Archive for Windows Server 2008 R2

A tale of 4 beta’s – Vale refresh, Hyper-V Server R2 SP1 v178 beta, Fabulatech USB over network beta, MS ISCSI Target 3.3 beta

A tale of 4 beta’s – am I mad!?!?  well maybe, but here goes..

But first to cut to the chase..  As I mentioned to a colleague only today – the Vail refresh ROCKS!!, it needs Silverlight 4 for the integrated media controls to make video, music, photos, etc. super sexy and prompts to install if you haven’t got it – Silverlight’s awesome also! ūüôā

 

Microsoft Windows Home Sever codenamed Vail – TP refresh install

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So it is R2 after all (I always thought it would be but quite a lot of folks who should know better referred to it as Windows Server 2008 ‚Äď fundamentally different than Windows Server 2008 R2!)

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A lovely Vail splash screen, configure a few tasks:

Shutdown with 28 updates later..

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Hyper-V R2 SP1 Beta testing & Dynamic Memory

So this week Microsoft released the beta code of SP1, this was one of the many anticipated announcements at the Worldwide Partner Conference this week.

As our business (The Full Circle – www.thefullcircle.com) is a Microsoft Gold Partner that has been involved in Microsoft virtualization since the beginning I thought it was time we were testing Hyper-V with Dynamic Memory!¬† Microsoft’s answer to VMware’s memory over commit allows Hyper-V to dynamically allocated memory to a guest machine from a pool of available memory.¬† This doesn’t allow you to over specify what physically isn’t available (a safer option than over-commit), but it does allow a group of VM’s to more efficiently use memory resource where it is needed – just what is needed for Microsoft to get serious in the VDI space.

From Microsoft’s own words:

Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V introduces a new feature, called Dynamic Memory, in the Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta releases.  It allows customers to achieve increased density when they’re consolidating physical servers into a virtual realm, providing them with predictable performance and linear scalability.  With Dynamic Memory, IT administrators are able to pool available memory on a physical host and then dynamically dole that memory out to virtual machines running on the host, based on current workload needs.
For a technical overview of the new Dynamic Memory feature, download the Dynamic Memory Technical Overview whitepaper.

So a quick 1.2GB download later (to support Win7 x86 & WS2008R2 IA64 & x64) and you’ve got an ISO to unpack or burn.

1st hurdle on my test install of Hyper-V Server R2 is.. a language¬†blocking issue with the installer reporting ‘Hyper-V¬†Service Pack 1¬†install has detected unsupported language files’ reporting that¬†Chinese (Traditional)¬†is not supported..

Did I install Chinese?¬† I don’t think so.. well, not intentionally anyway!¬†but checking both our test and live Hyper-V cluster systems revealed that the ‘Chinese (Traditional)’ display language was installed (by default) per:

Fortunately this is a simple fix, as shown in the picture –¬†at a¬†command line (or Task Manager Run) you can access the Region and Language settings control panel by¬†executing ¬†‘intl.cpl’, goto Keyboards and Languages, hit the Install/uninstall languages button, and finally select Chinese (Traditional), Next.¬† After a few moments the progress should report ‘Uninstall complete’ and you can close and OK¬†out of the Control Panel app.

Once the language support (or lack of if you wanted Chinese!), re-running setup should run through as below:

And eventually, after the mandatory reboot checking out the Windows version (Task Manager, About, no more winver from the command line in Hyper-V Server or Server Core) should report – Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Build 7601: Service Pack 1, v.178 – yikes that’s a lowish version, and the Build number is significant up from 7600 (more accurately version 6.1.7600), anyway¬†we are¬†only on test system at the minute! (and without EAP support I think that’s about as far as it should go! ;-))
(more on EAP’s and The Full Circle’s involvment in the development of Hyper-V 2008 R2 at http://blog.thefullcircle.com/2009/11/05/the-full-circle-secures-ascom-network-testing-for-windows-server-2008-r2-early-adopter-program/)

next on to the changes within Hyper-V and hopefully dynamic memory!

Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 beta adds Dynamic Memory host memory management and RemoteFX to enhance VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) implementations. The beta release of Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 introduces new ways to manage virtual machine memory, graphics and peripheral devices that add new dimensions to the usefulness of Hyper-V.

These features, including Dynamic Memory, RemoteFX and improvements to USB redirection, will require IT manager attention as plans are made for server and remote desktop implementations over the next several years. IT managers who are considering data center virtualization projects should put the Windows Server 2008 R2 service pack beta on their immediate evaluation shortlist. The beta is stable enough for use in a test environment.The SP1 beta became available in July and is offered as a no-charge download from Microsoft.¬†I tested the SP1 beta on our test rig HP ProLiant ML110 G5 with a single dual core Intel 2.33Ghz cpu, 8GB of memory, and 2 mirrored arrarys (2x250GB system, 2x1TB data), it does not have¬†a sufficiently powerful graphics card to test RemoteFX but I’ll be sourcing one!

This system, and all the virtual server instances that I created in my test environment, were running Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 beta version 178.

It’s clear that with SP1, Microsoft is signaling that the server hardware of tomorrow will need to be equipped much differently than it is today if certain workloads, including those that vary significantly in memory usage or desktop graphics support, are destined for the data center.
Buyers that are accustomed to buying server hardware with only minimal graphics capabilities will need to become much more savvy in the ins and outs of specifying high-end graphics cards for data center servers that are destined to host sophisticated virtual desktop implementations. This is on top of the growing RAM requirements of dense virtual environments.

Dynamic Memory

The SP1 beta includes Microsoft’s answer to VMware’s memory management system. In Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 this feature is called Dynamic Memory. I used the Dynamic Memory feature to balance the memory automatically between my VMs based on preset limits. As with most management systems, Dynamic Memory uses policy set in a period of calm to determine how scarce resources (in this case RAM) will be divvied up when in times of tumult and contention.

When I created my VMs, I specified several RAM memory parameters including Startup, Maximum, Buffer and Priority. These parameters make sense in that they specify the minimum amount of RAM needed to start a system, the maximum I would ever want it to consume, a buffer measured as a percentage and the priority of this workload in the overall scheme of business operations.

In my tests, the VMs performed as expected. When I beefed up operations on a high priority VM, the other VMs were starved in order to keep my priority system running at top performance. When RAM requirements on my priority system fell, this resource was reallocated among the other VMs on the test system.

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Best of Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) UK 2010: Manage the Future ‚Äď Desktop to Cloud

Location: 100 Victoria Street London SW1 5JL United Kingdom
Start Time: 18 May 2010 09:30 GMT, London
End Time: 18 May 2010 17:30 GMT, London
Language(s): English.
Product(s): Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager,Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager,Microsoft System Center Essentials,Microsoft System Center Operations Manager,Other.
Audience(s): Infrastructure Specialist,IT Decision Maker,IT Implementer,IT Manager.
Event Overview
Best of MMS UK 2010 will provide the best possible opportunity to learn about the latest IT Management products, solutions and technologies from Microsoft and how to apply them in your organisation. With a number of significant management product releases and announcements planned from Microsoft in the coming year, including some early Beta releases, this is an opportunity you won’t want to miss!

This 1-day event will provide you with an understanding of the latest technical updates on Desktop, Datacenter and Cloud management features and solutions from Microsoft. The event will share more expert knowledge and information than ever, covering current System Center products as well as Windows platform management solutions for virtualization of servers, desktops and applications.

Please mark your calendar for Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) UK 2010 on Tuesday 18 May 2010 in London.

