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The R2 Wave is Coming Oct. 18th


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upgrade paths are always sketchy for organisations due to various in house programming and one off applications that could potentially break and not survive going through a traditional migration process. I've never been a fan of migrations personally, but I have always been a "nuke from orbit" I.T guy. I much prefer to take the opportunity to blow out the cobwebs and start from scratch. This will suit me well as I currently run 2008r2 at home as well as 2012. I've been wanting to ditch the '08r2 box for awhile so I'll turn that into a 2012r2 box.


There was an upgrade path from 2008>>>2008r2 (you could go from 2003>>>2008r2 as well) but it broke everything and nobody really ever used it.

info here:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff972408(v=ws.10).aspx

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What are some uses of Hyper-V in a home environment? I currently run WS2012E OS with my core tasks on the parent:

 

Sabnzbd

Utorrent

DVRMSToolbox video conversion

CrashPlan

Drivepop/Livedrive

Client PC backups

 

It's on a core i5 3770K so the CPU hardly works. In past, when I've tried to use WS2012STD with hyper-V child OSs, the VM virtual NICs are only 100 Mbit vs 1 GB. And the disk I/O slower than the speeds of my WS2012E read/write to my Adaptec 7508 hardware RAID 6.

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One use a lot of people have for VMs is testing, especially new software. The keep a 'stock' version of an OS (Win8, Win7, XP, etc.) and use them to install and test. After testing they just blow away the VM and restore the default one from a backup. It's simple and quick.

 

Besides the testing, I also use VMs to run multiple (4) instances of SpinRite. This allows me to process up to 4 hard drives at a time, which significantly reduces the time it takes to process the drives.

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I think it really depends on the situation: if the VM is in production there may be a need to be able to back it up without shutting it down. If it's just for testing and stuff, it's probably easiest to shut it down and copy the vHD.

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The wave just surfed in via MSDN and Technet.  Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Server and Windows Server 2012 R2 Foundation.  All downloadable. Now.

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The wave just surfed in via MSDN and Technet.  Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Server and Windows Server 2012 R2 Foundation.  All downloadable. Now.

Ok ....so refresh my memory....do I want the "N" version or non "N" version and why?

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Downloading them right now also.  Times like this when I love that 100mb download speed!


Also have to love pfSense.  Downloading at 100mb, plus uploading at our max speed of 5mb and the CPU is sitting between 5-9%.

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