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Download Azure Stack Update

How to install and manage Azure Stack Updates

At itnetX, we help customers to implement as well as to operate  Azure Stack. One part of operating Azure Stack is keeping it up-to-date. This means installing Microsoft Azure Stack Updates, hotfixes as well as OEM update packages like drivers and firmware. In this blog post I will cover all the information you need to keep your Azure Stack up-to-date.

Why should you update your Azure Stack

Azure Stack Update

This may sound like a simple question, but a lot of people ask for it. First of all, Microsoft and the hardware vendors are obviously delivering quality fixes and security updates to keep Azure Stack stable and secure. But Microsoft also adds new functionality with their updates packages to keep up with the rapid cloud development on Azure. This is important if you want that your Azure Stack stays consistent with Azure in terms of functionality.

Another important reason to stay current is to stay supported. You are allowed to be behind two major versions of Azure Stack, which means 2-3 months. You basically should update monthly, to make sure that you are secure and stable, however there are reasons why you might have to defer an update. For example, this can happen for some companies, when they are in a freeze period where they are not allowed to do changes in their systems. If you are more than 3 major versions behind, your Azure Stack is considered out of support and will not be supported from Microsoft, until you have the at least required version installed.

You can read more about the Azure Stack servicing policy on the Azure Stack documentation site.

Updates for the Azure Stack Integrated System

Azure Stack Operations

As mentioned before, there are basically three types of updates to Azure Stack. The monthly Azure Stack Update Packages from Microsoft, Hotfixes and OEM updates.

  • Microsoft software updates – Microsoft is responsible for the end-to-end servicing lifecycle for the Microsoft software update packages. These packages can include the latest Windows Server security updates, non-security updates, and Azure Stack feature updates. These update packages are non-cumulative updates and need to be installed one after the other. These updates are fully automated and will update the complete Azure Stack infrastructure.
  • OEM hardware vendor-provided updates – Azure Stack hardware partners are responsible for the end-to-end servicing lifecycle (including guidance) for the hardware-related firmware and driver update packages. In addition, Azure Stack hardware partners own and maintain guidance for all software and hardware on the hardware lifecycle host.
  • Microsoft hotfixes – Microsoft provides hotfixes for Azure Stack that address a specific issue that is often preventative or time-sensitive. Each hotfix is released with a corresponding Microsoft Knowledge Base article that details the issue, cause, and resolution. Hotfixes are downloaded and installed just like the regular full update packages for Azure Stack. Other the the major updates, Azure Stack hotfixes are cumulative per iteration.
 ReleaseCumulativeWhere to find
Microsoft Software UpdatesMonthly (4th Tuesday of very month)NoRelease Notes
OEM Hardware Vendor UpdatesDepending on OEMDependsOEM Website
Microsoft HotfixesWhen neededYesKnowledge Base article

By the way, you can only update Azure Stack multi-node systems, the Azure Stack Development Kit needs to be redeployed.



eBook on SCOM and OMS

eBook: 5 Top Questions about SCOM and OMS

Together with Microsoft MVP Dieter Wijckmans, I collaborated on an eBook with Savision about the 5 top questions that we have come across regarding System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) and Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS).

There is much debate around SCOM and OMS, and the common belief is that OMS is competing against SCOM. This is contributing to people thinking that OMS is still SCOM in the cloud, or that they are both doing the same thing.

For those already using Microsoft technologies to monitor their IT elements, is OMS the same as the Microsoft System Center Suite? Is OMS a replacement for Microsoft System Center?

eBook SCOM and OMS

5 Top Questions about SCOM + OMS

  1. What is OMS?
  2. Is OMS replacing System Center?
  3. What are the main differences between SCOM and OMS?
  4. Do you still need SCOM?
  5. How can I get better insights from SCOM + OMS?

To download the eBook for free, just visit the Savision download page: 5 Top Questions about SCOM and OMS



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 8.1 Preview available

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A little less than 2 years ago Microsoft announced the preview of Windows 8. And Microsoft today makes the previews of Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 available for the public.

I am running the Windows 8.1 preview for some days and I love it. Because it’s a preview version it still has some bugs, but the new features and improvements really made the Windows 8 experience better.

You can get it on preview.windows.com



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.



System Center 2012 SP1 Beta available for download

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One week after the release of the Windows Server 2012, Microsoft released the Beta of System Center 2012 SP1 which brings support for the new features in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8. The Beta includes System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 SP1 and System Center Data Protection Manager 2012 SP1.

Downloads:

You can get the System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 Beta Downloads here:

 

ConfigMgr_SCEP_2012_SP1_Beta_ENU_7782.exe377.3 MBDownload
SC2012_SP1_BETA_SCAC.exe15.1 MBDownload
SC2012_SP1_BETA_SCDPM_Part1.exe818.6 MBDownload
SC2012_SP1_BETA_SCDPM_Part2.exe1.5 GBDownload
SC2012_SP1_Beta_SCDPMREADME.txt1 KBDownload
SC2012_SP1_BETA_SCO.exe68.6 MBDownload
SC2012_SP1_BETA_SCOM.exe905.9 MBDownload
SC2012_SP1_BETA_SCSM.exe400.2 MBDownload
SC2012_SP1_BETA_SCVMM.exe756.4 MBDownload

 System Center 2012 Technical Documentation

 

 

Get System Center 2012 SP1 Beta documentation.



Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V – Welcome to the Post-VMware Era!

Windows Server 2012

Today is the day Microsoft official releases Windows Server 2012 and Microsoft is doing a virtual launch event. Windows Server 2012 is a huge step forward for Microsoft virtualization technology Hyper-V.

I the past year I wrote a lot of blog post about the new features in Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V. I also did some comparing between VMware vSphere 5 and Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V.

First to get an overview about the new feature in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V you should check out my blog post: Hyper-V 2012 – Hey I Just Met You And This Is Crazy

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Features

You can find some advanced blog posts about new technologies, which cover for example Hyper-V Replica, Converged Fabric and Cluster-Aware Updating here:

Hyper-V vs. VMware

If you are a VMware vSphere user at the moment, you should checkout my blog post series about Hyper-V vs. VMware.

Gartner Hyper-V

Hyper-V and Windows PowerShell

If you are deploying Windows Server 2012 in your environment have a look at PowerShell. Windows PowerShell v3 which is included in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 is also a great release. I recommend reading the following posts:

Hyper-V and System Center

To manage Hyper-V Microsoft offers System Center 2012 and with the release of Service Pack 1 Microsoft will support the new features in Windows Server 2012.

Interview about the new feature in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V

In July I met with Carsten Rachfahl who is a MVP for Virtual Machine and the owner of hyper-v-server.de. Carsten was visiting Switzerland and he also took the time to do some interviews and I had the chance to speak with him.

In the interview (in german) we talked about the new release of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V which is included in Windows Server 2012:

Next Events

Downloads

Credits for the blog post title go to Michael Faden from Microsoft Switzerland.