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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.



System Center 2012 SP1 Virtual Machine Manager Update Rollup 3 available

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Microsoft just releaed Update Rollup 3 for System Center 2012 SP1 which includes updates and fixes for Virtual Machine Manager, Data Protection Manager, Operations Manager and App Controller.

Virtual Machine Manager Update Rollup 3

The Update Rollup 3 for Virtual Machine Manager includes fixes for 25 issues. The Update Rollup includes fixes for the Virtual Machine Manager Server, Console and Agent.

  • Virtual Machine Manager Administration Console Update (KB2858509)
  • Virtual Machine Manager Server Update (KB2858510)
  • Virtual Machine Manager Guest Agent Update (KB2858511)

Which fix the following issues:



Update Rollup 3 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1

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Microsoft released Update Rollup 3 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.

 



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 CoresMemoryWindows VM PricingLinux VM Pricing
ExtraSmallShared768 MB$0.02 per hour$0.02 per hour
Small11.75 GB$0.09 per hour$0.06 per hour
Medium23.5 GB$0.18 per hour$0.12 per hour
Large47 GB$0.36 per hour$0.24 per hour
ExtraLarge814 GB$0.72 per hour$0.48 per hour
A6428 GB$1.02 per hour$0.82 per hour
A7856 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.



Update Rollup 2 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1

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Microsoft released Update Rollup 2 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 which includes updates for the System Center Suite. Get more information about the Update Rollup 2 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 on support.microsoft.com.



Microsoft TechDays 2012 Switzerland – SCVMM 2012 SP1 and Hyper-V 2012 Session Online

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Some months ago I had the chance to present at the Swiss Microsoft TechDays 2012 in Basel. I had a session together with Michel Luecher from Microsoft Switzerland about the new features in System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 SP1 and how you can manage your new Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V environment.

Now you can watch the session online (German):