Enhance Your System Center Configuration Manager Deployment With New SCCM Advanced Deployment Book #SysCtr #SCCM #ConfigMgr @PacktPub

Hello Folks,

Do you want to design, implement, and configure System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2 with the help of real-world examples?

Then this book is ideal for you: A New book just been published by Packt Publishing, it’s named “Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager Advanced Deployment” authored by Martyn Coupland.

What You Will Learn in This Book:

  • Analyze your environment to provide the best design solution
  • Secure your environment using certificates and encryption
  • Address challenges with unwanted application installations
  • Provide a secure operating system with endpoint protection
  • Learn how content management works in Configuration Manager
  • Deploy complex desktop and server operating systems
  • Keep your environment up to date with security updates
  • Manage mobile devices and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

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I am happy to announce that I was selected to review the book.

This book will give you thorough insights into Configuration Manager environments from a design perspective. You will understand how proper decisions made at the first stage of a deployment can lead to a successful implementation at the later stages. Following this, you will learn how to secure your site using certificates and also deploy and manage endpoint protection to clients.

Here is the detailed table of contents and what to expect to learn from reading this book:

Chapter 1: DESIGNING COMPLEX HIERARCHIES
Selecting the appropriate site system server
Designing fault-tolerant hierarchies
Backup and recovery in Configuration Manager
Designing to support trusted forests
Designing to support nontrusted forests
Designing a sample hierarchy
Summary

Chapter 2: IMPLEMENTING SECURITY WITH CERTIFICATES
Planning for the use of certificates
Setting up a secure communication
Configuring Configuration Manager
Deploying certificates to workgroup computers
Summary

Chapter 3: WORKING WITH INVENTORY, ASSET INTELLIGENCE, AND SOFTWARE METERING
Configuring the software and hardware inventory
Using the inventory data to your advantage
Making use of software metering
Real-world use of asset intelligence
Controlling applications with the inventory data
Summary

Chapter 4: SECURITY WITH ENDPOINT PROTECTION
Configuring the endpoint protection infrastructure
Creating endpoint protection policies
Deploying endpoint protection definition updates
Deploying endpoint protection agents
Responding to threats
Controlling the Windows Firewall
Summary

Chapter 5: ADVANCED CONTENT MANAGEMENT
Deploying distribution points
How to deploy cloud distribution points
Understanding the content library
Introducing network caching
Working with data deduplication
Summary

Chapter 6: APPLICATION DEPLOYMENT
Introducing the application model
Deploying virtual applications
How the application model works
When to use packages
Summary

Chapter 7: DEPLOYING WINDOWS 8.1 AND WINDOWS SERVER 2012 R2
Introduction to operating system deployment
Integrating the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit
Creating custom boot images
Maintaining a driver library
Creating reference images
Using images in virtual environments
Deploying your captured images
Summary

Chapter 8: DEPLOYING SECURITY UPDATES
Software updates
Designing a software update infrastructure
Monitoring software updates
A sample scenario to patch workstations
A sample scenario to patch servers
Summary

Chapter 9: ADVANCED REPORTING
Report Builder
Creating custom reports
Creating custom charts
Optimizing query performance
Configuring report subscriptions
Summary

Chapter 10: PREVENTING CONFIGURATION DRIFT
An introduction to compliance settings
Example scenarios for compliance monitoring
Summary

Chapter 11: MANAGING BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE AND MOBILITY
Deploying company resource profiles
Managing Internet-based devices
Using the Microsoft Exchange connector
Using Windows Intune
Summary

Chapter 12: ADVANCED TROUBLESHOOTING
Error tracing in Configuration Manager
Using the Configuration Manager toolkit
Using the service manager utility
Real-world scenarios
Summary

The book is available for immediate download from Packt Publishing website after registration here.

Grab your copy and enjoy!

Cheers,
/Charbel

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Free New Webinar & eBook: Microsoft Licensing for Hyper-V #Altaro #HyperV

Hello folks,

as you know that Microsoft licensing for virtual environments can be tricky and there are a lot of misconceptions out there on how to ensure you comply, but also special benefits some may be unaware of.

