For me the key takeaways were:
- Planning issues for virtualised environments are largely the same for different virtualisation platforms. Sizing storage and network I/O is the hardest part.
- Microsoft provides a Planning and Assessment Toolkit that can help with the design process.
- Microsoft also provide an online calculator to assist with virtualised license planning, Windows Server Datacentre edition is simplest.
- Hyper-V clusters are size limited by the 16 node capability of Failover Clustering, not file system capability.
Nathan also sent me some more links to virtualised licensing related documents:
- Application Server License Mobility (DOCX, 115 KB) Take advantage of virtualization technologies by reassigning licenses across servers within a server farm. This applies to software licenses for certain server applications and all external connector licenses.
- Licensing Microsoft Server Products in Virtual Environments (DOCX, 6.15 MB) Read an overview of Microsoft Licensing models for the server operating system and server applications under virtual environments.
Michael Harries also posted a follow up to last week’s podcast on his blog with links to relevant material.
Next week’s guest is David Wakeman, who is Product Marketing Manager, Enterprise Desktop – ANZ at VMware. Join us at 9pm Sydney time on April 7th.
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