Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Component Architecture Poster and Hyper-V Mini-Posters

No detailed explanation is needed for these posters. Very useful way to study or explain a technology. Download them from here.

Multi-Tenant Gateway Testing Guides

In Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Microsoft is introducing Multi-Tenant Gateway. The GW is easier to setup with VMM 2012 R2 Preview but if you want just to test the GW in a small lab here are two guides that will help you in that:

Both guides are provided by Ramandeep Singh Dhillon from Microsoft.

TechEd 2013 North America Hands-On Labs are available

Microsoft released the Hands-On labs from TechEd 2013 North America publically. You can go to Channel 9 website and start these small labs in order to get a grasp on certain features. There are even some labs with Windows Server 2012 R2. Access them from here.

Test Lab Guide: Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Network Virtualization with System Center 2012 R2 VMM

Even though SC 2012 R2 and WS 2012 R2 are not released yet Microsoft published a guide to setup lab for Hyper-V Network Virtualization. There are no screenshot in the guide but you can have a sneak peak preview of the architecture of the new Multi-Tenant NVGRE Gateway. Check it out here.

TechEd 2013 Recap

I was not at the TechEd 2013 conference but I’ve watched closely like you. And based on what I’ve seen so far with announcement and TechEd videos from Channel 9 (I haven’t watched them all) there are some conclusions that can be made.

Certainly this is a big change for both Windows Server teams and System Center teams. Such big synchronization in work for so many teams can be beneficial but also very hard to achieve and because of that I expect some challenges to be met. On TechEd the focus was primary on Windows Server 2012 R2 and the times where System Center 2012 R2 was mentioned was because of SCVMM or Windows Azure Pack. All the new features that were shown are in SCVMM and Windows Azure Pack (WAP) and WAP is not even System Center component but it seems it is more related to System Center than to Windows Server. But why only VMM is announced with new features? The answer is actually very simple and I am sure you have found it even earlier. Windows Server released a major release last in year in September. They were even ready in August. System Center teams released 2012 SP1 at the beginning of the year in January. The release was ready in December but actually UR1 which was much needed was released also in January. So simply said System Center teams had less time to introduced new feature in the new R2 release. In this R2 release for Windows Server and System Center teams the second ones are followers. And do not get me wrong this is normal. The real benefits of this release will actually come in the next big release for Server and System Center. Showing only SCVMM at TechEd probably means that the other System Center components are not ready to be publically shown and probably there are not so many new features that will be announced for them. But that does not mean that these teams are just not working. Than what to expect from these other System Center components? For some of the components there might one or two new feature that could be announced, there will be definitely enhancement in the integration between the components like SCCM and SCOM supporting the same Linux operating Systems, SPF interacting better with System Center components. I also expect performance and scalability features (probably in the SCSM space), some new activates in Orchestrator and new integration packs. Based on these conclusions you can see one of the reason why Microsoft didn’t put these components in front at TechEd. Performance and scalability features usually do not WOW the audience at a conference.But I think that taking in consideration the short period for development System Center specialist would certainly would appreciate these features. At least I would. May be at TechEd Europe we will see more announcement when Preview versions of the products are expected to be released for download.

P.S. Now that it seems more likely that MMS will not be continued as event I just hope that next year we will see equal sessions for System Center and Windows Server at TechEd 2014 North America which was announced to take place between May 12 and May 15 2014.