Download – Linux Integration Services 4.1 for Hyper-V

Title: Linux Integration Services Version 4.1 for Hyper-V
Published: 02/21/2017
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation 
Version: 4.1
File size: 202 MB
Download URL: Click here to download

DESCRIPTION

A set of drivers that enable synthetic device support in supported Linux virtual machines under Hyper-V. See the Details section of this page for a link to more information about the latest Linux Integration Services (LIS) availability and supported distributions.

NEW FEATURES

  • Expanded Releases: now applicable to Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS, and Oracle Linux with Red Hat Compatible Kernel versions 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 6.8, 7.2, and 7.3
  • Hyper-V Sockets
  • Manual Memory Resize
  • SCSI WNN
  • lsvmbus
  • Uninstallation scripts
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Video – Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) in Windows Server 2016

A look at the latest updates to software-defined storage with Storage Spaces Direct, new with Windows Server 2016. Elden Christensen explains the advantages in terms of cost, performance and reliability.

Also, find out what your deployment options are from hyper-converge or branch offices to converge for enterprise scale workloads. Finally, you’ll see how this applies to disaster recovery.

Source: Microsoft Mechanics Library

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CSI: Hyper-V – Episode 1

On the next CSI: Hyper-V

The I.T. team travels through NET TIME to save an innocent virtual machine.

CSI-Hyper-V

(No, I don’t know why I do this stuff. It just pops in my head…)

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Download – PowerShell Hyper-V Cookbook

The Altaro PowerShell Hyper-V CookbookTitle: The Altaro PowerShell Hyper-V Cookbook
Author: Jeffery Hicks, PowerShell MVP
Twitter: @JeffHicks
Published: 2014
Publisher: Altaro Software
PDF: Altaro-PowerShell-Hyper-V-Cookbook.pdf
Size: 6.9 MB
Pages: 63
Scripts: Altaro-PowerShell-HyperV-Cookbook-Scripts.zip
Size 44.7 KB
Download URL: Click here for download

DESCRIPTION

  • Understand the basics of Hyper-V Cmdlets and how to create
    a Hyper-V VM
  • How to display and discover information about your VMs and Hyper-V host
  • Get mounted ISO files & identify orphaned VHD/VHDX files
  • How to delete obsolete snapshots and query Hyper-V event logs

SAMPLE POWERSHELL SCRIPTS

  1. Get-HyperVEvents.ps1
  2. Get-ImageFromISO.ps1
  3. Get-MyVM.ps1
  4. Get-ObsoleteVHD.ps1
  5. Get-VHDInfo.ps1
  6. Get-VMMemoryReport.ps1
  7. Get-VMOS.ps1
  8. Get-VMSnapshotUsage.ps1
  9. New-HVHealthReport.ps1
  10. New-VMfromISO.ps1
  11. New-VMFromTemplate.ps1
  12. Remove-OldVMSnapshot.ps1
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Upgrading SQL Evaluation to Volume License

THE SCENARIO

  • You’ve installed SQL 2008 R2 (or newer) in 180-day evaluation mode as a pilot project (or proof-of-concept).
  • The project is successful and you get a green light.
  • The client purchases SQL through Microsoft Volume Licensing.
  • You want to simply add the license key to the SQL server that’s currently in evaluation mode, activate it, and move on.

THE RUB

  1. And if you look up your keys in Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center (MS VLSC), there are no keys for SQL.Dude - where's my SQL volume license keys
  2. And the second problem is that even if you had the key, the location to enter the SQL key on the trial server isn’t very obvious.

SOLUTION 1 – How to Get Your MS VLSC SQL Key

If you call Microsoft Volume License support, they will tell you that the keys are imbedded in the product (which is true) and that they can not give you the key information (which may or may not be true, depending on who you’re talking to).

Even worse, the VLSC tech support folks will advise you to remove the SQL installation, download the VLSC ISO, and install FROM SCRATCH.

This is a complete waste of time and a bunch of garbage!

Side note: I asked the VLSC support specialist why there’s a place to enter the key in SQL if the Volume License version of SQL doesn’t have a key. She said “That key is just for if you purchase Retail SQL”.

Again, this is complete garbage!

Rest easy and fear not! — You don’t have to reinstall SQL all over again just to activate it with a volume license key.

Here’s the work-around I used:

IMPORTANT: These steps are on a Hyper-V Server.
NOT on your SQL Evaluation server!

