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  • Blog Post: Managing Your Virtual World

    In the previous post “ Managing your Microsoft world ” the focus was on management of Windows Servers and the applications that run on them regardless of if they are physical machines or virtual machines. This post focuses more on the virtualization infrastructure and primarily looking at Hyper-V and...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 R2 Feature Components Poster Available for Download

    A poster showing the components of Windows Server 2008 R2 has just been posted to the Microsoft Download Centre. The poster contains views of the Active Directory Domain Service, Hyper-V, File Services, IIS, RDS, BranchCache, DirectAccess and Management. Plus a list of Acronym definitions used in the...
  • Blog Post: Catch the Hyper-V buzz from TechEd Orlando

    While you may not have been able to attend TechEd 2008, Orlando , TechNet Spotlight was and it recorded a number of sessions around Hyper-V. So for you visual pleasure here are the sessions. Virtualization and Security: What Does It Mean for Me? Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Architecture, Scenarios, and...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 3.0 - Now in Beta Release!

    We’re pleased to announce that the beta release of Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 3.0 is now available. VMST 3.0 is designed to help you reduce IT costs by making it easier to update your offline virtual machines, templates and virtual hard disks with the latest operating system and application patches...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Private Cloud – Part 2: Configuration

    In this post I’ll carry on from part 1 and cover the configuration side of the System Center products to deliver Private Cloud type functionality. Where should you be after Part 1? So a quick recap from part 1, you should have Windows Server 2008 R2 installed, with the additional Roles and Features etc...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Resource Kit Reviewed

    After what seemed an age of waiting the Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Resource Kit is here. Now, is it worth the wait? Actually it is. Until now the best publication on Hyper-V was SAMS Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Unleashed, but this guide now takes that position. It’s a typical resource kit, lots of technical...
  • Blog Post: 20-Part Webcast Series on Microsoft Virtualization Solutions

    A team of IT Pro Evangelists from the US including:  Kevin Remde , Matt Hester , Chris Avis , Chris Henley , and Yung Chou is delivering a 20-part webcast series on Microsoft Virtualization Solutions starting January 14, 2009. The objectives of this series is not only to help you develop technical...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Private Cloud – Part 1: Setup

    Can I offer IT as a Service? Virtualization offers many benefits; it’s the technological change in our industry that underpins the Cloud Computing wave. With Virtualization, you can reduce the number of physical servers you own and maintain, reduce energy costs, even implement high availability solutions...
  • Blog Post: Missed TechEd in Orlando? Join Myself and TechNet Spotlight as we captured a selection of sessions for you.

    Not everyone can make it to TechEd each year and not everyone can go to the North America show. This year it was held in Orlando, Florida from June 10-13, 2008. I was fortunate to be there and I took the TechNet Spotlight camera crew with me to record a selection of sessions. Hope you enjoy them…. [Promotion...
  • Blog Post: Why Do I have So Many Boxes?

    Do you find yourself looking at your machine room and wondering “Why are there so many machines in there?” Often it’s just a question of having to run legacy applications or applications that are just too time consuming and expensive to consolidate onto other machines. One possible solution to this is...
  • Blog Post: How to Share a Parent Disc with child discs on Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V

    One problem I have using Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V that I didn’t using VPC was the ability to point the differencing discs to one parent. This is a trick I use to share one Parent disc with multiple child discs within Hyper-V is to use a Hardlink. On an NTFS fiel system all files have one Hardlink...
  • Blog Post: How to Improve Server Utilization and Reduce Infrastructure Costs with Virtualization

    Predicting resource requirements for a new business application, especially one that is customer-facing is a tricky task. It's hard to know if you have the new Facebook or your hands. You make your best estimates, then spend money on new hardware and hope your estimates were right. Only actual usage...
  • Blog Post: Managing your Microsoft World

    The old adage “A watched pot never boils” could be applied to your servers. “A watched server never goes wrong”, that server always decides to doing something right before those critical moments, just as you are leaving for the day, just before the game starts, just as your food arrives, it never does...
  • Blog Post: Want to Reduce Desktop Costs? (Part 2 or 3)

    The question posed in part 1 was Is the cost of ownership of your Microsoft client systems rising? Are you looking for ways to reduce the costs associated with deploying Windows and managing it thereafter? There are two solutions available to help combat these costs. The first post covered deploying...
  • Blog Post: Free Virtualization e-book offer from Microsoft Press

    Written by industry expert Mitch Tulloch with the Microsoft Virtualization Teams, Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions will teach you about the benefits of the latest virtualization technologies and how to plan, implement, and manage virtual infrastructure solutions.  The technologies...