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    Complete NEW 2008 R2 install

    I'm about to embark on a complete fresh 2008 whole school domain install... has anyone got any advice or recomendations?

    it includes but not excusive: 2 DCs, 1 exchange, 1 SQL/Serco, 1 av, 1 file, 2 dpm... plus some others - all virtual using hyper-v...

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    at this point why not use 2008r2? dosent seem worth using 2008

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    at this point why not use 2008r2? dosent seem worth using 2008
    i've put it in the wrong forum!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hotwired007 View Post
    i've put it in the wrong forum!
    Thread moved and renamed. Practice you disaster plan before you go live.

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    Cool

    Good luck mate!!

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    Buy into the Datacenter edition and then practice the mythical 1 server 1 role ideology - or at least as your physical hardware/server needs would allow for.

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    My advise would be ditch hyper-v and go vmware


    Good luck with it, i've recently done a similar thing myself, just not done the file server yet, dreading that bit...think i need to do it next week, doh.

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    I might be considering something like a Drobo box for your storage - that way you can add extra storage whenever you need

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    are you going all virtual? I would leave dpm and 1 dc as physical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbios View Post
    My advise would be ditch hyper-v and go vmware
    meh i like using a full serer 08 as the base so i have a console i can use rather than cli only now i admit this is a bit wasteful of ram but i think worth it

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    meh i like using a full serer 08 as the base so i have a console i can use rather than cli only now i admit this is a bit wasteful of ram but i think worth it
    You just install VMWare client on your workstation to connect to the VM server.

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    Quote Originally Posted by strawberry View Post
    are you going all virtual? I would leave dpm and 1 dc as physical.
    Why? DC's work very well virtualised, especially if you are buidling from scratch and not doing a p2v.MS used to recommend not virtualising DC's but they're fine with it now. Don't use DPM, so can't comment on that.

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    I'd say stick with Hyper-V and don't bother with VMWare (may be a good product, but is unnecessary complexity and very expensive, whereas Hyper-V is free with Windows).
    If you go for R2, then Hyper-V supports live migration.
    Create a number of physical servers and cluster them.
    Get Server 2008 Enterprise (or if your budget and needs stretch to it - Datacenter) - with enterprise you can host 4 Hyper-V servers without extra licenses (or as many hosts as you like with Datacenter)

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    Quote Originally Posted by teejay View Post
    You just install VMWare client on your workstation to connect to the VM server.
    i dont have a dedicated workstation so i just have to use whatevers free using 2008 as a abse gives me a workstation

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richie_OLSJ View Post
    I'd say stick with Hyper-V and don't bother with VMWare (may be a good product, but is unnecessary complexity and very expensive, whereas Hyper-V is free with Windows).
    If you go for R2, then Hyper-V supports live migration.
    Create a number of physical servers and cluster them.
    Get Server 2008 Enterprise (or if your budget and needs stretch to it - Datacenter) - with enterprise you can host 4 Hyper-V servers without extra licenses (or as many hosts as you like with Datacenter)
    VMWare ESXi is free, Citrix XenServer is free, both of which are more mature products than Hyper-V and so are well worth investigating. Hyper-V has improved yes, but when I looked at all 3 just over 12 months ago, VMWare ESXi came out tops for us by quite a margin, but obviously ymmv. Test all 3, don't just go with Hyper-V because its Microsoft and is included in the OS.

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