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1. Altaro Webinar hosted by my fellow MVPs Thomas Maurer and Andrew Syrewicze on Thursday, 4th December 2014 at 10am EST / 4pm CET (30-45 mins + live Q&A!). Sign up for the free webinar here:

join Altaro webinar

2. If you are looking to get to grips with Microsoft licensing for Hyper-V? then we get you covered as we have something special for you Party smile.

Download your free copy of the eBook now and start licensing your virtual environment correctly.

Download eBook

Enjoy!

Cheers,
/Charbel

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How to Associate a Cloud to Multiple Virtual Machines in VMM 2012 R2 Via PowerShell #VMM #SysCtr #SCVMM #PowerShell

Hello folks,

As you know that in System Center Virtual Machine 2012 R2, we can create “Clouds” SmallCloudas pools of delegated resources that abstract the underlying physical fabric such as compute, network and storage. We can create multiple Clouds for varying business units needs or tenants, and then present each Cloud with a defined capacity that we can increase later, decrease or customize as needed. In this manner, Virtual Machine Manager provide us with a lot of flexibility for mapping our datacenter capacity to changing business requirements while not exposing the full fabric capacity details to customers.

In SCVMM in order to deploy a service to a cloud, you must have the following requirements in place:

Service Templates that are configured through the use of many VMM resources such as virtual hard disks, VM Templates, Guest OS profiles, Hardware profiles, and other VMM library resources. The service template allows us to configure how many Virtual Machines are initially deployed as part of the service deployment, then configure the applications to be installed at deployment time.

For example when you deploy a multi-tier application to a tenant or business unit, the virtual machines that belong to this service will be associated to a Cloud.

The following figure will illustrate the picture:

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The first question is what if you already have virtual machine that was manually deployed without Service Template, would you be able to associate it to a Cloud?

The answer is YES! Smile

How to do it?

You can browse to the VM and follow the steps below:

VM not associated to a cloud:

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VM associated to a cloud:

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The second question is what if you have 100 virtual machines that was manually deployed without Service Template, would you still be able to associate them to a Cloud?

The answer is YES!

How to do it?

Well same as we did above… very simple.

Really Surprised smile NOOOO!

So I have created the following simple PowerShell tool that will save you 400 clicks on your mouse, 4 clicks per VM Open-mouthed smile.

<#
.SYNOPSIS
Set the Associate Cloud to Multiple Virtual Machines.

.DESCRIPTION
This script will set or remove cloud association for all Virtual Machines to a specific Tenant and Host Group.

.NOTES
File Name : Set-AssociateCloud.ps1
Author      : Charbel Nemnom
Version    : 1.0
Requires  : PowerShell Version 3.0 or above
OS           : Windows Server 2012 or above with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2

.LINK
To provide feedback or for further assistance please visit:
http://charbelnemnom.com

.EXAMPLE
./Set-AssociateCloud -TenantCloudName <CloudProvider> -HostGroupName <Hosts>
This example will set the cloud association to all virtual machines for a specific Tenant and Host Group.
.EXAMPLE
./Set-AssociateCloud -TenantCloudName <CloudProvider> -HostGroupName <Hosts> -AssociateCloud No
This example will remove the cloud association from all virtual machines for a specific Tenant and Host Group.
#>

[CmdletBinding()]
param(
[Parameter(Mandatory=$true)]
[Alias(‘CloudName’)]
[String]$TenantCloudName,

[Parameter(Mandatory=$true)]
[Alias(‘GroupName’)]
[String]$HostGroupName,

[ValidateSet(“Yes”,”No”)]
[String]$AssociateCloud=’Yes’
)

$Cloud = Get-SCCloud -VMMServer localhost | where {$_.Name -eq $TenantCloudName}
$hostGroups = Get-SCVMHostGroup -Name $HostGroupName
Foreach ($hostGroup in $hostGroups.AllChildHosts)
{
$VMs = Get-SCVirtualMachine -VMMServer localhost -VMHost $HostGroup
foreach ($VM in $VMs)
{
If($AssociateCloud -eq ‘Yes’)
{
Set-SCVirtualMachine -VM $VM.Name -Cloud $Cloud
}
Else
{
Set-SCVirtualMachine -VM $VM.Name -RemoveFromCloud
}
}
}

If you need to associate all virtual machines to a specific tenant and host group, you can run the following cmdlet:

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The default parameter to Associate Cloud is Yes, if you want to dissociate a Cloud from all Virtual Machines, then you need to add the parameter –AssociateCloud No

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Hope this helps!

