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  • Blog Post: Migration Automation Toolkit next steps

    Over the last few years our team has had the opportunity to work on multiple VMware to Hyper-V migration toolkits. These community contributions were not “supported” other than being supplements to supported tools and authored in PowerShell. Any time you create an example or quick-start type solution...
  • Blog Post: MAT4Shift 1.6.2 Update

    We have published an update for MAT4Shift. While this is a minor script change, we view the update as critical and would encourage everyone to discontinue use of 1.6.1. This work came directly from community feedback, so thank you to everyone who is testing and using MAT, and sending information about...
  • Blog Post: Migration Automation Toolkit for MVMC 2.0

    Migrators, assemble! The MVMC team has published version 2.0, packed with new features, and in tandem the BCB team is releasing a new version of MAT! MVMC 2.0 MAT for MVMC 2.0 MVMC is a tool for converting VMware virtual machines to Hyper-V virtual machines. Version...
  • Blog Post: Migration - MAT4SHIFT 1.6.1 Release to Web

    Today we published the latest version of the Migration Automation Toolkit, MAT4SHIFT v1.6.1. This is largely a maintenance release but does include a few new features. If you are looking at this technology for the first time, MAT4SHIFT is a script framework/toolkit for automating migrations from VMware...
  • Blog Post: Meet MAT - the Migration Automation Toolkit

    Introducing the MAT MAT, meet the blogosphere. Blogosphere, meet MAT. There, that was easy. In my earlier posts I’ve talked a lot about migration and automation. In my V2V series I covered lots of ways you might go about automating your conversions using VMM’s V2V. Helpful, right? Well...
  • Blog Post: Automation–Orchestrating Windows Azure–Solving the Public Cloud Puzzle with System Center 2012 SP1

    Hello Readers/Viewers! Once again, I am excited to announce the release of even more Example Runbooks – This time for… Windows Azure ! Now… Let’s be clear, there is no way I can compete with this AWESOME post – that basically went viral yesterday – but, I will try to provide something that is at least...
  • Blog Post: MAT 1.3.1 Update

      Just a quick post to let everyone know that MAT 1.3.1 has been posted. Every now and then we need to bring the train back into the station and grease up those axles. This version has a few minor changes but is mostly about getting the MAT 1.3 Installation and Usage Guide out there. The Guide is...
  • Blog Post: Automating Virtual Machine Migration from Hyper-V 2.0 To 3.0

    Many customers (including many service providers) have deployed Windows Server 2012 with System Center 2012 SP1 to deliver cloud-based services for IaaS, DaaS and SaaS. These customers are reducing costs by leveraging their existing investments in a datacenter that has virtual machines (VMs) deployed...
  • Blog Post: The Top 10 Reasons You Should Attend our Sessions at MMS 2013!

    Trying to decide which sessions to attend at the 2013 Microsoft Management Summit ?  There are a lot of great options this year, and here are ten reasons we think you should check out the sessions hosted by the authors of the Building Clouds blog… You’ll get to learn all about the Fundamentals of...
  • Blog Post: MAT (powered by Project Shift)

    Can’t we convert faster? The most common complaint I hear when working with customers who are converting VMs from a VMware platform is that it’s slow. Now for many customers technologies like MVMC or SCV2V are great. They are easy to use and provide relatively quick results. These customers have some...
  • Blog Post: VM Conversion or VM Migration?

    When I speak to people about moving VMs over to Hyper-V I generally use the term migrate. I actually differentiate the terms “migration” and “conversion”, at least in the context of VMs (Maybe just because I’m a former English major). Alright, so this certainly isn’t any sort of standard or official...
  • Blog Post: Types of VM Conversions (or how to swap engines in a moving car)

    I was hoping to get this post out sooner but I’ve been busy this week taking a perfectly good Surface Pro and turning it into a tablet running Windows Server 2012. Fun stuff! Not only did we install Server 2012 on a Surface Pro we decided to create a cluster of Pros and actually carry out some “Shared...
  • Blog Post: Automation–Automating Hybrid Clouds with Windows Azure and PowerShell (Part 3): Public Cloud Environment Provisioning PowerShell Workflow Examples

