In the time it takes for you to listen to this one song (5 minutes 19 seconds), I build a cluster, create a highly available virtual machine and fail it from node to node multiple times.
Failover Clustering with Windows Server 2008 R2 includes Clustered Shared Volumes (CSV) – the ability for multiple servers in the cluster to have full read-write access to individual files on a cluster volume (the VHD files used in virtual machines). It’s this ability that enables Live Migration (the feature that everyone wants – but not many people really need).
As you can see from this demonstration, Failover Clustering with Windows Server 2008 is very easy, as is creating Virtual Machines using Hyper-V. Put the two together and you now have a very cost effective High Availability solution for consolidating your physical servers onto a virtualised platform. And we now have Live Migration!
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.
Oh, and it’s here as well (different sound track):
As we wrap up the TechDays Tour around Ireland discussing Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008R2 with IT Pro’s I read tonight about some related information everyone should know about. There is a great posting on TechNet Edge about the some of the deployment tools Rhonda Layfield demonstrated on the TechDays Tour that answers the all too often asked question “Will there be an upgrade path from windows XP to Windows 7?” This information was forward on to me from Kurt Shintaku's with Microsoft in sunny L.A. Calf, it is a great worldwide community we work in!
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There's been a lot of press about how there isn't a an upgrade path from Windows XP to Windows 7. In this video, Jeremy walked me through using the latest beta of the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, specifically the User State Migration Tool, to transfer the user settings and files from a Windows XP installation to a new install of Windows 7 on the same PC.
One of the really cool features in this new version is hardlink migration. In the past, if you wanted to back up all of a users files and settings, those had to be transferred to a different drive, and the new OS install would wipe the machine, complete the new install, and then you'd transfer the files back. With hardlink migration, all the files stay in place on the machine, and the Win7 install just updates file locations with hardlinks. This means the install and settings transfer happens much faster, because the files aren't transferred at all, just the paths to them are updated. It's really cool, and means you can have a fresh install of Win7, with all your XP files and settings, completed in as few as 30 minutes.
WHAT’S NEW (in Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 beta): The new features in MDT 2010 Beta 1 are supported only for Lite Touch Installation (LTI)–based deployments and are not supported for Zero Touch Installation (ZTI)–based deployments using Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007.
The MDT 2010 Beta 1 release includes the following new features:
Microsoft Licensing is difficult at the best of times. The licensing for Windows Server and the associated server technologies that run on top of Windows Server (Exchange, SQL, SharePoint, etc) as well as how to properly license Windows Client for a VDI solution is very confusing. I make 3-4 presentations a week on virtualization and need to cover this in detail and in most cases go over it at least twice to even get close to people understanding it. Just this evening I had a meeting with a partner in Belfast and this topic came up. We had to cover it twice to make sure that we all agreed on what was being said and understood, and these guys do virtualization very well. The one point I make sure I communicate is the fact the licensing for Windows products in virtualization is exactly the same if you are using Hyper-V, VMware of XenServer, very important fact to recognize. The following links are Briefs/Documentation for proper licensing of Windows Operating Systems in Virtual Environments. In other words, if you are doing either of the following:
…you should probably review these documents from our Volume Licensing site. Licensing Windows when in virtual machines has some very important differences in comparison to licensing Windows on physical machines. http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/resources/volbrief.mspx
I hope these documents help a little in making the licensing questions a little clearer.
The job of being a systems administrator is difficult. As a result, it's important to have just the right tools. The March edition of TechNet Magazine has an article listing 19 free tools all available from Microsoft and are all designed to ease the administration of file servers, Exchange servers, and even desktops in your IT environment today. The article is written by Greg Shields, MVP, co-founder and IT guru with Concentrated Technology. His latest book, Windows Server 2008: What's New/What's Changed is available through SAPIEN Press. Get to know him at www.ConcentratedTech.com.
Here is a list of a couple of my personal favourites that every administrator should have:
Limit Login Some administrators in highly secure or specialized environments wish they could limit users to a specific number of concurrent logins. Particularly useful with Windows Server 2003 Terminal Servers, LimitLogin enables administrators to enforce concurrent login quotas while tracking all login information right within Active Directory itself.
