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December 30, 2008  8:10 PM

How to enable Windows Server Backup support for the Hyper-V VSS Writer

Michael Khanin Michael Khanin Profile: Michael Khanin

To be able use VSS based backups of Hyper-V VMs using Windows Server Backup, we need to add the following registry keys to register the Hyper-V VSS Writer with Windows Server Backup. WindowsServerBackup key is not created when we install the Windows Server Backup feature. We have to create this key manually.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT
\CurrentVersion\WindowsServerBackup\Application Support\{66841CD4-6DED-4F4B-8F17-FD23F8DDC3DE}

When the keys listed above created, we also need to create a String Value with the following parameters / settings:

Name: Application Identifier
Type: REG_SZ
Value: Hyper-V

When backing up virtual machines, we must select all volumes where VM related files is present, because Windows Server Backup only supports volume based backups.

For more information about Hyper-V virtual machine backups, take a look on the KB958662.

December 29, 2008  9:29 PM

Understanding Microsoft Virtualization – Free eBook

Michael Khanin Michael Khanin Profile: Michael Khanin

This is the book for IT professionals who want to learn more about the latest Microsoft virtualization technologies, including Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5, Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization, and Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. The book also examines other virtualization-enabling technologies from Microsoft including Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services, Roaming User Profiles, Folder Redirection, and Offline Files.

Download (14.4MB PDF)


December 25, 2008  5:33 PM

Managing Virtualization with SCVMM and Powershell

Michael Khanin Michael Khanin Profile: Michael Khanin

Take an inside look at Hyper-V and System Center Virtual Machine Manager from an architectural and experience a real world view. See how SCVMM and PowerShell can help you manage your virtualized environment seamlessly. The session comes complete with live demos of real life scenarios, and even a look at SCVMM managing a VMWare ESX!

Source: www.microsoft.com 


December 25, 2008  5:24 PM

Hyper-V Remote Management Configuration Utility

Michael Khanin Michael Khanin Profile: Michael Khanin

HVRemote reduces the manual configuration steps needed for Hyper-V Remote Management down to one or two commands.

It can configure Full installations and Server Core Installations of Windows Server 2008 with the Hyper-V role enabled, plus configure Microsoft Hyper-V Server. It runs across all locales and it doesn’t matter if the server is domain or workgroup joined.

It can configure Vista SP1 and Server 2008 configured with the Hyper-V Remote Management tools. Again, doesn’t matter if the client is domain or workgroup joined.

Basic commands (see documentation for more information)

To grant or remove a user access permissions:

  • hvremote /add:domain\user or
  • hvremote /remove:domain\user

To display current settings: hvremote /show
Get some help: hvremote /?
Add firewall exception for MMC: hvremote /mmc:enable (Client Option)
Allow anonymous access to Distributed COM: hvremote /AnonDCOM:grant (Client Option)

Download HVRemote @ Source


December 24, 2008  3:53 PM

I’m MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator :)

Michael Khanin Michael Khanin Profile: Michael Khanin

Yesterday I passed additional MS exam, PRO: Deploying Messaging Solutions with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 (70-238), this is a last exam in serial MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator.

This one was pretty similar to the previous, 70-237, but with a more details and tricks. It was a lot of questions about CCR, CSR, NLB and RAID’s. It was many question about “How to deal with multi sites organizations…” and questions like “What if..”. It was 50 questions in this exam.

The study resources I used to pass are:
Book “Microsoft Exchange Server 2007″

http://technet.microsoft.com

http://www.msexchange.org

http://msexchangeteam.com

http://exchangepedia.com

http://www.exchangeprovip.com

http://www.exchangeninjas.com

http://searchexchange.techtarget.com/generic/0,295582,sid43_gci1272907,00.html

http://www.msexchange.org/articles_tutorials/exchange-server-2007/management-administration/exchange-2007-message-queues.html

http://www.msexchange.org/articles_tutorials/exchange-server-2007/management-administration/understanding-back-pressure-feature-exchange-server-2007.html


December 14, 2008  11:26 PM

PRO: Designing Messaging Solutions with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 (70-237)

Michael Khanin Michael Khanin Profile: Michael Khanin

I’ve just passed additional MS exam, PRO: Designing Messaging Solutions with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 (70-237)!  Got 935 on it :) .

 

This one was easy that previous, 70-236. I’ve got a lot of questions about clustering, HA and multi-sites design. It was just 37 questions in this exam.

 

The study resources I used to pass are:

 

Book “Microsoft Exchange Server 2007″ http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Exchange-Server-2007-Unleashed/dp/0672329204/ref=pd_sim_b_1/191-1807479-9996238 (yes, this book again :) )

 

http://www.msexchange.org/

http://msexchangeteam.com/

http://technet.microsoft.com/

http://www.cbtnuggets.com/


December 8, 2008  8:14 PM

TS: Configuring Exchange Server 2007 (70-236)

Michael Khanin Michael Khanin Profile: Michael Khanin

I’ve just passed my TS: Configuring Exchange Server 2007 (70-236)!  Got 100% on it.

 

For those of you intending to write this, even do not try to register for it if you do not have good understanding in PowerShell.

I’ve got about 80% of questions about how to do things by using PowerShell. You have to answer a 53 questions in this exam and they give you 150 mins. to write the exam.

 

The study resources I used to pass are:

 

Book “Microsoft Exchange Server 2007″  http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Exchange-Server-2007-Unleashed/dp/0672329204/ref=pd_sim_b_1/191-1807479-9996238

 

http://www.trainsignal.com/Exchange-Server-2007-Training-P22.aspx

http://www.msexchange.org/articles_tutorials/exchange-server-2007/

http://msexchangeteam.com/

http://www.msexchange.org/articles_tutorials/exchange-server-2007/management-administration/exchange-2007-sp1-mailbox-management-part1.html

http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Managing-mailboxes-Exchange-Server-2007-Part1.html

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa998579.aspx

http://www.exchangeninjas.com/

http://www.exchangeinbox.com/article.aspx?i=83

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb124977.aspx

 

 

As I said, make sure you really have good understanding in PowerShell before you write the exam.


