In the last couple of weeks, we’ve installed a new virtual server. I learned a long time ago that it’s much cheaper to install new hardware while the old hardware is still working fine.
We made a couple of interesting changes since the last time we installed a new server. First, we used Windows Hyper-V Server 2012 . This is a server that is available as a free download (well, sort of free; you can’t really do much with just this installed; you’ll need another license of Windows). Here’s an article that explains more. This version of Windows is only a command line (with a menu of common things that you might need to do like changing Windows update settings, the name of the machine, and the configuration of network cards). Everything else you’ll have to do from a command prompt or from another machine running a management console.
So far, the new machine is screaming fast and very easy to manage remotely.
If you decide to go this route, you might need some instructions on how to format a disk from the command line. Here’s a nice post for that.
We’ve also been playing around with various installations of Linux these days. All in all, I’m reminded of the discussion I have about flour in the supermarket. It seems to me that all flour should be the same; according to my wife that’s not true. All flour is not flour. Unfortunately for me and my understanding of baking things, all sugar is evidently sugar. Anyway, all Linux is not Linux. Even all Debian Linux is not Debian Linux. With all the options, packages, and dependencies, it can take a while to get most anything to work on Linux.