In 2014 Microsoft invested a lot of work and time to improve this service and in January 2014 HRM changed the name to Azure Site Recovery (ASR). In October 2014 Microsoft announced the GA for Azure Site Recovery DR Orchestration between Hyper-V on-premises and Microsoft Azure. In November 2014 Microsoft will offer a public preview for Azure Site Recovery using SAN Replication. In 2015 Microsoft will allow you to use Azure Site Recovery to replicate your VMware and physical servers to Microsoft Azure.
With Update Rollup 4 for System Center 2012 R2 and Azure Pack, Microsoft integrated Azure Site Recovery as a plan or Add-on property for VM clouds.
Microsoft has published a blog article claiming that VMware’s Cost-Per-Application Calculator admits VMware’s costs are higher. When customers do cost comparisons for themselves, they’ll have to decide what is important to their deployment. VMware’s calculator takes a conservative approach by not including the support cost for Microsoft as Microsoft Premier Support is billed by the hour and the usage varies from customer to customer. In addition, vSphere Enterprise Plus has far better functionality than Hyper-V as shown by the feature comparison table in the Cost-Per-Application calculator detailed results. The incremental cost of Microsoft Premier Support  needs to be added to Microsoft’s total cost. The claim that Dynamic Memory improvements in Hyper-V 2012 will reduce the 20% VM density advantage VMware calculator assumes is unsupported. The VMware vSphere VM density advantage derives from its use of five levels of memory management technology.  Hyper-V 2012, like previous versions, continues to employ just “memory ballooning” and that limitation handicaps its VM density. Once the incremental cost of Microsoft Premier Support is considered, Microsoft’s total costs are at parity even with VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus edition. Next, let’s take a look at the private cloud solution stack comparison suggested by Microsoft to point out the flaws in their analysis. The additional costs a customer has to incur with 3rd party solutions given the lack of various critical features in the Microsoft stack needed to be added.
Following is a cost comparison for a private cloud deployment for 100 VMs using dual socket, 6-core servers with 128GB RAM.
Finally, VMware vCloud Suite is designed and built for virtual and cloud infrastructures and is far more efficient, reliable and robust compared to Microsoft Windows based private cloud solution. The Microsoft blog is yet another attempt to artificially inflate VMware’s prices and distract customers from the shortcomings of their own products. Adding Premier Support is not a necessity or required when running Hyper-V, but I do admit it is a very nice add-on. Microsoft announced Nano Server, and the next Cloud Platform Server will you allow to run Hyper-V and of course also inside Hyper-V Virtual Machines. The concept of containers is nothing new, in the Linux world containers are a well known concept. If you create a fixed size VHDX file in Windows Server 2012 R2 and older this could take awhile since it had to write down all the zero blocks to the storage. With Nested Virtualization Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V Microsoft allows you to run Hyper-V Servers inside Hyper-V Virtual Machines. With Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft introduced a new feature to Hyper-V called Shared VHDX, which allowed you to attach a Virtual Disk (VHDX) to multiple VMs to build guest clusters. This feature coming from Microsoft Azure, protects your Hyper-V host resources from virtual machines which are trying to attack the fabric for example trough generating high CPU workloads and other attacks.
Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V allows you to add a Virtual TPM chip to your Virtual Machine, which allows you encrypt your VM using Windows Server Bitlocker.
With Windows Server 2012 R2 introduced Generation 2 Virtual Machines which allowed you to use the Secure Boot features for Virtual Machines running Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 and higher. Shielded Virtual Machines can only run in fabrics that are designated as owners of that virtual machines. With the next version of Windows Server 2016, Microsoft brings new feature called Storage Replica which allows you to replicated Storage in Windows Server 2016. With the Windows Server 2012 R2 and later, Microsoft Failover Clustering was more less designed for Application protection and has kind of a basic design for Hyper-V Virtual Machines.
As the same as Storage Resiliency, Cluster Resiliency helps during quick node  or network failures.
In Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V, Microsoft will change the Virtual Machine configuration files. Virtual Machine Checkpoints or in older versions Virtual Machine Snapshots were a great solution to take a state of a virtual machine and save it, doing some changes and if something fails you could simply revert back to the time you took the checkpoint.
In Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V you could decrease the Minimum Memory and increase the Maximum Memory of a Virtual Machine using Dynamic Memory while the VM was running. Finally, this is something which is not a problem in most environments , since we know how things work.
Microsoft updated the hypervisor power management model to support new modes of power management.
With this new feature you are finally able to upgrade a Hyper-V Cluster from Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V to the next version of Hyper-V without new hardware, no downtime and the ability to roll-back safely if needed. In Windows Server 2012 R2 you had to create a new Hyper-V Cluster while the old Hyper-V Cluster was still running and migrate a Hyper-V Cluster via Cluster Migration Wizard or Live Migration.
To support Rolling Cluster Upgrades Microsoft had to make some changes to the Virtual Machine Upgrade Process. Since Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V, VM drivers (integration services) were updated with each new host release, and it was required that the VM driver version matches the host version.
Microsoft is pushing hard to bring more and more supported for Linux operating systems such as dynamic memory and other features. In Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V we got the possibility to limit maximum IOPs for an individual virtual hard disk which was a great feature. No longer dependent on hardware snapshots for core backup functionality, but still able to take advantage of hardware capabilities when they are present. This is maybe something you will never use by yourself but there is another great improvements in terms of automation and development. This was a quick overview over just some of the feature and improvements which are coming in the next release of Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V which will be released in 2016. If you want to know more about the next version of Hyper-V checkout Ben Armstrong’s TechEd Europe session or visit some of our TechNet events. Check the Volume size and disk storage that is currently available and extend the volume size. For Windows 2008 Server, to expand the boot drive (system C drive) doesn’t require any reboot.
Pomeroy mobility experts Gerard Coughlan and Hugh Walton discuss the importance of managing all aspects of mobile technologies in the workplace, from device acquisition and monitoring to end user support.


OneDrive for Business provides a simple & secure location where people can store, sync and share their work files. The application is part of Office 365 and allows users to easily store their data in a central location. This was basically a hosted orchestration engine in Microsoft Azure which allowed you to orchestrate datacenter failovers using the in Hyper-V build in feature called Hyper-V Replica. This allows you to use your existing SAN replication and orchestrate your DR with Microsoft Azure Site Recovery. This allows service providers to offer Azure Site Recovery to customers as an option of a VM Cloud plan or Add-On. I will cover some advanced scenarios in with a series of blog posts in the next couple of weeks.
For example, the blog shows a comparison result from the VMware calculator using servers that have 64GB RAM. Can they risk looking only at the initial licensing costs or is it important to plan for ongoing support and maintenance as well. Once the incremental support cost is added for Microsoft, the acquisition cost with VMware is at parity or less in all scenarios. A fair cost comparison for virtualization and private cloud platform is also outlined below.
VMware’s Support and Subscription Services (SNS) entitles a customer to not only all software releases and updates but also VMware’s Technical Support.
It seems Microsoft wasn’t paying attention when VMware announced the “Extension of Cloud Management Capabilities with vCloud Suite Updates” in October 2012. In addition, the total acquisition cost, beyond the cost of software licenses only, needs to be considered. At TechEd Europe Ben Armstrong, Principal Program Manager on the Hyper-V team at Microsoft, talked about a couple of new features which are coming in the next release of Windows Server Hyper-V.
If you have a look at the Wikipedia description for Linux Containers, Wikipedia describes it as follows: LXC (Linux Containers) is an operating-system-level virtualization environment for running multiple isolated Linux systems (containers) on a single Linux control host. This is a absolutely great feature if you want to train people or want to demo Hyper-V to others.
But in Windows Server 2012 R2 had some missing features such as missing Host based Backup of Shared VHDX files or online resizing of Shared VDHX files. This will be a great features to protect Virtual Machine content especially from admins and when you host Virtual Machines in the cloud. With Hyper-V Server 2016 Microsoft allows you to use Secure Boot for Linux Virtual Machines. Shielded Virtual Machines will need to be encrypted by Bitlocker (or other solutions) in order to ensure that only the designated owners can run this virtual machine.
