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    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: Want to Reduce Desktop Costs? (Part 2 or 3) Supplemental

    In the main part two of this post I covered Desktop virtualization. As you’ve read it, and I trust found it useful, you may ask about Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) . What wasn’t it included? It wasn’t in the main post mainly because of it’s potential for cost savings. Microsoft’s documentation...
  • 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: 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 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: Want to Reduce Desktop Costs? (Part 1 or 3)

    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. In this 3 part post I’ll cover these two solutions, provide links...
  • 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...