As a Product Manager, and previously as a Support Engineer, I’ve probably deployed over 200 instances of Windows Server and SQL Server in the last 3-4 years. I won’t say that I’ve deployed them in every possible configuration, but I’ve had my fair share of “what-if” scenarios.
On my current demo Laptop, I have Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 deployed, and through Hyper-V, I have several instances of application servers running.
The clients run Visual Studio Team System clients (some with specific roles, others with the suite, and some running as agents).
I cannot, for obvious reasons, run all of these at once on the laptop, but it sort of gets the job done, as far as showing people some things…
I’m actually quite good at installing Applications and Application Servers. When I first became the VSTS Product Manager, everyone told me that it’s a pain to install.
Single-Server deployment went without any problems, first try. Dual-Server deployment actually did take me a second run of the installer (other than to actually deploy it on two separate machines, I mean), but had that up and running in due time.
But the fun of the installation is really in destroying that environment and trying to fix it. I’m not exactly sure if I’m just sick in the head, or I’m being very very professional as a Product Manager. :p
Just thought I’d share that part of my “identity” with y’all today.
Okay, off to install Dynamics CRM onto another Virtual machine… this ought to be interesting…