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Looking at the Hyper-V Event Log (January 2018 edition)

Hyper-V has changed over the last few years and so has our event log structure. With that in mind, here is an update of Ben’s original post in 2009 (“Looking at the Hyper-V Event Log”).

This post gives a short overview on the different Windows event log channels that Hyper-V uses. It can be used as a reference to better understand which event channels might be relevant for different purposes.

As a general guidance you should start with the Hyper-V-VMMS and Hyper-V-Worker event channels when analyzing a failure. For migration-related events it makes sense to look at the event logs both on the source and destination node.

Windows Event Viewer showing the Hyper-V-VMMS Admin log

Below are the current event log channels for Hyper-V. Using “Event Viewer” you can find them under “Applications and Services Logs”, “Microsoft”, “Windows”.
If you would like to collect events from these channels and consolidate them into a single file, we’ve published a HyperVLogs PowerShell module to help.

Event Channel Category Description
Hyper-V-Compute Events from the Host Compute Service (HCS) are collected here. The HCS is a low-level management API.
Hyper-V-Config This section is for anything that relates to virtual machine configuration files. If you have a missing or corrupt virtual machine configuration file – there will be entries here that tell you all about it.
Hyper-V-Guest-Drivers Look at this section if you are experiencing issues with VM integration components.
Hyper-V-High-Availability Hyper-V clustering-related events are collected in this section.
Hyper-V-Hypervisor This section is used for hypervisor specific events. You will usually only need to look here if the hypervisor fails to start – then you can get detailed information here.
Hyper-V-StorageVSP Events from the Storage Virtualization Service Provider. Typically you would look at these when you want to debug low-level storage operations for a virtual machine.
Hyper-V-VID These are events form the Virtualization Infrastructure Driver. Look here if you experience issues with memory assignment, e.g. dynamic memory, or changing static memory while the VM is running.
Hyper-V-VMMS Events from the virtual machine management service can be found here. When VMs are not starting properly, or VM migrations fail, this would be a good source to start investigating.
Hyper-V-VmSwitch These channels contain events from the virtual network switches.
Hyper-V-Worker This section contains events from the worker process that is used for the actual running of the virtual machine. You will see events related to startup and shutdown of the VM here.
Hyper-V-Shared-VHDX Events specific to virtual hard disks that can be shared between several virtual machines. If you are using shared VHDs this event channel can provide more detail in case of a failure.
Hyper-V-VMSP The VM security process (VMSP) is used to provide secured virtual devices like the virtual TPM module to the VM.
Hyper-V-VfpExt Events form the Virtual Filtering Platform (VFP) which is part of the Software Defined Networking Stack.
VHDMP Events from operations on virtual hard disk files (e.g. creation, merging) go here.

Please note: some of these only contain analytic/debug logs that need to be enabled separately and not all channels exist on Windows client. To enable the analytic/debug logs, you can use the HyperVLogs PowerShell module.

Alles Gute,

Lars

Visual Studio Live Share aims to spur developer collaboration

NEW YORK — Developers at Microsoft’s event here last week got a sneak peek at a tool that aims to boost programmer productivity and improve application quality.

Microsoft’s Visual Studio Live Share, displayed at its Connect(); 2017 conference, lets developers work on the same code in real time. It also continues to bolster the company’s credibility in their eyes, delivering tools and services that make their jobs easier.

The software brings the Agile practice of pair programming to a broader set of programmers, except the programmers do not need to be physically together. Developers can remotely access and debug the same code in their respective editor or integrated development environment and share their full project context, rather than just their screens. Visual Studio Live Share works across multiple machines. Interested developers can sign up to join the Visual Studio Live Share preview, set for early 2018. It will be a limited, U.S.-only preview.

“It works not just between Visual Studio Code sessions between two Macs or between two Visual Studio sessions on Windows, but you can, in fact, have teams composed of multiple different parts of the Visual Studio family on multiple different operating systems all developing simultaneously,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president in Microsoft’s cloud and enterprise group.

The ability for developers to collaboratively debug and enhance the quality of applications in real time is extremely useful for developers looking for help with coding issues. While the capability has been around in various forms for 20 years, by integrating it into the Visual Studio tool set, Microsoft aims to standardize live sharing of code.

