Azure Stack Preview 3 is available

Azure Stack is a hybrid cloud platform that lets you deliver Azure services from your organization’s datacenter. Microsoft Azure Stack Technical Preview 3 is being made available as a Proof of Concept (POC). The POC is an ideal environment for learning and demonstrating Azure Stack features.

Microsoft is also announced that Azure Stack will be available via Enterprise Agreement (EA) and Cloud Solution Provider Program (CSP) 

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In addition to bug fixes and other improvements, here’s the list of new features:

  • Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) support provides identity options for scenarios where network connectivity is limited or intermittent.
  • You can use Azure Virtual Machine Scale Sets to provide managed scale out of workloads.
  • Use Azure D-Series VM sizes for increased performance and consistency.
  • Deploy and create templates with Temp Disks that are consistent with Azure.
  • Marketplace Syndication allows you to use content from the Azure Marketplace and make available in Azure Stack.
  • Isolated administrator and user portals and APIs provide enhanced security.
    Use enhanced infrastructure management functionality, such as improved alerting.
  • Using the Windows Azure Pack connector, you can view and manage IaaS virtual machines that are hosted on a Cloud Platform System (CPS) stamp. For this preview release, you can try this only with a CPS environment and additional configuration is required.

Update Rollup 9 | System Center 2012 R2

List of all newly released updates/KBs for SC 2012 R2 products

Some new VMM features and issues have been added/resolved :

  • New: Enable Dynamic VLAN on the vNIC of a virtual machine.
    New-SCLogicalNetwork -Name ‘Test Logical Network’ -LogicalNetworkDefinitionIsolation -AllowDynamicVlanOnVnic $true
    

    By default, the –AllowDynamicVlanOnVnic parameter is set to False.
    This feature can be leveraged only with CISCO ACI in order to support micro segmentation.

  • Performance issues are seen during VM Live Migration in a Hyper-V Network Virtualization (HNV) environment
  • When you add a stand-alone host to a cluster, VMM also adds the storage of the host to the cluster.
    There is no option available in VMM to exclude local storage while adding the node.
    Therefore, latency issues may occur in VMs, and they may fail to start.
  • In an HNV environment, many duplicate Networking HNV policies are published, and this may cause high CPU usage during host refresh.
  • When you try to add a storage array to VMM when the value of the MaximumReplicasPerSourceClone property is greater than 32767 (for example, HPE 3PAR StoreServ 20000 Storage Array), you receive the following exception: System.OverflowException: Failed to convert parameter value from a UInt16 to a Int16.
  • When you add a new node to an HAVMM cluster and install Update Rollup 8 or later versions on the new node, you may receive the following exception:
    time:InnerException.Type: System.Data.SqlClient.SqlException, InnerException.Message: Violation of PRIMARY KEY constraint ‘PK_tbl_WLC_ServiceTemplate’. Cannot insert duplicate key in object ‘dbo.tbl_WLC_ServiceTemplate’. The duplicate key value is (5fddb85c-4ae5-4c8b-be83-9b2961a316dd). To fix it follow steps in the KB
  • The reinstallation of VMM Update Rollup 8 or a later update fails, and you receive the following error:
    time:InnerException.Type: System.Data.SqlClient.SqlException, InnerException.Message: Violation of PRIMARY KEY constraint ‘PK_tbl_WLC_ServiceTemplate’. Cannot insert duplicate key in object ‘dbo.tbl_WLC_ServiceTemplate’. The duplicate key value is (5fddb85c-4ae5-4c8b-be83-9b2961a316dd). To fix it, follow steps in the KB

Use the following links to get more information about fixed issues and new functionality brought by UR9:

Name LINK
Data Protection Manager https://support.microsoft.com/kb/3112306
Orchestrator https://support.microsoft.com/kb/3133705
Operations Manager https://support.microsoft.com/kb/3129774
Service Manager https://support.microsoft.com/kb/3129780
Service Provider Foundation https://support.microsoft.com/kb/3133705
Virtual Machine Manager https://support.microsoft.com/kb/3129784
WAP https://support.microsoft.com/kb/3129786
WAP Web Sites https://support.microsoft.com/kb/3129789