Until then… see you in the Cloud Smile

Cheers,
/Charbel

Posted in Service Templates, System Center, System Center 2012 R2, Virtual Machine Manager Tagged with: , , , , ,

StarWind Free Webinars, Protecting Virtual Machines, Building Hyper-V Cluster and Building Scale-Out File Server Without JBODs #HyperV #StarWind

1. Protecting Virtual Machines Using Data ReplicationThursday, November 20, 11:00 am PT / 2:00pm ET

Featured Speakers: Matt Price, Systems Engineer, Veeam Software, Inc. Max Kolomyeytsev, Product Manager, StarWind Software
Host: Chris M. Evans, Independent Consultant, Langton Blue Ltd.

With a need for 24/7 operations, protecting data in ways that minimize downtime is an essential requirement for all IT departments. Data replication is a key tool that enables virtualization administrators to deliver continuous operations in virtual server environments. There are important considerations which determine where best to implement replication technology. This webinar discusses the technical options available and how to choose the right product for your needs. You will learn:

  • Why data replication is needed in your IT environment
  • A definition of data replication, including the different modes of operation
  • Why array-based replication solutions aren’t ideal for virtualized environments
  • How to choose between volume-based or VM-based replication tools
  • An overview of Veeam Backup and Replication, including replication features
  • An overview of StarWind Virtual SAN, including replication features

Registration:

Webinar Nov20

2. Building The Highly Available Hyper-V Cluster on Free Microsoft Hyper-V Server – Practice

Wednesday, December 3, 11 am ET / 4 pm GMT

Featured Speakers: Alexander Karavanov, Virtualization Security Engineer, 5nine Software Max Kolomyeytsev, Product Manager, StarWind Software

Experts from 5nine Software and StarWind Software proceed with their break-out session on the creation of cost effective and highly available Hyper-V failover cluster. Join them to continue receiving the essential insight. If you haven’t seen the first webinar – be sure to check it out right here (http://www.starwindsoftware.com/building-a-highly-available-hyper-v-cluster-using-free-microsoft-server-video)

Registration:

webinar Dec3

3. Live Webinar: How to build Microsoft Scale-Out File Server without SAS JBODs

Thursday, December 9, 9 am PT / 12:00pm ET Featured Speaker: Max Kolomyeytsev, Product Manager, StarWind Software Microsoft Scale-Out File Server is a new efficient storage solution for Hyper-V and SQL. SoFS uses SMB 3.0 to eliminate all the complexity of traditional shared storage and leverages the clustering capabilities to maintain true storage high availability. While most of the vendors show how SoFS is configured with shared JBOD storage, we will show you how to configure it with just local storage and zero additional hardware. Join StarWind expert Max Kolomyeytsev and learn how:

  • How to reduce deployment costs by excluding shared SAS JBOD infrastructure
  • How to enable the use of local high capacity SATA, high speed PCIe SSD, and commodity SATA SSD as storage for SoFS
  • Leverage RAM cache from read-only to a distributed write cache

Registration:

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Enjoy the Webinars Smile

Cheers,
/Charbel

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Deck: Hyper-V TechDays#1 Microsoft Dubai #HyperV #TechDays #Microsoft

Thanks to Microsoft® and to all IT Pros who attended my presentation today at the Microsoft Dubai Office TechDays#1 focused on Hyper-V Server best practices and top functionalities.

The feedback was awesome Open-mouthed smile

We discussed various Hyper-V features, top functionalities and best practices, including 13 live demos.

The topics discussed are the following:

  • What’s new in the CloudOS?
  • Planning and Rolling out Hyper-V Hosts
  • Top Hyper-V Functionalities and Architecture Patterns
  • Deployment Options and Common Mistakes
  • Secure your Private Cloud and Hyper-V Security
  • Protect your Hyper-V Environment with Failover Clustering, Hyper-V Replica, and Azure Site Recovery.