Scott Guthrie, Microsoft executive vice president of cloud and enterprise, presenting the keynote at Connect(); 2017.
Scott Guthrie, Microsoft executive vice president of cloud and enterprise, presenting the keynote at Connect(); 2017.

“I will be happy to see full collaboration make it to a shipping product,” said Theresa Lanowitz, an analyst at Voke, a research firm in Minden, Nev. “I had that capability shipping in 1994 at Taligent.”

Thomas Murphy, an analyst at Gartner, said he likes what he has heard about Visual Studio Live Share thus far, but wants to see it firsthand and compare it with pair programming tools such as AtomPair.

“[Microsoft is] doing a great job of being open and participating in open software in a nice incremental fashion,” he said. “But does it bring them new developers? That is a harder question. I think there are still plenty of people that think of Microsoft as the old world, and they are now in the new world.”

General availability of Visual Studio App Center

There are still plenty of [developers] that think of Microsoft as the old world, and they are now in the new world.
Thomas Murphyanalyst, Gartner

Also this week, Microsoft made its Visual Studio App Center generally available. Formerly known as Visual Studio Mobile Center and based on Xamarin Test Cloud, Visual Studio App Center is essentially a mobile backend as a service that provides a DevOps environment to help developers manage the lifecycle of their mobile apps. Objective-C, Swift, Android Java, Xamarin and React Native developers can all use Visual Studio App Center, according to the company.

Once a developer connects a code repository to Visual Studio App Center, the tool automatically creates a release pipeline of automated builds, tests the app in the cloud, manages distribution of the app to beta testers and app stores, and monitors usage of the app with crash analytics data using HockeyApp analytics tool Microsoft acquired in 2014.

“HockeyApp is very useful for telemetry data; that was a good acquisition,” Lanowitz said. Xamarin’s mobile development tools, acquired by Microsoft in 2016, also are strong, she said.

Darryl K. Taft covers DevOps, software development tools and developer-related issues as news writer for TechTarget’s SearchSoftwareQuality, SearchCloudApplications, SearchMicroservices and TheServerSide. Contact him at dtaft@techtarget.com or @darrylktaft on Twitter.

Brad Smith takes his call for a Digital Geneva Convention to the United Nations – Microsoft on the Issues

On Thursday, Microsoft President Brad Smith spoke in Geneva, Switzerland, at an event hosted by the United Nations on the growing nature of nation-state cyberattacks and the urgent need for the world to work together to address this growing challenge.

Tags: Brad Smith, cybersecurity, Digital Geneva Convention

Microsoft’s transformation, surprising partnerships, and embracing the future: Peggy Johnson’s thoughts at Experiences 2017 – Microsoft News Centre Europe

Following its reinvention in 2016, Microsoft’s Experiences event, taking place in Paris on October 3 and 4, is the unmissable event of the French digital ecosystem.

It provides a platform for the company to share its vision and commitment, bringing together the French digital ecosystem and industry, by inviting partners and clients to discuss their digital transformation for the benefit and growth of the French economy and its businesses.

Created with digital intelligence in mind, the event welcomes a number of stakeholders to address three main themes – AI, digital confidence, and innovative collaboration. Speakers include Maurice Lévy, CEO of Publicis, Antoine Petit, CEO of Inria, and Stephan Haulon, Professor of Vascular surgery at the Marie Lannelongue Surgical Centre, to name but a few examples.

With digital transformation on every businesses mind, the subject of technology, and the winds of change it brings with it, is a crucial one. During Experiences, Microsoft shares its knowledge (and that of its partners and customers) to help attendees better understand power of technology, and its benefits.

Ultimately, leaders, business decision makers, entrepreneurs and developers, will learn how to take advantage of technological innovations and apply them to the solutions of tomorrow.

Combined with an on-site AI Hackademy showcasing the very latest innovations in AI in both home and work environments, businesses large and small will walk away from the event, armed with the learnings they’ll need to evolve their future.

