Ignite 2015: Platform Vision – Server Virtualization

Session ID: BRK2466

  • 2016: The power of Azure with the control of the datacenter
  • Microsoft Azure stack: Taking advantage of Azure services on premises
  • Deploy enterprise-grade virtualization and IaaS platform
  • Fritionless “cloud cadence” infrastructure upgrades
  • What are frictionless upgrades? Rolling upgrades, mixed-mode clusters
  • Benchmark-setting scale, performance and resilience
  • Best-in-class for Linux distros

Optimize workload availability and performance

  • Resilience to transient storage/network failures – Hyper-V will now pause a VM when storage/network failures happen. It will wait ~2 minutes for issue to be repaired before failing over. Similar to how VMware handles failures.
  • Guest cluster availability enhancements
  • Effectively control workload performance with built-in storage QoS – In 2016 storage QoS is now applicable to all nodes in a cluster, not just a single node like in Hyper-V 2012 R2.

Emerging Threats:

All three features require TPM 2.0 hardware:

Virtual secure mode – Process and memory access protection from the host. Admins do NOT have access to data/memory, and even the kernel does NOT have access. A crash dump of the memory segment will be encrypted. This now enabled a virtual TPM, and the use of Bitlocker inside of VMs. Live migration can be securely encrypted as well. Prevents the installation of rogue software on the Hyper-V host.

Host Guardian Mode – Enabler to run shielded VMs on a legitimate host in the fabric. Leverages physical TPM to authenticate the server and validates it is a trusted server.

Shielded VM – Bitlocker enabled VM via virtual TPM. You can convert a running VM into a shielded VM.

Deploy next-generation application platform:

What’s new in Azure IaaS: Azure Resource Manager

  • Declarative, infrastructure-agnostic approach for application deployment
  • Infrastructure-as-code
  • Management and deployment of infrastructure elements: VMs, storage accounts, NICs, LBs, and more

Why Containers?

  • Containers empower application innovation
  • Agility/productivity for app owners
  • Docker integration – Docker can manage both Windows and Linux containers
  • Open source development Docker engine for Windows Server
  • Microsoft is embracing Open Source solutions
  • Docker network switches uses the same switches as Hyper-V

Nano Server:

  • Cloud-first refactoring
  • Smaller than Server Core
  • ~400 MB
  • Built for Hyper-V, and other infrastructure services like AD/DNS
  • Boot time is measured in seconds.
  • RAM usage is 128MB

Download Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Now!

Windows Server 2012 R2

TechEd 2013 had a bunch of great sessions on Windows Server 2012 R2, which has a boatload of new features. You can now download Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview version now. Pick up your copy here. Windows 8.1 release preview will come out tomorrow, but you can get a jump start on seeing the new start button and other changes with Windows Server 2012 R2.

I have nine articles from TechEd 2013 that cover a wide range of new features in Windows Server 2012 R2, which should RTM later this year. Read up on many of those new features here. I’m really excited about this release, and will be beating up on the preview version in the coming weeks. And yes, you can now shutdown directly from the new start button!

You can check out more of the features in WS2012 R2 here.

Windows Server 2012 R2

TechEd: Comparing Microsoft and VMware Private Clouds (MDC-B352)

This was Part 2 of a two part series on comparing VMware and Microsoft virtualization/Cloud offerings. Part 1 was focused on the hypervisor and how Hyper-V and ESXi compare. I had a schedule conflict with part 1, so I didn’t attend it. This is part 2, focusing on the private cloud offerings. I thought Microsoft did a decent job in the 75 minutes provided. VMware has a leg up in areas, while other areas Microsoft has a leg up or a longer track record (such as Operations and Configuration manager).

A lot of differences in both products were not discussed, and would take a lot more time than 75 minutes. But it’s clear with Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 that they are making rapid and big strides in the private cloud and virtualization arena. Now that VMware and Microsoft appear to be on a yearly release cadence, I see the “Cloud OS” battle really heating up. MS has a lot of ground to make up, and they clearly knew it.

Private Cloud Technologies

Speaker acknowledges this is not a perfect comparison, as some products from each vendors package up features differently. For example, vCloud Director does a lot more than just self-service, but MS VMM has vCloud directly-like functionality not found in vCenter. So you can’t exactly line up products and say they are the same. But combine the entire stack from each vendor to really see how they shape up instead of doing per-product comparisons.

