Switching dynamic IP to static in VMM

Creating a VM from virtual disk or existing virtual machine is a basic task in every VMM infrastructure. What if you want to assign IP from static pool instead of dynamic which is just the one option by default for such deployments? Well,doing this in wizard, will end by receiving a warning:“You cannot customize IP settings for a stored virtual machine or a virtual hard disk. You can only customize IP settings if you use a VM template” and static IP pool will be grayed out.

vmm static ip pool greyed out

If you don’t want to create VM template for some reason, PowerShell will help you to fix this behavior. Just start VM creation wizard, edit hardware and other settings and leave Dynamic IP for network adapter. Then don’t run VM and execute the following PowerShell script:

#Get VM
$vm=Get-SCVirtualMachine -Name "rl-srv-01.demolab.com"

#Get static pool which you are going to use with that VM (here I'm filtering pool by address range)
$pool=Get-SCStaticIPAddressPool|? {$_.IPAddressRangeStart -eq "10.10.25.1"}

#Grant changes
Grant-SCIPAddress -GrantToObjectType "VirtualNetworkAdapter" -GrantToObjectID $vm.VirtualNetworkAdapters[0].ID -StaticIPAddressPool $pool

#Update network adapter settings
Set-SCVirtualNetworkAdapter -VirtualNetworkAdapter $vm.VirtualNetworkAdapters[0] -IPv4AddressType static

Go back to the VM settings and check changes that script has successfully made:

vmm dynamic to static ip pool result

Weekly News Digest | Windows Server 2016 Scalability and more

Windows Server 2016 compute maximums

The new post in Windows Server blog is published on 08/25 and confirms the following scale changes in Windows Server 2016:

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So, Windows Server 2016 delivers the new-leading scalability to virtualize any and every workload without any exception.

What about vSphere 6.0? vSphere 6.0 maximums are far short of the WS. But I’m almost sure for 99% VMware will update their maximums as soon as possible (next major release). May be we will see updated vSphere 6.0 scalability before WS 2016 RTM.  HA scale digits are the same for both  WS/vSphere so far (FT/resource pools are excluded)

The difference between vSphere 6.0 and Windows Server 2016 compute values are below:

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*12 TB is supported on specific OEM certified platform

New VMware migration offer for Windows Server 2016

If you are really interested in Windows Server 2016 or plan migration from VMware, Microsoft has a special offer to you.

From September 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017, customers who switch workloads from VMware to Hyper-V can get free Windows Server Datacenter licenses when buying Windows Server Datacenter + Software Assurance. That ultimately means customers only pay for Software Assurance, which provides multiple benefits.

To be eligible for the VMware migration offer, customers must follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Engage your account executive or sales rep to begin the process.
  • Step 2: Identify virtualized workloads to migrate and specify the Windows Server Datacenter cores required.
  • Step 3: Provide your account executive proof of eligibility. (Offer applicable to customers migrating from VMware to Microsoft).
  • Step 4: Engage your partner to start the migration process.
  • Step 5: Receive free Windows Server Datacenter licenses with Software Assurance and pay only the cost of Software Assurance to kick start your migration.

Check out the new VMware Shift website for more detailed information as well as technical comparisons and more reasons to choose Microsoft over VMware.

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