Contoso Labs-Who are the Users? What is the Service?

Contoso Labs Series – Table of Contents Now that we’ve laid out our high-level business goals for the project, we have to identify some basic information that will help define the service. Every well-executed IT project has to consider its users and the service they will be consuming very early in the project. We’ll start… Read more

Contoso Labs-Introduction

Welcome to a new series here on the Building Clouds Blog: Contoso Labs.  A new post in this series will run every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  What is Contoso Labs? Contoso Labs is a project that is being undertaken by our team in Windows Server and System Center (WSSC) with the intent of bringing more… Read more

Contoso Labs-Table of Contents

This is a table of contents for the entire Contoso Labs series.  Posts will be categorized by main topics that they cover. Introduction and Planning Introduction Who are the Users? What is the Service? Hardware Resources Fabric Choices (Storage) Fabric Choices (Network) Storage Purchasing (JBODs) Storage Purchasing (File Servers) Storage Purchasing (SAS config) Network Purchasing… Read more

Software Defined Networking – Hybrid Clouds using Hyper-V Network Virtualization (Part 3)

Hello Readers and Viewers! Welcome to the last part (3 of 3) of this blog series on Software Defined Networking. In the previous post we have examined how multi-tenant S2S VPN and NAT provide different modes of connectivity to VMs of different tenants with overlapping IP addresses hosted in Fabrikam network. In this post we… Read more

Software Defined Networking – Hybrid Clouds using Hyper-V Network Virtualization (Part 2)

Hello Readers and Viewers! This is part 2 (of 3) in series for Software Defined Networking – Hybrid Clouds using Hyper-V Network Virtualization. In the previous post we covered all of the major concepts related to Hyper-V Network Virtualization. In this post we will examine simple SDN implementation scenario in detail and illustrate how it… Read more

Software Defined Networking – Hybrid Clouds using Hyper-V Network Virtualization (Part 1)

Hello Readers and Viewers! By now, you have likely seen Brad Anderson’s Blog Post (Networking Without Limits: SDN) where he talks about Software Defined Networking, and how it applies to the larger topic of Transform the Datacenter. So what the heck is SDN you ask? Well, as Brad mentioned in his blog, at its core… Read more

Cloud OS Video Series 5–Monitoring the Private Cloud

The Cloud OS Video series is a collection of videos that help you understand the technology, deployment, and management of the Cloud OS leveraging Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1. Each video is designed to be less than 10 minutes and cover a specific topic. These allows you to target your learning easily… Read more

Cloud OS Video Series 4–Enabling Chargeback in System Center

The Cloud OS Video series is a collection of videos that help you understand the technology, deployment, and management of the Cloud OS leveraging Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1. Each video is designed to be less than 10 minutes and cover a specific topic. These allows you to target your learning easily… Read more

How to handle deployment of large memory Virtual Machine’s using Dynamic Memory feature in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V

In this post I’ll explain a specific recommendation in setting up the Startup RAM parameter of Dynamic Memory (DM) and how it can be used in System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) for Virtual Machine (VM) placement. At first, let us look into how the Startup RAM setting in dynamic memory works on the Hyper-V… Read more

Hyper-V Host Network Settings through VMM PowerShell (Part 3)

In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series I detailed the steps required to deploy BMC (Bare Metal Deploy) and configure the physical network adapter settings using Logical Networks and Logical Switches created in VMM. In this post, I will provide an overview of the necessary steps to configure the physical network adapter settings,… Read more