mountainss Cloud and Datacenter Management Blog

Microsoft SystemCenter blogsite about virtualization on-premises and Cloud


Leave a comment

UPDATED #Microsoft Azure Resource Manager overview #Cloud #HybridCloud #Azure #Automation

Azure Resource Templates

The infrastructure for your application is typically made up of many components – maybe a virtual machine, storage account, and virtual network, or a web app, database, database server, and 3rd party services. You do not see these components as separate entities, instead you see them as related and interdependent parts of a single entity. You want to deploy, manage, and monitor them as a group. Azure Resource Manager enables you to work with the resources in your solution as a group. You can deploy, update or delete all of the resources for your solution in a single, coordinated operation. You use a template for deployment and that template can work for different environments such as testing, staging and production. Resource Manager provides security, auditing, and tagging features to help you manage your resources after deployment.

The benefits of using Resource Manager

Resource Manager provides several benefits:

  • You can deploy, manage, and monitor all of the resources for your solution as a group, rather than handling these resources individually.
  • You can repeatedly deploy your solution throughout the development lifecycle and have confidence your resources are deployed in a consistent state.
  • You can use declarative templates to define your deployment.
  • You can define the dependencies between resources so they are deployed in the correct order.
  • You can apply access control to all services in your resource group because Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) is natively integrated into the management platform.
  • You can apply tags to resources to logically organize all of the resources in your subscription.
  • You can clarify billing for your organization by viewing the rolled-up costs for the entire group or for a group of resources sharing the same tag.

Resource Manager provides a new way to deploy and manage your solutions. If you used the earlier deployment model and want to learn about the changes, see Understanding Resource Manager deployment and classic deployment.

Microsoft Azure Resource ManagerHere you can find  Up-to-Date Microsoft Azure Resource Manager Overview Documentation to make your Live Easy 😉

Advertisements


Leave a comment

Update Rollup 8 for System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager #Sysctr #SCVMM

system-center-2012-r2-logo-new

Introduction

This article describes the issues that are fixed in Update Rollup 8 (UR8) for Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager. There are two updates available for System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager: one for servers and one for the Administrator Console. This article also contains the installation instructions for Update Rollup 8 for System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager.

Features that are added in this update rollup

  • Support for SQL Server 2014 SP1 as VMM database
    With Update Rollup 8 for SC VMM 2012 R2 you can now have Microsoft SQL Server 2014 SP1 as the VMM database. This support does not include deploying service templates by using the SQL profile type as SQL Server 2014 SP1. For the latest information about SQL Server requirements for System Center 2012 R2, see the reference here.
  • Support for VMWare vCenter 6.0 management scenarios
    With Update Rollup 7, we announced support for management scenarios for vCenter 5.5. Building on our roadmap for vCenter and VMM integration and supportability, we are now excited to announce support for VMWare vCenter 6.0 in Update Rollup 8. For a complete list of supported scenarios, click here.
  • Ability to set quotas for external IP addresses
    With Update Rollup 7, we announced support for multiple external IP addresses per virtual network, but the story was incomplete, as there was no option to set quotas on the number of NAT connections. With UR8, we are glad to announce end-to-end support for this functionality, as you can now set quotas on the number of external IP addresses allowed per user role. You can also manage this by using Windows Azure Pack (WAP).

Issues that are fixed in this update rollup

  • Issue 1
    Creation of Generation 2 VMs fails with the following error:

    Error (13206)
    Virtual Machine Manager cannot locate the boot or system volume on virtual machine <VM name>. The resulting virtual machine might not start or operate properly.
  • Issue 2
    VMM does not let you set the owner of a hardware profile with an owner name that contains the “$” symbol.
  • Issue 3
    HA VMs with VLAN configured on the network sites of a logical network cannot be migrated from one host to another. The following error is thrown when you try to migrate the VM:

