Adopting Network Virtualization – Part II

This is the second post in a series about transitioning from using VLANs for tenant segregation to Network Virtualization. This series will be an example-based walkthrough consisting of a few parts: Part I: Configuration with VLAN Segregation Part II: VLANs with Network Virtualization (This post) Part II: Adding External Connectivity to Virtualized Networks Part IV:… Read more

Adopting Network Virtualization – Part I

In this series, I’ll be summarizing the basics of Network Virtualization in Hyper-V using System Center Virtual Machine Manager R2. I hope to clear up some confusion around the network models and help with the adoption of Network Virtualization in your environment. I’m going to be making the assumption that you’re reasonably familiar with physical… Read more

KB: "Error 26184" when you assign a LUN to a cluster in System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 SP1

Assume that you’re using an IBM Storwize V3700 device in a Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1) environment. When you try to assign a logical unit number (LUN) to a cluster, you receive the following error message: Error 26184 The existing storage group for null does not match the storage… Read more

Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager: Supported Platform for October 2013 Public Preview Release

Last month we announced the public preview of Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager. This blog summarizes the supported platform matrix for this service update and new features that are available in this update. Platform Support Matrix In line with general availability of Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center Virtual Machine 2012 R2, the service… Read more

KB: You may have problems with Virtual Machine Manager if some SPNs are missing

You may encounter various problems with Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 (VMM 2008) or System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM 2012) that are related to authentication and authorization if the required service principal names (SPNs) are missing or incorrect. This issue can occur if the missing or incorrect SPNs cause delegation to… Read more

Overview of the Virtual Machine Role Authoring Tool

~ Stephen Baron | Program Manager Windows Azure Pack and System Center 2012 R2 introduce Virtual Machine Role gallery items which enable users to deploy and configure workloads such as SQL Server, SharePoint or a LAMP stack. We recently posted a blog entry and associated video illustrating how to download and import a number of… Read more

General Troubleshooting List for Windows Azure Pack (WAP) and SPF Integration

~ Mark Stanfill Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server (WAP) integrates with System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM 2012) by using Service Provider Foundation (SPF) as a middle layer to translate PowerShell cmdlets to RESTAPI\ODdata calls and vice versa.  This guide details a checklist of configuration settings that need to be in place to… Read more

Announcement: Virtual Machine Role Authoring Tool (CodePlex)

The long-awaited, much-anticipated, soon-to-be-celebrated Virtual Machine Role Authoring Tool is now live on CodePlex by Aravind Ramarathinam. The VM Role Authoring Tool will enable you to begin authoring deployable content in the new Windows Azure Packs Virtual Machine Role. The release of the Virtual Machine Role in Windows Azure Pack and System Center 2012 R2… Read more

How to troubleshoot Windows Azure Pack, SPF & VMM 2012

Microsoft’s own Anders Ravnholt has just posted a follow-up to his previous article on troubleshooting Installation of Windows Azure Pack. In this new post, Anders takes a look at troubleshooting Service Provider Foundation (SPF) & Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) and describes how you can: Verify integration between WAP, SPF and VMM is working correctly Verify… Read more

Logical Switch deployment with Virtual Network Adapters for host management in VMM 2012 SP1

~ Karthikeyan Ravichandran | SDE In data center deployments, a highly popular form of deployment is to use virtual network adapters (vNICs) for host management. In this scenario, multiple physical network adapters on a Hyper-V host are bound to a virtual switch through a NIC team and virtual network adapters are created for the host… Read more