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Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager RU6 Available #SCVMM #Azure #HybridCloud #Hyperv

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Today I’m very happy that Microsoft Released System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager Roll Update 6 via WindowsUpdate :



When you installed update Rollup 6 you can add your Microsoft Azure Subscription to manage VM’s in the Cloud.

Click on Azure subscriptions


Click on add subscription

Add Azure sub

Creating a Certificate

The first thing the Windows Azure administrator (private key holder) needs to do is use their local machine to create a certificate. In order to do this they will need Visual Studio installed or the SDK Windows 8.1. The technique that I usually use to create a private/public key pair is with a program called makecert.exe.

Here are the steps to create a self-signed certificate in .pfx format.
1.Open a Visual Studio command prompt (Run as administrator) or just CMD.exe (Run as Administrator)
2.Execute this command:
makecert -r -pe -n “CN=azureconfig” -sky exchange “azureconfig.cer” -sv “azureconfig.pvk”


This is what you need to make the Certificate.

3. You will be prompted for a password to secure the private key three times. Enter a password of your choice.

Cer password

4.This will generate an azureconfig.cer (the public key certificate) and an azureconfig.pvk (the private key file) file.
5.Then enter the following command to create the .pfx file (this format is used to import the private key to Windows Azure). After the –pi switch, enter the password you chose.

pvk2pfx -pvk “azureconfig.pvk” -spc “azureconfig.cer” -pfx “azureconfig.pfx” -pi password-entered-in-previous-step

6. Upload the certificate to Azure via Settings => Management Certificate

Upload cer
7. Install the PFX locally

Install pfx

You are now ready to setup the Microsoft Azure subscription in SCVMM.


Here you can see what you can do with the Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines in the Cloud with System Center 2012 R2 VMM RU6 :

SCVMM Azure Features

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Set up protection between on-premises #VMware virtual machines or physical servers and #Azure #HybridCloud


Azure Site Recovery contributes to your business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) strategy by orchestrating replication, failover and recovery of virtual machines and physical servers. Read about possible deployment scenarios in the Azure Site Recovery overview.

This walkthrough describes how to deploy Site Recovery to:

  • Protect on-premises VMware virtual machines to Azure
  • Protect on-premises physical Windows and Linux servers to Azure

Business advantages include:

  • Protection of physical Windows or Linux servers.
  • Simple replication, failover, and recovery using the Azure Site Recovery portal.
  • Data replication over the Internet, a site-to-site VPN connection, or over Azure ExpressRoute.
  • Failback (restore) from Azure to an on-premises VMware infrastructure.
  • Simplified discovery of VMware virtual machines.
  • Multi VM consistency so that virtual machines and physical servers running specific workloads can be recovered together to a consistent data point.
  • Recovery plans for simplified failover and recovery of workloads tiered over multiple machines.

