Monthly archives "June 2014"

Hyper-V Dashboard V 3.2 released

With few bug fixes and few enhancements, the new version of Hyper-V Dashboard is now available on technet gallery.

V 3.1 had a bug where if  a Hyper-v host was only having a single VM, the script was not able to identify it properly.

Apart from this, few other enhancement on the color coding also done now.

Try it out now !

http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/HyperV-Dash-Board-VM-Disk-299bac7d

VM report

 

Host Report

 

storage report

Cheers

Shaba

 

Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 2.0 Released

Servers

Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 2.0 released

MVMC is a great tool which is required if have a mixed Hypervisor environment. The previous version, MVMC v1 was released in 2012. However, v1 dont have support for Windows 8 and Windows 2012 R2.

Now we got V2 with lot many new features including Powershell support.

MVMC 2.0 release of MVMC includes the following new features:

  • Converts virtual disks that are attached to a VMware virtual machine to virtual hard disks (VHDs) that can be uploaded to Windows Azure.
  • Provides native Windows PowerShell capability that enables scripting and integration into IT automation workflows.

Note   The command-line interface (CLI) in MVMC 1.0 has been replaced by Windows PowerShell in MVMC 2.0.

  • Supports conversion and provisioning of Linux-based guest operating systems from VMware hosts to Hyper-V hosts.
  • Supports conversion of offline virtual machines.
  • Supports the new virtual hard disk format (VHDX) when converting and provisioning in Hyper-V in Windows Server® 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012.
  • Supports conversion of virtual machines from VMware vSphere 5.5, VMware vSphere 5.1, and VMware vSphere 4.1 hosts Hyper-V virtual machines.
  • Supports Windows Server® 2012 R2, Windows Server® 2012, and Windows® 8 as guest operating systems that you can select for conversion.

 

Standard MVMC Features

In addition to the new features previously identified, MVMC provides the following functionality:

  • Converts and deploys virtual machines from VMware hosts to Hyper-V hosts on any of the following operating systems:
  • Windows Server® 2012 R2
  • Windows Server® 2012
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
  • Converts VMware virtual machines, virtual disks, and configurations for memory, virtual processor, and other virtual computing resources from the source to Hyper-V.
  • Adds virtual network interface cards (NICs) to the converted virtual machine on Hyper-V.
  • Supports conversion of virtual machines from VMware vSphere 5.5, VMware vSphere 5.0, and VMware vSphere 4.1 hosts to Hyper-V.
  • Has a wizard-driven GUI, which simplifies performing virtual machine conversions.
  • Uninstalls VMware Tools before online conversion (online only) to provide a clean way to migrate VMware-based virtual machines to Hyper-V.

Important   MVMC takes a snapshot of the virtual machine that you are converting before you uninstall VMware Tools, and then shuts down the source machine to preserve state during conversion. The virtual machine is restored to its previous state after the source disks that are attached to the virtual machine are successfully copied to the machine where the conversion process is run. At that point, the source machine in VMware can be turned on, if required.

Important   MVMC does not uninstall VMware Tools in an offline conversion. Instead, it disables VMware services, drivers, and programs only for Windows Server guest operating systems. For file conversions with Linux guest operating systems, VMware Tools are not disabled or uninstalled. We highly recommend that you manually uninstall VMware Tools when you convert an offline virtual machine.

  • Supports Windows Server and Linux guest operating system conversion. For more details, see the section “Supported Configurations for Virtual Machine Conversion” in this guide.
  • Includes Windows PowerShell capability for offline conversions of VMware-based virtual hard disks (VMDK) to a Hyper-V–based virtual hard disk file format (.vhd file).

Note   The offline disk conversion does not include driver fixes.

Supported Configurations for Virtual Machine Conversion

The following table shows all supported configurations for virtual machine conversion.

VMware sources: VMware vSphere 5.5
VMware vSphere 5.1
VMware vSphere 4.1
VMware vCenter Server 5.5
VMware vCenter Server 5.1
VMware vCenter Server 4.1
VMware ESXi 5.5
VMware ESXi 5.1
VMware ESXi/ESX 4.1
Destination host servers:

Note   Hyper-V must be enabled.

Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
Windows Server 2012 R2 Enterprise
Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter
Windows Server 2012 Standard
Windows Server 2012 Enterprise
Windows Server 2012 Datacenter
Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard with Service Pack 1 (SP1)
Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise with Service Pack 1 (SP1)
Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter with Service Pack 1 (SP1)
Operating systems that are supported for which MVMC can be installed: Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
Windows Server 2012 R2 Enterprise
Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter
Windows Server 2012 Standard
Windows Server 2012 Enterprise
Windows Server 2012 Datacenter
Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard with Service Pack 1 (SP1)
Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise with Service Pack 1 (SP1)
Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter with Service Pack 1 (SP1)
Guest operating systems that are supported for conversion to Hyper-V: Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard x64
Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter x64
Windows Server 2012 Standard x64
Windows Server 2012 Datacenter x64
Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard x64
Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise x64
Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter x64
Windows Web Server 2008 R2 x64
Windows Server 2008 Standard
Windows Server 2008 Standard x64
Windows Server 2008 Enterprise
Windows Server 2008 Enterprise x64
Windows Server 2008 Datacenter
Windows Server 2008 Datacenter x64
Windows 8 Enterprise
Windows 8 Enterprise x64
Windows 8 Pro
Windows 8 Pro x64
Windows 7 Enterprise
Windows 7 Enterprise x64
Windows 7 Professional
Windows 7 Professional x64
Windows 7 Ultimate
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Windows VistaEnterprise x64
Windows Vista Enterprise
Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® 6 (x86/x64)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (x86/x64)
Ubuntu 12.04 (x86/x64)
Ubuntu 10.04 (x86/x64)
SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server 11 (x86/x64)
CentOS 6 (x86/x64)
CentOS 5 (x86/x64)
Debian GNU/Linux 7 (x86/x64)
Oracle Linux 6 (x86/x64)
Oracle Linux 5 (x86/x64)

 

I am planning to do one more followup post on this with some demos.

You can download MVMC and the help files here.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42497

Cheers

Shaba

 

Oracle Enterprise Linux on Hyper-V

Its a while Microsoft and Oracle made a joint announcement on the support for Oracle Enterprise Linux on Hyper-V.

http://insidevirtualization.com/hyperv/oracle-enterprise-linux-on-hyperv/

Though OEL 6.3 and OEL 6.4 did supported Hyper-V, the latest Oracle Enterprise Linux – OEL 6.5 works on Hyper-V with all major features.

OEL Support

You can refer the full information on this Technet blog.

 

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn609828.aspx

 

Cheers !

Shaba