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Mount ISO image on Virtual server

If you ever planning to mount ISO image rather than inserting CD for software installation, this is how you do.

  • Open  the Hyper-V console
  • Select the Virtual machine you want to mount the image
  • Choose the Settings from the right side panel (as shown below)
  • Select the DVD drive from the Left panel
  • On the right panel, select image file
  • Browse the ISO image file path
  • Click OK

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May 22, 2012 Posted by | Hyper-V, Microsoft, Software | , , , | Leave a comment

Exchange server 2010 SP1 – Step by Step installlation on the production server – Live

Earlier i’ve done the Exchange server migration – 2007 to 2010 – Live cast, Its been 10 months since Exchange team release the SP1 for Microsoft Exchange server 2010….today i’m doing Microsoft Exchange server 2010 SP1 upgradation…Live page is opened.

Click here to view this live page

Enjoy!!!!

June 24, 2011 Posted by | Active Sync, DAG, ECP, Edge Server, EWS, Exchange Management Console, Exchange Management Shell, Exchange Pre-Deployment Analyzer, Exchange server 2010, Exchange Server Profile Analyzer, Forefront, Forefront Endpoint protection 2010, Hyper-V, IP Block List, Log Parser, Mailbox Server Requirements Calculator, Microsoft, New Service Pack, Office 2010, Office for Mac, Power Shell, Software, Transport architecture, Windows Server 2008 R2 | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Best Practices for Virtualizing Exchange Server 2010 with Windows Server® 2008 R2 Hyper V™

Many organizations today rely on some degree of virtualization. Whether it is a few virtual machines running on a single physical computer or a whole server farm across multiple root servers, virtualization optimizes investment in hardware and network infrastructure by:• Increasing the utilization of underused hardware. • Improving server availability.• Reducing IT costs. The purpose of this paper is to provide guidance and best practices for deploying Microsoft® Exchange Server 2010 in a virtualized environment with Windows Server® 2008 R2 Hyper V™ technology.  This paper has been carefully composed to be relevant to organizations of any size…Click here to download this paper from Microsoft

May 18, 2011 Posted by | Articles, Cloud Computing, Exchange server 2010, Hardware Virtualization, Hyper-V, Microsoft, Software | | Leave a comment

Enhanced Hardware Virtualization Support for Exchange 2010

The Microsoft Exchange team is enhancing positioning by including additional supported scenarios regarding Exchange Server 2010 running under hardware virtualization software. As of today, the following support scenarios are being updated, for Exchange 2010 SP1, and later…To know more, click here

May 18, 2011 Posted by | Cloud, Cloud Computing, Exchange Online, Exchange server 2010, Hardware Virtualization, Hyper-V, Microsoft, Software, Windows Server 2008 R2 | | Leave a comment

Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3

The Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 provides storage (disks) over a TCP/IP network. It turns a computer running Windows Server into a storage device which provides shared block storage. iSCSI Software Target is an optional Windows Server component that provides centralized, software-based and hardware-independent iSCSI disk subsystems in storage area networks (SANs). One scenario involved using Microsoft  iSCSI Software Target in a “two-node Failover Cluster,” with 92  Hyper-V virtual machines storing data to one of the nodes. Finally, Microsoft iSCSI Software  Target 3.3 supports the remote booting of diskless computers “from a  single operating system image using iSCSI.”

You can use Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 to perform a variety of storage-related tasks, including the following:

  • Provide shared storage for Hyper-V to enable high availability and live migration
  • Consolidate storage for multiple application servers (i.e. Microsoft SQL Server or Hyper-V)
  • Provide shared storage for applications hosted on a Windows failover cluster
  • Enable diskless computers to boot remotely from a single operating system image using iSCSI

The Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 is an economical solution suited for a development or test environment and a small, medium, or branch office production environment. It enables storage consolidation and sharing on a Windows Server by implementing the iSCSI (Internet Small Computer Systems Interface) protocol, which supports SCSI-block access to a storage device over a TCP/IP network. For details on how to manage iSCSI targetsYou can use Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 to perform a variety of storage-related tasks, including the following:

  • Provide shared storage for Hyper-V to enable high availability and live migration
  • Consolidate storage for multiple application servers (i.e. Microsoft SQL Server or Hyper-V)
  • Provide shared storage for applications hosted on a Windows failover cluster
  • Enable diskless computers to boot remotely from a single operating system image using iSCSI

The Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 is an economical solution suited for a development or test environment and a small, medium, or branch office production environment. It enables storage consolidation and sharing on a Windows Server by implementing the iSCSI (Internet Small Computer Systems Interface) protocol, which supports SCSI-block access to a storage device over a TCP/IP network. For details on how to manage iSCSI targets, click here

To download The Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3, click here. Microsoft is recommending using Service Pack 1 with Windows  Server 2008 R2 for this release of Microsoft iSCSI Software Target. The product  can be installed in a Hyper-V virtual machine. It doesn’t work with a core  installation of Windows Server 2008 R2.

