App Controller 2012 R2 unable to deploy Linux images

System Center App Controller is a self-service portal which allows non-IT staff to deploy virtual machines to clouds on-premise, in Service Provider clouds or in Windows Azure.

Windows Azure supports both Windows Server and Linux as guest operating system in a virtual machine.

However when using App Controller 2012 R2 those Linux images are not available for deployment. Three different Linux images are shown but are greyed out.


When using the Azure Management Portal a choice of 9 different Linux images is available:  various versions of Ubuntu, CentOS (Openlogic distribution), SUSE and Oracle Linux.

This is caused by a limitation of App Controller. When preparing a deployment of a virtual machine App Controller creates a so called Configuration Set. This is an XML file which has information like the computername, user account and password or certificate. When user input has been recieved App Controller transmit this information to Azure.

At this moment App Controller 2012 R2 lacks the ability to deploy Linux images.

Recorded MMS 2013 sessions available and how to download for offline viewing

Microsoft Management Summit 2013 is being held at Las Vegas. MMS brings together the brightest IT professionals from around the world to increase their technical expertise through an intensive week of training led by experts in desktop, device management, datacenter, and cloud technologies.

A large selection of the breakout sessions presented live in Las Vegas will be available as recording free on Internet. For an overview see Channel 9. 

It is possible to download the video recordings so you can watch them offline.

Stefan Roth wrote a nice script. See his site for a detailed description on how to download.

See for another download script the site.

Update April 17: Phil Pritchett made some adjustments to the script of Stefan Roth. This script downloads also the Powerpoint presentations and makes the filename the name of the the breakout session instead of a name like AM-B301.

MyITforum has a posting about this script.

Download the scripts  here.

download MMS2013 sessions

download MMS2013 sessions

System Center 2012 SP1 will be released ‘early 2013’

Microsoft states in a blog on that System Center 2012 SP1 will be released in early 2013. SP1 will bring a lot of new features but most important it will bring support for Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V.

The current release of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 does not support Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V or Hyper-V Server 2012. It will not connect to a server running those versions. Also DPM 2012 does not support the new CSV 2.0.

Another new feature in SP1 will probably be support of VMware vSphere 5.0 in SCVMM 2012.

Currently SC2012 SP1 Beta is publicly available. Support is limited to TAP-customers. SP1 Beta is not supported and the EULA does not allow to run it in a production environment.

I blogged about the gap between releasing Hyper-V and SC2012 SP1 here in a posting titlted VMware will beat Microsoft on releasing a new version of virtualization platform?

VMware will beat Microsoft on releasing a new version of virtualization platform?

While Microsoft has been very loud on announcing the release of Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V, VMware is likely to beat the Redmond company on releasing a new version of vSphere, it’s virtualization platform. It looks like the comparision tables will need to be adjusted soon.

We all know Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Released to Manufactoring (RTM) was given to OEM partners August 1. The code is expected to be ready for download by Volume Licensing, MSDN and TechNet customers around the 15th of  August.

However, the management software needed to manage  Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 SP1 (SCVMM 2012),  is still  in a pre-beta phase.

Releasing the hypervisor without the proper management tooling could be compared to selling a car without a steering wheel. It will drive but only in 1 direction.

The current available version of System Center 2012 is restricted  to manage Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V only. For management of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Microsoft customers have to wait for the release of SC2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1). No date for the release of SC2012 SP1 has been announced yet. Well informed sources say the release of SP1 is expected at the end of December, or even begin 2013. Microsoft employees ‘on the record’ indicate that they are not in the position to say anything about a release date of SP1.

SC2012 Community Technology Preview 2 (CTP2) for SP1 has been released in June. CTP2 is able to manage Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V however this is a pre beta version which most customers are not willing to use in a production environment. The beta of SC2012 SP1 is expected somewhere in Q3 of 2012.

While basic management tasks of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V can be done using tooling like Failover Cluster Manager features like deployment of VM’s using templates are only available in SCVMM. Public cloud, fabric management, provisioning and a lot of other features need SCVMM 2012 SP1. Also management of VMware ESXi 5 hosts  is still missing in SCVMM 2012.

It gets worse: DPM 2012 part of System Center is not able to make a proper backup of the new Cluster Shared Volumes of Windows Server 2012. Microsoft made enhancements to CSV’s and offers the ability to make incremental backups of virtual disk files (VHD). Much like the Changed Blocking Tracking feature of vSphere this allows to only backup changed data blocks of the VHD file since the last full backup. Obvious advantages are shortened backup windows and less storage space.  Also the infamous redirected access during backup are gone.

