Migration Automation Toolkit for MVMC 2.0

Migrators, assemble!  The MVMC team has published version 2.0, packed with new features, and in tandem the BCB team is releasing a new version of MAT! MVMC 2.0 MAT for MVMC 2.0 MVMC is a tool for converting VMware virtual machines to Hyper-V virtual machines.  Version 2.0 offers many new features that helped make this… Read more

Migration – MAT4SHIFT 1.6.1 Release to Web

Today we published the latest version of the Migration Automation Toolkit, MAT4SHIFT v1.6.1.  This is largely a maintenance release but does include a few new features. If you are looking at this technology for the first time, MAT4SHIFT is a script framework/toolkit for automating migrations from VMware to Hyper-V.  The unique value is leveraging the… 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

August 2013 was Automation Month at the Building Clouds Blog!

Augomation? Autogust? Augustomania? Whatever you call it, with 16 Automation Track / Automation Track adjacent posts, it was Automation’s month to shine. You may have not even realized it – heck, I don’t think we did… The Posts… If you have been keeping up, fantastic! If you haven’t, well, we have a bunch of links… Read more

MAT 1.5 is available (now with NIC recreation!)

I am happy to announce that MAT 1.5 is now available. Grab your copy now:  The Migration Automation Toolkit (MAT) 1.5 brings a large number of improvements over the previous MAT and also puts the MAT and the MAT (Powered by Project Shift) at a feature parity. This means that the most asked about enhancement… Read more

Cloud OS Video Series 2–VMware Integration

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 1–Service Template Building Blocks

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

Hyper-V Virtual Fibre Channel Design Guide

Virtual Fibre Channel for Hyper-V provides the guest operating system with unmediated access to a SAN by using a standard World Wide Name (WWN) associated with a virtual machine. Hyper-V users can now use Fibre Channel SANs to virtualize workloads that require direct access to SAN logical unit numbers (LUNs). Fibre Channel SANs also allow… Read more

I have a Surface RT and going away for a few days, now what??? I have a MSDN subscription :-) (Part 2)

In the previous blog post (here) I talked about how you can start using Windows Azure with an MSDN subscription and we did the following: Installed App. Controller Configured App. Controller to communicate with Windows Azure Created our own Windows 2012 image that we want to use in Windows Azure   In this blog post,… Read more

I have a Surface RT and going away for a few days, now what??? I have a MSDN subscription :-) (Part 1)

I know many of you have seen the super cool blog post where my fellow team members build a private cloud out of their new Surface Pros. It was a cool idea and people really loved the video.   The cool thing about the Surface Pro is that it’s a normal PC and you can… Read more