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 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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Configuring Server Core

This post describes the best/easiest method to configure and manage Server Core. There are numerous posts and articles explaining how to enable a particular feature on Server Core and there are even more on how to configure Server Core so that it can be managed remotely.  Well, this is the best method I have come…

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Windows Vista Performance

I’ve been talking to a few people recently who are using Windows Server 2008 as a workstation.  Some of their comments are along the lines of:  “Server 2008 has the same code base as Vista SP1, how come it feels quicker?”. Interestingly there doesn’t seem to be a good answer (yet).  I’ve been shown a…

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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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iSCSI

Anytime I do a demo that requires a SAN, I use the Microsoft iSCSI Target software.  I’m lucky, I get to install it onto my demo machines.  If you want it, you need to ask your OEM (the one that sold you your Windows Storage Server) – it’s just an add-on. I’m frequently asked how…

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