April 6, 2011 Posted by | Hyper-V, iSCSI, Microsoft, SAN, Software, Windows Server 2008 R2 | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Exchange server 2010 CAS array to MAPI load balance – Detailed

Most of you guys must have experience the scenario when “Outlook connection lost….” even if you have Exchange server 2010 (with Edge, 2 clustered H&C and 2 DAG configured MB) and Outlook 2010 in place. The reason is that, when you are doing a maintenance on one of the H&C, and if the client is connected to that H&C, communication to the MB is lost. The reason for this is that the cluster load balancing on the H&C cluster handler is not in place, even if the cluster name is published in the DNS server.

In Exchange 2007, 5 server roles that performed distinct functions within the Exchange organization. One role in particular – the Client Access server role – introduced a variety of new Web services, including the Availability service, the Auto discover service and Calendar Concierge services.

In Exchange 2010, same 5 server roles exists. However, there are some significant architectural changes and some shift in responsibilities. The most significant change in Exchange 2010, two new services on CAS called the RPC Client Access and Address Book services establish the RPC (Repote Procedure Call) endpoint for MAPI(Messaging Application Programming Interface), NSPI(Name Service Provider Interface) and RFR (Request for Response) client access. This new functionality replaces the RPC endpoints in the Information Store. The RPC endpoint in the Information Store has not been removed in Exchange 2010, but it has been modified to only accept requests from CAS servers. The RPC endpoint for public folder database access remains on the Mailbox server, however, Outlook clients now communicate directly with the RPC Client Access service on the Mailbox Server for public folder database access, and not with the Information Store.

When CAS starts communicating with the Mailbox server, it makes sense to view it as the Client Access server communicating with the Mailbox database via the Mailbox server that hosts the database. This is especially evident in a load-balanced array of Client Access servers and/or where your environment is configured to use Database Availability Groups that are associated with a Client Access server or Client Access server array.

  • In a non-load balanced environment, the mailbox database is associated with only a single Client Access server.
  • In a load-balanced environment, the Mailbox database is associated with the load balanced array of multiple Client Access servers.

By default, before a Client Access array is configured,

  • all databases are associated with a Client Access server in the environment
  • the Outlook clients communicate directly with the Client Access server until the association with the database is updated to be the Client Access array.

In order for the clients to utilize a CAS array

  1. Create a Client Access array with an FQDN (Fully Qualified Domain Name).
  2. Load balance your CAS servers in a CAS array by whatever method you choose – Both Hardware LB or Windows Network LB are supported load balancers
  3. Add the Client Access servers within the AD site to a load balanced array and in DNS associate the unique FQDN to the Virtual IP of the load-balanced array.
  4. Configure your load balancing array to load balance the MAPI RPC ports – TCP 135, UDP/TCP 6005-65535; or set static ports
  5. Configure the databases to utilize the CAS array… Use the new-clientaccessarray cmdlet to create the CAS array object. Eg: New-ClientAccessArray –Name “Tromso CAS Array” –Fqdn tromso.site.com” –Site “SITEA”

How to Setup!!!..

Goto one of the CAS server where the NLB is ( to read more about New-ClientAccessArray cmdlet, click here )

[1] Check is there are any pre-created CAS Arrays. PS Command : Get-ClientAccessArray

[2] Create new Client Access Array. Run the Cmdlet in EMS New-ClientAccessArray -Fqdn server.contoso.com -Site “Redmond” -Name “server.contoso.com”

[3] Associate databases with this CAS Array –

Use this CMDLet to add mailbox database to CAS array. Add all mailbox databases at once – Get-MailboxDatabase | Set-MailboxDatabase -RPCClientAccessServer “CASNLB.contoso.com”

Now the best part –

Configuring Outlook 2010 using Auto Discover

If you already configured Outlook client, Close the outlook, then goto Control Panel->Mail and change the Server name to the new CAS NLB name

If you are going to use a new outlook configuration, Auto discover will return the new CAS NLB name.

Thats all folks!!! Enjoy!!!