Join us and interact live with Microsoft, key partnerships and early adopter customers in this informative event near you. (Twitter ‚Äď #mmsuk2010)

TIME AGENDA
08.30 Registration
09.30 Session 1 (Keynote): Virtualization 360: Microsoft Virtualization Strategy, Products, and Management Solutions for the New Economy
10.30 Session 2: Configuration Manager v.Next: Overview
11.30 Break
12.00 Session 3: What’s New Since the Release of Operations Manager 2007 R2
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Session 4(A): Opalis IT Process Automation: Introduction & Technical Overview Session 4(B): Introduction to Systems Management in Midsized Organizations with System Center Essentials 2010
15.00 Break
15.30 Session 5: Technical Introduction to Data Protection Manager 2010
16:30 Session 6: Service Manager Integration with System Center
17.30 Networking & Close

Abstracts:

Session 1:

Learn about the Microsoft virtualization strategy from the datacenter, to the desktop, to the cloud, and how it will help you cut costs and build value. In this session we review and demonstrate Microsoft virtualization products and discuss how you can use them to solve today’s IT issues (cost cutting, consolidation, business continuity, green IT), develop new computing solutions (VDI) and build a foundation for a more dynamic IT environment, including cloud computing. The session reviews all of the latest Microsoft virtualization products, including Application Virtualization (App-V), Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V), Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V, and Microsoft Hyper-V Server, as well as the System Center management platform (including Virtual Machine Manager 2008). Learn about the innovative pricing and licensing structure that allows further savings to lower both acquisition and on-going ownership costs. Learn how you can enable IT to become a cost cutting mechanism with Microsoft virtualization and management technologies.

Session 2:

The next release of Configuration Manager is coming! For over a decade, Systems Management Server and Configuration Manager have been used by thousands of customers and partners to deliver classic management capabilities to clients and servers. As we enter a new era for IT Administration, the System Center flagship product is evolving. In this session we present our vision for user-centric client management, and demonstrate improvements from Configuration Manager 2007. This session promises to be very interesting. We demonstrate a functioning product to showcase some of these major improvements, so you know you can’t miss it!

Session 3:

Join us to learn about developments which have taken place since the R2 release of Operations Manager 2007, including cumulative updates for SP1 and R2, new tools for diagnosis and troubleshooting, and new support for monitoring in the cloud.

Session 4A:

This session will walk you through the Opalis workflow designer demonstrating along the way how to integrate System Center products with other IT tools to create automated processes. You will also see how Opalis customers have automated best practices for incident management, provisioning and change management.

Session 4B:

For organisations up to 500 PCs and 50 servers, Microsoft is releasing System Center Essentials 2010 (SCE) to provide service monitoring, software deployments and updates, and management of physical and virtual machines. This single product is designed for midsized organizations, so this session will be full of demonstrations as we look at each of the major aspects of SCE 2010, including server and client monitoring, software deployment and patching, virtualization management and migration, and how to get started with easy setup and configuration. Come see it here first.

Session 5:

Data is core to a Service Management solution. Learn how to architect and extend the CMDB schema, how to set up and extend connectors, create new connectors, and lastly how the data moves to the Data Warehouse to deliver IT business intelligence.

Session 6:

The release of DPM 2010 is just a few weeks after MMS 2010 in Las Vegas, so this session will cover installing a new DPM 2010 server, and then provide an overview of the core capabilities and enhanced protection/recovery scenarios.

notes from the day..

OpsMgr 2007 R3 – a first R3 release for Microsoft

ConfigMgr 2007 -> ConfigMgr v.Next – embracing user centric targeting

SCE 2010 notes to follow..

DPM 2010, Anthony Tyler, Storage Strategy Architect (aka Foggy, and an old team mate of mine from PSS some 12 years ago!)

Backup to pretty much anything inc. “SAN in a can” but nothing seen as a removable device (so no USB unless you use iSCSI or a.n.other mapping technology)

tactical deployment in line with MS application deployment

i365 EDPM appliance – supports hetrogenius environments via eVault

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Microsoft Techdays: Virtualization Summit – From the Desktop to the Datacenter

Full agenda below, but key points for me:

VDI & App-V – still virtualise your apps when using VDI to leverage further coat savings & ROI

Win2008 R2 SP1 – Hyper-V gets ‘Dynamic Memory’ not same as memory over-commit but shares a pool of real server memory across VDI VM’s
‘Remote-FX’ – graphics rich across TS/RDP/VDI using server graphics capabilities – putting high-end GPU’s in the server!

