Microsoft announced last week that they had acquired InMage, a company that specialises in replication to the cloud. Microsoft is adding InMage to Azure Site Recovery (ASR) to enable replication to Azure. ASR enables you to use Hyper-V Replica (HVR) to replicate VMs to Azure IaaS. So what does InMage Scout (the product) add?
The key piece of the list of features is:
Support for major enterprise platforms, including Windows, AIX, Linux, VMware, Solaris, XenServer and Hyper-V
Imagine being able to replicate not just Hyper-V, but also vSphere and physical (Windows and Linux) workloads to Azure. Potentially, this is a much bigger solution. Potentially.
And potential is … lost opportunity.
That’s because the decision makers in ASR are, in my opinion, disconnected from reality living way too nicely in the Microsoft ivory tower. Why?
- ASR can only be used by customers that manage Hyper-V using SCVMM. SCVMM can only be bought as a part of the System Center SML. The SML is cheap for larger businesses, but it’s way too expensive for most SMEs.
- Only EA customers (large businesses) can get access to InMage:
The Azure Site Recovery subscription license will be available through the Microsoft Enterprise Agreement beginning August 1, 2014 and is the only offer through which InMage Scout usage may currently be purchased.
So, SME’s cannot use ASR or the cool new features that are coming. Large enterprises typically already own or want to own their own DR. And the sweet spot market for a hosted virtual DR (DRaaS) is the SME … the market that cannot afford or get access to ASR.
Oh, the madness continues.
This week’s Microsoft news has been dominated by the cryptic letter by Satya Nadella and the pending (and obviously required) layoffs after the completion Nokia acquisition. Let’s stick to the techie stuff:
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,Windows Server 2012
,Windows Server 2012 R2
The end of support for Windows Server 2003 (W2003) and Windows Server 2003 R2 (W2003 R2) is July 14, 2015. This includes Small Business Server (SBS) 2003 R2. That gives you one year to get off of these server operating systems before all security updates stop. This date will NOT be extended.
Why won’t it be extended? Microsoft wants you to do one of three things:
- Upgrade to Windows Server 2012 R2
- Upgrade via deploying Hyper-V
- Upgrade/migrate to Microsoft Azure
And to be honest, you’re using a server operating system that is currently 11 years old. The features you’ve been asking for are probably in newer versions of Windows Server.
Upgrading will not be easy. You have AD’s to upgrade, LOB applications that are dependent on server resources. And most W2003 installs were 32-bit, there are no more 32-bit server operating systems, and you cannot upgrade x86 to x64. You will have to perform migrations.
So NOW is the time to start planning.
For Microsoft partners that are service providers:
- We estimate that over 50% of servers in Ireland are of the W2003/R2 generation
- 92% of Irish business are SME’s and a large percentage of those were SBS customers. Consider deploying Office 365 to replace SBS, and maybe put in Server Essentials if they still require a local server for bulk data/printer sharing.
- Microsoft (WPC 2014) said that there are 22,000,000 W2003/R2 servers worldwide. That equates to an estimated $6,000,000,000 of business.
Start having the conversations now. Start planning now. Waiting until 2015 will be a fools errand. BTW, there are no stupid questions, only stupid people.
After a week’s break in Finland, I am back with news from the last 10 or so days. It was a busy period!
- Setting up a Highly-Available VMM 2012 Environment: This article will guide you through the recommended way to setup and configure a typical, highly available (HA) System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) installation.
- Introducing Microsoft Azure File Service: Learn about this SMB 2.01 shared configuration/settings/diagnostics feature.
- Persisting connections to Microsoft Azure Files: Making the authentication survive logouts.
- Virtualization Fabric Design Considerations Guide: This guide details a series of steps and tasks that you can go through to design a virtualization fabric that is able to host many virtual machines. Throughout the steps and tasks, the guide presents options available to you to meet functional and service quality requirements.
- Windows Azure Pack Infrastructure as a Service Jumpstart: This clashes with the much more important presentation by me with Petri and sponsored by Veeam.
- Using deduplication for Hyper-V Replica out-of-band (OOB) initial replication: A hack to squeeze more VMs into your removable media.
- Azure Site Recovery – case of the “network connection failure”: A handy tip for the few that can run ASR.
- Step-by-Step: RemoteApp Hybrid Deployment–Part 1: Deploying the managed RDS in Azure.
- Introducing Microsoft Azure StorSimple: Introducing the new niche scenario tiered storage models THAT ARE NOT A SAN REPLACEMENT – they are a supplement for the storage of suitable data.
