Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Windows Server 2012


I haven’t paid too much attention to this version of windows yet, but I have just been reading up on some of the Hyper-v improvements in Windows Server 2012. It does seem to have a lot of new features that could be useful for DBA running SQL Server in a virtual environment. Particularly the High Availability improvements and I’m very interested in the new Hyper-V replica feature.
 
I don’t have a link but if you search for Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V in your favourite search engine you will see the PDF whitepaper available to download from download.Microsoft.com
 
I’m going to download the release candidate and get VM setup and configured so I try SQL Server 2012 on this new Windows Server. I’m also going to get some Hyper-V VM’s configured on my VMware Workstation console so I can look at some of the new Hyper-V features that may be useful.
 
I’ll be sure to blog about my finding here. From what I have read,  I know it is a moving target the release date is being touted as Q4 2012 or Q1 2013. I don’t know how accurate these dates are but if anyone knows to the contrary please let me know by leaving a comment.

4 comments:

  1. I was trying to get Hyper-V to work through a VM I created using Virtual Box; I don't have a Windows Server machine at home and it does not work on Windows 7. It was a no go and after many hours of research I learned that Windows 8 will support Hyper-V. It will be a nice addition for those of us that still like to use the Desktop version of the OS and have Hyper-V available.

    -Ayman

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  2. Hey Ayman, thanks for the comment.

    You can get a hyper_v host to install on VMwareWorkstation

    Obviously you need the Windows Server ISO to install Windows server but you can get a Hyper-V host on VMWare Workstation

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  3. Thanks Getyhn. I've looked at VMWare before and it is not for free which is why I've been working with Virtual Box. I think I figured out a way around it where I don't have to use either VMWare or Virtual Box. I'm still doing some testing but when I've got it stabilized I'll blog about it and let you know.

    -Ayman

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  4. Finally got around to posting my findings using native boot with VHD. Will save me some money on new hardware and even software licensing. Until I get around to putting Windows 8 in a year or so, this is the path I have to take:

    Running a SQL Server Environment at Home Using Native Boot Virtual Hard-Drives (VHD) http://wp.me/p11bPi-9u

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