Some screenshots from Windows Server 8

For those who’d like to see some screenshots from Microsoft latest and the new Hyper-V version, but have no time to install it 🙂


This is the new metro interface!

The all new Server Manager (notice there is no start button)

Hyper-V Virtual SAN :-))))

Virtual Switch Properties

Virtual Switch Extensions.

NIC Teaming

NFS Client

Windows Server looks good. Hope to play some more, later on!

Nesting a Hyper-VM on VMware Workstation 8

SOURCE: http://www.veeam.com/blog/nesting-hyper-v-with-vmware-workstation-8-and-esxi-5.html

Nesting a Hyper-VM on VMware Workstation 8

So, following are the steps to create a Microsoft Hyper-V VM running in VMware Workstation 8

1. Create a New VM with version 8 hardware

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2. Give it 4 GB RAM and 2 x vCPUs with about 80-100 GB disk space, depending upon how many VMs you wanted nested underneath Hyper-V.

3.  Select Windows 2008 R2 x64.

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4. When you are finished, make sure you add another NIC to the VM used as the Hyper-V virtual network,

5. Under the settings of the VM > CPU, make sure you have the option to pass-through the Intel VT-x/EPT feature.

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6. Make sure you have set the VM to boot from Windows 2008 R2 x64 media ISO.

7. Before booting, you should edit the config file .vmx and add the parameter: hypervisor.cpuid.v0 = “FALSE”

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9. Once finished, open up Server Manager and click “Add Role”.

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10. Select and install the Hyper-V option. At this point, you will know if your system is working correctly and passing the Intel EPT feature, because if it doesn’t, you won’t be able to go past this point.

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11. You’ll also have to select the network adapter used for the virtual network.

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12. Now install Hyper-V, which will need a reboot.

13. After it is completed, open Server Manager drill down to Hyper-V and connect to the local server.

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14. Now create and install a virtual machine.

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Once done, you should be able to use it as normal.

Cisco reikt jaarlijkse Partner Awards uit

Cisco reikt jaarlijkse Partner Awards uit

Cisco heeft tijdens zijn jaarlijkse partnerdiner bekend gemaakt welke bedrijven in Nederland een Cisco Partner Award hebben gewonnen voor de samenwerking in Cisco’s boekjaar 2011. Dit jaar zijn er twee nieuwe awards: de Solution Innovation Award en de Smart Grid Award. Deze komen in de plaats van de Partner 2 Partner Collaboration Award en de Small Business Partner of the Year Award.

Elk jaar kent Cisco in Nederland de awards toe aan de partners die een grote groei hebben gerealiseerd of zich op een andere manier duidelijk hebben onderscheiden. De winnaars van de Nederlandse Cisco Partner Awards zijn:

  1. Datacenter & Virtualisation Partner of the Year: Imtech ICT
  2. Collaboration Partner of the Year: BT
  3. Borderless Networks Partner of the Year: Dimension Data
  4. Enterprise Partner of the Year: KPN
  5. Public Sector Partner of the Year: Vosko
  6. Distribution Partner of the Year: Comstor
  7. Commercial Partner of the Year: Avit
  8. Services Partner of the Year: BT
  9. Cloud Service Partner of the Year: Terremark (als onderdeel van Verizon)
  10. Service Provider Partner of the Year: KPN
  11. Solution Innovation Award: Telindus-ISIT
  12. Smart Grid Award: Imtech ICT

Bij twee van deze awards betreft het niet alleen een Nederlandse, maar een ‘North Geo Award’. Dit geldt voor de awards van KPN (Enterprise Partner of the Year) en Comstor (Distribution Partner of the Year). Deze partners zijn in die categorieĂ«n tevens winnaar voor de gehele Noord-regio, bestaande uit de Benelux-landen, Denemarken, Noorwegen, Zweden en Finland. Zij dingen vervolgens mee naar de Europese Cisco Partner Awards. Tijdens de Cisco Partner Summit 2012, die van 16-19 april plaatsvindt in San Diego, maakt Cisco de wereldwijde Partner Awards bekend.

