Requirements for production deployment of Exchange Server 2007 with Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V

A new article has been posted on TechNet covering “Microsoft Support Policies and Recommendations for Exchange Servers in Hardware Virtualization Environments”. This article, posted this week, marks the first time that I have seen details on the requirements for a supported Exchange Server 2007 implementation with Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V in production. In short, for…

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Windows 7 blog and PDC 2008 sessions

I was glad to see the first bits of info about the upcoming “Windows 7” product being shared through this new blog by Jon DeVaan and Steven Sinofsky. Jon and Steven are two senior engineering managers for the “Windows 7” team and the blog, called “Engineering Windows 7 blog” or simply “E7”, is located at…

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Hotfix improves how Windows Server 2008 Failover Cluster works with Hyper-V

If you work with Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering, you should check a new update called “Increased functionality and virtual machine control in the Windows Server 2008 Failover Cluster Management console for the Hyper-V role”. This hotfix includes a few key improvements on the way Windows Server 2008 Failover Cluster…


SQL Server Remote Blob Store (RBS) available as part of the Feature Pack RC0 for Microsoft SQL Server 2008

As I mentioned in a previous blog post at http://blogs.technet.com/josebda/archive/2008/03/17/sql-server-2008-and-unstructured-data.aspx, SQL Server 2008 introduces new options to store unstructured data, in addition to the current BLOB support we have in SQL Server 2005. One of those options is the new SQL Server Remote Blob Store, a method for storing blobs of unstructured data in a…

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Failover Clustering for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V with File Server Storage

P.P.S.: This previously unsupported scenario is now fine with Windows Server “8” Beta and SMB 2.2. See http://blogs.technet.com/b/josebda/archive/2012/03/06/windows-server-quot-8-quot-beta-test-cases-for-hyper-v-over-smb.aspx P.S.: After writing this blog post, I found that the specific scenario of using Hyper-V VHDs files on a file share is not supported by Microsoft in Windows Server 2008. This is documented at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd183729.aspx. Look for a…

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Using Constrained Delegation to remotely manage a server running Hyper-V that uses CIFS/SMB file shares

P.P.S.: This previously unsupported scenario is now fine with Windows Server “8” Beta and SMB 2.2. See http://blogs.technet.com/b/josebda/archive/2012/03/06/windows-server-quot-8-quot-beta-test-cases-for-hyper-v-over-smb.aspx P.S.: After writing this blog post, I found that the specific scenario of using Hyper-V VHDs files on a file share is not supported by Microsoft in Windows Server 2008. This is documented at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd183729.aspx. Look for a…

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Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V released today! (includes a list of main Hyper-V related links)

Hyper-V is here! As you can confirm on the press release linked below, the final release of Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V was just announced.You can download the final version (number 18016) immediately from the Microsoft download web site. This version will also go to Windows Update on July 8th. Below you will find a collection of…

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Storing Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V files on a CIFS/SMB file share

P.P.S.: This previously unsupported scenario is now fine with Windows Server “8” Beta and SMB 2.2. See http://blogs.technet.com/b/josebda/archive/2012/03/06/windows-server-quot-8-quot-beta-test-cases-for-hyper-v-over-smb.aspx P.S.: After writing this blog post, I found that the specific scenario of using Hyper-V VHDs files on a file share is not supported by Microsoft in Windows Server 2008. This is documented at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd183729.aspx. Look for a…

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Deep Dive into Windows Server 2008 File Services (Upcoming Level 300 Webcast)

Heads up for an upcoming webcast on the new file service features in Windows Server 2008 by Drew McDaniel, a Senior Program Manager with the Microsoft Storage Solutions Division (SSD). Here’s a short description: “The Windows Server 2008 operating system contains a lot of changes to core file services components that dramatically increase availability, scalability, and…


Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Failover Clustering Options

There are many ways to implement Windows Server Failover Clustering with Hyper-V. I could actually find five unique methods to do it. Some of them will actually not give you a fully fault-tolerant solution, but most of them actually make sense in specific scenarios (even if only for demonstrations). In any case, just trying to…

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