Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 8.0 Now Available

Accelerate your journey to the cloud with MAP 8.0! The Solution Accelerators team is pleased to announce the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 8.0 is now available. · Download MAP 8.0. Accelerate your Windows Server 2012 migration with Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 8.0. This latest version of MAP adds new scenarios to…

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Windows Server – Sockets, Logical Processors, Symmetric Multi Threading

With the release of each version of Windows Server, the maxima for supported number of sockets and logical processors have increased. Whatever the numbers for the older OS releases, the best scalable platform for virtualization is Windows Server 2012 (and of course Hyper-V Server 2012), far exceeding VMware 5.1 and others. Let’s start by defining…

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Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and SR-IOV

With Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V we’ve taken performance to the next level. For example: Up to 64 virtual processors Up to 1 TB memory per VM > 1 million IOPS per VM? >10 Gb/E within a VM?   Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V provides Single-Root Input/Output (SR-IOV) Networking. To learn more, I want to point you…

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Set-KCD; configuring Kerberos Constrained Delegation (KCD)

  In June I posted an article called Configuring Kerberos Constrained Delegation for Hyper-V Management. I covered the concept of Kerberos delegation and evolution into constrained delegation. Obviously, the article was mainly focused on configuring constrained delegation for Hyper-V management in order to be able to manage Hyper-V in a remote fashion. I ended the…

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Why upgrade from Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012

1. Massive scale Up to 64 virtual processors Up to 1 TB of memory per VM Up to 64 TB per virtual disk Up to 64 nodes in a cluster Up to 8,000 VMs in a cluster 2. Networking Network Virtualization in the box Open, Extensible Virtual Switch SR-IOV In the box Windows Teamed NICs…

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Competitive Advantages of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V over VMware vSphere 5.1

With the release of Windows Server 2012 on September 4th and recent announcements by VMware at VMworld it was time to see how we are doing from a technical perspective. We have released a paper in which we compare Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V Server 2012 with VMware vSphere Hypervisor and VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus. In…

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Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter Solution Accelerator

  With the launch of Windows Server 2012 on September 4th we have also released the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter Solution Accelerator.   The Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter: Provides a quick, low-risk option for VMware customers to evaluate Hyper-V. Converts VMware virtual machines to Hyper-V virtual machines: The VM Conversion will convert VMware-hosted virtual machines…

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Configuring Kerberos Constrained Delegation for Hyper-V Management

  Managing Hyper-V can be done in several ways; using Hyper-V Manager, using System Center Virtual Machine Manager and, of course, using PowerShell. As a best practice in any management scenario, you manage a service from a remote machine. Whether this is a workstation running Windows 8 or a Remote Desktop Services server running Windows…

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WakeUp-Machines – A PowerShell script for Wake On LAN

  These days, I give a lot of presentations and demos on Windows Server 2012. Of course, many involve Hyper-V related demos. Although I run most demos from PowerShell, since now I can, I modify a lot in my demo environment. And since I frequently use my environment I need to be able to prepare…

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