Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Cookbook

Recently I had the opportunity to read Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Cookbook by Edvaldo Cardoso published by Packt Publishing. I really enjoy their “cookbook” series as they take complex concepts like virtual machine management and break it down in to detailed, step-by-step guidance that can be consumed in easily digestible chunks. The style lends itself well to following along in a virtual lab, working through the steps outlined in each chapter to configure a component or enable a specific feature. My specific goal with this title was to learn how to implement the Hyper-V network virtualization features of Hyper-V with System Center 2012. The book met my needs perfectly. Of course the entire book will be helpful to datacenter administrators interested in leveraging the power of server and network virtualization in their organizations. If you working with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 today, or are planning to deploy it in the future, you’ll definitely want to have this book in your reference library.
Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Cookbook

System Center Operations Manager 2012 Monitoring Pack for Windows Server 2012 Remote Access

Microsoft recently released a Monitoring Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2012 specifically targets the Remote Access role in Windows Server 2012. With this new monitoring pack, a systems management engineer can monitor a Windows Server 2012 server with the remote access role installed for the following conditions:

DirectAccess

  • Network interface connection and settings issues
  • IPv6 transition protocol configuration
  • DoS, spoof, and replay attack heuristics
  • IPsec state
  • DNS and management server configuration
  • Underlying service status
  • OTP-related heuristics

Remote Access and Site-to-Site VPN

  • Connection failures
  • Improper configuration
  • Hardware device and IPsec related failures
  • Monitoring of performance counters and instrumentation

This management pack leverages PowerShell cmdlets such as Get-RemoteAccess, Get-DAMultisite, and Get-RemoteAccessHealth. As such, only Windows Server 2012 is supported by this management pack. You can download the System Center Operations Manager 2012 Monitoring Pack for the Windows Server 2102 Remote Access role here.

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