Its that time of year again. The masses gather to learn from the best, talk to the experts, network with others. This year I am not only speaking at the conference, I am also helping at the TCL Yellow Section – Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering POD. Here is a sample of what people want to know:
Q. Can I upgrade from Windows Server 2003 to 2008?
A. NO! Migration is the only and best way to go.
Q. Will Exchange Server 2007 run on Windows Server 2008 Beta 3?
A. Exchange Server 2007 does not run on the Beta of Windows Server 2008. Exchange will run on Windows Server 2003 and the final (RTM) copy of Windows Server 2008.
Q. Can I cluster Virtual Machines running Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2?
A. Yes you can!
Q. What is really new about Failover Clustering in Windows Server 2008?
A. Great question, here is some highlights:
No service account – now uses a local system account
No support for Parallel Attached SCSI (PAS), this allows for better hardware control and failover
16 nodes if you use a 64-bit edition of Windows Server 2008
Support for GPT disks, yes larger than 2TB disks are now supported natively
Validate – ensure your systems are cluster ready and help you follow best practices
4 Quorum models, no more single point of failure for the quorum
Majority quorum model
Majority of Nodes
File Share Witness
Improved IPSec, no more 7 minute timeout when failed over!
Stretched clusters can have nodes in different network segments with various speeds
Cluster Migration Tool – to help you migrate
MMC 3.0 snap-in, no longer a seperate application
Setup/install 2003 was 23 steps, now 3 steps. Yes I said 3 steps