    Error (26857)
    The VLAN ID (xxx) is not valid because the VM network (xxx) does not include the VLAN ID in a network site accessible by the host.
  • Issue 4
    The changes that are made by a tenant administrator (with deploy permissions to a cloud) to the Memory and CPU settings of a VM in the cloud through VMM Console do not stick. To work around this issue, change these settings by using PowerShell.
  • Issue 5
    When a VM is deployed and put on an SMB3 file share that’s hosted on NetApp filer 8.2.3 or later, the VM deployment process leaves a stale session open per VM deployed to the share. When many VMs are deployed by using this process, VM deployment starts to fail as the max limit of the allowed SMB session on the NetApp filer is reached.
  • Issue 6
    VMM hangs because of SQL Server performance issues when you perform VMM day-to-day operations. This issue occurs because of stale entries in the tbl_PCMT_PerfHistory_Raw table. With UR8, new stale entries are not created in the tbl_PCMT_PerfHistory_Raw table. However, the entries that existed before installation of UR8 will continue to exist. To delete the existing stale entries from the SQL Server tables, use the following SQL script:

    DELETE FROM tbl_PCMT_PerfHistory_Raw where TieredPerfCounterID NOT IN (SELECT DISTINCT tieredPerfCounterID FROM dbo.tbl_PCMT_TieredPerfCounter);

    DELETE FROM tbl_PCMT_PerfHistory_Hourly where TieredPerfCounterID NOT IN (SELECT DISTINCT tieredPerfCounterID FROM dbo.tbl_PCMT_TieredPerfCounter);

    DELETE FROM tbl_PCMT_PerfHistory_Daily where TieredPerfCounterID NOT IN (SELECT DISTINCT tieredPerfCounterID FROM dbo.tbl_PCMT_TieredPerfCounter);

  • Issue 7In a deployment with virtualized Fiber Channel adapters, VMM does not update the SMI-S storage provider, and it throws the following exception:
    Name : Reads Storage Provider
    Description : Reads Storage Provider
    Progress : 0 %
    Status : Failed
    CmdletName : Read-SCStorageProvider
    ErrorInfo : FailedtoAcquireLock (2606)This occurs because VMM first obtains the Write lock for an object and then later tries to obtain the Delete lock for the same object.
  • Issue 8
    For VMs with VHDs that are put on a Scale out File Server (SOFS) over SMB, the Disk Read Speed VM performance counter incorrectly displays zero in the VMM Admin Console. This prevents an enterprise from monitoring its top IOPS consumers.
  • Issue 9
    Dynamic Optimization fails, leaks a transaction, and prevents other jobs from executing. It is blocked on the SQL Server computer until SCVMM is recycled or the offending SPID in SQL is killed.
  • Issue 10
    V2V conversion fails when you try to migrate VMs from ESX host to Hyper-V host if the hard disk size of the VM on the ESX host is very large. The following mentioned error is thrown:

    Error (2901)
    The operation did not complete successfully because of a parameter or call sequence that is not valid. (The parameter is incorrect (0x80070057))
  • Issue 11
    Live migration of VMs in an HNV network takes longer than expected. You may also find pings to the migrating VM are lost. This is because during the live migration, the WNV Policy table is transferred (instead of only delta). Therefore, if the WNV Policy table is too long, the transfer is delayed and may cause VMs to lose connectivity on the new host.
  • Issue 12
    VMM obtains a wrong MAC address while generating the HNV policy in the deployments where F5 Load Balancers are used.
  • Issue 13
    For IBM SVC devices, enabling replication fails in VMM because there is a limitation in SVC in which the name of the consistency group should start with an alphabetical character (error code: 36900). This issue occurs because while enabling replication, VMM generates random strings for naming the “consistency groups” and “relationship” between the source and the target, and these contain alphanumeric characters. Therefore, the first character that’s generated by VMM may be a number, and this breaks the requirement by IBM SVC.
  • Issue 14
    In Update Rollup 6, we included a change that lets customers have a static MAC address even if the network adapter is not connected. This fix did not cover all scenarios correctly, and it triggers an exception when there’s a template with a connected network adapter, and then you later try to edit the static address in order to disconnect the network adapter.
  • Issue 15
    Post Update Rollup 6, as soon as a host goes into legacy mode, it does not come back to eventing for 20 days. Therefore, the VM properties are not refreshed, and no events are received from HyperV for 20 days.This issue occurs because of a change that’s included in UR6 that set the expiry as 20 days for both eventing mode and legacy mode. The legacy refresher, which should ideally run after 2 minutes, now runs after 20 days; and until then, eventing is disabled.Workaround:
    To work around this issue, manually run the legacy refresher by refreshing VM properties.
  • Issue 16
    Post-UR7, deleting a virtual network does not correctly clean up the cluster resources for the Network Virtualization Gateway. This causes the cluster role (cluster group) to go into a failed state when a failover of the HNV gateway cluster role occurs. This causes a failure status on the gateway

