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Microsoft Tools Virtualization

Download System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal (SSP) 2.0

System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal (SSP) 2.0 lets you build the foundation for an on-premises cloud infrastructure, enabling you to deliver IT as a service for your organization. Using SSP, you can respond more effectively – and at lower cost – to the rapidly changing needs of your organization. SSP is freely available, and fully supported by Microsoft. This solution is built on top of Windows Server 2008 R2, Hyper-V, and System Center VMM. You can use it to pool, allocate, and manage resources to offer infrastructure as a service and to deliver the foundation for a private cloud platform inside your datacenter.

VMMSSP includes a pre-built web-based user interface that has sections for both the datacenter managers and the business unit IT consumers, with role-based access control. VMMSSP also includes a dynamic provisioning engine. VMMSSP reduces the time needed to provision infrastructures and their components by offering business unit “on-boarding,” infrastructure request and change management. The VMMSSP package also includes detailed guidance on how to implement VMMSSP inside your environment.

Download System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal (SSP) 2.0 here

The self-service portal provides the following features that are exposed through a web-based user interface:

  • Configuration and allocation of datacenter resources: Store management and configuration information related to compute, network and storage resources as assets in the VMMSSP database.
  • Customization of virtual machine actions: Provide a simple web-based interface to extend the default virtual machine actions; for example, you can add scripts that interact with Storage Area Networks for rapid deployment of virtual machines.
  • Business unit on-boarding: Standardized forms and a simple workflow for registering and approving or rejecting business units to enroll in the portal.
  • Infrastructure request and change management: Standardized forms and human-driven workflow that results in reducing the time needed to provision infrastructures in your environment.
  • Self-Service provisioning: Supports bulk creation of virtual machines on provisioned infrastructure through the web-based interface.Helps business units to manage their virtual machines based on delegated roles.

Important: VMMSSP is not an upgrade to the existing VMM 2008 R2 self-service portal. You can choose to deploy and use one or both self-service portals depending on your requirements.

Courtesy: Microsoft TechNet

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Microsoft Tools Virtualization

Virtual Machine Servicing Tool v3 – Join the Beta Program

VMST 3.0 helps customers reduce IT costs by making it easier to update their offline virtual machines, templates and virtual hard disks with the latest operating system and application patches—without introducing vulnerabilities into their IT infrastructure. Using VMST 3.0, customers can also keep users productive during updates and maintenance of physical hosts: VMST 3.0 now automates the servicing of Windows Server 2008 R2 failover clusters running Hyper-V—leveraging live migration.

Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 3.0VMST 3.0 helps customers more effectively—and safely—manage the workflow of updating their offline virtualization environment. Using VMST 3.0, customers can now service:

  • Offline virtual machines in a SCVMM library.
  • Stopped and saved state virtual machines on a host.
  • Virtual machine templates.
  • Offline virtual hard disks in a SCVMM library by injecting update packages.
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V host clusters.

The Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 3.0 is now in beta until May. Want to give you an advance look at VMST 3.0, and a chance to provide feedback so it best meets their needs?  Join the beta program!  Here’s the link.

On 11th May, TechNet is also doing a Webcast on Understanding the Microsoft Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool. You can Register for the same!

You would be also interested in reading –

  1. Free Ebook – Understanding Microsoft Virtualization R2 Solutions from Microsoft Press
  2. Work with Virtual Hard disk(.vhd) files in Windows 7
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Microsoft Tools Virtualization Windows Installer, Application Compatibility and Deployments

Keep Offline Virtual Machines up-to-date: Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2.1

The Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2.1 helps organizations maintain virtual machines that are stored offline in a Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager library. While stored, virtual machines do not receive operating system updates. The tool provides a way to keep offline virtual machines up-to-date so that bringing a virtual machine online does not introduce vulnerabilities into the organization’s IT infrastructure.

The Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool combines the Windows Workflow programming model with the Windows PowerShell™ interface to bring groups of virtual machines online just long enough for them to receive updates from either System Center Configuration Manager 2007 or Windows Server Update Services. As soon as the virtual machines are up-to-date, the tool returns them to the offline state in the Virtual Machine Manager library.

