Microsoft team just announced Update Rollup 6 for System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager. This time Microsoft has incorporated requests from customer feedbacks and brought two great features. Gen 2 Support for VMM Service Templates and ability to manage Microsoft Azure VMSs directly from VMM console.
Let`s talk about why these 2 updates are so important.
Generation 2 VMs were announced as a new type of virtual machines in Windows Server 2012 R2. Using Gen2 VMS, you have great benefits such as booting from SCSI attached storage, eliminating legacy networking, larger volume sizes, secure boot features so on. Gen 2 VMs also use UEFI firmware. As you may notice many of these advantages are patently exciting.
However, after you dig far into Generation 2 VMs, you will notice that there is lack of compatibility issue with VMM service templates. Therefore if you want to deploy “IT services” using VMM Service template which is suggested method, you will get an error regarding compatibility.
This is why, UR6 VMM Service Template support for Gen 2 VMs is important.
Secondly, I like the idea of Microsoft`s Hybrid Cloud approach. Enterprises are looking ways to get full potential of all different cloud types they require to be competitive in market. Microsoft plays a significant role when it comes to a consistent platform for different customers and different needs. Microsoft is single cloud player that offers same consistent platform for customers, consumers and service providers.
Microsoft also invested the idea of Hybrid Cloud in past years. As a virtualization manager, you may have investments in your local datacenter and you may be using a virtualization fabric management solution like Virtual Machine Manager to manage Hyper-V or different hypervisors. You may also have some workloads on public cloud as well (Azure). Before UR6, to manage local VMs and fabric you had to use Virtual Machine Manager console. To manage your Azure virtual machines, options were browser, PowerShell, Rest Api etc
VMM UR6 brings a new capability into VMM to manage all Virtual Machines from your local datacenter or Azure Infrastructure Services. In one single cloud management portal, you will have a great control of your infrastructure services from Private or Public cloud services.
If you want to know more about these features, checkout below video, Matt McSpirit and Jonobie Ford are discussing some of what`s coming up with UR6.