Customers wanting to make the full out of Windows server 2012 Hyper-V have to wait till Microsoft releases SP1 for SC2012 DPM.

Microsoft promised attendees at Microsoft Management Summit Mid April 2o12 that they will release SC2012 SP1 at the same time as Windows Server 2012.

Other blogs picked up this as well:
Techtarget:  Hyper-V 3.0 tools won’t emerge until System Center 2012 SP1 : System Center 2012 “Ready Now”; More Lies Ahead

ThoughtsonOpsMgr   Windows 2012 is RTM! How about System Center 2012 and the Private Cloud?

Of course a private cloud using SC2012  can be built using Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V or VMware ESX or Citrix XenServer. Mind though that a cluster of Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V nodes cannot be upgraded to Windows Server 2012. You will need to create a new cluster.

In the meanwhile VMware has been busy developing a new release of vSphere. While VMware never speaks about future features of future releases it is very likely vSphere 5.1 will be announced and soon released at VMworld 2012 end of August. See my post and a post with some rumoured new features.

As VMware  has both the hypervisor (ESXi) and the management layer (vCenter Server) delivered at once there is no wait for customers for additional tooling to complete the solution.

Microsoft TechEd 2012 Orlando presentations online and how to download

Presentations given at TechEd Orlando 2012 June 11-14 are online and viewable for free for everyone. Recorded sessions can be viewed and PowerPoint slides can be downloaded. Great that Microsoft  makes the presentations available for free a few hours after the session has ended. VMware releases the presentations given at VMworld for free viewing 1 year after the event!

For an overview of all sessions see
If you like to download sessions for offline viewing go to Here you will find a script which downloads all sessions automatically. Very handy.

An overview of the sessions in the Virtualization track.

What’s New with Windows Server 2012 and Microsoft System Center 2012 SP1 VIR201

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Storage VIR301

Enabling Disaster Recovery for Hyper-V Workloads Using Hyper-V Replica VIR302

An Overview of Hyper-V Networking in Windows Server 2012 VIR303

Building Flexible Hyper-V Environments Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Live Migration and Live Storage VIR304

Hyper-V Network Virtualization for Scalable Multi-Tenancy in Windows

Hyper-V over SMB2: Remote File Storage Support in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V VIR306

Get Hands-on with the New Hyper-V Extensible Switch in Windows Server 2012 VIR307

What’s New in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V, Part 1 VIR308

What’s New in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V, Part 2 VIR309

Deploying Hyper-V Hosts Using Microsoft System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager VIR310

Compete to Win, Part 1: Comparing Core Virtualization Platforms VIR311

Compete to Win, Part 2: Comparing Private Cloud CapabilitiesMatt McSpirit VIR312

RemoteFX and RDP Rocking RDS in Windows Server 2012Rob Williams,Gaurav Daga VIR313

Windows Server 2012 VDI/RDS Infrastructure and ManagementDean Paron,Adam Carter VIR314

Lessons from the Field: 22 VDI and RDS Mistakes You’ll Want to AvoidGreg Shields VIR317

Hyper-V High-Availability and Mobility: Designing the Infrastructure for Your Private CloudSymon Perriman VIR401

MMS 2012 sessions online

Recorded sessions held at Microsoft Management Summit 2012 can viewed by everyone for free. Recordings are added daily.

MMS is all about Microsoft System Center solutions, deployment tools and other management of a Microsoft infrastructure.  It offers over 175 breakout sessions across 5 technical tracks. That is a lot of content to take in! If you are unable to attend the event, or even if you will be there in person, you’ll be able to view any sessions, including keynotes, you may have missed within 24 hours of the live presentation on the Digital MMS site. Access is easy – just log in with your preferred social credentials, find the session you want, and click the Play icon.

To see the sessions go to

If you like to download recorded sessions (.wmv format) for offline viewing see this PowerShell script by Stefan Roth.
If you like to download the PowerPoint presentations, see this download for a ZIP file containing all PPT files.

