24 Hours in a Private Cloud‏

Following the very successful 24 Hours in the Cloud on line event last year MS are now running 24 Hours in a Private Cloud online event scheduled for May 10, 2012.

Registration link : http://bit.ly/24hipc

 

Event Description

 

Every organization has the power to employ cloud technologies in their own way, at their own pace and with their own terms.  The use of private cloud technologies help transform how organizations manage infrastructure resources, provision applications and automate services for their business. It also helps them leverage and manage public cloud services that expand their current infrastructure and application capabilities. As an end result, organizations increase IT operational agility, improved business focus and achieve value-add economics that evolves their IT infrastructure into a strategic asset.

 

Over 24 hours, you will hear from top industry and technical professionals from around the world to help you better understand the private cloud technology solutions that are available today. You will hear from industry organizations about how they view the public cloud and how the role of the IT Professional will evolve as more and more organizations begin a private cloud transformation. Listen to the number of technical professionals who will be on hand talking about the required components to simplify private cloud creation and management. Talk with them and your peers about the numerous operational efficiencies that come from deploying a private cloud with the reduction of servers and the benefits of provisioning and managing virtual applications across multiple platforms.

 

We hope that you will come away from this event with the knowledge and experience to help you in your private cloud infrastructure decisions and be prepared to have thought-leadership based discussions focused on building and managing your organization’s agile and efficient private cloud environment.

 

 

Keynote Speakers

 

·         Jim Reavis, Founding Director, Cloud Security Alliance

·         Kevin Smith, Marketing Director, Private Cloud, Dell

·         Dejan Milojicic, TBD, IEEE

 

 

Technical Areas of Focus

 

·         Private Cloud Infrastructure

·         Infrastructure Components

·         Application Management

·         Service Delivery and Automation

Contagem regressiva para fim do Windows XP

A Microsoft vai encerrar o suporte ao Windows XP e ao Office 2003 em 8 de abril de 2014. Isso e’ uma clara mensagem para que as empresas comecem a pensar em atualisar seus computadores. Atualmente a versao disponivel no Mercado ‘e o Windows 7. Mas e’ esperado que a Microsoft lance o Windows 8 ainda em 2012. No Windows 8, os aplicativos funcionam de forma integrada para agilizar as tarefas, mantendo a rapidez e a confiabilidade do Windows 7.

Para saber mais sobre o Windows 8 http://windows.microsoft.com/pt-BR/windows-8/consumer-preview

 

Hyper-V : Lista de hotfixes, apos instalacao do Windows 2008R2 SP1

Confira aqui a lista de hotfixes opcionais e requeridos apos instalacao do Windows 2008R2 SP1 Hyper-V standalone ou em cluster

Mas atencao, isto nao significa que voce tenha de instalar todos os hotfixes aqui listados. Vai depender da combinacao de hardware e software que voce estiver utilizando:

1              Windows & Hyper-V : Required Hotfixes

Validate SCSI Device Vital Product Data (VPD) test fails after you install Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2531907(required for 3+ node Hyper-V clusters)

The network connection of a running Hyper-V virtual machine may be lost under heavy outgoing network traffic on a computer that is running Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2263829

The Cluster service stops unexpectedly on a Windows Server 2008 R2 failover cluster node when you perform multiple backup operations in parallel on a cluster shared volume

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2494162(required for Veeam backup software)

MPIO failover fails on a computer that is running Windows Server 2008 R2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2460971

The MPIO driver fails over all paths incorrectly when a transient single failure occurs in Windows Server 2008 or in Windows Server 2008 R2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2522766

Performance decreases in Windows Server 2008 R2 when the Hyper-V role is installed on a computer that uses Intel Westmere or Sandy Bridge processors

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2517329 (for example :  Intel Xeon 5600 series processors )

Stop error 0x0000007a occurs on a virtual machine that is running on a Windows Server 2008 R2-based failover cluster with a cluster shared volume, and the state of the CSV is switched to redirected access.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2494016 (required for Veeam backup software)

Optional Hotfixes

An update is available for Hyper-V Best Practices Analyzer for Windows Server 2008 R2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2485986

“0x0000009E” Stop error when you add an extra storage disk to a failover cluster in Windows Server 2008 R2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2520235

A virtual machine online backup fails in Windows Server 2008 R2 when the SAN policy is set to “Offline All”

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2521348

Cluster node cannot rejoin the cluster after the node is restarted or removed from the cluster in Windows Server 2008 R2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2549472

Cluster service stops when an error occurs in the registry replication process of a failover cluster in Windows Server 2008 R2 or in Windows Server 2008

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2496034

“0×20001″ Stop error when you start a Linux VM in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2550569

A heap memory leak occurs when an application or service queries the MSCluster_Resource WMI class in Windows Server 2008 R2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2580360

Cluster service initiates a failover after a delay of about 80 seconds when you shutdown the active node in Windows Server 2008 R2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2575625/en-us?sd=rss&spid=14134