  1. Log into Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center and download your SQL ISO (this ISO is pre-keyed).
    https://www.microsoft.com/Licensing/servicecenter/

    Download the pre-keyed SQL ISO from VLSC

  2. Spin up a generic Server 2012 or 2012 R2 virtual machine in Hyper-V.
    (This should only take about 5 minutes if you have a pre-baked VM).
  3. Add the .NET 3.5 Framework

    GUI version
    Server Manager | Manage | Add Roles and Features | Next | Next | Next | Next | .NET Framework 3.5 Features | Next | Install

    PowerShell
    Install-WindowsFeature Net-Framework-Core

  4. Attach the SQL Volume License ISO to the virtual machine.

    Attach the ISO to the virtual machine

  5. Boot the VM, set the admin password in the OOBE windows, then run the Setup.exe file on the SQL DVD / ISO.

    Double-click the SQL Setup.exe installer

  6. Run the program without getting any help.*

    *If you get a compatibility error on 2012 R2 with SQL 2008 R2, you can safely ignore it. (We’re just using this VM to get the key and will blow the VM away when we’re done).

    Ignore this error 

    …the setup bootstrapper continues…

    wait

  7. Installation | New installation or add features to an existing installation.

    New installation of SQL on the Hyper-V VM (temporary

  8. Run the program without getting help.
    (Ignore the Program Compatibility Assistant warning again.)

    Ignore this error too

    …as the SQL turns…

    more waiting

  9. On Setup Support Roles, click OK.

    Please put your tray tables and seat backs in the full upright position to prepare for departure

    …more SQL zzzzzz…

    stuck on the tarmac

  10. …and BOO-YAH, there is your Microsoft Volume License key for SQL!

    Touchdown! Here's your SQL Volume License key!

  11. Record that SQL Volume License key in a safe place.
  12. You can now shut down and blow away that virtual server.

SOLUTION 2 – The Key Entry Location

Here are the instructions for where to install the SQL Volume License key on your trial server to activate it into a full-blown VL goodness.

IMPORTANT: These steps are on the SQL EVALUATION server.
Make sure you have a good backup of the server before you continue!

  1. Start | All Programs | Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 | Configuration Tools | SQL Server Installation Center (64-bit)

    SQL Server Configuration Manager

  2. Maintenance | Edition Upgrade

    Edition upgrade

    …SQL churns…

    Circling the airport

  3. On the Setup Support Rules page, click OK.

    Click OK again

    …more SQL churning…

    Last wait period

  4. Enter the product key | Next.

    Enter your SQL Volume License key here

  5. Accept the EULA | Next.

    Accept the EULA

  6. Specify the instance of SQL Server (the evaluation one) | Next.

    Pick your SQL instance

    …waiting…

    duh!

  7. On the Edition Upgrade Rules page, click Next.

    Click next

  8. On the Ready to upgrade edition page, click Upgrade.

    Click Upgrade

  9. Congratulations, you’re done! Click Close.

    Click close.

Hopefully this tip will save you from the ‘mandatory’ reinstallation of SQL just to change from evaluation mode to a Volume License key.

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PowerShell Tip – Get List of VMs, MACs, IPs & VHDs

Sometimes I wish you could add more fields to the Hyper-V Console, like MAC Addresses or IP Addresses.

As always, PowerShell to the rescue!

Here’s a quick tip to get a list of virtual machines on a Hyper-V host, along with the MAC addresses and IP addresses.

Here’s the PowerShell code:

Get-VM | Select -ExpandProperty NetworkAdapters | Select VMName, MACAddress, IPAddresses

And here are the results:

PowerShell code to get a list of VMs, MACs & IP Addresses

As you can see from the screen shot above, only *running* VMs show IP addresses.

Want to take it a step further and see which VMs are running Legacy NICs and which VMs have Synthetic NICs? Even virtual switch names?

Easy enough – just lose the second filtering statement.

Get-VM | Select -ExpandProperty NetworkAdapters

PowerShell - show legacy NICs in use on VMs

And this one is for Stanley…

Need a list of which VHDs are attached to which VM?

