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Deploying Storage Spaces Direct with #SCVMM #S2D #Hyperv

S2D in VMM

Storage Spaces Direct in SCVMM

Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview introduces Storage Spaces Direct, which enables building highly available storage systems with local storage. Then, this storage can be leveraged by VM”s running on the same cluster (hyperconverged deployment) or the storage can be exported as a File Share (disaggregated deployment). The hyper-converged deployment scenario has the Hyper-V (compute) and Storage Spaces Direct (storage) components on the same cluster. Virtual machine’s files are stored on local CSVs. This allows for simultaneously scaling both Hyper-V compute clusters and the storage it is using. Once Storage Spaces Direct is configured and the CSV volumes are available, configuring and provisioning Hyper-V is the same process and uses the same tools that you would use with any other Hyper-V deployment on a failover cluster


Here you can read the Complete Document about Deploying Storage Spaces Direct with VMM

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Guarded Fabric Deployment Guide for Windows Server 2016 TP5 #Winserv #SCVMM #Hyperv #HGS


This document provides guidance for deploying guarded hosts and shielded virtual machines (VMs). The systems described in this document must run:

  • Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 5 (build #14300)
  • Optionally, a fabric management system such as Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) in System Center 2016 Technical Preview 5.

This document provides guidance for the deployment of a guarded fabric, that is, the Host Guardian Service (HGS) plus guarded hosts, on which shielded VMs can run. With a guarded fabric, hosting providers and private cloud operators can offer their tenant administrators greater protections for tenant virtual machines, decreasing the risks from malware or from compromised storage, networks, and host administrators. You should consider a guarded fabric as one element in your overall security strategy.

Here you can download The Guarded Fabric Deployment Guide for Windows Server 2016 TP5

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Step-by-step Guide for deploying a SDNv2 using #SCVMM TP5 Blogpost Series

NetworkController via VMM

This topic helps you evaluate the Software Defined Networking (SDN) features available with Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 5. In particular, it focuses on using Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2016 Technical Preview 5 to deploy a highly available three-node network controller; a new SDN capability in Windows Server Technical Preview. The network controller is a scalable and highly available server role that enables you to automate network infrastructure configuration instead of performing manual network device configuration.

Here you find the Awesome blogposts of Microsoft Program Manager Larry Zhang :

Step-by-step Guide for deploying a SDNv2 using SCVMM TP5 – Part 1

Step-by-step Guide for deploying a SDNv2 using SCVMM TP5 – Part 2

Step-by-step Guide for deploying a SDNv2 using SCVMM TP5 – Part 3

Step-by-Step Guide for deploying a SDNv2 using SCVMM TP5 – Part 4

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#Microsoft System Center 2016 TP5 VHD’s Available for Download #Sysctr #SCVMM #SCOM

System Center 2016 TP5

VHDThis VHD’s enables System Center customers to evaluate System Center 2016 Technical Preview 5 and Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 5.

System Center 2016 Technical Preview 5 VHD’s are on the following locations:

System Center Technical Preview 5 Data Protection Manager – Evaluation (VHD)
System Center Technical Preview 5 Operations Manager – Evaluation (VHD)
System Center Technical Preview 5 Orchestrator – Evaluation (VHD)
System Center Technical Preview 5 Service Manager – Evaluation (VHD)
System Center Technical Preview 5 Virtual Machine Manager – Evaluation (VHD)

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#Microsoft #Linux Integration Services Version 4.1 for #HyperV Available

HyperV Linux Integration

Linux Integration Services (LIS) 4.1 allows Linux guests to use Hyper-V virtualization on the following host operating systems:

 Windows Server 2008 R2 (applicable editions)

 Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2

 Windows 8 Pro and 8.1 Pro

 Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2

 Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 and 2012 R2

 Windows Server Technical Preview

 Microsoft Hyper-V Server Technical Preview

 Microsoft Azure.

Current version: 4.1.0 Please refer to the Linux Virtual Machines on Hyper-V topics for up to date information on the LIS feature set, all supported Linux distributions, availability and download locations.

New with Linux Integration Services 4.1:

•Expanded Releases: now applicable to Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS, and Oracle Linux with Red Hat Compatible Kernel versions 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, and 7.2.

•Hyper-V Sockets.
•Manual Memory Hot Add.
•Uninstallation scripts.

When installed in a supported Linux virtual machine running on Hyper-V, the Linux Integration Services provide:

•Driver support: Linux Integration Services supports the network controller and the IDE and SCSI storage controllers that were developed specifically for Hyper-V.

•Fastpath Boot Support for Hyper-V: Boot devices now take advantage of the block Virtualization Service Client (VSC) to provide enhanced performance.

•Time Keeping: The clock inside the virtual machine will remain accurate by synchronizing to the clock on the virtualization server via Timesync service, and with the help of the pluggable time source device.

•Integrated Shutdown: Virtual machines running Linux can be shut down from either Hyper-V Manager or System Center Virtual Machine Manager by using the “Shut down” command.

•Symmetric Multi-Processing (SMP) Support: Supported Linux distributions can use multiple virtual processors per virtual machine. The actual number of virtual processors that can be allocated to a virtual machine is only limited by the underlying hypervisor.

•Heartbeat: This feature allows the virtualization server to detect whether the virtual machine is running and responsive.

•KVP (Key Value Pair) Exchange: Information about the running Linux virtual machine can be obtained by using the Key Value Pair exchange functionality on the Windows Server 2008 virtualization server.

•Integrated Mouse Support: Linux Integration Services provides full mouse support for Linux guest virtual machines.

•Live Migration: Linux virtual machines can undergo live migration for load balancing purposes.

•Jumbo Frames: Linux virtual machines can be configured to use Ethernet frames with more than 1500 bytes of payload.

•VLAN tagging and trunking: Administrators can attach single or multiple VLAN ids to synthetic network adapters.

•Static IP Injection: Allows migration of Linux virtual machines with static IP addresses.

•Linux VHDX resize: Allows dynamic resizing of VHDX storage attached to a Linux virtual machine.

•Synthetic Fibre Channel Support: Linux virtual machines can natively access high performance SAN networks.

•Live Linux virtual machine backup support: Facilitates zero downtime backup of running Linux virtual machines.

•Dynamic memory ballooning support: Improves Linux virtual machine density for a given Hyper-V host.

•Synthetic video device support: Provides improved graphics performance for Linux virtual machines.

•PAE kernel support: Provides drivers that are compatible with PAE enabled Linux virtual machines.

Here you can download Linux Integration Services Version 4.1 for Hyper-V 

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Free #Microsoft Architecting #HybridCloud Environments whitepaper #Azure #Sysctr #Hyperv


Hybrid cloud environments combine traditional on-premises IT with the consumption of cloud-based capacity (IaaS) and other cloud-based services. When carefully planned and executed, hybrid cloud models can deliver much of the best of both on-premises and cloud services. This paper focuses on understanding the different design approaches for architecting hybrid cloud environments, using technologies available from Microsoft, Microsoft Partner Solutions, and the Open Source community. Its objective is to enable IT architects to develop the right infrastructure strategies to deliver more of the potential promised by hybrid cloud-enabled scenarios.

Here you can download the Microsoft Architecting Hybrid cloud environments Whitepaper

On-Premises to Azure

On-premises to Microsoft Azure.