Cloud OS MVP Roadshow 2014

Hi there.

The Australia Cloud OS MVP Roadshow has been announced and it will be held in 2 cities this year: Sydney and Perth.

I’ll be presenting at the Sydney event on 18 Sept and we will be talking about the Cloud OS, Windows Server Migration and Windows Azure Pack:

MVP Roadshow

The event is totally free and you can use the links below to register:

Small black square PERTH Event Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1kVcgzm

Small black square SYDNEY Event Details & Registration: http://bit.ly/1odJ2GX

Hope to see you all there.

Cheers.

Leandro Carvalho
My Blog | Technet Wiki Articles | MVP Profile
Twitter: LeandroEduardo | LinkedIn: Leandroesc

My Teched Australia 2013 Sessions

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Hi there.

Teched Australia is around the corner and it’s great to be presenting once again in such a great event.

This year we have lot’s of sessions covering products such as System Center 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8.1 and much more. I can’t wait to see all great speakers showing all wonders of these releases and, most important, enjoy a sunny week in Gold Coast. =)

These are my 3 sessions this year, 1 exam cram and 2 Instructor-Led Labs.

Build Your Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Lab in the Cloud with Windows Azure
  • Speakers: Leandro Carvalho

Session Info

  • Day: Thursday
  • Time: 11:30 AM
  • Room: TLC – Theatre 1
  • Track: Technical Learning Centre
  • Session Type: Instructor-Led Lab (ILL)
  • Technical Level: 300

Leverage Windows Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks to build your SharePoint 2013 server lab in the cloud! During this hands on lab, get a technical overview of Windows Azure virtual machines and virtual networks and then proceed to build a SharePoint 2013 cloud lab that you can leverage post-TechEd to extend your learning experience.

MCSE: Private Cloud – 70-246 and 70-247
  • Speakers: Leandro Carvalho

Session Info

  • Day: Thursday
  • Time: 1:45 PM
  • Room: Exam Cram
  • Track: Technical Learning Centre
  • Session Type: Exam Cram
  • Technical Level: 100

This Exam prep session focuses on what you need to know to get certified and pass the Private Cloud Microsoft Certified Professional exam 70-246 and exam 70-247. The presenter walks you through the objectives that are covered in the exam, and gives you some general exam taking tips and technology “gotchas” about Microsoft System Center 2012. This session will be your last step in getting ready for this exam.

Using the Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Admin Centre
  • Speakers: Leandro Carvalho

Session Info

  • Day: Wednesday
  • Time: 5:00 PM
  • Room: TLC – Theatre 3
  • Track: Technical Learning Centre
  • Session Type: Instructor-Led Lab (ILL)
  • Technical Level: 300

During this lab, navigate through the Exchange Server 2013 Admin Centre (EAC). The new UX in the EAC is designed to help you complete tasks related to on-premises and online Exchange organisation management.

 

If you are attending Teched this year, don’t forget to come along to talk, share some experience and have some fun.

Leandro Carvalho 
My Blog | MSVirtualization (pt-BR) | Technet Wiki Articles | MVP Profile
Twitter: LeandroEduardo | LinkedIn: Leandroesc

New Book Available – System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Cookbook by Alessandro Cardoso

Hey there!

As you might know, the new version of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 comes with tons of new features and nice configurations that will change the way we manage not only our virtual environment, but the most important components of our datacenter.

To be prepared and learn almost everything about it from scratch, my friend Alessandro Cardoso has written a great book walking through the product. Check it out:

System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Cookbook

SCVMM Cookbook 

What you will learn from this book

  • How to use VMM Architecture and plan for a real word deployment
  • Utilize Network Virtualization, Gateway integration, Storage integration, Resource Throttling, and Availability options
  • Deploy Operations Manager and integrate with VMM
  • Integrate SC APP Controller with VMM to manage Private and Public Clouds (Azure)
  • Cluster deployment with VMM Bare Metal
  • Create and deploy Virtual Machines from Templates
  • Deploy a highly available VMM Management Server
  • Manage Hyper-V, Vmware, and Citrix from VMM
  • How to upgrade from SCVMM 2008R2 to SCVMM 2012 SP1

In Detail

Microsoft System Center 2012 is a comprehensive IT infrastructure, virtualization, and cloud management platform. With System Center 2012, you can more easily and efficiently manage your applications and services across multiple hypervisors as well as across public and private cloud infrastructures to deliver flexible and cost-effective IT services for your business.

This cookbook covers architecture design and planning and is full of deployment tips, techniques, and solutions designed to show users how to improve VMM 2012 in a real world scenario. It will guide you to create, deploy, and manage your own Private Cloud with a mix of Hypervisors: Hyper-V, Vmware ESXi, and Citrix XenServer. It also includes the VMM 2012 SP1 features.

