer-term initiatives. At the same time, organizations have higher expectations for service levels – services must be always up, always on, with no planned or unplanned downtime. To meet these challenges, a new modern platform is required. In the era of cloud computing, Microsoft delivers this with the Cloud OS. The Cloud OS takes on a broader role than just managing a server. Microsoft’s vision for the Cloud OS is focused on the transformation of the datacenter, enabling modern applications, unlocking insights on any data and empowering people-centric IT.

The Cloud OS requires a comprehensive execution of vision crossing a wide range of enterprise technologies, including Microsoft Azure, SQL Server, System Center and Windows Server.

Fundamental to the modern datacenter, is the ability to build private cloud infrastructures and quickly scale within the datacenter as well as agile and secure consumption of Windows Azure and service provider cloud capacity.

With Microsoft Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server you can transform your datacenter in private Cloud computing. To see and learn more about WAPack you can run Virtual LABS Online here


Windows Azure Pack VirtualLABS Online

Here you can read more about building Microsoft Clouds yourself

Here you find the Microsoft Whitepaper Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server 2012 R2 Guide

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ExpertsLive 2014 Event of the Year ! #sysctr #Hyperv #Azure #Winserv #Powershell #Office365

Het programma

Experts Live 2014 biedt een zeer gevarieerd programma met meer dan 40 technisch sessies gedurende de hele dag! Om ervoor te zorgen dat alle bezoekers profiteren van inhoudelijk interessante sessies is het programma onderverdeeld in 7 parallelle tracks met 7 verschillende thema’s; Windows, System Center, Hyper-V, Azure, PowerShell, SQL server en Office365. Inschrijven per sessie is niet nodig, bezoekers kunnen zelf beslissen welke sessie wanneer te volgen – met uitzondering van de keynote.

Het programma van ExpertsLive 2014 kunt u hier vinden

Met Top sprekers en MVP’s die voor u zullen presenteren en vragen kunnen beantwoorden.

ExpertsLive 2014

Schrijf je nu snel in want 18 november 2014 begint het ExpertsLive 2014 Event door en voor de Community !

U kunt zich hier aanmelden 

Het wordt een evenement om niet meer te vergeten, ik heb er zin in 🙂

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Introducing the Microsoft Cloud Platform System #HybridCloud #sysctr #Azure #WAPack #SCVMM

Video introducing the Microsoft Cloud Platform System.

Cloud-OSMore Microsoft News here

CPS Design

Unveiling The Microsoft Cloud Platform System, powered by Dell

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#Microsoft System Center Technical Preview VHD’s Available for Download #sysctr #SCVMM #Hyperv #Azure

Sysctr Technical Preview VHDsYou can download the Microsoft System Center Technical Preview VHD’s here :

System Center Technical Preview Virtual Machine Manager – Evaluation (VHD)

System Center Technical Preview Data Protection Manager – Evaluation (VHD)

System Center Technical Preview Operations Manager – Evaluation (VHD)

System Center Technical Preview Orchestrator – Evaluation (VHD)

System Center Technical Preview Service Manager – Evaluation (VHD)

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UPDATE: Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.0 Available #Hyperv #Azure #SCVMM #MVMC

MVMC 1Select your Migration destination.


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.
  • convert physical machines and disks to Hyper-V

This guide is intended for the enterprise customer in an IT role, such as the IT decision maker (ITDM), IT pro, or IT implementer. It provides an overview of MVMC features and functionality, as well as information about how to install and use MVMC as a conversion solution.


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

MVMC 3.0 release of MVMC includes the following new features:

  • Online conversion of physical machines to virtual hard disks (VHDs) that can be uploaded to Hyper-V hosts

Key MVMC Features

In addition to the new feature above, MVMC provides the following functionality:

  • 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 5.1, 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.
  • 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.(Does not apply to physical machine conversions.)
  • Supports Windows Server 2008 through Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows Vista through Windows 8 as guest operating systems that you can select for conversion, along with an umber of Linux distributions. See the section “Supported Configurations for Virtual Machine Conversion” for more detail.
  • 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.

And ofcourse there are Powershell CMDlets to do conversions and handy for automation.
This script is a representative sample of the entire flow to perform a physical to virtual machine conversion:

 ## Create the credentials
$user = ‘User Name’
$pass = convertto-securestring ‘Password’ -asplaintext -force
$cred = new-object pscredential ($user, $pass)

## Import the module

Import-Module “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter\MvmcCmdlet.psd1”

$SourceMachine = ‘SourceMachineName’

## Get system information and logical drives
$conn = new-mvmcp2vsourceconnection -physicalserver $SourceMachine -sourcecredential $cred
$sys = Get-MvmcP2VSourceSystemInformation -P2VSourceConnection $conn
$lcs = $sys.LogicalDrives
$lcs | ft driveletter
$nads = $sys.NetworkAdapters

## Create the P2V target VM configuration
$p2vparam = New-MvmcP2VRequestParam
$p2vparam.CpuCount = 1 ##Number of PRocessors on the destination VM
$p2vparam.StartupMemoryInMB = 512 ##Memory for the destination VM
$p2vparam.UseDynamicMemory = $false ##Memory Static or Dynamic
$p2vparam.SelectedNetworkAdapters.add($nads[0], “External”) ##VSwitch Name on the HyperV Host
$HyperVHostName = ‘DestinationHostName’
$HyperVHostUser = ‘DestinationUserName’
$HyperVHostPass = convertto-securestring ‘DestinationPassword’ -asplaintext -force
$HyperVHostCred = new-object pscredential ($HyperVHostUser, $HyperVHostPass)
$hvconn = New-MVMCHyperVHostConnection -HyperVServer $HyperVHostName -HostCredential $HyperVHostCred
$DestinationPath = ‘FinalPath’ #THis can be a local path (c:\VMPath), if the converter and host are the same machine, else only a share path (\\Server\Share)
$TempWorkingFolder = ‘Temp Path’ #this path is used for disk fixups, and must be a local path (c:\temp)
$VMName = ‘VM Name’

## P2V conversion

ConvertTo-MvmcP2V -SourceMachineConnection $conn -DestinationLiteralPath $DestinationPath -DestinationHyperVHostConnection $hvconn -TempWorkingFolder $TempWorkingFolder -VmName $VMName -P2VRequestParam $p2vparam -Verbose -Debug

Here you can download the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.0 and all documentation with the Powershell commands guide included.

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#Microsoft Virtual Academy Free E-books Site #MVA #sysctr #Hyperv #Azure #SQL #Winserv #Education

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  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V
  • System Center 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Azure
  • App Development in the Microsoft Azure Cloud
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014
  • Windows 8.1
  • and More……….

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