  • Hypervisor: Microsoft – Hyper-V; VMware – vSphere Hypervisor
  • VM Management – Microsoft – VMM; VMware – vCenter Server
  • Self-Service – Microsoft – App Controller; VMware – vCloud Director.
  • Monitoring – Microsoft – Operations Manager; VMware – vCenter Operations Management Suite
  • Protection – Microsoft – Data Protection Manager; VMware – vSphere Data Protection
  • Service Management – Microsoft – Service Manager ; VMware – vCloud Automation Center
  • Automation – Microsoft – Orchestrator; VMware – vCenter Orchestrator

Private Cloud Software Licensing

For both suites both vendors license the products by the socket basis. You can buy some VMware products a la carte, and some lesser known products aren’t included in the vCloud Suite. So depending on what features you need, you may need a different set up products.

  • Microsoft – System Center 2012 SP1 (per socket) & Hyper-V
  • VMware – vCloud Suite & vCenter

Key Focus Area for this Session

  • Granular App & Service Deployment
  • Deeper insight and remediation
  • Protection for key apps andworkloads
  • Hybrid Infrastructure
  • Costs

Granular App & Service Deployment

  • On VMware you use templates to deploy standardized templates. Templates are simple, but static.
  • In VMM you also have a dedicated Library to VM templates (like VMware) and service templates
  • In VMM you can have lots of templates all pointing to the same VHDX image (templates can have different features/etc.). Or small, medium, large, etc. templates all pointing to the same OS image.
  • In VMM you can add roles/features to the guest VM template and capture them in the template
  • You can have separate guest profile, and can marry up them with a hardware profile and a VDHX image without using any extra disk space
  • In VMM you can add applications, such as SQL, and easily create a template
  • VMM can directly configure App-V server packages and inject them into the VM template
  • VMM 2012 has a concept of service templates. Service template allows you to build and model multi-tier services. Ability to configure scale out rules, for example. Drag and drop VM templates onto a canvas and you can customize the VM properties.
  • Anything you can do in VMM you can do in PowerShell
  • VMM is more about delivering services to the business unit, not just deploying individual VMs
  • “Create Cloud” button in VMM. Defines resources, networks, load balancers, VIP templates, Port classifications (NIC), Storage, library, define capacity quotas (vCPUs, memory, storage, VMs, etc.). Ability to select hypervisor (Hyper-V, VMware, XenServer).

Service Manager

  • IT self-service management portal, built on SharePoint (also a full helpdesk ticketing system)
  • ITaaS offering
  • Plugs into VMM, Orchestrator
  • BI is built into service manager for deep reporting
  • Download “Cloud Service Process Pack” which pre-configures VMM, Service Manager and Orchestrator for a self-service VM portal

Orchestrator

  • Custom automation with minimal scripting needed
  • MS Orchestrator has a lot of plug-ins for third party products and hardware (integration packs)

Operations Manager

  • Extensible with MS and third-party management packs. Veeam MP can do deep monitoring of VMware environments.
  • Veeam MP is not free, so if you want to monitor VMware with SCOM you will have to license the excellent MP
  • OpsMgr can also monitor network infrastructure (switch CPU usage, memory, port-level stats, etc.)
  • Maintains the relationship between VMs and physical hardware such as switch ports, etc.
  • Server-side, client-side and synthetic transactions for application monitoring
  • Global Service Monitor (GSS) – MS Azure based global services that will test your private cloud app

Visual Studio Integration

  • VMM Library is accessible from Visual Studio
  • Team Foundation Server can use the “Test & Lab Manager” which will spin out VMs for automated dev testing via VMM

System Center Advisor

  • Provides configuration guidance around specific workloads (SQL, etc.) for troubleshooting. Free from MS.

Data Protection Manager

  • Supports Windows server, SQL server, SharePoint, Exchange, Dynamics
  • Up to every 15 minute differential backups
  • DPM can backup to Azure and tape
  • Changed block tracking for VM backups
  • Cluster aware – integrates with CSV
  • Item-level restore
  • DPM has no inline dedupe, but VMware data protection does

Heterogeneous Environments

  • VMM can connect to and provide basic management of vCenter
  • Can use VMM service templates on VMware hosts
  • Many integration and management packs for third party software and hardware (HP, NetApp, Cisco, etc.)

