David Ziembicki on Infrastructure Architecture

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Demo any Virtualization Scenario with this Portable Setup

    This week I had some folks ask me about the hardware and setup I use for customer meetings and demonstrations. Since I’m in the Consulting side of the business, usually my customer discussions are multi-product scenarios or solution-oriented, not just...
  • Thoughts on the Windows Server Virtualization Announcement

    By now most readers of this blog will have heard that some of the planned Windows Server Virtualization (Viridian) features have been deferred. The details were posted here . Dan Kusnetzky over on ZDnet has a blog post with good analysis of the options...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Managing Virtual Switches and Networks Across Hyper-V Hosts

    I was asked a question this morning about the following customer requirement: “Managing virtual switches should be done from a central point and the configuration should be automatically distributed to the host operating system in such a way as to eliminate...
  • 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...
  • VMM 2008 R2 in a Multi-Forest Environment

    In my continuing work on building a private cloud offering with Hyper-V and System Center, I started work on a scenario today where the “fabric” management infrastructure is in a different Active Directory forest than the fabric hosts. This would be something...
  • 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...
  • From Virtualization to Dynamic IT

    Issue 24 of the Microsoft Architecture Journal focuses on virtualization. My paper, From Virtualization to Dynamic IT , has been published in this issue. My thesis: Virtualization is a critical infrastructure-architecture layer that is required for achieving...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • Creating a Microsoft Virtualization Practice

    With the release of Hyper-V R2 and Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2, many service organizations are seeing a business opportunity around providing design, planning, and implementation services around Hyper-V and the rest of the Microsoft virtualization...
  • 10 VDI Resources for Microsoft + Citrix Implementations

    While preparing for an upcoming VDI project I went through my archives and inventoried some trusted blogs for architecture, scale, and implementation guidance for the Microsoft + Citrix VDI solution which consists of Hyper-V, VMM, and APP-V from Microsoft...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Controlling Printer Mappings via Group Policy & Scripts

    A question came up this morning from a customer who wants to create a GPO that applies to a group of machines and maps specific printers to those machines and does not allow logged on users to map additional printers to those machines or remove the already...
  • Demos of Live Migration and Hyper-V Server

    Edwin demos Live Migration and Hyper-V Server: Demo - Hyper-V Server and Live Migration
  • Head-to-Head: Workflow Studio vs PowerShell for Automation

    Here’s an interesting and slightly amusing mock debate between Brandon Shell and Jason Conger on Citrix’s Workflow Studio vs PowerShell for automation . If you aren’t familiar with it, here is the description of what Workflow Studio is: “Citrix Workflow...
  • Cloud Computing: Taxes Analogous to Atmospheric Pressure

    In a blog posting earlier this week , the Azure team announced that they would be moving all Azure applications out of our “USA – Northwest” datacenter. I was fascinated by this given that the stated reason for this move is a change in local tax law which...
  • Completing 5 days of Forefront Protection Suite (Stirling) Training

    Last week I came out to Redmond for 5 days of training on the Forefront Protection Suite, formerly Forefront codenamed “Stirling”. The final name was announced at the Worldwide Partner Conference : Forefront codename “Stirling” - the next generation...
  • Threat Modeling Guide for IT Infrastructure

    Over on the Solution Accelerators Security Blog is a post and link to the IT Infrastructure Threat Modeling Guide . From the guide: The IT Infrastructure Threat Modeling Guide provides an easy-to-understand method for developing threat models that can...
  • TechReady9 Day 4 and 5 Wrap-up

    Day 4 and 5 of TechReady were action packed, I didn’t even have time to post yesterday. I skipped the first session timeslot on Thurs to prepare for the double session I was presenting with Citrix. The double session format basically allocates two sessions...
  • Everything you ever wanted to know about VHDs

    The Virtual Hard Disk Getting Started Guide is 61 pages of great info outlining all the relevant scenarios, configurations, and options for using VHD files. This was release about 3 weeks ago but I missed it at the time due to training and TechReady9...