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Oracle on Windows Azure

September 25, 2013 2 comments

 

Microsoft and Oracle provide end-to-end support for customers running business-critical Oracle software on Windows Azure


Oracle Database, Oracle WebLogic Server, and the Java development environment are now available, in preview, in the Windows Azure Virtual Machines Image Gallery. These images include licenses for the Oracle software that they contain.

During the preview period, there is no charge for the included Oracle licenses. You will pay only for the Windows Azure compute and storage resources that your Virtual Machine consumes. If you would prefer to use an Oracle software license that you already own, you can do that too. Just choose a Windows Server image from the Image Gallery and install the Oracle software yourself.

Whether you bring your own Oracle license or use one of the license-included images, you now have increased flexibility and choice in where to deploy your applications and the peace of mind that comes from knowing you will be fully supported by Oracle.

To get started, sign in to the

Windows Azure Management Portal and add a new Virtual Machine from the Image Gallery. For more information, visit the Oracle information page on the Windows Azure website.

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Service Templates and Service Template Explorer Beta now available for download!

December 4, 2012 Leave a comment

Microsoft team is pleased to announce that the Microsoft Service Templates for System Center 2012 and the Microsoft Service Template Explorer is now available for beta download and review!

The service templates enable you to automate the hydration of workloads, such as server roles available in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012. This beta release includes service templates and the Service Template Explorer for System Center 2012 SP1. The service templates allow you to quickly hydrate a Windows workload on a Microsoft private cloud. The Service Template Explorer is an add-in that you can use in System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager to quickly discover and download new service templates from Microsoft.

Download the beta materials from the Connect site:

https://connect.microsoft.com/site14/Downloads/DownloadDetails.aspx?DownloadID=47328

Tell us what you think!

We value your input.Download the Service Templates and Service Template Explorer Beta and send us your feedback by January 25, 2013. To send your feedback:

  • Use the Feedback link on Connect to submit bugs and suggestions. Please search the feedback location for this beta release to see if your feedback has already been submitted before sending yours to help us reduce duplicate results.
  • Send your questions or feedback about this beta release to MCATFeedback@microsoft.com.
Categories: IaaS, SCSM, VMM, VMM2012

A Solution for Private Cloud Security “Blueprint,Design Guide & Operations Guide”

"A Solution for Private Cloud Security" series of three papers on private cloud security. With increasing numbers of organizations looking to create cloud-based environments or to implement cloud technologies within their existing data centers, business and technology decision-makers are looking closely at the possibilities and practicalities that these changes involve.

There are three documents in the downloadable .zip file:

  • A Solution for Private Cloud Security – Service Blueprint
  • A Solution for Private Cloud Security – Service Design
  • A Solution for Private Cloud Security – Service Operations

This document set represents the v.95 beta of this document set.

Please write to Tom Shinder at tomsh@microsoft.com if you have recommendations or would like to review these documents for the official v1 release.

Download Page

Note: Tom is doing great job in building Reference and Security Architecture for Private Cloud

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CTP of System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Documentation

Today while I found that Microsoft VMM team published new interesting document “CTP of System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Documentation”

This download provides technical documentation for the new VMM features in the community technology preview (CTP) of System Center 2012 SP1.

This guide provides a step-by-step walkthrough that enables you to test the new features of Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) in the community technology preview (CTP) of System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1). This CTP is designed to be used with Windows Server® "8" Beta and to take advantage of new functionality provided by Windows Server "8" Beta.

What’s New in System Center 2012 SP1 – Virtual Machine Manager
Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) in the community technology preview (CTP) of System Center 2012 SP1 provides the following new features:
•    Network virtualization
•    VHDX support
•    Support for file shares that use the Server Message Block (SMB) 2.2 protocol
•    Live migration enhancements

Network Virtualization
VMM in the CTP release of System Center 2012 SP1 provides support for the network virtualization capabilities available in Windows Server "8" Beta.
Network virtualization provides the ability to run multiple virtual network infrastructures, potentially with overlapping IP addresses, on the same physical network. With network virtualization, each virtual network infrastructure operates as if it is the only one running on the shared network infrastructure. This will allow two different business groups using VMM to use the same IP addressing scheme without conflict. In addition, network virtualization provides isolation, so that only those virtual machines on a specific virtual network infrastructure can communicate with each other.

