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Cloning Windows Server 2012 Domain Controllers on vSphere 5

Microsoft introduced a lot of virtualization awareness in Windows Server 2012, particularly for domain controllers.  They are, for the most part, considered virtualization “safeguards” in that they prevent against some of the classic problems of virtualizing domain controllers.  Historically things like virtual machine snapshots, restoring from virtual machine image backups, or cloning domain controllers was either difficult or impossible.  With the introduction of the VM-GenerationID it is now safe to use virtual machine snapshots and even clone existing domain controllers.

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Windows 2012 Failover Clusters and vSphere 5.1

How many of you actually read through the release notes of a new vSphere release?  Ok, I know that Maish does.  If you read Maish’s post or read the vSphere 5.1 Release Notes you would see the following: Windows Server 2012 Failover Clustering is not supported If you try to create a cluster for Failover Clustering in Windows Server 2012, and select to run validation tests, the wizard completes the validation tests with warnings, and after that returns to running

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Using PVSCSI Driver on Windows Server 2012 VMs

Are you looking to start testing Windows Server 2012 in your vSphere environment and want to utilize the PVSCSI driver for better potential disk performance and lower CPU utilization?  You may have noticed that the only PVSCSI drivers available for Windows stop at Windows 2008.  But will that work on your Windows 2012 VM? In short, it sure will!  I gave it a try and can confirm that loading the Windows 2008 PVSCSI driver on your Windows 2012 VM will

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