    Hi. :) At this point, you know the drill…This is Part 3 of the Automating Hybrid Clouds with Windows Azure and PowerShell blog series – which is kind of the same thing as Part 2, but this time the deliverable is a set of PowerShell Workflow Examples . For reference, here is Part 1...
  • Blog Post: MAT – More is better. Multi-server conversions

    When I introduced the MAT last post, I didn’t spend much time discussing how to convert using multiple servers. So I better get to it. This post details how to configure the MAT to use multiple machines to convert at the same time (let’s call these “Helpers”). Using the MAT on...
  • Blog Post: MAT (Powered by Project Shift) Part 2 – Networking

    Welcome to the next installment of the MAT4Shift blog series. As a reference, the first article is linked up below. In part 2 of this series we are taking a deep dive in to how and why we perform migration of network settings when moving the VMs between platforms. MAT (powered by Project Shift...
  • Blog Post: MAT 1.5 is available (now with NIC recreation!)

    I am happy to announce that MAT 1.5 is now available. Grab your copy now:  The Migration Automation Toolkit (MAT) 1.5 brings a large number of improvements over the previous MAT and also puts the MAT and the MAT (Powered by Project Shift) at a feature parity. This means that the most asked about...
  • Blog Post: MAT-Architecture Overview

    I’ve been getting questions about the overall architecture of MAT and then specifically how the PowerShell functions work together. Of course, it’s all right there in the scripts, but it would probably take you a while to sort through the 2,000 or so lines of code. So in the spirit of trying...
  • Blog Post: Automation–Automating Hybrid Clouds with Windows Azure and PowerShell (Part 1): Introduction and Table of Contents

    Hello Readers and Viewers! By now, you have likely seen Brad Anderson’s Blog Post ( VMware Migration… Like You’ve Never Seen ) and its associated video , starring Building Cloud Blog’s very own Migration Mark! And sure, I have a cameo, but let’s be honest, that movie...
  • Blog Post: August 2013 was Automation Month at the Building Clouds Blog!

    Augomation? Autogust? Augustomania? Whatever you call it, with 16 Automation Track / Automation Track adjacent posts , it was Automation’s month to shine. You may have not even realized it – heck, I don’t think we did... The Posts… If you have been keeping up, fantastic...
  • 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: Automation–Automating Hybrid Clouds with Windows Azure and PowerShell (Part 4): Public Cloud Environment Deprovisioning PowerShell Examples

    Hello once again! Here we are at the end of this blog series: Part 4 of the Automating Hybrid Clouds with Windows Azure and PowerShell blog series - Public Cloud Environment Deprovisioning PowerShell Examples. I do think you will be surprised to see how easy it is to remove everything you added. ...
  • Blog Post: Switch to Hyper-V with the Hyper-V Switch Program – Part 1 by Michael Lubanski

    Switch to Hyper-V with the Hyper-V Switch Program – Part 1 By Michael Lubanski If you are thinking about travelling down the road to the Microsoft Private Cloud, one of the challenges you might face is how to migrate your virtual machines from your current VMware platform to a Hyper-V platform. Sure...
  • 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: Welcome to VM Migration

    Here at Building Clouds we are all about Windows Server & System Center (WSSC). A lot of the content on this blog will concentrate on infrastructure and management, especially with respect to System Center 2012 SP1. Not my content though, not uh, no sir . Instead, I’ll be concerned with helping you...
  • Blog Post: Automation–Automating Hybrid Clouds with Windows Azure and PowerShell (Part 2): Public Cloud Environment Provisioning PowerShell Examples

    Hello Again! Time for Part 2 of the Automating Hybrid Clouds with Windows Azure and PowerShell blog series ( find Part 1: Intro & TOC here ).  And yes, this post actually has PowerShell Examples! But first, the list of what examples will be provided… Public Cloud Environment Provisioning PowerShell...