Windows Azure Pack Roadmap and Future Support

Microsoft has recently published their vision and plans for the future of Windows Azure Pack. This document called as “Windows Azure Pack Roadmap and Future Support” and must be taken into consideration by any service providers who has datacenters based on WAP and related components (SC, Windows Server).

You can download the full version of roadmap here.

Here I’m just citing the most important quotations:

Product support for WAP and the current version of System Center will continue to be available until the end of 2022. Table 1 summarizes the product support lifecycle for the main components in a WAP cloud deployment.

windows azure pack support

Microsoft Azure Stack brings Azure to service provider datacenters so that they can accelerate time to market and expand the addressable market for their services portfolio. Application developers can maximize their productivity using a ‘write once, deploy to Azure or Azure Stack’ approach. Microsoft Azure Stack will be launching in the fourth quarter of calendar year 2016

Service Providers should continue to use Windows Server Hyper-V for highly virtualized environments (for example, virtualizing their most demanding workloads) along with Windows Azure Pack and System Center for management. More importantly, they should sell and support what is available today that end customers understand and ask for, and then prepare for future evolution of technologies.

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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