Skip to content

This site is automatic translation of http://www.marcelosincic.com.br, original in portuguese

Software Asset Management (SAM)-Converting licensing for Azure

This topic is relevant at a time when we’re migrating to Cloud Publishes in many companies.

Continuing the series on SAM, let’s get some other topics and give attention to Azure. To view the list of subjects we’ve covered visithttps://msincic.wordpress.com/2016/05/03/software-asset-management-sam-with-system-center-configuration-manager/

1-Using the Normal Licensing for Windows VMs (SPLA)

To create virtual machines in the Azure is already set that the operating system is Windows and pay licensing embedded as part of the service.

This licensing model is called the SPLA and allows a provider (not exists only in Azure) license VMs as services billed instead of customer purchases the perpetual license as in online environments cause.

The cost of that licensing is measured by comparing values of the same with Windows and Linux VMs in https://azure.microsoft.com/pt-br/pricing/details/virtual-machines/linux/ and https://azure.microsoft.com/pt-br/pricing/details/virtual-machines/windows/

The day I rode this post the hour value of a VM D2 v2 Linux is U $0.159 and the same VM with Windows U $0.251. That is a difference of 43% in the price of the VM.

For this price difference we have options to use other forms of licensing we will discuss below.

2-Using AHUB (Azure Hybrid Use Benefit)

The AHUB is nothing more than using your license already bought on contract with Software Assurance (SA) in Azure and pay the SPLA Licensing.

Note however that your license should have SA hired, namely the right to upgrade, and virtualization. If you don’t know the SA see the post https://msincic.wordpress.com/2016/06/05/software-asset-management-sam-with-system-center-configuration-manager-windows-and-office-desktop/ where we have a topic on this.

In the case of using the AHUB the price difference calculated in previous item does not exist, since the licensing is now done in recruitment in Enterprise Agreement, MPSA or even OPEN. The contract type depends on the value and is acquired by a Microsoft licensing partner (LSP).

image

Microsoft already provides the templates for VMs AHUB but is also possible to use PowerShell with the –licencetype parameter. In case if you use the portal, simply create the VM stating that:

image2

However it is important to note that the AHUB is a Windows machine created with the price of Linux and it’s not possible to make the change through the gate. That is, you must re-create the VM if it already exists in the normal template.

Of course there are easier ways:

  1. Delete the VM, but not delete the disk
  2. Create a new VM as AHUB
  3. Attach the VM disk that was deleted
3-Using CPP (Compute Pre-Purchase)

The CPP is an old acquaintance who uses AWS, with the name of RI (Reserved Instance), but with a difference. See the following link, but he doesn’t have many details: https://azure.microsoft.com/pt-br/overview/azure-for-microsoft-software/faq/

While at AWS customer buys a given type VM/layer, the CPP of Azure the customer buys compute hours of given type/VM layer, following some rules:

  • Equivalent buying 744 hours of a determined based on type of VM
  • Are purchased for 12 months regardless of the anniversary of the contract (no-rata)
  • Are not linked to a VM specifies, works as a reduction in the total hours
  • May not be used or relocated to other types of VM as if it were proportional
  • Is paid upfront, that is the value of 12 months

The cost reduction is significant, but the value depends on the type of contract that the customer has and the level of discount, in some cases reaches 60% to customers and.

To understand the calculation, let’s use a simple table of HYPOTHETICAL cost:

image

More a time it is important to note that these VMs cannot be assigned to another type, the CPP covers for 12 months 744 hours monthly from a determined based on type of VM.

However, some customers use the CPP to upgrade since it allows cost reduction with the same value already provisioned for Azure 2 up to 3 layers the existing VMs!

4-Using CPP + AHUB

It is possible to combine the CPP with AHUB? YES!!!

Taking into account that the above calculation of the CPP was hypothetical, we use the value U $0.251 reference for Windows VMs in CPP with $0.16 U value, namely a VM with Windows SPLA Licensing.

Join the discount that the proportional AHUB, you can buy Linux VMs and use licensing that already has under contract, for example the value of the same VM D2 v2 of U $0.159 Linux would fall to U $0.12 with Windows using the existing licensing.

CONCLUSION

With PPC you can save 25 to 60% without having to make any effort, and with the AHUB you can create much more VMs account using the existing contract with Windows.

Clear that the CPP is much more attractive, since it does not require change in VM template, but both the AHUB as the CPP must be included in licensing agreements.

Now have fun, see licensing your partner and see how much you can save with these two licensing options!

Windows 10 Creators Update-Information for Administrators

Last week Microsoft released the new version or build of Windows 10.

Last year we had the Anniversary Update and continuing the Windows life cycle 10 this year’s Creators Update.

Some questions are interesting to consider.

How to download Windows 10 Creators Update

The recommended method is to wait for the Windows Update being released by regions and in Brazil should start this week.

But it is also possible to download a wizard in https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=846364

Another option for administrators who need to create an image is to use the MSDN Library and download the ISO or use the link http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=691209 and download the tool from generation to pen drives.

