If you want to save some time installing all the System Center 2012 R2 products within your production environment or demo lab environment, the HydrationKit is just the way to go!! System Center guru Johan Arwidmark has created a fully automated installation upon MDT 2013! Within just a few minutes, you’re ready to rock!!
Download the HydrationKit for System Center 2012 R2
Special thanks to Johan!! Please visit his blog at http://www.deploymentresearch.com and leave a message for him!!
Yesterday Microsoft released the Windows Server 2012 R2 Private Cloud Virtualization and Storage Poster and Mini-Posters. This includes overviews over Hyper-V, Failover Clustering, Scale-Out File Server, Storage Spaces and much more. These posters provide a visual reference for understanding key private cloud storage and virtualization technologies in Windows Server 2012 R2. They focus on understanding storage architecture, virtual hard disks, cluster shared volumes, scale-out file servers, storage spaces, data deduplication, Hyper-V, Failover Clustering, and virtual hard disk sharing.
Bedsides the overview poster, Microsoft Includes the following Mini-Posters:
•Virtual Hard Disk and Cluster Shared Volumes Mini Poster
•Virtual Hard Disk Sharing Mini Poster
•Understanding Storage Architecture Mini Poster
•Storage Spaces and Deduplication Mini Poster
•Scale-Out and SMB Mini Poster
•Hyper-V and Failover Clustering Mini Poster
You can get the posters from the Microsoft download page.
2013 was a great year, with a lot of great blogposts, great products and knowledge from the community. With a copple of hours to go, 2014 is there!! Wishing you all the best for the new year and with again some great blogposts! I want to thank all the sponsors for the support on this blog!
For now I want to say everyone…happy new year!!
Today kicks off the Unitrends “Countdown to Doctor Who” giveaway. We’re counting the days to the 50th anniversary of the first broadcast of Doctor Who (Nov 23) and celebrating with gift cards and Doctor Who themed giveaways.
All you need to do is browsing to the Unitrends website and download Unitrends Enterprise Backup (UEB) for VMware or Hyper-V. You can also win a ¤25 giftcard. Just tweet your love for #DoctorWho and mention @Unitrends. Unitrends will select 10 Twitter winners per day, how cool is that!!
Veaam has published a FREE hands-on guide “Understanding Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012″.
The Hands-on Guide: Understanding Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 gives you simple step-by-step instructions to help you perform Hyper-V-related tasks like a seasoned expert.
You will learn how to:
- Build clustered Hyper-V deployment
- Manage Hyper-V through PowerShell
- Create virtual machine replicas
- Transition from a legacy Hyper-V environment, and more
Yesterday at the Microsoft TechEd Europe in Madrid, Microsoft announced the official release of Windows 8.1 preview. The download is also available on the Microsoft website and for the people in Madrid on the TechEd are getting an USB stick with the ISO files!! Back in the hotel, the first thing I’ve done is installing a new VM with…YES, Windows 8.1 preview!! What a great, great, great product it is! The looks, the new features, the possibilities, everything is there what you expect from an enterprise product!!
Now it is only running as a VM within Hyper-V on my laptop, but the Surface RT and the Surface Pro are on there way to the Netherlands!! So that is even a better experience. Next week I will post the results on my new Surface devices.
The Ictivity duck is also love the new Microsoft Surface Pro!
Last week on TechEd North America, Windows Server 2012 R2 is announced. Here are some highlights of “Hyper-V – What’s New in Windows Serve 2012 R2” session (MDC-B330):
Generation 2 VM: A generation 2 VM knows that it is virtualized! It can boot ISCSI and synthetic NIC, so no emulated hardware anymore! A generation 2 VM is available for Windows 8 and Server 2012 or higher. Converting a VM to a generation 2 VM is not possible.
Automatic Activation: No more KMS servers in your environment to activate your guest VM’s. Now it is possible to automaic activate your guest VM’s using OEM or volume licenses.
Online VHDX resize: Do you need any more disk space? Increase and decrease the size of the virtual hard disks online. The VM is up and running while performing this action!
Zero downtime upgrade: Upgrade from Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V to Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V without any downtime using cross version live migration.
Faster Live Migration: Live Migration is about 2 times faster now using compression.
Linux guest support: Linux VM’s are fully supported now. Use dynamic memory, online backup, online VHDX resize and better video experience using new video drivers.
Compatibility with Windows Azure IaaS: Windows Azure IaaS uses exactly the same Virtualization as Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V, so VM’s can be moved between your private cloud and the public cloud!
Enhanced VM inteaction: Remote Desktop over the VMBUS, which enables full remote desktop capabilities, copy files, enhanced login, audio redirection, and even more.
There are a lot of more new features and capabilities within the new Hyper-V 2012 R2 release. Hopefully I can see some information in Madrid at the Microsoft TechEd Europe!