My Demo Environment For Next Friday

November 29, 2009 // 0 Comments

Here’s the demonstration setup I’ll be using for the deployment session I’m presenting on Friday.  I’ll be talking about Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 deployment.  The technologies covered are WAIK, WDS and MDT 2010. The demo machine is a Dell Latitude 6500.  It [...]

Network Requirements for Live Migration

November 28, 2009 // 0 Comments

As more and more people start deploying Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V, the most common question will be: “how many NIC’s or network cards do I need to implement Live Migration?”.  Here’s the answer for you. Your minimum optimal configuration is: NIC #1: Parent partition (normal [...]

W2008 R2 Hyper-V Hot-Add Storage

November 27, 2009 // 1 Comment

One of the features not being talked about too much in Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V is the ability to add new storage.  What does this mean?  It means you can add new virtual hard disks (VHD’s) to a VM while it is running.   It does not mean you can resize a VHD while the VM [...]

W2008 R2 Hyper-V Memory More Efficient

November 27, 2009 // 1 Comment

I’m seeing the real world results of this.  We’re getting a little bit more out of the gigabytes of RAM that is in each of our hosts with Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V instead of its predecessor, even with our hardware which does not have the very latest processor. One of the main players [...]

Extending a W2008 R2 Hyper-V Cluster Shared Volume

November 27, 2009 // 9 Comments

Unlike VMware’s VMFS, we can extend a Cluster Shared Volume (CSV) without doing trickery that compromises performance.  And has has been documented by Hans Vredevoort (clustering MVP) it is very scalable. How do you resize or expand a CSV?  It’s a pretty simple process: Use your [...]

Virtualisation: The Undersold Truth

November 27, 2009 // 0 Comments

Ease of administration. To a sys admin, those 3 words mean a lot.  To a decision maker like a CIO or a CFO (often one and the same) they mean nothing. It’s rare enough that I find myself working with physical boxes these days.  Most everyone is looking for a virtualised service which is [...]

Finished Our W2008 R2 Hyper-V Cluster Migration

November 26, 2009 // 0 Comments

Last night we finished migrating the last of the virtual machines from our Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V cluster to the new Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V cluster.  As before, all the work was done using System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2008 R2.  The remaining host has been [...]

W2008 R2 Hyper-V Network Tests on HP G6 Blades

November 26, 2009 // 0 Comments

I posted earlier today about my network transfer tests on HP ProLiant BL460C G5 blade servers with Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V.  Hans Vredevoort also did some tests, this time using BL460C G6 blades.  This gave Hans the hardware to take advantage of some of the new technologies from [...]

W2008 R2 Hyper-V Networking Enhancements

November 26, 2009 // 1 Comment

Windows Server 2008 R2 includes some enhancements to optimise how networking works in Hyper-V.  I’m going to have a look at some of these now. Virtual Machine Queue Here’s the way things worked in Windows Server 2008.  The NIC (bottom left) runs at the hardware level.  VM1 has a [...]

W2008 R2 Hyper-V Network Speed Comparisons

November 26, 2009 // 1 Comment

Hans Vredevoort asked what sort of network speed comparisons I was getting with Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V.  With W2008 R2 Hyper-V you get new features like Jumbo Frames and VMQ (Virtual Machine Queue) but these are reliant on hardware support.  Hans is running HP G6 ProLiant servers so he [...]
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