At the end of this article, I’ve included a downloadable copy of the session deck 168 slides Winking smile

For folks who asked the following offline questions, here are the answers:

Q: Can we convert a Linux physical machine to virtual machine?

A: Unfortunately not, here is the full list of the supported physical machine conversion to Hyper-V.

Q: We are still running System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 because we need the P2V functionality, but VMM 2012 does not support Hyper-V 2012 R2.

A: Thanks to Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.0 that brings back P2V functionality, you can now safely upgrade your VMM infrastructure to 2012 R2.

Q: I am still running Windows Server 2003 on physical machine, can I convert it to virtual machine with MVMC 3.0?

A: First of all, Windows Server 2003 will rest in peace on July 14th, 2015 Party smile, therefore you should start planning your migration very soon if you didn’t start already… Second, if you still need to migrate physical Windows Server 2003 to Hyper-V, Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.0 des not support Windows 2003 Surprised smile, the alternate option is to use Disk2vhd v2.01 by Sysinternals. Disk2vhd supports Windows Server 2003 and higher.

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Download a copy of this deck for offline review.

Until the next TechDays session… Enjoy your day!

Cheers
/Charbel

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New Release Savision Cloud Reporter & Cloud Advisor – Nov 2014 @Savision #PrivateCloud #HyperV

Cloud Reporter and Cloud Advisor Release, November 2014

what's-new-savision

This month, Savision announced a new update for Cloud Reporter and Cloud Advisor.

Cloud Reporter is the Cloud Capacity Management solution, and Cloud Advisor is the FREE Tuning and Optimization Recommendations for Hyper-V.

Please make sure to join the free webinar and learn what’s new in the new release of both Cloud Reporter & Cloud Advisor.

The webinar will be held on two different dates and will be hosted by Savision’s VP of R&D, Steven Dwyer.

USA Time Zone: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 11:00 am EDT/ 17:00 pm CEST

EUROPE Time Zone: Thursday, November 20, 2014 9:30 am EDT/ 15:30 pm CEST

The webinar is specially designed to highlight the new features and walk you through the many benefits of using Cloud Reporter & Cloud Advisor to monitor your cloud, so don’t forget to register now!

Enjoy!

Cheers,
/Charbel

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MVP Summit 2014 #MVPSummit #MVPbuzz #MVP2014

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Microsoft® Redmond Campus (Image Credit: Charbel Nemnom)

This week I’ve been in Redmond attending the Microsoft Global MVP Summit 2014. It was a unique and fantastic experience Open-mouthed smile.

Microsoft MVP’s from all around the world are being invited to come over to the Microsoft Campus in Redmond  to join various Product Teams to discuss the current state and future of their technology expertise. The best part about MVP Summit is meeting the Product Team and fellow MVP’s in person to discuss current challenges, future releases and provide feedback to the product team members in person.

Thanks to everyone at Microsoft® for arranging this event, and special thanks to all the Hyper-V PM team.

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Ben Armstrong, Principal Program Manager on the Hyper-V Team Lead at Microsoft ® (Image Credit: Charbel Nemnom)

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My fellow Hyper-V MVP’s signatures, (Image Credit: Charbel Nemnom)

Last but not least thanks to our MEA MVP Community Lead!

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MEA MVP Community Group Photo (Image Credit: Charbel Nemnom)

Looking forward to meet you all next year!

