Archive for December, 2009

Disaster Recovery for Hyper-V

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Virtualization brings some extra layer of complexitiy into the picture when you prepare to decide on how to backup virtualization environments and their disaster recovery.

Brien Posey published some information in his blogs about this subject and you should read all of them to get a detailed picture about the pros and cons of your backup and disaster recovery of Hyper-V environments.

and additional a Fix-It from Microsoft here


NetApp Storage Best Practises for Microsoft Virtualisation

Friday, December 11th, 2009

The experts from NetApp published new Whitepapers and Guides with Best Practises for Windows Hyper-V 2008 R2 and SCVMM 2008 R2 infrastructures on NetApp storage.

Additionally they added some subjects about

Hyper-V Server Networking Considerations
Hyper-V Cluster Networking Considerations
Hyper-V Server Storage Provisioning
Virtual Machine Storage Provisioning
NetApp FlexClones and Snapshot technology
Backup and Recovery
Disaster Recovery and High Availability

The current guides you will find here for download:

NetApp Storage Best Practises for Microsoft Virtualisierung

NetApp Implementation Guide for Microsoft Virtualisation


BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) and Microsoft Exchange Server 2010

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Microsoft recognized that many customers rely on BlackBerry Servers. This is why they collaborated already closely with RIM to add BlackBerry Support to Exchange Server 2010.

BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) is now fully supported on Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 and BlackBerry Technical Support Services are readily available.

In order to enable full support, this updates are required:

All three of these updates are available to customers of Exchange Server 2010 and BlackBerry Enterprise Server v.5.0 with Service Pack 1 at no cost. BlackBerry Enterprise Server v5.0 Service Pack 1 and Maintenance Release 1 can be found here:

Additional information on the solution requirements, preparing the BlackBerry environment for Microsoft Exchange Server2010, can be found on the BlackBerry site here.

Exchange Server 2010 Roll-up 1 also includes other minor updates to areas including calendaring, OWA, and transport. You can read more about Exchange Server 2010 RU1 here.


Exchange, SharePoint and SQL on Hyper-V and NetApp

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

A Technical Report has been released, which is a detailed Solution Guide for Microsoft Exchange, SQL, SharePoint Server mixed workload running within the Virtual Machines hosted on Microsoft Hypervisor (Hyper-V) and the NetApp MetroCluster environment.

The architectural solution details provided in this Technical Report is extremely helpful to customers which showcases the simplicity of a robust infrastructure with Windows Hyper-V 2008 R2 in a virtual environment with NetApp storage. It provides the ability to maintain High Availability for both the computing and storage resources between the Primary and Secondary sites and a complete Disaster Recovery in the event of the loss of a complete site. This infrastructure also offers the ability to dynamically move an environment’s complete operation between the Primary and Secondary sites to minimize disruption during scheduled maintenance events.

The report also focuses on various failure scenarios and the value of deploying Windows Server 2008 R2, Hyper-V Live Migration, and NetApp MetroCluster to recover from these failures. Each failure scenario simulates real-world operational failures and real disasters. The expected outcome and actual results are described in terms of NetApp MetroCluster product operation and the resulting behavior of Hyper-V servers and virtual machines (VMs).

Read Technical Report here