This Solution Accelerator includes the following components:

  • Brief Overview. Available online only on Microsoft TechNet. Summary for business and technical managers that briefly explains how this Solution Accelerator can fit into an organization’s IT infrastructure management strategy.
  • OfflineVMServicing_x64 and OfflineVMServicing_x86. Setup files for the tool, for 64 bit and 32 bit versions of Windows with Microsoft® System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2008 or 2008 R2.
  • Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool Getting Started Guide. Provides information about how the tool works, explains prerequisites for the tool, and describes how to install and configure the tool.
  • Offline_VM_Servicing_Tool_2.1_Release_Notes.rtf. Notes provide information about this release, describe known issues in the tool, and include feedback instructions.
  • Offline_Virtual_Machine_Servicing_Tool_Help. Help file for the tool. Provides instructions for using the tool.

Download the Tool here

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Events General IT News, Tech Information and Analysis

VirtualBox Live Show – December : What’s New in VirtualBox 3.1

vbox_logo2_gradientVirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware. Targeted at server, desktop and embedded use, it is now the only professional-quality virtualization solution that is also Open Source Software. Join the Sun Team for the December edition of the VirtualBox Live Show to learn and ask questions about:

  • News
  • What’s New in VirtualBox 3.1?
    • Teleportation
    • Speedups
    • Snapshots 2.0
  • Live demo

Date:        December 16, 2009

Time:        8:00 am PST / 11:00 am EST / 15:00 GMT

Presented by: Andy Hall, VirtualBox Product Manager and Dr. Ulrich Möller, Senior VirtualBox Engineer

You can register for the Webcast here!!!

If you want to save time, money and frustration, you’ll want to join this webinar on the world’s most popular open source virtualization software.

If you have not used the product VirtualBox, its worth to try it once. Check this article for more information!!

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General Tools

Maintenance version of the VirtualBox is released – VirtualBox 3.0.12

VirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware. Targeted at server, desktop and embedded use, it is now the only professional-quality virtualization solution that is also Open Source Software. The Virtual Box Team did a maintenance release “VirtualBox 3.0.12” last week.

The following items were fixed and/or added in this maintenance release:

  • VMM: reduced IO-APIC overhead for 32 bits Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 guests; requires 64 bits support (VT-x only)
  • VMM: fixed double timer interrupt delivery on old Linux kernels using IO-APIC (caused guest time to run at double speed)
  • VMM: reinitialize VT-x and AMD-V after host suspend or hibernate; some BIOSes forget this (Windows hosts only)
  • VMM: fix loading of saved state when RAM preallocation is enabled

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  • BIOS: ignore unknown shutdown codes instead of causing a guru meditation
  • GUI: never start a VM on a single click into the selector window
  • Serial: reduce the probability of lost bytes if the host end is connected to a raw file
  • VMDK: fix handling of split image variants and fix a 3.0.10 regression
  • VRDP: fixed occasional VRDP server crash
  • Network: even if the virtual network cable was disconnected, some guests were able to send / receive packets
  • Network: even if the virtual network cable was disconnected, the PCNet card received some spurious packets which might confuse the guest
  • Shared folders: fixed changing case of file names
  • Windows Additions: fix crash in seamless mode (contributed by Huihong Luo)
  • Linux Additions: fix writing to files opened in O_APPEND mode
  • Solaris Additions: fix regression in guest additions driver which among other things caused lost guest property updates and periodic error messages being written to the system log

You can check this article, to know how to create a VM using the Sun VirtualBox software – Here

Download this version of VirtualBox here!!!

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Community Activities General

Live webinar: VirtualBox Web Console (VBoxWeb)

logoThe VirtualBox Web Console (VBoxWeb) is an open source project implementing an AJAX version of the popular VirtualBox user interface. As a modern web interface, it allows you to access and control remote VirtualBox instances.

Join the VBox team for the next edition of VirtualBox Live, where you’ll learn how to use VBoxWeb to:

  • Browse your virtual machines and inspect their settings
  • Start virtual machines in headless mode
  • Pause/resume VMs
  • Save the state of running VMs
  • Terminate VMs (hard power off or ACPI)
  • Remote control your VMs using the integrated RDP Web Control

Register Now for the Webinar : Here

VBoxWeb makes use of the following technologies:

  • Sun VirtualBox
  • Python and the VirtualBox Python API
  • VirtualBox RDP Web Control (Flash based RDP client)
  • Prototype (JavaScript library)
  • jQuery and jQuery UI (JavaScript libraries)

Webinar Details:

  1. Speakers:  Andy Hall and Achim Hasenmueller, VirtualBox Engineering Director
  2. Date:  October 7, 2009, 8:00 am PDT / 11:00 am EDT / 15:00 UTC/GMT
    (The presentation will be approximately 45 minutes long, followed by Q&A.) 
  3. Why should you attend this? –  If you want to save time, money and frustration, you’ll want to join this webinar on the world’s most popular open source virtualization software.