Until then… Let’s conquer the world with Hyper-V! Smile

Cheers,

/Charbel

Posted in Hyper-V, MVP Tagged with: , , , ,

Free Webinar: Virtual SAN – The "New" Storage Meme for Virtual Server Environments #StarWind

Virtual SAN: The “New” Storage Meme for Virtual Server Environments
StarWind Software’s Complimentary Technology for Realizing the Virtual SAN Vision

Monday, November 17, 11:00am PT / 2:00pm ET
Featured Speaker: Jon Toigo, Toigo Partners International


Server-side storage, now increasingly called “Virtual SAN” with VMware’s adoption of the term in 2014, is not a new idea. The strategy, involving the nodal clustering of locally-installed or direct-attached silicon and magnetic storage, was first articulated by StarWind Software in 2011. StarWind was working to develop a storage architecture that would help early adopters of server hypervisors realize the promised cost efficiencies from their investments. Storage remains a significant cost in server virtualization, creating a barrier for large and especially smaller firms seeking to drive down IT costs while enabling better service levels. And StarWind brings a hardware-minimalistic and flash-friendly solution which compliments the VMware hypervisor delivering a more robust and capable Virtual SAN at a lower cost.

Join storage expert, Jon Toigo, to learn more about Virtual SAN, the capabilities of VMware’s preliminary offering, and the complimentary product from StarWind Software. Jon will be joined by Max of StarWind to dig into the technical details of the product and how it provides storage high availability and fault tolerance and enables cost reduction for businesses of all sizes that are increasingly adopting the VMware vSphere/ESX hypervisor. Register today!

Registration:

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Time To Take Off To The MVP Summit 2014 #Microsoft #MVP #MVPbuzz #Summit #HyperV

MVP Summit 2014

So here I go. I’m off to United States of America, Washington, Seattle, Bellevue/Redmond. I’m travelling to attend the MVP Global Summit 2014.

BA-Airlines-TakeOff

I’ll be quiet in the next week. I’ll be very busy, both during the day as well as at night with all my fellow MVPs to meet ups and networking opportunities that are planned. The MVP summit is Super Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA). So there will be no techie tweets except about fun stuff in Seattle/Bellevue and suburban. I will never breach the NDA.

I’m very fortunate to be able to attend the MVP Global Summit at the Microsoft beautiful campus, and I have every intention to make the most of this opportunity.

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To all my fellow MVPs, nerd friends, colleagues in route to the Summit, I’m looking forward to seeing you all! But first I have to pack my luggage and get ready!

SeattleSkyline

Have a safe trip!

Cheers,
/Charbel

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Update Rollup 4 for System Center 2012 R2 is Released #SysCtr

Hello folks,

I am glad to share with you that Microsoft just released the update rollup 4 for System Center 2012 R2.

How to obtain and install Update Rollup 4 for System Center 2012 R2.

You have two options to obtain and install UR4:

1- The first option is through regular Microsoft Windows Update in control panel.

2- The second option is to manually download the update packages from the Microsoft Update Catalog or the Microsoft Download Center:

Data Protection Manager
Download the Data Protection Manager update package now.

Operations Manager
Download the Operations Manager update package now.

Service Manager
Download the Service Manager update package now.

Orchestrator
Download the Service Provider Foundation update package now.

Service Reporting
Download the Service Reporting update package now.

Virtual Machine Manager
Download the Administrator Console update package now.
Download the Virtual Machine Manager update package now.

Windows Azure Pack
Download the Windows Azure Pack update package now.

Windows Azure Pack Websites
Download the Windows Azure Pack Web Sites Version 2 update package now.

Warning: Please remember that you must try the update first in a dev environment before you install them in production!

Happy testing Smile

Cheers,
/Charbel

Posted in System Center, System Center 2012 R2 Tagged with: ,

Hyper-V Enhanced Session Mode ‘Show Options’ Issue #HyperV

Hello folks,

In the past I came across a weird issue where I was not able to copy files into the Virtual Machine with allow enhanced session mode. if you are experiencing the same issue, then make sure to check my previous post here.

Today I came across another odd behavior where the ‘Show Options’ to configure device redirection is gone.

If you recall the Enhanced Session Mode feature that was introduced in Windows Server 2012 R2. Hyper-V can now redirect local resources to a virtual machine session through Virtual Machine Connection tool. The enhanced session mode connection uses a Remote Desktop Connection session via the virtual machine bus (VMBus), so no network connection to the virtual machine is required!

In below figures you can experiment the options when you try to connect to a Virtual Machine through Hyper-V Manager console with allow enhanced session mode: 

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If you expand show options, you can browse through various settings:

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The following local resources can be redirected when using Virtual Machine Connection.