‘Private Cloud’ & ‘Partner Cloud’ – enabling cloud based computing without the budget of Azure or Amazon Web Services!

Using optimised desktop for on-demand application provisioning & apparent coexistance of non-compatible apps

One image per major hardware type – more emphasis on process for application delivery & customisation/personalisation of the desktop.

Deploying Personal Virtual Desktops by using Remote Desktop Services Web Access step-by-step guide

VDI using Dynamic (“Non-Persistent”) Virtual Desktops
– master VDI image then pesonalisation & customisation streamed to image delta – discarded at logoff, roaming profile intact

Pooled VDI experience vs. RDS architecture (Shared Session Virtualisation)

giving a video interview with Stuart Leddy for TechNet Flash ūüôā

Having an insightful chat with David Overton (SBS Guy) around the prospective launch date of SBS2008 R2.. we think that the announcement won’t be until WPC in July, and then tabled for release in the last calendar quarter of 2010 and very likley post Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1… hmmm!

Formal / published event information below..

Event Overview
Looking at virtualization but unsure about your options? Thinking about Windows 7 migration? Interested in VDI and server virtualization? Want to save on costs but wondering about ROI? Have more questions than answers on the topic?

This 1-day event will provide you with an understanding of the key products & technologies enabling seamless physical and virtual management, interoperable tools, and cost-savings & value. Microsoft Virtualization provides a completely virtualised infrastructure for your organisation, from the datacenter to desktop to the cloud. Please mark your calendar for Microsoft Virtualization Summit on Monday 12 April 2010 in London. Join us and interact live with Microsoft, key partnerships and early adopter customers in this informative event near you.

For all the latest agenda and speaker information, please visit our UK Techdays website: http://www.microsoft.com/uk/techdays

‚ÄĘ Virtualization Summit –
From the Desktop to the Datacentre

Vue Cinema Shepherds Bush, Screen 9.

Looking at virtualization but unsure about your options? Thinking about Windows 7 migration? Interested in VDI and server virtualization? Want to save on costs but wondering about ROI? Have more questions than answers on the topic? This 1-day event will provide you with an understanding of the key products & technologies enabling seamless physical and virtual management, interoperable tools, and cost-savings & value. Microsoft Virtualization provides a completely virtualized infrastructure for your organisation, from the datacenter to desktop to the cloud. Please mark your calendar for Microsoft Virtualization Summit on Monday 12 April 2010 in London. Join us and interact live with Microsoft, key partnerships and early adopter customers in this informative event near you.
8.30am – 9.30am Registration
9.30am – 10.30am Virtualization 360 to End-To-End Virtualization
Dai Vu, Director, Microsoft Corp

Organisations today face many challenges and have certain priorities they must address. With Microsoft Virtualization they can address these challenges and concerns with the essential capabilities Microsoft delivers through the products they already own. When you couple Microsoft Virtualization solutions with integrated management to bring it all together you now have the visibility into your environment, while increasing your capability to respond to the ever changing business requirements. Also, learn how Microsoft Desktop Virtualization can help organisations with their access, data security, and compliance concerns while also providing anywhere access for their users. Learn how Microsoft Virtualization solutions in the datacenter help IT save money, increase availability and improve agility through the dynamic platform and management capabilities we provide to our customers. This allows IT to be more service-centric in how they provide to their customers. This vision of Virtualization will show that Microsoft today has the capabilities you need today with a path to the future.
10.30am – 11.30pm Next Generation Optimised Desktop
Keith Baker, Datacenter Technology Specialist

Many organisations are using Windows 7 migration as an opportunity to change how they provision and manage their desktops. The Windows Optimised Desktop is a vision for how organizations can bring down the costs of client computing while maximising flexibility, security, and manageability. Learn about the next generation of the Windows Optimised Desktop, which includes new technologies in Windows 7, Desktop Virtualization, Microsoft Desktop Optimisation Pack (MDOP) and System Center.
11.30pm – 12.00pm Break
12.00pm – 1.00pm Implementing a Comprehensive VDI Solution
Matt McSpirit, Partner Technology Advisor – Virtualisation & Management

