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[VIDEO] Hyper-V Masterclass – Debunking Virtual Domain Controller Myths

Should Hyper-V be in the domain? Can Hyper-V host its own domain controller? Eric Siron confronts some potentially crippling myths about Hyper-V and domain controllers in this video and also boots up an instance to put these mistruths to rest

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Use SCVMM to diagram VM network connectivity

host were commonly all connected to a single virtual switch, which was tied to a physical network interface card or network interface card team.

Over time, however, virtualized networks have become far more complex. No longer is it the norm for VMs to share a single, common virtual network. Instead, a virtualized infrastructure might contain any number of physical, virtual, logical or software-defined networks.

Of course, this increased complexity can sometimes make life difficult, especially when troubleshooting is required. Thankfully, System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) contains native tools to help administrators make sense of the often complex VM network web. Better still, these tools are really easy to use — if you know where to find them.

Create a VM network diagram

The easiest way to view VM network connectivity is to open the SCVMM console and then go to the VMs and Services workspace. From there, right click on the VM you wish to examine, and then choose the Connect or View > View Networking commands from the resulting shortcut menus. You can see what this looks like in Figure A.

Connect or View > View Networking commands”/><figcaption><i class=Figure A. Choose the Connect or View > View Networking commands from the shortcut menu.

At this point, you’ll be taken to a screen that is similar to the one in Figure B, below. As you can see, this screen shows the VM name and the name of the virtual switch to which the VM is connected. At first, this screen might seem minimally helpful. After all, you can easily get this information from the VM’s settings screen or PowerShell. However, there’s more going on here than meets the eye.

Network diagram
Figure B. This is a simple network diagram.

If you look at the figure above, you’ll notice that the toolbar contains several different icons, and that, currently, the VM Networks icon is selected. Clicking the Host Networks icon causes System Center to display a completely different view of the networking resources.

As you can see in Figure C, the Host Networks view displays the virtual switches that exist on a host and the physical network interface controllers (NICs) to which the virtual switches are attached. The diagram also shows the relationship between VM networks and logical networks.

Host Networks view
Figure C. The Host Networks view displays virtual switches and physical NIC connections.

The Network Topology view, which you can access by clicking on the Network Topology icon, displays a higher level view of the relationship between VM networks and logical networks. You can see an example of this in Figure D.

Network Topology view
Figure D. The Network Topology view shows a higher level view of this relationship.

Of course, my lab environment is really simple, but in the case of a more complex environment, these diagrams can become somewhat cluttered. If necessary, you can reduce some of the clutter — and customize the look of your diagram — by using the plus and minus signs to expand or collapse various parts of the diagram.

Oh, and in case you are wondering, even though I’ve created these diagrams using a VM as a starting point, you aren’t limited to creating diagrams in this way. You can use the SCVMM console to create network diagrams from other levels of the infrastructure. For example, when I create a diagram from a host server, the diagram displays all of the VMs that are connected to the host’s virtual switch, as shown in Figure E.

VM diagram
Figure E. This diagram was created at the VM host level.

Export the VM network diagram to Visio

As helpful as it might be to have a graphical diagram of your VM network, SCVMM has one more feature that’s worth mentioning.

If you look back at Figure B, you’ll notice that the upper left corner of the screen capture contains an icon that looks like a down arrow — the icon is located just above the Select Objects icon. Clicking on this icon reveals an option to export the diagram to Microsoft Visio. From there, you can print, edit or modify the diagram as needed.

Microsoft announces quarterly earnings release date – News Center

Microsoft to host earnings conference call webcast

REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 10, 2017 — Microsoft Corp. will publish fiscal year 2018 first-quarter financial results after the close of the market on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, on the Microsoft Investor Relations website at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/Investor/. A live webcast of the earnings conference call will be made available at 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

For more information, financial analysts and investors only:

Investor Relations, Microsoft, (425) 706-4400

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Microsoft Media Relations, WE Communications for Microsoft, (425) 638-7777, rrt@we-worldwide.com

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Clash and Win Weekly in League of Legends with ASUS ROG Arena at Microsoft Store

Microsoft Store is teaming up with ASUS Republic of Gamers and HyperX to host weekly League of Legends events at Microsoft Store locations across the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and Australia. We’re inviting gamers at every skill level to unite with others in their local community to form teams and battle against one another on high-powered Windows 10 ROG G752VS gaming laptops with ROG Gladius mice, Whetstone mouse pads and HyperX Cloud II headsets. Sign up individually or with a team to compete in a single-elimination bracket tournament for a chance to win unique prizes and participate in giveaways.

With ROG Arena at Microsoft Store gamers will play League Unlocked, a premium experience made available for official League of Legends partners and live events. In League Unlocked, all champions and over 100 skins will be – you guessed it – unlocked for the duration of the event, and players can earn an extra 20 percent IP and 50 percent XP for their personal accounts. Also, with a little luck (and a few well-timed ults!), you could even receive prizes like mystery icons, RP, unique swag courtesy of ASUS ROG or the elusive Triumphant Ryze skin.

Register today to challenge local players each Saturday, beginning Aug. 26, making it easier than ever to jump in – all you need is an active League of Legends account.

Also, on Saturday, Aug. 26, Microsoft Store at Westfield Century City in Los Angeles and ASUS will host a special launch event from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. PDT, where players will have a chance to meet gaming content creators like Twitch streamer Pokimane and members of Echo Fox’s League of Legends team Froggen and Brandini. The event is open to the public, and attendees will be treated to a photo experience, raffle prizes and ROG giveaways.

This is just one of the many tournaments that gaming and esports fans can enjoy at Microsoft Store. Check out Mixer.com/MicrosoftStore and the Microsoft Store Facebook page for the latest gaming events and streams, as well as how you can take part at your local Microsoft Store.

We’ll see you on the Rift!