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Download Microsoft Private Cloud Evaluation Software

January 17, 2012 Leave a comment
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 >>

System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Release Candidate is here

September 12, 2011 Leave a comment

So it is here…Get Ready for the new Wave

System Center 2012 cloud and datacenter management solutions empower you with a common management tool set for your private and public cloud applications and services. System Center helps you confidently deliver IT as a Service for your business. Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Release Candidate (RC) is key to delivering the promise of the System Center 2012 release wave. Virtual Machine Manager 2012 enables you to:

Deliver flexible and cost effective Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). You can pool and dynamically allocate virtualized datacenter resources (compute, network, and storage) enabling self-service infrastructure experience for your business, with flexible role based delegation and access control.

Apply cloud principles to provisioning and servicing your datacenter applications with techniques like service modeling, service configuration and image based management. You can also state-separate your applications and services from the underlying infrastructure using server application virtualization. This results in a “service centric” approach to management where you manage the application or service lifecycle and not just datacenter infrastructure or virtual machines.

Optimize your existing investments by managing multi-hypervisor environments, including Hyper-V, Xen and VMware.

Dynamic optimization of your datacenter resources based on workload demands, while ensuring reliable service delivery with features like high availability.

Best-of-breed virtualization-management for Microsoft workloads like Exchange and Sharepoint.


Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Release Candidate is a core component of the System Center 2012 release wave and offers you the following benefits:

Build your Private Cloud today; provision flexible, agile and cost effective IaaS while maintaining your quality of service (QoS) commitments to the business.

Manage heterogeneous virtual environments using a single tool, thus optimizing your existing datacenter investments.

Optimize your existing applications for private cloud deployment without requiring you to rewrite them from scratch.

Dramatically simplify application provisioning and servicing thus saving operational effort and expense.

Unlock application mobility between your cloud environments as appropriate to your business needs.

So you can start testing and I would recommend to take a look at VMM 2012 Survival Guide

Microsoft TechNet Library content:

System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012  (on the Web)

Download the official VMM 2012 Beta content  (may not be as current as the “live” Web version in TechNet)


System Center VMM 2012 Overview 

Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals  This is a link to the whole series. For sections specifically related to VMM 2012, see:

Virtualization Jump Start (07): System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 

Virtualization Jump Start (08): Private Cloud Solutions, Architecture & VMM Self-Service Portal 2.0 

90 Seconds to the Cloud: Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Beta with Kenon Owens 

MMS 2011 Day 1 Keynote 

Creating a Stand-Alone Virtual Machine with a Blank VHD in VMM 2012 

Best of MMS Belgium 2011 video series  (Includes “Virtual Machine Manager 2012: Technical Overview”, “Managing Your Fabric With System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012”)


System Center Virtual Machine Manager blog  (from the Microsoft product team)

Microsoft Server Application Virtualization Blog (from the Microsoft product team) 

SCVMM 2012 content on blog 

SCVMM 2012 content on Virtualization and some coffee blog 


System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012: VMM Gets Major Upgrade   (TechNet Magazine)


Post your question to the VMM forums

Troubleshooting OS Deployment of Hyper-V Through VMM 2012    (Blog post)



VMM 2012: VM properties crash the console

June 17, 2011 6 comments

When I start testing for VMM 2012 I face small problem. After Adding my host to VMM and start testing when I select VM properties crash the console Sad smile

This happens for VMs running on Hyper-V Windows 2008 R2 SP1..this host used to be managed by VMM 2008 R2 SP1..then I removed the agent and installed VMM 2012 Agent.