This book is a cookbook that covers architecture design, planning and is full of deployment tips, techniques and solutions designed to show users how to improve VMM 2012 in a real world scenario. It will guide you to create, deploy and manage your own Private Cloud with a mix of Hypervisors : Hyper-V, Vmware ESXi and Citrix XenServer.

To get you an idea of how good the book is, Alessandro made the chapter 6, Upgrading from SCVMM 2008 R2 SP1 to SCVMM 2012 for free.

The book is available at Amazon. Click here for more details.

Enjoy it.

Leandro Carvalho
Certified Ethical Hacker | MCSA+S+M| MCSE+S | MCTS | MCITP | MCBMSS | MCT | MVP Virtual Machine
My Blog | MSVirtualization (pt-BR) | Technet Wiki Articles | MVP Profile
Twitter: LeandroEduardo | LinkedIn: Leandroesc

Webcast – MVP Pro Speaker Series – Automating the Hyper-V Administration with PowerShell

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Hi there!

The System Center team is running a series of webcasts talking about Windows Server, Hyper-V and the System Center products.

I will start the series on 24/04 Wednesday, 8:00AM PST (1:00AM in Australia and 12:00PM in Brazil). My presentation, Automating the Hyper-V Administration with PowerShell, will walk through some details about the new version of PowerShell and how easy it is to manage your virtual environment using simple PowerShell commandlets. The webcast will focus IT Pros and how they can save time and resources to improve their Hyper-V servers with simple tasks and commands.

To join the Webcast, use the following links:

 
To check the schedule, other webcasts and the meeting reminders, use this link:

https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=918C54A82D3B2A31&id=918C54A82D3B2A31%21107

I hope to see you all there!

Leandro Carvalho 
Certified Ethical Hacker | MCSA+S+M| MCSE+S | MCTS | MCITP | MCBMSS | MCT | MVP Virtual Machine 
My Blog | MSVirtualization (pt-BR) | Technet Wiki Articles | MVP Profile
Twitter: LeandroEduardo | LinkedIn: Leandroesc

New Hyper-V Books Available on Amazon

Hi Guys.

It’s been a very busy year for a couple of MVPs that are writing about Hyper-V.

The first one, written by Aidan Finn, Patrick Lownds, Michel Luescher and Damian Flynn, was published on Amazon:

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Installation and Configuration Guide

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Go-to guide for using Microsoft’s updated Hyper-V as a virtualization solution

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V offers greater scalability, new components, and more options than ever before for large enterprise systems and small/medium businesses. Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Installation and Configuration Guide is the place to start learning about this new cloud operating system. You’ll get up to speed on the architecture, basic deployment and upgrading, creating virtual workloads, designing and implementing advanced network architectures, creating multitenant clouds, backup, disaster recovery, and more.

The international team of expert authors offers deep technical detail, as well as hands-on exercises and plenty of real-world scenarios, so you thoroughly understand all features and how best to use them.

  • Explains how to deploy, use, manage, and maintain the Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V virtualization solutions in large enterprises and small- to medium-businesses
  • Provides deep technical detail and plenty of exercises showing you how to work with Hyper-V in real-world settings
  • Shows you how to quickly configure Hyper-V from the GUI and use PowerShell to script and automate common tasks
  • Covers deploying Hyper-V hosts, managing virtual machines, network fabrics, cloud computing, and using file servers
  • Also explores virtual SAN storage, creating guest clusters, backup and disaster recovery, using Hyper-V for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), and other topics

Help make your Hyper-V virtualization solution a success with Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Installation and Configuration Guide.

The second book covers the Hyper-V deployment, written by Zahir Hussain Shah and reviewed by another Hyper-V MVP: Lai Yoong Seng:

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V: Deploying Hyper-V Enterprise Server Virtualization Platform

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Building Hyper-V infrastructure with secured multitenancy, flexible infrastructure, scalability, and high availability

Overview

  • A complete step-by-step Hyper-V deployment guide, covering all Hyper-V features for configuration and management best practices.
  • Understand multi-tenancy, flexible architecture, scalability, and high availability features of new Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V.
  • Learn Hyper-V Replica, Hyper-V Extensible Virtual Switch, Virtual Machine Migration, Hyper-V Storage, Hyper-V Failover Clustering, and also System Center VMM and DPM for management, backup, and recovery.

