Veeam releases free RDP Appliance for Hyper-V Server

Microsoft has a free hypervisor offering called Hyper-V Server 2012 R2. Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 is fully equal to the Hyper-V role in Windows Server 2012. The only item not available in the free edition is the free usage rights for virtual machines running on a host installed with Hyper-V. Each virtual machine instance running on free Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 needs to be licensed.

Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 comes as a core installation. This means there is no graphical userinterface available to perform management. Especially connecting to the console of the virtual machine can be a challenge. Hyper-V Manager does not run on the Hyper-V Server itself. Adminstrators needs access to another Windows Server 2012 or Windows 8 with   Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) installed to be able to access the console of VM’s.

Veeam to the rescue. The company released a free virtual appliance which is a RDP proxy. The appliance runs CentOS and installs on a Hyper-V host. The appliance can connect to virtual machines using VMconnect. VMconnect is a modified RDP for connection to consoles of virtual machines. VMconnect is able to connect even when the virtual machine does not have an IP-address.

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Free conversion of VMware VMs to Hyper-V VMs with 5nine V2V Easy Converter v2.0

5nine Software has released the 2.0 version of its free V2V conversion tool ‘Easy converter’. It is able to convert VMware virtual machines to Hyper-V. Other conversion types are not supported.

New is this 2.0 release is added support for Hyper-V 2012 R2 as a target. It also supports simultaneous conversions of multiple VMs.

V2V Converter is a simple to use, basic converter tool targeted at the Small and medium business market. During the conversion process the source VMware virtual machine will needs to be shutdown.

The 2.0 version of 5nine V2V Converter supports conversion of VMware Virtual Machines with Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows Server 2003 (x86 and x64), and most of Advanced Server 2000, Ubuntu and CentOS configurations into VHD and VHDX file formats for Microsoft Hyper-V 2008 R2 SP1 and Microsoft Hyper-V 2012/R2.

Download 5nine V2V Easy Converter v2.0 from the company website at http://www.5nine.com/vmware-hyper-v-v2v-conversion-free.aspx.

5Nine Manager for Hyper-V 3.6 released

5Nine today announced the release of version 3.6 of Manager for Hyper-V. Manager for Hyper-V is a local management tool for managing the Hyper-V hypervisor.

Microsoft provides a command line tool (SCONFIG) for the basic configuration tasks in Hyper-V server or GUI-less installations, it provides no local GUI for its management, for GUI access, administrators without any third party software have to rely on remote management through Windows Server, System Center Virtual Machine Manager or Remote Server Administration Tools: this is a space well suited for third party solution providers and 5Nine is among them.

 

5nine Manager for Hyper-V v3.6 allows local and remote management of Virtual Networks and Virtual Machines from a single management console and supports multiple versions of Microsoft hypervisors (2012 R2 / 2012 / 2008 R2 SP1).

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Version 3.6 provides the following new features as detailed in the release notes:

  • Support of Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Live migration of Hyper-V Virtual Machines between cluster nodes
  • Virtual Machines Guest Connection View (new to the FREE version of the product)
  • Cluster storage information
  • Allows files to be copied to and between Virtual Machines
  • Enhanced Hyper-V system status report

5Nine also provides a free version of the Manager for Hyper-V with reduced functionality compared to the paid version which costs $149 per physical host per year.

Join 5nine Software Free Webinar on Hyper-V Management Best Practices!

Do you want to learn the best practices for Hyper-V Management with 5nine Software products? Register for the 5nine Software FREE webinar on Hyper-V Management Best Practices which will be held on August 14, 2013 10AM EST and you will learn:

Best practices to manage Hyper-V environments

  • How to migrate VMware VMs to Hyper-V VMs FREE, quickly and easily
  • How to get a convenient local GUI for Core versions of Hyper-V hosts
  • How to perform real-time monitoring with alert notifications of multiple Hyper-V cloud infrastructures

Best practices to protect Hyper-V environments

  • How to increase host performance while increasing VM density using agentless security approach
  • What is CBT technology, and how does it perform VM full system anti-virus scans 70x faster than traditional anti-virus scans
  • How to protect your sensitive data inside Hyper-V VMs from unauthorized access

If you want to learn more about 5nine Security Manager for Hyper-V see this 3 minute video.

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PXE boot will be supported on synthetic NIC in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V R2

When a virtual machine running on Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V is booted over the network using PXE, only the legacy network adapter can be used. This legacy adapter is limited to 100 Mbps. The much faster synthetic NIC supporting 10 Gbps does not support PXE. This is not ideal when for example Citrix PVS is used to provision new virtual machines. This means two network adapters need to be configured for the virtual machine. See my post on this restriction here.

This restriction is solved in Windows Server 2012 R2. Server 2012 R2 Hyper-v allows virtual machines to be created using the current Generation 1 type, or using the new Generation 2.

Generation 2 virtual machines only support synthetic network interface cards. New is that the synthetic NIC does support PXE network boot.

However, Generation 2 virtual machines only support 64-bit editions of Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 as guest operating systems.

 

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