Hybrid Infrastructure

  • Private cloud (VMM can manage XenServer, vSphere, Hyper-V)
  • System Center can link to Service Provider and Azure
  • Single Sign on with AD (Azure)
  • Integrated with DEV (Team Foundation)

Cost Scenario

Cost scenarios can be extremely tricky and misleading. Plus large enterprises will likely get big discounts from both VMware and Microsoft. So take the numbers below with a grain of salt. Not in the cost calculation is the cost of the guest operating systems, since it was assumed both used the same OSes so the cost was a wash. The costs were only for the hypervisor and cloud stack.

The speaker didn’t mention the Microsoft ECI license (enrollment for core infrastructure). This combines the operating system and system center stack licenses into a single SKU, licensed by the socket. The datacenter edition of ECI allows unlimited VM deployment and management using all cloud features. Even if you are a 100% VMware shop for the hypervisor,  you may still have the ECI license if you use system center components (such as SCCM or SCOM). So you may already be fully licensed from the MS perspective and incur no additional software costs for the MS cloud stack.

  • Example: 500 VM Private cloud; 15:1 VM to host ratio; 34 hosts, 2 sockets with 16 cores; Windows Server licensing additional; comprehensive management; 68 licenses of Windows server datacenter
  • 68 CPUs Hyper-V: $0; 68 CPUs of System Center $122K
  • 68 CPUs vCloud Enterprise Suite $781K, vCenter $5K

TechEd: Hyper-V 2012 R2 Networking Deep Dive (MDC-B380)

Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 R2 brings a lot of new networking features to the table. This was a deep dive session on what’s new in R2, how MS’s network virtualization works, and how it benefits customers. While Server 2012 brought huge gains to the network stack, R2 rounds out the feature set and makes it ready for large enterprise deployments.

Introduction

  • Three primary goals: Cloud scale performance and diagnostics; Comprehensive SDN, core infrastructure enhancements
  • Requirements to transform networking:
  • 1)  Deliver networking as part of a pooled resource, automated infrastructure
  • 2) Ensure multi-tenant isolation, scale and performance is what you expect
  • 3) Expand datacenter capacity seamlessly as per business needs
  • 4) Reduce operation complexity
  • What is Software Defined Networking (SDN)? Enables software to dynamically manage the network
  • 1) Abstract virtual networks away from physical networks (allow flexibility)
  • 2) Spanning policies across physical and virtual networks
  • 3) Controlling datacenter traffic flow

Hyper-V Network Virtualization (HNV)

  • Multiple virtual networks on a physical network
  • Each virtual network has an illusion it is running as a physical network
  • Overlays physical network
  • Encapsulating using NVGRE protocol
  • Workload owner Benefits: Seamless migration to the cloud, move n-tier topology to the cloud, preserve policies VM settings, IP addresses
  • Enterprise benefits: Private cloud datacenter consolidation and efficiencies, extension of datacenter into hybrid cloud, incremental integration of acquired company network infrastructure
  • Hoster benefits: Bring your own IP, bring your own network topology, scalable multi-tenancy

Windows Server 2012 R2 Enhancements

  • HVN is part of the Hyper-V switch (prior to 2012 R2 it was a NDIS filter)
  • Dynamically learn customer addresses
  • Support Hyper-V clustering
  • Enhanced performance and diagnostics
  • Able to ping the default gateway (if allowed)

Hyper-V Networking Virtualization Concepts

  • VM Network: Network isolation boundary; routing between VM networks must be explicit; comprised of one or more subnets
  • Virtual Subnet (VSID): Broadcast boundary
  • Routing between VM networks is via gateways (now built-in to WS2012 R2, or use third party)
  • Able to re-use IP addresses in different VM networks (bring your own IP)
  • Two kinds of gateways:
  • 1) Default gateway (.1), routes between VMs on different virtual subnets. Built into the HNV filter running on each host
  • 2) HVN gateway: Required to communicate outside a virtual network. Comes in different forms (VPN for site-to-site; load balancing and NAT for internet access; forwarding gateway for in datacenter physical machine access).
  • Partners can also provide gateway (F5 Big-IP software gateway, Iron Networks, and others)
  • Encapsulation: Network virtualization using Generic Routing encapsulation (NVGRE). Provider packet/IP is what the physical networks see, customer packet is encapsulated inside the provider packet and is what the VM see. Provider IPs must be routable on the physical network.

