Tag: Virtual Machine Manager

Install SCVMM HA Cluster

How to Install a Highly Available SCVMM Management Server

Since System Center Virtual Machine Manager is starting to get more and more important and starts to be a critical application for your environment especially if your are using Hyper-V Network Virtualization and SCVMM is your centralized policy store, you should install Virtual Machine Manager highly available. To do this Virtual Machine Manager uses the Failover Cluster feature integrated in Windows Server.

Before you begin check this important nodes

  • Not only the SCVMM Management Server should be high available, also the SQL Server where the SCVMM database is installed and the file share for the library share should be highly available.
  • You can have two or more SCVMM Management server in a cluster, but only one node will be active.
  • You will need to configure Distributed Key Management. You use distributed key management to store encryption keys in Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) instead of storing the encryption keys on the computer on which the VMM management server is installed.

Here the quick steps what you do:

  • Install two server for the SCVMM Management servers (Cluster nodes) with Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2.
  • Install all the SCVMM prerequisites (ADK and SQL native client)
  • Create a SCVMM Service Account which has local admin rights on the SCVMM nodes.
  • Create a container in Active Directory Domain Services for the Distributed Key Management.
  • Set all IP addresses, you may also configure an independent Heartbeat network
  • Install the Failover Cluster feature on both server.

After you have done this steps you start to create a Failover Cluster with both nodes.

Create SCVMM Cluster

You built the SCVMM Cluster, now you have to install the SCVMM Service on the first node. You can start the SCVMM Installer and will automatically detected the SCVMM Cluster and will ask you if you want to install the SCVMM server as high available installation.

Install SCVMM HA Cluster

The installation is now more less the same as for a standalone Virtual Machine Manager Server, expect you have to use Distributed Key Management and one screen where you configure the SCVMM Cluster Role with a name and an IP address.

Install SCVMM HA Cluster Configuration

After you have installed the first node you can now run the setup on the second node. The setup does also see the cluster and the SCVMM Cluster role, and will ask you about the configuration. Many of the settings cannot be changed because they are the same on all nodes.

Add Node to SCVMM Cluster

After you have installed both nodes you can see the SCVMM Cluster Role in the Failover Cluster Manager.

VMM Failover Cluster Role

And you can of course also see all your Virtual Machine Management servers in the Virtual Machine Manager console.

VMM Console

I hope this helps you to install System center 2012 SP1 or System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager as Highly Available installation. If you need more information check out TechNet: How to Install a Highly Available VMM Management Server



Windows Server 2012 R2

Mark your calendars for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2

Microsoft just announced that Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 will be available on October 18th.

 

So mark your calender for the new r.eleases and check out my blog posts about the new Features

 



Cisco UCS C200 M2 with Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 8 #HyperV

Manage Cisco UCS via UCS Manager Add-in in System Center Virtual Machine Manager

Maybe you already know about the Cisco UCS Blade Center about I already blogged a lot especially about Microsoft Hyper-V and System Center integration. Today I had the change to integrate the Cisco UCS in many different System Center products such as Virtual Machine Manager, Operations Manager and Orchestrator. The Cisco UCS Manager Add-in for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager allows administrators to manage the physical and virtual infrastructure on a single pane of glass right from the Virtual Machine Manager console.

Key Features of Cisco UCSM Add-in 1.0.1:

  • Mapping of the hypervisor host with UCS Manager managed server on which it is installed
  • UCS domain registration and grouping
  • Summary of both blades and rack servers in the UCS domain, including the firmware details.
  • Fault Summary
  • View of service profiles and service profile templates in the domain
  • Associate and disassociate of service profiles.
  • Modify power state
  • Launch KVM console
  • Clone a service profile or service profile template.
  • Create service profile from template

The Cisco UCS Add-in for Virtual Machine Manager supports System Center 2012 SP1 and System Center 2012 R2.

How to install:

  • First you have to download the Add-in from the Cisco Homepage.
  • Open the Virtual Machine Manager console and navigate to settings and click on “Import Console Add-in”

Select the .ZIP file, the wizard will show a waring because the add-in is  not signed by a trusted authority.

Import SCVMM Add-in

After that the Cisco UCS Manager logo will show up in the SCVMM console and you can now connect your UCS Domains.

Add UCS Domain to SCVMM

And you can now start to manage your Cisco UCS blades directly from the System Center Virtual Machine Manager console.

Control Cisco UCS Blade Center from SCVMM

And of course you have also KVM console support directly from the SCVMM console.

SCVMM UCS Manager KVM from SCVMM

 



System Center Virtual Machine Manager Bare-Metal Deployment

System Center Virtual Machine Manager Mania at E2EVC

As you may know, back in Mai this year I was in Copenhagen speaking at the Experts 2 Experts Virtualization Conference, short E2EVC. Together with Michael Rüefli I talked in the SCVMM Mania session about the latest and greatest features in System Center Virtual Machine Manager like the new Networking features like the Logical Switch, Bare-Metal Deployment of Hyper-V hosts, Services and Server App-V and also the VMware integration inside SCVMM.