- Free ebook – Rethinking Enterprise Storage: A Hybrid Cloud Model: How the Microsoft Cloud OS is and the needs of cloud computing scale and availability have changed the needs and capabilities of storage in the enterprise and hosting environments.
- Best practices for setting up Remote Desktop Licensing (Terminal Server Licensing) across Active Directory Domains/Forests or Workgroup: This article provides information on the questions around the supportability (or recommended approach) of setting up Remote Desktop (RD) Licensing across domain, forest or workgroups.
- System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 and System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager now support Microsoft SQL Server 2012 SP2.
- "Not enough disk space" error when you run a V2V conversion to a CSV in Virtual Machine Manager: When you try to perform a virtual to virtual (V2V) conversion to a cluster shared volume in Microsoft System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager, the cluster that you selected may have a placement rating of zero stars (unacceptable). File this under FFS.
- Beware Keyloggers at Hotel Business Centers: The U.S. Secret Service is advising the hospitality industry to inspect computers made available to guests in hotel business centers, warning that crooks have been compromising hotel business center PCs with keystroke-logging malware in a bid to steal personal and financial data from guests.
- 6 Important Things To Know About Microsoft’s New Volume Licensing Program: The program for >250 users that is replacing Slect Plus, MOSA, and MBSA, is slowly being rolled out worldwide.
- Create a NIC Team Inside of a Hyper-V Virtual Machine: A post by me on Petri.com
- Using the Microsoft Azure IaaS Cost Estimator Tool: A post by me on Petri.com
- Pinning a File in Tiered Microsoft Storage Spaces: A post by me on Petri.com
- Pause and Drain Actions on Windows Server 2012 R2 Clusters: A post by me on Petri.com
- Live Exporting Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V VMs: A post by me on Petri.com
- Evolving Office 365 plans for small and midsized businesses: Renaming and repackaging of SME O365 plans. This is a confusing read to most – MicroWarehouse Ltd customers in Ireland should talk to Nicole to get a breakdown.
- Nadella Outlines Microsoft Organizational Changes: Major engineering and organizational moves will be made by Microsoft over the next month, according to CEO Satya Nadella.
- Microsoft Enhancing Azure Management, Expanding U.S. Locations: Microsoft is adding improvements to its Azure Portal preview, which are expected to arrive next week.
- Report: Windows, PCs to Rebound in 2015: PC sales to increase in 2015, but tablet sales to pass those of PCs for the first time, according to Kool-Aid distributor, Gartner.
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A while ago I read about how to connect VMs between two VNets and it was nasty: before we could create a VPN tunnel we had to open Endpoints (punch holes through firewalls) and hope for the best!
Since TechEd NA 2014, we have had new functionality where we can connect two VNets, in the same or different data centers, in the same or different regions, or in the same or different subscriptions, via an encrypted & secure VPN tunnel.
As usual, this stuff is announced normally via blogs (it was mentioned in the TechEd keynote I think) and finding instructions can be fun. The first few guides I found were messy, involving exporting VNet configs, editing XML files, and importing configs.
You do not need to do this to set up a simple configuration to connect two VNets. I looked at the instructions, used by experience from site-to-site VPNs with Azure, and tried out a method that uses a temporary local network to enable you to create the VPN gateway and gateway VIPs for each vNet – these are required to create a local network for each VNet. We use local networks to define the details (public VPN IP address and routable private network IP address) of the network that will connect to a VNet.
I tried my method and it worked. And then I found instructions on MSDN that are similar to the method that I used. My method:
- Create the two VNets
- Create a temporary local network with made up gateway IP address (public VPN IP) and address space (private network address that will route to the VNet subnets)
- Configure each VNet to allow site-to-site VPN connections from the temporary local network
- Enable the gateway with dynamic routing on each VNet. This can take 15-20+ minutes for Azure to do for you. Plan other work or a break for this step.
- Record the address space and gateway IP address of both VNets
- Create a local network for each VNet – use the Gateway IP Address and Address Space of the VNet for the details of its local network
- Modify the site-to-site VPN configuration of each VNet to dump the temporary local network and use the local network of the other VNet – you’re telling the VNet the details of the other VNet for connection and routing
- Use Azure PowerShell cmdlets to run Set-AzureVNetGatewayKey. This will be used to configure a common VPN shared key for both VNets.
- Wait … the VPN connection will start automatically … there might be a failure before or just after you st the shared key. Be patient, and one VNet might show a connected status before the other. Be patient!
And that’s it. There is a FAQ on this topic. I’ll be publishing some deeper articles on the subject on Petri.com in the next few weeks.
Not much news for you to read today:
After a month of neglect, I have finally caught up with all of my feeds via various sources. Here are the latest bits of news, mixed up with other Microsoft happenings from the last month.