HVN Architecture

  • HVN is automatically enabled for all adaptors
  • New hybrid forwarding in Hyper-V switch
  • New in R2 is the ability of switch extensions (e.g. Nexus 1000v) can see provider and customer packets, not just customer packets like in WS2012
  • Combination of SR-IOV and HVN is not currently supported (since packets bypass the virtual switch). SR-IOV is designed for only extremely high traffic and trusted VMs.

Learning IP Addresses in Virtual Networks

  • New to WS2012 R2 is the ability to learn IP addresses in the customer space, vice explicit addresses set in 2012
  • Broadcast/Multicast support is new in R2
  • Enables new scenarios (DHCP in the virtual network, host and guest clustering)
  • Efficient implementation (uses hardware for Provider Address multicast if configured)
  • if no HW multicast is configured it falls back to intelligent provider address unicast replication – Only one unicast packet not matter how many VMs are on the host
  • Supports many address resolution protocols: DAD, NUD, ARP for IPv4 and IPv6
  • Reliable ARP proxy

Enhanced Performance and Diags

  • HNV + NIC Teaming is now allowed (new in R2)
  • Inbound and outbound spread on virtualized traffic
  • NVGRE Encapsulated Task Offload – Most offloads break when using NVGRE (LSO, RSS, VMQ)
  • Emulex and Mellanox announced NVGRE task offload in hardware
  • Showed a graph where Emulex shows line speed throughput with offload, with big decrease in CPU utilization
  • Look for the Message Analyzer (new netmon) is in beta – Can decode NVGRE packets. Can filter on CA or PA packets
  • Ping -p allows you to ping provider IPs
  • In CA address space you can use test-vmnetworkadapter
  • HVN responds to ICP request to the default gateway – Allows pinging the IP address of the CA default gateway

TechEd: What’s new in Hyper-V 2012 R2 (MDC-B330)

This is the first session of the week focused entirely on the new features in Hyper-V 2012 R2, due out later this year. Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 saw monumental changes from prior versions, which were needed to keep up with the competition. Hyper-V in WS 2012 R2 builds on the prior functionality with some big enhancements, just a year later.

  • Windows Azure uses the stock Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V
  • Complete virtual machine compatibility between on prem Hyper-V and Azure IaaS

Hyper-V 2012 R2

Generation 2 VMs

  • Legacy free (no BIOS) but uses UEFI
  • Many emulated devices removed
  • Boots from virtual SCSI or synthetic network adapters
  • Enables UEFI secure boot standard
  • Supported Guest OS: 64-bit Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, 64-bit Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2
  • You can run Gen1 and Gen2 VMs side by side
  • Gen1 VMs are not going anywhere anytime soon
  • No performance improvements on Gen2 VMs, except booting is 20% faster and OS install is about 50% faster.
  • Big advantage is booting off a virtual SCSI or network controller instead of IDE device

Automatic Activation

  • Zero touch activation of VMs
  • Automatically activated according to the hosting environment
  • Gets its activation information from the Hyper-V host
  • Not tied to type of activation method (OEM, VL, etc.)
  • The VM does not have the product key in it
  • Only supported for Windows Server 2012 R2 VMs (no prior versions)

Demos:

  • Difference between generation 1 and generation 2 VMs: No ISA, no com ports, no PS/2 ports, no floppy, etc. Simplifies VM hardware configuration.
  • Showed the ability to enable secure boot for VMs
  • Enhanced virtual machine connection – Supports rich text copy and paste in and out of VMs. Cut and paste files in and out of VMs.
  • VM console now supports audio redirection as well
  • VM connect now uses remote desktop services, so you can do smart cards, folder redirection, plus USB support.
  • Full support for these features on Windows 8.1 Hyper-V, and are enabled by default. Disabled by default on server for security, but can easily enable per-host.

Zero-downtime upgrade

  • Live migrate virtual machine from Windows Server 2012 to Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Includes shared nothing live migration

More new Features

  • Online VHDX resize (expand, shrink, compact)
  • Increase or decrease the size of virtual disks while the VM is running
  • Live machine export (clone a running VM)
  • VMs with snapshots and other settings can be migrated without intervention to 2012 R2 (no more draconian procedures)
  • Live migration with compression – default option (1/3 faster than w/o in his demo)
  • Live migration using RDMA (SMB Direct) – Uses less CPU than a standard Live Migration
  • Faster live migration – 10Gb or less then use compression. Over 10Gb, use SMB/SMB Direct

Enhanced Linux Guest Support

  • Full dynamic memory support
  • Online backup with filesystem consistency (VSS-like functionality on Linux)
  • Online VHDX resize
  • New video driver
  • Linux has and will continue to run very well on Hyper-V
  • You can use any enterprise solution that backups up Hyper-V and get full Linux support automatically
  • Microsoft claims they offer the most Linux support of any hypervisor, since the competition can’t do VSS-like Linux backups
  • Microsoft releases the hypervisor integration pack with a GPL license to the open source community

Additional Features

  • Storage QoS
  • Ability to configure min/max IOPS on a per-VM basis
  • Guest Clustering with shared virtual disks. No need for ISCSI, fibre channel SAN, or block storage. Can be done with SMB, or cluster in a box.

