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Off-topic things and some Hyper-V goodies (resources, backup and AzMan scope scripts)

Off-topic things and some Hyper-V goodies (resources, backup and AzMan scope scripts)

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Lately it's been very quiet on my blog. There are a couple of things to that. First and foremost there was recently a lot going on in my private life, and therefore I had little time to focus on anything else then family (well, I still had and HAVE to work;))

The news is I am getting married:) to my long-time fiancee Maja. Actually I still think that its not that big of a change, because we have been living together for a long time. But others seem to point that it still is a more then just a formal change. We'll see;)

As for work, I finished an internal Hyper-V virtualization training. During preparing of this training I learned a lot about Hyper-V and Virtual Machine Manager 2008. Unfortunately I had little time to blog about these technologies. Below I share couple of things:

  • List of useful blogs and resources on virtualization that I used while preparing the training (listed below - note that some of the links may become outdated as I used them over the last 4 months, and in that time Hyper-V went from BETA through RC0, RC1 to RTM)
  • A VMM 2008 simple backup script that saves VMs, copies them to a disk and starts (I used external USB) - attached (bat that fires the powershell can be used in Task Scheduler).
  • A VBScript shared by David Shiflet that allows setting and getting AzMan scopes on VMs in Hyper-V. (GetSetScopeScripts contains 2 vbscripts). First create an AzMan scope (give it some name, say SCOPENAME) and then use the scripts in this way:
    • Get Scope: cscript //nologo GetScope.vbs VMNAME
    • Set Scope: cscript //nologo SetScope.vbs VMName SCOPENAME

 

Hyper-V and VMM resources:

Blogs regarding virtualization:

http://blogs.technet.com/virtualization

http://blogs.msdn.com/virtual_pc_guy

http://blogs.technet.com/vm

http://blogs.technet.com/jhoward

http://blogs.technet.com/rakeshm

http://blogs.technet.com/m2

http://blogs.dirteam.com/blogs/natashamocke

http://blogs.msdn.com/mikekol

Architecture:

Microsoft Virtualization short podcast series http://weblog.infoworld.com/podcasts/2007/10/microsoft/

Open Virtual Machine Format (OVF) initiative: http://xml.coverpages.org/ni2007-09-11-a.html

HyperCall API: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=91E2E518-C62C-4FF2-8E50-3A37EA4100F5&displaylang=en

VHD Specification: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/virtualserver/techinfo/vhdspec.mspx

Planning

Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide – Windows Server Virtualization http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb897507.aspx, http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=100915

Core IO Team Blog: http://blogs.technet.com/io/default.aspx

Microsoft IO websites: http://www.microsoftio.com/coreio.aspx, http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/infrastructure/default.aspx

Microsoft Virtualization ROI Tool: http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization/ROItool/default.mspx

Deployment

Implementing Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Release Candidate 0 (RC0) on HP ProLiant servers" Integration Note: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bc/docs/support/SupportManual/c01286554/c01286554.pdf

Microsoft Assessment and Planning

MAPS Team Blog (Virtualization) http://blogs.technet.com/mapblog/archive/2008/04/23/how-to-series-for-microsoft-assessment-and-planning-part-1-server-virtualization.aspx

Storage

Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) Primer http://www.snia.org/education/storage_networking_primer

SNIA Storage Tutorials http://www.snia.org/education/tutorials

Storage options for Hyper-V blog entries: http://blogs.technet.com/josebda/archive/2008/02/14/storage-options-for-windows-server-2008-s-hyper-v.aspx, http://blogs.technet.com/josebda/archive/2008/03/06/more-on-storage-options-for-windows-server-2008-s-hyper-v.aspx

Microsoft Storage Technologies: https://www.microsoft.com/whdc/device/storage/default.mspx

Deploying iSCSI SANs http://download.microsoft.com/download/9/4/b/94ba64d1-959e-44b8-b221-206297e832bb/Deploying iSCSI SANs.doc

Deployment Automation

How sysprep works: http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsVista/en/library/fd2f79c9-3049-4b8c-bcfd-4e6dc5771ace1033.mspx?mfr=true

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2008 download: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=112437

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit Team Blog: http://blogs.technet.com/msdeployment/

TechNet Web Cast: Windows Server 2008: Server Virtualization Solution Scenario (Level 300) http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?culture=en-US&EventID=1032336484&CountryCode=US

Storage IT Toolbox: http://storage.ittoolbox.com/

Introduction to SAN IBM Redbook: http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/redbooks/pdfs/sg245470.pdf (352 pages of information on SAN concepts)

