Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Hyper-V R3 Storage Migration

VMWare has had Storage VMotion available as an option for a while now and with SCVMM 2008 R2 Microsoft added Storage Quick Migration.  Storage Quick Migration worked well but there was downtime involved and it wasn’t an ideal solution.  In Hyper-V R3 Microsoft has added the ability to live migrate storage.
Select Move and the Move VM wizard will begin.  Select the type of move you want to perform.
Next select how you want to move the storage.  You can consolidate all the VM files to a single location, split the VM files to different locations or move only the VHD files.
In this sample we are moving all the files to a new location.  Specify the location and continue.
Depending on the size of the VM, the speed of the disk subsystem and host utilization this can take a few minutes.  But don’t be afraid as the VMs will continue to run as this process takes place.

Hyper-V R3 Storage Improvements

Windows Server 8 brings with it Hyper-V R3.  Within R3 there are quite a few new features and two specific to storage that I know a lot of people are looking forward too.  The first one I have been asked about hundreds of times and it is finally available in Windows 8 Hyper-V, virtual fibre channel HBAs.  You can now connect a Hyper-V R3 virtual machine to a fibre channel SAN.

The virtual FC HBA does have a few requirements:
  • A server running Windows Server 8 with Hyper-V role installed.
  • The server requires a Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs) with a driver that supports Virtual Fibre Channel. 
  • A virtual machine configured to use a virtual Fibre Channel adapter
  • The VM OS must be Windows 2008, 2008 R2 or Windows Server 8
  • Note you cannot boot from a virtual FC LUN
Windows Server 8 also brings a new disk type to Hyper-V R3, a VHDX.  Currently a VHD file is limited to 2040GB in size.  This is great for most workloads but in larger environments it can pose a challenge.  VHDX solves this by boosting the size of a VHDX file to a maximum 16TB (yes Terra).  Also of note is that Dynamically Expanding disks are now the recommended option.
In addition to this VHDX also changes the metadata structure in an effort to reduce data corruption.  VHDX also offers
  • Larger block sizes for dynamic and differential disks.
  • 4-KB logical sector virtual disk
  • The ability to add custom metadata about the VHDX file
  • Trim which allows the physical storage device to reclaim any unused space
It should be noted that only Windows Server 8 (host and VM) supports the VHDX file format at this time.

Live Migration NIC Binding

In a typical Hyper-V R2 cluster built on Microsoft’s best practices will have 6-8 NICs depending on the SAN type (iSCSI or FC) including:

  • Management Network
  • VM Network
  • VM Network
  • CSV Network
  • Live Migration Network
  • Cluster Heartbeat Network
  • iSCSI MPIO (or FC adapter)
  • iSCSI MPIO (or FC adapter)
One common issue that comes up in this scenario is failed Live Migrations, Quick Migrations will work but live ones will not.   When you attempt a Live Migration and it fails due to “A cluster network  is not available for this operation” it is caused by improper NIC Binding Order on the Hyper-V Hosts.  When this happens two events are created in the Microsoft\Windows\Hyper-V High Availability\Admin event log on the destination server.  Look for EventID 21126 and 21111
Event Log 1
Event Log 2
Your first thought will be to check that all the cluster resources are online and you will find they are.  When this happens you need to re-order the NIC binding for Live Migration to succeed.  To do this:
  1. Open up the Network and Sharing Center
  2. Click on Change Adapter Settings
  3. Press the ALT key and click Advanced
  4. Click Advanced Settings
LM NIC Binding 1
Under the Adapters and Bindings tab move the Management Network virtual switch and the associated physical NIC to the top of the list and then place the rest of the NICs in any order.  Repeat this on all nodes in your Hyper-V Cluster.
LM NIC Binding
Once you have completed this you will need to restart the Cluster Service on all nodes in the cluster.  You will need to do this via the Failover Cluster Manager and not Services.msc.  It should be noted that when you stop the cluster service on a node all running VMs will be quick migrated to other nodes.  Because of this it can take a while if there are a lot of running VMs in the cluster.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

TrainSignal - VMware View 5 Essentials Training

TrainSignal - VMware View 5 Essentials Training
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Two of the industry???s best VMware experts show virtualization starters how get a View environment up and running.
TrainSignal Releases VMware View 5 Essentials Training

Schaumburg, IL (PRWEB) January 24, 2012 ??? TrainSignal, the global leader in professional computer training, announced the release of their VMware View 5 Essentials Training course.