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is one of the hottest topics in IT today and is an important cornerstone of the Microsoft’s Optimised Desktop strategy. Desktop Virtualization offers new and powerful opportunities for IT to deliver and manage corporate desktops and to respond to various user needs in a flexible way. For organisations to realise the full benefits of VDI, they need to ensure they choose a solution that addresses the key issues they face today. This session helps outlines the Microsoft VDI offering and benefits of an integrated and comprehensive approach toward desktop flexibility and manageability.
1.00pm – 2.00pm Extended Break – Time to grab a bite nearby
2.00pm – 3.00pm Physical to Virtual Management with System Center
Julius Davies & Clive Watson, Datacenter Technology Specialists

Virtualization has transformed how IT can deliver the applications and services to their customers in a very dynamic climate. But not all applications and machines are great candidates for virtualization, and it will take some time for IT to move all of the applications that can be converted to virtual machines. This session will discuss how an IT organisation can leverage System Center, a comprehensive set of integrated management tools, allowing you to keep complexity to a minimum and streamline operations. A common management environment reduces training, ensures uniform policy application and simplifies maintenance by leveraging your existing software, personnel, and most importantly, your existing IT management process.
3.00pm – 3.30pm Break
3.30pm – 4.30pm Deploying Business Critical Workloads and Applications
Dai Vu, Director Microsoft Corp

This session will cover how Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V provides an optimal platform for running your business critical workloads like Exchange, SQL and SharePoint as well as other various applications and workloads, including best practices, key concepts and other considerations.
4.30pm – 5.30pm Building a Foundation for Your Private Cloud
Sohbat Ali, Solution Architect

Windows Server 2008 R2 and the Microsoft System Center family of products are enabling customers to build the foundation for a private cloud infrastructure by using the Dynamic Infrastructure Toolkit for System Center (availability scheduled in the first half of 2010). This free, partner-extensible toolkit will provide you architectural roadmap, deployment guidance, best practices, and familiar tools to create agile, virtualized IT infrastructures. This session will provide more information on the toolkit components, and how you can improve your datacenter efficiency by lowering the overall costs of on-boarding, deployment, and management.

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Migrating away (up!) from SBS2008 ‚Äď licensing alerts

Recently replied to an old EBS2008 TAP friend and good mucker re: his plans to migrate away from EBS2008 and thought this¬†post might help someone out there…

I‚Äôll start by saying ‚Äď no we haven‚Äôt done this with EBS!

But concur I’d be cautious on licensing.  We did something similar with our own production environment with that other license limited server product.. SBS2008.

With SBS2008 upgrading the domain/forest, and schema to R2 didn‚Äôt appear to be an issue but transferring the FSMO roles was.¬† SBS was soon (e.g. 24hrs) sending alerts stating ‚ÄúThe FSMO role does not comply with the license policy‚Äú ‚Äď I‚Äôm pretty sure eventually seizing them back!!??!!

e.g.

-----Original Message-----
From: SBSMonAcct@thefullcircle.com [mailto:SBSMonAcct@thefullcircle.com]
Sent: 10 December 2009 19:37
To: +sysadmin
Subject: Windows Small Business Server 2008: Critical Event Notification

An alert was detected on your network. Further investigation into the issue is recommended.

Computer: SBSSRV01
Date/Time generated: 10/12/2009 15:50:24
Title: The FSMO role does not comply with the license policy
Source: License Compliance service
Description:
The FSMO Role Check detected a condition in your environment that is out of compliance with the licensing policy. The Management Server must hold the primary domain controller and domain naming master Active Directory roles. Please move the Active Directory roles to the Management Server now.

 

-----Original Message-----

From: SBSMonAcct@thefullcircle.com [mailto:SBSMonAcct@thefullcircle.com]

Sent: 10 December 2009 12:02

To: +sysadmin

Subject: Windows Small Business Server 2008: Critical Event Notification

 

An alert was detected on your network. Further investigation into the issue is recommended.