Get-VM | Get-VMHardDiskDrive | Select-Object -Property VMName, VMID, ComputerName, ControllerType, ControllerNumber, ControllerLocation, Path | Sort-Object -Property VMName | Out-GridView -Title "Virtual Disks"

PowerShell - list of virtual hard disks per VM

Source: PowerShell blog & Keith Mayer’s blog

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Free eBook – Hyper-V 2012 Hands-On Guide

eBook - Hands-on Guide: Understanding Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012Title: Hands-on Guide: Understanding Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012
Author: Brien Posey with additional chapters from Pete Zerger and Chris Henley
Published: 2013
Pages: 392
Price: FREE*
* Registration required for download
(email address & job description)

FORMATS

  • PDF: 23.5 MB
  • MOBI: 31.4 MB
  • EPUB: 15.4 MB

Download URL: Click here for download

File name: veeam_brien_posey_hands_on_guide_understanding_hyper_v_in
_windows_server_2012_wpp (.pdf, .mobi or .epub)

DESCRIPTION

If you’re just getting started with Hyper-V, you’ll really like this eBook because it shows screen-by-screen how to enable and work with Hyper-V features.

You will learn how to:

  • Build clustered Hyper-V deployment
  • Manage Hyper-V through PowerShell
  • Create virtual machine replicas
  • Transition from a legacy Hyper-V environment, and more

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. An Introduction to Hyper-V 3.0
  2. Failover Clustering
  3. Migrations
  4. Managing Virtual Machine Failover
  5. PowerShell Management
  6. Virtual Machine Management
  7. P2V Conversions
  8. Replication
  9. Hyper-V Management
  10. Networking
  11. Backing up Hyper-V
  12. Automation and Orchestration

Source: Veeam ‘Best of 2013’ blog post

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Download – Linux Integration Services for Hyper-V

Linux logoTitle: Linux Integration Services Version 3.5 for Hyper-V
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation
Published: 12/19/2013
Version: 3.5
File Name: LinuxICv35.iso
Size: 22.4 MB
Download URL: Click here for download

DESCRIPTION

LIS 3.5 supports the following guest operating systems:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.5-5.8, 6.0-6.3 x86 and x64
  • CentOS 5.5-5.8, 6.0-6.3 x86 and x64

All of the above distributions are supported on the following Windows Server releases:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard, Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise, and Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2
  • Windows 8 Pro
  • Windows 8.1 Pro
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2

For more information, see Ben Armstrong’s blog post about the announcement.

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Windows Storage Spaces 2012 R2 Resources

Tonight (Wed 12/18/2013) I had the privilege of giving my talk on
Performance Benchmarking in Storage Spaces 2012 R2” for the
Cincinnati Networking Professionals Association (CiNPA).

For those who attended, and those interested in Storage Spaces, here are the resource links mentioned during the presentation:

Video – Storage Spaces: What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2
http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2013/MDC-B218
Video - Storage Spaces: What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2

Blog – Step-By-Step: Deploy Hyper-V on SMB 3.0
http://blogs.technet.com/b/canitpro/archive/2013/12/18/step-by-step-deploy-hyper-v-on-smb-3-0.aspx
Blog - Step-By-Step: Deploy Hyper-V on SMB 3.0

Download – Iometer
http://iometer.org/doc/downloads.html
Iometer

eBay – Dell PowerEdge C1100 (2 proc, quad core, 24 GB, 1U) for $335
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dell-Poweredge-C1100-1U-2X-XEON-QC-L5520-2-26GHZ-NO-HDD-24GB-DDR3-Tested-/261199263261
Dell PowerEdge C1100

Blog – Step-by-step for Storage Spaces Tiering in Server 2012 R2
http://blogs.technet.com/b/josebda/archive/2013/08/28/step-by-step-for-storage-spaces-tiering-in-windows-server-2012-r2.aspx
Blog – Step-by-step for Storage Spaces Tiering in Server 2012 R2

Training – Free MVA Networking Fundamentals course
http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/networking-fundamentals
Training – Free MVA Networking Fundamentals course

Training – Free MVA Windows Server 2012: Storage
http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/windows-server-2012-storage
Training – Free MVA Windows Server 2012: Storage

Training – Free MVA Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Jump Start: New Choices
http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/windows-server2012-r2-storage-jump-start-new-choices
Training – Free MVA Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Jump Start: New Choices

Video – Using Microsoft Visio 2013 for Network Documentation (Parts 1-3)

  1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHNEDoncMGU
  2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVGtlkcR71I
  3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-odeJEtQ-U

Misc – My Pinterest #Bacon Collection
http://www.pinterest.com/timbarrett/insane-bacon-stuff/
Bacon

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