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  • Blog Post: Hyper-V and Server 2008 RTM

    With general availability of Windows Server 2008 Microsoft ships the beta 1 release of Windows Virtualization or Hyper-V (aka. Viridian). Customers, partners, developers, IT Professionals, everyone buying a copy of Windows Server 2008 will have the opportunity to test drive the Microsoft hypervisor Hyper...
  • Blog Post: What is new in virtualization with Windows Server 2008 R2?

    There are some quite interesting improvements in Windows Server 2008 R2 (what was wrong with W7 as a name?) that help us progress toward a dynamic infrastructure. Three of them are worthy of highlighting: live migration of virtual machines in hyper-v, cluster shared volumes and core parking. 1. Live...
  • Blog Post: P2V with SCVMM – a quick tip

    System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) has been offering a relatively simple way of doing physical-to-virtual migrations (P2V) for a while. You just click on the “Convert Physical Server” icon and off you go. Despite the name, it also works with client target machines. It’s simple, if you do some...
  • Blog Post: A Free Book on Microsoft Virtualization

    Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions from Microsoft Press is available as a FREE download.   This 15MB E-Book gives an overview of all current Microsoft Virtualization technologies: Hyper-V, the Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V), and VDI. It also describes which...
  • Blog Post: Live Migration in R2

    I've got a lot of questions about Live Migration in 2008 R2. Rather than writing a long post on it, I thought I'd point you at some resources I found useful whilst setting up my test environment, so you can build one too: - Frank Cicalese's (virtualization specialist) paper on r2 lab setup - Technet...
  • Blog Post: Live Migration, Cluster Shared Volumes & Networks

    The recommendation for people setting up live migration clusters is to isolate different kinds of traffic on their own networks: Public network to access the cluster and the virtual machines running on it “Private” cluster heartbeat network “live migration” network iSCSI network, if required to access...
  • Blog Post: Stop Climate Change?! – Part 2

    I have been investigating some more in the area of Green IT, S+S. Some ideas and a lot of questions have come to mind. Please read on and let me know if they make any sense. By the way, Part 1 is here :-) 1. How do you understand the status quo? This may prove to be the most difficult part of...