VMM server is running on VM..When I right click on the VM and select properties it crash..but when I press properties from the top Pan I freeze…

VMM Vnext Error


I submit this error on Connect website and Richard Rundle from Microsoft was kind enough to give me help in that


This is a known issue with the Beta. You can run the following script on the VMM Server to prevent the crash:

Get-SCVirtualMachine | where {$_.HostType -eq "VMHost"} | Get-SCVirtualNetworkAdapter | where {$_.logicalnetwork -eq $null} | Set-SCVirtualNetworkAdapter –NoLogicalNetwork


Now everything is working fine


System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Beta is there

The next generation of Microsoft’s virtual infrastructure management software is available for public download here

Download SCVMM 2012 Beta Evaluation sources here

Download SCVMM 2012 Beta Evaluation provisioned VHD here

System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 delivers industry leading fabric managment, virtual machine management and services deployment in private cloud environments. Virtual Machine Manager 2012 offers key new features that include hypervisor creation and management, network management, storage management, private cloud creation, self-service usage and service creation. It features deep investments in server application virtualization, service design and service modeling all of which can be used to efficiently offer an on-premises private cloud.

Feature Summary

  • Fabric Management
    • Hyper-V and Cluster Lifecycle Management – Deploy Hyper-V to bare metal server, create Hyper-V clusters, orchestrate patching of a Hyper-V Cluster
    • Third Party Virtualization Platforms – Add and Manage Citrix XenServer and VMware ESX Hosts and Clusters
    • Network Management – Manage IP Address Pools, MAC Address Pools and Load Balancers
    • Storage Management – Classify storage, Manage Storage Pools and LUNs
  • Resource Optimization
    • Dynamic Optimization – proactively balance the load of VMs across a cluster
    • Power Optimization – schedule power savings to use the right number of hosts to run your workloads – power the rest off until they are needed
    • PRO – integrate with System Center Operations Manager to respond to application-level performance monitors
  • Cloud Management
    • Abstract server, network and storage resources into private clouds
    • Delegate access to private clouds with control of capacity, capabilities and user quotas
    • Enable self-service usage for application administrator to author, deploy, manage and decommission applications in the private cloud
  • Service Lifecycle Management
    • Define service templates to create sets of connected virtual machines, os images and applica tion packages
    • Compose operating system images and applications during service deployment
    • Scale out the number of virtual machines in a service
    • Service performance and health monitoring integrated with System Center Operations Manager
    • Decouple OS image and application updates through image-based servicing
    • Leverage powerful application virtualization technologies such as Server App-V

What is Next ?!! Virtual Machine Manager vNext


hvredevoort wrote a very interesting post about VMM VNext and I through it is important to be shared.

During the MMS2010 keynote of Bob Muglia, Edwin Yuen  showed a glimpse of SCVMM vNext. The short demo presented a very interesting view ahead of what a complete virtual management solution looks like.

Next to the familiar categories like Hosts, Virtual Machines, Library, Jobs and Administration a few new categories were visible: Datacenter, Network and Storage. Apparently these will be the new building blocks in the deployment of virtual machines and most likely also Hyper-V hosts. Along with Server App-V to deploy server apps to running virtual servers. By means of a model/template objects were dragged and dropped to define a new service/server combination.


Also the concept of the private cloud and the public cloud is translated in the user interface of SCVMM vNext. In the top lefthand corner, we can now see a new light blue (azure?) container with several private clouds as well as a hosted cloud. As I wrote earlier, we can expect to move servers and services between the two clouds.

Building blocks in the SCVMM vNext Library for creating servers


SCVMM vNext will support Virtual Sever, Hyper-V R1, Hyper-V R2, Xen and VMware. By the time the product is ready it will probably also support the latest incarnation of Hyper-V, if it still listens to that name in 2011/2012. For a System Center roadmap see my previous blog.

Factor of 10 reduction cost for hardware
Factor of 10 greater speeding up application delivery
Factor of 10 reduction in cost

This translates to faster time to market for solutions, and a great enabler for the business.

Part of the cost savings is done by means of scale of buying and using server hardware. As I wrote in my blog, the new server form factor for the cloud is the container. A picture was shown of how Microsoft gets its servers delivered: by the thousands and ready-to-go on delivery.


Here are some shots of the new SCVMM vNext GUI:














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