Now to the more exciting stuff! Hyper-V Replication enables virtual machines workloads on Windows Server 2012 to be consistently synchronized to a remote server in the event a site or hardware system should crash.
In Lab 1, you will join your Hyper-V Host to the Active Directory Domain that you created in an earlier lab so that you can then create a Virtual Machine on the Host using an SMB Share in a guest cluster.
In Lab 2, you will learn how to run Hyper-V over SMB file shares. Running Hyper-V over SMB enables many new scenarios. By creating highly available file servers, which contain high-performance storage, and leveraging file shares for virtual machine storage, you can create very large clusters of many Hyper-V servers without needing to attach complex and expensive SAN infrastructure. Read more
In this lab, you will see how the new, continuously available file server in Windows Server 2012 allows user sessions to move from one file server node to another without any downtime. In this lab you will create the entire cluster environment starting with the configuration of the iSCSI storage and then the creation of the 2-node cluster. Once the cluster is complete, you will create the necessary cluster resources.
This lab assumes that you have completed these prior labs: Read more
In this lab we dive into the storage pooling and deduplication features of Hyper-V.
This lab assumes that you have completed the prior installation and configuration lab found here: Read more
Part 1 – Prepare Dual Boot Windows Server 2012 using Native Boot to VHDX
Part 2 – Install & Configure Hyper-V
Part 3 – Create the Active Directory Virtual Machine
Part 4 – Create the Storage and Cluster Virtual Machines
Part 5 – Checkpoints(No longer called snapshots!!!)
Today we held the first of a series of webinars put in place to help guide IT Pros around the world with step-by-step tasks in building a virtual network, virtual machine, and even uploading your own customized virtual machines to the Microsoft cloud. If you missed the webinar or would like to revisit the guide here is the final version ready for viewing or download:
IT Pro Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview – Lab Guide 1 – Dual Boot Instructions, Hyper-V, VHDs, and More
This lab has been retired, please view the new lab guide found here:
If you haven’t registered for TechStravaganza 2013, do so quickly as registration is limited and slots are filling up. TechStravaganza 2013 gives you a chance to network with your peers and participate in powerful technical sessions delivered by a world class group of speakers like:
• Mark Minasi – Keynote and Windows 2012 networking session (hey – it’s worth coming just to hear Mark pontificate )
• Ed “Powershell” Wilson
• System Center experts Greg Cameron and Brian Hunneycutt from Microsoft
• IT Pro Evangelist Tommy Patterson conducting Hands on Labs – build your own HyperV and Azure lab on your laptop!
• MS Exchange experts Tuan Le and Butch Waller talking about Exchange 2013 features and coexistence with Exch 2007 & 2010
• These experts are available to chat off line during the day so bring your toughest questions!
And if that wasn’t enough we provide breakfast, lunch, door prizes and Microsoft is giving away a new Surface RT tablet!
(not to mention a day away from the office!)
• See the attached schedule and announcement for more details.
• Registration, Speaker bios and session abstracts are on the web at http://atltechstravatganza.com
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Past TechStravaganzas have always had a waiting list – don’t be left out!
Azure IaaS Online Pro Camp Series : Building Virtual Machines in the New Microsoft Cloud: From Deployment to Cost Analysis – Part 1
We are excited to provide this new Pro Camp series designed for IT Pros wishing to understand not only the deployment considerations of Windows Azure but also the cost models as well! In this lab we will utilize a Pay-As-You-Go account to deploy 3 virtual machines. The second part of this lab will get the machines talking to one another with web and file services. The third part of the lab will help those who wish to un-deploy the virtual machines so as to avoid further charges, then we will look into the cost breakdown. So without further delay, we hope you enjoy Part 1 : Step-By-Step Virtual Machines in the Cloud:
Today’s blog post in our “Build Your Private Cloud in a Month” series is the fourth of a 5-part mini-series we’re calling “Deploying Private Cloud Workloads”. This week we (Kevin Remde, Blain Barton and I) are going to detail and demonstrate some of the key areas in System Center 2012 SP1 Virtual Machine Manager that support the foundational concepts and objects in your Private Cloud environment. The mini-series parts are listed here:
1. Hardware Profiles (Monday)
2. Guest OS Profiles (Tuesday)
3. Application Profiles (Wednesday)
4. VM Templates (Thursday) <—Today!
5. Service Templates (Friday)
Required if following along in the lab:
System Center 2012 w/SP1 Virtual Machine Manager should be installed properly on the domain with at least one Hyper-V host managed in the instance. For my lab guide on deploying VMM check here:
What is a VM Template?
VM templates are preconfigured virtual machines images and configurations that are included in the library of Virtual Machine Manager(VMM), which are used for deploying new virtual machines into the environment.
Why is a VM Template useful?
Let’s suppose you have a gold image of Server 2012 that has software and settings customized to your particular needs by templating this image, it can be used to deploy future virtual servers without the need to walk through the same post OS installation steps time and time again. VM templates can also be used as part of a VMM Service deployment as well, where a group of VMs are deployed to handle a given workload. In this case, a web server might already be configured to work in a load balancing scenario so that the deployment of an extra VM into the cloud service takes minimal time. We will not be tackling cloud services in this module today however. Read more