Hyper-V from a VMware Admin’s Perspective: Live VM Migration

Veronica Sopher - Microsoft

This is a guest post by Andy Syrewicze, a seasoned IT Pro of 10+ Years. Andy focuses on Virtualization, Managed Services, and the Microsoft Server Platform. You can find him on Twitter as @asyrewicze.

Hello, Born to Learn Readers,

Technical Evangelist Keith Mayer and I are doing a series on TechNet Radio titled "Hyper-V from a VMware Admin’s Perspective." In this latest episode, we're walking you through the finer points of virtual machine mobility with Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2.

For those Administrators that work with virtual infrastructure on a daily basis, the live movement of virtual machines is often one of the more overlooked functions of a hypervisor, yet it serves such an important purpose in IT today. VM mobility is what allows us to get our work done behind the scenes when making dramatic changes to physical infrastructure. It’s a key piece needed to balance workloads dynamically across several hosts in a cluster, and it provides IT pros the ability to move virtual machines from dev/test to production with the click of a button. I would argue that this feature alone has prevented countless hours of planned production downtime due to needed hardware maintenance or patching. The IT pro of today can simply Live Migrate the production workload to different hardware while the aforementioned maintenance is completed. Seems like magic really. If I could go back and tell my “Windows 98/95 desktop administrating former self” about what was to come, I’d be met with blank stares and disbelief. Even with that said, Microsoft has now stepped things up a notch.

VMware admins are all very familiar with vMotion and storage vMotion. In this Podcast we’ll see how Microsoft has not only met VMware on equal footing, but has provided additional functionality. We’ll be covering all the various movement scenarios such as movement between clusters and shared-nothing live migrations. Also, it’s not enough to just move a VM. The quicker we can do it, the quicker we can complete the task at hand, and move onto more pressing matters. Compressed Live Migrations and Live Migration over SMB-Direct (RDMA) is enabling lightning fast VM movement from host to host. The idea of live migrating entire farms in a matter of seconds is starting to become a reality.

Also, we’ll be covering the use of multiple NICs and the built in Windows Server 2012 R2 NIC teaming features and how they apply to Live Migrations. Hope you enjoy this show. Feel free to contact me or Keith should you have any questions. 

And if this episode alone is not enough to satiate your need for more Hyper-V, Microsoft Learning is putting on a two-day Jump Start on Windows Server virtualization, centered around Hyper-V and System Center Virtual Machine Manager. Microsoft will even provide attendees with a FREE exam voucher (while supplies last) for exam 70-409, to earn your Microsoft Certified Virtualization Specialist title. There is no better time to get trained and prove your expertise in virtualization! 

Keep on learning and thanks for watching.

  • Durval
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    A free exam voucher is always good

  • Andy Syrewicze
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    Free *is* great isn't it?

    Plus, by achieving the Virtualization Specialist certification, your all the more valuable to your employer. It's a great way to showcase your skills!

  • debendra sahu
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    When you will declare 29th Oct events winners list.

    Still it is 1 month gone.

    I don't thing Microsoft is doing this type of thing.

  • Veronica Sopher - Microsoft
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    @debendra sahu - Winners of the exam packs from our Insights event on October 29 were contacted via email right after the live webcast. As soon as all five of them have confirmed eligibility, their names can be posted publicly.