Hyper-V Replica Disaster Recovery

  • Extended replication (tertiary copies)
  • Replication frequency has 30 seconds, 5 minutes and 15 minute intervals
  • Example: On-prem replicated to hoster, then host replicates it elsewhere
  • Example: first hop within prem, then second hop to hoster/Azure

TechEd: System Center 2012 R2 (MDC-B206)

For the second session of the day is MDC-B206, what’s new in System Center 2012 R2. Right on the heels of System Center 2012 SP1, which was a major update, R2 is right around the corner coming out later this year. This was an overview session, just touching on many of the high level features. Additional sessions this week will deep dive into varous System Center 2012 R2 features.

System Center 2012 Capability Primer

  • Self-service portal
  • Service model
  • Process automation
  • IT service management
  • Tools to deploy, configure, migrate, inventory, monitor and protect
  • Seamless deployment on-premises, Azure or service provider
  • Cloud OS is three datacenters (private cloud, hosted cloud or Azure) and should all be managed in the same manner with the same tools

System Center 2012 R2 Features

Infrastructure Provisioning

  • Windows Server 2012 R2: Dynamic VHDX resizing, dynamic memory support for Linux, snapshot of running VM, synthetic fiber channel HBA in guest
  • Service templates & run books for system center components
  • Automated standards-based Top of Rack configuration
  • Multi-tenant edge gateway
  • Built-in Site to Site connectivity VPN
  • Bring your own IP
  • Service management automation
  • Orchestrator integration pack for Azure

Multi-tenant cloud infrastructure

  • In-box service templates and runbooks for system center components
  • Bult-in multi-tenant isolation and scale across multiple system center instances
  • Service management automation (new in R2) – Web based authoring, workflow automation, integration with CMDB, ticketing, billing, management systems
  • Capacity planning and chargeback – Enhanced in R2
  • Granular metering of resource usage by tenant, including CPU, memory & storage
  • Virtual network support – Provision in-box multi-tenant edge gateway for seamless connectivty between physical and virtual systems

Consumer Self-Service

  • Self-service application provisioning with Azure-consistent user experience
  • Unified view across clouds with app controller
  • Windows Azure integration pack
  • SharePoint integration pack
  • Scalable multi-VM tenant services (VM-tier) for Windows Server environments with Windows Azure-consistent user experience (new to R2)
  • Admin publishes gallary, user can consume them

Application Performance Monitoring

  • Deep Java monitoring including line-of-code traceabiltity
  • Deeply integrated with dev-ops – Faster issue tracking and remediation with system center-visual studio connector
  • Global Service Monitor – inject synthetic transactions and measure various metrics

Infrastructure Monitoring

  • Enhanced cross-platform monitoring of Linux, Solaris, HP-UX, IBM AIX
  • Cross-platform configuration of Windows Server, Linux, Unix

Consistent Management Experience

  • Enhance agility by delivering Windows Azure-consistent services to Windows server
  • Extensible, enterprise-ready service management portal
  • Standardized VM gallery format for Windows Azure and for service providers
  • Windows Azure pack for Windows Server 2012 R2 provides a consistent user experience

Service Consumers

  • Build highly scalable web apps
  • Guaranteed message delivery
  • Standard protocols (REST, etc.)
  • Supports .NET, Java, Node.js, Python

Demo showed a new feature where you can console connect to any running VM, even if the OS is not running or it’s a non-Windows OS like Linux.

Service Providers

  • Create offers of select services (define quotas, offer add-on or upsell, etc.)
  • Consistent interface for all services (REST, OData & JSON)
  • Enable third-party billing providers with ITFM integration
  • Data warehouse
  • Out of the box runbooks to automate delivery of cloud services
  • operational dashboard

TechEd: Windows Server 2012 R2 Features (MDC-B205)

This session was presented by Jeff Woosley, and covered the new features coming up in Windows Server 2012 R2. Windows Server 2012 was the biggest OS release since Windows 2000, and R2 promises a boatload of new features.