You can download RollUpdate 8 for System Center 2012 R2 VMM here

Here you can download RollUpdate 8 for System Center 2012 R2 Suite


Leave a comment

The Microsoft #Cloud Platform Community Pages Overview #Sysctr #Azure #Hyperv #Winserv #SQL #Intune #Linux

MSFT Community pages 1MSFT Community pages 2MSFT Community pages 3MSFT Community pages 4MSFT Community pages 5MSFT Community pages 6MSFT Community pages

Here you go to the Microsoft Cloud Platform Community Pages


Leave a comment

Complete #Microsoft Azure Cloud Services Overview #Azure #Cloud #HybridCloud

Microsoft Azure opensource banner

Any developer or IT professional can be productive with Azure. The integrated tools, pre-built templates and managed services make it easier to build and manage enterprise, mobile, Web and Internet of Things (IoT) apps faster, using skills you already have and technologies you already know. Microsoft is also the only vendor positioned as a Leader across Gartner’s Magic Quadrants for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Application Platform as a Service, and Cloud Storage Services for the second consecutive year.

Read Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, for Cloud Storage Services and for Enterprise Application Platform as a Service.

Here you will see an Overview of all the possibilities with Microsoft Azure Services for Hybrid and Cloud solutions :

Azure Portal 01

Try Microsoft Azure for Free

Let’s start with all the possibilities with Compute from the Microsoft Azure Cloud :

Azure Portal Compute 01

Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines

You got a lot of choice in Azure what kind of Operating System you want to choose for your Virtual Machine in the Cloud :

Like all kind of Linux Machines :

Linux in Azure

Linux VM’s

Microsoft VM

Microsoft VM’s or choose your Own uploaded images

There is also an OpenSource VM Depot available.

Here you can find an Overview of Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine in the Cloud

 Web and Mobile newWeb and Mobile Services

In today’s world it is all about mobility and Applications. On your work, at School, at Home, and even when you do Sport like biking or running. I think that’s why
Microsoft makes One Platform Windows 10 to get the best experience with Applications on every Device.
Making your own websites is really Easy with Microsoft Azure and is Cool to work with.

Azure Web Mobile 01

Web Apps with SQL or MySQL Databases

Azure Web Mobile 04

PHP,CMS,Blog,Marketing Web Apps are possible

Here you can find more documentation about Azure App Service

App Services

Here you can find more documentation about Azure Web Apps

Here you can find more documentation about Azure Mobile Apps

Here you can find more documentation about Azure Logic Apps

To run all those Web Apps in the Cloud you need Storage and capacity to store your data save in the Cloud with high security policies.
Microsoft Azure has all kind of diffenrent Storage in the Cloud for your data.

