Friday, July 8, 2011

F5 Configuration Provider for VMM 2012 Beta

I was recently attempting to install the F5 Configuration Provider to work with VMM 2012 Beta, and no matter what I did, the Configuration Provider would not show up in the Settings –> Configuration Providers Section.

This was the provider link that I had pulled down from the Connect site for the VMM 2012 Beta. It works with some, but didn’t work with mine.

Turns out there is an easy solution. Download and install the updated F5 Provider from their DevCentral site. After downloading and installing that MSI package, and then restarting the VMM Service, the Provider now shows up in the Settings –> Configuration Provider Section.

Note: to restart the VMM Service run (as Administrator):

net stop vmmservice

net start vmmservice

Now to add the BigIP and start some Load Balancing. BTW – F5 has released a Hyper-V BIG-IP v10.x / Virtual Edition VHD. This allows you to create a Hyper-V VM with a Virtual Big-IP v10.x install on it.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

VMM 2012 Beta CEP starts on Thursday (May 26th, 2011)

Hey, just back from TechEd North America, and wanted to let all of you know about a new thing coming up this Thursday.

On Thursday, we are starting our VMM 2012 Beta Community Evaluation Program. This will be a Guided Evaluation of all the new, cool features, and use cases. I am really excited about this program, come join up and learn how VMM 2012 will bring you to the Private Cloud.


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Showing the Private Cloud on the Private Cloud

Hey, I’m back (at least for now). I have been writing over on the Microsoft System Center Nexus blog for a while now, and haven’t been writing here. I wanted to resurrect this blog so that I can keep my personal opinions on one blog and my corporate opinions on another.

I just recently posted about how, at Microsoft TechEd 2011 we used the Private Cloud to show off the Private Cloud in most of the SIM Pods at Teched North America.

In that post I showed some pictures of the what it looked like on screen. Here I wanted to show some of the real world what it looked like in real life.

First of all, I wanted to thank HynesITe for all of their help in building this Private Cloud. We were able to have many different numbers and sizes of Virtual Machines available and they all were able to be shared on this Private Cloud infrastructure. Take a look at the hardware:


I am sure you have all had setups like this. Corey and Team from HynesITe were at the controls, making sure that everything was running smoothly:


And the Pod Experience looked like this:


The Pods were great, and we were able to show off many more solutions than the 8GB POD Hardware would allow.

Private Cloud. WOW!