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  • Blog Post: 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 such as exporting a VM and importing it to a different...
  • Blog Post: Very Interesting Virtualization Video

    Eric Traut, a Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft and one of the key architects behind our kernel and virtualization teams gave a great presentation at the University of Illinois on our virtualization architecture. Eric gave a very detailed description of WSV and even glimpes of some components of a...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization Launch Videos Posted

    Highlights and Full Length videos from the keynotes have been posted: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/events/virtualization/default.mspx
  • Blog Post: SCOM, OCS, PowerShell - Can you keep up?

    As someone who attempts (and whose job!) it is to maintain at least a passing knowledge of all of the Microsoft infrastructure servers and expertise in at least a few of them, weeks like this are both exciting and a great challenge. In case you missed them, there were a lot of announcements and releases...
  • Blog Post: System Center Virtual Machine Manager Beta 2 is Released

    Beta 2 of System Center Virtual Machine Manager was posted to connect.microsoft.com last night. Here is the link . Some highlights from the connect site: What is Virtual Machine Manager? Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007 is a server application used to manage a virtualized data...
  • Blog Post: 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 have spent a lot of time looking into both the technical...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization Books from Microsoft Insiders

    Two new books on Hyper-V have been released or coming soon. These are written by some of the most active members of the virtualization team and extended community inside Microsoft. Some of the authors I know personally and some I know by reputation from the hundreds of questions they answer every month...
  • Blog Post: More Info on the Microsoft and Novell Announcement

    Jason Matusow has a detailed post on his blog about the announcement. Here's the announcement . I'm still reading through the details but it definitely looks like a win/win for both companies but more importantly customers. Most of the early commentary on tech blogs interprets this as a defensive move...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Server Cookbooks

    The links below are to a series of cookbooks for Virtual Server by Microsoft and Partners that are detailed how-to guides for a series of topics such as management, high availability, disaster recovery, etc. Name Description Microsoft® Virtual Server 2005 R2 Service...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft and Xen to Develop Interoperability

    Today we announced an agreement with XenSource to develop interoperability between Xen-enabled Linux and Microsoft's upcoming Windows Server Virtualization, the hypervisor technology due in the Longhorn timeframe. Press Release This is great news for customers as they can now make longer term architecture...
  • Blog Post: New SoftGrid Page on Microsoft.com

    There is some new SoftGrid content on Microsoft.com to check out. Softgrid is part of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack and is highly complimentary to SMS and Terminal Services. For those not familliar with SoftGrid, here is the marketing definition: Microsoft SoftGrid ® Application Virtualization...
  • Blog Post: Architecting a Microsoft Private Cloud

    The first part of a four-part article series titled Architecting a Microsoft Private Cloud, by myself and my colleague Adam Fazio (@adamfazio) has been published in TechNet Magazine here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/hh127072.aspx Microsoft Services has designed, built and implemented...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization and Cloud Computing Real-time Feeds!

    As mentioned here and in a few other posts, I’ve been using Friendfeed and Twitter quite a bit over the last couple months. I’ve been extremely impressed with Friendfeed in particular. I’ve created two Friendfeed groups that I’ve been posting content to in addition to my main feed. The groups are: Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: New Blog and a Post About Routing Between Virtual Networks

    Robert Larson, a fellow Microsoft Consulting Services colleague and co-author of the upcoming Virtual Server 2005 R2 Resource Kit has started a new blog . One of his posts deals with the various options available to provide network connectivity and routing between virtual machines. The topic came from...
  • Blog Post: Great Info on 64-bit Vista Security and Patchguard

    I was reading a post on Steve Riley's blog that linked to a couple of very interesting posts by Jeff Jones on his Think Security blog. He goes into quite a bit of detail on Patchguard and also interviews Forrest Foltz who is a Patchguard Architect at Microsoft. They discuss some of the truths and misconceptions...
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  • Blog Post: TechReady9 Day 3 Wrap-up

    Day 3 kicked off with a keynote by Ray Ozzie and several very cool demos on UI futures, what’s coming across some of the Bing features, and some stuff MSR is working on. There was also a good discussion of how concepts move from MSR, to Labs, then into the product groups. Next up was a very entertaining...
  • Blog Post: 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 it included all these scenarios in one and was a...
  • Blog Post: What is SoftGrid Application Virtualization?

    It is very cool application virtualization technology. Check out this post for details: http://blogs.technet.com/softgrid/archive/2007/08/02/inside-the-grid-part-1.aspx This is the first in what will be a series of posts from the team so be sure to subscribe to their feed. There is a lot of development...
  • Blog Post: 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 bookmarks in a central location that is accessible...
  • Blog Post: 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, then virtualizing database servers for new...
  • Blog Post: 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 other things, you effectively get a Windows 7-like...
  • Blog Post: Dynamically Provisioning Customized Virtual Machines with VMM

    There’s a good technical post over on Chris Adam’s blog about how to dynamically provision customized virtual machines by using System Center Virtual Machine Manager and unattend.xml. The unattend.xml file is used in combination with a sysprep’d image and applies customization (things like computer name...
  • Blog Post: Private Clouds: Believe it or not?

    Recently there has been some healthy debate around the validity of “private clouds” and whether such a construct is new or just a different name for virtualization and automated provisioning, i.e. a marketecture. In this corner for the anti-Private Cloud sentiment, we have the 2009 Prediction – Rise...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 SP2 Released to Web

    SQL Server 2005 SP2 has been released to the web. There are some signifcant virtualization use rights as well. See the press release below for more details: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2007/feb07/02-19SQLSP2PR.mspx To download: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/sql/2005...