There is one word that brings fear and exasperation to the hearts of IT Professionals everywhere. Licensing! The installation of every operating system and application comes with the required and totally ignored EULA. We all find ways not to read the EULA. A contract embedded in an installation program seems counterintuitive. Imagine how long an installation would take if you actually read the EULA. The ways and means with which licenses are issued and established in the IT world are as varied as imagination will allow. Creativity in licensing is so prevalent that there are certified licensing specialists who make their entire careers out of making licensing recommendations. Why does it have to be so hard? Finally it doesn’t! Microsoft has introduced Automatic Virtual Machine Activation for Windows Server 2012 R2. This makes great sense because Windows Server 2012 R2 datacenter version comes with unlimited virtualization rights. AVMA brings about a simple method for activating virtual machines in a datacenter. It streamlines the process by providing a simple mechanism for activating both local and remote VM’s and can even be executed via PowerShell with a simple command run from an administrative command prompt on the local VM.
slmgr /ipk <AVMA_key> That’s it!
AVMA requires a virtualization server running Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter edition and the clients must run Windows Server 2012 R2 in Datacenter, Standard, or Essentials.
***AVMA only applies to machines running Windows Server 2012 R2 in volume licensed environments (like datacenters) but represents the clear path for future licensing and activation strategies. As virtualization continues to grow in popularity the licensing and activation strategies associated with it will continue to evolve and hopefully continue to get easier. Kudos to Microsoft for taking this much needed step in VM activation!
Hyper-V is cool! Its technically sound and for all practical purposes has become an excellent choice for running infrastructure workloads in a virtual environment. Hyper-V is not just for test and development environments anymore. More and more businesses are relying on Hyper-V to run their production workloads like Exchange, SQL, SharePoint, and Active Directory. Production environments have strict operating requirements! Business relies on uptime and access!
So what if you were using Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2 to run your Virtual Machines (VMs) and you have decided to make the move to Windows Server 2012 R2? How will you migrate those VMs? I get this question at least once a week so I decided to write the detailed answer.
For those ...
I arrived in Austin Texas in the late afternoon just before sunset and checked into the Embassy Suites just across Lady Bird Lake (which looked a lot like a river to me) from the Austin Convention Center. The sun was setting behind me as I walked towards the Congress Avenue bridge that lead across the river/lake to the convention center. Imagine my surprise to find thousands of people lining the south side of the bridge. A musty odor that I couldn’t quite place, but was certainly familiar, filled the air. Had all of these people forgotten to shower? Had I? Then it hit me. Bats! The smell was bat guano, that putrid disgusting mix of urine and feces that ...
Q: If I use replication for a virtual machine does that mean that I no longer need to worry about backing it up?
A: The short answer is you should still back up the virtual machine! The reason is that all data protection systems seek to eliminate the two critical challenges of downtime, and data loss. Each problem costs the business lots of money. In the IT industry the goals of limiting, or even eliminating, data loss and down time are referred to as Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) (for data loss), and Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) (for downtime.) Replication makes a copy of a running virtual machine and then synchronizes updates from that running VM at regular intervals so that ...
There has been a lot of talk about Hyper-V in its 2012 editions. One of the questions that I hear on a regular basis is about which version of Hyper-V to use. Usually the conversation goes something like this.
“So Microsoft makes Hyper-V Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V?”
“Hyper-V Server 2012 is a free download, right?”
“So why would I want to use Windows Server 2012 to get Hyper-V?”
The question is a good one, and it has a really good answer. Licensing! Here are the nitty gritty details. First this from the Microsoft Hyper-V Server2012 page;
“Hyper-V Server is a dedicated stand-alone product that contains the hypervisor, Windows Server driver model, virtualization capabilities, and supporting components such as failover ...
As part of our run up to v7 of Veeam Backup & Replication, we’re announcing a number of new features that will be part of this big release. The latest announcement expands on a v6 feature that solved a big problem for many organizations, you won’t believe what we have in store here!
This new feature centers on self-service for virtualized environments. On demand self-service is one of the key tenets of any public, private, or hybrid cloud. The point is that if a user can service their own needs there will be greater efficiency, greater satisfaction for the user, and less cost to the business. Everybody wins! So how does this apply to the world of modern data protection? ...
Last year the development team at Veeam® turned the backup and recovery of Microsoft Exchange database objects on its ear. What used to be a time-consuming and unwieldy process usually performed by a separate, complex, for purchase product has become a powerful, easy-to-use, free feature included in Veeam Backup & Replication™.
Today Veeam is disrupting the market again with the announcement of Veeam Explorer™ for Microsoft SharePoint. SharePoint databases, like Exchange databases, contain large numbers of shared files and folders that are used for a variety of business operations. The process of backup and restoration in the SharePoint world has been a complex proposition requiring very specific skills, a broad set of tools, and plenty of precious time in order to ...
Our customers love Veeam Backup & Replication! We get all kinds of positive comments about how easy it is to set up, configure, and operate. We hear about how powerful it is in backup and recovery operations. All of this goodness comes at a very affordable price point.
Powerful, Easy-to-Use, and Affordable. That’s Veeam!
Veeam builds innovative software that helps a business to realize the promises of virtualization. Veeam’s products support virtual machines (vm’s) running in multiple hypervisor environments including VMware and Hyper-V. The changes and improvements to Windows Server 2012, particularly as they relate to Hyper-V, and to storage, are incredibly exciting! Let me give you a great example!
Veeam Backup & Replication Deduplication
In the virtual environment, just like the physical environment, backup is essential! Veeam Backup & Replication provides simple, fast, reliable backups of your running virtual machines. It uses API sets and the Microsoft VSS process to ensure application quiescence, and total reliability. The ever growing demands on storage seem to be a constant concern to the business. There is no ...
I love the launch of a new Windows Server! The innovation it brings, the opportunities for growth and change, the new version of Hyper-V, the new storage options, Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. It’s just refreshing.
With the introduction of Windows Server 2012 Microsoft has revamped the licensing model and the SKU offerings (Shocker, I know.) In these changes they have intentionally, or unintentionally, paved the way for the introduction of Windows Server 2012 Datacenter Edition into the small business network. Review the Windows Server 2012 Licensing Datasheet here. There are 3 things I noticed right away.
1. The licensing for Standard Edition server is now based on Processor + CAL. (Same As Datacenter Edition)
2. The Virtualization rights for ...