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The Dell PowerEdge VRTX offers a compact, cost-effective, converged infrastructure for your small and medium (SMB) customers and your larger enterprises with remote offices. It allows them to take advantage of consolidation, virtualization and high-availability for their small office or branch office workloads. With its combination of up to four server nodes with new Mezzanine boards and 64 processing cores, up to 25 x 2.5” hot-swap drives offering up to 3TB of RAM and 48TB of storage, planar, I/O (input/output) and storage as well as a suite of redundant subsystems such as dual PCI express (PCIe) switches, Chassis Management Controller (CMC), PowerEdge Expandable RAID Controller (PERC) and Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) expanders, the PowerEdge VRTX is also the perfect platform solution to deploy Microsoft Server 2012 on a fully-virtualized environment using Microsoft Hyper-V.

This fully-integrated and fully-virtualized solution helps reduce your customers’ hardware footprint (servers, storage and networking) at the central corporate and remote locations, optimizes resource utilization and allows them to take full advantage of a centralized management suite.

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Remote Office Infrastructure — A Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 Reference Architecture on Dell PowerEdge VRTX

About: The objective of this reference architecture is to provide necessary guidance to deploy virtualization-enabled ROBO office environments using Windows Server 2012 on Dell PowerEdge VRTX chassis. It also discusses different lifecycle management components for infrastructure management and data-protection.

Building Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Clusters on the Dell PowerEdge VRTX

About: This guide provides instructions on how to configure the PowerEdge VRTX chassis with Microsoft® Windows Server® 2012 in a supported failover cluster environment. These instructions cover configuration and installation information for:

  • Chassis-shared storage and networking
  • Failover clustering
  • Hyper-V
  • Cluster Shared Volumes
  • Specialized requirements for Windows Server 2012 to function correctly with the VRTX chassis

Deployment guide: Configuring a failover cluster on the Dell™ PowerEdge™ VRTX

About: Setting up a failover cluster on the Dell PowerEdge VRTX is a straightforward process. With this guide and in very little time, you can help your customers deploy PowerEdge VRTX with up to Four M-series servers, switches, and storage in a redundant configuration using Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V.

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