Implementing Hyper-V on HP ProLiant Servers http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bc/docs/support/SupportManual/c01286554/c01286554.pdf

Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide (including VMM 2008 IPD) – still BETA at 17/06/2008: https://connect.microsoft.com/Downloads/DownloadDetails.aspx?SiteID=14&DownloadID=7925

Windows Server 2008 Performance Tuning Guide: http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/system/sysperf/Perf_tun_srv.mspx

Manage and Automate

WMI resource center: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa286547.aspx

Hypervisor Design Guide: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb969686.aspx

Blog with many samples on how to use powershell to manage hyper-v VMs: http://blogs.technet.com/jamesone/

VMM 2008 General Overview: http://download.microsoft.com/download/6/f/8/6f8a7125-041a-46f9-a9ec-362b13fe0445/VMM2008_White_Paper_Draft3.6_FINAL.pdf

VMM Video: http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/scvmm/flash/SCVMM.html

Interoperability

VHD Compatibilty blog entry: http://blogs.technet.com/jhoward/archive/2008/02/28/are-vhds-compatible-between-hyper-v-and-virtual-server-and-virtual-pc.aspx

Hyper-V vs Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 hypervisor: http://download.microsoft.com/download/9/5/f/95f42c38-8095-48ed-ba9a-716387b0719e/Comparing_Hyper_V_to_RHEL_Hypervisor.pdf

Security

Delegate permissions to hyper-V with AzMan: http://blogs.msdn.com/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2008/01/17/allowing-non-administrators-to-control-hyper-v.aspx

How to install Hyper-V on Server Core: http://blogs.technet.com/jhoward/archive/2008/03/30/how-to-add-the-hyper-v-role-to-a-windows-server-2008-server-core-machine.aspx

Security Configuration Wizard Documentation: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=903FD496-9EB9-4A45-AA00-3F2F20FD6171

Virtual Computing Security Technical Implementation Guide: http://iase.disa.mil/stigs/draft-stigs/Virtual-Computing-STIG-V1R01.doc

Bitlocker Hyper-V recommendation podcast: http://download.microsoft.com/download/5/c/b/5cb1943c-751d-4fd4-a897-38926e90a86f/BrandonBakerHyperVSecurity2Podcast.wma

High Availability

Build a HA cluster for Hyper-V step-by-step instructions: http://blogs.technet.com/roblarson/archive/2007/12/17/building-a-host-cluster-with-hyper-v-beta-1.aspx

Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Software v2.06: https://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=12CB3C1A-15D6-4585-B385-BEFD1319F825&displaylang=en

Quick Migration with Hyper-V http://download.microsoft.com/download/3/B/5/3B51A025-7522-4686-AA16-8AE2E536034D/Quick%20Migration%20with%20Hyper-V.doc

How to setup a failover cluster with Server 2008 core:

http://blogs.technet.com/aralves/archive/2008/03/31/building-a-failover-cluster-with-server-core-part-3.aspx

http://blogs.technet.com/aralves/archive/2008/03/31/building-a-failover-cluster-with-server-core-part-2.aspx

http://blogs.technet.com/aralves/archive/2008/03/31/building-a-failover-cluster-with-server-core-part-1.aspx

Hyper-V Clustering step-by-step guide: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=CD828712-8D1E-45D1-A290-7EDADF1E4E9C

WS08 Cluster setup: http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/library/bb9ab149-6585-423b-9d24-e68fb116d8291033.mspx?mfr=true

Windows Server 2008 High Availability Program information http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=71684

Certified for Windows Server Logo Program for Software http://www.innovateonwindowsserver.com/

List of application vendors who meet Certification requirements http://www.windowsservercatalog.com/results.aspx?bCatId=1372&ocID=20

Hyper-V Guest clustering setup http://blogs.technet.com/pfe-ireland/archive/2008/05/16/how-to-create-a-windows-server-2008-cluster-within-hyper-v-using-simulated-iscsi-storage.aspx

Attachment: BackupVMsAndScopeScripts.zip
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  • <p>Hi there.</p> <p>Many thanks for providing the Scope Scripts. The helped me tremendously. I needed a bit of time to get used to AzMan, but i was able to delegate VMs.</p> <p>I've written about that here:</p> <p><a rel="nofollow" target="_new" href="http://projectdream.org/wordpress/2008/07/03/delegating-hyper-v-virtual-machines/">http://projectdream.org/wordpress/2008/07/03/delegating-hyper-v-virtual-machines/</a></p> <p>It might not help you, but other people that found the scripts.</p>

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