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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Why is it important to Become Familiar with WMI Troubleshooting? Pt. 1

Often in Virtualization and Management Products like SCVMM, MED-V, Config Manager, UE-V, and App-V the symptom of an issue appears in the respective System Center or MDOP product but the root cause is often caused by an anomaly in an underlying operating system component. Often that component is WMI. For this reason, it is invaluable have…

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The feed of Windows Azure Pack Gallery Resources and SCVMM Service Templates which are compatible with the RTM releases is now LIVE

Windows Azure pack information can be found here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/products/windows-azure-pack/default.aspx#fbid=w0JHn-YWZV6 The Windows Azure Pack is a collection of Windows Azure technologies available to Microsoft customers at no additional cost. Once installed in your datacenter, the Windows Azure Pack integrates with System Center and Windows Server to help provide a self-service portal for managing services such as…

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Feed of Windows Azure Pack Gallery Resources and SCVMM Service Templates is now LIVE

The feed of Windows Azure Pack Gallery Resources and SCVMM Service Templates is now LIVE at: http://www.microsoft.com/web/webpi/partners/servicemodels.xml The initial set of service models are: Gallery Resources o Windows Server 2012 o Windows Server 2012 R2 o Windows Server 2012 WebServer (IIS) SCVMM Service Templates o Sharepoint 2013 o Service Template Example Kit You can enable…

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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…


Important Notice About a Forthcoming Update

If you are currently working with App-V, SCVMM, Hyper-V, SCCM, or any management environment leveraging certificates, it is important to be made aware of a very important update being released next week. Next week a security fix will be widely distributed which will prevent use of certificates which use weak (less than 1024 bit) RSA…

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