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  • Blog Post: “What is Virtualization?”

          It seems that over the course of the last 2 years that the number of questions I receive around virtualization has been consistently on the rise.  Many of the questions center around how to do things with virtualization.  How do I questions are great, and I love answering...
  • Blog Post: Video:Virtualization 101 Part 2 of 4

    In part 2 of the Virtualization series we focus in on Type 2 or Hosted Hypervisor solutions.  This would be tools Like Virtual PC and Virtual Server.  These type 2 hypervisor products are hosted on top of an existing Operating System such as Windows 7, or Windows Server.  Because they...
  • Blog Post: 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 Mode.  Today I want to spend some time highlighting...
  • Blog Post: 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.  When I say infrastructure workload what...
  • Blog Post: Video: Virtualization 101 Part 4 of 4

    The ultimate end of virtualization is the cloud.  Public cloud, Private Cloud, Dedicated Cloud there is a lot of discussion about what cloud is and is not.  Windows Azure is really virtualization in the cloud.  Listen to this session as we discuss some of the basics of how Microsoft has...
  • Blog Post: Video: Virtualization 101 Part 3 of 4

    In this session we discuss in detail Microsoft’s True Type 1 hypervisor called Hyper-V.  We will demonstrate the basic operational capacity of A Hyper-V server and discuss the benefits and drawbacks to the different types of Hyper-V installs.  We will show you how to configure Virtual Machines...
  • Blog Post: 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.  Performance will certainly be impacted, and Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Video: Virtualization 101 Part 1 of 4

    Well, after the series of popular blog posts on Virtualization 101 I decided I would record a couple of 1 hour webcast sessions around some of the basics of virtualization.  The first session is on the history of Virtualization and encompasses Virtualization from its beginnings in the late 1960...
  • Blog Post: Exporting/Cloning Virtual Machines on Hyper-V with Windows Server 2008 R2

    Hyper-V has some amazing features that make working with virtual machines just so easy. One of these features is the ability to make and export a clone of a virtual machine.  This exported virtual machine can then be imported and run on another Hyper-V server.  Let’s go through the process...
  • Blog Post: What is a Virtual Machine?

    Hyper-V is a platform that is used for running virtual machines.  Maybe it’s the term virtual which in the western culture has come to mean “not physical” or “Ethereal” or “not real” and I think the reason for this definition is because of the term “virtual reality.”  When it comes to virtual...