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Clive Watson, Datacenter Technical Specialist, Microsoft UK

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  • Blog Post: TechNet Webcast: Managing Hyper-V Virtual Machines with WMI and Windows

    TechNet Webcast: Managing Hyper-V Virtual Machines with WMI and Windows PowerShell (Level 300) Event ID: 1032381324 Wednesday, July 02, 2008 8:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada) Event Overview Before the beta release of Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, there was only one option...
  • Blog Post: WSSRA - Virtual Environments for Development and Test

    I just read the " Upstate-NY-Technology " Blog and noticed the last post which mentioned the WSSRA-VE guide or to give it it's full snappy title: Windows Server System Reference Architecture Virtual Environments for Development and Test (WSSRA-VE). This was something I meant to Blog about when it...
  • Blog Post: Consolidation

    Mixed Workload Consolidation Guide http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=0F70695E-5D0B- 4781-8966-84BE43216F9E&displaylang=en Solution Accelerator for Consolidating and Migrating LOB Applications http://www.microsoft.com/technet/itsolutions/ucs/lob/lobsa/lobsaovw.mspx...
  • Blog Post: Top 10 Server Consolidation issues – Part 7

    So this is the final post in this series. I feel like I’ve missed out loads of information but it was my intention at the outset to present you with the major issues customers have told me about, and how I address them. 9. Change control or the lack of I wrote in Part 3 about policy and changes...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 is now available

    The wait is over, you can now download from here . Extra details can be found here and in the FAQ from where I pulled out these details on the new features. Bink.nu also has more of a write up than time allows me to produce today What's New in This Release Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 includes...
  • Blog Post: VHD format licence will change

    You will see that the VHD licence is no longer royalty-free, from now on it will be OSP (Open Specification Promise), " an irrevocable promise from Microsoft to every individual and organization in the world to make use of this patented technology for free, now and forever when implementing specified...
  • Blog Post: Top 10 Server Consolidation issues - Part 6

    Welcome to Part 6 - this is the penultimate instalment... 8. Legacy hardware – modem cards, fax boards Basically there is simple advise here, make sure you identify attached hardware on the servers you intend to consolidate (or virtualise) during the audit phase . Lots of hardware either won't...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft and XenSource to Develop Interoperability for Windows Server “Longhorn” Virtualization

    ...another subject I wish I have time to blog about today! More details once again on PressPass: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2006/jul06/07-17MSXenSourcePR.mspx . Microsoft and XenSource to Develop Interoperability for Windows Server “Longhorn” Virtualization Collaboration will enable...
  • Blog Post: Top 10 Server Consolidation issues - Part 1

    Yesterday for the first time in a month or two I presented on Server Consolidation, it made me think of a few things: 1. Many people don’t know what resources exist, where to get advice on consolidation 2. Its often assumed that there isn’t any advice especially from Microsoft on this subject 3. This...
  • Blog Post: Top 10 Server Consolidation issues - Part 5

    This is the fifth instalment covering server consolidation issues. In the original post I highlighted 10 issues that are frequently mentioned, these additional posts are intended to cover one or more of these issues in more detail. Today were are dealing with licensing and support: 6. Licensing –...
  • Blog Post: SCVMM 2008 beta (Update for Hyper-V RC1)

    If you go to https://connect.microsoft.com the update that allows SCVMM to work with Hyper-V RC1 is now available Update for SCVMM 2008 Beta - (You can access this from the downloads page). Install this update to enable Virtual Machine Manager 2008 Beta (VMM) to function with Release Candidate 1 (RC1...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V beta is now available

    No doubt you've already seen this announcement, being keen all things virtualization people... http://blogs.technet.com/windowsserver/archive/2007/12/12/Yes_2C00_-Virginia_2C00_-there-is-a-Hyper_2D00_V-beta.aspx http://blogs.technet.com/virtualization/archive/2007/12/13/happy-holidays-windows-server...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server Virtualization Calculator

    It does what the title suggests, get it here . The Windows Server Virtualization Calculator provides two ways to estimate the number and cost of Windows Server Standard Edition, Enterprise Edition and Datacenter Edition licenses needed for your virtualization scenarios to help you determine the most...
  • Blog Post: MAP 3.1 beta with Hyper-V support

    The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (or MAP) is the next-generation version of the agent-less assessment platform from Microsoft. In this new version, MAP has expanded its capabilities into assessment areas of Hyper-V server virtualization, desktop security, and SQL 2008 migration. In summary...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V WMI interfaces are now available

    Good news this morning.... The virtualization team is pleased to announce the public beta release of the Hyper-V WMI interfaces . Hyper-V WMI APIs . Hyper-V uses WMI APIs (similar to the Virtual Server COM API) to create, manage, monitor, configure virtual resources. We expect the Hyper-V WMI APIs to...
  • Blog Post: Carmine = System Center Virtual Machine Manager

    This is something I’ve wished I could have blogged about weeks ago, still here are all the details on our System Center Virtual Machine Manager (formally called “Carmine”). System Center Virtual Machine Manager is a standalone server application used to manage a virtualized datacenter running either...
  • Blog Post: System Center Virtual Machine Manager - Part 3

    The following screen grab shows a single running Virtual Server host machine in the “Infrastructure Hosts” group. I've circled the state information which shows "responding", meaning that the server that's running Virtual Server 2005 R2 is available, this view is visible if you select the "hosts" view...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V and it's ecosystem

    I'm sure you've seen many post on Hyper-V in the past few days...I've also noticed a few posts related to technology that supports (or will support Hyper-V): Virtual Server to Hyper-V tool MAP3.1 DPM 2007   Anyone spotted others?   Mark also pulled together a list of Hyper-V videos.  ...
  • Blog Post: Top 10 Server Consolidation issues - Part 4

    So this post is about testing...as mentioned in Part 1 of this series 5. Testing has a new significance (especially true for mixed workload / co-hosted consolidation), reliance on doing this manually might not be sufficient This is a big topic and often an area often overlooked in the Windows world...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 cookbooks

    "These are the first of several cookbooks to help SI partner consultants get up to speed to deploy virtualisation solutions in record time. These are step-by-step, one-stop documents with all the details, tips/tricks to build a working solution" For more information take a look at Matt's blog or at Virblog...
  • Blog Post: Top 10 Server Consolidation issues - Part 2

    In this post I’ll cover points 2 and 3 from Part1, which are: 2. Application dependency or reliance isn’t known 3. Knowledge of applications isn’t readily available – often reliant on a single person This is the scenario that is usually painted for me “…it’s our applications - we have all sort...
  • Blog Post: How to find a case study

    Following yesterdays post about links, I thought I'd mention our Case Study Website , I've lost count of the times people and partners have asked for a document that is freely available and easy to find on this site...I guess you have to know where to go and look :-) Just navigate to the Find a Case...
  • Blog Post: System Center Virtual Machine Manager - Part 2

    One of the great SCVMM features is the ability to simply, create a "Host Group" under the "Managed Computers" object. In this example I have created two sub groups, the one I'll detail here is UK, I could also create child groups under these parents. When you look at the properties of this group...
  • Blog Post: Pre-prepared VHD files are now available

    I forgot to post this earlier, so I guess you've read this already on John's blog or from the press announcement .
  • Blog Post: Virtual PC 2007 available to download

    So Virtual PC 2007 has just released, with amongst other things support for Vista as a host or guest Ben , John , Keith and Kevin have more details...roll on Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 The download is here and there is also an updated Virtual PC Website