February 2012 - Posts

We all read the instructions first - right ?

I've been working with the bare metal Hyper V and it's been an interesting time, if you haven't ever encountered windows core then it's a bit of a culture shock, as I understand it SQL Server will be running on windows core very soon - or maybe I read it wrong?

  Anyway having built my Hyper V server I decided that I'd build a cluster on it, for this you need some shared storage and one way to achieve this is to use Windows Storage Server which in effect creates an iscsi san.

So I downloaded Storage Server, which is an iso image, moved it to the Hyper V box with the intention of building a VM from the iso image ( you can do this and it is stunningly fast with windows 2008 R2 - but appallingly slow for XP Now I assumed as it was an iso it was a Server Install - but no it's not.

So I unpacked the iso and lo and behold there was an exe. So I built a w2k8 r2 VM and ran the exe - which promptly created two iso images - now I'm getting confused!

Back to building a server from the iso image ( again ) - yet another failure.

OK unpack the iso and we have a bunch of files - this isn't a bootable image or anything.

  So in a nut shell the iso image holds an exe file which holds an iso image which holds a bunch of files - why not just zip the lot up together Microsoft? talk about making life hard! 

That was probably the most confusing part of building a cluster - I might suggest that some pictures in the docs would have made life easier. It assumes, I guess, that you know all about isci targets and such, however there's only so many variations and I essentially knew what I should end up with, once I figured out that the cluster was built very quickly. 

Am I lover of virtualisation? Not really, my experience is that SQL Server performance sucks under virtualisation, however I love Microsoft because without them I don't earn a living, so when Microsoft made the bare metal hypervisor available I thought I'd take in some training and investigate.

So I have a DL585 configured and as well as the cluster I have SQL2012 and windows 8 VMs to evaluate.