February, 2009

  • Microsoft Virtualization: MED-V


    Microsoft provides Virtualization Solutions from Desktop to Datacenter, Virtualization doesn't only means Server Consolidation or Server Virtualization,

    Today, I am going to discuss about Microsoft Virtualization Solution in Desktop Space.

    MED–V or Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization.

    So Ifti, what is MED-V and why it is required??

    When you want to upgrade to a new OS, you are required to go through a certain process, verifying that all applications work in the new OS, migrate those applications that do not work, or get the approval for making those unavailable to users, and only then you can start upgrading the end users desktops. This process can takes months to complete, and meanwhile your users cannot benefit from the benefits of the new OS. The process requires a lot of investment in testing and migration, even for application that are not used extensively, and eventually delays the upgrade.

    With MED-V you can change this cycle – you can first upgrade to Windows Vista as soon as you want, and then deal with testing and migration at your convenience.

    How this can be done?

    Lets say, you have an Business Application which is not compatible with Windows Vista and it works only on Windows XP.

    Now you can go ahead and upgrade all your clients OS to Vista and let Med-V takes care of your legacy application till developers redesign it to work with Vista.

    The admin creates a virtual image using MS VPC, installs Windows XP OS and all those apps.This VPC image is then delivered to end users and they can use the applications.      This solution can actually be achieved by just using VPC.

    But to do that in a corporate environment and enterprise scale, admin cant just run VPC, he needs a centrally managed solution – and this is where MED-V is introduced.

    MED-V is what makes VPC deployable in scale for end-users throughout the enterprise and beyond it.

    With MED-V has 4 functions:

    • Virtual images creation, repository and delivery
    • Centralized management and monitoring.
    • Usage policy and data transfer control like access permissions
    • End-user experience like taskbar customization

    The architecture of the Med-V looks like this.



    So with MED-V, your legacy application will pin to your task bar of your Vista and will run seamlessly as if its installed on Host operating System (VISTA) though its installed on a Virtual Machine (Win XP).

    Here is the screenshot of MED-V desktop


    Isn’t it Great!!!! MED-V is currently in Beta and will be released in first half of Year 2009

    Register and download MEDV v1 Beta and nominate for early adoption

    Additional Resources

    Let me know what you think. smile_regular


  • Lets Thrive with Technology

    In tough times, the good will survive, only the best will Thrive! Are you thriving?

    Microsoft Brings you THRIVE….

    Visit the Thrive site and learn how to enhance your technical skills, advance your career, and elevate IT as the business leader.

    These strategies and skills that you employ now will not only help you succeed during this time, but place you in a position to excel during the brighter times ahead. Now is the ideal time to rise to the top. Seize the moment - find out how YOU can Thrive

    Learn about career development, Microsoft Learning Plan and certifications which will keep you out of crowd.

    Upgrade your technical competencies on Technologies like Microsoft Virtualizations.

    Lots of screencasts and presentations on Microsoft Virtualization Solutions, and tools like Green IT Calculators, ROI tools, and Capacity Planning solutions.




  • Love is in the air “The Microsoft Way”

    Here are some great lines which are so true.. hope everyone in world gets to experience this for once..

    “Love is so powerful because being loved causes one to love oneself.
    Nothing contributes to the self-image more than being loved by another.

    When the words, “I love you” are expressed to you for the first time,
    your world blossoms, your heart glows with inspiration,
    confidence and thoughts of the mountains you can move.

    It’s more than an emotional kick;
    suddenly you like yourself more than you ever have before.”


    So Ifti, Can Microsoft help ??,

    YES indeed..

    You’ve gotta be kiddin’ me…

    Check it yourself.. Very funny though.. its full of Love and laughterheart

    Microsoft guide to Valentines day by Laura Foy

             The Microsoft Guide to Valentine's Day

    Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone.

  • Managing Hyper-V Server from Windows 7



    Now you can manage your Virtual Machines hosted on Windows Server 2008 Hyper V from Windows 7 client OS,

    Windows 7 comes with an inbuilt Hyper V management Snap In which you need to enable from Turn features on/off.

    1. Go to Control Panel.


    2. Click on Programs and Features and click on Turn Windows Features on/off


    After you turn this feature ON, you can find the Hyper-V Management Console in Administrative Tools via Control Panel.

    Let me know how it goes.. smile_regular

  • My Best Friend’s Wedding

    I know its been quite a while i blogged, I was out of office attending one of my best friend’s wedding,

    A very traditional Indian Wedding, it was really amazing, had some unforgettable moments there and some of them was kinda emotional. smile_wink

    So i would like to raise a toast for all the happiness of world to the newly wedded couple. cheers to themmartini

    So here i am back to the world of technology..  smile_teeth

  • Hyper-V and Failover Clustering.


    Have you been trying or testing Failover clustering with Hyper V based Virtual Machines?

    but Ifti, What is failover Clustering??

    The Failover Clustering feature enables you to create and manage failover clusters. A failover cluster is a group of independent computers that work together to increase the availability of applications and services. The clustered servers (called nodes) are connected by physical cables and by software. If one of the cluster nodes fails, another node begins to provide service (a process known as failover). Users experience a minimum of disruptions in service.

    So Hyper-V and failover clustering, Why do i need it??

    So lets say you are running multiple virtual machines running on a physical host, you must be wondering what would happen if my Physical Server fails, I will end up loosing all the Virtual machines running on that host leading to a catastrophic disaster.

    Well that's where Microsoft Failover Clustering comes into the picture.

    With Failover Clustering the Virtual Machines running on a host will be restarted on another physical host which is a part of a cluster with a minimum downtime.

    Here is a great guide available from Microsoft to make your Virtual Machines highly available, I suggest you to read through it.

    Download It here. Step-by-Step Guide for Testing Hyper-V and Failover Clustering