Planning for Windows iSCSI SAN boot on Private Cloud Bare Metal Hosts

Data Center Modernization has definitely reached critical mass. The message that came from TechEd 2013 was “It’s time to make Hybrid Cloud Real.” That, of course, starts with the modernizing your data center to be able to implement private clouds. On top of that, more and more data centers are migrating their hypervisors to Hyper-V…

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VMM: Options for Offline Servicing, P2V, and Building Virtual Networks

UPDATE: 10/21/2014: The MVMC 3.0 is now released with P2V functionality restored. http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42497 I work with SCVMM (System Center Virtual Machine Manager) frequently in many different contexts. I even do the occasional private cloud engagement specifically on VMM and Hyper-V. Most of the time however, I am using VMM in a peripheral context – be…

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The Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 2.0 is Now Live on the Microsoft Download Center

UPDATE: 10/21/2014: The MVMC 3.0 is now released with P2V functionality restored. http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42497 The Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 2.0 is available! The Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter provides a supported, freely available, stand-alone solution for converting VMware-based virtual machines and virtual disks to Hyper-V-based virtual machines and virtual hard disks (VHDs).  There is also a release…

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Online Event: Virtualizing Your Data Center with Hyper-V and System Center

Wednesday, February 19th from 9am – 5pm PST If you're new to virtualization, or if you have some experience and want to see the latest R2 features of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V or Virtual Machine Manager, join us for a day of free online training with live Q&A to get all your questions answered. Learn…

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Virtualize! But How? P2V? I thought you took that feature out of VMM!

UPDATE: 10/21/2014: The MVMC 3.0 is now released with P2V functionality restored. http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42497 One of the most asked questions I have received regarding the latest release of VMM 2012 has been “Where is the P2V conversion feature? Did it go away?” Well yes, The P2V (Physical-to-Virtual) conversion process was deprecated from System Center Virtual Machine…

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The Case of the Ever-Expanding, Dynamically-Expanding VHD

I recently had an issue where I encountered something quite bizarre. In an effort to reduce size on disk of dynamically expanding virtual hard disks (VHDs) I found myself feeling like I needed to take medication. After sysprepping an operating system image on the disk, the current file consumption on the disk was approximately 12…

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Microsoft Virtual Academy – Private & Hybrid Cloud Events

Join Microsoft MVP Pete Zerger for a free two-day Jump Start series covering the end-to-end process of implementing a Microsoft cloud solution. Registration is free for both days: Sign-up now. Day 1: Building Private Cloud with Windows Server 2012 & System Center 2012 SP1 This June 18 Jump Start will be a scenario-based, bottoms-up approach…

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MCS is Hiring: Especially in Virtualization!

Microsoft Consulting Services is sponsoring a career webinar on Tuesday 5/21 from 5:00pm – 6:00pm Central time.  This event is free of charge and is targeted towards potential delivery candidates.  We are focusing on Identity Management, Desktop Delivery and Virtualizationhowever all strong delivery candidates will be considered and welcome to attend (Engagement Managers, Sales, Program…


Software Update to block RSA keylengths <1024 has been Released to the Download Center

Today (August 14th) an update was released that, once applied, will block RSA certificates with keys less than 1024 bits. The software update was released to the Download Center. The security advisory is located at http://technet.microsoft.com/security/advisory/2661254.The KB article is available at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2661254. The update is available now to allow organizations to assess the impact of this update and…

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The Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2012 is now available!

The latest version of the VMST has been released! The Virtual Machine Servicing Tool (VMST) 2012 coincides with System Center 2012 –Virtual Machine Manager (VMM), System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) 3.0 SP2. VMST 2012 is designed to help you reduce IT costs by providing a means to service your…