Free Book: Microsoft System Center: Building a Virtualized Network Solution

I would like to introduce another great book authored by my friend Damian Flynn. I can tell you cannot go wrong with this book as you will give a foundation that will definitely need in working with Networking in VMM. I am also have participation in the book as Technical Editor. Grab it in different formats from here.

Updated MP: System Center 2012 Management Pack for Windows Server Hyper-V 2012

If you are still on Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and not migrated to R2 do not worry Microsoft hasn’t forgot you. The Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V MP received small update to fix some bugs. You can download the new version here.

New MP: Hyper-V Management Pack Extensions 2012

The Hyper-V MP provides good monitoring but certainly that MP can be extended to provide more advanced monitoring. For Hyper-V 2008 R2 MP some Microsoft employees extended that MP and provided this extension MP at codeplex site. Now they are providing us with similar extension MP for Hyper-V 2012 MP.

New features in this release:
VMs Integration Services Version monitor
Hyper-V Replica Health Monitoring Dashboard and States
SMB Shares I/O latency monitor
Included features from previous release
Hyper-V Hypervisor Logical processor monitoring
Hyper-V Hypervisor Virtual processor monitoring
Hyper-V Dynamic Memory monitoring
Hyper-V Virtual Networks monitoring
NUMA remote pages monitoring
SLAT enabled processor detection
Hyper-V VHDs monitoring
Physical and Logical Disk monitoring
Host Available Memory monitoring
Stopped and Failed VMs monitoring
Failed Live Migrations monitoring

Keep in mind that the management pack is with beta status. You can download it from codeplex site.

Infrastructure-as-a-Service Technical Guidance for Hosting Service Providers

Microsoft published a guide for Hosting Service Providers that use or will use System Center and Windows Server. The guide just gives an overview from which you will be able to get the big picture on where to start but it is useful for starters. Download this document from here.

Microsoft Virtual Academy: Migration to Windows Server 2012

If you are in the path to Windows Server 2012 migration MVA just published videos for you. The course is still not available on MVA site but you can watch the videos: