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1 Sofia Event Center 21-22 November 2013 Virtual Machine Protection with Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 Damien Caro Technical Evangelist Manager


3 Failover Clustering Massive scalability with support for 64 physicalnodes & 8,000 VMs.Cluster physical servers (host clusters), virtualmachines (guest cluster), and SMB Scale Out FileServers (storage cluster).Built-in hardware and software validation tests toensure compliance and to offer guidance to fixmisconfigurations.Redundant networks and teamed NICs supportingIPv4 and/or IPv6.Shared storage using SMB, iSCSI, Fibre Channel,Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) or Serial-Attached SCSI (SAS).Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) is a distributed-access file system allowing multiple VMs to writeto the same disk. High-Availability Platform for Applications with Shared Data

4 All cluster nodes can access the sameshared storage.VMs run on the host, but store their data(.vhdx) on shared storage.Nodes monitor the health of each otherthrough cluster networks.If a node fails or is partitioned, thehealth check fails, and failover actionstake place.The VMs or roles will restart on anothernode, reading the applications datafrom the shared disk. A cluster is a coordinated, distributed system Cluster Communication

5 Uses quorum, a state, to determine how manyelements must be online for the cluster tocontinue running.Nodes, disks or file shares can have a vote.There must always be an odd number ofvotes across the cluster.After a network partition, this ensure that onegroup of voters (nodes or disks) has thequorum (majority) of votes.2012 introduced Dynamic Quorum to toggledisk voting to ensure odd votes.Reduced AD dependencies so contact with aDC is not required for cluster to start.Drain Roles to evacuate host for maintenance. Integrated Solution for Resilient Virtual Machines Cluster Dynamic Quorum Configuration

6 Cluster Networking Host Management - Used for managing the Hyper-V hosts through RDP, Hyper-V Manager, VirtualMachine Manager etc.VM Access - Dedicated NIC(s) on the nodes for VMs to use to communicate out onto the networkLive Migration - Network dedicated to the transmission of live migration trafficCluster Communications - Preferred network used by the cluster for communications to maintain clusterhealth. Also, used by Cluster Shared Volumes to senddata between owner and non-owner nodes. If storageaccess is interrupted, this network is used to access theCluster Shared Volumes or to maintain and back up theCluster Shared VolumesStorage (Optional) Used by the hosts to communicate with their iSCSI orSMB storage Optimal cluster configuration requires multiple networks

7 Hyper-V Clusters provide VM resiliency, sothat in the event of host failure, VMsautomatically restart on other physical hosts.Creation – Replaces the use of Failover Cluster Manager to create a Hyper-V Cluster.Add Hosts – VMM will utilize hosts that are already under management and not clusteredValidation – VMM will trigger the validation of the cluster configuration to ensure solidfoundation. Skipping optional.Storage & Networks – Select and configure currently exposed storage and logicalnetworks Construction of Hyper-V Clusters, Integrated into VMM

8 Hyper-V cluster with VMs on each node Upon failover, VMs restart in priority order Failover Priority ensures certain VMsstart before others on the clusterAffinity rules allow VMs to reside on certain hosts in the clusterPreferred and Possible Ownership help to control where VMs run.AntiAffinityClassNames helps to keep virtual machines apart on separate physicalcluster nodesAntiAffinityClassNames exposedthrough VMM as Availability Set Ensure Optimal VM Placement and Restart Operations Anti-Affinity keeps related VMs apart

9 Upon service failure, Service ControlManager inside guest will attempt torestart the service After 3 failures, Cluster Service willtrigger event log entry 1250 VM State = Application in VM Critical VM can be automatically restarted on thesame node Upon subsequent failure, VM can befailed over and restarted on alternativenode Extensible by Partners Monitor Health of Applications Inside Clustered VMs


11 Load Balancing – VMM keeps the cluster balanced across the different nodes, movingVMs around without downtimeHeterogeneous – Supports load balancing on Hyper-V, vSphere & XenServer clustersResources – looks at CPU, Memory, Disk IO and Network IO - when the resource usagegoes above the DO threshold, VMMorchestrates live migrations of VMsUser Controlled – configurable frequency, and aggression level. Can be manuallytriggered, of enabled for automaticoptimization Optimizing cluster resource usage by virtual machines


