Finally most eagerly anticipated Windows 8 next release has been announced by Microsoft. This is the second public release of Windows 8 after releasing Windows 8 Develop Preview edition was announced on 29th February 2012.
I have already downloaded Windows 8 Beta and I’m going to have a look at installation process in this blog post. if you haven’t yet downloaded Windows 8 beta, you can download from TechNet Evaluation Center by accessing following link
Download windows 8 Beta –> http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/hh670538
After downloading required media files, let’s get started with the installation. When you boot from Windows 8 Beta media you will first see new Windows 8 Boot logo
After it loads up you will see Windows Server 8 Beta Setup
You can select Language / Time format and the keyboard method and proceed with the installation
Next installation prompt, we can select available editions. At the moment, there’s only Datacenter Edition available in the beta which provide you with two options to select either GUI version of the Operating System or Core version. I have selected GUI version of the Operating System. we will look at later how we can switch back and forth from GUI to Core using Windows 8.
Next prompt we have Licensing terms which needs to be accepted to proceed further
There are two types of installation options available which is Upgrade and Custom Installation. since I don’t have any operating system installed, I will select Custom Installation method
Next we need to select a partition for installation. once we are done selecting a partition then the setup process will begin installation
Once installation completes, we need to set administrator credentials before logging-in to the system.
Once we have set Administrator credentials, we can now log-in to the system
we can now see our very first preview on Windows Server 8 Beta Desktop Experience
When you login using Administrator account, it will automatically run Server Manager which allows you to configure your server.
We will evaluate and look at more features on Windows Server 8 Beta on future posts
Using Failover Cluster Management Console, we can create a new cluster as you can see below
After, selecting Create Cluster option, Create Cluster Wizard will appear, which will guide you through the process of creating a new cluster.
Next, we need to add servers which we are planning to include in this cluster.
I will search from my active directory and add two nodes which I have already validated as my cluster nodes.
Next, we need to specify an IP Address and also a name for Cluster Administration
After providing necessary information, next we have a summary/confirmation page
After selecting next, wizard will start creating a cluster based on information which we provided
As the final step, we can see a summary page which contains information relating the cluster which we created. We can also select “View Report” which will give us a more detailed overview of all the configuration which was created by the Create Cluster Wizard
Next let’s see how we can verify successful creation of the cluster. we can visit Failover Cluster Management Console to verify whether we can access Cluster1 which we just created. After accessing Cluster1, you can see that there’s a summary page which provides us with an overview of cluster configuration.
We can also validate cluster creation process by looking at the report which is located at the system drive\Windows\Cluster\Reports
You will find CreateCluster.mht which contains information relating Cluster Creation process
now that we have successfully completed creating a cluster, let’s look at quorum configuration in my next blog posts. if you want to have a look at PART 01 and PART 02 please feel free to visit below mentioned links
As I have demonstrated how we prepare Cluster nodes for a two node failover cluster, in this post let’s have a look at how we can use Cluster Validation Tool to generate a report. I will be using Windows Server 2008 for this demonstration and before moving any further let’s have a look at what tests are performed using Cluster Validation Tool.
Cluster Validation tool is a wizard found on Failover Cluster Management Console. Following tests are carried out when you perform cluster Validation Tool
· Inventory Validation
· Network Validation
· Storage Validation
· System Configuration
We will look at what are exact components or sub-tests that takes place during validation testing in another post.
First we need to go to administrative tools and then open Failover Cluster Management Console
After selecting Failover Cluster Management option, it will open Failover Cluster Management Console
As you can see below, first screen provides us with a description relating to Cluster validation wizard.
Next we need to add what are the NODEs which we need to validate.
I will add my Cluster NODE01 and Cluster NODE02
After I select both NODEs, it gets added to my Cluster validation wizard
Next, we need to decide, whether are running all tests, or whether we are going to run a selective test. For this demonstration, I will be running all tests to validate NODE01 and NODE02
Next we have a confirmation summary screen. We can review what are the tests which will be performed against NODE01 and NODE02
once this is completed, it’s possible for us to view a report
We can open this report as a web page and we can see results.
In my next post, we will create a cluster and let’s see how we can configure it