Microsoft has just released version 3 of their Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC). This is a standalone tool that will covert virtual machines, hosts and physical machines to Hyper-V.
The new features of MVMC 3.0 include:
- Converts virtual disks that are attached to a VMware virtual machine to virtual hard disks (VHDs) that can be uploaded to Microsoft Azure.
- Provides native Windows PowerShell capability that enables scripting and integration into IT automation workflows.
- Note The command-line interface (CLI) in MVMC 1.0 has been replaced by Windows PowerShell in MVMC 2.0.
- Supports conversion and provisioning of Linux-based guest operating systems from VMware hosts to Hyper-V hosts.
- Supports conversion of offline virtual machines.
- Supports the new virtual hard disk format (VHDX) when converting and provisioning in Hyper-V in Windows Server® 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012.
- Supports conversion of virtual machines from VMware vSphere 5.5, VMware vSphere 5.1, and VMware vSphere 4.1 hosts Hyper-V virtual machines.
- Supports Windows Server® 2012 R2, Windows Server® 2012, and Windows® 8 as guest operating systems that you can select for conversion.
- Converts and deploys virtual machines from VMware hosts to Hyper-V hosts on any of the following operating systems:
-Windows Server® 2012 R2
-Windows Server® 2012
-Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
- Converts VMware virtual machines, virtual disks, and configurations for memory, virtual processor, and other virtual computing resources from the source to Hyper-V.
- Adds virtual network interface cards (NICs) to the converted virtual machine on Hyper-V.
- Supports conversion of virtual machines from VMware vSphere 5.5, VMware vSphere 5.0, and VMware vSphere 4.1 hosts to Hyper-V.
- Has a wizard-driven GUI, which simplifies performing virtual machine conversions.
- Uninstalls VMware Tools before online conversion (online only) to provide a clean way to migrate VMware-based virtual machines to Hyper-V.
- Important MVMC takes a snapshot of the virtual machine that you are converting before you uninstall VMware Tools, and then shuts down the source machine to preserve state during conversion. The virtual machine is restored to its previous state after the source disks that are attached to the virtual machine are successfully copied to the machine where the conversion process is run. At that point, the source machine in VMware can be turned on, if required.
- Important MVMC does not uninstall VMware Tools in an offline conversion. Instead, it disables VMware services, drivers, and programs only for Windows Server guest operating systems. For file conversions with Linux guest operating systems, VMware Tools are not disabled or uninstalled. We highly recommend that you manually uninstall VMware Tools when you convert an offline virtual machine.
- Supports Windows Server and Linux guest operating system conversion. For more details, see the section “Supported Configurations for Virtual Machine Conversion” in this guide.
- Includes Windows PowerShell capability for offline conversions of VMware-based virtual hard disks (VMDK) to a Hyper-V–based virtual hard disk file format (.vhd file).
You can download the tool here - http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42497
The video is well worth watching.
The bottom line is that if you have a third party flashlight app, you should remove it immediately … especially if you have an Android based phone (Samsung etc).
Here is the full report - http://www.snoopwall.com/threat-reports-10-01-2014/
Microsoft Azure have announced the general availability of Azure Site Recovery services. The announcement by Abhishek Hemrajani is as follows.
“I am excited to announce the GA of the Disaster Recovery to Azure using Azure Site Recovery. In addition to enabling replication to and recovery in Microsoft Azure, ASR enables automated protection of VMs, remote health monitoring, no-impact recovery plan testing, and single click orchestrated recovery – all backed by an enterprise-grade SLA.
The DR to Azure functionality in ASR builds on top of System Center Virtual Machine Manager, Windows Server Hyper-V Replica, and Microsoft Azure to ensure that our customers can leverage existing IT investments while still helping them optimize precious CAPEX and OPEX spent in building and managing secondary datacenter sites.
The GA release also brings significant additions to the already expansive list of ASR’s DR to Azure features:
- NEW ASR Recovery Plans and Azure Automation integrate to offer robust and simplified one-click orchestration of your DR plans
- NEW Track Initial Replication Progress as virtual machine data gets replicated to a customer-owned and managed geo-redundant Azure Storage account. This new feature is also available when configuring DR between on-premises private clouds across enterprise sites
- NEW Simplified Setup and Registration streamlines the DR setup by removing the complexity of generating certificates and integrity keys needed to register your on-premises System Center Virtual Machine Manager server with your Site Recovery vault”
The following scenarios are supported.
