In the last couple of weeks I’ve been installing and configuring a System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2 (VMM) environment.
At first all management was done from the VMM management server and console access to VMs from VMM was working fine. Later on the VMM console (and appropriate rollup) were installed on the laptop directly. Then when he opened the VMM console as a regular user and entered the administrator credentials on the VMM console. All was fine until he tried to access the console of VMs from within VMM, because then for most (not all VMs) he received the following error:
Virtual Machine Manager lost the connection to the virtual machine for one of the following reasons.
Another connection was established to the console of this machine
The virtual machine has been shut down or put into the saved state
The user credentials provided do not have the necessary privilege to connect
Other connections were not established to the console of this machine and the virtual machine had also not been shut down or put into the saved state. The user credentials provided when connecting to VMM were of an administrator account with VMM admin permissions.
Since the administrator logs on to his laptop using a non-admin account, we first tried to run the VMM console “As Administrator” but this didn’t resolve the issue.
Then I googled the error and found this knowledge base article : VMM 2012 Self-Service users cannot open a console session to a virtual machine . The description didn’t really match our symptoms since the account specified to connect to VMM was an administrator account instead of a self-service user and it was possible to open a VM console session when the VMM console was opened from the VMM Management Server. To rule it out, we tested the proposed resolution and verified using Get-VMConnectAccess that everything was configured correctly.
The solution was to SHIFT+Rightclick on the VMM console shortcut and then choose “Run as different user” and enter the credentials of the administrator account. After that everything worked fine.
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As some of you might know already, the Microsoft Ignite 2015 conference has started where Microsoft talks about where they’re going and what they’re doing. I watched the keynote, took many notes and added other relevant information which I’m sharing with you. Since so much was told and shown it’s certain I’ve missed stuff. As time goes by I will update the information in this post so it can be used as a reference.
I hope it’s useful. If you find any errors or have other useful resources or feedback, please leave a comment.
-05-05-2015: Created Initial version including the keynote and additional information.
Enterprise Mobility Suite
SQL Server 2016
Windows Server 2016
System Center 2016
Operations Management Suite
Security is #1 concern
- Balance between empowerment and security must be the goal
Modern architecture high level:
- Key security principles: Apply defense in depth and assume you have been breached
- Mobile device management and Mobile Apllication Management can help increase security, simplify management and improve the end-user experience.
Secure in an integrated way: Devices, Apps, Files, Identities
Many applications have been enhanced with:
- Mobile Application Management through Intune
- Data Leakage Protection (DLP) on iPad: Not being able to copy/paste corporate data from a corporate app to a non-corporate/peronal app (by example Twitter), while allowing it between corporate apps like Outlook (version with these capabilities coming in Q2) and Word.
- Policy in Windows 10 can be configured to warn about copying data from corporate app to non-corporate app, but still allow it and logging the event.
- Supports multiple identities while still enforcing security and not allowing to copy corporate data between them.
- For more info: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn818907.aspx
- Azure RemoteApp can be used to easily enable people to use apps
Outlook : Protect a file that you share by email by using the Rights Management sharing application
- Uses Azure AD RMS
- Access (attempts) can be tracked including showing times and geographic locations using Azure RMS Document Tracking Public Preview
For more info:
Azure AD/EMS Cloud App Discovery
Insights available regarding access
Microsoft Azure Stack
- Nano Server is a remotely administered server operating system optimized for hosting in private clouds and datacenters. It is similar to Windows Server in Server Core mode, but markedly smaller. Also, there is no local logon capability, nor does it support Terminal Services. It takes up far less disk space, sets up significantly faster, and requires far fewer restarts than Windows Server.
Multi-cloud and hybrid cloud will become increasingly important
Content (co-)creation and sharing using Office, Skype For Business, HoloLens, etc
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Unfortunately I’ve received numerous requests for an exam dump of 74-409 which really upsets me.
For those that are not aware of it, you are not allowed to share or use exam dumps. “If Microsoft learns that a candidate used a “brain dump” site to prepare for an exam, this candidate will be permanently banned or prohibited from taking any future Microsoft Certification exams and may be decertified from the Microsoft Certification Program. In addition, test scores and certifications, if applicable, may be revoked. These actions may be taken even if the candidate did not intend to defraud the Microsoft Certification Program.”