 

Computer: SBSSRV01

Date/Time generated: 10/12/2009 11:50:25

Title: Forest trust licensing error

Source: License Compliance service

Description:

The Forest Trust Check in the Licensing component did not pass because error 0x8007054b occurred in function f1 [BXHE].

The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted.

 

Make sure that your DNS server can be contacted and the following services are running on it: Active Directory Domain Services (NTDS), DNS Server (DNS), Kerberos Key Distribution Center (KDC). This server will be automatically shut down if the issue is not corrected.

 

 

Computer: SBSSRV01

Date/Time generated: 10/12/2009 11:50:25

Title: The FSMO role does not comply with the license policy

Source: License Compliance service

Description:

The FSMO Role Check detected a condition in your environment that is out of compliance with the licensing policy. The Management Server must hold the primary domain controller and domain naming master Active Directory roles. Please move the Active Directory roles to the Management Server now.

 

 

I found very little info on this last year, and in between adding R2 DC’s, Exchange 2010 (fun with mail routing), and adding SCE2010 Beta then RC into the network we ended up leaving the virtualised SBS2008 box in play Рother priorities (customers!) have been more important.

Somewhat useless with helping find the cause – http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd443466%28WS.10%29.aspx

very little info on it too –

http://www.google.co.uk/#hl=en&source=hp&q=The+FSMO+role+does+not+comply+with+the+license+policy&btnG=Google+Search&meta=&aq=f&oq=&fp=b432878984070c8a

Hope this helps, if just a little!

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Training – Updating Your Windows Server 2008 Technology Specialist Skills to R2

This week I have another couple of days out of the office (or our clients office) for yet more Microsoft Partner training –¬†2 days of updating your Technology Specialist skills Windows Server 2008 R2.

Updating Your Windows Server 2008 Technology Specialist Skills to R2

This course is so hot off the press that the materials were only delivered last Thursday… e.g. buggy labs – fun to fix! ;-), no course DVD cut as yet, and a speaker that doesn’t know the materials, and fortunately doesn’t need too… as it’s being delivered by¬†¬†Andy Mallone (www.quality-training.co.uk/blog/¬†& http://www.divedeeperevents.com/)

Andy is an MVP in Windows Server, has been an MCT for 15 years (had a 4-digit MCP id), is a speaker at various events inc. just back from TechEd delivering , and will be in Redmond in 2 months time as an external member of the Windows 8 product team… likely to be the first x64 only client OS from Microsoft.

Global Knowledge use the strap line ‘Experts teaching Experts’ – they have nailed it on this one. ūüôā

Anyway, on to the course (Top tips as usual at the end..):

Activity name: 44CO149 – Updating Your Windows Server 2008 Technology Specialist Skills to R2

Facility: Global Knowledge, London, 83 Baker Street, W1U 6AG

Who: Andy Mallone (www.quality-training.co.uk/blog/)
MVP Windows Server, MCT for 15 years, speaker at various events inc. just back from TechEd, and will be in Redmond in 2 months time as an external member of the Windows 8 product team!

Andy Malone has a deep and broad understanding so far beyond the subject (and that your average instructor) that allowed him to easily fill in the gaps in the somewhat lacking and already outdated course materials.¬† The result was ‘quality training’ that has made a real difference to our long term understanding and ability to work with Windows 7 and the supporting technologies.

Activity Link (URL): https://training.partner.microsoft.com/learning/app/SYS_Login.aspx?lang=en-gb&RU=https%3A//training.partner.microsoft.com/learning/app/management/LMS_ActDetails.aspx%3FActivityId%3D549434%26UserMode%3D0

Activity description: 44CO149 – Updating Your Windows Server 2008 Technology Specialist Skills to R2

Summary:

This two day intensive course is aimed at fast tracking Windows Server Technical Specialists and IT professionals onto the new technology of Windows Server 2008 R2. This course will also provide enough knowledge and skills for Partners to pass the new WS08R2 exam, due out later this year.

Prerequisites:

Students who attend this 2-day ILT should have the following prerequisite knowledge:
‚ÄĘ Possess core Windows Server 2008 Technology Specialist skills.