“Onze partners zijn essentieel voor onze groei. Met deze awards geven wij blijk van waardering voor hun inspanningen. Partners bieden klanten toegevoegde waarde, in de vorm van innovatieve diensten en oplossingen op basis van Cisco-producten en hun expertise binnen een specifieke markt. Ook zorgen zij voor bijzondere combinaties van technologieĂ«n, zoals netwerk- en opslagtechnologie, of investeren zij om hun Cisco-dienstverlening op een hoger niveau te brengen”, zegt Fred Gerritse, Directeur Partner Organisatie bij Cisco Nederland. “Al deze initiatieven van onze partners zorgen voor een dynamisch ecosysteem. Met de twee nieuwe awards dit jaar – de Solution Innovation Award en de Smart Grid Award – spelen we hier op in.”

Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012

Next Wednesday I will try the following exam, in its BETA format

Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012

Audience Profile
Candidates for this exam use System Center 2012 products to install and configure a private cloud solution. They design, configure, and deploy the underlying infrastructure fabric of networking, storage, and compute resources. They standardize and automate configuration and deployment of applications.
Candidates for this exam have Windows Server, Active Directory, System Center 2012, security, high availability, fault tolerance, and networking experience in an enterprise environment, basic Microsoft SQL Server and Windows PowerShell knowledge, and application configuration experience. Candidates are also familiar with ITIL and MOF concepts.
Credit Toward Certification
When you pass Exam 70-247: Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012, you complete the requirements for the following certification(s):
TBA
Exam 70-247: Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012: counts as credit toward the following certification(s):
TBA

Skills Being Measured
This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below.
The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam.The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area on the exam.

The information after “This objective may include but is not limited to” is intended to further define or scope the objective by describing the types of skills and topics that may be tested for the objective. However, it is not an exhaustive list of skills and topics that could be included on the exam for a given skill area. You may be tested on other skills and topics related to the objective that are not explicitly listed here.

Design and Deploy System Center (19%)
Design a scalable System Center architecture.
This objective may include but is not limited to: Planing for capacity, high availability, scalability, business continuity, and disaster recovery, assess the current datacenter environment, identify the appropriate System Center components for the private cloud implementation
Install the System Center Infrastructure.
This objective may include but is not limited to: Install prerequisites required for System Center, install System Center components
Upgrade System Center components.
This objective may include but is not limited to: In-place upgrade, side-by-side migration

Configure System Center Infrastructure (21%)
Configure System Center components.
This objective may include but is not limited to: Configure Data Protection Manager (DPM) storage pools, configure DPM site-to-site replication, configure System Center agents, configure System Center Management Groups, configure System Center data retention, configure Orchestrator watcher nodes, configure Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) for System Center, configure user roles, Run-As accounts, Run-As profiles, configure Service Manager database
Configure portals and dashboards.
This objective may include but is not limited to: App Controller portal, Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) self-service portal, Service Manager self-service portal, VMM SSP 2.0, System Center dashboards

Configure the Fabric (27%)
Configure the storage fabric.
This objective may include but is not limited to: Classification and pools, providers, arrays
Configure the network fabric.
This objective may include but is not limited to: Virtual and logical networks, IP/MAC resource pools, VIP templates, load balancing
Configure the deployment and update servers.
This objective may include but is not limited to: Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) server, library server, Windows Deployment Services (WDS)/PXE
Configure clouds and virtualization hosts.
This objective may include but is not limited to: Clouds and host groups, configure and deploy virtualization hosts

Configure System Center Integration (16%)
Configure private cloud integration.
This objective may include but is not limited to: Configure Operations Manager connectors, Orchestrator integration packs, Service Manager connectors, SharePoint integration
Configure integration of private and public clouds.
This objective may include but is not limited to: Configure host profiles, guest operating system profiles, hardware profiles, SQL server profiles, application profiles

Configure and Deploy Virtual Machines and Services (18%)
Configure profiles.
This objective may include but is not limited to: Configure host profiles, guest operating system profiles, hardware profiles, SQL server profiles, application profiles
Create and configure server App-V packages.
This objective may include but is not limited to: Sequence an application, configure App-V package settings, configure and deploy a server App-V agent
Configure and deploy a service.
This objective may include but is not limited to: Import and export templates, configure VM templates, configure service templates, deploy a SQL DAC package, deploy a Web deploy package, deploy an App-V package, create and configure pre-install and post-install scripts
Update a service.
This objective may include but is not limited to: Applying updating to existing VMs (in-place), deploy new VMs with updated settings, update/replace OS, update/replace app, scale out, update/replace SQL

Preparation Tools and Resources
To help you prepare for this exam, Microsoft Learning recommends that you have hands-on experience with the product and that you use the following training resources. These training resources do not necessarily cover all of the topics listed in the “Skills Measured” tab.
Learning Plans and Classroom Training
10751A: Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 (5 Days)
Microsoft E-Learning
There is no Microsoft E-Learning training currently available.
Microsoft Press Books
There are no Microsoft Press books currently available.
Practice Tests
There are no practice tests currently available.

Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012

Next Tuesday I will try the following exam, in its BETA format

Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012

Audience Profile
Candidates for this exam have Windows Server, System Center 2012, security, high-availability, fault tolerance, and networking experience in an enterprise environment, candidates should also have basic Microsoft SQL Server and Windows PowerShell knowledge, and application configuration experience. Candidates are also familiar with ITIL and MOF concepts. These candidates might be the Active Directory Administrator, Virtualization Administrator, Enterprise Administrator, or System Center Administrator for their organizations.
Credit Toward Certification
When you pass Exam 70-246: Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012, you complete the requirements for the following certification(s):
TBA
Exam 70-246: Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012: counts as credit toward the following certification(s):
TBA

Skills Being Measured
This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below.
The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam.The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area on the exam.

The information after “This objective may include but is not limited to” is intended to further define or scope the objective by describing the types of skills and topics that may be tested for the objective. However, it is not an exhaustive list of skills and topics that could be included on the exam for a given skill area. You may be tested on other skills and topics related to the objective that are not explicitly listed here.

Configure Data Center Process Automation (18%)
Implement workflows.
This objective may include but is not limited to: SCO Runbook automation, automate remediation of incidents, design and build end-to-end automation incorporating System Center 2012 technologies
Implement service offerings.
This objective may include but is not limited to: Add a new service offering to the service catalog, create a custom workflow using the Service Manager console, reference Orchestrator workflows in Service Manager

Deploy Resource Monitoring (20%)
Deploy end-to-end monitoring.
This objective may include but is not limited to: Deploy agents, Discover and deploy network device monitoring, import and configure management packs, deploy and configure monitoring of a heterogeneous virtualization infrastructure
Configure end-to-end monitoring.
This objective may include but is not limited to: Configure overrides, create synthetic transactions, configure Outside-In monitoring, configure application performance monitoring (APM), create distributed application models
Create monitoring reports and dashboards.
This objective may include but is not limited to: Service-level tracking, reports, dashboards

Monitor Resources (23%)
Monitor network devices.
This objective may include but is not limited to: Analyze network device health, manage Operations Manager alerts, manage notifications
Monitor servers.
This objective may include but is not limited to: Monitor the Operating System Environment (OSE), monitor server applications, manage Operations Manager alerts, manage notifications
Monitor the virtualization layer.
This objective may include but is not limited to: Monitor host and guest performance, monitor virtual applications, manage Operations Manager alerts, manage notifications
Monitor application health.
This objective may include but is not limited to: Application Performance Management (APM), synthetic transactions, manage Operations Manager alerts, manage notifications, distributed applications

Configure and Maintain Service Management (18%)
Implement service level management.
This objective may include but is not limited to: Define service level objectives (SLOs) and service level agreements (SLAs), implement SLA management and escalation, maintain SLAs (including planning for future growth), analyze SLAs (reporting)
Manage problems and incidents.
This objective may include but is not limited to: Working with problems, working with incidents, root cause analysis/diagnosis
Manage cloud resources.
This objective may include but is not limited to: Deploy new applications, deploy VM/service (applications, SQL, roles), demonstrate application deployment leveraging service templates, manage applications, manage VM hardware (CPUs, Dynamic memory), manage self service

Manage Configuration and Protection (22%)
Manage compliance and configuration.
This objective may include but is not limited to: Security and compliance management (includes IT GRC process management pack), analyze and remediate configuration compliance, analyze data in System Center Advisor
Manage updates.
This objective may include but is not limited to: Update machine roles in a service template, manage and update applications across multiple clouds, manage software updates
Implement backup and recovery.
This objective may include but is not limited to: Back up/recover product settings, Back up/recover the cloud infrastructure, manage backups (protection groups, storage), implement business continuity for the cloud

Preparation Tools and Resources
To help you prepare for this exam, Microsoft Learning recommends that you have hands-on experience with the product and that you use the following training resources. These training resources do not necessarily cover all of the topics listed in the “Skills Measured” tab.
Learning Plans and Classroom
Training 10750A: Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 (5 Days)
Microsoft E-Learning
There is no Microsoft E-Learning training currently available.
Microsoft Press Books
There are no Microsoft Press books currently available.
Practice Tests
There are no practice tests currently available.