Building my Demo Laptop (Part 3)

In this post I’ll talk you through how I have created a Hyper-V Failover Cluster on my single laptop. To build a Failover Cluster you need a SAN.  I use the Microsoft iSCSI target software that ships with Windows Storage Server.  Being a Microsoft employee I have access to the bits, so I have installed…

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It pays to complain

There’s been a “small” issue with licensing around Hyper-V for a while and because of all the complaints we’ve received we have actually changed our licensing. The issue was this: I’m a Windows Server 2003 shop and want to virtualise onto Hyper-V.  Because Hyper-V is a role of Windows Server 2008, I now have all…

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Building my Demo Laptop (Part 2)

So my demo environment needs to be self contained (everything on the one laptop), needs to be as quick as it can and be able to demo as much of the Microsoft virtualisation stuff as technically possible.  My laptop itself will obviously be the Hyper-V host – which needs to be in a domain, if…

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Building my Demo Laptop (Part 1)

It turns out that how I built my demo laptop is generating a bit of interest.  These posts have become the “how to” pointers for creating a Proof of Concept for Microsoft Virtualisation and Management solutions. So to start.  My laptop is a dual core, 64-bit device with 8GB of memory.  It came with 4GB,…

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Hyper-V on a Laptop

This post is an introduction to how I have configured my demo laptop.  I can comfortably run eleven VMs on the one laptop, including a two node Hyper-V cluster, App-V and the four main System Center products (Virtual Machine Manager, Data Protection Manager, Operations Manager and Configuration Manager). I have built this to enable me…

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Tuesday’s Windows Server User Group meeting

Thanks to all those who attended Tuesday night’s user group meeting. Apologies for going on a bit (I was only supposed to take half an hour or so – not the whole hour)! Aidan has posted the slides we used here. Some of my demos are here.  Well – just the clustering Hyper-V ones.  The…

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Hyper-V and Virtual Machine Manager 2008

The Windows Server 2008 User Group – Ireland will be running an event on Microsoft Hyper-V and Virtual Machine Manager 2008 on the 2nd of September at 7pm in the evening (beer might follow).  The location is Buswells hotel in the city centre.  The event is free to all User Group Members. You can register…

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Hyper-V Laptop

There’s been a lot of talk recently about our new “Windows Server 2008 Workstation” (Windows Server 2008 with the Desktop Experience features switched on – plus a bunch of hacks).  There’s been suggestions that it out-performs Vista – I’m not going to enter that can of worms, but I can see a need to run…

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Larry Doyle and Hyper-V

Larry Doyle from Netforce in Dublin has been deploying Hyper-V.  This is worth sharing: “Windows Server 2008 is an awesome product and I am super excited about it!   I have been testing Windows Server 2008 since beta release and implemented the eagerly anticipated Hyper-V on our test network as soon as it was available.  I…

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Customer Minds and Windows Server 2008

Eduardo Shanahan from Customer Minds Ltd has deployed his new application on Windows Server 2008 and Hyper-V. "Our application was developed from the start with Visual Studio 2008, and the sole existence of LINQ saved me months of work. Now that the first version is ready, we went in production with all the datacenter running…

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