New registration entries are added to the Persistent Reservation table when the physical disk resource that is associated with the CSV is taken offline on a Windows Server 2008 R2-based Failover Cluster

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2579052/en-us?sd=rss&spid=14134

A transient communication failure causes a Windows Server 2008 R2 failover cluster to stop working

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2550886

Cluster service leaks memory when the service handles state change notifications in Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2008

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2550894

Hyper-V Export function consumes all available memory in Windows Server 2008 or in Windows Server 2008 R2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2547551

Microcode update for Intel processors in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2493989

Corrupted VSS snapshot

http://support.microsoft.com/hotfix/KBHotfix.aspx?kbnum=975688&kbln=en-us

FIX: The guest operating system may crash (STOP 0xd) when you perform a live migration of Hyper-V virtual machines in a Windows Server 2008 R2 environment

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2636573

 

Windows 8 Server : suporte nativo a NIC Teaming

O Windows 8 server vira com suporte nativo a network Teaming, o que significa que nao sera mais necessario a pre installacao ou configuracao de nenhum software e mais agora NIC Teaming tera suporte da Microsoft, ja que faz parte do sistema operacional e nao depende mais do fornecedor da placa de rede.

Agora com o Windows 8, voce podera confirgurar o NIC Teaming com diferentes placas de rede de diferentes fornecedores e depois e’ so’ criar o virtual switch no Hyper-V selecionando o NIC Teaming que voce criou e as maquinas virtuais passarao entao a usa-lo.  Fantastico nao!?

Os cenarios para aplicacao desta nova “funcao”  em producao sao infinitos, mas vale lembrar que ainda estamos falando da versao Preview. Muita coisa ainda vira’ na versao final.

Eu instalei o Windows 8 e configurei no meu notebook o NIC Teaming com as conexoes : cabo(wired) e wireless. Assim minhas VM’s estarao sempre conectas a rede, independente se eu estiver conectado via cabo de rede ou via wireless.

Ainda nao instalou o Windows 8? Esta esperando o que?

Hyper-V estara disponivel no Windows 8 desktop com suporte a VM’s x64 e x32bits

A Microsoft anunciou que  a versao desktop (client) do Windows 8 tera o Hyper-V.
O Hyper-v requer processador  x64 com suporte a  Second Level Address Translation (SLAT). SLAT  e’a uma funcao disponivel na atual geracao de processadores 64-bit da Intel & AMD.
Voce precisara instalar a versao x64 bits do Windows 8 e ter disponivel pelo menos  4GB de RAM.
Voce podera entao criar maquinas virtuais  32-bit e 64-bit. Podera ainda configurar a memoria(DM) de modo dinamico :  alocar/ remover dinamicamente

Para se conectar com a Virtual Machine sera possivel usar o VMConnect ou o Remote Desktop Connection

Para saber mais :http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2011/09/07/bringing-hyper-v-to-windows-8.aspx

 

SCVMM 2012 : Storage e Load Balance Providers

No SCVMM 2012, para que voce possa integra-lo com o Storage e o Load Balanace voce vai precisar do Provider

Para integracao com Storage voce precisa do SMI-S Provider especifico do seu storage. O mesmo aconte com o Load Balance. Voce precisa instalar o Provider fornecido pelo fabricante do Load Balance.

Abaixo listo o link para download de alguns dos providers.  Estarei atualizando esta lista na medida que localizo o link para download do restante dos providers.

Type Manufacturer Version Link/Instructions Additional Information
Load Balancer F5 3.0.0.175 Here Registration required
Citrix 0.9.0 Here
SMI-S Provider NetApp 4.0 X2 Here Registration required
EMC 4.2.1 Here Registration required
HP 9.3 Built-in to HP StorageWorks CommandView

EVA

Requires SMI-S CIMOM to enabled

E aqui esta a lista de Fabricantes que estao em conformidade com o SMI-S 1.4 que sao supportadpe pelo SCVMM 2012

MUITO IMPOORTANTE : antes de adquirir seu proximo Storage, verifique se o Storage esta nesta lista

Vendor
Brocade
Dell
EMC Corporation
Hewlett-Packard
Hitachi
Huawei Symantec
IBM
LSI, Engenio Storage Group
PMC-Sierra

Fonte : http://www.snia.org/ctp/

Windows 8 : nova interface para o windows explorer : agora com ribbon

O Windows 8 esta cheio de novidades. Umas das boas surpresas fica por conta do novo Windows Explorer, que agora vem com uma ribbon, muita parecida com a que temos no office 2010 (word, excel, outlook ).

A decisao foi feita baseda numa pesquisa de como usamos o Windows explorer. Os comandos que estaram dispostos no ribbon, cobrem 84% do que os usuarios mais utilizam, segundo pesquisa.

Figure 10 - Home tab showing % usage of each button
A imagem acima mostra o uso dos comandos do explorer em percentagem. Aqui da pra ver que a maioria dos usarios usa o Windows Explorer para Copiar/Colar.

fonte : http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2011/08/29/improvements-in-windows-explorer.aspx