‚ÄĘ Familiarity and experience with batch scripting or another scripting language.

‚ÄĘ Experience with Windows deployment technologies and implementation.

‚ÄĘ Experience with Windows networking technologies and implementation.

‚ÄĘ Experience with Active Directory technologies and implementation.

‚ÄĘ Experience with Windows Server 2008 server virtualization technologies and implementation.

‚ÄĘ Experience with Windows Server 2008 Web application server technologies and implementation.

Objectives:

Students who attend this 2-day ILT should have the following prerequisite knowledge:
‚ÄĘ Possess core Windows Server 2008 Technology Specialist skills.

‚ÄĘ Familiarity and experience with batch scripting or another scripting language.

‚ÄĘ Experience with Windows deployment technologies and implementation.

‚ÄĘ Experience with Windows networking technologies and implementation.

‚ÄĘ Experience with Active Directory technologies and implementation.

‚ÄĘ Experience with Windows Server 2008 server virtualization technologies and implementation.

‚ÄĘ Experience with Windows Server 2008 Web application server technologies and implementation.

Top tips & links picked up during the course…

– Using VHD’s created in disk management for storage whatever you need, whereever you need it,¬†appearing as local storage (disk, volume, etc.)¬†– helping towards the goal of¬†‘elastic enterprise solutions’ & cloud computing

Demo on how to use a VHD to support native OS boot for Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 – more at Keith Combes excellent blahg at http://blogs.technet.com/keithcombs/archive/2009/05/22/dual-boot-from-vhd-using-windows-7-and-windows-server-2008-r2.aspx

– AD Administration Center… the shape of AD admin to come..?
(an R2 RSAT feature..)

– Technologies you need to embrace to succeed in this industry in the next few years… Virtualisation, Cloud, IPv6

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MinWin

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc730985.aspx

– Encryption types, data at rest (e.g. encrypting on the disk with bitlocker) vs. data in transit (e.g. encryption on the network with IPsec)

– MSAT (Microsoft Security Assessment Toolkit) – is gold!

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Hyper-V Server R2 build on ProLiant hardware step-by-step

This is a step-by-step guide to installing Windows Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 on HP ProLiant hardware and is written with reference to my server core commands post back in April 2008 – in fact this should have been written at least 6 months ago so apologies if you’ve only just found this now.

Before you start, go to your vendor’s (in this case HP) support site to check for latest downloads), namely firmware, drivers, and system management software.

For my development box, the cheap and cherful HP ProLiant ML110 (not really a ProLiant as in 3xx series upwards that take SmartStart) this means going to:

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareIndex.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodNameId=3577715&prodTypeId=15351&prodSeriesId=3577708&swLang=8&taskId=135&swEnvOID=4064
(at last R2 drivers! :-), but also suppliemented by Windows Server 2008 x64 drivers at:

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareIndex.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodNameId=3577715&prodTypeId=15351&prodSeriesId=3577708&swLang=8&taskId=135&swEnvOID=4024

Matrox Video Driver for HP ProLiant 100-series Servers 5.96.6.6
10 Apr 2008
HP Embedded G5 SATA RAID Controller Driver for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 x64 Editions 1.5.17020.0
11 Aug 2008
HP NC-Series Broadcom 1Gb Driver for Windows Server 2008 x64 Editions 12.2.2.1
10 Nov 2009
HP NC-Series Intel E1E Driver for Windows Server 2008 R2 9.13.12.0
18 Aug 2009

 