Intro

  • Microsoft Cloud OS Vision
  • Private Cloud – Windows Server + System Center
  • Virtualization for consolidation is NOT a cloud. Are you just virtualizing, then you are NOT doing cloud computing.
  • Clould is reqestable, cloud is usage based, cloud is chargeable
  • People are highly focused on the hypervisor but completely overlook management
  • One Cloud OS Vision has three pillars and one consistent platform:
  • 1. Private cloud is about control and security
  • 2. Public cloud is about scale: Office 365, Windows Azure, Azure Virtual machines
  • 3. Service Provider is about customization
  • Windows Server 2012 powers the entire Azure infrastructure
  • MS provisions 25K VMs a day for test/dev

Windows Server 2012 R2 Enhancements

  • Focus: Datacenter without boundaries, cloud innovation everywhere, dynamic application delivery, flexible and consistent application platform, enable people-centric IT

Virtualization – Hyper-V 2012 R2

  • Cross-version live migration
  • Online VHDX resize
  • Automatic VM activation
  • Live VM export/cloning
  • Remote Access console via VMBus (does not rely on RDS or networking)
  • Live migration compression
  • Live migration with RDMA
  • More robust Linux support

Hyper-V 2012 R2 Demo

Teaser demo from the Hyper-V session later today. Showed a VM that was hammering storage and slowing down all other VMs on the same host or SAN. With 2012R2 and enable minimum or maximum IOPS on a per-VM database. IOMeter showed a drop from 20K IOPS to 100 IOPS, with a setting on the VM.

2012R2 has enhanced Linux support. Full hot-add and remove of dynamic memory with Linux guests. Full on dynamic memory, complete feature parity with Windows implementation. Support for full Linux backups in a consistent state. File consistent backups with zero downtime. Similar to VSS functionality in Windows, but for Linux filesystems.

Clustering VMs without iSCSI or Fibre Channel shared storage. Can now share VHDX files between VMs for clustering. Fully supported in production environments. Cloud service provider can now provide clustering services without having to expose iSCSI or raw LUNs to VMs.

Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Enhancement

  • Azure does NOT use SANs. It uses cheap direct attached storage. SANs do not scale and are very expensive. Laser focused on driving down cost per IOPS. Storage is cheap, IOPS is not.
  • Windows Storage Spaces now features block-level automated data tiering
  • Data deduplication enhanced in R2 (now with running VMs)
  • Flexible resiliency options (enhanced in R2) – Three way mirrors, write-back cache,
  • Pooling of disks

Demoed creating a physical clustered file server using VMM 2012 R2. VMM connects to the baseboard management controller (e.g. ILO) of the server, boots the server into WinPE, and deploys a standard VHDX and configures the Windows OS for file services. With a few clicks a share was created, and provisioned to Hyper-V VMs for storage.

  • Challenges of Guest Clustering (MDC-B337)
  • Shared VDHX enables guest clustering within a tenant without accessing raw LUNs or iSCSI disks

Software Defined Networking

  • Allows you to move VMs and workloads from private cloud to public cloud to service providers
  • Provides seamless experience for business agility and ease of management
  • Live migration across subnets
  • Breaks VLAN scalability limits
  • Merge networks on same fabric
  • 2012 R2 provides in-box multi-tenant edge gateway for seamless connectivity to Azure and service providers or internal networks
  • 2012 R2 Gateway enables direct routing or NAT
  • System Center is the control plane, Windows server is the data plane
  • F5, Iron Networks, Huawei and Arista are providing additional gateway options
  • Cisco, NEC, 5 Nine (security), InMon (packet capture) for Hyper-V extensions

Hyper-V 2012 R2 Replica

  • Broaden your coverage of business continunity with hybrid cloud solutions spanning on-prem and the cloud
  • Enhanced in R2 for cloud providers
  • Tertiary replication in the box
  • Hyper-V Recovery Manager (new) – Configurable down to 30s window, recovery orchestration with Azure Hyper-V
  • Replica frequency options are 30s (new), 5 minutes, 15 minutes
  • Replica now supports pre-staging the data via offline methods, then online sync the deltas
  • Hyper-V Recovery Manager has “recovery plans” for runbook automation
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