13 Reduced Power Consumption –VMM assesses the current cluster utilization and ifthe VMs can be run on fewer hosts, it willmigrate VMs onto fewer hosts and powerspares downResources – looks at CPU, Memory, Disk IO and Network IO - when the resource usagegoes above the DO threshold, VMMorchestrates live migrations of VMsConfigurable – Admin specifies time for PO to operate, i.e. weekend, overnight, and ifVMM deems it possible, it will power hostsdown during this time. Hosts will bereactivated if demand increases. Reduces power consumption by Hyper-V hosts

14 Cluster-Aware Compliance – Ensures all hosts are patches to a baseline without VMdowntimeWSUS – Integrates with WSUS and Configuration ManagerBaselines – Admins define patches that are to be deployed for compliance. These baselinesare assigned to hosts/serversScan for Compliance – Scan the hosts/management servers against baselinesto determine complianceRemediation – VMM orchestrates the patching of the servers, moving VMs asnecessary with Live Migration Central patching of key hosts & management servers

15 Full support for running clusteredworkloads on Hyper-V host cluster Guest Clusters that require shared storagecan utilize software iSCSI, Virtual FC orSMB Full support for Live Migration of GuestCluster Nodes Full Support for Dynamic Memory ofGuest Cluster Nodes Restart Priority, Possible & PreferredOwnership, & AntiAffinityClassNameshelp ensure optimal operation Complete Flexibility for Deploying App-Level HA Guest Cluster running on a Hyper-V Cluster Guest cluster node restarts on physical host failure Guest cluster nodes supported with Live Migration

16 VHDX files can be presented to multipleVMs simultaneously, as shared storage VM sees shared virtual SAS disk Unrestricted number of VMs canconnect to a shared VHDX file Utilizes SCSI-persistent reservations VHDX can reside on a Cluster SharedVolume on block storage, or onFile-based storage Supports both Dynamic and Fixed VHDX Guest Clustering No Longer Bound to Storage Topology Flexible choices for placement of Shared VHDX


18 Live Migration VM Target host Live migration setup iSCSI, FC or SMB Storage IP connection Configuration data Memory pages transferred Memory content MEMORY Modified pages transferred Modified memory pages Storage handle moved VM Faster live migrations, taking fulladvantage of available network Simultaneous Live Migrations Uses SMB Direct if network bandwidthavailable is over 10 gigabits Supports flexible storage choices No clustering required if virtual machineresides on SMB 3.0 File Share Faster, Simultaneous Migration of VMs Without Downtime

19 Utilizes available CPU resources on thehost to perform compression Compressed memory sent across thenetwork faster Operates on networks with less than 10gigabit bandwidth available Enables a 2X improvement in LiveMigration performance Intelligently Accelerates Live Migration Transfer Speed VM Target host Live migration setup iSCSI, FC or SMB Storage IP connection Configuration data Memory pages compressed, then transferred Memory content MEMORY Modified pages compressed, then transferred Modified memory pages Storage handle moved VM

20 Live Migration over SMB SMB Multichannel uses multiple NICs forincreased throughput and resiliency Remote Direct Memory Access deliverslow latency network, CPU utilization &higher bandwidth Supports speeds up to 56Gb/s Windows Server 2012 R2 supports RoCE,iWARP & Infiniband RDMA solutions Delivers the highest performance forLive Migrations Cannot be used with Compression Harness RDMA to Accelerate Live Migration Performance VM Target host Live migration setup iSCSI, FC or SMB Storage IP Connection using RDMA Configuration data Memory pages transferred at high speed Memory content MEMORY Modified pages transferred at high speed Modified memory pages Storage handle moved VM

21 Host running Hyper V Target device Storage Live Migration Source device Move virtual hard disks attachedto a running virtual machine Manage storage in a cloud environmentwith greater flexibility and control Move storage with no downtime Update physical storage available to avirtual machine (such as SMB-basedstorage) Windows PowerShell cmdlets Increased Flexibility through Live Migration of VM Storage Reads and writes go to the source VHD Disk contents are copied to new destination VHD VHD Disk writes are mirrored; outstanding changes are replicated Reads and writes go to new destination VHD Virtual machine VHD