Network virtualization in Windows Server "8" Beta is designed to remove the constraints of VLAN and hierarchical IP address assignment for virtual machine provisioning. This enables flexibility in virtual machine placement, because the virtual machine can keep its IP address regardless of which host it is placed on. Placement is not necessarily limited by physical IP subnet hierarchies or VLAN configurations.
To virtualize the network in Windows Server "8" Beta, each virtual machine is assigned two IP addresses:

•    A customer address, which is visible to the virtual machine and is used by customers to communicate with the virtual machine.
•    A provider address, which is used by the Hyper-V computer that is hosting the virtual machine, but is not visible to the virtual machine.

VMM in the CTP release of System Center 2012 SP1 creates the necessary IP address mappings for virtual machines to take advantage of the network virtualization capabilities in Windows Server "8" Beta. VMM uses an IP address pool associated with a logical network to assign provider addresses and uses an IP address pool associated with a VM network to assign customer addresses. VM networks are a new addition to VMM in the CTP release of System Center 2012 SP1.

VHDX Support
VMM in the CTP release of System Center 2012 SP1 supports the new version of the virtual hard disk (VHD) format that is introduced in Windows Server "8" Beta. This new format is referred to as VHDX. VHDX has a much larger storage capacity (up to 64 TB) than the older VHD format. It also provides data corruption protection during power failures. Additionally, it offers improved alignment of the virtual hard disk format to work well on large-sector physical disks.
By default, VMM in the CTP release of System Center 2012 SP1 uses the VHDX format when you create a new virtual machine with a blank virtual hard disk. The VMM library automatically indexes .vhdx files. In addition to the small and large blank .vhd files that were available in previous versions of VMM, the VMM library in System Center 2012 SP1 also contains both a small (16 GB) and large (60 GB) blank .vhdx file.
 

SMB 2.2 File Shares
VMM in the CTP release of System Center 2012 SP1 adds support for designating network file shares on Windows Server "8" Beta computers as the storage location for virtual machine files, such as configuration, virtual hard disk (.vhd/.vhdx) files and checkpoints. This functionality leverages the new 2.2 version of the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol that is introduced in Windows Server "8" Beta.
SMB 2.2 file shares provide the following benefits when used with VMM in the CTP release of System Center 2012 SP1:
•    Hyper-V over SMB supports file servers and storage at a reduced cost compared to traditional storage area networks (SANs).
•    If you use SMB 2.2 file shares as the storage location for virtual machine files, you can live migrate running virtual machines between two stand-alone Hyper-V hosts or between two stand-alone Hyper-V host clusters. Because the storage location is a shared location that is available from both source and destination hosts, only the virtual machine state must transfer between hosts.

You can create SMB 2.2 file shares on both stand-alone Windows Server "8" Beta file servers and on clustered Windows Server "8" Beta file servers. In this step-by-step guide, only SMB 2.2 file shares on a stand-alone file server are used to demonstrate the concepts. If you use a stand-alone file server, you can designate an SMB 2.2 file share as the virtual machine storage location on a Windows Server "8" Beta Hyper-V host cluster. However, this is not a highly-available solution.
 

Live Migration Enhancements
VMM in the CTP release of System Center 2012 SP1 includes several live migration enhancements that enable the migration of a running virtual machine with no downtime. The following table summarizes the live migration options that are available.

Transfer Type

Description

Live

During live migration, only the virtual machine state is transferred to the destination server.

VMM in System Center 2012 SP1 supports the following new live migration options:

·    Live migration between two stand-alone Windows Server "8" Beta Hyper-V hosts.

·    Live migration between two Windows Server "8" Beta Hyper-V host clusters.

Note

This includes both highly available virtual machines and non-highly available virtual machines that are running on a cluster node.

To live migrate a virtual machine between two stand-alone hosts or two separate host clusters, the virtual machine (including virtual hard disks, checkpoints, and configuration files) must reside on an SMB 2.2 file share that is accessible from both the source and destination stand-alone hosts or host clusters.

Note

VMM in System Center 2012 SP1 also supports the live migration of a highly available virtual machine between two nodes in the same host cluster. Support for this exists in System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager, when the virtual machine resides on available storage or on a cluster shared volume (CSV). In System Center 2012 SP1, the virtual machine can also reside on an SMB 2.2 file share.

