July 2011

VMM 2012 Distributed Key Management (DKM)

July 29, 2011 // 3 Comments

Virtual Machine Manager 2012 (VMM/SCVMM) 2012 adds something that was lacking in VMM 2007/2008/20008 R2: clustered VMM servers.  VMM 2012 is the gateway to the private cloud and you want that gateway to be fault tolerant at the hardware, OS, and service level.  If you want to have a [...]

VMM 2012 System Requirements

July 29, 2011 // 2 Comments

The official TechNet content is a bit scattered about so I through I’d reorganise it and consolidate to make stuff easier to find.  The software requirements of Virtual Machine Manager (VMM/SCVMM) 2012 are easy: Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard, Enterprise or Datacenter with SP1 Windows [...]

Happy Systems Administrator Appreciation Day

July 29, 2011 // 0 Comments

Today is SysAdminDay! Here’s hoping that this afternoon will not feature a sev 1 call at 16:30, a public cloud goes *bang* somewhere, that awful user who complains the most is fired, and that you’re not called back into the office over the weekend. Please follow and like [...]

Hyper-V Replica DR Strategy Musings VS What We Can Do Now

July 28, 2011 // 0 Comments

See my more recent post which talks in great detail about how Hyper-V Replica works and how to use it. At WPC11, Microsoft introduced (at a very high level) a new feature of Windows 8 (2012?) Server called Hyper-V Replica.  This came up in conversation in meetings yesterday and I immediately [...]

Do You Buy/Sell Hyper-V and/or System Center?

July 28, 2011 // 0 Comments

If you’re a service provider (engineering/consulting/etc) and you’re involved in Hyper-V and/or System Center, or if you’re a customer that is currently buying those technologies, then pay attention.  2011/2012 is a time of interesting change and there are opportunities for customers and [...]

Linux Integration Services 3.1 for Hyper-V

July 27, 2011 // 3 Comments

I had a mad busy day with meetings at customer sites today and that’s when this great news breaks out.  Microsoft has released version 3.1 of the Linux Integration Components (or Services) for Hyper-V. The supported operating systems for 3.1 are: “Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.0 and [...]

Another Hyper-V Implementation Mistake –Too Many CSVs

July 26, 2011 // 13 Comments

In the PowerPoint that I posted yesterday, I mentioned that you should not go overboard with creating CSVs (Cluster Shared Volumes).  In the last two weeks, I’ve heard of several people who have.  I’m not going to play blame game.  Let’s dig into the technical side of things [...]
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