  1. H/W config ‚Äď unplug all but onboard NIC
  2. Boot from Hyper-V Server R2 installation media
  3. Language selection
  4. Regional Settings (Language, Time & Currency, Keyboard)
  5. Accept license terms
  6. Chose Custom installation
  7. Where do you want to install Windows?
    Select Load Driver to load h/w specific raid/disk drivers
    (For ML110 G5 PoC this is ‚ÄėG5 SATA RAID Driver 1.5.17‚Äô from a USB key)
  8. Where do you want to install Windows?
    Delete any existing partitions so the target disk is all ‚ÄėUnallocated Space‚Äô
    Drive options (advance), New, Size is 32768 + 100 (32868 MB)
    (WS2008 R2 will create a partition called ‚ÄėSystem Reserved of 100MB), the remainder will become your target/intended size partition (32GB)
    Create a partition in the unallocated space and format it so the disk drives are contiguous
    Select the 32GB partition and select Next to start installation (Copying Windows files, etc.)
  9. The system will restart during installation (approximately 20mins from copying), and after c.30 mins the console screen will report ‚Äėpreparing the system for first time use‚Äô before prompting ‚ÄėThe user‚Äôs password must be changed before logging on the first time.‚Äô
  10. Install vendor specific hardware drivers
    1. Video drivers (ML110 G5 ‚Äď Matrox G200e v.5.96.006)
    2. Network drivers (HP NC-Series Broadcom 1Gb Driver for Windows Server 2008 x64 Editions v12.2.2.1, HP NC-Series Intel E1E Driver for Windows Server 2008 R2)
  11. Hyper-V Configuration (sconfig.exe, formerly hvconfig.exe)
    1. Domain/Workgroup
      Workgroup: leave as WORKGROUP as domain join later
    2. Computer Name: HVNODEnn
      (DO NOT restart, resume Initial Configuration tasks)
    3. Add Local Administrator
      (add any local service accounts, etc.)
    4. Add Features
      Use script (sc-enableSNMP.cmd, sc-enableBackup.cmd) to add:
      SNMP Services (pre-req for most vendor systems management  tools)
      Windows Server Backup Features
    5. Configure Networking:
      Use script (sc-renameNICs.cmd) to rename adapters per:
      Local Area Connection – Onboard
      Local Area Connection – DualPort #1
      Local Area Connection – DualPort #2Assign static addresses per local site IP addressing allocation / standards
      Plug in any additional NICs e.g. iSCSI SAN, additional switches, etc.
    6. Configure Remote Management
      Enable all features (MMC RM, PS)
      (DO NOT restart, resume Initial Configuration tasks ‚Äď Network Settings)
    7. Remote Desktop
      (E)nable with option 2) Allow clients running any version of Remote Desktop
      (needs review in production)
    8. Windows Update Settings (leave as manual)
    9. Download and install updates
      Search for (A)ll updates, select (A)ll updates
      (DO NOT restart, resume Configuration tasks ‚Äď domain join)
    10. Change Domain/Workgroup membership
      Join (D)omain ‚Äď yourdomain.local
      (domain\administrative account)
      RESTART THE COMPUTER
    11. Logon as domain administrator and resume configuration
    12. Complete ‚ÄėConfigure Remote Management‚Äô (enable SM RM)
    13. Failover Clustering Feature ‚Äď Enable
    14. Configure Microsoft iSCSI (start iscsicpl.exe)
      Agree to starting iSCSI services automatically
      Quick Connect (IP address of iSCSI Target)
      Connect the Quorum volume first, then configure Volumes and Devices (auto-configure)
      Configure as drive letter Q: in Disk Management then make offline
      Connect other Shared Storage volumes
  12. Server Manager (Connect to another computer…) ¬†‚Äď configuration task
    1. SNMP Service Configuration (Configuration, Services, SNMP Service)
      Agent Contact: IT sysadmin ‚Äď sysadmin@fqdn.com
      Agent Location: Test Lab, Rack, Site, Country
      Agent Service: enable all services
      Security: Add community names
        READ ONLY: snmp_read
        READ WRITE:  snmp_read_write
      Restart the service
    2. Disk Management
      Change CD-ROM 0 to drive letter F
      Create ‚ÄėNew Simple Volume‚Äô for D: Data, 64K Allocation unit size
      (Convert to Dynamic Disk..?)
  13. Hyper-V Configuration
    1. Hyper-V Server Settings (set paths to D:\Hyper-V\)
    2. Hyper-V Network Manager ‚Äď add External ‚ÄėVirtual Network ‚Äď External‚Äô

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