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I feel bad that I didn’t include this yesterday – because it’s hugely important: Alongside of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 release candidates, Microsoft’s Hyper-V Server 2012 release candidate was also made publically available for download. “What’s so cool about that, Kevin?” For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, Hyper-V Server is the free “Free?!” Yes, free operating system that.. well, I hesitate to call an operating system.  It is Hyper-V in its purest form.. just the “micro-kernalized hypervisor” that you can run for virtualization hosts. “Ah.. so it’s free, which means it’s a slim subset of capabilities of the Hyper-V that’s in Windows Server, right?” Wrong.  It's every top-notch feature that exists even in Hyper-V in Windows Server Datacenter edition.  Full failover cluster support.  Full support of Live Migrations.  And now in Hyper-V 2012 there... (more)

Web Server Recommendations

I was asked this question last week at our TechNet Event in Kansas City. “What is Microsoft’s best practice recommendation for web server deployment to support a web site that has variable demands from day-to-day?  Network Load-Balancing?  Private Cloud?  Clustering?.. or something else?”  -Don G. That’s a very big question, Don. To answer it of course involves knowing a lot about your application, your customers, the amount of infrastructure that you want to support in-house or are willing to purchase as a hosted solution, etc.  And of course all have to be balanced with your bu... (more)

SCVMM in System Center 2012 and Managing Citrix XenServer

This question came from Randy at our TechNet Event in Saint Louis: “Are the VMM management capabilities for a Citrix XenServer based VM the same as for a Hyper-V based VM?  (example: can you still live migrate, change RAM, etc?)” The simple answer is: The capabilities are pretty much the same.  Live Migration, for example, will simply drive VMs in a managed pool through XenMotion.  There are a couple of considerations in some areas (such as XenServer Templates and networking), but being able to build a Cloud of Citrix XenServer resources right alongside Hyper-V or VMware based cl... (more)

31 Days of our Favorite Things: Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V Replica (Part 5 of 31)

Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 (and in the free Microsoft Hyper-V Server include an easy start to a good disaster recovery solution: Hyper-V Replica.  With Hyper-V Replica you can easily create and maintain an off-line copy – a replica – of a virtual machine on a separate virtualization host.  This means, for example, that if your main location or host for an important virtual machine goes down becomes unavailable, you can easily fail-over to the replica.  The copy will start up and be available in short-order. “That sounds really great, Kevin!  But what does it cost to set thi... (more)

Step-by-Step: Connect System Center 2012 App Controller to Windows Azure

The article I’m writing for part 13 our “31 Days of Servers in the Cloud” series involves using App Controller to create a virtual machine.  But to do this, you first need to connect and associate App Controller (a component of System Center 2012) with your Windows Azure subscription. So in today’s Part 12, as a preliminary document for part 13, in this article I’m going to show you how to connect App Controller to your Windows Azure account. To do this, we need to have a few preliminaries in place: You have a Windows Azure subscription, and have requested the ability to preview... (more)