Mind not all sessions presented at MMS are listed in sessions.txt file. See for more sessions

Some examples of sessions presented at MMS2012:

Hyper-V Storage and Networking in Windows Server  8
Windows Server “8” Hyper-V revolutionizes the way your IT will use networking and storage. In this session, we cover the changes to the Windows Server “8” Hyper-V storage and networking stack. We dive into the enhancements around the new virtual disk format, integrating new storage industry innovations around offloaded data transfer and large sector disks, and detail the new storage options for Hyper-V including Storage spaces and SMB file storage. We also overview Networking Virtualization, and new networking enhancements including NIC teaming, Quality of Service and the new Hyper-V Extensible Switch.

Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 to 2012: Things You Need to Know

Using Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 and want to get to know all the new features of System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager? Then this session is for you. This session provides a technical overview of Virtual Machine Manager 2012 to kick start your understanding of all new features and take your virtualization management to whole new levels. Relate the major capabilities of Virtual Machine Manager 2012 with your technical pain points in your environment, and learn about the full power that the System Center 2012 can now provide your virtualized environment.

Virtual Labs available on System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager

Microsoft released two new virtual labs, this time on System Center Virtual Machine Manager.
All System Center 2012 virtual labs and info can be found here.

System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager

Video’s of Nordic Infrastructure Conference online

For the first time, an international infrastructure conference was arranged in Norway held at Jan 13th – 14th 2012 in Oslo.
The Nordic Infrastructure Conference 2012 or NIC2012 is a two day event full of technical break-out sessions on Microsoft solutions like Windows Server, Hyper-V , System Center, Lync, Exchange, Forefront, public and private cloud  etc.

Videos of the sessions have now been posted on the website. See this link for an overview of the sessions and a link to watch the videos. Examples of sessions on Hyper-V and SCVMM 2012 are here:

Anders Ravnholt: System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager: Overview
This session will include an overview of key SCVMM 2012 key new features that include SCVMM Fabric Creation and Management, Network and Storage support, Private Cloud Creation and Delegation, and Service Creation.
Attendees will gain an understanding of VMM 2012 supported scenarios, along with an understanding of how to use these capabilities to build an on-premise private cloud.

Ronald Beekelaar: What’s new in Windows 8 Hyper-V
In this session, learn everything about the new and improved Hyper-V functionality in Windows 8 client and Windows 8 server. The new version of Hyper-V introduces several new features related to network, clustering, failover, disk management and performance. The presenter of the session is Ronald Beekelaar, a well-known Microsoft MPV in Hyper-V. The session will include demos connecting to datacenters running Windows 8 Hyper-V – as part of a project to run all the Microsoft TechEd hands-on-labs on Windows 8 Hyper-V.

Doug Hazelman: It’s a Multi-hypervisor World
Hyper-V, ESX, XEN…There’s a lot of choice when it comes to what hypervisor to run your private cloud on. Increasingly, companies that have standardized on VMware are now taking a serious look at Microsoft’s virtualization offerings.Can VMware ESX and Microsoft Windows Hyper-V coexist in the same environment? What types of challenges does a multi-hypervisor environment present?
This session will explore running both ESX and Hyper-V side-by-side, some of the management challenges and some of the offerings available from both vendors for cross-hypervisor management, including SCVMM as well as VMware’s “Fling” called vCenter XVP. Additional topics will include hypervisor differences for tasks such as copying and backing up VM’s and what you need to know if you’re a VMware administrator looking to take advantage of Hyper-V.

VMM is unable to perform this operation without a connection to a Virtual Machine Manager server

I had an issue with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 today. I had been working for months and today I was not able to start it. The error I got was:

VMM is unable to perform this operation without a connection to a Virtual Machine Manager server. (Error ID: 1615)

 I started the console on the same server as VMM was installed on. After some searching I found this article.
What worked for me was:

Start a Command Prompt with Run as Administrator:

osql -E -S SRVVMM\MICROSOFT$VMM$ -Q “USE VirtualManagerDB; EXEC sp_changedbowner ‘sa'”

 Where SRVVMM is my VMM Manager Server Netbios name, and the instance is the default “Microsoft$VMM$.

Unable to migratie Hyper-V vm: not enough disk space on volume

While trying to migrate a virtual machine running on Hyper-V from one cluster to another using SCVMM 2008 R2 I got an error in the Migration wizard: Not enough disk space on volumes: Maximum disk space is 1048451 MB.