What are the new features that version for Admins

Many news! See the link https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/windowsitpro/2017/04/05/whats-new-for-it-pros-in-the-windows-10-creators-update

Some stand out as the new options in the Windows Hyper-V 10 as the new viewing options that disturbed enough as DPI, zoom and resolution.

But one of the news that the attention is the Windows Configuration Designer (https://www.microsoft.com/pt-br/store/p/windows-configuration-designer/9nblggh4tx22#), a tool that allows you to customize an image or create a file of standardization.

Before the WCD needed to install all Windows ADK to use MDT or other features, and now we can just use the GUI-mode Windows 10 WCD:

image

Who can download Windows 10 Creators Update

As an update, any machine that already has Windows 10, noting that the offer of free Windows upgrade finished already for a long time.

For it administrators is good to remember that we now have the Windows Enterprise E3 and E5 with specific resources delivered as a service.

Who use the Windows Enterprise needs to recreate the image if you have used the LTSB in deployments.

For details of the Windows Services: https://technet.microsoft.com/itpro/windows/update/waas-overview

Site for Network Test with Azure

Very common when we at projects with Azure terms the questioning about the costs and resources available outside local datacenter versus latency.

To equalize this kind of situation, we can use the site http://www.azurespeed.com/

image

Besides the latency test we can do tests of download and upload, ranges of IP used for each datacenter, and other interesting information.

Fix for SCCM 2016 build 1610 in the OSD for Windows 10

As is known to all that have updated to SCCM 2016, now the builds are downloaded and installed directly on console (https://msincic.wordpress.com/2016/10/03/new-sccm-2016-updates-model/)

However, with the update to build several 1610 had problems of “0x80091007 (Hash value is not correct)” in the OSD log when applied Windows image 10, an error that was not documented.

Well, Microsoft has released on Monday a Hotfix for this problem and a few others who are described in KB 4010155: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4010155/update-rollup-for-system-center-configuration-manager-current-branch-v

If you have SCCM 2016 Build 1610, between the console and wait for the hotfix installation to download then install it:

image

New RoadMap and Licensing Windows Server 2016

After the release of Windows Server 2016 received several questions about the future (roadmap) and the Windows Server licensing.

This post ir part of series about SAM: https://wordpress.com/post/msincic.wordpress.com/907 

New Life cycle for Windows Server

As an example, the Windows 10 was released on build 1511, upgraded to 1606 and other builds are already available for those who are part of the program Windows Insider.

The same concept will be adopted with Windows Server, which guaranteed 10 years of useful life with updates, but with two options:

  1. Windows Server 2016 Desktop Experience (installation pradrão) and Server Core – in this version the lifetime will be of 10 years. This model is the same 10 Windows called LTSB (Long Term Service Branch).
  2. Windows Server Nano -in this version the lifetime is 10 years and the updates are for build and Windows 10. This model of updates is called CBB (Current Branch for Business) and complies with the “Modern Lifecycle Policy”.

Reference: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/windowsserver/2016/07/12/windows-server-2016-new-current-branch-for-business-servicing-option/ and https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle/search?alpha=windows%20server%202016

We will better understand what it means and how it is different from the current model.

In Windows 2012 new features were always added in R2 and Service Packs, IE, it was necessary to wait up to two years to get the new features of the OS.

For installations of Windows Server 2016 Full and Server Core updates will be sent for update rollups, like a Service Pack. The most current for Windows 10 and Windows 2016 is the Anniversary Update. New features will be sent along with these packages.

In the Windows Server 2016 Nano updates carry new features, namely a new feature released in Windows will be sent to the servers as an optional package of 3 to 4 times a year. There is no need to wait for the update rollup to have access to new features.

In short, we have a Windows updated for 10 years. If you use the Full version will need to wait for the annual cumulative updates for new features. If you use the Nano version can access very quickly when new features stay available.

Licensing

Already known in SQL Server licensing for 2012 CORE becomes the default for Windows Server.

The change has a very simple reason, the number of processors (sockets) to a low and medium profile (e.g. Xeon E3 and E4) began to slow and the number of CORE (stacking) increase with the increased miniaturization of components.

In times past it was common for a machine to 4 Sockets (processors) each with 4 or 8 CORE. Today is much more common 2 Sockets and 48 machines. For example, the Xeon E5-2650 has 10 CORE and the E7-8890 has 24 CORE.

Based on that, manufacturers are changing the charging SOCKET for CORE and imposing a minimum CORE for each server.

To better understand how if earning before a server and what now, taking into account that each license is purchased for 2 or 2 CORE Processors:

SO Procs COREs Total Licensing Licenses Needed
W2012R2 1 2 PROC 1 license 2 Socket(Proc)
W2012R2 1 10 PROC 1 license 2 Socket(Proc)
W2012R2 2 8 PROC 1 license 2 Socket(Proc)
W2012R2 3 24 PROC 2 license 2 Socket(Proc)
W2016 1 2 CORE 8 license 2 CORE (Minimum)
W2016 1 10 CORE 8 license 2 CORE (Minimum)
W2016 2 8 CORE 8 license 2 CORE (Minimum)
W2016 3 24 CORE 12 license 2 CORE

That is, all the physical servers that you have will need to be licensed to at least 16 CORE even if he only has 4 CORE (Xeon E2).