Data and Storage

Microsoft Azure Data and Storage

Learn about Azure Storage, and how to create applications using Azure blobs, tables, queues, and files :

Microsoft Azure Storage Documentation

Learn how to use this fully-managed, scalable, NoSQL document database service :

DocumentDBDocumentDB

Microsoft Azure DocumentDB Documentation

Learn how to configure, monitor, and scale your SQL databases in Azure. Documentation, tutorials and more :

Microsoft Azure SQL documentation

High throughput, consistent low-latency data access to build fast, scalable applications :

Microsoft Azure Redis Cache Documentation

Learn how to use StorSimple for primary storage, backups, archive, and disaster recovery :

Microsoft Azure StorSimple Documentation

Search-as-a-service for web and mobile app development :

Microsoft Azure Search Documentation

Learn how to use this fully-managed, scalable, data warehouse service :

Microsoft Azure SQL Data Warehousing documentation

Of course when you have a lot of data, you like to analyze it for the business and make good Reports or Dashboard to
make the right decisions. Microsoft Azure Cloud Services has Data and Analytics :

Data and Analytics

Microsoft Azure Data and Analytics

Learn to create Hadoop clusters, process big data, develop solutions using streaming or historical data, and analyze the results :

Microsoft Azure HDInsight Documentation

Learn how data scientists and developers can embed predictive analytics into applications :

Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Documentation

Learn how to run real-time data analytics and event processing :

Microsoft Azure Stream Analytics Documentation

Learn how to compose data storage, movement, and processing services into streamlined data pipelines :

Microsoft Azure Data Factory Documentation

Learn how to receive telemetry from millions of devices :

Microsoft Events Hub Documentation

Learn how to enable reliable and secure bi-directional communications between millions of IoT devices and applications:

Microsoft Azure Internet of Things (IoT) Hub Documentation

A Hot item is Internet of Things or IoT, connect devices, machines, just things because it’s possible to get data or BIGDATA to work with.

IoT

Microsoft Azure Internet of Things

Get Connected with your Device and read here all the information you need about Internet of Things

To get connected with Microsoft Azure we have Software Defined Networking (SDN) in the Cloud to make your Infrastructure work.

Networking

Microsoft Azure Networking

Learn how to configure and monitor virtual networks in Azure :

Microsoft Azure Virtual Networks Documentation

Learn how ExpressRoute creates private connections between your infrastructure and Azure datacenters :

expressroute-basic

Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute

Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute Documentation

Learn how Traffic Manager distributes user traffic to hosted services within or across data centers :

Microsoft Azure Traffic Manager Documentation

Learn about Azure Load Balancing :

Microsoft Azure Load Balancer Documentation

Learn to configure DNS zones and records :

Microsoft Azure DNS Documentation

Learn about secure cross-premises connectivity between Azure and your infrastructure :

Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway Documentation

Learn to create an Application Gateway :

Microsoft Azure Application Gateway Documentation

Media Services is coming more and more from Cloud Services and is video streaming and watching TV interactive.

Media and CDN

Microsoft Azure Media and CDN

Making Video workflows easy from the Cloud :

Microsoft Azure Media Services Documentation

Improve the performance of your website, media, or mobile service by moving content closer to your end users :

Microsoft Azure CDN Documentation

When you are still working on an On-premises datacenter only, Microsoft makes it’s easy to transform your datacenter into Hybrid Cloud Scenarios.
You can think of a Twin Datacenter for your Core Business Applications, or save your longtime protection data into an Azure Backup Vault.

HybridIntegration

Microsoft Azure Hybrid Integration

Learn how to integrate the enterprise and the cloud with BizTalk Services :

Microsoft Azure BizTalk Services Documentation

Learn about flexible messaging in the cloud :

Microsoft Azure Servicebus Documentation

Learn how to backup your Azure virtual machines, and how to send backup data to Azure for long term retention :

Microsoft Azure Backup Documentation

Learn how to orchestrate protection of physical and virtual machines :

Microsoft Azure Site Recovery Documentation

When you got your Azure Cloud Solution working, you want to manage your Identities to give them secure access to your Azure Solution.

