Supported Guest Operation System and Applications in Windows Azure (IAAS) and Now Oracle on Windows Azure
This blog focus of Windows Azure (IAAS) and list of Supported Guest Windows and Non Windows server and Server Application in Windows Azure (IAAS) platform:
** Only Guest OS Family 2 and 3 is supported.
A “Guest OS family” refers to Windows Server operating system release that a Guest OS is based on. For example, family 1 is based on Windows Server 2008, family 2 is based on Windows Server 2008 R2 and family 3 is based on Windows Server 2012.
June 19, 2013 – Microsoft officially announced the retirement of Guest OS family 1 (compatible with Windows Server 2008 SP2) on June 1, 2013. If you are still using Guest OS family 1, please read the retirement policy contained elsewhere on this page to understand the series of events occurring during retirement. These events include limitations of new deployments on January 1, 2014 and the forced shutdown or update of your Cloud Service on June 1, 2014.
Non-Windows OS supported:
Windows Server 2008 R2 and later versions are supported for the following roles.
Oracle on Windows Azure
Recently Announced Partnership between Microsoft and Oracle. Now, customers can deploy pre-configured virtual machine images running various combinations of Oracle Database, Oracle WebLogic Server, and Java Platform SE on Windows Server, with licenses for the Oracle software included. During the preview, these images are offered for no additional charge beyond the regular compute costs. After the preview period ends, Oracle images will be billed based on the total number of minutes VMs run in a month; details on the VM pricing to be announced at a later.
No, multi-tenant hosting is restricted in the Product Use Rights of Windows Client, such as Windows 7 or Windows 8. Windows Client Desktops are not available on either Windows Azure or on any other Service Provider such as Amazon or Rackspace. You can read more about the Microsoft Product Use Rights here.
How Domain Controller Cloning Works in Windows Server 2012
Understand the concepts of Domain Controller cloning in Windows Server 2012 through a lab demonstration and talk to the experts in order to clarify your concepts and doubts on this new feature on Windows Server 2012. The session would not only cover the concepts of the new technology but would also cover a demonstration of the same through a lab setup. Windows Server 2012 comes with a lot of new enhancements and features, which makes it more compatible with other technologies and the right solution of cloning and virtualization. Session Time – 120 Minutes Session Billing – This is a free event for Microsoft Partners.
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Delivery Date : 7/17/2013
Delivery Time : 9 AM PST
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Flexible Workstyle (Windows 8)
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Primary Presenter : Tolia Yashkumar Paresh
Delivery Date : 7/22/2013
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Chalk Talk for Competitive Advantages of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V over VMware vSphere 5.1
Chalk Talk is a direct collaboration with Microsoft experts. The session will be presented via Microsoft Live Meeting. Be prepared with audio to ask your questions. This is a fully interactive session and your full participation is encouraged Chalk Talk for Competitive Advantages of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V over VMware vSphere 5.1 – Bring your questions to this fully interactive session to gain focus on Competitive Advantages of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V over VMware vSphere 5.1. This session can help you identify the right solution and set of tools to meet special requirements. Present your customer scenarios and get expert advice from consultants with right set of expertise Cost – 1.5 advisory hours will be deducted from your organization for this session.
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Delivery Date : 7/26/2013
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In Windows Server 2008 R2, during installation you can choose either Full or Server Core installation. There is no option to switch between Server Core and Server Full installation.
Considering Microsoft Hyper-V Best Practices, Server Core Installation is recommended. However, I prefer to put the ball in customer’s court. Asking how comfortable are they with command prompt or CLI Mode when it comes to server management or troubleshooting. Based on customer expertise, I recommend installation option. I was a big fan of Core Configurator 2.0 tool when it comes to server core local management.
First understand the Server Core and Full installation.
The Server Core installation install operating system in non-GUI with minimal footprint and help to secure the server running Hyper-V role. The benefit of using core server is to reduced attack surface, reduced maintenance, consume fewer hardware resources than traditional FULL GUI Server and offer increased stability due to lesser running application and smaller attack surface.
The Server Full Installation install operating system in full GUI allow you to perform all administration and Hyper-V related operations locally on the server.
Now lets get started with Windows Server 2012. What’s new in core or full installation?
In Windows Server 2012, An administrator now has the ability to switch between a Server Core and a full as needed. The scenarios in which this capability is useful:
· Initially, administrator install a Server Core installation and now need to make changes or troubleshoot that is not possible in local command prompt or with the remote GUI. Administrator can now convert the server to full installation and perform the changes and later switch back.
· Administrator wants to use Non-GUI but require tools and utilities to locally managed Server core without running services like Internet Explorer, Windows Explorer, the desktop or the start screen
· The administrator can install a full installation, configure the server as needed, and then convert it to a Server Core installation to reduce the image size.
In Windows Server 2012, the installation options are integrated, and three large optional features are provided. An administrator can install or uninstall these options to switch between Server Core and full server installations.