But don’t be alarmed, the value that it paid for a 2-processor license is equivalent to that paid by 8 2 CORE licenses. That is, financially for common servers there will be no difference.

And how are the licenses that already own per processor?

This is the most common question and the answer is simple: for each current license of 2 processors/Socket (Lic2Proc) Microsoft will automatically convert and consider how 8 CORE licenses (Lic2CORE).

But what if I currently have a server with 2 processors and CORE 24, I’m going to have to buy 8 CORE (2 Lic2CORE licenses)?

In this case it is important that you run a SAM (Software Asset Management) before renewing your contract or immediately before changing your server to document that there was this situation.

Once SAM filed and documented, you can count on the 24 CORE licenses on another server, but require attention:

  1. Currently own a 24 CORE server and buy another of 36 CORE: Need to buy 6 licenses (Lic2CORE) to complement
  2. I buy two new servers with 12 CORE each: You will not be able to “break” the 12 licenses, as they are converted to a server and not independent licenses
CONCLUSION

Run a SAM immediately to document the situation of your current servers.

Remember, you only need to pay if you don’t document!!

For further reading and conversion examples, download the licensing document: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/licensing/product-licensing/windows-server-2016.aspx#tab=2

New Management Packs for SQL

Complementing the previous post about the new Management Packs updated after the release of Windows and System 2016 ( https://msincic.wordpress.com/2016/10/25/new-system-center-operations-manager-2016-management-packs/ ), Update follows.

The Preview of the new Management Pack for SQL has been released today from the 2008 to 2016 release.

Important that this preview already solves some problems that have occurred with databases and indicators in the SCOM 2016 console:

SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 / 2012 MP Features and Fixes

  • No extra permissions on remote WMI are now required for Local System account when Always On hosts have names that are no longer than 15 symbols
  • Fixed: Always On discovery and monitoring scripts can not read cashed values ​​in Windows registry
  • Fixed: Wrong MP version number in some Always On scripts
  • Fixed: CPUUsage and DBDiskLatency scripts fail with the reason: "Index operation failed"
  • Added retry policy in some Always On workflows to make PS-scripts work more stable
  • Updated the visualization library
  • Changed behavior of Always On scripts for cases when WSFC service is stopped

New SQL Server 2014/2016 MP Features and Fixes

  • No extra permissions on remote WMI are now required for Local System account when Always On hosts have names that are no longer than 15 symbols
  • Fixed: Always On discovery and monitoring scripts can not read cashed values ​​in Windows registry
  • Fixed: Wrong MP version number in some Always On scripts
  • Fixed: CPUUsage and DBDiskLatency scripts fail with the reason: "Index operation failed"
  • Added retry policy in some Always On workflows to make PS-scripts work more stable
  • Updated the visualization library
  • Fixed: Always On objects get undiscovered when any Always On discovery crashes

SQL Server Replication 2008/2012/2014/2016 MP Features and Fixes

  • Added support for configurations where computer host names are longer than 15 symbols
  • Fixed: MonitorDistributorSnapshotFreeSpace fails when being launched against SQL Server 2014 SP2
  • Fixed: Wrong source detection in logging
  • Updated the visualization library

New Features in SQL Server Analysis Services 2008/2012/2014/2016 MP Features and Fixes

  • Added support for configurations where computer host names are longer than 15 symbols
  • Fixed: AS workflows sometimes crash
  • Updated the visualization library

New Features in SQL Server Reporting Services 2008/2012/2014/2016 MP Features and Fixes

  • Added support for configurations where computer host names are longer than 15 symbols
  • Fixed: Web Service monitors do not support URL reservation https: // +: <port> / <ReportServerPage> (protocol is HTTPS)
  • Updated the visualization library

New SQL Server Dashboards Features and Fixes

  • Fixed: Tiles content is replaced with question marks after a long period of inactivity

Download and available details https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/sqlreleaseservices/released-public-preview-for-system-center-management-packs-for-sql-server/

New System Center Operations Manager 2016 Management Packs

Above new Management Packs available after System Center 2016 (SCOM) launch and install:

New Management Packs:

System Center Operations Manager Management Packs for Windows Server 2016 Essentials

Microsoft System Center Management Pack for SQL Server 2014

Microsoft System Center Management Pack for SQL Server 2016

Microsoft System Center Management Pack for SQL Server

System Center 2016 Management Packs for Open Source Software

Microsoft System Center Management Pack for System Center Service Manager

System Center Management Packs for Data Protection Manager 2016 Reporting, Discovery and Monitoring

Microsoft System Center 2016 Management Pack for Service Provider Foundation (SPF)

Microsoft System Center 2016 Management Pack for Orchestrator