For more information, see:
Preparing to take the exam
This is generally what I do for preparing to take the exam:
- Determine the skills that are measured in the exam 74-409
- View the online course Server Virtualization with Windows Hyper-V and System Center at Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA)
- Reflect how confident you are that the online course has provided you with sufficient skills to take the exam.
- Optionally enhance your knowledge using:
- If you (know someone who) attended the course for this exam (20409A-ENU), then be sure to take a look at the book. It contains a lot of details that are missing from the jump start videos.
- Windows Server 2012 R2 Private Cloud Virtualization and Storage Poster and Mini-Posters
- Community/user created content for taking the exam
–Study resources 74-409 Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center
–Born To Learn wiki
–Veeam Study guide
–Free MCP Training study guide (in progress)
- Blogs by people that already took the exam, to see how they prepared.
- Recordings and slides of the Virtualization IT Camp
- Additional Hyper-V and Server 2012 R2 related courses on Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA)
- Real life or virtual meetings, presentations and user groups. Microsoft has started a Microsoft User Group Portal wiki, but unfortunately it’s not widely being used yet. Therefore I suggest searching the internet or taking a look at the Microsoft Events website.
- Your own lab to work with the products. You can use the existing Microsoft Test Lab Guides (TLG) or if you don’t have the hardware for your lab, just browse the document.
- Technet library documentation about Hyper-V. This can also be downloaded here for offline use.
- Technet TechCenter
- Training videos. By example on YouTube, or from commercial companies like CBT Nuggets and PluralSight. Nowadays you can get monthly subscriptions or just get trials for a couple of days to help you get a good start.
- Great TechNet Blogs.
- Guided labs / guided experiences like by example the Microsoft Private Cloud Guided Labs. Note: these might not be updated to 2012 R2 yet, but they should provide you with a better understanding.
- Virtual labs (search for hyper or virtual machine manager)
- Twitter by following people with interesting information on Hyper-V, by searching for tweets containing hyperv or hyper-v or by connecting with the community.
- Forums to discuss and share information. Since I’m from the Netherlands I use Tweakers.net a lot and can be found discussing Microsoft Certification related stuff in the topic “[Microsoft Certified] Ervaringen en discussies”.
- Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Best Practices (In Easy Checklist Form)
- Free e-books:
–Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2
–Microsoft System Center Microsoft System Center
–Windows Server 2012 R2 Overview White Paper
–Windows Server 2012 R2 Server Virtualization White Paper
- Printed books, but as far as I know there are no specific books yet for 74-409 and most books covering Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V or System Center 2012 have not yet been updated to the R2 release.
- Channel 9 to search for relevant content.
- Technet Video to search for relevant content.
- Server Posterpedia Windows store app or component architecture posters.
- Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) Guides
- Survival guides
Specific topics and resources I used while studying:
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The recordings for “Using Microsoft VDI to Enable New Workstyles Jump Start” are available now on Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA).
These Jump Starts are a great way to quickly get up-to-date about a subject. Also there’s a great team of people working behind the scenes to answer questions and provide more detailed resources. Other attendees often also share their experiences and provide valuable insights. So be sure to check out the Q&A log as well.
Tags: Cloud, Free, Hyper-V, ICT, jump start, jumpstart, Learning, Microsoft Virtual Academy, MVA, Private Cloud, recording, Using Microsoft VDI to Enable New Workstyles Jump Start, VDI, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, virtualization, Windows
Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) is hosting the “Windows Azure for IT Professionals Jump Start” at May 16th. Information and registration is available on the website: https://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/liveevents/Windows-Azure-for-IT-Professionals?CR_CC=200206715
I’ve attended a couple of Jump Starts and I think it’s a great way to quickly get up-to-date about a subject. Also there’s a great team of people working behind the scenes to answer questions and provide more detailed resources. Other attendees often also share their experiences and provide valuable insights.
Also it’s only been a couple of weeks since Windows Azure IaaS is live in production backed by an enterprise SLA, supported by Microsoft Support, and ready for your production applications. Therefore it is a great time to start learning more about it.
I hope to see you there.