Situation: this VM has large VHD files on different CSV volumes. It has a VHD on volume 1 with a size of 850 GB. It also has a VHD on volume 2 with a size of 300 GB. Both VHDs are on different adapters (IDE and SCSI). The destination cluster has two empty CSV volumes with both 1 TB available disk space.

So there is enough diskspace at the target to perform the storage migration. However, SCVMM adds sizes of all VHD files and when this is over the capacity of the largest CSV in the target the migration cannot be performed using the GUI of SCVMM 2008.

TechEd North America 2011 sessions online

Microsoft will publish all sessions given at TechEd North America 2011 in May 2011 on internet! Those sessions can be viewed for free for everyone! Microsoft is delivering a great service to anyone interested in Microsoft solutions.

Sessions can be viewed online about 24 hours after the session in Atlanta ended.

See the sessions at the Channel9 website here.

Sessions on virtualization can be found here

An overview of PowerPoint slides, videos can be found here.

Some interesting looking sessions:

WSV302 iSCSI and Windows Server: Getting Best Performance, High-Availability and Better Virtualization

Microsoft recently released it’s free iSCSI Software Target. Very handy for demo, study and small production sites.
WSV313 Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 for Application Storage, Diskless Boot, and More!

VIR327 Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track: A Reference Architecture for Private Cloud

SIM336 Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012: Server Fabric Lifecycle, Part 1 – Configuring Networking and Storage

SIM211 Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012: What’s in It, and How It Enables the Building of Private Clouds and Federation to the Public Cloud

VIR309 Hyper-V R2 Healthcheck (Configuration and Performance)

Report on Microsoft Jumpstart for VMware professionals course

Chris Dearden reports on his website his findings on the Microsoft Jumpstart for VMware professionals course. This three day free online course was presented to people interested in Microsoft virtualization solutions.

Day 1 report

Day 2 – Management Report

Day 3 – VDI Report

slide decks are available here

Recordings are going to be published on various sites. Probably available in second half of April on sources listed below

Microsoft Showcase, Channel 9, Zune Marketplace and iTunes

Download System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Beta – Evaluation

At March 22 2011 Microsoft published a Beta of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 for evaluation purposes.

Download of the SCVMM 2012 Beta and more information  from  here.

A detailled instruction on installation of SCVMM 2012 Beta can be found here

more information on features can be found in three articles on my site listed below:

SCVMM 2012 private clouds and services

New features in System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012

 New storage and networking features in SCVMM 2012


System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 delivers industry leading fabric managment, virtual machine management and services deployment in private cloud environments. Virtual Machine Manager 2012 offers key new features that include hypervisor creation and management, network management, storage management, private cloud creation, self-service usage and service creation. It features deep investments in server application virtualization, service design and service modeling all of which can be used to efficiently offer an on-premises private cloud.

Feature Summary

  • Fabric Management
    • Hyper-V and Cluster Lifecycle Management – Deploy Hyper-V to bare metal server, create Hyper-V clusters, orchestrate patching of a Hyper-V Cluster
    • Third Party Virtualization Platforms – Add and Manage Citrix XenServer and VMware ESX Hosts and Clusters
    • Network Management – Manage IP Address Pools, MAC Address Pools and Load Balancers
    • Storage Management – Classify storage, Manage Storage Pools and LUNs
  • Resource Optimization
    • Dynamic Optimization – proactively balance the load of VMs across a cluster
    • Power Optimization – schedule power savings to use the right number of hosts to run your workloads – power the rest off until they are needed
    • PRO – integrate with System Center Operations Manager to respond to application-level performance monitors
  • Cloud Management
    • Abstract server, network and storage resources into private clouds
    • Delegate access to private clouds with control of capacity, capabilities and user quotas
    • Enable self-service usage for application administrator to author, deploy, manage and decommission applications in the private cloud
  • Service Lifecycle Management
    • Define service templates to create sets of connected virtual machines, os images and applica tion packages
    • Compose operating system images and applications during service deployment
    • Scale out the number of virtual machines in a service
    • Service performance and health monitoring integrated with System Center Operations Manager
    • Decouple OS image and application updates through image-based servicing
    • Leverage powerful application virtualization technologies such as Server App-V

Virtual Machine Manager Self Service Portal 2.0 SP1 beta available

Reported at the System Center Team Blog

The System Center Team is pleased to announce the Beta of the Virtual Machine Manager Self Service Portal 2.0 SP1 (VVMMSSP 2.0 SP1). This public Beta is available through Connect. The VMMSSP 2.0 SP1 Beta allows an organization to abstract physical resources and assign these services quickly and efficiently.

