Windows Server 2008 Step By Step

Microsoft have released a number of Step By Step guides on how to configure many of the new features within Windows Server 2008 – from server core to clustering, there’s a wealth of information. Shame you can’t download them all at once, but hey, you can’t have everything.

Available here –

Portable Server Environments

A friend of mine once had the idea that he could create a portable server environment, almost like domino’s pizza where he would turn up at your office with the thin (HP) or thick (Dell) base and add the toppings of your choice, a little bit of MS, a little bit of VMware and a sprinkle of Linux.

This would all be enclosed in a container and be a self sufficient server room that you plug in and go, the following cabinets reminded me of him…..

Portable Server Environments

In all seriousness I think these are great for the small companies.

New Eee PC, I want one.

Discover a New Perspective with 8.9 Inch Eee PC 900: This new generation of the ever popular PC packs in a whole range of hardware that includes a 8.9 inch widescreen, a 1.3M pixels webcam, the new innovative FingerGlide and 12GB and 20GB storage capacities for Windows and Linux platforms respectively.

Mobility is one of the major factors attributed to the Eee PC’s success; and this is in part due to the use of the built-in Solid State Disk (SSD) technology – which offers a quiet, energy saving and shock proof design for stable computing on-the-go.

Through extensive R&D, the inclusion of the 8.9″ display screen does not affect the overall weight of the Eee PC 900, which remains below 1kg and maintains the ultra portable theme that has become synonymous with the Eee PC. With this large screen size of 8.9″, a resolution of 1024 x 600 is achieved – allowing users to view a single A4 page without the need to scroll left or right and making it much easier and more effective when reading or working on documents.

Identify Capacity Bottlenecks in VMware

One of the main issues in Virtualisation is finding out where the capacity bottleneck’s are, or just to be happy that there aren’t any.

I have found the following Virtual Appliance (fully configured virtual machine) which says it will do that for you, I have not had a chance to test it yet but from the on-line demo it looks pretty good.

Check out the flash demo and download the beta from here…

Microsoft Hyper-V HA?

Towards the end of last year, I went to a technet event which was billed as a must see Virtualisation event. We’ll be showing how you can get virtual servers to failover with just Microsoft technologies they said.

And they did, with Virtual Server and Windows 2003 Clustering. It was a very big let down and it wasn’t even automatic. Most people had left before then end of the day, especially as we all thought they were going to show us Hyper-V. In fact, the Vista after hours event afterwards was by far the best part of the day.

Anyway, a few months later and Windows 2008 is out, Hyper-V is at RC and, well, Microsoft are still flogging the horse over clustering as being the solution:-

Yes, Windows 2008 clustering is much easier to configure, but I think the key point is towards the end – “all of the virtual machines will automatically restart to another node without user intervention”. Restart? I want them to carry on running, with, perhaps a small pause. It’s not live migration if the server’s not live!

Rumors of IBM or Cisco buying Citrix?

The markets are buzzing today on the rumor (here and here, for example), that either IBM or Cisco might try to buy Citrix. Of course the world is full of rumors, but there’s at least anecdotal evidence that people are listening to this one as Citrix’s stock moved up about 7% today, which is the biggest single-day move they’ve had in a while. (Although half-way through the day the stock has dropped about half that new value.)

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