MS Press has released a free eBook called Introducing Windows Server 2012 by Mitch Tulloch and the Windows Server team. I had a small part in this book, contributing a couple of sidebars on the business needs Windows Server 2012 addresses and another on how it can be the foundation for a private cloud infrastructure. The book turned out really well despite a very compressed timeframe to pull it together. The goal is to provide a good overview of Windows Server 2012 and it’s new features. You can also be assured that further titles and technical books will be forthcoming. I’m also planning to write one of my own specific to architecture and design of Microsoft-based private and hybrid cloud solutions. Finding the time to do so thoroughly is the main challenge as the Microsoft private cloud space and customer deployments are growing very rapidly now, let alone what it will be a couple months from now at RTM so my day job is quite busy!
I’m planning a series of posts over the next week or two as I rebuild from scratch my home lab. I’m going to be deploying the Continuous Availability design pattern for File and Hyper-V clusters in my lab. The design will look like the one I outlined in High Availability SMB 3.0 Connectivity with a pair of File servers clustered with shared SAS storage (I’m really hoping the small disk tray, 2 SSDs, and SAS switch I have will work!). I don’t have the bucks (or need other than geek factor) for RDMA so my networking infra will be a pedestrian couple of 1Gb-E adapters teamed on each of the hosts. My plan is to build it out twice, once using the GUI, and once using only PowerShell so I can start learning all the new cmdlets. Way down the line I’ll also be building out that process in System Center 2012 – Orchestrator as part of the solution offerring I work on in Microsoft Services (yet another post that will be forthcoming).
If you haven’t done it already, check out the release preview here.