I’ve been speaking with lots of IT Pros over the past several weeks about
the new storage improvements in Windows Server 2012 R2, and one feature in
particular has gained a ton of attention: automated Storage Tiers as part of
the new Storage Spaces feature set.
However, not all of us have multiple SSD and HDD disks in our demo or lab
gear, so it’s sometimes challenging to evaluate and demo this new
feature. In this article, I’ll step through the process of leveraging
Virtual Hard Disks ( VHDs ) to simulate SSD and HDD tiers for the purpose of
evaluating and demonstrating the functionality of Storage Tiers in a Windows
Server 2012 R2 lab environment.
What are “Storage Tiers”?
Storage Tiers combine the best performance attributes of solid-state disks
(SSDs) with the best cost:capacity attributes of hard disk drives (HDDs)
together by providing the ability to create ... (more)
In Windows Server 2012 we introduced a new version called Windows Server 2012
Essentials edition. The Essentials server is very flexible and
easy-to-use. This was a server solution that was primarily designed and
priced for small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices. This
provided a great first server for many customers, as well as it can be used
as the primary server in a multi-server environment for small businesses.
With the new Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Server we really added many
features to make this an even more rounded server. The Essential server
Hyper-V Server 2012 is Microsoft's completely free type-1 hypervisor
product. Unlike some other competing free hypervisors, Hyper-V Server
2012 has the same virtualization scale and availability features as the
Hyper-V role in licensed editions of Windows Server 2012, but it's optimized
for running only the Hyper-V hypervisor on bare metal. It's a great
solution when you're looking to deploy dedicated hypervisor hosts within your
shop. The result? An enterprise-scale type-1 hypervisor for FREE! You can
get more details on Hyper-V Server 2012 here.
Recently, I was involved in... (more)
Thoughts From the Mind of a Previous VMware Admin (aka Game Master)
Do you ever feel like your Windows server is not performing well in the
VMware environment, as if it were a sponsor-less contestant in the arena of
the annual hunger games? As a VMware admin and consultant I witnessed first
hand the fine art of deception for presenting restricted resources to virtual
machines. An application owner or Windows admin would come to my cube or
put in a help desk ticket asking for a new virtual machine. They would
often ask me for an insane amount of resources for this VM because the... (more)
Over the past month, my fellow IT Pro Technical Evangelists and I have
authored a series of articles about our Top 31 Favorite Features in Windows
Server 2012. Now that our series is complete, I’m providing a clickable
index below of all of the articles in the series for your convenience, just
in case you perhaps missed any of them when they were first released.
Hope you enjoy our Favorite Features in Windows Server 2012!
Top 31 Favorite Features in Windows Server 2012
The Cloud OS Platform by Kevin Remde Server Manager in Windows Server 2012 by
Brian Lewis Feel the Power of Powe... (more)
As we get into the full swing of the new year and put another CES behind us,
it’s time to take a look at the current trends in technology and get a feel
for some of the developments we can expect in 2013. There are a lot of
interesting products just around the corner – some of them will seem
revolutionary while others will be a big update to current technology – and
many of them are well worth a look.
The release of Windows 8, which was optimized for touchscreens, is
encouraging a lot of companies to really innovate with their laptops. Last
year we saw the... (more)