Live (VSM)

Live virtual machine and storage migration (live VSM) is new in System Center 2012 SP1. During live VSM, both the virtual machine state and the virtual machine storage are transferred. For the live VSM option to be available, the virtual machine must reside on storage that is not visible to the destination host.

VMM in the CTP release of System Center 2012 SP1 supports the following:

·    Live VSM between two stand-alone Windows Server "8" Beta Hyper-V hosts. This transfer can occur between local disks or SMB 2.2 file shares.

·    Live VSM between two Windows Server "8" Beta Hyper-V host clusters. The virtual machine can be transferred to either a CSV or an SMB 2.2 file share on the destination host cluster.

Live Storage

Live storage migration is new in VMM in System Center 2012 SP1. During live storage migration, only the virtual machine storage is transferred.

VMM in the CTP release of System Center 2012 SP1 supports the following:

·    Live storage migration within the same Windows Server "8" Beta stand-alone host. Storage can be transferred between two SMB 2.2 file share, between an SMB 2.2 file share and a local disk, or between two local disk locations.

·    Live storage migration on a cluster node from a CSV or SMB 2.2 file share to a different CSV or SMB 2.2 file share that is accessible from the cluster node.

Go and check the step-by-step guide that walks you through the new Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) features in the CTP of System Center 2012 SP1.

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Download Microsoft Private Cloud Evaluation Software

January 17, 2012 Leave a comment
Source
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/hh505660.aspx
 
System Center 2012 Release Candidate plus optional Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 download

Download Microsoft Private Cloud

A Microsoft private cloud dramatically changes the way your business produces and consumes IT services by creating a layer of abstraction over your pooled IT resources. This allows your datacenter to offer true infrastructure service capability as well as optimally managed application services.

Microsoft private cloud solutions are built on System Center and Windows Server.

System Center 2012 Release Candidate empowers you with a common management toolset for your private and public cloud applications and services. System Center helps you confidently deliver IT as a Service for your business.

Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (optional download) will give you improved powerful virtualization capabilities that can transform how you deliver IT services to your end users and enable you to lay the foundation of a private cloud infrastructure.

Please Note: Many Microsoft private cloud scenarios require Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. If you are using an older version, we highly recommend upgrading to experience the full Microsoft private cloud evaluation.
Need more information? See the product details page. Register to access technical product resources at the Microsoft Private Cloud Evaluation Resource Page.

The Microsoft private cloud evaluation includes:

System Center 2012 Release Candidate
Available in these languages: English

  • System Center 2012 Unified Installer is a utility designed to perform new, clean installations of System Center 2012 for testing and evaluation purposes only. If you want to upgrade from an existing System Center installation or choose set up options such as high availability or multi-server component installs, please refer instead to the System Center 2012 component installation guides located on the Microsoft Private Cloud Evaluation Resource Page.
    User’s Guide >>
  • System Center 2012 App Controller provides a common self-service experience across private and public clouds that can help you empower application owners to easily build, configure, deploy, and manage new services.
    System Requirements >>
  • System Center 2012 Configuration Manager provides comprehensive configuration management for the Microsoft platform that can help you empower users with the devices and applications they need to be productive while maintaining corporate compliance and control.
    System Requirements >>
  • System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager provides unified data protection for Windows servers and clients that can help you deliver scalable, manageable, and cost-effective protection and restore scenarios from disk, tape, and off premise.
    System Requirements >>
  • System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection, built on System Center Configuration Manager, provides industry-leading threat detection of malware and exploits as part of a unified infrastructure for managing client security and compliance that can help you simplify and improve endpoint protection.
    System Requirements >>
  • System Center 2012 Operations Manager provides deep application diagnostics and infrastructure monitoring that can help you ensure the predictable performance and availability of vital applications and offers a comprehensive view of your datacenter, private, and public clouds.
    System Requirements >>
  • System Center 2012 Orchestrator provides orchestration, integration, and automation of IT processes through the creation of runbooks that can help you to define and standardize best practices and improve operational efficiency.
    System Requirements >>
  • System Center 2012 Service Manager provides flexible self-service experiences and standardized datacenter processes that can help you integrate people, workflows, and knowledge across enterprise infrastructure and applications.
    System Requirements >>
  • System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager provides virtual machine management and services deployment with support for multi-hypervisor environments that can help you deliver a flexible and cost effective private cloud environment.
    System Requirements >>

Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (optional download)
Available in these languages: Chinese (Simplified), English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 is designed to help you increase control, availability, and flexibility of your datacenter and desktop infrastructure while helping reduce costs.
    System Requirements >>

Transforming IT with Microsoft Private Cloud

January 8, 2012 Leave a comment

 

The definition, business value, and technology benefits of the “the cloud” have been hotly debated in recent months.  Most agree that cloud computing can accelerate innovation, reduce costs, and increase business agility in the market.  In 2012, cloud computing will transition from hype and discussion, to part of every enterprise’s reality, and IT is uniquely positioned to lead this transformation and help business reap the benefits of cloud computing. 

Join us for a virtual event designed to help you explore your cloud options. It’s your chance to interact with Microsoft experts and with IT leaders like yourself, who have been putting cloud technology to work in their own organizations. You’ll be among the first to hear the latest private cloud news from Microsoft.

Transforming IT with Microsoft Private Cloud
Approx. Start Time

Private cloud discussion with Microsoft executives: Insights and news

  • Satya Nadella, President, Server and Tools Business, Microsoft
  • Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President, Management and Security Division, Microsoft

Register Now for the virtual event
Tuesday, January 17th
8:30 AM PST | 16:30 UTC
Hear from other senior IT professionals about how cloud computing can help you gain maximum competitive advantage with minimal risk.
Learn about Microsoft cloud offerings, including private, public, and hybrid cloud models.
Experience Microsoft private cloud solutions through the Microsoft Technology Center.

Check The Event Link

http://www.microsoft.com/business/events/en-us/PrivateCloudExec/#fbid=ZALPym445Ne

Categories: Cloud, IaaS, Microsoft

Open Beta now available for download: Service Management for the Private Cloud

October 3, 2011 1 comment

The Solution Accelerators Microsoft Operations Framework team is working on a new white paper, Service Management for the Private Cloud. Based on your participation in the IPD Beta Program, we believe you will find this white paper useful in your journey to the cloud. We hope you’ll take the time to preview and provide feedback on our new beta release.

Get the download

To download the Beta version of this Solution Accelerator, click here.

Tell us what you think

The Beta review period runs through October 7, 2011.

Download the beta guide and provide us with your feedback, especially in the areas of its usefulness, usability, and impact. Send an email with your input toMOF@microsoft.com by Friday, October 7. We need to receive your input during this period for your feedback to be included in the final release ofService Management for the Private Cloud.

Your input helps to make the guides we publish as helpful and useful as possible. We look forward to hearing from you!

To submit feedback through email, please use the following procedure:

1. Use the Comment feature in Microsoft Word to insert your feedback in the form of comments. Please only submit your feedback in the documents using this feature in Word.

2. If your feedback concerns something other than the content of the document, please include your feedback directly in your email message.

3. Email the document with your feedback to MOF@microsoft.com.

Kinds of feedback

We would especially appreciate feedback in the following areas:

  • Usefulness
    Is the technical depth of this white paper sufficient for the topics covered? What portions of the white paper are the most useful to your organization?
  • Usability
    Is the structure or flow of this white paper effective? Is the information presented in a clear and logical manner? Can you easily find key content?
  • Impact
    Do you anticipate that this white paper will save you time and accelerate deployment of Microsoft management products in your organization? Has this white paper had a positive influence on your opinion of the Microsoft technologies it addresses? Do you think this white paper helped you apply service management principles to make your private cloud more successful?

Benefits for participation

  • You get an early look at this high-demand content.
  • You will be listed as a contributor if you provide feedback we integrate into the final version of the guide.

Availability

The final release is expected to be available from the Microsoft Download Center in November 2011. You will receive an email notification when it’s available for download.

Learn More

Visit the MOF home page on TechNet: www.microsoft.com/MOF

For the latest Solution Accelerators, visit the home page: www.microsoft.com/SolutionAccelerators

Thank you for your interest in the development of the Service Management for the Private Cloud white paper. We look forward to receiving your feedback!

Sincerely,

Solution Accelerators Infrastructure Planning and Design Team

Microsoft Corporation

Follow Solution Accelerators on Twitter to get the latest tips and updates: @MSSolutionAccel

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