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Pop Quiz: Windows Server 2012 Fibre Channel Ports

Applies to the "Configure Hyper-V" objective of Exam 70-410.

Q: A company's server virtualization team needs to provision a series of Hyper-V workloads to use existing network storage arrays. The team has chosen to use Fibre Channel ports within the guest operating systems. 

Which of the following Windows Server versions can be used as guest operating systems when using Hyper-V Fibre Channel ports?

  1. 2003 R2
  2. 2008
  3. 2003
  4. 2012

Answer and explanation are below.

Answer is B and D. Windows Server 2008, 2008 R2, and 2012 can be guest operating systems when using Hyper-V Fibre Channel host bus adaptors (HBAs). Updated HBA drivers are needed along with NPIV-enabled (N_Port ID Virtualization) SANs.

Quick Tip: Virtual Fibre Channel logical units cannot be used as boot media.


Bonus Question: : Which tool available with Windows Server 2012 can be used to monitor network performance when using Hyper-V? (The answer, of course, will be revealed next time!) (Check in next week's edition for the answer.)

Answer to bonus question from last time: The Windows Server 2012 Reliability and Performance snap-in can be used to monitor network performance only, when using Hyper-V.

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