In Detail

Over a short span of time, server virtualization has been one of the most rapidly adopted technologies in IT business. Microsoft Hyper-V is a hardware-assisted hypervisor product, available as a server role in the Windows Server operating system. Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V provides cutting-edge server virtualization features for a scalable, flexible, and highly available virtual machine infrastructure.

“Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V: Deploying Hyper-V Enterprise Server Virtualization Platform” is a comprehensive guide, which starts itself from basic virtualization and server consolidation concepts, and then goes deeper for discussing advanced topics, such as a Hyper-V scalability, failover, and virtual machine migration. This book is an ideal choice for those who are stepping into Hyper-V world, and also for those who are experts in Hyper-V and want to advance their skills with the new Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V.

This book contains topics starting from introducing Hyper-V as a hypervisor, and then moves ahead with covering advanced topics, related to Hyper-V configuration and virtual machine management.

The book starts with getting to know Hyper-V, and then we discuss planning, designing, and the implementation of Hyper-V. It then goes with advanced topics such as Hyper-V Replica, Hyper-V Networking and Storage, Hyper-V High Availability, and so on.

“Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V: Deploying Hyper-V Enterprise Server Virtualization Platform” is an expert guide for discussing Hyper-V configuration and management topics.

Well done guys!

Leandro Carvalho 
Certified Ethical Hacker | MCSA+S+M| MCSE+S | MCTS | MCITP | MCBMSS | MCT | MVP Virtual Machine 
My Blog | MSVirtualization (pt-BR) | Technet Wiki Articles | MVP Profile
Twitter: LeandroEduardo | LinkedIn: Leandroesc

Free Labs, courses and Second Shot for Microsoft Exams

Hi guys.

I’ve started to take a couple of Microsoft exams and I thought it would be good to share some handy information with you.

For those who want to take Microsoft exams, the promotion “Second Shot” is back and now it also brings some discounts when buying certification packs: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/second-shot.aspx

The idea is that you can take the exam again for free in case you fail.

For your labs, there is also a great news: You can build a whole lab infrastructure for free (90 days) in the cloud, allowing you to access it from everywhere.

With Windows Azure, you can subscribe for the free trial and create lots of virtual machines, including Windows and Linux OSes.

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The VM configuration is not too bad, as shown in the next screenshot, and it’s enough to build a lab for almost all scenarios.

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If you are interested in using Azure to build your labs, these 2 links show the step-by-step to create the virtual machines and even a SharePoint lab.

http://blogs.technet.com/b/askpfeplat/archive/2013/01/07/windows-azure-virtualization-a-lab-in-the-clouds-for-every-it-pro.aspx

http://blogs.technet.com/b/keithmayer/archive/2013/01/07/step-by-step-build-a-free-sharepoint-2013-lab-in-the-cloud-with-windows-azure-31-days-of-servers-in-the-cloud-part-7-of-31.aspx

Another good news is the fact you can get heaps of free Microsoft training (lot’s of exam preparation ones) on Microsoft Virtual Academy, check it out:

http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/Studies/SearchResult.aspx

 

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I hope that helps, now… Studying Time!
Enjoy!

Leandro Carvalho 
Certified Ethical Hacker | MCSA+S+M| MCSE+S | MCTS | MCITP | MCBMSS | MCT | MVP Virtual Machine 
My Blog | MSVirtualization (pt-BR) | Technet Wiki Articles | MVP Profile
Twitter: LeandroEduardo | LinkedIn: Leandroesc

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Cookbook Now Available

Hi there.

It’s a pleasure to announce the release of my Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Cookbook.

As the first and only available Hyper-V 3.0 book at the moment, the idea of this cookbook is to help you to become a Hyper-V expert with a easy to ready and follow recipe format that will guide you thought all Hyper-V features.

All recipes give you the introduction of the content being discussed, the “how to” process and the section “how it works”. Another interesting thing about them is that almost all recipes have PowerShell commands and examples to help you to automate the Hyper-V management.

In detail:

Virtualization has proved that it can help organizations to reduce costs, and the Private Cloud has created a revolution in the way we manage and control our servers with centralization and elasticity. The new Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V release from Microsoft comes with a myriad of improvements in areas such as mobility, high availability and elasticity, bringing everything you need to create, manage and build the core components of a Microsoft Private Cloud for virtualized workloads.

“Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Cookbook” is the perfect accompaniment for Hyper-V administrators looking to take advantage of all the exciting new features the release has to offer. Through practical recipes, you’ll master Hyper-V deployment, migration and management.

“Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Cookbook” is an essential resource for any Hyper-V administrator looking to migrate, install and manage their virtual machine efficiently.

With all the features of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V covered, you will learn everything from installation to disaster recovery, security, high availability, configuration, automation, architecture and monitoring, all in a practical recipe format. The book also includes new features such as Storage and Shared Nothing Live Migration, Hyper-V Replica and Network Virtualization and much more.

