April, 2009

  • Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate NOW AVAILABLE


    Its a great day today for the Computing world, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 RC is now available for download to Microsoft TechNet and MSDN Subscribers.


    Get your copy NOW.                   

    Dont have MSDN or TechNet Subscription??

    For those who don't have MSDN and TechNet Subscription, Please wait till May 5th when its available for general public.

    I am downloading my copies of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 RC NOW…. ARE YOU??

    Please do send your comments and feedback as always. :-)

  • Windows 7 RC COMING SOON


    Windows 7 Team just announced the availability of Windows 7 RC (Release Candidate) on their official blog.

    For my non techie readers, Release Candidate means almost final version of the software

    Windows 7 RC (Release Candidate) will be available from April 30th for download by MSDN and TechNet subscribers. General Public can get their hands on from May 5th.

    I think its a great moment and a great milestone making a great Windows reality…

    For those who are running Windows 7 Beta, there are few things you should know, please read this post from Windows 7 Engineering team

    Windows 7 team has worked really hard going through feedbacks and bugs reported by all of you and taking corrective actions to make Windows 7 the best Windows ever.

    I cant get wait to get my copy of Windows 7 RC.

  • Microsoft brings High Definition IPL 20-20 Cricket Web Streaming.


    It gives me immense pleasure to let you know that Microsoft is announcing the launch of a Silverlight-based web experience for the Indian Premier League cricket tournament, one of the most popular cricket tournaments in the world.  The Indian Premier League (IPL), is a Twenty20 cricket competition created by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)

    Second season of the IPL starts on Saturday, 18 April (Indian Standard Time), and will be streamed online for the first time in high-definition using Microsoft Silverlight.  A 5-minute delay in streaming is expected in India. Highlights and full replays of the matches will be available in South Africa, UK, Ireland, New Zealand and USA on demand, approximately 72 hours after the match. 

    Cricket is the world’s third most popular spectator sport, with fans in over 120 countries, including India, Pakistan, South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, the West Indies and even a dedicated following in the United States.

    Silverlight 2.0

    Silverlight has become the platform of choice for delivering live and on demand streaming video of massive sporting events, including the 2008 Beijing Olympics on NBCOlympics.com, 2009 March Madness on Demand with CBSSports.com and the live broadcast of the Masters on AT&T’s Fan Zone. 

    What IPL Fans can expect?

    These high quality and stutter-free online events have demonstrated the platform’s reliability to deliver dynamic media experiences for viewers around the world.

    IPL fans can expect this same level of quality and support, including features like interactive scoreboard and statistics display, Deep Zoom, various data feeds such as ball-by-ball commentary, and information about match schedules, weather forecast, pitch reports, team standings, and other stuff.  It’s all about keeping fans close to the action no matter where the matches are played.

    Silverlight 2.0 has been downloaded and installed on more than 300 million consumer PCs in just the six months since its launch.

    Due to local television rights, Live streaming will not be available in South Africa, UK, Ireland, New Zealand and USA. Highlights and full replays of the matches will be available in South Africa, UK, Ireland, New Zealand and USA on demand, approximately 72 hours after the match.  A 5-minute delay for the web streaming is expected in India. 

    WATCH IPL 20-20 STREAMING ON www.iplt20.com

    In India, Microsoft will host a live demo session for press across 3 cities - Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore on 17 April 2009.  The sessions will be held  at the Microsoft offices in these cities.

  • Virtualizing Linux on Microsoft Hyper-V

    If you are not aware, Microsoft supports running Linux on Hyper-V platform, though at this time only SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP1 is supported.

    Microsoft has recently got into an agreement with Red Hat and working with Red Hat Hardware Certification program and Red Hat is joining the Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP), Once Hyper-V is a validated platform under the certification program, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) will be a supported guest on Hyper-V.

    All those customers who are running SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 and Windows Server 2008 RTM can download the Integration Components for Linux from Microsoft download page.