Deployment components

  • On-premises machines—Your on-premises site has machines that you want to protect. These are either virtual machines running on a VMware hypervisor, or physical servers running Windows or Linux.
  • On-premises process server—Protected machines send replication data to the on-premises process server. The process server performs a number of actions on that data. It optimizes it before sending it on to the master target server in Azure. It has a disk-based cache to cache replication data that it receives. It also handles push installation of the Mobility Service which must be installed on each virtual machine or physical server you want to protect, and performs automatic discovery of VMware vCenter servers. The process server is a virtual or physical server running Windows Server 2012 R2. We recommend it’s placed on the same network and LAN segment as the machines that you want to protect, but it can run on a different network as long as protected machines have L3 network visibility to it. During deploy you’ll set up the process server and register it to the configuration server.
  • Azure Site Recovery vault—The vault coordinates and orchestrates data replica, failover, and recovery between your on-premises site and Azure.
  • Azure configuration server—The configuration server coordinates communication between protected machines, the process server, and master target servers in Azure. It sets up replication and coordinates recovery in Azure when failover occurs. The configuration server runs on an Azure Standard A3 virtual machine in your Azure subscription. During deployment you’ll set up the server and register it to the Azure Site Recovery vault.
  • Master target server—The master target server in Azure holds replicated data from your protected machines using attached VHDs created on blob storage in your Azure storage account. You deploy it as an Azure virtual machine as a Windows server based on a Windows Server 2012 R2 gallery image (to protect Windows machines) or as a Linux server based on a OpenLogic CentOS 6.6 gallery image (to protect Linux machines). Two sizing options are available – standard A3 and standard D14. The server is connected to the same Azure network as the configuration server. During deployment you’ll create the server and register it to the configuration server.
  • Mobility service—You install the Mobility service on each VMware virtual machine or Windows/Linux physical server that you want to protect. The service sends replication data to the process server, which in turn sends it to the master target server in Azure. The process server can automatically install the Mobility service on protected machines, or you can deploy the service manually using your internal software deployment process.
  • Data communication and replication channel—There are a couple of options. Note that neither option requires you to open any inbound network ports on protected machines. All network communication is initiated from the on-premises site.
    • Over the Internet—Communicates and replicates data from protected on-premises servers and Azure over a secure public internet connection. This is the default option.
    • VPN/ExpressRoute—Communicates and replicates data between on-premises servers and Azure over a VPN connection. You’ll need to set up a site-to-site VPN or an ExpressRoute connection between the on-premises site and your Azure network.

Here you find the Microsoft Step-by-Step blogpost to Set up protection between on-premises VMware virtual machines or physical servers and Azure

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#Microsoft Azure IaaS VM management and more in VMM UR6! #SCVMM #sysctr #Azure

SCVMM 2012R2 RU6

Matt meets with Jonobie Ford, Senior Program Manager on the Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) team, to discuss a number of key capabilities coming to VMM with Update Rollup 6 (UR6), specifically focusing on 2 highly requested features.  The first is Azure IaaS virtual machine management from within the VMM console! The second is support in VMM Service Templates, for Generation 2 Hyper-V virtual machines! If you’re currently using VMM, and you’re also using, or thinking about using Azure IaaS virtual machines, UR6 should be very interesting to you!

Watch the Microsoft Edge Show here

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Download the detailed Microsoft #Azure Handbook #Cloud

Microsoft Azure Handbook

This Microsoft Azure handbook provides a detailed guide for Microsoft customers & partners to get a jumpstart on Azure.
You can download the Microsoft Azure Handbook here

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Watch #Microsoft Ignite Keynote Technology Event Live ! #Azure #sysctr #Hyperv #HybridCloud

Ignite Live

Watch the Ignite keynote live from Chicago! Tune in early at 8:30AM CDT on May 4, 2015 to catch the pre-show. Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, will take the stage at 9:00AM CDT to outline Microsoft’s company strategy and how we are working hard to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Check out our other keynote speakers too. Challenge what you know, reveal new opportunities, spark innovation, and see where technology is headed at the largest and most comprehensive Microsoft technology event !

Here you can watch the keynote Live

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By @markrussinovich : #Microsoft Azure Premium Storage, now generally available #Cloud #Azure

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 CTO, Microsoft Azure :

With the introduction of Premium Storage, Microsoft Azure now offers two types of durable storage: Premium Storage and Standard Storage. Premium Storage stores data on the latest technology Solid State Drives (SSDs) whereas Standard Storage stores data on Hard Disk Drives (HDDs). Premium Storage is designed for Azure Virtual Machine workloads which require consistent high IO performance and low latency in order to host IO intensive workloads like OLTP, Big Data, and Data Warehousing on platforms like SQL Server, MongoDB, Cassandra, and others. With Premium Storage, more customers will be able to lift-and-shift demanding enterprise applications to the cloud.

Premium Storage is currently available for Page Blobs and Data Disks used by Azure Virtual Machines. You can provision a Premium Storage Data Disk with the right performance characteristics to meet your requirements. You can attach multiple disks to a VM and enable up to 32 TB of storage per VM with more than 64,000 IOPS per VM at low-millisecond latency for read operations.

Here you can see the Microsoft Blogpost and video of Mark Russinovich

You can follow Mark Russinovich :

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