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GoGrid Update: Windows Image Updates & Base RAM Allotments for Windows Virtual Machines

March 26th, 2010 by - 7,046 views

Yesterday GoGrid finished the rollout of a series of updates designed to make the GoGrid Windows end user experience even better. While not a major feature release, there are some important items to note moving forward.

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Windows Image Updates

With this update, there are a few things that GoGrid users should be aware of, specifically:

  • The following GoGrid Windows images have been updated with the latest (as of February 2010) Microsoft Windows Security Hotfixes (see table below).
  • Windows image names are now more consistent with Microsoft naming standards
  • This only applies to GoGrid Virtual Server Images and does not affect Partner or Personal GoGrid Server Images (MyGSIs).

The full list of updated Windows images is below.

 

Architecture OS Service Pack App Stacks Type Filename Display Name (OS (Arch) w/ App + App) RAM Sizes
32bit Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition R2 SP2 None Web/App Server w2k3r2_32_base Windows 2003 Server R2/SP2 (32-bit) w/ None 1 – 4
64bit Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise x64 Edition R2 SP2 None Web/App Server w2k3r2_64_base Windows 2003 Server R2/SP2 (64-bit) w/ None 1 – 8
64bit Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise x64 Edition R2 SP2 MSSQL 2008 Standard Database Server w2k3_64_mssql2k8std Windows 2003 R2/SP2 (64-bit) w/ MSSQL 2008 Standard 2 – 8
64bit Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise x64 Edition R2 SP2 MSSQL 2008 Workgroup Database Server w2k3_64_mssql2k8wg Windows 2003 R2/SP2 (64-bit) w/ MSSQL 2008 Workgroup 2 – 8
32bit Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition R2 SP2 MSSQL 2005 Workgroup Database Server w2k3r2_32_mssql2k5wg Windows 2003 R2/SP2 (32-bit) w/ MSSQL 2005 Workgroup 2 – 4
32bit Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition R2 SP2 MSSQL 2005 Standard Database Server w2k3r2_32_mssql2k5std Windows 2003 R2/SP2 (32-bit) w/ MSSQL 2005 Standard 2 – 4
32bit Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition SP2 None Web/App Server w2k8_32_base Windows 2008 Server SP2 (32-bit) w/ None 2
64bit Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition SP2 None Web/App Server w2k8_64_base Windows 2008 Server SP2 (64-bit) w/ None 2 – 8
64bit Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition SP2 MSSQL 2008 Standard Database Server w2k8_64_mssql2k8std Windows 2008 SP2 (64-bit) w/ MSSQL 2008 Standard 2 – 8
64bit Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition SP2 MSSQL 2008 Workgroup Database Server w2k8_64_mssql2k8wg Windows 2008 SP2 (64-bit) w/ MSSQL 2008 Workgroup 2 – 8
32bit Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition SP2 MSSQL 2008 Express / PHP5 / IIS 7.0 + FastCGI Database Server w2k8_32_iis_fast_mssql2k8xp Windows 2008 SP2 (32-bit) w/ IIS 7.0 + FastCGI + MSSQL 2008 Express 2

For more details, please visit the Windows Server Images section on the GoGrid Wiki.

New RAM Allotments for Windows Virtual Servers

In order to ensure stability and optimal performance, we are now setting recommended RAM Allotments minimums and maximums for Windows Server Images. We have been working closely with Microsoft to implement the best range possible for any new servers that are deployed on GoGrid. Do note, these limits do not affect currently deploy Windows Virtual Servers.

  • Maximum RAM allotments for Windows Virtual Servers have been updated:
    • Windows 2003 R2/SP2 (32-bit) w/ Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Workgroup –> 4 GB RAM Maximum
    • Windows 2003 R2/SP2 (32-bit) w/ Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Standard –> 4 GB RAM Maximum
  • Minimum RAM allotments for Windows Virtual Servers have been updated:
    • Windows Server 2003 – 1 GB RAM Minimum
    • Windows Server 2008 – 2 GB RAM Minimum
    • Microsoft SQL Server – 2 GB RAM Minimum

    If you have any questions or comments, please leave a note on this blog post.

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    Michael Sheehan

    Michael Sheehan, formerly the Technology Evangelist for GoGrid, is a recognized technology, social media, and cloud computing pundit and blogger who writes regularly about technology news and trends.

    2 Responses to “GoGrid Update: Windows Image Updates & Base RAM Allotments for Windows Virtual Machines”

    1. Brandon Jones says:

      I have 512MB Windows 2003 and Windows 2008 cloud servers with gogrid. They work just fine. I do not care for this "feature" at all. Removing a customer's options is not an upgrade guys…. it is, however, a good way to piss off your customers. I would like to see this limitation removed or I WILL be shopping around for a new cloud provider.

      • @Brandon,
        Thanks for the comment. The change is only for new VMs that are deployed and does not affect VMs that already exist. For Windows Server 2008, Microsoft actually recommends 2GB RAM ( Reply

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