· Full Server
· Server Core with GUI Management (Minimal Server Interface)
· Server Core
I’ll start from top to bottom approach to convert from Full Server to Server Core with GUI Management to Server Core:
· Full Server
Uninstall-WindowsFeature Server-Gui-Shell -Restart
Reboot the Server
· Server Core with GUI Management (Minimal Server Interface): Windows Server 2012 Core with Server Management GUI Shell
Launch the PowerShell Window. Type Start Powershell in command prompt and hit Enter.
Uninstall-Windowsfeature Server-Gui-Mgmt-Infra -Restart
Press Enter and uninstall begin..
Reboot the Server.
· Server Core (non-GUI Server)
Please feel free to post your feedback and comments.
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Recently, while configuring SCVMM 2012 fabric Management for SMI-S Storage. It failed to connect to SMI-S Storage due to “Microsoft Storage Management Service” started and then Stopped.
Resolution: Try following steps:
1. First stop VMM service and VMM agent service on the VMM server.
2. Uninstall the Microsoft Storage Management Service by running the StorageService.msi from the SCVMM 2012 installation media (\amd64\setup\msi\SCXStorage) and choosing “Remove”
3. Copy "SCXStorage” folder from Installation media on local Machine. Install the “Microsoft Storage Management Service” from the elevated command prompt: “
Browse to SCXStorage folder and type Command
“SCXStorage msiexec /i StorageService.msi /L*V c:\temp\install.txt”
4. Start VMM service and VMM agent service
5. Verify that Microsoft Storage Management Service is started
6. Open VMM Console and add the SAN storage
Hope this will help!
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Now available as a public download, the software is essentially the same software that ships with Windows Storage Server 2008 R2. Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 and the public download package will be refreshed (kept in sync) with any software fixes and updates. Those updates are described at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg232597.aspx.
This release was preceded by intense testing by the Microsoft iSCSI Target team, especially in scenarios where the iSCSI Target is used with Hyper-V and with Windows Server Failover Clusters. We do imagine these to be amongst the most commons deployment scenarios.
Testing included running the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target in a two-node Failover Cluster and configuring 92 individual Hyper-V VMs, each running a data intensive application and storing data on a single node of that iSCSI Target cluster. The exciting part of the test was to force an unplanned failure of the iSCSI Target node being used by all the VMs and verify that we had a successful failover to the other node with all 92 VMs continuing to run the application without any interruption.
How to download and install
To download the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 for Windows Server 2008 R2, go to http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=45105d7f-8c6c-4666-a305-c8189062a0d0 and download a single file called “iSCSITargetDLC.EXE”. (Note: This was just released at 10AM PST on 04/04/2011, so the download might still be replicating to your closest download server. If the link does not work, try again later). This is a self-extracting archive that will show this screen when run:
Select a destination folder and click “Install”. Once it finishes, you will find a few files available to you in that folder:
Welcome page. Start with Index.htm
Getting Started Guide
Microsoft iSCSI Software Target installer (64-bit only)
VSS and VDS providers for the iSCSI Target (64-bit)
VSS and VDS providers for the iSCSI Target (32-bit)
If you click on the index.htm file on the main folder, you will see the welcome page with a few links to the items included:
To install the iSCSI Target on a computer running Windows Server 2008 R2, simply run the “iscsitarget_public.msi” MSI file from a command line or right-click it on Windows Explorer and choose “Install”.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: Can I install the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 on Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2003?
A: No. The Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 can only be installed on Windows Server 2008 R2.
Q: Can I install the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target on Windows Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1 (SP1)?
A: Yes. In fact, that’s what is recommended.
Q: Can I install the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target on a Core install of Windows Server 2008 R2?
A: No. The Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 is only supported in a Full install.
Q: I don’t have a copy of Windows Server 2008 R2. Where can I get an evaluation copy?
A: You download an evaluation version of Windows Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1 from http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dd459137.aspx
Q: Where is the x86 (32-bit) version of the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3?
A: The Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3, is provided in only in an x64 (64-bit) version, as is Windows Server 2008 R2,
Q: What are these “iSCSITargetClient” MSI files included in the download?
A: Those are the optional VSS and VDS providers for the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3. You should install them in the same computer that runs the iSCSI Initiator if you intend to use VSS or VDS. For details on VSS, see http://blogs.technet.com/b/josebda/archive/2007/10/10/the-basics-of-the-volume-shadow-copy-service-vss.aspx. For details on VDS, see http://blogs.technet.com/b/josebda/archive/2007/10/25/the-basics-of-the-virtual-disk-services-vds.aspx.
Q: Where is the Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 documentation?
A: There is some documentation inside the package. Additional documentation is available on the web at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg232606.aspx
Q: Can I use the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 as shared storage for a Windows Server Failover Cluster?
A: Yes. That is one of its most common uses.
Q: Can I install the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 in a Hyper-V virtual machine?
A: Yes. We do it all the time.
Q: Can I use the downloaded Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 in my production environment?
A: Yes. Make sure to perform the proper evaluation and testing before deploying any software in a production environment. But you knew that already…
Q: What are the support policies for the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target 3.3 on Windows Server 2008 R2?
A: The support policies are listed at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg983493.aspx