In addition, Microsoft is also mobilizing its partners (including publishers, service companies and startups) at a Job Dating event, to recruit developers, network managers, cybersecurity experts and more. In partnership with the Grande École du Numérique, Paris Code and Fitec, hundreds of job opportunities will be offered by 30 companies, exclusively to young dropout students from establishments.

Overall, with 230 sessions and 15,000 on-site attendees formed from a mixture of partners, customers, influencers and developers (and more watching the Microsoft Experiences live stream online), this year’s Experiences event is shaping up to be the best one yet.

A packed crowd of attendees fill the seats at Microsoft Experiences 2017

Transformation comes from within
The opening day’s keynote kicked off with Laurence Lafont, Director of Marketing and Operations at Microsoft France, introducing Executive Vice President of Business Development Peggy Johnson on stage to share her thoughts and insights.

Reminiscing about her first steps into the industry, Johnson recalled how she first made the swap from working on anti-submarine warfare technology for General Electric, to a software engineer position at Qualcomm in 1989.

After 25 years of ignoring recruiting calls, Johnson answered Microsoft’s call, after being intrigued by CEO Satya Nadella’s decision to release Office on iOS and Android.

“I went to the Microsoft campus, and found a vibrancy that was exciting. I met with Satya who talked about mobile-first, cloud-first, and was super inspired by Microsoft’s mission statement – to empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more. No company was in a better position to do this than Microsoft, so I took the leap.”

Microsoft’s mission statement echoes around the cavernous halls of the Palais des Congrès convention centre. Walking through the crowds, among the hundreds of booths and demos, there’s a spark in the air. At each turn, you discover passion and excitement – all fuelled by the countless benefits that technology can bring to both individuals, and businesses.

Joining the stage throughout the opening keynote were companies such as Schneider Electric and Adecco, who discussed their shift from being Microsoft customers, to fully-fledged partners, marking their transformation and evolution into true software companies.

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Schneider Electric’s partnership with Microsoft, for example, and its choice of Azure for its IoT solutions, has allowed the spread of digital transformation at-scale for industry, accelerating the delivery of cloud-based IoT solutions, increasing the value that companies can offer businesses and organisations across multiple industries.

“By bringing together the strengths of our two companies, we can continue to make IoT valuable, delivering tangible and measurable business results, allowing customers to tap into new data, create new insights and fuel digital transformation in their organization,” said Cyril Perducat, Executive Vice President, IoT and Digital Transformation, Schneider Electric.

But it’s important to remember that Microsoft, too, has embarked on its own transformation journey:

“Microsoft is over four decades old and we, like many companies, are facing the same issues of disruption”, Johnson explained during her keynote session. “How do we navigate tech? How do we keep up with the trends? We looked to the cloud and beyond, going through our own transformation. Not just a change in strategic approach, but we needed a cultural change as well – going from a know-it-all, to a learn-it-all culture.”

This embracing of technology and the willingness to partner with companies like Microsoft can also propel even more traditional businesses into the future.

Take Renault-Nissan – a car company which faces a host of new disruptions. From connected cars, to assisted and even autonomous driving, its long-established industry is changing rapidly.

By allowing Microsoft to take care of the heavy lifting – namely by using the Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform to lay the groundwork, the company is able to differentiate itself within Microsoft’s platform, allowing it to remain competitive while offering its own unique solutions.



Benefits for all
Recently, Microsoft has surprised the tech industry with partnerships with more unexpected companies, such as Amazon.

In August, in a first-of-its-kind collaboration, both Microsoft and Amazon revealed that their digital agents – Cortana and Alexa, would be able to speak to each other – a testament to the willingness of both companies to transform themselves for the benefit of all.

“For a long time, the industry had an ‘If I have more, you have less’ attitude to partnerships – which aren’t sustainable in the long term”, Johnson explains. “As our culture changed, our view of partnerships changed too.”

“We asked what we can do better for joint customers. If our customers are using both products and it makes them have a better experience, we would integrate the two. So instead of fighting for a piece of the pie, we wanted to grow the pie- that’s our approach going forward.”

Investing in the future

Microsoft has also begun to invest in startups at earlier stages than ever before, to great success.

