Five Easy Steps to Configure Windows Server 2008 R2 Failover Cluster using StarWind iSCSI SAN

  When there’s a no direct requirement about the business, people usually avoid the term “cluster” in their platform; mostly just because partial ignorance about the technology. For a long time, no matter if you were using open source platforms, Windows or any other, there was the believing that installing, configuring and maintaining a cluster is just a hard thing […]

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Free E-Book: Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2

  Microsoft Press introduced a great technique to get more readers: Giving away free books, as simple as that. And this time with a great proposal: Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2. Even though it is a short book (200 pages) you’ll see that there are several topics that you might be interested in. Here are the chapters involved: Chapter 1    What’s New in Windows Server R2 Chapter 2    Installation and Configuration: Adding R2 to Your World Chapter 3    Hyper-V: Scaling and Migrating Virtual Machines Chapter 4    Remote Desktop Services and VDI: Centralizing Desktop and Application Management Chapter 5    Active Directory: Improving and Automating Identity and Access    Chapter 6    The File Services Role Chapter 7    IIS 7.5: Improving the Web Application Platform Chapter 8    DirectAccess and Network Policy Server Chapter 9    Other Features and Enhancements You will find several information about important improvements introduced in this version, like: Hyper-V R2 (Live Migration and storage hot add feature); VDI; IIS 7.5; BranchCache and DirectAccess. Enjoy!

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Windows Server 2008 R2 Live Migration: “Overview & Architecture” and “Step-by-Step Guide” Documents Released

Microsoft released in the last days two new more documents about one of the most expected technologies on Windows Server 2008 R2: Live Migration. This new technology will allow you to move any running virtual machine using Hyper-V from Windows Server 2008 R2 or Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 (the free hypervisor offered by Microsoft) to another machine with any of those operating systems, without any downtime or disruption of the service. Here are the two links for the new articles: Windows Server 2008 R2 & Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 – Hyper-V Live Migration Overview & Architecture Step-by-Step Guide to Using Live Migration in Windows Server 2008 R2 Here’s an example graphic of how Live Migration setup handles Configuration Files of the virtual machines: It is important for you to notice that Live Migration requires Failover Clustering to be configured on all hosts, access to a shared storage (like in NAS or SAN environments) and a special network configured between them to be used only for Live Migration feature. For more information about Hyper-V Failover Clustering check this guide:Hyper-V Step-by-Step Guide: Hyper-V and Failover Clustering Complete list of requirements for Live Migration: Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 Enterprise Edition Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 Datacenter Edition Live migration is also supported on Microsoft® Hyper-V™ Server 2008 R2. Microsoft Failover Clustering must be configured on all physical hosts that will use live migration Failover Clustering supports up to 16 nodes per […]

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