With Virtual Machine Cluster Resiliency for Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V, VMs continue to run even when a node falls out of the cluster membership.
In Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Microsoft allowed you to copy files into the virtual machines without having network connectivity using the VMBus.
This was not really supported to use in production, since a lot of applications couldn’t handle that process. In Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V, if you have hot added a VHDX file to a Virtual Machine, replication failed. In Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V, you can now increase and decrease the Memory assigned to virtual machines while they are running, even if they are using static memory. However I didn’t really saw a lot of customers doing this, but it is great that you can now hot add and remove network adapters from Virtual Machines. When dealing with automation you are always happy you can identify different network adapters. But a lot of people which are Hyper-V beginners coming from VMware or other platforms, they have some simple troubles with Hyper-V Manager. You can now have Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Hosts and the next version of Hyper-V running in the same Hyper-V Cluster. In the current versions of Hyper-V, Virtual Machines were automatically upgraded from the old to the new version, which means that if you once moved a Virtual Machine to a new Hyper-V host you couldn’t move it back again.
When new Hyper-V integration services were shipped you had to update the Hyper-V host and form there you could upgrade the VM drivers inside the virtual machine. With Hyper-V vNext Microsoft bring Secure Boot support for Linux which works with Ubuntu 14.04 (and later) and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12.
Everything worked great when you were running the Virtual Machine on a single Hyper-V host, but when you were running multiple Hyper-V hosts with multiple Virtual Machine against the same storage, the Hyper-V host didn’t know that he had to compete with other servers for Storage IOPs or bandwidth. And things didn’t really get better by running Virtual Machines running on Storage Systems. If you have ever used WMI against a Hyper-V Cluster you always had to run it against every Hyper-V Host in the cluster to get all the information.
There will be much more coming until Microsoft officially releases the next version of Hyper-V and of course some of the stuff I wrote about will be improved as well. You do your best to stay current as enabling technologies for virtualization, automation and collaboration continue to evolve. Robinson will join the company as Chief Financial Officer, effective Monday, August 15, 2016.
Until then I would recommend you to watch the session with Michel Luscher and me at System Center Universe Europe where we talked about the Azure Site Recovery solutions before the TechEd announcements.
Work as a Cloud Architect for itnetX, a consulting and engineering company located in Switzerland. A comparison using servers with 128GB RAM, the more common configuration, shows that the total cost with VMware is at parity with Microsoft. VMware’s Cost-Per-Application calculator aids customers in comparing the total acquisition costs of a virtual infrastructure and not just the software cost.
Monitoring of operating systems, web servers, application servers, mail servers, database, messaging middleware, network, virtualization platform and application platform is now included in VMware vCloud Suite Enterprise.
Following is an estimation of the additional cost to acquire missing functionalities from 3rd parties.
In a first step, everything is cheap or even with no cost, later pricing is changed…. Microsoft this week officially announced Windows Server 2016, System Center 2016 and Hyper-V Server 2016 along with some other great products and releases at Microsoft Ignite.
Containers provide operating system-level virtualization through a virtual environment that has its own process and network space, instead of creating a full-fledged virtual machine. In Windows Server 2016 if you create a fixed size VHDX on a ReFS volume, you can leverage ReFS and let the work instead, which allows you to create a fixed VHDX instantly.


You are now enable to replicated CSVs from within the same cluster or to another cluster using this Windows Server feature. This brings resiliency to transient failures and nodes which often repeat this, are quarantined. With Windows Server 2016 you can now use PowerShell Direct to run PowerShell command inside the Virtual Machine using the VMBus.
You were able to open the file and check and edit the virtual machine configuration inside that file, even it was never supported. In Hyper-V 2016 when you add a new virtual hard disk to a virtual machine that is being replicated, it is automatically added to the not-replicated set so replication continues to run and you can then online update this set with via PowerShell and the VM will automatically resynchronize and everything works as expected. For the Hyper-V hosts we have different solutions such as Consistent Device Naming (CDN), sort by PCI slot using PowerShell and other options to identify network adapters.