    The Linux integration components support the following guest operating systems:

    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP2 x86.
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP2 x64

    The Linux Integration Components for Hyper-V provide the following functionality:

    • Driver support for synthetic devices: The Linux integration components include support for both the synthetic network controller and synthetic storage controller that have been developed specifically for Hyper-V. These components take advantage of the new high-speed bus, VMBus, which was developed for Hyper-V.
    • Hypercall adapter: The Hypercall adapter is a thin layer of software that translates the Xen-specific virtualization function calls from a Xen-enabled Linux kernel to Microsoft Hyper-V hypercalls. This results in improved performance for the Linux virtual machine.
    • Fastpath Boot Support: Boot devices now take advantage of the storage VSC to provide enhanced performance.

    And if you are evaluating Windows Server 2008 R2 with Linux VMs, you can download the Integration Components for Linux Beta from the Microsoft Connect site.

    Its great to see Hyper-V evolving as a Virtualization platform for where customer has choice of running the OS of their choice, I know its just the beginning and much more to come..

    Stay tuned..

    Let me know what you think..

  • Hyper-V and Security


    Are you one of those IT and Security professionals looking for best practices, recommendations to secure a Virtual Infrastructure based on Microsoft Hyper-V.

    Well look no further, Microsoft has just released Hyper-V Security guide.

    Some lines from this guide:

    The guide provides authoritative guidance that relates to the following strategies for securing virtualized environments:

    Hardening the Hyper-V role. The guide provides prescriptive guidance for hardening the Hyper-V role, including several best practices for installing and configuring Hyper-V with a focus on security. Among these best practices are measures for reducing the attack surface of Hyper-V as well as recommendations for properly configuring secure virtual networks and storage devices.

    Delegating virtual machine management. The ability to safely and securely delegate administrative access to virtual machine resources within an organization is essential. The guide highlights several available methods to administer different aspects of a virtual machine infrastructure and ways to control administrative access to
    different servers and at different levels.

    Protecting virtual machines. The guide also provides prescriptive guidance for securing virtual machine resources, including best practices and detailed steps for protecting virtual machines by using
    a combination of file system permissions, encryption, and auditing.

    Download the full guide from Microsoft Download Center



  • Desktop Virtualization with MED-V: Now a reality.


    I know its been long that i posted anything on my blog, Its been quite hectic and busy these days with no time to breathe.

    With this economic situation where company is trying to save dollars, they are looking up to Virtualization to cut down their total cost of ownership still increasing business continuity. And as you know i work in Virtualization Space, there is no end of work for me these days, Meetings, conference calls with Partners and customers, Technical Presentations and Demonstration, Proof of Concepts, Designing and delivering solutions… Phew !!!

    But i am loving it.. It feels so great to help customers save cost. and that’s Microsoft’s motto… We help you save Money!!

    How ??  See how virtualization can save you money.

    So Ifti.. whats new in Virtualization World??

    Well, quite a lot actually, If you have read my post on Microsoft MED-V, It was in Beta at that time, MED-V is now available to customers with the new version of MS Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) for customers with Software Assurance.

    MED-V enables you to upgrade to latest Desktop operating system even though your line of business application is not yet compatible with new operating system. With MED-V you can create a Virtualized Environment for your legacy applications on the top of your new latest operating system with all the enhancements and features.

    MED-V builds on top of Microsoft Virtual PC to run two operating systems on one device, adding virtual image delivery, policy-based provisioning and centralized management.

    So now you can gain all the great enhancements and features of Windows 7 on your desktop, still using your legacy applications which is only compatible with Windows XP.

    Isn’t that COOL ???.. Yeah.. I hear you..

     MDOP subscribers can download new MDOP 2009 from Microsoft Volume Licensing Site (MVLS).

    As always, please do share your views, comments and feedbacks by selecting EMAIL on the top of this page.

    Stay Tuned..