Follow me and learn Windows Server 2012 – Failover Clustering VM Monitoring

Night 24, Tonight I am looking at a feature in Failover Clustering called VM Monitoring.  This feature allows you to monitor the VMs running on your cluster.  If you detect the VM is in an unhealthy state you can take recovery action.  You can also look into the VM and monitor additional items!   Things I…

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Follow me and learn Windows Server 2012 – Installation Options

Night 23, by now some of you may be thinking about installing Windows Server 2012.  Well, you are going to have to make a choice.  Which user interface do you want?  Your choices are: Server core installation – Command Window and PowerShell Minimal Server Interface – All of the above plus MMC and some Control…

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Follow me and learn Windows Server 2012 – Scale-Out File Servers

Night 22, I am going strong and still studying.  Bruce here!  Tonight I am looking at Scale-Out File Servers.  Sometimes known as Active-Active.  Scale-Out File Servers is a great choice when your applications keeps files open for a long amount of time, like Hyper-V virtual hard disk or SQL Server database files.  It is going…

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Follow me and learn Windows Server 2012 – Hyper-V Dynamic Memory

Day 21, It’s Bruce again.  Tonight I am looking at Hyper-V Dynamic Memory.  We first introduced Dynamic Memory in 2008 R2.   Since then we have improved on the feature.  Below are some facts I discovered about Dynamic Memory during my studies tonight. While the VM is running you can decrease the minimum memory While the…

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Follow me and learn Windows Server 2012 – Remote Desktop Services

Wow I can’t believe I have been at this for 20 days!  Tonight I am learning Remote Desktop Services. I have learned some cool new facts about RDS in 2012.  Let me share some of the things I have seen tonight: Active/Active RD Connection Broker – Yes that’s right now all pieces have high availability…

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Follow me and learn Windows Server 2012 – IP Address Management (IPAM)

Hi, its Bruce again, Day 19 – Wow so much to learn! Tonight I am learning IP Address Management (IPAM). IPAM is a new feature that allows us to manage DHCP and DNS servers centrally. Here are some facts I learned about IPAM IPAM provides centralized configuration and update of MS DHCP/DNS servers Automatic discovery…

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Follow me and learn Windows Server 2012 – DHCP Server High Availability

Bruce again, Day 18 and I’m Still Here!  Tonight I am learning DHCP Server High Availability. We have two new features for DHCP, a new failover and policy based IP address management features.  In my studying I found two great walk troughs of the features, a hands on lab, and a migration script.  Below are…

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Follow me and learn Windows Server 2012 – NIC Teaming and SMB Multichannel

Bruce again, Day 17 and I’m going strong.  Tonight I am learning NIC Teaming and SMB Multichannel.    Finally we have NIC teaming as part of the Windows Server 2012.   As long as your Ethernet Adapter meet the Windows Logo requirements we support NIC Teaming on them.  We also have another new technology SMB Multichannel which will…

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Follow me and learn Windows Server 2012 – Hyper-V Replica

Day 16 of my 30 day quest to learn Windows Server 2012!  It’s Bruce again.  Tonight I am looking at Hyper-V Replica.  This looks to be a great solution for small and medium business for disaster recovery.  Basically in the box you have the ability to create a replica of you VM on a remote…

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Follow me and learn Windows Server 2012 – Virtual Machine Live Migration/Storage Migration

Day 15, the half-way point on my quest. Yup Bruce is still doing it!  Tonight I’m studying Virtual Machine Live Migration, Storage Migration, and Simplified imports.  This topic can be broken down it to many scenarios: Live migration on non-cluster servers Live Migration with no infrastructure Live Migration of the Virtual Machine while the storage remains on…

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