Creating VMs in Hyper-V the manual way is easy enough – lovely wizard, boot from ISO, install your OS, boot in, patch it up, be on your way. But it takes time I don’t have. It also takes tons of disk space, which I also don’t have (I’m running off a laptop’s SSD). How can we speed things up while slimming down? Continue reading
Windows Server 2016 features workgroup cluster support. In Part 4, I’ll give an overview of putting the actual cluster together. If you’ve never build a Windows cluster, the most important thing is ensuring you keep all nodes in lock-step with each other, so pay close attention and be consistent. Continue reading
Windows Server 2016 features workgroup cluster support. In Part 3, I’ll give an overview of the required security adjustments you’ll need to make on your hosts and admin PC to get everyone to play nice. Continue reading
Windows Server 2016 features workgroup cluster support. In Part 2, I’ll give an overview of the lab on which I built my cluster. Continue reading
If you’re keeping up with the latest release of Windows Server, Windows Server 2016 brings some interesting new features to the table. One particular item caught my eye: multi-domain and workgroup clusters. Does it work? Can I use it on the free Hyper-V Core? Let’s check it out. Continue reading
Let’s say the Widgets team asks you, the storage administrator for a new datastore to be added in VMWare…
What information do you need to collect about the nature of the datastore?
- Do you want that on SAS or SATA (maybe these VMs run everything they need in RAM, and rely little on disk, but need a lot of it)?
- In which datacenter will this datastore reside?
- What’s the purpose of this datastore, ie, how can it be differentiated from the others, and therefore named?
- Which environment is it for? Production, Test, Dev, DR, a specific team?
Great, now that we have the facts, what are the steps for delivering the new datastore? Continue reading