With “Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Cookbook” in hand, you’ll be equipped to manage your Private Cloud with ease.

  • Chapter 1: Installing and Managing Hyper-V in Full or Server Core Mode
    • Introduction
    • Verifying Hyper-V requirements
    • Enabling the Hyper-V role
    • Installing Windows Server 2012 and Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012
    • Managing a Server Core installation using sconfig
    • Enabling and disabling the graphical interface in Hyper-V
    • Configuring post-installation settings
  • Chapter 2: Migrating and Upgrading Physical and Virtual Servers
    • Introduction
    • Performing an in-place upgrade from Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012
    • Exporting and importing virtual machines
    • Migrating virtual machines and updating their integration services
    • Converting VHD files to VHDX files
    • Migrating Virtual Machine storage using Storage Migration
    • Migrating virtual machines using Shared Nothing Live Migration
    • Converting physical computers to virtual machines
  • Chapter 3: Managing Disk and Network Settings
    • Introduction
    • Creating and adding virtual hard disks
    • Configuring IDE and SCSI controllers for virtual machines
    • Creating resource pools
    • Creating and managing virtual switches
    • Using advanced settings for virtual networks
    • Enabling and adding NIC teaming to a virtual machine
    • Configuring and adding Hyper-V Virtual Fibre Channel to virtual machines
  • Chapter 4: Saving Time and Cost with Hyper-V Automation
    • Introduction
    • Installing and running Hyper-V from a USB stick
    • Creating virtual machine templates
    • Learning and utilizing basic commands in PowerShell
    • Using small PowerShell commands for daily tasks
    • Enabling and working with remote connection and administration through PowerShell
  • Chapter 5: Hyper-V Best Practices, Tips, and Tricks
    • Introduction
    • Using the Hyper-V Best Practices Analyzer
    • Setting up dynamic memory for virtual machines
    • Enabling remote management for Hyper-V in workgroup environments
    • Installing and configuring an anti-virus on host and virtual machines
  • Chapter 6: Security and Delegation of Control
    • Introduction
    • Configuring Windows Update for Hyper-V
    • Configuring Cluster-Aware Updating for cluster nodes
    • Delegating control in Hyper-V
    • Configuring Port ACLs
    • Installing and configuring BitLocker for data protection
    • Configuring Hyper-V auditing
  • Chapter 7: Configuring High Availability in Hyper-V
    • Introduction
    • Installing and configuring an iSCSI Target server in Windows Server 2012
    • Installing and configuring the Windows Failover Clustering feature
    • Enabling Cluster Shared Volumes 2.0
    • Using Live Migration in a cluster environment
    • Configuring VM Priority for Clustered Virtual Machines
  • Chapter 8: Disaster Recovery for Hyper-V
    • Introduction
    • Backing up Hyper-V and virtual machines using Windows Server Backup
    • Restoring Hyper-V and virtual machines using Windows Server Backup
    • Configuring Hyper-V Replica between two Hyper-V hosts using HTTP authentication
    • Configuring Hyper-V Replica Broker for a Failover Cluster
    • Configuring Hyper-V Replica to use certificate-based authentication using an Enterprise CA
    • Using snapshots in virtual machines
  • Chapter 9: Monitoring, Tuning, and Troubleshooting Hyper-V
    • Introduction
    • Using real-time monitoring tools
    • Using Perfmon for logged monitoring
    • Using VM Monitoring
    • Monitoring Hyper-V Replica
    • Using Resource Metering
    • Tuning your Hyper-V server
    • Using Event Viewer for Hyper-V troubleshooting
  • Appendix: Hyper-V Architecture and Components
    • Understanding Hypervisors
    • Hyper-V architecture
    • Hyper-V architecture components
    • Differences between Hyper-V, Hyper-V Server, Hyper-V Client, and VMware

The good news is that Chapter 2 is available to download so you can have a look at the book concept and also be ready to migrate your current servers to Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V. To download the chapter, click here.

The book and ebook are available at http://www.packtpub.com/windows-server-2012-hypervisor-based-cookbook/book

You can also download the kindle version here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009OSQH9M/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_ask_Nz0gE.1B5SPHM

I hope you like it!

Leandro Carvalho
Certified Ethical Hacker | MCSA+S+M| MCSE+S | MCTS | MCITP | MCBMSS | MCT | MVP Virtual Machine
My Blog | MSVirtualization (pt-BR) | Technet Wiki Articles | MVP Profile
Twitter: LeandroEduardo | LinkedIn: Leandroesc

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