If you want to find about about all 19 of the tools, follow the link below and happy “adminning”!
If you have spent anytime in a Microsoft presentation in the last 2 plus years, you are sure to have been hit over the head with the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS) message. The reason we keep hitting on this message is it one of the best products we make and helps businesses of all types.
Because this product is so popular, we have been releasing tools and resources that will help with the planning, deployment and management of solutions built on SharePoint. Here a couple I have come across in the last week that may be of help or interest.
The Sharepoint Product Team released the set of Sharepoint Architecture Diagram stencils that they used with Visio 2007 to create the diagrams from the posters they created around sample designs.
To create your own diagrams for models of server deployments, just download the stencil pack below. For examples of how the IT pro content publishing team for Microsoft Office used these shapes, see these pages:
John Jansen, Test Lead for Sharepoint Designer just had his book published by Microsoft Press, “Building Web Applications with Microsoft Office Sharepoint Designer 2008”.
Just as importantly, the team directs people to these two links where you can view John's free training videos on SharePoint Designer 2007 on Office Online:
· A six-part series on getting the most out of SharePoint Designer 2007
· SharePoint Designer 2007 Business Administrator Training
If you are serious about your Windows Server IT Administration, then this post is for you!
I got this post in my inbox this morning and needed to forward it around, free books are always a good thing! Powershell MVP Keith Hill has published an eBook which contains much of the contents of his blog. It’s now downloadable from his blog on Spaces.
Here’s a sample of the contents:
And on a related topic, another Powershell MVP, Marco Shaw back in Canada has established a Virtual Powershell User Group. The group has been meeting monthly via LiveMeeting over the last number of months with a MVP’s and Microsoft staff presenting on a variety of Powershell related topics. All of the past meetings have been recorded are available for viewing at the link below.
The Windows® 7 and Windows Server® 2008 R2 operating systems introduce DirectAccess, a new solution that provides users with the same experience working remotely as they would have when working in the office. With DirectAccess, remote users can access corporate file shares, Web sites, and applications without connecting to a virtual private network (VPN).
I have been able to participate in an internal trail of this solution and to say it is amazing is an understatement. I am sitting here on my couch connected through my home wireless network to Irish Broadband’s internet service, nothing really special here. As you might expect, we in Microsoft use SharePoint extensively. I am able to click on a link within an email to a document in a library inside the corporate firewall and have direct access to this information, with no VPN connection required. At the same time I am able to have an RDP session to my home server active and be reading a webpage on the score of the hockey games back in Canada on TSN.ca. This is my favourite new feature of Windows Server 2008R2; this will be the driver to many organizations adopting Windows Server 2008 in my opinion. End users are going to love the ease of use. So how does it all work.
DirectAccess establishes bi-directional connectivity with the user’s enterprise network every time the user’s DirectAccess-enabled portable computer is connected to the Internet, even before the user logs on. With DirectAccess, users never have to think about whether they are connected to the corporate network. DirectAccess also benefits IT by allowing network administrators to manage remote computers outside of the office, even when the computers are not connected to a VPN. DirectAccess enables organizations with regulatory concerns to extend regulatory compliance to roaming computer assets. What is needed to make all of tis happen:
At least 1 Windows Server 2008R2 serving as a DC , Windows Server 2008R2 DirectAccess Servers, Windows 7 Enterprise as the client, IPv6, a Public Key Infrastructure in place, IPsec policies. If this interests you, grab the whitepaper in the link below and see where the future of mobile working is heading.
Get it @ http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=64966e88-1377-4d1a-be86-ab77014495f4&DisplayLang=en.
This past week in LAs Vegas Microsoft held the Mix Conferences and a number of big announcements were made at the event. Mix is for developers and graphical professionals so what possible announcements could come from this conference that impact IT Pro’s you may ask….well remember that every custom application or web site runs on top of infrastructure.
