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  • Blog Post: Hyper-V WMI API's publicly available

    Hyper-V WMI APIs . Hyper-V uses WMI APIs (similar to the Virtual Server COM API) to create, manage, monitor, configure virtual resources. The Hyper-V WMI APIs are publicly available here: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc136992(VS.85).aspx Important: This documentation is preliminary and is...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Server Virtualization Management Pack Beta 2 for Operations Manager 2007

    Yesterday I received a notification mail that we released the Microsoft Server Virtualization Management Pack Beta 2 for System Center Operations Manager 2007. Download the Management Pack (MP) from the connect site . Note that will need to logon with your live ID. Beside the MP you can now also download...
  • Blog Post: IT-Talks UG Event Dec 8: Configuring, operating and backing up virtual platforms

    IT-Talks organizes another event around Virtualization. Configuring, operating and backing up virtual platforms Topics of the Day: Configure and operate virtual platforms (Manu Verzelen) Virtualization in a data center (Kurt Ghekiere - RIS< )">http://www.ris.be/> ) Application Virtualization...
  • Blog Post: Manage your Virtual Server Machines with VMRC Plus

    One of my colleagues developed a tool called VMRC Plus which is an improved version of the VMRC client that is deployed together with Virtual Server 2005. As soon as I got the link I downloaded this tool, installed it on my machine. Unfortunately I didn't have Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 running. So I...
  • Blog Post: Want to play with Technology without installing?

    Back in November I wrote a blogpost about the VHD test program. Now we have added new products onto this program and we call it "Run IT on a Virtual Hard Disk". If you want to play with some of our latest technology without spending the time to install all needed software than this exactly what you need...
  • Blog Post: Virtual PC 2007 Release to Web

    Virtual PC 2007 has been released to web and guess what it's free. Here is a list of some of the key enhancements we've made: Optimized for Windows Vista. The virtualization architecture has been optimized for Windows Vista to provide improvements in performance, system resource usage, and stability...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V: Virtual Machine Bus cannot find enough resources

    A few weeks ago my colleague installed Hyper-V onto her laptop and she copied one of her Virtual Machines onto this server. When she booted the server there where some issues with the virtual machine, the main issue was that the vmbus technology was not available. After a bit of troubleshooting I find...
  • Blog Post: System Center Virtual Machine Manager Beta 1

    I just received a mail to say that we released the System Center Virtual Machine Manager Beta 1 (SCVMM Beta1). Howto download: 1. Go to http://connect.Microsoft.com/vmm/downloads 2. Sign in with your Passport or Windows Live ID 3. Select "VMM Beta 1" 4. Please note that SCVMMM Beta 1 is for " test/lab...
  • Blog Post: Notes From the field: Virtualization, Data Protection Manager and Operations Manager

    As promised I'm writing another post about what feedback I receive from our IT Pro's in the IT Pro Momentum Program . Hyper-V: Installing W2K8 and Hyper-V was very easy.  We’re heavily using Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 and Virtual Machine Manager, and there’s virtually no learning curve...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator

    Assess Infrastructure Readiness for OS Migration and Virtualization with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator ! No IT project can be successful unless the specific network environment is well understood.  To help IT professionals and Microsoft Partners solve common migration...
  • Blog Post: BDD 2007, SCE and SCVMM

    Coming weeks, months I will be testing some of our new products. Beside using Vista and Office 2007 on daily bases I will also test some new products that are or will be soon be in the public beta phase. So I will test Business Desktop Deployment 2007 (BDD 2007).I agree that BDD 2007 is not really...
  • Blog Post: New Virtualization Video's online

    Virtualization in Windows Server Mike Neil, General Manager The session features a discussion of the virtualization technology roadmap and an outline of Microsoft's vision for how these technologies will combine with future capabilities in processors, chipsets, and I/O devices to enable unprecedented...
  • Blog Post: Share your story

    Last week I had the visit from Adam Carter and a camera crew (actually it was only one guy). They came over to Belgium to do an interview at the "Université Libre De Bruxelles" (ULB) which is a French speaking University in Brussels. Why did Adam come all the way from Redmond to Brussels? A few months...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 3.2 Release for Beta!

    Many of our customers do not know what computers are in their IT environment or what applications have been deployed.  The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 3.2 Beta makes it easier for customers and partners to quickly identify what servers, workstations, and network devices are in...
  • Blog Post: Podcast on Virtualization

    My Canadian colleague Rick Claus recorded a podcast with Jeff Woolsey Lead Program Manager for the Virtualization team. Remember one of my previous blogposts where I talked about the amazing demo I saw during Bill Gates his presentation, well Jeff was the guy. Jeff Woolsey Virtualization Podcast Source...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 Released to Web

    Today we released Service Pack 1 for Virtual Server 2005 R2 to the web. What's new in Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1? Support for Hardware-Assisted Virtualization Support for additional guest and host operating systems VHD Mount command-line tool and APIs Improved scalability support (Up...
  • Blog Post: Notes From the Field: Virtualization Strategy @ the customer

    Last week I gave a System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007 session for a Belgian partner and I had the opportunity to talk to some of the IT Pro's who attended my session and here is an excerpt of a mail I received from one of those IT Professionals who relies on our Technology to run their infrastructure...
  • Blog Post: New Virtual Machine Additions for Linux

    Now with support for SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 Microsoft is committed to testing and supporting many third-party operating systems for use as guest operating systems on Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 virtual machines. To help make sure that you have a favorable experience when you run third-party guest...
  • Blog Post: Windows Based Hosting Beta

    Still sitting on the airplane but now 4hours later and flying over Baffin Bay wherever that may be. I read onto the msgoodies blog that we are releasing the Beta versions of Windows Based Hosting 4.5 (WBH) and WBH for applications 1.5 . Windows Based Hosting for Applications 1.5 is for ISV's that want...
  • Blog Post: DPM 2007 Release Candidate

    The DPM website has been updated ( www.microsoft.com/DPM ) - with new information on the upcoming release of DPM 2007, pricing/licensing details, and best of all - new downloads. We have a release candidate for DPM 2007 - and now everyone can start to evaluate it. This evaluation downloadable is the...
  • Blog Post: System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007 is RTM

    I'm very pleased we announced that System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007 is RTM. This is a key product in the Virtualization world, now you will be able to manage your Virtual Server environment with a top class Management product. Think about it if today you have to manage multiple Physical hosts...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Server VHDMount Tracing

    Few weeks ago I received information about the VHDMount Tracing tool we added to the VHDMount into Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1. I wanted to share with you how you can use this tracing functionality to see when something goes wrong when trying to mount a VHD file. In case you are facing any failures please...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Server Core and VS 2005 Part II

    Like I mentioned in a previous post I would be playing around with Server Core and Virtual Server 2005 just to see how it works. So what I have done is I installed a new Windows Server 2008 Server Core onto my physical box. The installation is straight forward, just make sure you select Server Core,...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization and Licensing

    I have here two valuable resources about Virtualization and Licensing. Yeah I know it's not that easy to understand but with the first tool you will be able to calculate how many licenses your environment needs. The second resource is about how Windows 2003 R2 is licensed while using other Virtualization...
  • Blog Post: Customer Case: Microsoft Virtualization and X64 Technology

    The RPC Group, a packaging supplier with almost 30 plants in continental Europe, wanted to consolidate IT operations across multiple facilities. To streamline financial reporting and provide high availability, RPC decided to virtualize its environment by running several virtual machines on each physical...