  • Display configuration
  • Audio
  • Printers
  • Clipboard
  • Smart cards
  • USB devices
  • Drives
  • Supported Plug and Play devices

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Scenario

When I tried to connect from my Hyper-V host to all my virtual machines, I noticed that ‘Show Options’ is disappeared Surprised smile

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Resolution

If you noticed the display is not very clear if you compare it with above screenshots.

Actually this host is HP Mobile Workstation and has a high end NVIDIA Quadro graphic adapter.

I fired up device manager and noticed that I forgot to install the display driver.

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After I installed the appropriate display driver, then adjust the screen resolution and finally restart my Hyper-V host…

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The ‘Show Options’ is back again Open-mouthed smile

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Hope this helps if you are experiencing the same behavior!

Until then… Enjoy your day!

Cheers,
/Charbel

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VMM Service Deployments: Deploying a Scale-Out RDS as a Service – Part 3 #VMM #CloudOS #SCVMM #HyperV #SysCtr

Hello folks,

During this post, I will be wrapping up this in-depth look at VMM service deployments. Over the last two postings we have examined the following items, so make sure you review them before you continue:

In this last post, I will be using all previously discussed topics, prerequisites and the detailed RDS Application profiles to deploy a multi-tiered instance of Remote Desktop Services and finally Scale Out/In the service.

Deploying the Service Template

And now the moment of truth Fingers crossed, we reap the rewards of three long blog posts worth of content. To deploy the Service Template, click ‘Save and Validate’ and then click ‘Configure Deployment’.

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Select a name and destination for the service.

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On the Deploy Service window, we can observe a few items. First notice that we can see a visual representation of the service as it will be deployed, in this case 1 VM for RDSH Tier, 1 VM for RDWA Tier, and 1 VM for RDCB Tier. On the left hand pane we can see the current VM computer names for the VM’s of each Tier, and finally we see the text box on the right hand in which we provide the value to be used in the @Collection@, @RDCB@, and @RDWA@ variables.

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After populating the variables with the right information, we could click the ‘Refresh Preview’ which would engage the fabric placement algorithm ensuring that our service will ‘fit’ on the destination cloud, or we can just click on the ‘Deploy Service’ button. If there is going to be a pre-detectable placement issue, the Deploy Service wizard will let you know.

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As you can see, the service is ready to be deployed without any warning ! signs.

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After selecting ‘Deploy Service’, confirm that you would like to deploy the service and VMM will take care of the rest. Once this process has completed your service will be cooked and ready for use.

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Now for disclosure, this process takes a long time… and this depends on the hardware what you have.

Now you can grab a couple cups of coffee Coffee cup, have some snacks Pizza and then come back.

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And here you go… The RDS service completed pretty successfully Open-mouthed smile.

We have one VM in each of this three tiers.  

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Let’s go and verify that we have a functioning Remote Desktop Services infrastructure.

I will open and login into the Remote Desktop Web Access page (https://rdwa01.domain.net/RDWeb).

And voilà… here are the office applications Open-mouthed smile, click one button, and we have a fully functioning Remote Desktop Services infrastructure, this is awesome! 

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Scaling-Out the RDS Service Deployment

As you recall from the previous post, the RDSH tier is configured to be Scaled-Out and Scaled-In.

Right click on the RDSH tier, and select ‘Scale Out’.

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The Scale Out Tier Wizard will pop-up.

You can confirm that we have the proper configuration for the tier size (Current VM count, minimum and maximum).

Click Next,

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Here you have the option to specify a different Virtual machine name, however it should automatically populate the correct name based on the RDSH## variable.

Click Next,

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We can verify the identity information for the new virtual machine that will be created.

If you do that process again, it will be RDSH03, RDSH04 and so on and so on…

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Here you can change the action properties for this new VM if you wish to.

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Quick summary and finally the Scale Out button will go and complete that process… this is pretty cool!

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And here you go, we have a second instance of Remote Desktop Session Host Open-mouthed smile

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Scaling-In the RDS Service Deployment

Now what interesting is that while there is a ‘Scale Out’ button, you will find that there is no ‘Scale In’ button that exist in VMM Surprised smile

I don’t know why Microsoft chose not to actually include a ‘Scale In’ button in VMM, however if you played with System Center Orchestrator you can see there is a ‘Scale In’ activity that we can choose from.