Tags: Cloud, Free, Hyper-V, ICT, jump start, Learning, Microsoft Virtual Academy, MVA, Public Cloud, System Center, System Center 2012, virtualization, Windows, Windows Azure for IT Professionals Jump Start
In the beginning of June, the new Intel Haswell CPUs will be available. Besides the regular improvements like being faster, having better energy efficiency and having better graphics capabilities, these new CPUs will also include VMCS shadowing (Virtual Machine Control Structure Shadowing).
Basically it’s a feature that allows you to run a hypervisor (like VMware, Hyper-V, Xen Server) and create another hypervisor as a VM beneath it. This is also called nested virtualization.
Some of you might say, “Hey this is not new, I’ve already done this with VMware!”. The difference however is that the current method uses some sort of emulation that does not directly access the hardware. And even though it’s great for testing purposes, the performance is suboptimal.
With the embedded hardware supported VMCS shadowing in the new Intel Haswell CPU the nested hypervisor can directly access the hardware, which should improve performance. Also, it might even make it possible to use non-VMware hypervisors in a nested virtualization scenario.
Of course as always, we’ll just have to wait and see how the performance will be in real-life. It’s also not clear to me yet if hypervisors need to be updated to be able to leverage this option. Nonetheless, to me it sounds very promising and I look forward to playing around with it.
For more information read this great article by Gabe Knuth called “Could VMCS Shadowing (a.k.a. nested VMs) from Intel’s new Haswell processors be what Bromium needs to work in VMs?”. When you use the links in the article you will be able to get more information about the Intel Haswell CPUs including benchmarks and more detailed information about VMCS shadowing and use cases.
[EDIT 08-06-2013] Citrix is working hard on integrating VMCS Shadowing / Nested VMs in their products:
If you’re planning to build / buy an Intel Haswell based computer or Home Lab, be sure to look into the confirmed USB3 bug in the chipset. Also unfortunately the DDR3 prices have increased substantially (almost 50%) over the last half year.
Tags: Citrix, CPU, DDR3, DDR3 memory, Hyper-V, hypervisor, hypervizor, Intel, Intel Haswell, Intel Haswell bug, Intel Haswell USB3 bug, memory, Microsoft, nested virtualisation, nested virtualization, performance, processor, USB3 bug, virtualisation, virtualization, VMCS, VMCS shadowing, VMware, vSphere, Xen Server, XenServer
Roger Osborne has posted a great article with a Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V best practices checklist.
I especially like the fact that it’s not just a checklist, but it also explains what it does and why it is considered a best practice to do it this way (in specific situations).
Additionally you might also want to take a look at “Top 20 Hyper-V Performance Metrics You Should Care About” and System Center Advisor.
Tags: best practice, best practices, best practices checklist, check list, checklist, Hyper-V, Hyper-V 3.0, hypervisor, hypervizor, ICT, Microsoft, Server 2012, virtualisation, virtualization, Windows 2012, Windows 2012 Server, Windows Server 2012
The videos of the “Virtualization for VMware Professionals Jump Start” have been posted to the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA):
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend this session live, but thanks to MVA I can still view the recordings when it is convenient for me.
Tags: Hyper-V, hyperv, hypervisor, hypervizor, ICT, jump start, jumpstart, Microsoft, Microsoft Virtual Academy, MVA, q&a, Training, transcript, video, videos, Virtual Academy, virtualization
The videos of the “Introduction to Hyper-V Jump Start” have been posted to Microsoft Virtual Academy:
Unfortunately however, the link to the Q&A transcript has only been sent by mail to participants. The Q&A has very valuable information in it as well, so be sure to take a look at it here.
[EDIT] I mailed the MVA people and they added the Q&A to the MVA website as well. Love the MVA [EDIT]
Tags: hyper visor, hyper vizor, Hyper-V, hyperv, hypervisor, hypervizor, ICT, jump start, jumpstart, Microsoft, Microsoft Virtual Academy, MVA, q&a, Training, transcript, video, videos, Virtual Academy, virtualization
Summary of what Windows To Go (WTG) is
In short, Windows To Go is a Windows 8 Enterprise feature that allows you to boot and run Windows 8 from a USB flash drive (USB stick).
Potential reasons and scenarios for using Windows To Go
There are many potential reasons and scenarios for using Windows To Go, but here are some of them from the top of my head:
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