If you have questions or feedback, please send them to virtualboxinquiries@sun.com

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General How-to Microsoft

How to create a Virtual Machine using Sun VirtualBoX 3.0

VirtualBox is a powerful virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is Virtual Box an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers;  It is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software.

VirtualBox 3.0 is capable of creating and running multi-processor virtual machines that can handle heavyweight server-class workloads, and also delivers enhanced graphics support for desktop-class workloads, reinforcing VirtualBox’s position as one of the world’s most popular virtualization platforms. Many multi-threaded server-based workloads, such as database and Web applications, can benefit from Symmetric Multiple Processing (SMP) systems, which contain multiple CPUs. VirtualBox 3.0 can now support virtual SMP systems with up to 32 virtual CPUs (vCPUs) in a single virtual machine. With this major enhancement, VirtualBox software can be used to run not only desktop workloads on client or server systems, but also demanding server workloads.

New server features of VirtualBox 3.0 software include:

  • Up to 32 vCPUs per guest to accommodate heavyweight data-processing workloads.
  • Hypervisor enhancements for SMP to enable optimum performance.
  • Updated API platform designed to be the basis of the community-driven VirtualBox Web Console project, which is coming soon to allow IT administrators to manage their datacenters from a Web console. This project is based on the popular Python language.

New desktop features of VirtualBox 3.0 software include:

  • Microsoft Direct3D support for Windows guests, which enables graphically intensive Windows applications, like computer modeling, 3D design and games software, to run in a virtual environment.
  • Support for version 2.0 of the Open Graphics Library (OpenGL) standard. As a result, high-performance Windows, Linux, Solaris(TM), and OpenSolaris(TM) graphical applications, which typically use graphical hardware acceleration, are able to run applications like Google Earth and CAM-based software on VirtualBox software.
  • Support for a wider range of USB devices, including storage devices, iPods and phones.

Creating an Ubuntu Virtual Machine using VirtualBox 3.0

After Installing the VirtualBox software, Invoke the shortcut to launch the application.  Click on New buttom which is present under the file menu. This will give you options to install various Operating Systems. (as shown below)

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Step 1: In this example, we will choose Linux and Ubuntu, Click Next

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Step 2: In this below dialog, we will select the amount of base memory to be allocated to the Ubuntu VM. You can use the slider or enter the number in the text box provided. I will choose 512 MB, Click Next

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Step 3: IF you already have a disk image, you can load that. Else, you can create a new hard disk using the New Button. I will select the New button here,

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Step 4: You now have an option to create a Virtual hardrive with Fixed size or dynamic size storage. Using a Dynamic Size storage is always a better practice.Click Next

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Step 5: You can do the lower bound of the hard-drive space allocation here. (By default, the Virtual disk will be saved in C:\Users\Vj\.VirtualBox\HardDisks\Ubunto.vdi ) – Click Next

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Step 6:That completes the Configuration settings for the newly built Virtual Machine. Click Finish.

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Step 7:  On completion, you will get this dialog. However, you will need an OS CD/DVD to boot the installation. Click on Settings button, which is present next to the New button. Select CD/DVD ROM, and you can choose the physical CD-ROM drive or an iso file.

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Step 8: You can add an Iso image, using the add button in the Virtual Media Manager dialog

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Step 9: Now you are all set to start the Virtual Machine, and install Ubuntu OS on it. Click the Start Button, which is present next to the Settings. (see below image)

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Step 10: Follow the OS setup Instructions, and Booom, your Virtual Machine is ready to use.

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Step 11: You can do all the addition configurations like sharing folders, create multiple snapshots, mounting drives etc using simple menu options. See below

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Installing the Guest Additions is always a better practice. This will make the virtual machine, more responsive.

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