Planning Your Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Deployment

If you’re considering installation Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V, or if you’re considering moving from vSphere to Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V, then I have one very important question to ask you:

Do you want the project to succeed?

If the answer is yes, then go get your hands on the free Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP) 7.0, which just went into beta and will probably RTM when Windows Server 2012 does.

I’ve come to the conclusion that there is a direct correlation between success of a virtualisation project and a pre-design assessment.  Why?  Because every time I’m asked in, and this only happens when things go bad, I ask for the assessment reports and I’m told that there are no reports.  I dig a little further and I find that there were mistakes with design that some due process may have eliminated.

Key features and benefits of MAP 7.0 Beta help you:

  • Determine your readiness for Windows Server 2012 Beta and Windows 8
  • Virtualize your Linux servers on Hyper-V
  • Migrate your VMware-based virtual machines to Hyper-V
  • Size your server environment for desktop virtualization
  • Simplify migration to SQL Server 2012
  • Evaluate your licensing needs for Lync 2010
  • Determine active users and devices

It’s free folks, so cop on!  Spend half a day installing it, doing the discovery, and starting the measurement, and 1 week later come back and run some sizings against different infrastructure specs.  Run some reports and you have a scientifically sized infrastructure.  Surely that’s better than the guesswork that you would have done instead?  Oh you must be the exception because you know your customer’s requirements.  If I had a Euro for every time I’ve heard that one …

If you can’t guess, this stuff makes me angry.  But never mind me; you probably know better than me, Microsoft, real VMware experts, etc.  If I had another Euro for every time I’ve heard that one …

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