Windows Server and System Center Technical Preview Lab Prep

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For this lab, we’re going to focus on some of the new features in Windows Server and System Center vNext. In order to test appropriately, we’ve put together the below two racks of kit to cover a number of different scenarios.

Networking is simple, and provided by a couple of 1GbE Cisco 3750s – one for storage traffic, one for all other traffic.

We’ve intentionally kept all management servers physical and separate from the Hyper-V and VMware clusters. This is because we will be tearing the contents of these clusters up and down repeatedly, so splitting management out to be separate and static keeps things tidy.

Storage is provided primarily by a Storage Spaces SOFS cluster (LAB-SOFS) which is fronted by two SuperMicro servers and three SuperMicro JBODs of following spec:

 

LAB-SOFS1 AND LAB-SOFS2

Processor 2x Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2660V2 10C 2.2GHz
Memory 2x 16GB DDR3-1866 ECC RDIMM
OS Disk 2x 300GB Enterprise Class SATA MLC SSD
HBA 4x LSI 9207-8e SAS HBA
LAN Intel® i350 Quad port Gigabit Ethernet
Additional Mellanox ConnectX-3 Dual Port 10GbE SFP+

Although the servers have 10GbE capability, we’re just going to aggregate three of the four 1GbE ports for storage for this lab, to save on finding a spare 10GbE switch.

JBODs (x3)

Disk Capacity 48x SAS2
Disks in Use 8x 1.2TB SAS2 6GB 2.5” 10K RPM
SAS Cables 2x (one to each SOFS node)

 

Further storage (in order to test the block level storage replica features in Server Technical Preview) is provided over iSCSI by a Dell EqualLogic SAN.

 

LAB-MON1 (Dell R210) – SCOM Technical Preview

Processor 1x Intel® Xeon® Processor
Memory 2x 16GB

 

LAB-HVGW1 (Dell R210) – Hyper-V Gateway Role for Network Virtualisation

Processor 1x Intel® Xeon® Processor
Memory 2x 16GB

 

LAB-SQL1 (Dell R210) – SQL2014 Cluster Node 1

Processor 1x Intel® Xeon® Processor
Memory 2x 16GB

 

LAB-SQL2 (Dell R210) – SQL2014 Cluster Node 2

Processor 1x Intel® Xeon® Processor
Memory 2x 16GB

 

LAB-DC1 (Dell R200) – Domain Controller

Processor 1x Intel® Xeon® Processor
Memory 2x 16GB

 

LAB-AZU1 (Dell R200) – Windows Azure Pack (All Roles Co-located)

Processor 1x Intel® Xeon® Processor
Memory 2x 16GB

 

LAB-VMM1 (Dell R200) – Virtual Machine Manager Technical Preview

Processor 1x Intel® Xeon® Processor
Memory 2x 16GB

 

LAB-VC1 (Dell R200) – ESXi VCenter Server for VMware Management

Processor 1x Intel® Xeon® Processor
Memory 2x 16GB

 

LAB-ESX1 (Sunfire x4150) – VMware ESXi 5.5

Processor 2x Intel® Xeon® X5460
Memory 8x16GB

 

LAB-ESX2 (Sunfire x4150) – VMware ESXi 5.5

Processor 2x Intel® Xeon® X5460
Memory 8x16GB

 

LAB-HYPV1 (Dell R610) – Hyper-V Technical Preview

Processor 2x Intel® Xeon® X5 series
Memory 12x16GB

 

LAB-HYPV2 (Dell R610) – Hyper-V Technical Preview

Processor 2x Intel® Xeon® X5 series
Memory 12x16GB

 

Rack Diagram Below.

Lab Visio

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