What’s new with VMMSSP 2.0 SP1?

•Import virtual machines: Allows DCIT (Datacenter) administrators to re-import virtual machines that were removed from the self-service portal and also import virtual machines created outside the portal but managed by VMM.

•Expire virtual machines: This feature provides the user the ability to set an expiration date for the virtual machines that are being created or imported so that the virtual machines auto-delete after the set date. This feature also provides users the flexibility (through role-based access) to set or change the expiration date for the virtual machine.

•Notify administrators: This feature provides functionality to notify BUIT(Business Unit) or DCIT(Datacenter) administrators about various events in the system (for example, Submit request, Approve request,Expire virtual machine, and so on) via email through SQL server mail integration.

•Move infrastructure between business units: This feature allows DCIT(Datacenter) administrators to move an infrastructure from one business unit to another when the system is in Maintenance Mode.

This tool is available now, and we are very interested in your feedback. Check it out.

Microsoft offers free three day web based training called ‘Microsoft Virtualization for VMWare Professionals Jump Start’

Microsoft offers a three day, free webbased training on Microsoft virtualization concepts targeted at VMware professionals. 

The training  starts at 10:00 AM PDT (Los Angeles timezone) and last till 16:00 PDT. This converts to 19:00 till 01:00 Amsterdam time.

The webcasts are recorded so you can watch them on demand at a later date.

Registration needs to be done for each of the three days and can be done using this link.

Taken from the website:

If you’re seasoned in Windows IT management and looking to expand the way your environments leverage virtualization, this special event is for you. Following just one week after Microsoft Management Summit 2011 (MMS), this three-day Jump Start class is specially tailored for VMWare and Microsoft technology pros.  Here’s a glimpse of what we’ll cover:    *   Hyper-V Deep Dive    *   Real-world demos of SCVMM 2012 and other just-released tools    *   New automation techniques using Opalis & PowerShell    *   Private Cloud architecture and SCVMM Self-Service Portal 2.0    *   A full day of VDI Architecture, v-Alliance & application delivery    *   High-level outline below…

What is a “Jump Start” Course?

Jump Start training classes are specifically designed for experienced technologists and IT leaders whose jobs demand they know how to best leverage a new Microsoft technology. These advanced courses assume a certain level of expertise and domain knowledge, so they move quickly and cover topics in a fashion that enables teams to recognize progress quickly. Suggested Audience Not sure you’re ready? Suggested prerequisite skills include real-world experience with Windows Server 2008 R2, virtualization and datacenter management. This session is tailored to these types of roles:    – IT Professional    – IT Decision Maker    – Network Administrators    – Storage/Infrastructure Administrators & Architects


Schedule | Microsoft Virtualization for VMWare Professionals

Details Subject to Change | Please register for all sessions using the links below

Session One | “Platform” | March 29, 2011 | 10am-4pm PDT
What time is this in my region?| Use “Register Online” button above 

10:00am – 10:30pm   Virtualization 360 Overview

10:30am – 12:00pm   Microsoft Hyper-V Deployment Options & Architecture

12:00pm –   1:00pm   Lunch Break

  1:00pm –   2:00pm   Differentiating Microsoft and VMware (terminology, etc.)

  2:00pm –   4:00pm   High Availability & Clustering


Session Two | “Management” | March 30, 2011 | 10am-4pm PDT
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10:00am – 11:00pm   System Center Suite Overview w/ focus on DPM

11:00am – 12:00pm   Virtual Machine Manager 2012 | Part 1

12:00pm –   1:00pm   Lunch Break

  1:00pm –   1:30pm   Virtual Machine Manager 2012 | Part 2

  1:30pm –   2:30pm   Automation with System Center Opalis & PowerShell

  2:30pm –   4:00pm   Private Cloud Solutions, Architecture & VMM SSP 2.0


Session Three | “VDI” | March 31, 2011 | 10am-4pm PDT
What time is this in my region? | Register Here

10:00am – 11:00pm   Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Architecture | Part 1

11:00am – 12:00pm   Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Architecture | Part 2

12:00pm –   1:00pm   Lunch Break

  1:00pm –   2:30pm   v-Alliance Solution Overview

  2:30pm –   4:00pm   Application Delivery for VDI



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