Blog Summary for Week of January 9

1: Performance Tuning Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V: Hardware Selection
This is a followup to a previous article that got substantial reads, Performance Tuning Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V: Hardware Selection. Several future posts will delve deeper into this topic. This post walks you through selecting the optimal hardware on which to run Hyper-V. Recommendations are given for selecting the right processor, memory, network adapter, storage, and installation process. If you’re interested in running Windows 2008 in a virtual environment, these tips can save you a lot of headaches.

2: Monitis Monitoring Strategies- Start Small and Go Big! (Part 1)
If you’re new to implementing monitoring solutions, the process can be overwhelming. The next five posts in this series hold your hand through it and show how Monitis can help. This post shows how you can start small without risk. Select a month-to-month plan with no contracts and grow your account as needed. There is no lock-in on Monitis’ part. Also, you can start with external and internal monitoring and later add other monitoring types such as fullpage and transaction monitoring.

3: Performance Tuning Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V: Processor & Memory
The last post showed how to select the right hardware for your virtual environment. This post shows you how to optimize processor power and memory once it’s all up and running. Multiple virtual machines share one hardware instance by time-slicing the processor. This process is explained. Then a list of tips is provided along with definitions of key performance related metrics that will save you time and computing power.

4: Performance Tuning Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V: Storage I/O
This post shows you how to optimize Storage I/O in your virtual Hyper-V environment. It explains the two types of virtual storage, the so-called synthetic and emulated. It also explains Virtual Hard Disk Types, Dynamically expanding VHD, Fixed-size VHD, and Differencing VHD. There’s also an explanation of how to balance I/O controls. Following these tips will ensure that your VM’s run smoothly and minimize the chance of overusing your hardware.

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