Security and Identity

Microsoft Azure Security and Identity

Learn how to manage identity and access of services and applications :

Microsoft Azure Active Directory Services Documentation

Consumer identity and access management in the cloud :

Microsoft Azure Active Directory B2C

Your domain controller as a service :

Microsoft Azure AD Domain Services Documentation

Learn how to enable added authentication for cloud and on-premises applications :

Microsoft Azure Multi-Factor Authentication Documentation

To make those Microsoft Solutions Available for everyone, you need Developers and Developer Environments.

Developer ServicesMicrosoft Azure Developer Services

Learn how to detect issues, diagnose crashes and track usage of your mobile apps, and web apps hosted anywhere: on Azure or on your own IIS or J2EE servers :

Microsoft Azure VisualStudio Applications Insights Documentation

Developers can also work in the Cloud with Microsoft Visual Studio Online :

VisualStudio Online

Here you find all the information you need for Visual Studio Online for Developers

Cloud Services needs management by ITpro’s or by Developers to keep your Azure Solution Up-to-Date and get your business innovated.

Management

Microsoft Azure Management

You have all kind of Management as you can see in the above picture.

Learn how to collaborate, deliver and scale across the entire DevOps lifecycle :

Microsoft Azure Preview Portal Documentation

Start creating Azure Scheduler jobs and job collections, and using advanced concepts such as history and recurrence :

Microsoft Azure Scheduler Documentation

Learn how to simplify cloud management with process automation :

Microsoft Azure Automation Documentation

Learn how to transform machine data into operational intelligence :

Microsoft Azure Operational Insights Documentation

Learn how to manage cryptographic keys and secrets :

Microsoft Azure Key Vault Documentation

Container Apps

Microsoft Container Apps

 This is a super simple “getting started” experience for deploying single and multi-container Dockerized applications utilizing Azure Resource Manager templates and the new Docker Extension

 Here you see an Example of a Container App from the Marketplace on the Azure Blog

In Microsoft Azure you got also on every item a Marketplace with templates and solutions from Vendors and OpenSource communities.

Marketplace

Microsoft Azure Market Place

Here you go to the Microsoft Azure Marketplace website with almost 3500 products

Azure Marketplace website

For Students you have Microsoft Dreamspark where you can get some of the Microsoft Azure features for students for Free !

 Dreamspark Students

I Hope this Microsoft Azure Overview is helpful for you to make the right decisions for your business, Development or study 🙂
– James van den Berg

MVP System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management.


Leave a comment

Cloud Platform System portal demonstration video #CPS #PrivateCloud #Dell #Microsoft

Add cloud to your datacenter with an easy-to-deploy integrated system

The Cloud Platform System (CPS) portfolio of integrated systems provides an Azure-consistent cloud-in-a-box for your virtualized Windows and Linux workloads, accelerating your journey to cloud with a factory-integrated solution. CPS combines Microsoft’s proven software stack of Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, and Windows Azure Pack, with server, storage, and networking hardware from industry leading vendors. CPS improves your time-to-value and enables a consistent cloud experience, allowing you to scale from as small as four nodes with CPS Standard to up to 128 with CPS Premium, depending on your needs.

More information about Cloud Platform System you can find here

Banner_Cloud_Platform_System


Leave a comment

Managing network resources in System Center 2016 TP Virtual Machine Manager #SCVMM #sysctr #SDN

SDN with SCVMM

You can use Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) to manage your physical and virtualized network infrastructure. In VMM, the foundations of the network configuration are networks—the underlying logical networks and the VM networks—and switches. Switches can be configured as standard virtual switches, but this set of topics describes logical switches, which help you configure switch settings consistently across multiple hosts. To configure these network elements in VMM, use the following overviews and procedures :

Configuring logical networks, VM networks, and logical switches in SCVMM

You can use Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) to manage your physical and virtualized network infrastructure. Logical networks form the foundation of your network configuration in VMM. You create and name logical networks based on the function they serve in your environment, for example, the “Management,” “Cluster,” “Storage,” or “Tenant” networks. Within each logical network, you create one or more network sites that specify IP subnets, virtual local area networks (VLANs), or subnet/VLAN pairs that represent your environment.

