Tag: Networking in Virtual Machine Manager

Poster: Networking in Virtual Machine Manager

Microsoft released a poster about networking options available in System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 SP1. I am sure there will be also an updated version of the Microsoft Server Posterpedia Windows 8 App really soon.

System Center Virtual machine Manager Networking Poster

This poster for VMM in System Center 2012 SP1 can help you:

  • Plan your VMM networks using a logical view of VM networks, logical networks, and logical switches using a variety of configurations including VLAN-based configuration, no isolation, network virtualization, external networks, and with no virtual networking.
  • Configure networking in VMM using configuration steps by roles including fabric administrators, tenant administrators, or by any user.
  • Understand the network object model with diagrams of objects showing the relationships between objects.
  • Extend VMM with options including using a vendor network-management server with extensions, connect a VM network to other networks by configuring the VM network with a gateway, and load-balance requests to VMs that make up a VMM service tier by adding a load balancer to VMM.

You can get the poster here: Poster: Networking in Virtual Machine Manager

Make sure you check out our latest blog posts about Hyper-V Networking in System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 SP1.

There is also a poster for Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V available: Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Component Architecture Poster and Companion References



Windows Server

Add drivers to Windows Server 2012 ISO Image

I already did a post how you can add drivers to a Windows Server 2008 R2 installation image with the command line tools dism and imagex. With Windows Server 2012 you cannot use the command line tool imagex anymore but you have a new Windows PowerShell module for dism which allows you basically the same with. In this tutorial, I will add drivers to a Windows Server 2012 ISO image or a Microsoft Hyper-V Server Image.

First I created three new folders:

  • Drivers – which includes all the extracted drivers for Windows Server 2012 (I removed all the drivers which are not related to Windows Server 2012)
  • ISO – This includes the extracted Windows Server 2012 ISO image
  • Mount – This is an empty folder which will be used to mount the WIM files

PowerShell Dism Folders

First, we have to check in which Windows edition we want to add drivers. We can do this by using the Get-WindowsImage cmdlet:

 Get-WindowsImage -ImagePath .\ISO\sources\install.wim

Get-WindowsImage

This will show you all the Images which are included in this WIM file.

After we have seen the Index numbers we can now mount the Windows Image our Mount folder. In my example I use Image Index 3 which is the Windows Server 2012 Datacenter Core Edition

 Mount-WindowsImage -Path .\Mount -ImagePath .\ISO\sources\install.wim -Index 3

Mount-WindowsImage

After the image is mounted we can now add the drivers from the Drivers folder.

 Add-WindowsDriver -Path .\Mount -Driver .\Drivers -Recurse

When all drivers are added to the Image you can dismount the image and save it.

 Dismount-WindowsImage -Path .\Mount -Save

Dismount-WindowsImage

We have now added the drivers to the Install image, you should also add the drivers to your boot image. To do this just do the same steps to the .\ISO\sources\boot.wim.

After that, you can create an ISO file

oscdimg -n -m -bc:\temp\ISO\boot\etfsboot.com C:\temp\ISO C:\temp\mynew.iso

I hope this helps you to add drivers to a Windows Server ISO Image. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment.