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Update rollups needn't spoil your Sysadmin Day unless you're hot for Windows 10 VDI

Looking forward to a nice, relaxing Sysadmin Day? If you run Microsoft's Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2012, your dat may just have been complicated by the release of two update rollups.

The biggie is the Update Rollup 7 for System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager, which adds the ability to “provision and customize Windows 10 Client Virtual Machines (VMs).”

There's also enhanced features for those who like to manage servers virtualised under VMWare's tESX and ESXi and managed by vCenter 5.5. VMM is now able to exercise finer control over vCenter and the VMs it tends.

Debian 8 admirers now have the chance to run it as a guest OS under VMM. The list of enhancements includes one that stops VMM from crashing or stopping when managing more than 50 VMs, which it's apparently been doing “without throwing a usable exception.” Network virtualisation glitches get a fix, as does a mess that stopped previous versions of Update Rollups behaving properly.

Those of you using System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager Service Pack 1 have an easier ride, as the triple-headed update is billed as a stability improver only. Microsoft says there's no pressing reason to install it or new functionality to be had.

Which is not to say you're off the hook: those of you running EMC VMAX arrays now have Azure Site Recovery to consider as Microsoft's flicked the switch for this service. If you choose to, you can now have Azure handle replication of Hyper-V VM snapshots between on-premises VMAX arrays. Those VMs can also go up into Azure as an extra disaster recovery option, if you feel like sending Redmond monthly cash bundles. ®

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