Update - Version 5: Added "Windows Azure Pack" together with "Troubleshooting and FAQ for Windows Azure Pack". 


Update - Version 3: Added "Troubleshooting and FAQ" based on research, threads from the SCVMM forums and experience from real-life deployment.




A couple of months ago, I was discussing network virtualization with a fellow MVP, Flemming Riis.
We decided quickly that we needed to embrace this technology and help the community to adopt it.
Generally speaking, NVGRE should be simple to implement, but when we add all the possible configuration options with VMM into the mix, we need to know what we are doing.
Let us be clear: if you consider to implement NVGRE, you should consider VMM to be mandatory. Period.

Flemming provided us with his own lab, running blades, SAN's and everything we needed to make this as realistic as possible.

Stanislav Zhelyazkov and Daniel Neumann had the role as technical reviewers and provided us with deep insight and helpful stuff that we either didn't know of, or had missed. Thank you guys.

This whitepaper has now been updated and is based on the RTM version of both Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 - Virtual Machine Manager, and will provide you with a hands-on guide on how to configure this, end-to-end.

The work we have investigated in this whitepaper can be seen as the foundation for our next contribution, that will show how Windows Azure Pack can take advantage of NVGRE in a hybrid cloud scenario.

If you have any comments or questions related to the white paper, please leave a comment and use the Q&A here.


- Kristian Nese