The newest VMware course from TrainSignal teaches a beginner in virtualization how to install, configure and maintain a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). While this is an essentials course, students can expect to finish the course with a working knowledge of View components, virtualization using ThinApp, and everything necessary for using VMware View 5 on the job, on a regular basis.

By centralizing end-user desktops as virtual machines, VMware View allows for better, more efficient management of VDI with the potential for drastic reductions in support costs. The course covers new features that come with VMware View 5, including one lesson dedicated to demonstrating how to upgrade to View 5 from previous versions. Students will find a range of topics for learning what is new in View 5 and how to manage virtual desktops:

Persona Management
PCoIP Optimization
Monitoring and Troubleshooting View
Virtualizing Applications with ThinApp

Students will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the different components of View and how to install them. Managing user profiles and data, location-based printing setup, and maintaining pools are each covered in distinct, individual lessons.

Since this is an essentials course, the successful student only needs experience managing desktop operating systems with Active Directory, and a basic understanding of a vSphere environment. These prerequisites are not required to take the course, but may prove helpful as the course utilizes vSphere 5 with shared storage in a Windows 2008 R2 Active Directory environment.

There are two instructors for VMware View 5 Essentials Training, virtualization experts Brian Knudtson and Lane Leverett. Lane Leverett (VCDX #53, VCAP4-DCD, VCA4-DT, VCP4-DT) and has over 13 years of experience as a server, network and virtualization engineer. Lane currently implements and designs VMware infrastructure, Cisco networking, and various storage solutions. He contributed to vSphere Security Design Training for TrainSignal, and has lasting passion for evangelizing the benefits of virtualization while helping customers as a senior systems engineer.

Brian Knudtson (Quadruple VCP, VCAP4-DCA, VCAP4-DCD, VCA4-DT, VCP4-DT) is a co-founder of the Omaha VMware User Group, and has also sat on VMware???s Partner Technical Advisory Board. With over 10 years of experience in IT, Brian has also received the vExpert award. He has concentrated on virtualization technology for the majority of his career, and writes for TechTarget, SearchVMware.com, and his personal blog.

The VMware View 5 Essentials Training course contains 15 lessons in nearly 8 hours of video instruction. Students will receive 2 DVDs of video lessons. Each lesson is available in several formats, iPod Video, Mp3 Audio, .WMV and high quality AVI, allowing students to use course materials on a variety of devices. Students can view all materials online after signing up for the course, ensuring instant access.

VMware View 5 Essentials Training is available for just $397. TrainSignal backs each and every course with their exclusive 90-day Total Experience Guarantee. All courses are shipped worldwide at no charge.

About TrainSignal: Founded in 2002, TrainSignal provides computer-based "Total Experience" training that gives individuals the tools and confidence to tackle real-world challenges, pass their certification exams and succeed in today???s competitive global IT market.

TrainSignal offers a wide range of computer training packages covering Microsoft, Cisco, Citrix, CompTIA, VMware, and Microsoft Office. In addition to its Windows Server 2008, Exchange Server 2010, and Windows 7 courses, TrainSignal offers training for over fifty different training courses including VMware vSphere training, Cisco CCNA training, Citrix XenDesktop training and more.

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VMware eBooks Collection

VMware eBooks CollectionEnglish | PDF | Collection | 315 Mb
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VMware, Inc. is a company providing virtualization software, founded in 1998 and based in Palo Alto, California, USA. The company was acquired by EMC Corporation in 2004, and operates as a separate software subsidiary.

VMware's desktop software runs on Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X, while VMware's enterprise software hypervisors for servers, VMware ESX and VMware ESXi, are bare-metal embedded hypervisors that run directly on server hardware without requiring an additional underlying operating system.

A PDF collection of 27 eBooks about VMware. eBooks are sorted on publisher's name.