Microsoft has created a new FTP service that has been completely rewritten for Windows Server 2008. This new FTP service incorporates many new features that enable web authors to publish content better than before, and offers web administrators more security and deployment options. This new FTP service supports a wide range of features and improvements, and the following list contains several of the improvements in this version:
x64 FTP Service @ http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=ffb7c167-279e-48d3-8169-dea85784c4d1.
x86 FTP Service @ http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=b7f5b652-8c5c-447a-88b8-8cfc5c13f571.
The modules of the Administration Pack are a toolset to help you be more productive when using IIS Manager. Functionality varies from increased configuration editing capabilities to configuring FastCGI settings on your server.
Configuration Editor - The configuration editor module will help you manage your configuration files. This tool is available for server administrators only. It allows you to edit any section, attribute, element or collection in your configuration file. In addition to editing these values you are also able to lock and unlock them. The configuration editor also allows you to generate scripts based on the actions you take as well as search the file to see where values are being used.
UI Extensions - UI Extension modules allow you to manage existing features through IIS Manager.
x64 Admin Pack @ http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=b74e3b35-b77c-4191-9ac4-8307423d09ec
x86 Admin Pack @ http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=bc9b9f0f-830e-409c-a211-dcea1b4d9860
The PHP on Windows Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content including demos and hands-on labs to help you understand how to build PHP applications using Windows, IIS 7 and SQL Server 2008. The March RC1 release includes the following:
PHP & SQL Server Demos
Hands On Labs
Go get it @ http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=c8498c9b-a85a-4afa-90c0-593d0e4850cb.
So you’ve got your Windows 7 DVD and aren’t too sure what to do with it. You’re happily running Windows Vista and when you run the Windows 7 setup you get as far as here and stop.
The problem is that you don’t want to do an upgrade or a clean install – you’d be quite happy having a dual boot scenario (Vista with all it’s applications for your day job and your Windows 7 installation for your “play” time).
Here’s the answer – Boot from VHD. A VHD is a Virtual Hard Disk – a single file on your file system that kind of emulates an entire disk drive (if you’ve been using any of Microsoft’s virtualisation solutions you already know what they are).
The quickest and easiest approach to get your dual boot Vista and Windows 7 is to follow these simple steps:
First boot your PC to the Windows 7 installation DVD (you might have to press the F12 key as your PC is booting to give you the choice – or even reconfigure your PC’s BIOS to boot from the DVD first).
Setup starts and you’ll be asked to choose your locale, accept the EULA and enter your product key (you can leave this blank and put a product key into the system within the next month), continue until you’re prompted with this dialog (where to install Windows 7):
DON’T press Next. Instead press the Shift and the F10 keys – this will bring up a command prompt. Type diskpart to enter our disk partitioning and manipulation tool. Create a new Virtual Hard Disk, select it and attach it to the system:
create vdisk file=c:\7.vhd type=fixed maximum=10240
select vdisk file=c:\7.vhd
Obviously you can change the file=c:\7.vhd to any filename in any location (it just has to be a .VHD file extension and can’t have the word windows in it). I’ve created a 10GB file (10240 MB) – it’s the smallest recommended for Windows 7 (you can make it bigger, but the bigger it is the longer it takes – 10GB takes a couple of minutes).
Exit diskpart and exit the command prompt. Now press the Refresh button and setup will offer you your new virtual disk as a location to install Windows 7.
Select your new drive and press Next. Setup will continue unattended for the next 20 minutes or so. Once finished, you’ll be asked for your username (Windows will create a computername based on your username, which you can change). If you’re connected to a network, setup will ask you if it’s Work, Home or Public and that’s pretty much it.
Once up and running, I do suggest that you connect to the Internet and run Windows Update (there’s a few updates already out there – most are newer device drivers).
Next time you boot your PC you’ll have 30 seconds to choose if you want to run Windows 7 of Windows Vista (dual boot).
I was just reading Martha Rotter’s blog & came across this post I Never Thought I’d Be Blogging About Playboy.
Turns out there’s a really good Silverlight application out there that uses DeepZoom to let you view 53 old issues of Playboy magazine.
It is a very good example of a DeepZoom app, but this one includes fulltext search “You can see in the image below the word I typed into the search box, and how it’s then highlighted in the article I selected. As the pages are DeepZoom-enabled, I can easily read the full text of the article.”