Microsoft published a new Windows Server "8" Beta Hyper-V Component Architecture poster that provides a visual reference for understanding key Hyper-V technologies in Windows Server "8" Beta.
This Hyper-V poster focuses on Hyper-V Replica, networking, virtual machine mobility (live migration), storage, failover clustering, and scalability.
You can download Windows Server "8" Beta Hyper-V Component Architecture poster from the Microsoft Download Center.
Microsoft also made a couple of new blog post that covers Windows Server "8" Beta. The first post "Windows Server "8" Beta Scale-Out File Server for SQL Server 2012 (with Step-by-step instructions)" dicsuss File Servers, and provides a step-by-step instructions for deploying an evaluation version of SQL Server 2012 using a Windows Server "8" Beta Scale-Out File Server Cluster.
The goal of this post is to help your testing or learning of the product, so it uses only VMs in a single computer with 8GB of RAM. It includes instructions on how to install things from scratch, including Hyper-V, DNS, AD, iSCSI, File Server, Cluster and SQL Server. It includes both PowerShell and GUI instructions for most steps, and also quite a few screenshots.
You can read the complet guide here.
Another blog post entitled "Windows Server Blog - Windows Server "8" - Taking Server Application Storage to Windows File Shares" details a lot of the new File Server capabilities and scenarios included in the new release.
The post explore a new scenario enabled by Windows Server "8": server application storage on file shares.
When planning Windows Server "8", from an end-to-end perspective, the two main areas of focus for file storage for server applications are Hyper-V over SMB and SQL Server over SMB.
For example, when using Hyper-V, SMB file storage is now fully supported for both standalone and clustered configurations of Hyper-V. In fact, it is now possible to configure a Hyper-V cluster using only file shares as the shared storage.
Read the complete post here.
The third post titled "Building an Optimized Private Cloud using Windows Server "8" Server Core" gives the background and some of the details behind Server Core initiative.
"Private clouds offer the promise to deliver scalable, dynamic, multitenant-aware services with minimal capital purchases and operational expenses. Private clouds deliver their true potential when deployed on an optimized platform running an optimized Server operating system," noted Microsoft.
A cloud-optimized Server operating system delivers:
- Multi-tenancy and scaled remote management
- Consistent automation and scripting
- Flexible settings and configuration
- Low cost storage and reliability
- Efficiency and power management
- Minimized patching and external attack surface
- Open web and application development model
- Optimized size and footprint
Read the completed post here.