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

My Sessions at Infrastructure Saturday in Brisbane

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Hey folks.

On 3rd November, at the Microsoft Brisbane offices in the Brisbane CBD, a group of IT Pros formed by technical specialist, MVPs, Microsoft employees and other experts will be presenting the Infrastructure Saturday.

We will have a total of 14 sessions talking about Hyper-V, System Center 2012, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, Group Policy, PowerShell, SharePoint, Exchange and Lync. from 9AM to 5:30PM.

I’ll be presenting 3 sessions with my mate Alessandro Cardoso:

  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 SP1 – New Features and Improvements
  • Making your Virtual Machines High Available with Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V
  • Top 10 Reasons to Choose Microsoft Hyper-V
    It’s all about virtualisation. That’s our tasks with these three sessions, which will cover all enhancements and new features of Hyper-V new version and System Center Virtual Machine 2012 SP1. We are preparing lots of cool Brazilian jokes demos and real world scenarios. It will be a great opportunity to keep up to date with all information you need about Microsoft virtualisation.
    To view the list with all sessions, click here.
    The event is totally free, but it requires registration, which can be completed here.
    So if you are around in Brisbane that Saturday, just come up there.
    See you 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 Veeam Backup for Windows Server 2012

Hi there.

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Veeam, one of the best backup software for Hyper-V, released a new product that support Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V virtual machines.

With an easy interface to backup your VMs on the fly, it supports compression, deduplication and the option to restore the VM in any other host.

The new version also has a free edition that supports backup compression, VM, VM file and file level recovery, file management and much more.

For more information, visit the website http://bit.ly/OmkKOW

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

An Overview of Teched Australia 2012

Hi there!

Last week we had Teched Australia 2012 in Gold Coast.

For the second year I had the opportunity to participate with 2 Instructor-Led Labs talking about the Sideloading Windows 8 Applications and using App-V with SCCM 2012. I also presented a exam cram session full of tips and tricks to pass in the exam 70-247 – Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012. I got some very nice feedbacks and no problems with the timing during the presentations (last year my exam cram should be 60 minutes and I finished in 140 min Smile)

This year we also had lots of sessions about Private Cloud and Windows Server 2012. A few Program Managers from US came to present a couple of sessions and we had amazing tracks covering all new features of Windows Server 2012, Windows 8 and System Center. Particularly I think the Hyper-V sessions with Ben Armstrong (Virtual PC Guy) were pretty cool.

I met lots of IT Pros, ex-students (chicken users), MVPs and Virtualisation Specialists. I definitely enjoyed every single day of the event.

Didn’t make Teched this year?! Not a problem… You can check all sessions online. They are available on http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/Australia/2012

The party this year was full on! Lots of cool things such as laser tag, comedy shows, movies, balloon soccer (sort of) and much more. 

For my surprise I also won a helicopter flight and a limo lift. We had a flight around Gold Coast and I went to the airport taken by the limo. That was awesome!

Here are some pictures from the event.

 

I reckon it was the best Teched Australia ever and I’m looking forward for next year.

Hopefully we can meet there again!

Cheers.

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

System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 Beta Available for Download

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Hi there!

The System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 Beta for all products were released last week. It basically updates the current version of SC components to support Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and their new features such as Network Virtualization, VHDX, Windows Store, etc.

Overview

The Beta of System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (“SP1”) enables System Center customers to jointly evaluate System Center 2012 with Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8. The Beta is for evaluation purposes only and not to be used in production as described in the EULAs associated with the product. No license keys are required to do this evaluation. The Beta includes updates and enhancements to the following System Center 2012 components:

  • Virtual Machine Manager
    • Improved Support for Network Virtualization
    • Extend the VMM console with Add-ins
    • Support for Windows Standards-Based Storage Management Service, thin provisioning of logical units and discovery of SAS storage
    • Ability to convert VHD to VHDX, use VHDX as base Operating System image
  • Configuration Manager
    • Deployment and management of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012
    • Distribution point for Windows Azure to help reduce infrastructure costs
    • Automation of administrative tasks through PowerShell support
    • Management of Mac OS X clients and Linux and UNIX servers
    • Real-time administrative actions for Endpoint Protection related tasks
  • Data Protection Manager
    • Improved backup performance of Hyper-V over CSV 2.0
    • Protection for Hyper-V over remote SMB share
    • Protection for Windows Server 2012 de-duplicated volumes
    • Uninterrupted protection for VM live migration
  • App Controller
    • Service Provider Foundation API to create and operate Virtual Machines
    • Support for Azure VM; migrate VHDs from VMM to Windows Azure, manage from on-premise System Center
  • Operations Manager
    • Support for IIS 8
    • Monitoring of WCF, MVC and .NET NT services
    • Azure SDK support
  • Orchestrator
    • Support for Integration Packs, including 3rd party
    • Manage VMM self-service User Roles
    • Manage multiple VMM ‘stamps’ (scale units), aggregate results from multiple stamps
    • Integration with App Controller to consume Hosted clouds
  • Service Manager
    • Apply price sheets to VMM clouds
    • Create chargeback reports
    • Pivot by cost center, VMM clouds, Pricesheets
  • Server App-V
    • Support for applications that create scheduled tasks during packaging
    • Create virtual application packages from applications installed remotely on native server

Download: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=34607

Information and Support for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 Beta http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj628191

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

Windows Server 2012 Resources–Download, Free Online Training, Practice Exam, Presentation Files, Videos and Much More

Hi Everyone!