Since this week you can watch the session right on youtube.

Btw. my next speaking event will be at the System Center Universe Europe in Bern Switzerland. Together with other Microsoft MVPs and Consultants will I do an advanced session on System Center 2012 R2 – Virtual Machine Manager Networking and an overview session on Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V. So if you want to see my sessions or the other great sessions about the Microsoft Cloud offering, System Center, Windows Server and Windows Azure make sure you register for the event on systemcenteruniverse.ch.



SCU2013

Interview about System Center Universe Europe 2013

Today the crew from System Center Universe Europe released an interview with me where I talked about my job at itnetx, the Public and Private Cloud and of course about my sessions at System Center Universe Europe. By the way the session planner for System Center Universe Europe is now finally online. If you look at the session and speaker list, you will see that some great content is waiting and attending is absolutely worthy.

Here my session list:

What's new in Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V (German)

Together with Carsten Rachfahl (MVP Virtual Machine) I will talk about the new features in Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V, such as Live Migration compression, Shared VHDX and of course a lot more. 

SCVMM Networking: From Zero to Hero in two hours - Part 1/2 (English)

Together with Damian Flynn (MVP System Center), Kevin Greene (MVP System Center) and Michel Lüscher (Microsoft Switzerland) I will talk about Networking in System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager and some other networking stuff like NIC Teaming, IPAM or Hyper-V Network Virtualization. This content will be split in two parts and will be a deep-dive session about the Hyper-V Networking. 

SCVMM Networking: From Zero to Hero in two hours - Part 2/2 (English)

Together with Damian Flynn (MVP System Center), Kevin Greene (MVP System Center) and Michel Lüscher (Microsoft Switzerland) I will talk about Networking in System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager and some other networking stuff like NIC Teaming, IPAM or Hyper-V Network Virtualization. This content will be split in two parts and will be a deep-dive session about the Hyper-V Networking. 

If you not already have, make sure you register for the event on systemcenteruniverse.ch



System Center Advisor now adds Monitoring for Virtual Machine Manager

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Daniele Muscetta posted a blog article on the System Center Operations Manager Engineering Blog some days ago that System Center Advisor now supports System Center 2012 SP1 Virtual Machine Manager.

If you have Virtual Machine Manager servers in your environment, look for new alerts about their configuration – and that of their agents.
This represents the first step towards providing proactive guidance and configuration best practices for all System Center components that power your private cloud infrastructure

It’s great to see that the integration between the different parts of the System Center product family gets even better connected.

Where can I learn more about Advisor?

If you are not familiar with System Center Advisor – what it is, what it does and how it works, please refer to:

  • This couple of blog post
    http://blogs.technet.com/b/momteam/archive/2013/03/06/system-center-advisor.aspx
    http://blogs.technet.com/b/momteam/archive/2013/04/09/system-center-advisor-connector-for-operations-manager-preview.aspx
  • This TechED presentation
    http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/Europe/2013/MDC-B208 (Joseph starts speaking about Advisor at about 41:25)
  • The official System Center Advisor website
    https://www.systemcenteradvisor.com/


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.

 



How to configure Availability Sets in Virtual Machine Manager

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Microsoft first introduced Availability Sets in Windows Azure and with System Center 2012 SP1 this feature also came to the Private Cloud. Availability Sets are used to keep virtual machines separate from each other so they do not run on the same physical host. This works via anti-affinity rules inside a Hyper-V host cluster, but with System Center Virtual Machine Manager allows you to do this even with standalone hosts, which makes really sense since you can move virtual machines without downtime in your whole datacenter via Shared Nothing Live Migration..

If you create an Availability Set in Virtual Machine Manager for two different virtual machines, Virtual Machine Manager will attempt to keep those virtual machines on separate hosts and avoid placing them together on the same host whenever possible. This helps to improve service update for these virtual machines, especially if you run a guest cluster for example SQL server, Exchange or even an IIS web server farm behind load balancers.

If you have configured anti-affinity rules inside a Hyper-V cluster you know that the only way to do this is via Windows PowerShell and it’s not really straightforward as we maybe wish. And as already mentioned anti-affinity rules do only work inside a cluster.

In Virtual Machine Manager (System Center 2012 SP1 or System Center 2012 R2) this is quite easy. First you open the properties of one of the virtual machines you want to include in the availability set. Select the Hardware Configuration tap and go to Availability. As you can see in my screenshot this is a non clustered virtual machine and I still can configure availability sets (Of course this would work with clustered VMs as well). Click on “Manage availability sets”.

Virtual Machine Manager Availability Sets VM Config

Now create a new availability set for your service (virtual machines). It makes sense to choose a good name for that.

Create Virtual Machine Manager Availability Set

After you have created the availability set the set will automatically be assigned to the virtual machine.

Assign  Virtual Machine Manager Availability Set

After you saved the configuration of the first virtual machine you can edit the second virtual machine and assign the same Availability set, which you have already created.

Assign  Virtual Machine Manager Availability Set

Virtual Machine Manager will attempt to keep those two virtual machines on separate hosts if possible.



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.