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,Windows Server 2012
It’s been a long times since I posted one of these! I’ve just trawled my feeds for interesting articles and came up with the following. I’ll be checking news and Twitter for more.
- What Is Microsoft Azure RemoteApp? Learn about this new RDS offering in Microsoft Azure
- What are Hyper-V Virtual Machine Integration Services? My post on the Petri IT Knowledgebase
- What are Hyper-V Extended Port ACLs? My post on the Petri IT Knowledgebase
- Killing A Frozen Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Virtual Machine: My post on the Petri IT Knowledgebase
- Performing Out-Of-Band File Copies to Hyper-V Virtual Machines: My post on the Petri IT Knowledgebase
- Hyper-V Router Guard and DHCP Guard Explained: My post on the Petri IT Knowledgebase
- Getting Started with Microsoft Azure Automation: Automation via PowerShell is the future. Learn how Microsoft Azure does it.
- How to Deploy a Non-Clustered Hyper-V Host: Part 1 of a series by me on the Petri IT Knowledgebase.
- SQL 2014 Licensing Update: The objective of this article is to review the publicly available documentation available on SQL Server. LOTS of changes, particularly for license mobility within server farms.
- Cluster Shared Volume Performance Counters: This gargantuan post covers performance monitoring of a CSV.
- Announcing the Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server 2012 R2! A kit to help you control access to files.
- Recommended hotfixes, updates, and known solutions for Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Network Virtualization (HNV) environments: This article documents recommended hotfixes, product updates, and known solutions that are currently available for Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Network Virtualization (HNV) environments.
- VDS Basic Provider event ID 1 is logged on a Hyper-V guest operating system: A KB article for when you have W2008 R2 or Windows 7 running as a guest OS and you get Event ID 1 from the source of System/VDS Basic Provider.
- FIX: Backups are unsuccessful when you use Microsoft Azure Online Backup: When you try to back up data by using Microsoft Azure Online Backup, the backup process is unsuccessful.
- Update rollup package adds features to Microsoft Azure Online Backup in System Center 2012 SP1 DPM and in Windows Server 2012: This article describes an update rollup package that adds the following features to the Microsoft Azure Online Backup for Microsoft System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Data Protection Manager (DPM) on a computer that is running Windows Server 2012.
- ODX file transfers run slower than expected in Windows Server 2012: Microsoft is currently investigating some performance improvements for the TRIM and the UNMAP commands. However, this functionality is very dependent on the storage vendors’ implementation. Therefore, you should make sure that your storage software and firmware are up to date.
- Emulex driver and firmware update: The latest news from Hyper-V.nu on the shockingly awful lack of responsiveness to a critical failure by Emulex, affecting most blade customers trying to use WS2012 R2 Hyper-V.
- Ubuntu 14.04 in a Generation 2 VM: Canonical released Ubuntu 14.04 was the first Linux release to support running inside of a Generation 2 virtual machine. Note that CentOS 7 and RHEL 7 have also joined the generation 2 VM club.
- Allowing non-Administrators to control Hyper-V–Updated: It’s really easy to delegate Hyper-V administration rights on WS2012 and WS2012 R2 Hyper-V
- How to get the best disk performance with Linux on Hyper-V: Based on information from Best Practices for running Linux on Hyper-V.
- Can you run Windows Server 2012 R2 on Windows Server 2008 R2? No.
- Azure Site Recovery – FAQ: Pay attention to the details. This service might not be for you unless some serious changes are made by Microsoft.
- The VMM team wants you…to tell us what you want: Be nice 🙂
- VDI VMs deployed through RDS do not appear in the VMM 2012 console: After you create Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) based virtual machines (VM) in new Collections by using Remote Desktop Services (RDS), the VM intermittently fails to show up in the System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM 2012) console.
- Contribute your feature suggestions for Windows Azure Pack! A smaller audience, but still …
- Public IP Address Requirements within a Windows Azure Pack environment: Giving VMs access to the net.
- Operations Manager team – Looking to talk to Storage, Network or Application Administrators: These areas need development in the monitoring space.
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This presentation was an introduction for IT pros to deploying hybrid cloud solutions based on Microsoft Azure, in conjunction with on-premises Hyper-V / System Center deployments. Here’s the deck that I presented … and yes … there are LOTS of slides because there is constantly new stuff in Azure.
You might have heard of “The Hyper-V Amigos” podcast – this is something that has a history that runs back quite a while with a number of us European Hyper-V MVPs. Carsten (Rachfahl) and Didier (Van Hoye) asked myself and Hans Vredevoort to join them in their latest show to talk about TechEd North America 2014.