Microsoft: Getting MS Hotfixes The Easy Way


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Aleks Nikolić heeft dit al eerder gepost op zijn blog: http://www.virtualistic.nl en ik wil deze handige site nog een keer onder de aandacht brengen. Je kent het wel, je hebt een storing op je Windows 2003 server en na wat googlen kom je uit bij een KB artikel met een hotfix. Deze hotfix kun je alleen niet downloaden, deze moet je bestellen via de support site of helpdesk van Microsoft.

Via de website: http://www.hotfixr.com/ kun je de hotfix ook “bestellen”.  Kopieer of onthoud het Article ID:

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Open daarna de website: http://www.hotfixr.com/ en vul het Article ID in:

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Kies de taal die je wilt downloaden en vink deze aan.

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Daarna nog even je e-mail adres twee keer invullen en een verificatiecode. En de hotfix wordt naar het e-mail adres opgestuurd.

 

Bron: http://www.virtualistic.nl/archives/165

Microsoft: Active Directory Design Considerations


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Mark Wilson heeft een serie artikelen gemaakt over het ontwerpen van een Active Directory.

Bron: http://www.markwilson.co.uk/blog/

Microsoft: Hyper-V Server 2008 RTM


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So what exactly is Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008? Following are some bits I’ve collected that you might not see/read on the Web site or TechNet (or maybe you will).

  • Hyper-V Server 2008 was built using the Windows hypervisor and other components, including base kernel and driver technologies. Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 shares kernel components with Windows Server 2008.
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 contains a sub-set of components that make up Server Core deployment option of Windows Server 2008, and has a similar interface and look and feel. But as you know, Server Core has roles like DNS, DHCP, file. Hyper-V Server 2008 is just virtualization.

  • Because Hyper-V Server 2008 shares kernel components with Windows Server 2008, we don’t expect special hardware drivers to be required to run Microsoft Hyper-V Server.

  • The maximum number of guest instances that can run on Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 is 128 (of course this is dependent on the hardware, memory and workloads). Additionally, each guest OS must have a valid license.

  • Hyper-V Server 2008 runs/supports all the guest OSes supported by its big brother, WS08 Hyper-V. See here for a complete list.

  • Windows Server licenses are not included with Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008. Client access licenses (CALs) are only required for Windows Server and all Windows Server images that are virtualized, regardless of virtualization platform (e.g., ESXi). No CALs are required for Hyper-V Server 2008.

Download Hyper-V Server here: http://www.microsoft.com/servers/hyper-v-server/how-to-get.mspx

More info here: http://www.microsoft.com/servers/hyper-v-server/product-information.mspx

 

Bron: http://blogs.technet.com/virtualization/

VMware: Hyper-V on Server Core vs ESXi


VMware heeft een vergelijking gemaakt tussen Hyper-V op Server Core vs ESXi. Hieronder zie je de uitkomst van deze test. Verder vind je twee videos met meer informatie over de installatie van beide Hypervisors en een video over het configureren van iSCSI op beide Hypervisors.

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Video 1: http://www.vmware.com/technology/whyvmware/resources/esxi-hyper-v-installation.html

This first video shows every step required to install Hyper-V and ESXi on a fresh machine.  We kept count of the elapsed time, reboots, mouse clicks and keystrokes each product needed and it clearly shows the huge advantage the truly thin and OS-free ESXi architecture has in installation speed and simplicity.  ESXi goes from bare-metal to fully installed in one-third the time, half the mouse clicks, hundreds fewer keystrokes and just one reboot vs. seven compared to Hyper-V.  The simplicity of the ESXi wizard-driven installation is striking compared to the arduous process needed to first get the Server Core OS installed and then configure Hyper-V in a command line environment.

Video 2: http://www.vmware.com/technology/whyvmware/resources/hyper-v-side-by-side-esxi.html

Our second video starts where the first left off and takes Hyper-V and ESXi through the steps needed to configure two iSCSI datastores for VM use.  iSCSI setup is a standard task for any virtualization user that wants to take advantage of shared storage for VM migration and high availability.  ESXi’s Windows-based Virtual Infrastructure client makes the iSCSI setup quick and easy.  For Hyper-V, the "Windows you know" is nowhere to be seen.  Instead, working with Server Core requires you to key in a long sequence of obscure commands to configure iSCSI initiators and targets, partitions and file systems.  We generously showed the Hyper-V setup executed with no delays, although it took us hours of digging through Microsoft documents and knowledgebase articles to find the right commands to use when configuring iSCSI in Server Core.

Bron: http://blogs.vmware.com/virtualreality/2008/09/esxi-vs-hyper-v.html

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