I just had to share this quote with you.
I've been working with Edouard MELLY from Hewlett Packard for a good long while now, and in my quest to find great local references I came across this from Edouard:
"I've been in charge of 2008 training for HP, and I've tested a lot the new virtualization system: Hyper-V"
"With Hyper-V, Microsoft is going to change the world of virtualization"
"Faster, stronger, reliable, much easier to administrate. A real challenge for all other virtualization systems!"
You know what Edouard? I think your right!
I've been working with Gavin Fitzpatrick from Meath County Council for over a year now (he is one of the few people who attended every single one of my Longhorn Academy sessions). As you might be able to tell, I'm on a mission to get local people to talk about their personal experiences with Windows Server 2008 (on the basis that their comments and opinions are more valuable than mine). This is what Gavin has to say about Windows Server 2008:
"Windows Server 2008 has made great advancements, and I believe it's as far ahead of 2003 as 2003 is from Window NT.
With the great new Features such as NAP, Server Core & not to mention the reinvented Terminal Services Gateway, it makes upgrading to Server 2008 very appetizing. We are planning on Testing these new features in the coming months with a view of Implementing our 1st Production Server shortly afterwards."
And "Yes", I will be going back to everyone who says that they will deploy, to find out how they got on. So watch out Gavin - I'll be checking up on you!
I've been working with Michael Maher (a Principal Infrastructure Specialist working for O2 Ireland) for over a year now. I figured he must be getting close to deploying Windows Server 2008 by now, so I asked him how he was getting on. He had this to say:
"There are many powerful new features in Windows 2008 which caught my attention. I am particularly happy to see hypervisor level virtualisation and a command line only edition of Windows Server. Our business can potentially benefit from the improvements in Remote Access such as RemoteApp. We are likely to initially deploy Windows Server 2008 as a file server. As our organisation moves to Vista clients this will give us the opportunity to avail of the increased file transfer speeds in SMB 2.0."
I look forward to hearing about O2's deployment.
I've been working with Barry O'Sullivan on and off since last May (wow it's been that long). I was asking him the other day how he was getting on with Windows Server 2008 (had he been putting everything I taught him to good use)? He had this to say:
"Over the past 9 months I've delivered Windows Server 2008 training courses to Dell server analysts in EMEA and the US. The feedback has been very positive. The highlights have been the simplified installation, with the load driver option for raid controllers (no more F6 and floppy disks), greater open file support for backups, ability to resize basic disks (mount points were always seen as a workaround). In relation to clustering, the validate tool and disk signature repair option within Failover clustering were major highlights as well. Last but definitely not least; the ability to remote MMC into Server Core nodes. The cluster.exe command works a charm in Core & 2008 full and is a great option for scripting but for single tasks if there's a GUI option why not take the easier option!"
I'll have to see if I can convince Barry to let me attend one of his courses!
I've been doing quite a few talks on Hyper-V recently - which if you know me, means a couple of PowerPoint slides and a load of demos.
I've finally gotten around to encoding my demos - so here they are:
First (just so you know there's no smoke and mirrors), I build the cluster:
Click to start, double click anywhere to play it in Full Screen and move your mouse over it to get the Player Controls to pop up.
My cluster is built using three laptops:
Daven-2008 is running Windows Server 2008 and hosts a domain controller and an iSCSI SAN. The iSCSI Target is offering 31 LUNs (which are VHDs sitting on a 5400rpm external USB drive) to the iSCSI Initiators. I manage the cluster and Hyper-V from here. Daven-Node1 & Daven-Node2 are both running Windows Server 2008 - Server Core and are connected to the iSCSI target.
Next, I create a Virtual Machine and make it Highly Available. I then fail it between nodes, just to show what happens:
And finally, just to dispel the myth that a Microsoft Cluster is limited to 26 drives (one per letter of the alphabet), I do it again:
Hyper-V is just a role that you install onto Windows Server 2008. It works very closely with Failover Clustering to provide both High Availability and Quick Migration. Quick Migration, as you can see, is the ability to fail a running Virtual Machine from one physical cluster node to another with very little downtime.
Hyper-V is currently at a Release Candidate stage and will be finished soon (fingers crossed).
I've been working with Ian Brennan, a Web Solutions Architect working for ammado.com since last May. I was asking him how he's getting on with Windows Server 2008 the other day. He had this to say:
"At ammado.com, we’ve been learning about Windows Server 2008 for the last year or so. We plan to deploy Windows Server 2008 into our hosting infrastructure as soon we can – we know that between IIS7 and Windows Process Activation Services, we’ll be able to reduce our maintenance costs significantly".
I look forward to hearing about Ian's deployment successes..
We've just released updates to both Virtual Server and Virtual PC to give better support for Windows Server 2008 (and Vista SP1 and XP SP3).
If you're running either solution, I'd recommend you upgrade to the latest.
Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 with KB948515.msp
New Host Support
Windows 2008 (Core, Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter)
XP Professional SP3 (non-production only)
Windows Vista SP1 (non-production only)
New Guest Support
Windows 2008 (Core, Standard, Datacenter, Enterprise, SBS)
Windows Vista SP1 (Business, Ultimate, Enterprise)
Virtual PC 2007 SP1
Windows Vista SP1 (32 and 64 bit)
New Guest (only 32 bit) Support
Windows 2008 (Standard), Windows Vista SP1
I've been working with Shane McDonald, from Irish Cement Ltd on and off for nearly a year. I was asking him how he's been getting along with Windows Server 2008 the other day. He had this to say:
“I had high hopes for Windows Server 2008, and after three months running the OS in a test environment, I’m happy to report that they have been exceeded. I am particularly happy with the ease and functionality of the terminal servers, and the simplified approach to clustering. We hope to start testing Hyper-V in the coming months, which we are very excited about”.
All I can say Shane, is that you will be very happy with Hyper-V too (especially when you put it on-top of a Failover Cluster).
I've been working with Mark Miley (Senior EMEA EEC Vitality Technical Trainer) from Dell for the last while, and was asking him how he's been getting on with Windows Server 2008. He had this to say:
“In my 6 months experience of training and deploying Windows 2008 across a number of Enterprises both internally and to customers I have been constantly taken aback by customers positive reactions to its simplicity in ease of use, stability and implementation of business solutions available via Windows Server 2008. Key in this has been the vast improvements in HA Clustering and Hyper-V.”
I can only agree - Windows Server 2008 takes Clustering to another level (have a look at my Failover Clustering demo if you don't know what we're talking about). I'll post my HA Hyper-V demo soon too.
I've been working with Ian Smith (IT Infrastructure) from O2 in Ireland for a year now - he attended all eight of my Longhorn Academy sessions (which were deep-dive technical sessions going into the workings of Windows Server 2008). Ian is evaluating Windows Server 2008 for use inside O2. I asked him what he thought of it - he had this to say:
"From a security perspective, I am delighted that the use of server roles has meant that only the key files essential for each role has been installed this has reduced the attack plane considerably and cut down on the amount of patching across the server estate."
I just hope that Ian's evaluation turns into Ian's deployment!