22 Destination Hyper V Virtual machine Target deviceSource device Virtual machine Source Hyper V IP connection Configuration data Memory content Modified memory pages Shared-Nothing LM Increase flexibility of virtual machineplacement & increased administratorefficiency Simultaneously live migrate VM & virtualdisks between hosts Nothing shared but an ethernet cable No clustering or shared storagerequirements Reduce downtime for migrations acrosscluster boundaries Complete Flexibility for Virtual Machine Migrations Reads and writes go to the source VHD Reads and writes go to the source VHD. Live Migration Begins Disk contents are copied to new destination VHD Disk writes are mirrored; outstanding changes are replicated Live Migration MEMORY VHD Live Migration ContinuesLive Migration Completes

23 Live Migration Upgrades Customers can upgrade from WindowsServer 2012 Hyper-V to Windows Server2012 R2 Hyper-V with no VM downtime Supports Shared Nothing Live Migrationfor migration when changing storagelocations If using SMB share, migration transfersonly the VM running state for fastercompletion Automated with PowerShell One-way Migration Only Simplified upgrade process from 2012 to 2012 R2 2012 Cluster Nodes2012 R2 Cluster Nodes Hyper-V Cluster Upgrade without Downtime

24 Export a clone of a running VM Point-time image of running VMexported to an alternate location Useful for troubleshooting VMwithout downtime for primary VM Export from an existing checkpoint Export a full cloned virtual machinefrom a point-in-time, existing checkpointof a virtual machine Checkpoints automatically merged intosingle virtual disk Duplication of a Virtual Machine whilst Running VM1VM2


26 Allows incremental backup of virtualhard disks Is Volume Shadow Copy Service(VSS)-aware Backs up the Hyper V environment Requires no backup agent insidevirtual machines Saves network bandwidth Reduces backup sizes Saves disk space Lowers backup cost Integrated Virtual Machine Backup Capabilities VHD SundayMonday First full backup after enabling incremental backupFirst incremental backup Before backupDuring backupAfter backupBefore backupDuring backupAfter backup Before backupDuring backupAfter backup Before restoreDuring restore After restore Differences 1 Differences 2 Differences 3 Differences 2 Differences 1 Merge Second incremental backup Incremental restore Files in blue are backed up Tuesday Friday: Restore to Tuesdays Backup Merge

27 Simple installation and configuration Ability to leverage Windows AzureBackup cloud services to back up data Use either the Windows Azure BackupService Agent or the Windows AzureBackup PowerShell cmdlets Reduced cost for backup storageand management Options for third-party cloud services Ideal for small businesses, branchoffices, and departmentalbusiness needs Windows Server Backup Integrated with Cloud Services Registration Sign up Billing Third-party cloud Sign up Billing Windows Azure Backup service Windows Azure Backup portal Third-party online backup service Third-party online backup portal Inbox engine Inbox UI Windows Server 2012 R2 backup (extensible) Windows Server 2012 R2 Agents Windows Azure Backup Third-party agents IT Pro Registration Backup/ Restore

28 Once Hyper-V Replica is enabled, VMs begin replication Affordable in-box business continuity anddisaster recovery Configurable replication frequencies of 30seconds, 5 minutes and 15 minutes Secure replication across network Agnostic of hardware on either site No need for other virtual machinereplication technologies Automatic handling of live migration Simple configuration and management Replicate Hyper V VMs from a Primary to a Replica site Once replicated, changes replicated on chosen frequency Upon site failure, VMs can be started on secondary site

29 Replication configured from primary to secondary Once a VM has been successfullyreplicated to the replica site, replicacan be replicated to a 3 rd location Chained Replication Extended Replica contents match theoriginal replication contents Extended Replica replication frequenciescan differ from original replica Useful for scenarios such as SMB ->Service Provider -> Service Provider DRSite Replicate to 3 rd Location for Extra Level of Resiliency Replication can be enabled on the 1 st replica to a 3 rd site

30 Protect important services bycoordinating replication and recovery ofVMM-managed private clouds Automates replication of VMs withinclouds between sites Hyper-V Replica provides replication,orchestrated by Hyper-V RecoveryManager Can be used for planned, unplanned andtesting failover between sites Integrate with scripts for customization ofrecovery plans Orchestrate protection and recovery of private clouds




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