Free Whitepaper from Veeam on Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012

Veeam is providing a free for download whitepaper on Hyper-V 3.0. The whitepaper is written by Greg Shields a Microsoft MVP and gives answers to 7 questions:

  • Must your storage strategy evolve to meet Hyper-V’s new capabilities?
  • Will VHDX impact your datacenter operations?
  • Will SMB 3.0 and SOFS impact where you capture backups?
  • Will your Hyper-V backups support deduplication?
  • Is now the time to implement disaster recovery?
  • Which is right for me: Multisite Clustering or VM replication?
  • Is your site-to-site network sufficient?

Find out the answer to these questions by downloading the whitepaper from here.

Build your Test Lab with Windows Server 2012

If you want to test out Windows Server 2012 but you are not sure how to build your test lab Microsoft provides guide for that:

This Microsoft Test Lab Guide (TLG) provides step-by-step instructions to create the Windows Server 2012 Base Configuration test lab, using computers running Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8. With the resulting test lab environment, you can build test labs based on other Windows Server 2012-based TLGs from Microsoft, TLG extensions in the TechNet Wiki, or a test lab of your own design that can include Microsoft or non-Microsoft products. For a test lab based on physical computers, you can image the drives for future test labs. For a test lab based on virtual machines, you can create snapshots of the base configuration virtual machines. This enables you to easily return to the base configuration test lab, where most of the routine infrastructure and networking services have already been configured, so that you can focus on building a test lab for the product, technology, or solution of interest.


You can download the guide from here.

Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for System Center 2012 – Operations Manager Beta

IPD guides helps us make designs for specific technology. After releasing a couple of such guides for System Center 2012 components now it is time for Operations Manager. The guide is first released as beta version and if you have any remarks about the documentation you can sent them to Microsoft. Download the beta IPD guide for SCOM 2012 here.

Note: You have to have account to Microsoft Connect in order to be able to download it.

Virtual Machine Generation ID Documentation

Virtual Machine Generation ID is a new technology that is present on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. This is the technology which will allows to have virtual Domain Controllers on Server 2012. You can find the documentation about this technology here.

Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager is available

The final version of IPD guide for VMM 2012 is available for download. This guide will help you designing your VMM environment.