Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Hyper-V v3 has doubled the capacity of v2 with logical processors supported per host have gone from 160 to 320; physical memory from 2 to 4 TB; and virtual CPUs from 1024 to 2048. Virtual CPUs supported per VM have also doubled from 32 to 64.
Now I don't know anybody that would even think about running a VM that large on Hyper-V. I have some playing around to do, but I don't think Hyper-V is ready for primetime workloads like vSphere is capable of. vSphere has the history, experience and respect to support critical workloads. Not to mention you'll have to patch your Hyper-V server every black Tuesday (or shortly thereafter).
I'll definitely load up Hyper-V v3 in my lab and take it for a spin. I need to get my VMM server up and running too to be able to take full advantage. Does anybody know if VMM 2012 supports Hyper-V v3? Now for some more homework.
Monday, June 11, 2012
I had a little snafu at registration but they were very helpful in getting everything straigtened out. I worked the Veeam booth today during and was able to show the great functionality behind Veeam's Backup and Replication along with Veeam ONE. Surprisingly at a Microsoft event I didn't get many people asking about our Management Pack for VMware that works with SCOM (System Center Operations Manager). If you are interested check out www.veeam.com/scs2012 for a free 10pack of licenses for the nworks Management Pack.
It was great to talk with people about Hyper-V. I grew up learning VMware and I am a VMware nerd. This Hyper-V thing is new to me and I am learning it as fast as I can but in my normal day to day I don't talk with a lot of people about Hyper-V so it is nice to finally see people that use Hyper-V. I am waiting for the Hyper-V version of the VMUG, maybe the HVUG. Speaking of user groups, did any of you know that Veeam now has User Group meetings all over the country? Check out http://go.veeam.com/user-groups.html to see if there are any Veeam User Group meetings in your area. They don't have them on the website yet, but they are planning on have 2 user group meetings in Chicago, IL and 1 in Milwaukee, WI sometime in July.
Sorry, got a little sidetracked there. Back to TechEd, I didn't make it to any sessions today, I do plan on making a couple hopefully. I do plan on attending the Thursday night session (TechEd party). I will say there are a ton of people here, excellent place to talk tech, learn some new things and have fun. I apologize for not giving you too much of an update on anything that happened here at TechEd, as I was at the booth most of the time, I will hopefully have something for you tomorrow. I will leave you with some links I want you to check out:
Vote for Veeam ONE for Best of TechEd 2012 http://northamerica.msteched.com/bote > under Virtualization category Veeam ONE.
Check out Veeam's own Alec King present on "Massively Multi-Instance: Building and Deploying Microsoft System Center Operations Manager Management Packs in the Enterprise" at Tuesday, June 12 at 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM in N320E.
Veeam announced an addon to extend the builtin MS SCOM Generic Report Library. This is an addon that does not require Veeam. They are giving this away to the community to enhance reporting within SCOM. You can use this on any data within SCOM. It is also not for the casual SCOM user, this is meant for the SCOM Administrator that needs to build highly detailed reports.
Stop by the Veeam booth for your "Veeam is for Lovers" tshirt
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Just got back from a great staycation with the family for some overnight fun at Key Lime Cove. Now I just got done making some French Vanilla Ice Cream. I new there was eggs in French Vanilla but didn't realize how much. With 4 cups of cream there are 7 or 8 egg yolks in there. Very simple recipe too, and I also realized that French Vanilla ice cream is pretty much egg nog without the nutmeg. If you're interested in the recipe here it is. I never said this was a just a technical blog, just a "techie" blog and this techie just made some ice cream.
7 egg yolks
4 cups of whipping cream
1 cup of sugar
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
Mix yolks and 1/2 of the sugar in a bowl and mix well.
Take 1c cream and 1/2 of the sugar and slowly bring to a boil in med/large saucepan. When it gets to a boil slowly mix it into the yolk mix. Then transfer back to the pan and cook slowly for about 10 minutes, should be thick but not chunky. Turn off heat and set pan into ice water to cool. After it is cool pour into your ice cream maker and finish accordingly. Enjoy, it is very rich, you can substitute up to 1 1/2 cups of the cream with whole milk to lessen it up some.
Next week I will be updating on my c# progress, stay tuned.
Saturday, May 5, 2012
The program will provide some text boxes that will take user input and then take an XML file and display some data that the user can change options on with the user input data and provide an output that will change data in a database. This need arose from having to change the rollup times for metrics in a monitoring program.
So far I have created the main interface, a calculator that converts time measurements into other measurements, such as X minutes into hours, seconds, milliseconds, etc. I have also created a DataGrid that pulls in the data from the XML file. I have to learn Linq to narrow my data in the DataGrid.
I will update this post with the different pieces that I will need to learn and how I went about obtaining my results.
UPDATE: It seems like when you really want to start getting into something everything else picks up. I haven't been able to dig into the programming as much as I wanted. I've done some interface work in Visual Studio but haven't gotten down into the nitty gritty. I hope to in the next week or so, please stay tuned a little longer.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
- How much data are you backing up?
- How fast is your production storage to send the data to the backup server?
- How fast is your media server\proxy server to be able to process the data it is getting?
- How fast is your network to handle the flow of data (unless doing LAN-free backups)?
- How fast is your target storage for the backup files (doing disk-to-disk backups)?
- How fast is your network from the media server\proxy server to your target storage?
- How much data are you backing up each night?
- How often are you doing full backups?
- Are you doing active fulls or synthetic fulls?
- How big is your backup window?
- Is it ok to have your backups overflow into production hours?
- Do you need to backup using application agents?
- Are you backing up physical or virtual?
- If virtual are you using image-based backup solutions to get the VM?
- If virtual are you using VMware technologies like Change Block Tracking?
- It all comes down to "how fast can your infrastructure go?"