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  • Blog Post: Automating VM Migration - VMM and V2V (Part 1)

    I’ve mentioned Microsoft’s two VM conversion tools before but I wanted to spend some time digging a little deeper into both. I’m starting with VMM’s V2V which has been in market (in one version or another) for a few years now. What is V2V? V2V is shorthand for System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012...
  • Blog Post: Automating VM Migration - VMM and V2V (Part 2)

    Last time we went through the basic mechanics of V2V. In this post we will roll up our virtual sleeves (lest we get ketchup on them… again) and start digging into what needs to happen to get this thing automated. NOTE: You really want to back up your VM somehow before you start any conversion. You can...
  • Blog Post: Automating VM Migration - VMM and V2V (Part 3)

    In my last post we covered some ways of removing VMware Tools from your VMs so that your conversion would go more smoothly. Next we need to tee up the conversion by getting the VMs to the VMM Library so that we can start our V2V. Getting the VM to the VMM Library Before VMM can convert the VM, it needs...
  • Blog Post: Automation–Exploring the PowerShell behind the Surface Pro Hijinks

    Hello Readers/Viewers! So, by now you have seen this post and related video …You may have wondered, “Is this real life?” Or, “What did it take to do that?” Well, this post is all about my part in the “hijinks”: Automating the Surface Pro Hosted VM Live Migration (both shared-nothing and shared storage...
  • Blog Post: Automation–Greatest Hits and Blog Reference Guide

    Hello again Readers/Viewers! Like my previous post over at “Blog D'Joy” , this post will act as a reference to the various posts that I have done in the past and be updated to include the new ones that I have continued to publish here on Building Clouds! Recently, Jim Britt and I curated...
  • Blog Post: Application Management-Example-Deploying a Service to Your Private Cloud (Part 3)

    Hey readers, I hope you had a great time at MMS 2013 (if you were able to make it!). If you did make it, you may have seen this service template featured on the big stage during Brad Anderson’s keynote. Pretty cool! Before we continue on to Part 3, review Parts 1 and 2 for background if you haven’t...
  • Blog Post: Thank You MMS 2013! (from the Automation Track)

    Hello Readers and Viewers (new and alumni)! I just wanted to send a big THANK YOU and WELCOME to all the MMS 2013 Attendees and New Blog Readers! It was a fantastic event with so much great information… What is in your top 5 list of favorites from MMS2013? And, whether you attended MMS 2013 or not, you...