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VDX Drive Down Data Center Costs With Hyper-V And System Center Management

High quality, high availability, simple to use and full virtual and physical management at a fraction of the cost of the alternatives. That is what you get with Hyper-V and System Center. In this session, we will look inside Microsoft’s flagship virtualization platform, Hyper-V. We then take a look at the best management stack on the planet to show management of the entire data center. We will show you why this multi-action stack is rapidly taking over the data center. Then stay tuned for a quick update on What’s Next!


Microsoft Hyper-V Is THE Foundation for Private Cloud


System Center along with Hyper-V Delivers the Private Cloud



·         1/3 the price up front

·         Significant Savings

·         Lower ongoing costs


Windows… It’s the Platform you know

·         Key feature of platform

·         Tools you know


Data center to desktop

·         Full range of products & solutions

·         Large partner eco-system


End-to-End Management

·         Physical and Virtual   & Cross-hypervisor

·         Interoperability



Microsoft Virtualization Products From the Datacenter to the Desktop

Everyone thinks about server virtualization when they think about virtualization – we have history here w/ Virtual Server, and a big strength w/ Hyper-V

But, there’s more to virtualization than server virtualization…

As virtualization becomes more pervasive, management is much more critical to enable dynamic scenarios – System Center can sit at the heart of all of this


“When we think about virtualization, most of the hype in the industry today is focused on machine virtualization or server virtualization, and certainly server virtualization is a critical enabling technology where I’m able to encapsulate an operating system and application and my data all together. 


A key feature of Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 is Hyper-V, our hypervisor-based virtualization solution.  That is in the process of coming to market and will be released to market within the next three to four weeks or so; which is great but that’s just one kind of virtualization.  Depending on the problem that you’re trying to solve, there are a number of different virtualization technologies that are important to take advantage of. 


Application Virtualization:  On clients the ability to do application isolation and to stream application on-demand is critical; if we think about the adaptive application delivery, which I’ll talk to in a minute, and we have the leading virtualization capability here with Microsoft Application Virtualization. 


Desktop virtualization:  Virtual PC has been in market for a while, and then we announced an acquisition of a company called Kidaro to really enable enterprise-class desktop virtualization solutions and scenarios.


Then presentation virtualization, which you may know of as Terminal Services, but the ability to centrally manage and host an application and the data, and just serve out the interaction with that, so present it up to a user remotely.


All of these different pieces can play a role in the solution that you’re trying to solve for, but what’s critical is at the heart of this is management.  In a virtualized world, management becomes much, much more critical in enabling some of these dynamic scenarios that we talk about.  So, take a broad view and think about desktop to datacenter.”


What management is needed?

·         System Center (current)

o   Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 (SCVMM)

o   Configuration Manager 2007 (ConfigMgr)

o   Data Protection Manager 2010 (DPM)

o   Opalis

o   Operations Manager 2007 (OpsMgr)

o   Service Manager 2010 (SCSM)

·         System Center 2012

o   Same as above, but updated & integrated

o   Opalis’s technology used in System Center Orchestrator 2012 (SCORCH)

o   Advisor 2012

o   App Controller 2012

·         Solution Accelerators

o   Microsoft Assessment & Planning Toolkit 6.0 (MAP)

o   Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2.0 (MDT)

o   SCVMM Self-Service Portal 2.0 (SSP)

o   Security Compliance Manager (SCM)

o   Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 3.0 (VMST)


What hardware is needed?

Server Layer:

Required: 64-bit processors with AMD Virtualization (AMD-V) or Intel Virtualization Technology (Intel VT) support

Required: 64 GB RAM

Required: Min. 40-GB local RAID 1 or RAID 10 hard disk space for operating system partition

Recommended: 2-socket to 4-socket servers running highest or second highest CPU speed with multi-core processors

Additional Consideration: Minimum of two gigabit Ethernet (GbE) or 10 gigabit Ethernet ports

Additional Consideration: The number and type of onboard I/O ports and of supported I/O cards.

Additional Consideration: Any limitations in the number of I/O cards and/or supported combinations.


Storage and Storage Connectivity Layer:

Required: A SAN that is compatible with Windows Server failover clustering

Required: iSCSI connectivity for guest clustering

Additional Consideration: Logical or physical isolation between storage and Ethernet I/O

Additional Consideration: Fully redundant, independent paths for storage I/O


Networking Layer:


Required: Minimum gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE recommended)

Required: Use virtual local area networks (VLANs) or IP Security (IPSec) isolation to enable network segmentation for multi-tenancy.

Required: Define identical virtual networks on all nodes so that VMs can properly failover to any node.

Required: Network switches must support 802.1q VLAN trunks.

