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Technical Documentation for Getting Started with System Center 2012 R2

Marcel van den Berg just posted a blog post about the availability of the Technical Documentation for Getting Started with System Center 2012 R2 which was just released by Microsoft. The Technical Documentation covers the Support Matrix and Upgrade Sequence for System Center 2012 R2.

System Center 2012 R2 Requirements

You can download the documents on the Microsoft Download website.



Microsoft TechNet Conference 2013 am 12. & 13. November 2013 in Berlin

TechNet Conference 2013 – Fabric Management with Virtual Machine Manager Session Online

From 11. to 12. November the first Microsoft Germany TechNet Conference 2013 took place in Berlin, Germany. I had the chance to present a session about Virtualization Fabric Management with System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager and Hyper-V. There were also some other great session from other Microsoft MVPs like Carsten Rachfahl, Aidan Finn, Maarten Goet, Daniel Neumann, Damian Flynn, Benedict Berger and many more. At this time thanks to Microsoft Germany for this great event and the opportunity to talk at this event.

Last week Microsoft published the sessions (German) online:

TechNet Conference 2013: Virtualisierungsinfrastruktur verwalten – Fabric Management mit Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2

TechNet Conference Session

have fun and a good start into the week.



TechDays Basel 2013

TechDays 2013 – Fabric Management with Virtual Machine Manager Session Online

One day after I was presenting at the TechNet Conference in Berlin Germany I was also talking at the TechDays 2013 in Basel Switzerland. Microsoft has now published my session online on Channel9:

The Session is in German and shows how you can use System Center 2012 R2 – Virtual Machine Manager as your Datacenter Management Tool, to manage your Fabric like Storage, Network and Compute, how you can Pool Resources, create Tenants, Service Templates and about the Self-Service Portals like App Controller and Windows Azure Pack.



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Update Rollup 4 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1

Microsoft released Update Rollup 4 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 which includes updates for the System Center Suite. Get more information about the Update Rollup 3 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 on support.microsoft.com.

To manually download the update packages from Microsoft Update Catalog, go to the following Microsoft websites:

App Controller (KB2887822)
Download the App Controller update package now.

Operations Manager (KB2880799)
Download the Operations Manager update package now.

Operations Manager – UNIX and Linux Monitoring (Management Pack update)
Download the Management Pack update package now.

Service Manager (KB2887775)
Download the Service Manager update package now.

Virtual Machine Manager Server (KB2887779)
Download the Virtual Machine Manager Server update package now.

Virtual Machine Manager Guest Agent (KB2888944)
Download the Virtual Machine Manager Guest Agent update package now.

Virtual Machine Manager Administrator Console (KB2888946)
Download the Virtual Machine Manager Administrator Console update package now.



Gartner Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure 2013

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Last year I already covered the Gartner Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure, and last week Gartner released the 2013 version. The Gartner Magic Quadrant includes all the major companies which do x86 virtualization solutions such as VMware, Citrix, Microsoft, Oracle, Parallels and Red Hat. Gartner shows the strengths and cautions of each vendor and also gives a little background about the market.

Another interesting fact that Gartner mentions in their article is that roughly two-thirds of x86 server workloads are virtualized.

If you look at the difference from 2012 to 2013 is that Microsoft get with the Windows Server 2012 release (which was not included in the 2012 Quadrant because the product was not launched at this time) really close to the market leader VMware.

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Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization 2013

 

2012

Gartner Hyper-V

Interesting in the 2013 version is also that Windows Server 2012 R2, Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 aren’t included, so I expect that the Magic Quadrant 2014 will have a major change ;)



Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 Preview available

Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2

Microsoft made the preview bits for System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2 available on TechNet and MSDN. So for all of you who have a MSDN or TechNet account you can download them and test them in your lab environments.

This release includes:

  • System Center 2012 R2 Preview Virtual Machine Manager
  • System Center 2012 R2 Preview Service Manager
  • System Center 2012 R2 Preview Data Protection Manager
  • System Center 2012 R2 Preview App Controller
  • System Center 2012 R2 Preview Configuration Manager
  • System Center 2012 R2 Preview Orchestrator
  • System Center 2012 R2 Preview Operations Manager
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 Preview
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter Preview
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 Debug/Checked Preview
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Language Pack Preview
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter Debug/Checked Preview
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter Virtual Machine Preview
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter Virtual Machine Core Preview
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Debug/Checked Preview
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Preview

Microsoft also released a Community Tech Preview of SQL Server 2014. Make sure you reserve some time for tomorrow when Microsoft makes the Windows 8.1 Preview available for the public.



Windows Azure: General Availability of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

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Today Microsoft announced the General Availability of the Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service offering. This includes the new Virtual Machine and Virtual Network capabilities. This release is now live in production, backed by an enterprise SLA, supported by Microsoft Support, and is ready to use for production apps.

Today’s IaaS release also includes new enhancements:

  • VM Image Templates (including SQL Server, BizTalk Server, and SharePoint images)
  • VM Sizes (including Larger Memory Machines)
  • VM Prices (reduced prices 21%-33% for IaaS and PaaS VMs)

Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service allows you to create Virtual Machine and Virtual Networks hosted by the Microsoft Windows Azure Cloud. I already created a blog post how you can create new Virtual Machines in Windows Azure and how you can connect System Center App Controller to manage your Private Cloud as well as your Public Cloud hosted in Windows Azure.

New Windows Azure Virtual Machine Compute Pricing

Below are the new hourly on-demand rates for Windows Azure Virtual Machines:

Size Name # of CPU Cores Memory Windows VM Pricing Linux VM Pricing
ExtraSmall Shared 768 MB $0.02 per hour $0.02 per hour
Small 1 1.75 GB $0.09 per hour $0.06 per hour
Medium 2 3.5 GB $0.18 per hour $0.12 per hour
Large 4 7 GB $0.36 per hour $0.24 per hour
ExtraLarge 8 14 GB $0.72 per hour $0.48 per hour
A6 4 28 GB $1.02 per hour $0.82 per hour
A7 8 56 GB $2.04 per hour $1.64 per hour

 

Note that the above prices are for hourly on-demand usage (meaning there is no commitment to use them for more than an hour and you pay only for what you consume).  Complete pricing details for Windows Azure Virtual Machines can be found here.

Commitment Pricing Discounts

You can also optionally take advantage of our 6 Month and 12 Month commitment plans to obtain significant discounts on the standard pay as you go rates.  With a commitment plan you commit to spend a certain amount of money each month and in return we give you a discount on any Windows Azure resource you use that money on (and the more money you commit to use the bigger the discount we give).

You can get more information on the blog post from Scott Guthrie or the Windows Azure homepage.