“It gives us the ability to engage with the startup community earlier with tech support, helping with growth, and giving our own teams some insights and signals into trend”, Johnson states.

Having also visited Paris’ Station F – the world’s largest startup campus – Johnson left feeling very impressed; “It was fantastic – a stunning building, with such a warm, inclusive environment. I spent time there learning about activities, and talking to startups in the AI space – a big focus area for Microsoft. What an opportunity – I think it’s going to be fantastic for Paris, and the innovators in it.”

Microsoft’s commitment to startups is plain to see in the packed halls of the AI Hackademy, at its Experiences event.

Featuring 35 AI projects developed by startups, partners and more, the AI Hackademy showcases the very best innovations in AI, with case studios and immersive demos aplenty.

With applications ranging from industry to accessibility, to connected homes and the new world of work, the future is out in full force here in Paris, and it looks brighter than ever.

Hitachi Vantara, commercial Lumada IoT platform unveiled

Hitachi Ltd. used its first annual customer event, Hitachi Next, to announce the creation of its new digital company, as well as the first commercial release of its Lumada IoT platform.

The latest addition to the Hitachi portfolio, Hitachi Vantara, specifically targets organizations looking to capitalize on the sweeping trend of converging information technology and operational technology. The new venture puts the company in direct competition with Dell EMC, HPE and others; but with more than 100 years of experience in the OT sector (107, to be exact) and 58 years of experience in the IT space, Ravi Chalaka, vice president of global IoT and Lumada marketing at Hitachi, said Hitachi Vantara is well prepared, calling this step “a transformation that will help take us through the next 100 years.”

A combination of Hitachi Data Systems, Hitachi Insight Group and Pentaho, Hitachi Vantara creates a $4 billion company with more than 7,000 employees that wants to supply the analytics, infrastructure, software and services needed for organizations to embrace digital transformation.

“Data is the currency in the new world,” Chalaka said. “And that’s being driven by things like artificial intelligence and IoT for a next-generation business transformation.”

The data-driven technologies from Hitachi Vantara aim to offer a better customer experience, the ability for customers to better identify and address new revenue streams all while lowering the cost of doing business, Chalaka said.

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Hitachi Vantara, being led by president and COO Brian Householder, already boasts a customer base of more than 10,000.

From the stage, Hitachi Ltd. President and CEO Toshiaki Higashihara said, “The mission of this company is to help customers discover the true potential of data. The new company is a unique combination of data management, analytics and industry expertise into one global company that supports transformation efforts.”

Hitachi Lumada v2.0

First announced in May 2016, the Hitachi Lumada IoT platform was originally created as a platform to help the company develop and deploy IoT technologies. At Hitachi Next, Hitachi Vantara formally released its first commercial offering with the release of Lumada version 2.0, now with updated artificial intelligence, machine learning and analytics capabilities.

But in a world full of IoT platforms, what sets Lumada apart?

Rob Tiffany, CTO at Hitachi, said the technology’s portability, “asset avatars” and “solution cores” were critical to the platform’s differentiation, as well as the platform’s 100+ easy-to-use “connectors.”

When it comes to portability, Tiffany said, the entire Hitachi stack and Lumada IoT platform can be run on premises (with Hitachi hardware or the customers), in a hybrid deployment or in a complete cloud implementation.

“It’s important to meet our customers where they are,” Tiffany noted. “And this is never more important than the industrial space.” He said he had spoken with a number of large manufacturers that want to keep their data in the factory, not only for data sovereignty and safety, but also practicality. “You’ll talk to some manufacturers whose equipment is putting off terabytes of data per day or sometimes per hour. So for them, even if they’re in the cloud from an IT perspective, it might not be practical or feasible for them to be shoveling that much streaming data in the cloud.”

Asset avatars, Hitachi’s version of a digital twin, serve as digital blueprints of physical assets. But they aren’t just simple proxies with JSON files that show, for example, a car has four tires and an engine, Tiffany said. Rather, they’re ready for highly complex machines with multifaceted subsystems. So that car example will have multiple asset avatar instances (for example, for the transmission, engine and other systems) which tie into the larger car model, with all of them pulled together and communicating in a parent-child relationship.

