Top 10 in Windows Server 2008 R2

Over 2-yrs of Windows 2008 R2 Experienced Netted Out

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#2  Hyper-V R2: Alright, down to #2 and Hyper-V server virtualization hits my #2 spot…  What can I say, just a couple years ago 100% of my server virtualization business was VMware, they dominated the whole virtualization world and in just over a year, Microsoft released Hyper-V with Windows 2008 and then updated Hyper-V with Windows 2008 R2 to include not only what VMware has in their VI3 and their newly released vSphere 4, but Microsoft now gives it all away out of the box in Windows 2008 R2.  If money matters to you, what organizations used to buy ESX, V/Motion, and now VSphere for, you get it all in Windows 2008 R2.  In side by side comparisons, server virtualization is server virtualization whether it’s VMware or Hyper-V R2, you can run guest sessions (lots of them on a 32gb 8core server (12-15 easily)), you can take snapshots so before you patch or update a guest session, just take a snapshot and if the update screws up your application, just rollback to the snapshot.  If you have a problem with any Microsoft product being virtualized (Exchange 2010, SharePoint 2007, System Center, etc) it’s the same company / same support call to get Exchange support as it is Hyper-V virtualization support.  And with Hyper-V R2, you can now “cluster” Hyper-V host servers and move guest sessions across Hyper-V hosts, AND not only move them around for disaster recovery, you can do them LIVE in the middle of the day without dropping a client session state in what Microsoft called “Live Migration” (and VMware calls V/Motion that you pay lots of extra $$$ for).  You just right click a guest session and “Live Migrate” the guest session to another server in the middle of the day to evacuate a problemsome host, or maybe do load balancing of hosts, or as part of your process to move images so you can patch and update a host.  End of the day, VMware is far from 100% of our virtualization business and actually in just a couple years is now at par with Microsoft and now Microsoft Hyper-V makes up 50% of our virtualization business…

#1  Stability and Reliability:  Okay, not a specific feature or function, but my #1 on Windows 2008 R2 is that it just plain works!  This is the first operating system we’ve deployed well over a year in beta in full blown production environments without issues, and our experience since the product RTM’d has been just as solid.  No issues, no surprises, this one has been a keeper and because of that, Stability and Reliability of Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 puts this in my #1 spot!

Now is comes down to getting to know MORE about each of these Top 10 features and functions which over this month I will be blogging tips, tricks, best practices, and lessons learned on Windows Server 2008 R2 including insider comments and step by step “how to” guidance.  All of this content is also covered in detail in my book “Windows Server 2008 R2 Unleashed”, all 1550-pages of the book…

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