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How to identify/create computer groups that are in different Virtualization technologies

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Here’s a cool tip at “How to create a computer group for VMware servers or Hyper-V servers“.

Hyper-V Server Group
This process was very simple for the Hyper-V servers, as there is an existing attribute (Virtual Machine) that indicates if the server is virtual in Hyper-V. The steps to create this group from the Operations Manager console: Navigate to the Authoring space -> Groups, right-click and create a new group. We named ours Hyper-V virtual, and when we specified the dynamic members we defined them to where Windows Computer / Virtual Machine equals True.
VMware Server Group
For VMware, we needed to create an attribute that would identify systems virtualized with VMware, and then use the attribute to populate the group membership. From the Operations Manager console -> Authoring space –> Management Pack Objects –> Attributes, we right-clicked and created a new attribute. We labeled the attribute as VMware tools, provided a description, defined it to a target of Windows Computer (which set it to Windows Computer_Extended) based upon a registry key, and stored it in a custom MP (not the default MP shown in the screenshot below).

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March 22, 2010 at 11:11 PM

Webcast: Hyper-V for the VMware Administrator

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If you are a VMware administrator or you are considering a virtualization platform purchase, then this webcast is for you. Using demonstrations, we compare Microsoft and VMware virtualization platforms and highlight the differences in the two platforms. Topics we cover include Failover Clustering, the Microsoft high availability solution; live migration, how Microsoft does VMotion; using Performance and Resource Optimization (PRO) to move virtual machines; and much more.


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March 4, 2010 at 1:15 AM

Linux P2V – Vmware and Hyper-V

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Although you can P2V Windows machines using System Center Virtual Machine Manager, the same functionality is not available for Linux computers (Note:  You can V2V a Linux VM).

VMware vCenter Converter is a free tool that allows you to convert Linux physical machines into VMs. The process will create a vmdk disk file.  The problem is that it appears that the target must be VMware ESX, ESXi, Workstation or Player.

If you need to move that machine to Hyper-V, you can, in theory, use a tool like VMDK2VHD to convert that vmdk to a vhd file. If you’re using System Center Virtual Machine Manager to mange VMware vCenter Server you can do a direct V2V from VMWare ESX to Hyper-V hosts. After migration process, you’ll need to install integration components which are supported on RHEL and SLES.

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February 24, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Licensing Microsoft Server Products in Virtual Environments

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For those of you that have Virtual environments with Microsoft Solutions, check the updated Microsoft Documentation to Licensing Microsoft Server Products in Virtual Environments.

This white paper describes Microsoft licensing models for the server operating systems and server applications under virtual environments. It can help you understand how to use Microsoft server products with virtualization technologies, such as Microsoft Hyper-V technology, Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2, or third-party virtualization solutions that are provided by VMWare and Parallels.

Although much of the information in this white paper also applies to licenses that are purchased from channels other than Microsoft Volume Licensing, some differences exist. If you acquired licenses through a means other than a Microsoft Volume Licensing agreement, we recommend that you review the license terms that accompanied your software.

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January 28, 2010 at 11:56 PM