DPM 2010 requirement and deployment

* From Microsoft TechNet: We have tested DPM 2010 running in a Hyper-V Virtual environment and it is fully supported considering the following limitations, requirements. 1) The DPM storage pool disks cannot be .vhd’s – they must be either iSCSI attached disks or Pass thru disks. The following 4 types of disk configuration are supported…


Volume activation at University of Wisconsin-Madison

Source: http://kb.wisc.edu/page.php?id=5294 These are some of the important characteristics of Volume Activation 2.0 as implemented at the  UW-Madison. In November 2006, Microsoft rolled out their new volume license activation scheme, Volume Activation 2.0 (VA2). Windows desktop (Vista) was the first software released using VA2, but other Microsoft volume-licensed software will eventually follow. As of late…


KMS host troubleshooting & monitoring

* Windows Activation: Troubleshooting and Monitoring the KMS. Source: http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/jsandys/archive/2009/04/08/windows-activation-troubleshooting-and-monitoring-the-kms.aspx As I’ve described in the previous two installments, the KMS is a pretty simple and straight-forward service. When you think about, this makes sense because the only thing that it does is activate clients. So how do you track what the KMS is doing and…


Getting started with SCOM 2012

* Deploying OpsMgr 2012 – a quick-start guide from Kevin Holman’s System Center Blog * Install Operations Manager 2012 Beta


Private Cloud lab setup guide 3

This is the step-by-step guide for adding a free Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 SP1 or a paid Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Core to the Hyper-V cluster. – On NODE1, shrink the existing drive so that we have the second partition to host the Hyper-V Server. To differentiate with the future Hyper-V Server on the…


Private Cloud lab setup guide 2

This is the version 2 of the Private Cloud lab step-by-step setup guide. Instead of using a single physical machine for DC+Storage+Management roles, the VMs are used instead for easy transfer to another hardware. Note: the guide is to illustrate the concepts only so it may not follow the best practices & guidance. * 03…


Hyper-V Architecture and Feature Overview

Hyper-VArchitecture diagram Full article: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd722833(v=BTS.10).aspx * Hyper-V non-Windows OS support: Linux Distributions (VMs configured with 1, 2 or  4 virtual processor). Source: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/hyperv-supported-guest-os.aspx — SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 with Service Pack 3 (x86 Edition or x64 Edition)— SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 (x86 Edition or x64 Edition)— Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.2, 5.3…


COOL: "Windows Server 8” sneak preview

Windows Server 8 virtual machines will help you build private clouds of greater scale by supporting (at least…) 16 virtual processors fully loaded with business critical workloads like SQL Server.  Then we show you how you can deliver improved fault tolerance and flexibility, without the added tax or complexity of additional hardware, tools and software…


Hyper-V performance in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

* Lab Reports: Microsoft Exchange 2010 and Hyper-V R2 SP1 Performance Analysis: can support 20,000 simulated Exchange 2010 users * Lab Reports: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V R2 SP1 Performance Analysis: can support 80,000 brokerage customers * Lab Reports: Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and Hyper-V R2 SP1 Performance Analysis : can support more than…


Monitoring non-domain servers using SCOM

The below article is obtained from: http://pkjayan.wordpress.com/2010/05/17/agent-managed-non-trusted-servers-without-gateway/. The text in green color is my own comment. The scenario is not using any gateway server. Preparation: – make sure the wkg-srv has the domain suffix, that means FQDN is wkg-srv.mycompany.com.vn. also a DNS entry for wkg-srv is needed Monitoring non-trusted servers using SCOM-Step by step In…