Live Migration, Cluster Shared Volumes & Networks

The recommendation for people setting up live migration clusters is to isolate different kinds of traffic on their own networks: Public network to access the cluster and the virtual machines running on it “Private” cluster heartbeat network “live migration” network iSCSI network, if required to access shared storage How do we determine what traffic goes…

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P2V with SCVMM – a quick tip

System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) has been offering a relatively simple way of doing physical-to-virtual migrations (P2V) for a while. You just click on the “Convert Physical Server” icon and off you go. Despite the name, it also works with client target machines. It’s simple, if you do some preparation work before. In fact,…

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A Free Book on Microsoft Virtualization

Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions from Microsoft Press is available as a FREE download.   This 15MB E-Book gives an overview of all current Microsoft Virtualization technologies: Hyper-V, the Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V), and VDI. It also describes which management solutions are available for them (e.g. System Center Virtual Machine Manager) and how they fit together….

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Live Migration in R2

I’ve got a lot of questions about Live Migration in 2008 R2. Rather than writing a long post on it, I thought I’d point you at some resources I found useful whilst setting up my test environment, so you can build one too: – Frank Cicalese’s (virtualization specialist) paper on r2 lab setup – Technet step-by-step guide…

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What is new in virtualization with Windows Server 2008 R2?

There are some quite interesting improvements in Windows Server 2008 R2 (what was wrong with W7 as a name?) that help us progress toward a dynamic infrastructure. Three of them are worthy of highlighting: live migration of virtual machines in hyper-v, cluster shared volumes and core parking. 1. Live Migration Live migration refers to the…

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Stop Climate Change?! – Part 2

I have been investigating some more in the area of Green IT, S+S. Some ideas and a lot of questions have come to mind. Please read on and let me know if they make any sense. By the way, Part 1 is here 🙂 1. How do you understand the status quo? This may prove…

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Hyper-V and Server 2008 RTM

With general availability of Windows Server 2008 Microsoft ships the beta 1 release of Windows Virtualization or Hyper-V (aka. Viridian). Customers, partners, developers, IT Professionals, everyone buying a copy of Windows Server 2008 will have the opportunity to test drive the Microsoft hypervisor Hyper-V. The version of Hyper-V included in the RTM build of Windows…

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