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VirtualboyTV.com: Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 - Bare Metal to Live Migration

VirtualboyTV.com: Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 - Bare Metal to Live Migration

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Does this scare you?

HVS2008R2

This, if you don’t know, is Hyper-V Server 2008 R2.  No proper GUI, pretty-much command-line oriented, and without doubt, in my eyes, the optimal way to deploy Hyper-V into businesses of all sizes.  Why this, over the GUI version of Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V?  Well, there’s less going on, reduced patches, reduced services, and it’s kind of like the Ronseal version of Hyper-V – it does exactly what it says on the tin (that’s more for the UK guys!) i.e. it’s Hyper-V, and Clustering, and no other roles.  Sure it has the driver model, and the core kernel, but that’s pretty much it.  It’s still manageable and deployable like your normal Windows OS’s, it’s just, well, smaller.  Best of all, is it’s free for everyone and unlike others, we don’t skimp on the features of our free version.  Live Migration, High Availability, Hot-Add and more, it’s all in there, for free.

Question is, how to you deploy it, configure it, and manage it, and how quick can you do it?

Answer – watch this video, and be up and running in about an hour!

HVS2008R2Slide

In this one-off video, I walk through a bare-metal installation of Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 (RC) on 2 physical nodes, hook them up to an iSCSI SAN, configure the SAN storage, and then, from a Windows 7 (RC) laptop, validate, and build a Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 (RC) Cluster.  The end result?  A Highly Available, Live Migratable, Virtual Machine!

Duration: 48m 34s

Download the video, and more, from the VirtualboyTV site

Comments
  • how about a versionof this  thats fully automated? from pxe boot to final cluster deployment!

    just asking..

  • I'm sure it can be done, I just don't know how'd you'd automate the whole thing!  PXE boot and install would be straightforward - the cluster bit may be a little more difficult!

  • Somehow I need to emulate some of the vsphere stuff via scripts etc..  Don't ask what features cause I don't really know what stuff they want emulated.  One item I'm sure is the capability to take the PRO

  • Somehow I need to emulate some of the vsphere stuff via scripts etc..  Don't ask what features cause I don't really know what stuff they want emulated.  One item I'm sure of is the capability to take the PRO data and emulate what DRS does.  Just starting to work down this path bound to find somethings already done.

  • SAN storage ... that wouldn't be NetApp storage, by chance, would it?  Hallo from across the pond!

  • Hi Friea,

    It might be a NetApp FAS3050c....but I couldn't possibly confirm or deny that information ;-)

    Thanks!

    Matt

  • It would be nice to see how Hyper-V core is setup to use network bonded devices.

    I have yet to find anything, on any site that shows how it can be done, or even if in fact that it can be.

  • Hi TWM,

    Now that R2 has hit RTM, we should be able to get hold of some R2-suitable Teaming software from the relevant vendors.  Broadcom are due to release some update software soon, but I do believe that their current S/W does work with Core installations.

    Watch this space.

    Cheers,

    Matt

  • En esta dirección hay un artículo muy interesante y detallado sobre como instalar y configurar de Hyper-V Server R2, echadle un vistazo.

    www.malagahabla.com/instalaci%c3%b3n-y-configuraci%c3%b3n-de-microsoft%c2%ae-hyper-v%e2%84%a2-server-2008-r2.aspx

  • Adia,

    That is a fantastic guide - well done, and thanks for sharing!

    Matt

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