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Windows 2008 R2 and Windows 7 SP1 released to manufacturers
SP1 went RTM today which means it will be widely available soon. According to the Microsoft server division blog, the service pack will be available to Microsoft's TechNet and MSDN subscribers, as well as to Microsoft volume licensing customers, on Feb. 16, 2011. It will be generally available via the Microsoft Download Center and Windows Update on Feb. 22 You can see the blog and news here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/... ......

Posted On Friday, February 11, 2011 3:15 AM

Hyper-V Live Migration across Sites!
One of the great sessions I sat in on at Tech Ed this week was stretching a Windows 2008 R2 Hyper-V Failover Cluster across sites. With this ability, you could actually implement a Hyper-V cluster where you could migrate or even Live Migrate VMs across sites. With this area’s propensity for Hurricanes, this will be a very popular topic for me over the next few months. While this technology is possible today, it’s also very complicated and can be very expensive to implement. First your WAN connection ......

Posted On Friday, June 11, 2010 9:09 AM

MPIO with Windows 2008 R2 Server Core and iSCSI
Today I’m adding some redundancy to the storage paths in our Hyper-V environment. We have 2 Windows 2008 R2 Server Core host servers running the Hyper-V role attached to an Equal Logic iSCSI SAN. Each host has 3 network cards attached the iSCSI VLAN but only 2 are used for host connections. The third NIC is being used as a Microsoft Virtual Switch Adapter on the iSCSI VLAN for the VM guest operating systems to make direct connections to the SAN and use host invisible storage. NOTE: Host invisible ......

Posted On Saturday, January 9, 2010 6:17 PM

Hyper-V under heavy loads
This week I had a customer who was experiencing service loss on one of the VMs in their 2008 R2 Hyper-V environments. We initially started looking at disk as the source of the issue since the customer was using a Fiber Channel SATA SAN. I moved the LUNS into their own raid groups to assure each had their own spindles. I also converted the data drives to fixed length VHD files attached to the synthetic SCSI controller. While these changes did drastically increase performance, the server would still ......

Posted On Thursday, December 17, 2009 5:57 PM

To P2V or not to P2V
With the release of Windows 2008 R2, highly available Hyper V deployments have increased in popularity. One of the big questions during these deployments is what to virtualize and what to leave on physical hardware and in particular when it refers to domain controllers. Domain controllers are basically highly transactional database servers which service most basic network functions including authentication, name resolution, replication, and of course many secondary services like DHCP or Radius. In ......

Posted On Friday, November 20, 2009 7:12 PM

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