If you are planning to upgrade your Windows Server 2012 to the Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview (and you are not planning to spend some time reading the documentation), here are some tips that can help you make this more quickly, and (hopefully) without errors:
- CREATE A FULL BACKUP! (before proceeding with upgrade, of course)
- you can only upgrade Windows Server installation which is installed onto physical disk (i.e. you cannot upgrade Boot from VHD(X) installation, as you will get error saying this in compatibility report before upgrade starts) (note that you still can upgrade Windows Server installation in virtual machines, though)
- make sure that you have enough disk space available (the compatibility report says that at least 42609 MB of free space is required)
- make sure that your applications (and drivers) support Windows Server 2012 R2 (unfortunately, site with the compatible apps and documentation (as it says inside the upgrade wizard – http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=243105) still isn’t alive, so you can’t check your applications there)
- make sure that you have enabled page file on C: drive (I’ve had one on D: only, and the upgrade kept failing until I’ve create one on the C: drive also)
- make sure that you don’t go online and install updates during installation (as this will probably make the upgrade fail, saying that it cannot open Compatibility report)
- remember – if you get error during upgrade, you can always check upgrade log files located in "$WINDOWS.~BT\Sources\Panther" (or “%WINDIR%\Panther”) folder
I will update this list as something new comes up (also, feel free to comment with your upgrade experiences).
Thanks for reading (and good luck),
Well, the new version (R2) of the best server operating system is on it’s way! Windows Server 2012 R2 brings many new & upgraded features as announced at TechEd: North America 2013 conference last week.
Although I like Windows Server 2012, I’m specially excited about the news coming in the next Hyper-V upgrade. Some of them are:
- Gen2 VMs – imagine VMs that don’t have anything emulated – no emulated devices such as IDE disk controllers and NIC cards. Well, that’s coming in R2 – we will have the new virtual machines that will be capable of booting from SCSI disks, machines that can use Secure Boot feature introduced in Windows 8, etc. This will have one downside however – to use it, you will need to run Windows 8 (x64) or Windows Server 2012 as guest OS.
- VM Direct Connect – the new feature that allows you remote desktop connection into the virtual machine, without using network and channels you usually use – this time, you are going into the machine from the “inside”, through VM bus.
- Hyper-V Replica to a third site – now you can have two replicas of you VMs – pretty cool and veeeery useful, if I may say so!
- Replica frequency – now you can control the replication frequency (no more fixed 5 minutes replication intervals which allows you to “fine tune” the replication intervals to your networking infrastructure).
- Compression – allowing from 2x to 10x faster live migrations (depending on hardware used)… do I need to say more?
- Dynamic Memory for Linux – finally we have support for Dynamic Memory on Linux virtual machines also.
- Online VM exporting and cloning, VHDX resizing
- and much, much more!
This is just a list of some features and improvements that caught my attention. More is available in Ben’s talk at TechEd - http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2013/MDC-B330.
See you soon!
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One word – cool!
My first article was published today at the Official MVP Blog. I’m feeling so proud, so happy, so…
I know it’s not the best article of all times, but it’s (hopefully) first of many.
Have a nice week!
So… I'm Microsoft MVP for another year – for 3 years in a row (and counting ).
This year I’ve also changed my expertise, and now I’m part of “Virtual Machine” MVPs.
Thanks to everyone that constantly supports me in my “IT adventures” (special thanks goes to my family - without them nothing of this would be even remote possible!).
Yesterday Microsoft published System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 CTP2. I was using the CTP1, and was missing some of the features, but now they seem fixed (however, it’s to early to tell, ‘cause the download is still running ).
One thing that I was missing just yesterday, during my training about Microsoft cloud solutions, was the support for Azure VM in App Controller – it’s on the list; can’t wait to try it out!
