Monitoring HYPER-V environment with SCOM 2012

Monitoring resources to make sure they are in the optimal condition never end battle. When things go wrong you need to know where and when it occurs exactly rather than speeding countless hours for troubleshooting. Welcome to SCOM which is dominant in that area. From me personal opinion SCOM is more powerful in Apps monitoring and that is what should be mattered 🙂

Saying that monitoring the underline hardware and related equipments have same weight over the time to provide complete picture of your environment. Starting with SCOM 2012 Microsoft introduce the concept of 360 monitoring which means exactly monitoring everything.

SCOM team recently released HYPER-V 2012 host monitoring management pack. If you’re having HYPER-V environment and want to to what’s going on under the hood this MP is the tool you should have 🙂 You can download the latest from the CodePlex web site.

Latest features been added in the MP are,

  • Support for Windows Server 2012 R2 hyper-V
  • Hyper-V Extended Replica Monitoring and Dashboard

 

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Replica virtual machine monitoring

Sources:
http://blogs.technet.com/b/cedward/archive/2013/06/21/hyper-v-2012-management-pack-extensions.aspx

http://blogs.technet.com/b/askcore/archive/2013/12/10/hyper-v-management-pack-extensions-2012-2012r2-available.aspx

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Testing Microsoft Azure Portal

I’m big fan of Microsoft solutions (well not all of them anyway) Now Azure is something I’ve been keeping my eye and few years back when Steve Ballmer mentioned Microsoft “All in” for cloud I know that is a big statement. After 2+ years Microsoft still strongly hanging to that commitment and can see how deep their investment on this technology.

Now keeping that history aside I want to share with you all my experience on Windows Azure new portal. Yes you read it correctly “New” portal. Announced during the “Build Conference” which you can see in Channel 9 videos.

Below is my Microsoft Azure portal. Overall appearance is very much appealing and even a business person can understand at a glance about their current subscription.

 

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Once you get to know the interface browsing around and getting your work is pretty much easier.

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however I notice to view my current virtual machines and virtual networks I’ve to click Azure portal icon which will take me to the old Azure portal.

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I do hope Microsoft will finalize that last bit as well. One more good thing I’m looking forward to see is if we can get the same portal for Windows Azure Pack to the hosters and for Enterprise companies.

Migration Automation Toolkit for MVMC 2.0

MVMC is back with more power! If you’re not aware about this tool, “Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter” is a utility which allows VMware virtual machine converting to HYPER-V. This tool has been one of the most requested one from HYPER-V fans and I also felt the need is high when we miss proper mass scale tool from Microsoft to migrate from VMware.

Migrating to VMware to HYPER-V adoption has been increased for the past few years time and that momentum will never get slow. Cite from the Microsoft web site as it is,

“Did you know that Hyper-V has had four times the growth of VMware’s ESX over the past three years? In fact, in a global survey of ~2000 VMware customers, ~50% indicated that they are also running Hyper-V¹. As such, virtual machine migration is an increasing priority for many customers as more and more are exploring and evaluating the Microsoft platform against their existing VMware installed base. Whether it’s virtual to virtual (from one hypervisor to another) or physical to virtual, migration provides customers a path for consolidation of workloads and services, and the foundation for cloud.”

¹ Source: IDC Worldwide Server Virtualization Tracker 2014Q1, and Official unofficial VMware storage survey, link here.

Some of the improvements in the latest release are,

  • PowerCLI is no longer a requirement
  • MVMC removes VMware tools
  • MVMC migrates network IPs
  • MVMC handles disk assignments
  • MVMC is able to convert both Windows and Linux
  • Added support for vCenter & ESX(i) 5.5
  • VMware virtual hardware version 4 – 10 support
  • Linux Guest OS migration support including CentOS, Debian, Oracle, Red Hat Enterprise, SuSE enterprise and Ubuntu

What I mostly like about this tool is Automation. Power Shell has been used most of the time to carry our entire conversion with less hands on during conversion time.

Excitement never ends with were you can migrate your converted VMs 🙂 Two more new features are,

  • On-Premises VM to Azure VM conversion: You can now migrate your VMware virtual machines straight to Azure. Ease your migration process and take advantage of Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure with a simple wizard driven experience.
  • PowerShell interface for scripting and automation support: Automate your migration via workflow tools including System Center Orchestrator and more. Hook MVMC 2.0 into greater processes including candidate identification and migration activities.

You can download the relevant toolset from below locations. Happy converting from VMware to HYPER-V 🙂

MVMC 2.0                      MAT for MVMC 2.0