March 28, 2011 Posted by | Active Sync, DAG, ECP, Entourage, EWS, Exchange Management Console, Exchange Management Shell, Exchange server 2010, HTTPS, Hyper-V, IMAP, IP, Mailbox Server Requirements Calculator, Mails, Microsoft, OAB, Office, Office 2010, Office 2011, Office for Mac, Office Professional Plus, Outlook, Outlook Webapps, OWA, POP3, Protocols, Public Folder, Software, TCP, Transport architecture | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cloud power – Microsoft

Microsoft provides the most comprehensive approach to cloud computing, so that you can harness the full power of the cloud on your terms. Whether in your datacenter, with a service provider, or from Microsoft’s datacenters – and whether in a private cloud, public cloud, or software as a service environment – Microsoft provides the flexibility and control to consume IT as a Service whichever way best meets your unique business needs.

Free Trial Introductory Special: Includes 750 hours of an Extra Small compute instance, 25 hours of a small compute instance, 1GB Web Edition database and more. Usage in excess of the base amount is charged at normal rates. Valid through June 30th, 2011.
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Microsoft Hyper-V Cloud

To help you deploy commercial private and public clouds based on Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V, System Center, and related products, Microsoft offers a set of programs and initiatives called Hyper-V Cloud…to know more, click here

Key Hyper-V Cloud Programs

To help you get started building your own private cloud with Microsoft products…click here

For pre-validated configurations from Microsoft and OEM server partners…click here

For partners who can host a dedicated private cloud for you….click here

March 27, 2011 Posted by | Cloud Computing, Hyper-V, Licensing cloud services, Microsoft, Software | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What’s new in Windows Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1

Windows Server 2008 is the most advanced Windows Server operating system yet, designed to power the next-generation of networks, applications, andWeb services. With Windows Server 2008 you can develop, deliver, and manage rich user experiences and applications, provide a highly secure network infrastructure, and increase technological efficiency and value within your organization. Windows Server 2008 R2, now with Service Pack 1 (SP1) provides new virtualization technology that enables you to deliver more advanced capabilities to your business for increased IT efficiency and agility. Whether you want to consolidate servers, build a private cloud or offer Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, the addition of these powerful virtualization features enables you to take your datacenter and desktop virtualization strategy to a new level.

Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1 Product Overview
Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1 builds on the award-winning foundation of Windows Server 2008, expanding existing technology and adding new features. Just a few of the enhancement in this release include new virtualization tools consisting of an updated version of Hyper-V with Live Migration and Dynamic Memory, Remote Fx in Remote Desktop Services, improved power management, and added features with Windows 7 integration such as BranchCache and Direct Access. Have greater control and the ability to react to business needs faster than ever before with powerful tools such as Internet Information Services (IIS) version 7.5, updated Server Manager and Hyper-V platforms and Windows PowerShell version 2.0. More info about Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1 Product Overview

Virtualize your Server and Desktop Infrastructure
Virtualization is a major part of today’s data centers. The operating efficiencies offered by virtualization allow organizations to dramatically reduce operational effort and power consumption. Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1 provides the following virtualization types: Client and Server virtualization provided by Hyper-V and Presentation virtualization with Remote Desktop Services.

New Virtualization Technology in Hyper-V

Since the Windows Server 2008 release, Microsoft has introduced a new version of Hyper-V. Included as part of the Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1 operating system, Hyper-V contains a number of core areas of improvements for creating dynamic virtual data centers and cloud computing, namely private cloud.  These improvements provide you with increased availability and performance, improved management, and simplified methods for deployment including live migration.  And, when combined with System Center, you are able to build out a dedicated private cloud environment to transform the way you deliver IT services to the business, using the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) model. Learn more about Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1.

Remote Desktop Services – Expanded Features in Remote Desktop Services

Remote Desktop Services provides users and administrators with both the features and the flexibility necessary to build the most robust access experience in any deployment scenario. To expand the Remote Desktop Services feature set, Microsoft has been investing in the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, also known as VDI. VDI is a centralized desktop delivery architecture, which enables Windows and other desktop environments to run and be managed in virtual machines on a centralized server. Learn more about the Virtualization Platform in Windows Server 2008 R2.

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) : It’s an emerging architectural model where a Windows client operating system runs in server-based virtual machines (VMs) in the data center and interacts with the user’s client device such as a PC or a thin client. Similar to session virtualization (formerly known as Terminal Services), VDI provides IT with the ability to centralize a user’s desktop; instead of a server session, however, a full client environment is virtualized within a server-based hypervisor. With VDI, the user can get a rich and individualized desktop experience with full administrative control over desktop and applications. However, this architecture, while flexible, requires significantly more server hardware resources than the traditional session virtualization approach. To read more about Enabling Server Virtualization and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)

Key benefits of VDI are:

  • Better enablement of flexible work scenarios, such as work from home and hot-desking
  • Increased data security and compliance
  • Easy and efficient management of the desktop OS and applications

VDI Standard Suite and VDI Premium Suite
Microsoft provides two suite offerings to purchase and deploy VDI: Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Standard Suite (“VDI Standard Suite”) and Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Premium Suite (“VDI Premium Suite”). These two suites make it simple for customers to purchase the comprehensive Microsoft VDI infrastructure and management software, while providing excellent value amongst competing VDI offerings.