Other notable improvements and updates are:
- Virtual Machine Manager
- Improved Support for Network Virtualization
- Extend the VMM console with Add-ins
- Support for Windows Standards-Based Storage Management Service, thin provisioning of logical units and discovery of SAS storage
- Ability to convert VHD to VHDX, use VHDX as base Operating System image
- Configuration Manager
- Support for Windows 8
- Support for Mac OS clients
- Support for Linux and Unix servers
- Data Protection Manager
- Improved backup performance of Hyper-V over CSV 2.0
- Protection for Hyper-V over remote SMB share
- Protection for Windows Server 2012 de-duplicated volumes
- Uninterrupted protection for VM live migration
- App Controller
- Service Provider Foundation API to create and operate Virtual Machines
- Support for Azure VM; migrate VHDs from VMM to Windows Azure, manage from on-premise System Center
- Operations Manager
- Support for IIS 8
- Monitoring of WCF, MVC and .NET NT services
- Azure SDK support
- Additional support for Integration Packs, including 3rd party
- Manage VMM self-service User Roles
- Manage multiple VMM ‘stamps’ (scale units), aggregate results from multiple stamps
- Integration with App Controller to consume Hosted clouds
- Service Manager
- Apply price sheets to VMM clouds
- Create chargeback reports
- Pivot by cost center, VMM clouds, Pricesheets
- Server App-V
- Support for applications that create scheduled tasks during packaging
- Create virtual application packages from applications installed remotely on native server
I’ll install them in my lab during the weekend and then we’ll see…
Have a nice weekend!
So… another year, another WinDays conference is over… In short, it was fun (as always).
This year (like the year before), I was in charge of preparing the lab environment for almost all of the workshops happening at Centar Znanja – this was intense but also fun…
This year, at Wednesday, I had a session about Windows 8 deployment, called “A što je s klijentima?”. Session was early in the morning, but from my perspective, attendance was great, session was also OK (those who attended can say more about it )!
I was using Windows Server “8” Beta as the basis for my lab, was deploying Windows “8” Consumer Preview with Windows ADK, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 and System Center Configuration Manager 2012. My lab wouldn’t be possible without the support of my “sponsor” – Kodeks, who provided me with the new, 12th generation Dell PowerEdge R720 server (thank you guys for this one!). I can say that this is indeed a fine piece of machinery, wish to have couple of these for all of my demos & workshops ()…
I also had a workshop called “Build your private cloud in 3 hours” at Thursday (with my colleague Marin) which was fun – early morning, half of the room full, lots of work to be done… it was a success!
Again, thanks to everyone who attended my session and workshop (or was planning to attend but was recovering from “yesterday” ); hope to hear from you & see you next year at WinDays 13!
Today is a great day for all of the System Center Operations Manager fans – SCOM has reached the Release Candidate (RC) stage and is now available at Microsoft Download Center!
Operations Manager 2012 provides infrastructure monitoring that’s flexible and cost-effective, helps ensure the predictable performance and availability of vital applications, and offers comprehensive monitoring for your datacenter and cloud, both private and public. Operations Manager helps you better manage your datacenters by:
- Delivering flexible and cost effective enterprise-class monitoring and diagnostics while reducing the total cost of ownership by leveraging commodity hardware, configurations, and heterogeneous environments.
- Helping to ensure the availability of business-critical applications and services through market-leading .NET application performance monitoring and diagnostics and JEE application health monitoring.
- Providing a comprehensive view of datacenters, and private and public clouds.
More info is available at the Server and Cloud Platform blog.
Next steps – download, install, explore & enjoy it!
Today I received yet another recognition of my skills – as of today, I’m also a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) (another acronym becomes part of my collection ). I’m so happy to be part of this elite community of experts.
”Microsoft Certified Trainer Program is elite, international community that spans more than 150 countries and regions and includes classroom and e-learning instructors, learning consultants, authors, conference presenters, and user group leaders. Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs) are the premier technical and instructional experts on Microsoft technologies, and are the only individuals authorized to deliver training for Microsoft Certification.”
Big thanks to all that helped/mentored/supported me! (and anyone else who helped in any other way )
On October, 1st 2010, I was introduced to the worldwide Microsoft MVP community as MVP for Management Infrastructure. That was a great driver in the past year. Today I received another e-mail stating that my MVP title is renewed… I’m proud for being the part of this community, and will put together all my efforts to justify this.
Big thanks to all the people included in this decision, and thanks to all that support me every day!