Microsoft Update on the Datacenter and R2 discussions

Microsoft’s Reid Purvis will be in town and be sharing his experiences since the release of the R2 suit only a few months ago.  There will also be lots of demos.

Zero downtime upgrades, HA considerations and the copy clusters feature discussions.

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Performing an In Place upgrade from 2012 to 2012 R2

My host (Windows 2012) was running 1 virtual machine.

pre upgrade

I doubled clicked the iso to mount it, ran the setup, then selected install.  I received no warning telling me to power off my VM.

installThen selected No Thanks to downloading updates,

Capture2I then selected a GUI install

Capture3I then Accepted the terms and selected next,

Capture4I then Selected upgrade,

Capture5The install took slightly longer than 10 minutes.  Once the install had finished and I logged in, the machine was on the domain, all roles and features were installed as expected, Hyper-V was fine.  I powered on my Virtual DC.  The DC powered on fine and there were no issues at all.  This was a very painless operation with minimal downtime.

Aaron

Can’t attach existing VHD to a new Virtual Machine?

Can’t attach existing generation 1 VHD to a new Virtual Machine? Hyper-v 2012 R2 will not let you add a W2k8r2 vhd to a generation 2 Virtual Machine.  It must still be a generation 1 Virtual Machine.

If your existing generation 1 VHD is Windows 2012 it will let you create a VM that is generation 2.  When you go to turn it on it will power on, but not boot correctly.

Hyper-V 2012 R2 can not be tricked and this will not work..

Aaron

Missed TechEd? Get the best content condensed from the Virtualization Stream.

At TechEd last week there were 4 sessions on Hyper-V 2012 R2.  This jam packed User Group session will condense these into 1 session.  Giving you the best parts in the shortest time. This weeks session will demo the great new features in R2 and also 3 different migration scenarios and strategies.    We will also talk about zero downtime upgrades, HA considerations, and utilize the copy clusters feature.  There will be prizes on offer.

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