Hyper-V Migration Technologies

It is difficult for an architect or an organization to select the right Hyper-V high-availability or migration technology to deploy in the production environment. There are so many choices. In addition to the Hyper-V high-availability & migration technologies that were introduced in Windows Server 2008 RTM and R2, the new Hyper-V Version 3.0 running on Windows Server 2012 Operating System comes with a bunch of new migration technologies. These technologies not only provide the high-availability of virtual machines running on a Hyper-V environment but also help reduce the IT cost. An example of one of these new technologies is the ‘Shared-Nothing Live Migration’ technology, introduced in Windows Server 2012. Not only can you migrate live virtual machines without downtime but without the additional cost of shared storage devices since they aren’t required for this. Similarly, using ‘Hyper-V Replica’ of Windows Server 2012 allows you to configure a disaster recovery scenario without having to configure the ‘Windows Failover Clustering’ service!

Read more here : https://www.simple-talk.com/sysadmin/virtualization/hyper-v-migration-technologies/

Hyper-V Networking and VLAN Configuration Scenario

I have written the 2nd part of the Hyper-V Networking and Configuration.

The big difference that we see between Scenario 1 and Scenario 2 is the communication to the External LAN (e.g. VM1 through VM3 talking to Server1 through Server3 on LAN). The moment you see the requirement for External communication you’ll think of using an External Virtual Switch.

To achieve the requirements of this second scenario, you can use any of the configuration methods as discussed earlier but the most suitable methods to use are:

  • Using another Physical NIC Method (applies when External networking is configured).
  • Using Hyper-V Virtual Switch and VLAN Tagging Method.

And the scenario looks like below:

More explained at http://www.simple-talk.com/sysadmin/virtualization/microsoft-hyper-v-networking-and-configuration—part-2/


The SysAdmin Handbook – The Best of SimpleTalk

Over the past two years, Simple-Talk has published articles on a variety of SysAdmin topics, from Exchange to Virtualization, and including everything from Powershell to Unified Messaging. They have brought the best of these articles together to form The SysAdmin Handbook. With over fifty articles packed into this book, it will be an essential reference for any Systems Administrator, whether you have years of experience or are just starting out.

Articles included in the Handbook:

  • Message Hygiene in Exchange Server 2007
  • Using Exchange 2007 for Resource Booking
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2007: Controlling Email Messages using Exchange’s Transport Rules
  • Exchange Database Technologies
  • Message Classifications in Exchange 2007
  • Deploying Exchange 2007 on Windows Server 2008
  • Reporting on Mobile Device Activity Using Exchange 2007 ActiveSync Logs
  • Online Exchange Backups
  • Optimizing Exchange Server 2007
  • Exchange Recovery Storage Groups
  • Exchange Email Addresses and the Outlook Address Cache
  • Goodbye Exchange ExMerge, Hello Export-Mailbox
  • Determining MS Exchange Disk Performance
  • Message Tracking in Exchange 2007
  • Emulating the Exchange 2003 RUS for Out-of-Band Mailbox Provisioning in Exchange 2007
  • Using Exchange 2007 Transport Rules to Protect the First Entry in the Address Book
  • An Introduction to Messaging Records Management
  • Restricting Outlook Client Versions in Exchange 2007
  • Exchange Backups on Windows Server 2008
  • Monitoring and Scheduling Exchange 2007 Database Online Maintenance
  • Exchange 2010 High Availability
  • Implementing Cluster Continuous Replication: Part 1
  • The Active Directory Recycle Bin in Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Using Group Policy to Restrict the Use of PST Files
  • Introduction to Exchange Server 2010
  • Implementing Windows Server 2008 File System Quotas
  • Implementing Cluster Continuous Replication: Part 2
  • Active Directory Management with PowerShell in Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Upgrade Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2010: Part 1
  • Customizing the Outlook Address Book
  • Virtual Exchange Servers
  • Virtualizing Exchange: Points for Discussion
  • Build Your Own Virtualized Test Lab
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Virtualizing Exchange Server: Part 1
  • Windows Server Virtualisation: Introduction to Hyper-V
  • Windows Server Virtualisation: Installing Hyper-V and Beyond
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Virtualizing Exchange Server: Part 2
  • Increasing the Availability of Virtualized Applications and Services



Microsoft Hyper-V Networking and Configuration Part 1

Most of the article talks about Hyper-V Networking. It doesn’t really elaborate on basics of Networking. Instead the article focuses more on the Hyper-V Networking and VLAN Tagging with examples.

The first article in this series explains the following topics:

  • Virtual Networking Overview
  • Hyper-V Virtual Network Switch Overview
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Virtual Network Switch Types
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Virtual Network Maximum configuration
  • What happens when you create a Virtual Network Switch?

Continue reading here.

The 2nd part of this article series will be posted soon.

Best, N

Inside Exchange Cluster Setup and Troubleshooting Tips (Part 6)

Hopefully, this is the last part of the article series I have written for Exchange Server Setup.

In the 6th and final part of this article series we look into the actual creation of Exchange Cluster Resources. We also go through the different setup log files and summarize the type of information available from here.

    Creating Exchange Resources Types and Registering with the Cluster Service

    After setup processes all INS files, ScSetupExchangeVirtualServer is executed. This function is responsible to create all the Exchange Resources in the cluster. Let me tell you one thing, this function is completely dependent on the CLUSTER_SERVER.INS file. Only if setup executes CLUSTER_SERVER.INS successfully can Exchange 2007/2003 resources be created. The reason is simple…..

    Read more here…


    All the parts of this article series can be found at here:

    Part 1

    Part 2

    Part 3

    Part 4

    Part 5

    Part 6

    Inside Exchange Cluster Setup and Troubleshooting Tips (Part 5)

    Today we continue our walk through the internals of the Exchange Cluster setup installation. We look at the cluster specific modules. How these are installed, the important role they play in a cluster environment and more troubleshooting tips.

      Exchange Cluster Installation Process

      After setup detected that it is going to install the Exchange in a cluster environment, it executes theScSetupExchangeVirtualServer function as shown in figure B.15. The cluster setup process for Exchange starts from here. The procedure contains a set of functions that are used to make an Exchange Server cluster ready.

      Setup Entering into ScSetupExchangeVirtualServer procedure

      FIGURE B.15 – Setup Entering into ScSetupExchangeVirtualServer procedure.

      It executes and sets the install type to cluster. Setup copies the binary files from x:\Setup\Roles and X:\Setup\Common directories as shown in the main figure B.

      Read more here…


      Inside Exchange Cluster Setup and Troubleshooting Tips (Part 3)

      So far we discussed the setup internal process before the installation of any Exchange Components for both cluster and non-cluster environments. In this section we discuss the Exchange Cluster installation internals and related troubleshooting tips.


        Unlike the SQL Server setup, the Exchange Setup isn’t straight forward. The SQL Setup process is really straight forward. You need to double click on Setup.exe and then follow the on-screen steps to create an SQL Server database instance in the cluster. On the other hand, before you run the Exchange Cluster Setup to install an Exchange virtual Server, you need to perform a couple of steps on Active Directory. Exchange Setup also performs a couple of steps internally to make sure the server on which you are going to install Exchange is ready. These checks are performed by the setup regardless of the installation mode (i.e. whether on a stand-alone server or a cluster).


        Read more here……