Each asset avatar, or child, then reports back to an avatar type, the overarching parents of like-asset avatars. Information gleaned from each asset avatar instance bubbles up to the avatar type, where it can be shared with other similar asset avatars. For example, Hitachi makes bullet trains; there is an avatar type for each class of bullet train which collects the information from its children — metadata and information from tens of thousands of sensors and actuators — and shares with other similar asset avatars and asset types so all bullet trains will have said learnings.

“Being able to have that digital brain that keeps getting smarter and smarter over time helps us make our equipment and the equipment of our competitors that our customers are using smarter over time,” Tiffany said.

Solution cores were another differentiator, Tiffany added. With specific vertical technology, solution cores are “repeatable IoT building blocks that include software, methodologies and data,” helping customers across a variety of industries and use cases get better value more quickly once they’ve deployed an IoT platform. Available solution cores include IIoT, energy IoT and smart cities.

“We know our customers don’t have an army of data scientists or domain experts on types of machines, so we bring that know-how to get them to value more quickly,” Tiffany said, adding that more solution cores will be developed and released over time.

Finally, Tiffany said that a key differentiator of the Lumada IoT platform was that it doesn’t differentiate — meaning it can ingest and work with machine data, human-entered data, data coming from customers’ existing systems (ERP or CRM, for instance), as well as web services and clouds — from a variety of competitors. With more than 100 connectors, interoperability with other systems helps Hitachi’s customers pull in more data and achieve deeper insight and analytics with more meaning and context.

Announcing Azure Blob storage events preview

In conjunction with the recently announced Azure Event Grid preview, we are pleased to announce the preview of Azure Blob storage events.

Azure Blob storage is a massively-scalable object storage platform. With exabytes of capacity and massive scalability, Azure Blob storage easily and cost-effectively stores hundreds to billions of objects, in hot or cool tiers, and supports any type of data—images, videos, audio, documents, and more.

Blob storage events allow applications to react to the creation and deletion of blobs without the need for complicated code and expensive, inefficient polling services. Instead, events are pushed directly to event handlers such as Azure Functions, Azure Logic Apps, or your own custom http listener.

Blob storage events are made possible by Azure Event Grid, which enables event based programming in Azure by providing reliable distribution of events for all services in Azure and third-party services. With publisher/subscriber semantics, event sources like Azure Blob Storage push events to Event Grid, which routes, filters, and reliably distributes them to subscribers with WebHooks, queues, and Event Hubs as endpoints. Event Grid is baked into the Azure ecosystem so it is as easy as point and click to connect your storage account to your event handler. Azure Event Grid has a pay-per-event pricing model, so you only pay for what you use. Additionally, to help you get started quickly, the first 100,000 operations per month are free. Beyond 100,000 per month, pricing is $0.30 per million operations (per-operation) during the preview. More details can be found on the pricing page.

The preview of Blob storage events is available now for Blob storage accounts in the US West Central location with additional locations coming soon. To learn more, and to sign up for the preview, see Azure Blob storage events.

We would love to hear more about your experiences with the preview and get your feedback! Are there other storage events you would like to see made available? Drop us a line at azurestorageevents@microsoft.com and let us know.

Happy eventing!

Watch McGregor Take on Mayweather on the UFC App on Xbox One

Are you ready for the most anticipated event in combat sports history? On Saturday, August 26, the current UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor takes on undefeated 11-time five-division boxing world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr., and the UFC app on Xbox One will be Pay Per View streaming all the live action, direct to your living room.

McGregor, a UFC legend in his own right with a 21-3 record, will be out of his comfort zone, conforming to boxing rules — no elbows, no round-house kicks, and no wrestling moves. Mayweather, the heavy favorite with a 49-0 record, will be re-entering the ring after his 2015 retirement. These wildly popular fighters have something to prove and are ready to face off on Saturday in this record-breaking event.

The showdown between these two giants has crossed over into a rare cultural event — where will you be when the bell rings? Pre-order the PPV event on the UFC app and watch live at 6 p.m. PT on Xbox One.