The Microsoft VDI Standard Suite is a complete VDI offering which offers the following features:

  • Desktop Delivery: Basic connection broker to deliver personalized and pooled virtual machine-based desktops in low-complexity environments
  • Web-based remote access and full-fidelity end user experience with Microsoft RemoteFX
  • Application Delivery: Separation of application layer from image with app streaming
  • Reduces app-to-app conflicts and need for regression testing
  • Easy application life cycle management via policies
  • Virtualization Platform: Reliable, micro-kernelized hypervisor with small footprint
  • Supports live migration
  • Management: Integrated, end-to-end management
  • Dynamic provisioning of apps to physical, virtual and session-based desktops
  • Rapid VM provisioning with cloned VHD’s
  • Support for failover clustering and storage migration
  • Patching, updating and monitoring of physical VDI host

Virtualization is a major part of today’s data centers. The operating efficiencies offered by virtualization allow organizations to dramatically reduce operational effort and power consumption, and increase IT flexibility.

To know more, click here
Licensing Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2008 R2
Remote Desktop Services (RDS, formally known as Terminal Services in Windows Server 2008) functionality in Windows Server 2008 R2 lets you remotely execute applications or an entire desktop on a Windows-based session host server from a wide range of devices over virtually any type of network connection; it also lets you remotely execute virtual machine-based (virtual) desktops on a Hyper-V-based virtualization host server. A server hosting Remote Desktop Services sessions can be referred to as a Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH) Server, and a RDS server hosting virtual machines can be referred to as a Remote Desktop Virtualization Host (RDVH) Server. More information about the VECD license can be found here.

Remote Desktop Services Licensing Requirements

  • Windows Server Client Access License and TS/RDS Client Access License: In addition to a server license, a Windows Server Client Access License (CAL) is required to access the Windows Server software. If you wish to utilize the RDS functionality of the Windows Server software, an incremental Terminal Services Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services Client Access License (TS CAL), or the new Remote Desktop Services Client Access License (RDS CAL) is required as well. A TS or RDS CAL is required for each user or device. To be specific, a WS 2008 TS CAL or WS 2008 RDS CAL may access a server running Windows Server 2008 R2. An RDS CAL is functionally equivalent to a TS CAL.
  • Inclusion of App-V for TS in the Windows Server 2008 RDS CAL / TS CAL: Application compatibility and management is a driver of cost for many TS / RDS customers. By including the right to use App-V for TS as part of the TS & RDS CALs we have simplified licensing and enabled a broader set of RDS customers to enjoy the benefits that Microsoft Application Virtualization for Terminal Services provides which in addition to solving app-to-app conflicts and multiuser application conflicts also enables the RDS / TS customer to
  1. Consolidate Session Host / terminal servers and end server siloing
  2. End application conflicts and regression testing
  3. Accelerate application deployment for Session Hosts
  4. Reduce Deployment Risk
  5. Simplify Profile Management

DirectAccess Technical Overview for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

The Windows® 7 and Windows Server® 2008 R2 operating systems introduce DirectAccess, a new solution that provides users with the same experience working remotely as they would have when working in the office. With DirectAccess, remote users can access corporate file shares, Web sites, and applications without connecting to a virtual private network (VPN). DirectAccess establishes bi-directional connectivity with the user’s enterprise network every time the user’s DirectAccess-enabled portable computer is connected to the Internet, even before the user logs on. With DirectAccess, users never have to think about whether they are connected to the corporate network. DirectAccess also benefits IT by allowing network administrators to manage remote computers outside of the office, even when the computers are not connected to a VPN. DirectAccess enables organizations with regulatory concerns to extend regulatory compliance to roaming computer assets. More info click here.

Windows Server 2008 R2 Upgrade Paths..Click here

Windows Server 2008 R2 is the next major Windows Server release – Road Map

 

March 27, 2011 Posted by | Hyper-V, Microsoft, Software, Virtual Desktop, Windows Server 2008 R2 | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Windows 7 cool gadgets

Hyper-V Monitor Gadget for Windows Sidebar a cool one..try it.

Wired Network MeterV5  cool one

Wireless Network MeterV5

May 17, 2010 Posted by | Hyper-V, Microsoft, Software | | 1 Comment

   

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