In the next version there are a couple of create improvements which make things a lot easier. Surface Pro 3 is a device which can run Connected Standby, but if you install Hyper-V on Windows 8.1 Connected Standby stops working. For example the scenario of a minimum IOPs setting did only work on standalone Hyper-V servers. This feature allows Virtual Machines to run on a host even if the cluster node is not available to the other nodes in the cluster. In the next version of Hyper-V you can finally run WMI against Hyper-V Cluster and it will handle it as it would be a single Hyper-V host, so you get all the information from all hosts in the cluster.
Let’s not forget the impact to bandwidth and security that comes with the rise of mobility, big data and social networking.
Easily edit filesin the browser with Office Online or open directly in the rich Office desktop apps. I am focused on Microsoft Technologies, especially Microsoft Cloud & Datacenter solutions based Microsoft System Center, Microsoft Virtualization and Microsoft Azure. Customers must either purchase “Premier Support” separately from Microsoft (at >$200 per hour) or use third party services.
In addition, vCloud Suite Enterprise also includes vCloud Automation Center that automates several cloud delivery services across private and public clouds. This here is a quick overview about the new features in Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V and this is still not a complete list with all the features coming to the next version.
This also works with merging VHDX files, which is again great for backup operations and checkpoints. With Virtual Machine Storage Resiliency in Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V, Storage fabric outages no longer mean that virtual machines crash, Virtual machines are paused an resumed automatically in response to storage fabric problems. So if a nodes falls out of the cluster, virtual machines running on this node are kept alive until the node joins back into the cluster, if the cluster node does not come back within four minutes, the virtual machines get failed over to another Hyper-V node. By running more and more workloads virtual and in a dynamic cloud way, scale and performance gets even more critical. For this Production Checkpoints are now using VSS instead of the Saved State to create the checkpoint. This means also that you now don’t have to have the VM integration services matching the host version, you simply need the latest version of the integration services released.
For example in Windows Server 2012 R2, if the cluster service couldn’t reach the node in the cluster for 30 seconds, the cluster would failover all the virtual machines to another node. This makes containers much more light-weight, faster and less resource consuming than Virtual Machines, which makes it perfect for some scenarios, especially dev-test scenarios or for worker roles. But if one node goes in quarantine too many times, Hyper-V and the Failover Cluster automatically live migrate the virtual machines from that node to another, when the node comes back.
In the next version of Hyper-V Microsoft will change the VM configuration from the xml file to a binary file format.
This means if you are restoring a checkpoint this is just like restoring a system from a backup. Upgrading a virtual machines is a manual operation that is separate from upgrading the Hyper-V host. If the same things happens in Windows Server vNext Hyper-V, the node would go into isolated mode for the next 4 minutes (default setting) and when the node comes back in four minutes all the virtual machines will still be running.
In Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V the Virtual Machine gets paused until the storage comes back. For the user everything works as before and there is no difference in how you have to take the checkpoint. You can name individual virtual network adapters in the virtual machine settings and see the same name inside the guest virtual machine. This allows you to move virtual machines back to earlier version of Hyper-V until they have been manually upgraded. This intelligence, build by Microsoft Research, enables a couple of interesting scenarios especially in service provider environments and large scale enterprises. Microsoft also now includes a resilient logging for changes in the configuration files so this should protect virtual machines from corruption. Production Checkpoints are enabled by default, but you can change back to the old behavior if you need to.
If a node is flapping from Isolated Mode to running the cluster service will set the node to quarantined and will move all the virtual machines from the node to another node. But still using Checkpoints brings some other challenges, like the growing .avhdx file, which still apply.
This should help keep your workloads running even if there are some hardware or network failures. Using a highly process-centric approach, our enterprise-class cloud offering allows you to quickly provision on-demand, scalable and fully-managed infrastructure services leveraging our virtualized resource pools. We provide enterprises with a secure virtualized cloud model that includes server, storage, memory and bandwidth.
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