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PolyServe replacement options

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Vultar,

Have you converter from Polyserve to Windows 2008 R2 clusters yet? If so how did it go. Have you heard anything more about the end of life for Polyserve? We will be moving our database off of Polyserve to Windows 2008 R2 servers running on vMware. Any lessons learned from your swith over would be appriecated.

Thanks,

Bob


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I don't think we'd be able to persuade management to go for another 3rd party clustering solution after the Polyserve fiasco!

We've decided to swap it out for Windows 2008 R2 clusters with a majority node and fileshare config.

Cheers

Vultar

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Bob,

You may want to check out DxConsole. It will allow you to preserve the savings you've gained using PolyServe and it supports VMware nodes.

Here's a recent review of DxConsole from Mike Matchett at the Taneja Group.

http://tanejagroup.com/news/blog/systems-and-technology/dh2i-getting-mission-critical-apps-virtualized


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Don,

Thanks for the link. But I'm in the same boat as Vultar. I don't think my director will go for a 3rd party SQL clustering solution after the problems we've had with Polyserve. But I will give it an open-minded read. Have you heard anything about the EOL of Polyserve?

Anyway thanks for the link.

Best Regards,

Bob
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Bob,

PolyServe entered EOL late 2012. It is now in End-of-Life Support status. Support will end late 2013.

Regarding DxConsole...I understand the hesitation. I will say that we have a number current PolyServe users in pilot and they really like the product.

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Sorry PolyServe enter EOL late 2010.
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Don,

Thanks for the info. It is interesting that we have a support contract with HP Polyserve and we have not been notified by HP that their product had entered EOL two years ago. But maybe that is up to the end user to find out. Shame on me. But in my defense until I ran across this forum it has been hard to get anything other than rumor and guesses from anyone. I find this interesting and distrubing at the same time. Several months ago I was on the phone for support on an issue we were having. I could make the guy I was talking to understand my problem and emails to his supervisor for a change of tech went unanswered. Now I think I know why. In the end he refused to provide support because we didn't have a NIC set up the way he wanted. Said that we had an unsupported configuration which is funny because we set it up exactly as the documentation had stated back in 2007. He couldn't send me a link to the documentation of the "supported" configuration and so now we just live with the problem and hope we can make the switch off of Polyserve very soon.

I will take a look at your product and again thanks for the Polyserve update. I'm going to touch base with my boss man and ask him if in this conversations with HP or our HP vendor if they had mentioned that Polyserve is end of life.

Thanks,

Bob
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Bob,

I know the message went out late 2010, but it seldom reaches the end-user.

http://www.dh2i.com/index.php/products/dx-console-for-sql-server/dxconsole-polyserve-comparison

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bobfirek (4/26/2012)
Vultar,

Have you converter from Polyserve to Windows 2008 R2 clusters yet? If so how did it go. Have you heard anything more about the end of life for Polyserve? We will be moving our database off of Polyserve to Windows 2008 R2 servers running on vMware. Any lessons learned from your swith over would be appriecated.

Thanks,

Bob

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Hello Bob,

I feel your pain with this. We've not quite finished the migrations, but we're very close.

Only advice really is to be thorough with the testing of your new windows cluster and work through as many possible disaster scenarios as you can. This was something that I should have spent more time on when implementing Polyserve. The other piece of advice is to work through any migrations in a test environment first, that way you can find any connection strings / port no.s that need to be changed.. all very standard!

A major plus point of Windows clustering for me is, that if I find an error I can google it and get some good answers! :-)

Cheers

Vultar
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Hi,

We're still currently using Polyserve and have been looking at implementing SANBolic Melio and Windows clustering, however after a lot of testing (that hasn't gone very well) we're looking for some other way of managing storage. Has anyone successfully moved from Polyserve to a Windows cluster?

We've got quite a few instances so will hit the drive letter limit (I know you can use mount points but when they failover so does the drive letter, meaning a few instances have to move at the same time which isn't what we want).

SANBolic neatly got round the drive letter problem as you can set the same drive letter on each server. The only other product I can find that does something similar is IBM GPFS.

Any help or ideas would be appreciated.
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Dale53,

You should checkout DxConsole from DH2i (www.dh2i.com). It is the plug replacement for PolyServe. We have many PolyServe customers who have migrated to DxConsole. If you like the way PolyServe enables you to manage SQL Server, by virtualizing at the instance-level, you'll love DxConsole. It has all the features you've always wanted in PolyServe but never got.

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