February, 2011

  • Hyper-V: Microkernelized or Monolithic

    Type 2 Hypervisors (Virtual PC, VMware workstation, Virtual Server 2005R2 etc.) all have one thing in common.  They all have 2 Hardware abstraction Layers (HALs,) which means in a nutshell that they are useless for any kind of infrastructure workload...
  • Hypervisors

    Yesterday we talked about the fact that IBM had single handedly created the world of virtualization.  The single biggest innovation that drove virtualization was the creation of the hypervisor.  Recall that when IBM wanted to run additional...
  • Windows XP Mode

    In our last Virtualization 101 discussion we introduced you to Windows Virtual PC and discussed some of the basics of that particular type 2 hypervisor with its associated Virtual Machine Manager (VMM.)  We also introduce the topic of Windows XP...
  • Who Invented Virtualization?

    This is a great question!  And like all really great questions it has a simple and thought provoking answer.  There are some associated questions I would like to also address here.  1.  When was virtualization invented? 2. How did...
  • Windows Virtual PC

    In our last discussion we talked about the differences between type 1 and type 2 hypervisors.  I told you that the type 2 hypervisor had some significant drawbacks because of the fact that there are 2 Hardware Abstraction Layers to deal with. ...
  • Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1

    Today on the TechNet download center there are 5 new items.  Two of those Items are Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 with integrated SP1.  Of course as you can see if you choose either Windows 7 of Windows Server 2008 R2 from the new downloads...
  • Intel Announces Thunderbolt

    Today on All things Digital Arik Hesseldahl talked about Intel’s new HD Audio/Visual connection type called “Thunderbolt.” The numbers on this connection port are pretty impressive (in the 10 Gigabits per second range.) yes you read...
  • Memories Longer than the Road that Stretches Out Ahead.

    Yesterday I made some comments about Apple that some of you have taken to mean that I hate them.  It just isn’t the case.   Apple is one of the driving factors to innovation in the world of the PC.  What I dislike is the petty games...
  • 3 Things to Know Before You Upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7

    Yesterday we talked about Type 2 hypervisors and why you might want to actually use them.  I told you then that the main reason you use a type 2 hypervisor is to ease the transitionary pain of moving from one operating system to another.  No...
  • It’s Time to READ “True Grit”

    With the Oscars Looming and True Grit nominated for Best Picture I am torn at the prospect of seeing one of my favorite books put to film again.  The first rendition with John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn was an entertaining ride albeit not really true...
  • Charlie Sheen and Anne Hathaway Reading Dr. Seuss

    I’m a little disappointed that True Grit did not win Best Picture last night at the Oscars.  I will admit I didn’t watch much of the show.  I did however get to catch some of Anne Hathaway’s presentation.  She has come along way since the...