System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 beta

Microsoft has released the public beta of the next wave of System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM). This time VMM management console has significant changes compared to VMM 2008 R2. More weight has been given on Private and Public Cloud management apart from the in-house VM management capability.

Some of the new changes or rather I’d say add-on to the VMM 2012 are,

· Support for Xen hyper-visor apart from VMware

· Identify bare metal machines in the network and push OS to those machines.

· Use the VMM console to create a Hyper-V cluster from two or more stand-alone Hyper-V hosts that are managed by VMM 2012

· Create a private cloud by combining hosts and networking, storage, and library resources together

· Create a Read-Only Administrator user role

Complete list of new changes can be found over here. What is interesting is how VMM has been designed to combine with the Cloud adoption and management capabilities. If you’re coming from VMM 2008 R2 still you have plenty to catch over.

Next few weeks will be spending on delivering the new capabilities of the SCVMM in short videos. The first attempt of how to install the SCVMM video can be access from here.

SCVMM 2008 R2 documentation update is out!

If you’re using Microsoft HYPER-V  as you main stream virtualization platform then you know SCVMM is the centralized management console to mange several HYPER-V hosts.  Apart from that is have the capability to manage cross different virtualization technology hosts as well (Eg: ESX)

Since SCVMM is a dynamic product which keeps on evolving all the time new updates and hot-to guides appear frequently. Microsoft team recently released some of the documentation updates. You can reach them here. Apart from that one of the best place to hang around and get the latest info would be HYPER-V @ TechNet.

As per my personal view year 2010 –2012 would be the peak time Sri Lankan market would adopt Virtualization. Most of the time Enterprise companies has been in the observation and internal review about virtualization and how to adopt for that. Since virtualization is a vast area ISV’s will have a great opportunity to provide the ideal solutions.




I have spend some time at a customer site helping to build HYPER-V environment. Even though the project was medium scale I learn lot during that time.

1. Never run into HYPER-V setup without checking SAN storage compatibility. Some SAN storage required you to install the certain software into the server. I learn that hard way. You can always run *.exe programs by command prompt at server core.

2. Always keep the server core commands nearby you. Microsoft has already provided the reference sheet like that. If you can’t keep it then try to remember the command ‘sconfig’ this command work in Windows 2008 R2 core edition. If you prefer third party free tools then consider Core Configuration (There maybe some other nifty tools as well)

3. Try to plan ahead what are you planning to virtualizes and do the capacity planning and the VPC optimizations accordingly.
SQL on HYPER-V , more links

That is for now folks, catch ya later!

New gifts to expect from Microsoft (pretty soon)

So Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 will be available pretty soon…

As part of today’s news, Microsoft announced that the company is anticipating that the next version of its client operating system, Windows 7, will be available to customers in time for the holiday shopping season. In addition, Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate (RC) is available today with the final product releasing to market in the same timeframe as Windows 7. More information is very sketchy but windows team blog has some insight about it in here

What I’m more interested about is System Center Virtual Machine Manger (SCVMM) R2. This is also supposed to be out pretty soon and hidden with so much goodies. More information about the additional features can be found over here. As a summarize the key features are as follows,

  • Storage Migration
  • Queuing of Live migrations
  • Rapid Provisioning
  • Support for VERITAS Volume Manager
  • Host compatibility checks
  • Support for 3rd party CFS