If you do want to ‘Scale In’ a tier in VMM, the way in which you Scale In a tier happens by right-click the tier and choosing to ‘Delete’ the tier literally.

Deleting a tier, will go through all the process that need to happen in order to remove that virtual machine appropriately.This deletion just like with the Scale Out, will go through those additional application profile actions (scripts) that needs to happen as well.         

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Note: As I mentioned in the first post, this deployment is solely depends on System Center Virtual Machine Manager, however if you like to add more automation, you can use definitely System Center Service Manager along with System Center Orchestrator, add more fun and let the users deploy, scale-out, scale-in and even re-deploy the complete Remote Desktop Service infrastructure while you are focusing on doing other important projects… This is the power of Microsoft System Center integration.

Conclusion

If you read all three posts of this blog series or simply flipped though, I hope that this has been helpful in your pursuit to VMM service deployment Smile

Thanks for reading! until then… enjoy your day…

Cheers,
/Charbel

Posted in Service Templates, System Center, System Center 2012 R2, Virtual Machine Manager Tagged with: , , , , ,

Free Webinars! Reduce Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity Expenses with Windows Server Clustering and Geo-Clustering #StarWind #WindowsServer

Hello folks,

StarWind has been named as Finalist for the SVC Awards 2014 in three categories:

· Storage Virtualization Product of the Year
· Storage Management Product of the Year
· Virtualization Management Product of the Year

This is the Press release: http://www.starwindsoftware.com/news/118
Please make sure to vote before November 6th, 2014

Here are the free webinars for the month of November:

1. Reduce Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity Expenses with Windows Server Clustering and Geo-Clustering!

In this free webinar, we will discuss the technical issues involved in implementing DR in a virtual server environment and will show you how using the StarWind Virtual SAN solution can help increase the availability of your business critical workloads. Topics covered will include:

· Windows Failover Clustering requirements
· Quorum, networking and storage considerations
· Geo-Clustering for disaster recovery
· Using StarWind Virtual SAN with hyper-converged multi-node scale-out clusters

Thursday, November 13, 2:00 PM ET

Featured Speakers:

Michael Otey, Senior Technical Director for Windows IT Pro
Max Kolomyeytsev, Product Manager, StarWind Software

Register here.

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2. Webinar: How to Reduce Disaster Recovery Expenses up to 50% DR & BC Best Practices for Virtual Environments

Thursday, November 6, 2:00 PM BST

Featured Speakers:

Chris M Evans, Independent Consultant, Langton Blue Ltd.

Want to reduce IT expenses and help your business comply with the legal requirements? To do so, you’ll need to implement a comprehensive Business Continuity / Disaster Recovery (BC / DR) strategy.
Join our webinar to learn why having an effective disaster recovery plan is so important and the additional protection one gets you over simple application or server resiliency. We’ll discuss the technical details involved in implementing a DR strategy in a virtual server environment that includes the StarWind Virtual SAN solution.
During the webinar you’ll learn:

· The business need for BC/DR
· Why BC/DR is different from simple hardware resiliency
· Strategies for implementing BC/DR based on application and business Service Level Objectives
· Choosing between storage array and hypervisor based recovery solutions
· Choosing between VM-level and LUN-level recovery solutions
· Technical solutions for BC/DR with virtual servers, including Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware vSphere and open source platforms
· Vendor roundup – 3rd Party recovery solutions for virtual environments

Register here

3. Live Webinar: Building a Highly Available Hyper-V Cluster Using Free Microsoft Hyper-V Server

Tuesday, November 11, 1:00 PM GMT

Featured Speakers:

Alexander Karavanov, Virtualization Security Engineer, 5nine Software
Max Kolomyeytsev, Product Manager, StarWind Software

Virtualization experts from 5nine and StarWind tell how to create a cost effective and highly available Hyper-V failover cluster.
Discover best practices on how to:

· Benefit from highly available Hyper-V failover cluster
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