So if you are running Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 virtual machines or later don’t forget to update your Hyper-V Integration Services on those virtual machines. If you are running Windows Server 2012 virtual machines you can normally patch those via Windows Update or WSUS to get the latest Hyper-V integration services.
Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2012 streamlines the process of keeping your offline virtual machines, templates and VHDs up-to-date with the latest operating system and application updates, without introducing vulnerabilities into your IT infrastructure. VMST 2012 helps you effectively manage the workflow of updating your offline virtual machines according to their individual needs.
Using features in VMST 2012, customers can service:
Offline virtual machines in a SCVMM library.
Stopped and saved state virtual machines on a host.
Virtual machine templates.
Offline virtual hard disks in a SCVMM library by injecting update packages.
VMST 2012 works seamlessly with other Microsoft technologies.
VMST 2012 is designed to work with Microsoft® System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) and with the following technologies:
Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) WSUS 3.0 SP2.
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.
To learn more about VMST 2012 Solution Accelerator, click here. To download the tool, click here.
Since we have installed our Microsoft Hyper-V Cluster on the Cisco UCS, Microsoft released some patches for Hyper-V, Windows and Clustering.
There are two really important Updates which I would recommend for Hyper-V Clusters.
The first is Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V Server 2008 R2. Service Pack 1 brings a lot of Hotfixes for Hyper-V, Failover Cluster Feature and other Microsoft Server features. And it brings also a two new features called Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX.
The second one is a hotfix for Servers with Intel Westmere or Sandy Bridge and has a large amount of physical memory. Most of the Cisco UCS Blades will meet this configuration. You can get more information on this Hyper-V hotfix here.
This two updates will bring you a much better experience with your Hyper-V Cluster. It will improve performance, stability and it will add new features.