As I explained in a previous blog post, I delivered a presentation this week as part of the Microsoft TechEd 2011 event. The presentation was titled “Windows Server 2008 R2 File Services Consolidation - Technology Update”. It included two demos that showed several Windows Server 2008 R2 features and also a little SQL Server 2008 R2. You can listen to a recording of this presentation at http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2011/WSV317
In this post, I am sharing the steps I used to create the demo, so you can reproduce the environment used there demo and experience with the technologies yourself. Since I wanted you to be able to do this on your own even if you’re not already running the latest version of Windows Server or SQL Server, I used evaluation versions that you can download from the web at no cost (the links are provided below). You also only need to have a single computer (the specs are provided below).
The demo setup includes 5 virtual machines: one domain controller, one iSCSI target, two file servers and a SQL server. You need the iSCSI target and two file servers because we’re using Failover Clustering to showcase high availability. We’ll also use multiple Hyper-V virtual networks (called Internal 1, Internal 2 and Internal 3), so we can simulate some of the advanced network configurations mentioned in the presentation. Here’s what it should look like: