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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Virtual Firewall and Anti-Malware Protection for Hyper-V Extensible Switch


Before Windows Server 2012 launching, I'm glad to received an invitation from 5Nine to test the product.Well, since it is related on my session, then i decided to demo it. Continue to read about the description about Hyper-V extensible Switch and 5Nine Security Manager.

Short description about the Hyper-V Extensible Switch:-

The Hyper-V extensible switch supports an interface that allows instances of NDIS filter drivers (known as extensible switch extensions) to bind within the extensible switch driver stack. After they are bound and enabled, extensions can monitor, modify, and forward packets to extensible switch ports. This also allows extensions to reject, redirect, or originate packets to ports that are used by the Hyper-V partition.

This feature is available in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V.

Short description about the 5Nine Security Manager product:-

5nine Security Manager for Hyper-V is the industry's only complete agentless security solution built specifically for the Microsoft virtualization platform and fully takes advantage of the extensibility of the new Windows Server Hyper-V Virtual Switch

It controls network traffic between virtual machines, detects and blocks malicious attacks, performs fast anti-virus scans and thus improves the security of a virtualized environment.

5nine Security Manager combines multiple protection modules, including Anti-Malware, Programmatic Virtual Firewall, log inspection and IDS/Web application protection, in a single and centrally managed software solution.

Here is a video of the demo that I've performed for the Windows Server 2012 Launching event to block traffic to Web Server and ping request.

5Nine Extensible Switch for Hyper-V from Yoong Seng Lai on Vimeo.

Short description about the demo:-

With Windows firewall disabled on the VM. Therefore

a) Configure monitor and enabled the VM that you want to protect. Once enabled, all the traffic is blocked , no access to services and ping request. Example:- Access to web server

b) Enable only “Web Service” request to Web Server. In this example:- i have created a simple page which showing my blog and just allow port 80.

c) Allow ping from one source to another

Now, by using 5Nine, i can configure hardening and Anti-Malware protection from a single console and protect the entire Hyper-V Host in the environment.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Presentation: Network Virtualization In Windows Server 2012


Now, here is the last session which i’ve presented during Windows Server 2012 event @ Malaysia. In this session, I've talked about the three different scenario where network has evolved and improve in Windows Server 2012. Check out as well the Hyper-V Extensible Switch and Network Virtualization.



No recording,

Presentation: Windows Azure


Now it is time to upload content on Windows Server 2012 Launching event @Malaysia. We got a 900+ audience attended the event yesterday at Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel.

Together with Matthew Khaw (MSFT Technology Advisor), we have delivered a session about Windows Azure and use System Center App Controller to manage Hybrid Cloud. Here is our slide session:-



No recording

Feel free to try Windows Azure by signing up for 3 month trial. Click here to know more

Presentation: Storage Options In Windows Server 2012

Quite a busy day. Managed to get sometime to upload yesterday session which i have presented during Windows Server 2012 Launching @ Singapore event. My topic is “Storage Options in Windows Server 2012. Total of 820 + people attended the events.

Here is my slide while waiting for Microsoft Singapore to upload the session recording

Coming soon.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Linux Integration Services 3.4 For Hyper-V is Available

Linux Integration Services 3.4 has just released. This version support the following version of Hyper-V:-

  • Windows Server 2012
  • Hyper-V Server 2012
  • Windows 8 Pro (client OS with Hyper-V enabled)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Hyper-V Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Hyper-V Server 2008

Supported version include with SP1 or SP2 where available.

You can install this version of Linux IS for the following linux disto:-

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.7, 5.8, 6.0-6.3 (x86 and x64)
  • CentOS 5.7, 5.8, 6.0 – 6.3 (x86 and x64)

You can upgrade to Linux IS version 3.4 from version 3.3.

What’s the new improvement?

  • Integrated mouse support: Linux Integration Services provides full mouse support for Linux guest virtual machines. You no longer need to use Project Satori to get full mouse support.
  • Live Migration: Linux virtual machines can undergo live migration for load balancing purposes.
  • Jumbo Frames: Linux virtual machines can be configured to use Ethernet frames with more than 1500 bytes of payload.

To download, click here.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Presentation:- Getting your hands dirty with Microsoft Hybrid Cloud


In today Windows Server 2012 Preview Event to customer and partner, i have co-partner with Matthew (Microsoft Technology Advisor)  to talk about Windows Azure and Private Cloud. Matthew is covering about Windows Azure & I ‘m focusing on System Center App Controller 2012 SP1 Beta at Microsoft Malaysia, Tower 3 KLCC.


Demo Recording:-

Demo 1:-

Register Windows Azure Using App Controller from Yoong Seng Lai on Vimeo.

Demo 2:-

Create VM using App Controller from Yoong Seng Lai on Vimeo.

Demo 3:-

Access VM Using App Controller from Yoong Seng Lai on Vimeo.

Presentation:- Deep Dive in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V

In today Windows Server 2012 Preview Event to customer and partner, i have presented about Deep Dive in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V at Microsoft Malaysia, Tower 3 KLCC. Estimated around 45 people attended 1 day preview session.

Picture taken during the event:-

Tag picture: Raymond Chou, presented about Windows Server 2012 Overview


Tag Picture:- The audience




-No recording-

Do you want to know more about virtualization? Please feel free to join MVUG user group. To join, click here. (membership is free and content available in facebook group)

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Hyper-V Server 2012 vs Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Comparison


Anyone looking for FREE, reliable and rich features of Enterprise class hypervisor to virtualize your workload? Give Hyper-V Server 2012 a try and here is the comparison between the old version vs new version.

Capabilities Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Server 2012
Number of logical processor on host



Maximum supported RAM on host

1 TB

4 TB

Virtual CPU supported per host



Maximum virtual CPU supported per VM



Maximum RAM supported per VM

64 GB

1 TB

Maximum running VM supported per host



Guest NUMA



Maximum failover cluster nodes supported



Maximum number of VM supported in failover cluster



To download Hyper-V Server 2012, click here

Now, how to do manage Hyper-V Server 2012? You can try download the free tool RSAT for Windows 8, click here

Bear in mind, even this hypervisor is FREE, it did NOT include any virtualization right for Windows Server operating system. So if you have an existing Windows Server license or plan to run VDI (virtualize client operating system), then this product is the best hypervisor for you to use.

Microsoft Virtual Machine Convertor Solution


With Windows Server 2012 just launched recently, it is time for Vmware customer to convert VMware based virtual machines and disks to Hyper-V based virtual machines and disks.

So what’s the tool that you can use? You can use Microsoft Virtual Machine Convertor Solution ver1.0 tool to convert the following VMware virtual machine

  • VMware vSphere 4.1
  • VMware vSphere 5.0

to the following hypervisor

  • Windows Server® 2012 Hyper-V
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Hyper-V
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 SP1

MVMC supports converting virtual machines using the following guest operating systems:

  • Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 with Service Pack 2
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista


Enter Vmware VCenter, ESX or ESXi Server name and authentication. I have entered my Vmware Vcenter detail.


Besides than the above requirement, the VMware VM must be domain joined, have VMware Tool installed and up & running. Look at my below screenshot, Test01.pcloud.local has meet the requirement and can proceed to the next step


Next, enter the VM authentication and specify the state after the conversion. Here you specify the source and destination state of the VM.


On the workspace, specify the temporary location to store the converted virtual hard disk


On destination Hyper-V server, enter the server name, UNC path to store the converted virtual hard disk and type of the converted virtual disk either fixed or dynamic disk.


Review the summary before click Finish to start the conversion.


The following is the process that happen during the conversion:


Let’s recap….

This tool help you to convert, uninstall VMware Tool and install Hyper-V Integration Component. Give this tool a try and start convert Vmware VM to Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V, Click here to start using this FREE tool.