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 – http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=518d870c-fa3e-4f6a-97f5-acaf31de6dce&displaylang=en#filelist
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.
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.
MCS Storageview 1.0.3
A great tool from Mightycare to display the logical partitions of all virtual machines on VMware ESX 3.x or Virtual Center 2.x . The tool can display how many Gigabytes the Customer can save when they decrease the logical partition to a size the VM’s really need.
Download it here
VMware has a couple of free video training sites that have been brought to my attention…
These videos have some good tips in them. There are about 13 videos at the YouTube site and at least that many over on Blip.tv. … Well done to VMware for posting these free videos and I hope to see more soon!
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…
Just to break the Virtualisation theme that we seam to have gained take a look at these, not sure you would be able to get them for work purposes but they look fun !
Xbox 360 Laptop
Check out the release notes, there are a lot of fixes in this update! There’s also an update to the Update Manager and the Converter plug-in.
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!
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.)