Windows Server 2008 R2 Thread, Complete NEW 2008 R2 install in Technical; I'm about to embark on a complete fresh 2008 whole school domain install... has anyone got any advice or recomendations?
15th July 2010, 10:09 PM #1
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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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15th July 2010, 10:33 PM #2
at this point why not use 2008r2? dosent seem worth using 2008
15th July 2010, 10:53 PM #3
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i've put it in the wrong forum!
Originally Posted by sted
15th July 2010, 11:02 PM #4
Thread moved and renamed. Practice you disaster plan before you go live.
Originally Posted by hotwired007
15th July 2010, 11:03 PM #5
Good luck mate!!
16th July 2010, 07:43 AM #6
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.
16th July 2010, 08:35 AM #7
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.
16th July 2010, 08:54 AM #8
I might be considering something like a Drobo box for your storage - that way you can add extra storage whenever you need
16th July 2010, 09:24 AM #9
are you going all virtual? I would leave dpm and 1 dc as physical.
16th July 2010, 01:44 PM #10
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
Originally Posted by mrbios
16th July 2010, 02:21 PM #11
You just install VMWare client on your workstation to connect to the VM server.
Originally Posted by sted
16th July 2010, 02:25 PM #12
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.
Originally Posted by strawberry
16th July 2010, 02:33 PM #13
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)
16th July 2010, 02:40 PM #14
i dont have a dedicated workstation so i just have to use whatevers free using 2008 as a abse gives me a workstation
Originally Posted by teejay
16th July 2010, 02:52 PM #15
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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