November 29, 2008  5:44 PM

Deploying Cluster Continuous Replication (CCR) on Windows Server 2008 by Command-Line Only

Michael Khanin Michael Khanin Profile: Michael Khanin

If you are lazy (I’m very lazy :) ) you probably will want to create a script to deploy Cluster Continuous Replication (CCR) on Windows Server 2008.
As a source for this scrip I really recommend to take a look on the following article: “Deploying CCR on Windows Server 2008 by Command-Line Only


November 29, 2008  5:33 PM

VMware ESX Server 3.5 Update 3

Michael Khanin Michael Khanin Profile: Michael Khanin

Note: In many public documents, VMware ESX Server 3.5 is now known as VMware ESX Server 3.5 and VMware ESX Server 3i version 3.5 as VMware ESXi 3.5. These release notes continue to use the previous convention to match the product interfaces and documentation. A future release will update the product names.

What’s New

The following information provides highlights of some of the enhancements available in this release of VMware Infrastructure 3:

Note: Not all combinations of VirtualCenter and ESX Server versions are supported and not all of these highlighted features are available unless you are using VirtualCenter 2.5 Update 3 with ESX Server 3.5 Update 3. See the ESX Server, VirtualCenter, and Virtual Infrastructure Client Compatibility Matrixes for more information on compatibility.

New features and supported IO devices:

  • Increase in vCPU per Core Limit — The limit on vCPUs per core has been raised from 8 (or 11 for VDI workloads) to 20. This change only raises the supported limit but does not include any additional performance optimizations. Raising the limit allows users more flexibility to configure systems based on specific workloads and to get the most advantage from increasingly faster processors. The achievable number of vCPUs per core will depend on the workload and specifics of the hardware. It is expected that most deployments will remain within the previous range of 8-11 vCPUs per core. For more information, see VI3 Performance Best Practices and Benchmarking Guidelines.
  • HP BL495c support — This release adds support for the HP Blade Server BL495c with all Virtual Connect and IO Options allowing 1 or 10Gb connection to the network (upstream) and 1Gb connections only to the servers (downstream).
  • Newly Supported NICs —  This release adds support for the following NICs:
    • Broadcom 5716 1Gb
    • Broadcom  57710 10Gb Adapters
    • Broadcom 57711 10Gb Adapters at 1Gb speed only

    Note: iSCSI/TOE hardware offloads available with these adapters are not supported by VMware with ESX 3.5.

  • Newly Supported SATA Controllers— This release adds support for the following SATA controllers:
    • Broadcom HT1000 (supported in native SATA mode only with SATA hard drives and Solid State Disk devices)
    • Intel ICH-7 (supported in IDE/ATA mode only with SATA CD/DVD drives)

    Note: Storing VMFS data stores on drives connected to these controllers is not supported

  • Newly Supported Guest Operating Systems — Support for the following Guest Operating Systems have been added by VMware during the ESX 3.5 Update 3 release cycle:
    • Solaris 10 U5
    • Ubuntu 8.04.1
    • RHEL 4.7
  • Internal SAS networked storage controllers — This release adds experimental support for Intel Modular Server MFSYS25 SAS Storage Control Modules (SCMs). For known issues with this platforms and workaround see SAS Link and Port Failovers with the Intel Modular Server Running Update 3 and Later Versions of ESX 3.5 and ESXi 3.5 (KB 1007394).
  • Interrupt Coalescing (IC) for Qlogic 4Gb FC HBAs — Introduced in this release, the feature reduces CPU utilization (and CPU cost per IO) and improves throughput of IO intensive workloads by generating a single interrupt for a burst of Fibre Channel frames, when received in a short period of time, rather than interrupting the CPU each time a frame is received. The feature is enabled by default.
  • Experimental Support for the VMDK Recovery Tool — This release adds support for the VMDK Recovery tool, a script intended to help customers to recover VMFS/vmdk data stores from accidental deletion of VMFS/vmdk data store or physical disk corruption. For more information, see VMDK Recovery Tool (ESX 3.5 Update 3) ( KB 1007243).
  • Small Footprint CIM Broker —  Updated SFCB to version 1.3.0
  • IBM SAN Volume Controller — SVC is now supported with Fixed Multipathing Policy as well as MRU Multipathing Policy.


November 29, 2008  5:30 PM

Canadians: Use Live Search, win a 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer SE

Michael Khanin Michael Khanin Profile: Michael Khanin

In addition to continuously updating Live Search and trying to get developers on board with new features, Microsoft is also promoting Live Search via various deals and giveaways. The latest is Big Ticket Search, and surprisingly it’s only for Canadians. Every search on the site gives you a chance to win a prize (1,488 total prizes):

  • (2) 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer SE, value of $21,493
  • (1) $10,000 cash
  • (1) Two Raptors 09-10 Season Tickets, value of $8,000
  • (5) Entertainment Centre, value of $5,330
  • (1) Raptors VIP Package, value of $5,000
  • (15) HP Pavilion 15.4″ Laptop, value of $800
  • (43) Xbox 360, value of $300
  • (43) 80GB Zune, value of $230
  • (400) Ticketmaster $100 Gift Card
  • (15) Raptors signed basketballs, value of $100
  • (15) Raptors signed jerseys, value of $100
  • (947) Ticketmaster $50 Gift Card

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