Costing can be found here - http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/details/site-recovery/
You can read more from the blog post here - http://azure.microsoft.com/blog/2014/10/02/disaster-recovery-to-azure-using-azure-site-recovery-is-now-ga/
If you want to have a play with the various new preview releases of Windows, here are the links to resources and information on where to download these previews.
If you have a MSDN or Microsoft Azure subscription, you can get them directly via the respective site portals.
Otherwise, here are the public links.
Here are a couple of useful resources for working with Subnets.
I came across a useful site that helps you build up an SPD record using a form that asks various questions.
Here is a list of where you can find important log files for Windows Server 2012 Essentials and Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials.
In Windows Server Essentials 2012 and 2012 R2, the location of the log files is under %programdata%\Microsoft\Windows Server\Logs.
Service Integration Log Files:
|Windows Azure Backup
Backup Log Files:
|Server Backup Configuration wizard
|Server Backup restore wizard
|Client Backup Feature server side log
|Client backup database cleanup
|Client backup database checker
Storage and Devices Log Files:
|User/Device management feature
|Storage related feature
Azure Backup Log Files:
|Location: C:\Program Files\Windows Azure Backup Agent\Temp
|Azure Backup Logs
|Failed Azure Backup Logs
Other Helpful Log Files:
|Health evaluation schedule task
|Macintosh Clients Status update
|Server DNS status
|Customer Experience Improvement
Program and Service Quality Measurement Log Files:
|CA Role installation
|Media pack installation (2012 R2)
|Media Service (Specially with RWA)
|O365 (Assign/Un-assign Accounts)
The client-side log files are located in the folder %programdata%\Microsoft\Windows Server\logs. They are as:
|Client package installation Failures
|Client backup restore mount driver
|Client operation for File history Sync
|Main log for client launch pad
|Password synchronization feature in AAD
|Add-in feature on client
|Health evaluation schedule task
|Client Backup scheduled task
|Connector uninstall cleanup task
|Update health definition file from server to client task
|RDP feature for RWA
||RunTask-RDP Group Configuration.log
|Client VPN connectivity issues
||RunTask-VPN Routes Repair.log
|Client network status update
|Client deployment API call (Client deployment fails)
|Health alert feature
Reference - http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2014/09/30/windows-server-essentials-log-files.aspx
Oh, and by the way, check your NAS devices to ensure that they are safe. Disconnect direct Internet access right now, until the devices are patched.
QNAP says that they are vulnerable to this, and urge users to take immediate action. http://www.qnap.com/useng/index.php?lang=en-us&sn=885&c=3036&sc=&n=22457
Apparently, Synology units are not generally affected (interesting…), but nevertheless, they are also coming out with a patch (also interesting…) https://www.synology.com/en-global/support/security/bash_shellshock
It was bound to happen. A major bug targeting the Linux community, and not Windows users. Thanks to Trend Micro labs, here are some related resources that will bring you up-to-date with this latest threat.
The original blog post can be found here - http://blog.trendmicro.com/trendlabs-security-intelligence/summary-of-shellshock-related-stories-and-materials/
Altaro, developers of Altaro Hyper-V Backup, have put out a really good eBook detailing how you can improve the core areas of your Hyper-V environment.
From the website, the eBook will help you master Hyper-V:
- How to secure your Hyper-V deployment beyond the basics, managing access to Virtual Machine functions, applying Group Policy, best practices on antimalware, and more
- How to get the most out of Hyper-V Manager, setting up Native Network Teams and how Hyper-V’s Virtual Switches work
- Understanding the concept of vCPUs and how to undertake capacity planning for Hyper-V
- Learn the proper use of Hyper-V Dynamic Disks, how they operate and common myths surrounding the topic
- How to connect storage to Hyper-V, including a variety of options as well as best practices.
Here is a list of the chapters.
- Chapter 1: Seven Keys to Hyper-V Security
- Chapter 2: Hyper-V Manager – An Introduction
- Chapter 3: Set Up Native Network Teams for Hyper-V
- Chapter 4: A Quick Guide to Hyper-V’s Virtual Switch
- Chapter 5: Hyper-V Virtual CPUs
- Chapter 6: Proper Use of Hyper-V Dynamic Disks
- Chapter 7: Connecting Hyper-V to Storage
You can download the eBook here - http://www.altaro.com/hyper-v-backup/lp/ebook/7-key-areas-improving-hyper-v-guide-ebook.php.
*Thanks to Dr Tom Schinder for the link!