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After a busy week at Teched Australia, I’m finally back, trying to catch up all the releases and news.

Now that I have time to follow the updates, I’ve noticed lots of info about Windows Server 2012 that has been released last week. This new version comes with tons of features and improvements to run any workload in a cloud infrastructure. It doesn’t matter if you have public, private or hybrid clouds, Windows Server 2012 suits all of them and bring reliability, flexibility and manageability to your servers.

To help you getting all you need to get ready for Windows Server I created this list of links and resources that I think will be pretty handy. Check it out:

WS2012Download Windows Server 2012http://technet.microsoft.com/en-au/evalcenter/hh670538.aspx

Windows Server 2012 Bloghttp://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsserver/

Launch Event Videoshttp://www.windows-server-launch.com/Home

Free Online Training on Microsoft Virtual Academyhttp://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/tracks/windows-server-2012-first-look

Free Microsoft Practice Examshttp://www.accelerated-ideas.com/aiMExamsChoose.aspx

More than 100 TechEd 2012 Hands-On Labs (Available till September 30th and requires sign-up for free) https://northamerica.msteched.com/signin?returnurl=/contentcatalog?sessiontype=hands-on%20lab&mtag=blog#fbid=qmYb-2g5yjm

Free ebook: Introduction to Windows Server 2012: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoft_press/archive/2012/09/05/free-ebook-introducing-windows-server-2012-rtm-edition.aspx

PowerPoint Presentation and Videos on TechEd Calaloghttp://northamerica.msteched.com/contentcatalog?Keyword=&Categories=&Timeslot=&Speaker=&Day=&Start=&Finish=&oc=91938038-434d-e111-9562-001ec953730b&take=20&skip=-20&sort=start#fbid=qmYb-2g5yjm

Windows Server 2012 Technet Forumshttp://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/windowsserver

Windows Server 2012 Resource Webpagehttp://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/hh534429.aspx

PowerShell 3.0 Download - http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=34595

Download Hyper-V Server 2012 (Free Hyper-V version)http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/hyper-v-server/

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Architecture Posterhttp://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29189

Hyper-V Poster

Atari Games for IE 10 http://arcade.atari.com/ (Come one, we also need some fun!)

Enjoy!

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

My Sessions at Teched Australia 2012

Hi there.

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It was a pleasure to be invited again for the second year to present at Teched Australia this year.

Being honest, I was quite impressed again and very happy when I got the email from the Teched Team.

The first session will be an exam cram:

“Exam Crams are 90-minute sessions and are taught by leading Industry Experts in their field. They will share their knowledge of the product exams, how to prepare, what to expect and give invaluable tips and tricks when taking an exam. The Exam Cram sessions have been carefully chosen, so you have a range of technologies and certification tracks to choose from.”

The exam that I’ll be presenting is the 70-247 (Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with Microsoft System Center 2012). Private clouds are becoming more and more common and certified Private Cloud IT pros will be ahead in the competition. I’ll try to cover and show everything you need to know to successfully pass on this exam.

The good news is that Microsoft Certification Exams can be taken at TechEd 2012 for $99 inc GST. Exam vouchers can be purchased as an additional extra when you register for TechEd. Already registered for TechEd? Log into your account and add Microsoft Certification Exam as an extra.

Book your certification now.

The other 2 sessions will be Instructor-Led Labs (ILL).

“Each Instructor-Led Lab (ILL) presents the best Hands-On Lab content in an expert-facilitated environment. While using your own computer, Microsoft Certified Trainers walk you through exercises in a 75-minute session.”

I like these IIL format because we have the opportunity to talk about a particular topic and the audience can do the lab during the presentation. It’s a sort of hands-on during the session. Pretty cool.

My 2 ILL are:

  • Sideloading Applications in Windows 8
  • Deploying & Managing Virtual Applications (App-V) using System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

Teched Australia 2012 will be held in the Gold Coast Convention Centre between September 11-14. I hope to catch up with you there!

Leandro Carvalho
Certified Ethical Hacker | MCSA+S+M| MCSE+S | MCTS | MCITP | MCBMSS | MCT | MVP Virtual Machine
My Blog | MSVirtualization (pt-BR) | LinhadeCodigo | MVP Profile

Twitter: LeandroEduardo | LinkedIn: Leandroesc

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