In a logical network, you can provide static IP addressing by creating static IP address pools for the logical network. Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) is also an option.

plan logical networks, network sites, and IP address pools in VMM by doing the following :

  • Plan your logical networks, network sites, and IP address pools
  • Logical networks created by default
  • Guidelines for network sites: VLAN and IP subnet settings
  • Guidelines for IP address pools

VM Network

VM networks for VLAN configuration

In Virtual Machine Manager (VMM), after you complete the planning described in Overview: plan logical networks, network sites, and IP address pools in VMM, you can plan your VM networks. Use this table for more information:

Purpose of VM network Description
For VLANs: see Plan VM networks for a VLAN-based configuration in this topic You can use familiar virtual local area network (VLAN) technology for network isolation, and manage your configuration in VMM.
For Hyper-V network virtualization: see Plan VM networks for Hyper-V network virtualization in this topic You can support multiple tenants (also called clients or customers) with their own networks, isolated from the networks of others, by using VM networks configured for network virtualization.
Direct access to the logical network (“no isolation”): described in this table A VM network can provide direct access to a logical network. No planning is needed, other than to identify the logical network to give access to. This is the type of VM network typically used for management networks (for example, the network used for managing a host).

Here you find the Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager VM Networks Overview

Logical Switch

Logical Switch

In Virtual Machine Manager (VMM), you can use logical switches (and the port profiles inside them) to help you configure switch settings consistently across multiple hosts. A logical switch is like a template for a virtual switch—it acts as a container for the switch settings and capabilities that you want to use. Instead of configuring switch settings individually for each network adapter, you can specify settings and capabilities in a logical switch, and then use the logical switch to apply those settings consistently across network adapters on multiple hosts.

Here you can find an Overview of planning logical switches and port profiles in SCVMM

System Center 2016 TP3


Leave a comment

UPDATE #Microsoft Azure Cost Estimator Tool #Cloud #Azure

Azure Cost 01

The Azure Cost Estimator has been designed keeping in mind the need to provide the IT manager of next generation organizations the ability to quickly assess running cost of the existing on-premises workload on Azure.

About the tool

  1. The tool provides real world machine hardware usage
  2. It recommends appropriate Azure instance to match the scanned workload
  3. It also generates 31-day cost estimates of running such an Azure instance

Features

  1. The tool supports
    1. Microsoft technologies (Hyper-V, SCVMM)
    2. VMware technologies (vCenter, ESXi)
    3. Physical environments (Windows, Linux)
  2. Support to A series, D-series and G-series Virtual Machines
  3. Support to all regions apart from US
  4. Price conversion in 24 currencies with the latest prices.
  5. It is able to export to Excel/.csv that can be used for discussions with Systems Integration partner or a Microsoft representative
  6. Create Cost Estimates and My Scenarios from the available Services
  7. Cost Estimates can be generated using Scan tool results
  8. Support for IP Range Feature in the Scan Your Environment Functionality
  9. Import and Export functionality in “Scenarios”
  10. Updated Sample Scenarios
  11. New services added in tool – Azure App, IP Address, Mobile Engagement, Application Insights, VPN Gateway, Key Vault, DNS
  12. No data is sent to Microsoft at any time. All report and profile information resides on the machine where the tool is installed

Value Proposition

  1. Can be Installed and a profile scan completed within 15 minutes (can be deployed on a Windows client)
  2. Enables a comparison with on-premises running costs (e.g. hardware, power, cooling, building, security, and systems management among others)

If you have any questions about the tool, or would like to send us your valuable feedback/comments, please write to us at feedbackAzureCalc@microsoft.com

Azure Cost 02a

You can make different Cost Estimates

Azure Cost 03

You can add all Microsoft Azure features and Services

Azure Cost 04

To Save time you can make your own default scenarios

Azure Cost 05

Here you can Download the Microsoft Azure Cost Estimator tool

MicrosoftAzure