Auerbach Publications Advanced Server Virtualization, VMware and Microsoft Platforms in the Virtual Data Center (2006).pdf
Auerbach Publications VMware ESX Essentials in the Virtual Data Center (2009).pdf
Auerbach Publications VMware, Certified Professional Test Prep (2009).pdf
Brian Madden Publishing VMware ESX Server, Advanced Technical Design Guide (2005).pdf
Course Technology VMware ESXi, Planning Implementation and Security (2011).pdf
CreateSpace Publishing VMware vSphere 4.1 HA and DRS Technical Deepdive (2010).pdf
CreateSpace Publishing VMware vSphere 5.0 Clustering Technical Deepdive (2011).pdf
MCGraw-Hill Osborne VMware vSphere 4 Implementation (2010).pdf
No Starch Press The Book of VMware, The Complete Guide to VMware Workstation (2002).pdf
OReilly VMware Cookbook, A Real-World Guide to Effective VMware Use (2010).pdf
OReilly VMware Cookbook, A Real-World Guide to Effective VMware Use 2nd (2012).pdf
Packt Publishing VMware View 5 Desktop Virtualization Solutions (2012).pdf
Prentice Hall VMware ESX Server in the Enterprise, Planning and Securing Virtualization Servers (2008).pdf
Prentice Hall VMware ESX and ESXi in the Enterprise, Planning Deployment of Virtualization Servers 2nd (2011).pdf
Prentice Hall VMware VI and vSphere SDK, Managing the VMware Infrastructure and vSphere (2010).pdf
Prentice Hall VMware VI3 Implementation and Administration (2009).pdf
QUE VCP4 Exam Cram, VMware Certified Professional 2nd (2011).pdf
Sybex Mastering VMware Infrastructure 3 (2008).pdf
Sybex Mastering VMware vSphere 4 (2009).pdf
Sybex Mastering VMware vSphere 5 (2011).pdf
Sybex VMware vSphere 4 Administration, Instant Reference (2010).pdf
Sybex Virtualizing Microsoft Tier 1 Applications with VMware vSphere 4 (2010).pdf
Syngress Publishing How to Cheat at Configuring VMware ESX Server (2007).pdf
Syngress Publishing Scripting VMware Power Tools (2006).pdf
Syngress Publishing Virtualization with VMware ESX Server (2005).pdf
Wiley VMware Infrastructure 3 for Dummies (2008).pdf
Wrox Press Professional VMware Server (2007).pdf

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Citrix Virtualization CCA Presentation Server

Citrix Virtualization CCA Presentation Server 5 - Exam-Pack 1Y0-A05: CCA - CBT Nuggets

English | Greg Shields | WMV | 800x600 | WMA 44100Hz mono
Genre: eLearning
Provide easy, secure access to applications and documents from anywhere - no VPN required. That's what you can do with Citrix Presentation Server. Plus, maintain central control over user experience. No dealing with the hassle of installing software on every computer in the company. Fewer headaches from botched settings on locally-installed client software. The list of Citrix's benefits goes on.
In this training you'll learn how to build and administer Citrix XenAPP Presentation Server 5 infrastructure from the ground up.
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Cisco CCNP TSHOOT 642-832: Troubleshooting and Maintaining Cisco IP Networks - CBT Nuggets

Cisco CCNP TSHOOT 642-832: Troubleshooting and Maintaining Cisco IP Networks - CBT Nuggets

English | Trainer: Jeremy Cioara

Genre: eLearning

Are you ready to run a Cisco network? You will be, once you pass your TSHOOT exam. TSHOOT is the final step for earning Cisco's CCNP certification. Employers trust that CCNP certified staff have the vital, problem-solving skills their network needs.

With tech guru Jeremy Cioara in the virtual chair next to you, you'll get the training you need super-fast, and you'll love every minute of it! His TSHOOT video series is 80-90% hands-on, and Jeremy's filled it with tons of unscripted, real-world troubleshooting demonstrations.

By the time you're done watching, you'll be ready for the TSHOOT exam and actively troubleshooting your own network.

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