Required: Network switches must support an Ethernet link aggregation standard compatible with the rack or blade server network interface cards (NICs) such that NIC teams can span two or more switches.

Required: Network switches must support Ethernet link aggregation such that multiple uplink ports can be bonded together for high bandwidth.

Required: The network design must compensate for the loss of any switch module or switch without dropping host server connectivity.


What software is needed?

Host OS

·         Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

·         Virtualization: Hyper-V

·         High-Availability: Failover Clustering

·         Management: Remoting, Server Manager, CMD & PowerShell

·         Security & Identity: AD & Group Policy

·         Networking: DHCP & DNS

Guest OS

·         LOB application

·         Microsoft products in virtualized environments

o   Exchange

o   File Server

o   SharePoint

o   SQL

o   Others & Support Policy: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/957006

·         Guest Clustering



SharePoint – A single server hosting a SharePoint 2010 infrastructure fully virtualized with
Hyper-V R2 supported up to 460,800 light-weight 1% concurrent users

SQLServer – A single server hosting a virtualized SQL Server 2008 R2 infrastructure deployed within
four Hyper-V virtual machines supported up to 80,000 simulated OLTP customers

Exchange – A single Hyper-V R2 enabled server scaled to meet the IO performance requirements of 20,000 Exchange 2010 mailboxes


“It’s clear that Hyper-V R2 SP1 can be used to virtualize tier-1 data center applications with confidence.”

– Enterprise Strategy Group Research, Mark Bowker



Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V

  • Supported Hosts
    • Windows Server® 2008 R2 Standard Edition x64 with Hyper-V™
    • Windows Server® 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition x64 with Hyper-V™
    • Windows Server® 2008 R2 Datacenter Edition x64 with Hyper-V™
  • Processor Requirements
    • x64 Processor Architecture
    • Support for Hardware Execute Disable
    • Intel® VT Hardware Virtualization or AMD-V® Hardware Virtualization


Hyper-V and System Center together are:

Server Consolidation + Cloud Foundation


          Underutilized hardware

          Excessive power consumption

          Expensive space across datacenter and branch offices

“We expect to consolidate an additional 75 servers using Hyper-V, which will lead to a cost savings of more than $325,000 annually. By the time we hit our fifth virtual machine, we’ve usually paid for the host.  Long term, we will be able to reduce our total data center holdings by 75 percent—from nearly 400 servers to fewer than 100 servers.” 

Robert McShinsky Senior Systems Administrator, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Windows Server 2008 R2 – Hyper-V

Delivers high levels of availability for production workloads via flexible and dynamic management while reducing overall costs through efficient server consolidation via:

  • Better flexibility
    • Live Migration
    • Cluster Shared Volumes
    • Hot Add/remove of Storage
    • Processor compatibility mode for live migration
  • Improved performance
    • Improved memory management
    • TCP Offload support
    • Virtual Machine Queue (VMQ) Support
    • Improved Networking
  • Greater Scalability
    • At 64 logical processor support
    • Enhance Green IT with Core Parking

Dynamic Memory – Save Memory – Save Money
to increase user productivity and lower the cost per desktop / server


Application Monitoring

·         Drill down to understand what is really going on.  No more DBA’s and Developers pointing fingers at each other.

·         Volume-based health definition

·         Easily define custom KPIs/
critical transactions

·         Monitor the health state of individual transactions

·         Automatically calculate baseline performance levels

·         Real-time dashboard and performance insight

·         Alerts with root-cause information


Datacenter Automation (Orchestration) Save Time!

·         GUI Automation Platform with Integration Packs to do the heavy lifting

·         Incident Mgmt

·         Change & Configuration

·         Service Management & Provisioning


System Center Service Manager Enables Controlled Automation

·         Automation Interfaces

·         Centralized Data Storage

·         Integration with all System Center Management

System Center Data Protection Manager – The best backup tool on the planet for Microsoft workloads!

System Center Configuration Manager

·         Asset Intelligence

·         Mobile device management

·         Application streaming

·         Patch management

·         OS deployment

·         Compliancy & baselining


System Center Virtual Machine Manager SCVMM 2008 R2 SP1 Supports Hyper-V R2 SP1

·         Dynamic Memory

·         RemoteFX


System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012

·         Deployment

·         Fabric

·         Cloud

·         Services


System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Architecture


What’s Next?
70-659 Exam Prep – Virtualization Certification for Career Growth

To join the ranks of the most skilled IT virtualization professionals, make your first (or next) certification goal begin with Exam 70-659: MCTS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization.

Passing this exam earns you the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certification and proves your technical expertise in server virtualization.


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