David Ziembicki on Infrastructure Architecture

  • Download the Hypervisor Functional Specification v2.0

    The Hypervisor Functional Specification v2.0 for Windows Server 2008 R2 has been posted to the web and can be found here . The original v1.0 version for Windows Server 2008 RTM was described in this post . Here is the overview of the v2.0 version: This...
  • Published in the Microsoft Architecture Journal

    I was able to get a small commentary on desktop virtualization and VDI published in the Microsoft Architecture Journal . It’s based on the work I’ve been doing around creating a VDI offering to augment Microsoft’s server virtualization offerings. For...
  • Free OCS 2007 R2 eBooks!

    I’m liking this MS Press monthly free ebook program. Especially with my new Kindle DX! Last month it was the Terminal Services Resource Kit , this month it is two for OCS: Be sure to download these now, the offer only lasts for a short time (as in I waited...
  • Networking and Remote Desktop Technical Resources

    The links below lead to a series of technical whitepapers on DirectAccess, BranchCache, and Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2008 R2. Networking Resources: DirectAccess and BranchCache Remote Desktop Resources: Kerberos, User Profiles, RemoteApp
  • Excellent Data Center Article in the NY Times Magazine

    The New York Times magazine has a very interesting article by Tom Vanderbilt on datacenters and the infrastructures that power today’s online services. Several Microsoft (and former Microsoft) execs were interviewed including Mike Manos, Debra Chrapaty...
  • White Paper: Comparing the Power Utilization of Native and Virtual Exchange Environments

    The Exchange team has published a whitepaper on TechNet comparing the power utilization of a typical 8 server physical Exchange environment compared to a a virtualized environment using the same number of logical processors but on only two Hyper-V host...
  • Updated: Introducing the Azure Services Platform

    The main introductory whitepaper to the Azure platform written by David Chappell has been updated. The main updates are around SQL Data Services and the move toward a more relational model and the introduction of something code-named the “Huron” data...
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 to RTM in July!

    The Windows Server Division blog announced that Windows Server 2008 R2 is tracking with Windows 7 and both are planned to RTM in the second half of July with General Availability on Oct 22! That RTM date is earlier than I thought it would be, I was thinking...
  • Comparing MOF to ITIL and ISO/IEC 20000

    Over on the MOF and Service Management blog, two new guides have been released detailing how the Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) complements the ITIL and ISO/IEC 20000 standards and how MOF can be used in concert with them. While oversimplified,...
  • New Remote Desktop Services VDI Step-by-Step Guides Released

    New step-by-step guides have been posted for the new Remote Desktop Services (RDS) found in Windows Server 2008 R2 including the new VDI scenarios. These replace the original step-by-step guide from a couple months ago that was basically too big since...
  • Clustering SQL Server Virtual Machines

    When planning server consolidation initiatives, particularly if using a structured offering and tools like SVAM and MAP , underutilized database servers are a frequent consolidation candidate. Similarly, if you have already widely implemented virtualization...
  • Free eBook: Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services Resource Kit

    The Terminal Services (now called Remote Desktop Virtualization) team has announced that the Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services Resource Kit eBook is available for free download for a limited time. You can register (LiveID required) here and download...
  • New Import and Export Features in Hyper-V R2

    Good news from the virtualization team. Over on their blog is a new post about the import/export functionality in Hyper-V. There are major enhancements that address several scenarios that were either not easy or not possible with Hyper-V RTM. Scenarios...
  • Microsoft SDL: Get it to go

    Today Microsoft made available the Microsoft SDL Process Template . This was announced over on the SDL Blog . Roger has some comments on it as well. The SDL Process Template is a free downloadable template for Visual Studio Team System that integrates...
  • Social Bookmarking: How to know where to go…

    Continuing the foray into social networking I started on a couple weeks ago, today’s topic is social bookmarking. For those who are even later to the game than I am, social bookmarking is basically a site or service that lets you tag and store your website...
  • Hyper-V and VMM: Scale Up, Out, and to the Cloud

    Between MMS and TechEd there have been a lot of announcements on the virtualization and cloud computing front. First, over on the Virtualization Team Blog , Jeff provided the announcement and details around some new capabilities coming in Hyper-V with...
  • Finding the Hidden Costs of VDI

    Brian Madden has an excellent post up today called The hidden costs of VDI . I’ve been working nearly full time the last two months helping to put together a Microsoft Services offering around desktop virtualization in general and VDI in particular so...
  • Facebook, Twitter, and FriendFeed in One Client with .NET!

    So I’ve been using Seesmic Desktop as a Twitter and Facebook client for the last week or two. Very cool app built on Adobe Air. Today via @EverythingMS I heard about sobees , a .NET app that aggregates Facebook, Twitter, FriendFeed (yeah!), and many other...
  • Facebook for Windows Mobile

    Microsoft has released Facebook for Windows Mobile . The application provides the following features: Send messages to any of the people in your Friends list. Take pictures and videos on your phone, then upload them right to Facebook. Send messages or...
  • NASA Launches Space Station and Rover Photosynths

    From the press release : “NASA and Microsoft Corporation of Redmond, Wash., released an interactive, 3-D photographic collection of internal and external views of the International Space Station and a model of the next Mars rover on Thursday, May 7. NASA...
  • Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 RC

    The Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) have been updated for the Windows 7 RC build. I’ve been using a combination of the RSAT and the Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 Beta console on my Windows 7 machine to manage my Hyper-V lab machines and its...
  • Are Solid State Drives in your Windows 7 Future?

    The E7 blog has an interesting article on SSD performance and optimizations made in Windows 7 to take advantage of them. The E7 post also links to an in depth AnandTech article that goes into more detail on SSD’s and has some benchmark comparisons between...
  • Facebook via Silverlight and WPF

    There was a lot of buzz last week with Facebook’s Open Stream API announcement . There were many demos of applications leveraging the new API, one good one is Seesmic Desktop which I’ve been using as my Twitter client and now has Facebook integration...
  • Running Windows Server 2008 R2 on a Laptop?

    Robert has a good post up for folks wanting to run Windows Server 2008 R2 on their laptops. A lot of us do that so that we can run Hyper-V for demos or development purposes. If you enable the Desktop Experience feature along with Wireless LAN and a few...
  • Windows 7 RC Available: What a day for my MSDN to expire!

    By now you’ve probably heard that the Windows 7 RC is available for download for TechNet and MSDN subscribers. Unfortunately for me, my MSDN subscription expired in the last couple days #%$! and won’t be renewed for another day or two. Fortunately, with...