July, 2009

  • FREE Microsoft Hyper V Server 2008 R2 Now RTM

     

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    Just because Hyper V Server 2008 R2 is free, its doesn't mean that Microsoft is not at all serious about this offering. If you have followed my blog in the past, you can see the feature set it brings on the table here

    It has all the high availability features like Live Migration, Failover Clustering, Clustered Shared volume and that too completely FREE!!!

    If you still thinking what kind of value, a free product can bring into your organization, Please check the following blog post from Jeff Woolsey, Principal Group Program Manager. Microsoft here

    Trust me you are not going to believe that how much you can save by adopting Microsoft Virtualization and reinvest that dollars back into your business.

    Read the Microsoft Official Blog here

    Let me know your feedback and comments and stay tuned.. the party has just begun. ;-)

  • Server 2008 R2 RTM: Initial Reviews..!!!

    As we all know Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 gone RTM yesterday. there is a great acceptance of these products out there and it shows in the reviews posted by Computerworld.

    A few quotes:            

    With all these new features, R2 is certainly the best Windows Server operating system to date.”

    “In this day and age, power use is on everyone's mind. Windows Server 2008 R2 helps reduce and optimize power usage in most, if not all, situations; in all cases, savings can be achieved and realized simply by installing the operating system.”

    Companies that have an extensive investment, or plans a complex deployment, of Hyper-V-based virtualization. Hyper-V is now a very serious competitor to VMware -- and once you have purchased your Windows license, the price is unbeatable because Hyper-V is bundled into the server OS.”

    “Firms that have vast swaths of Windows servers in data centers where space, power or both are becoming tight. The power-usage improvement can add up to serious savings. Couple this with the virtualization capabilities offered by Hyper-V 2.0, and Windows Server 2008 R2 staves off a very serious scaling and capacity problem for some companies.”

    “One unheralded feature of Hyper-V 2.0 is the Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) feature. Essentially, if you tried to set up a cluster using Hyper-V virtual machines in the original release, for each virtual hard drive (VHD) you had to carve out a LUN on your SAN where that VHD could reside. Since you would likely have 24 or fewer drive letters free, you could end up using Globally Unique Identifiers (GUIDs), those long and clunky alphanumeric identifiers, which could turn into a management disaster.

    Enter CSV, which allows you to place multiple VHDs on a single LUN, while the VMs themselves still act as if each VHD is on its own LUN. All CSV volumes are stored in the ClusterStorage root directory, so navigating the different volumes is as easy as clicking through Windows Explorer or navigating directories in the command line.”

    Read the full review here

  • Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 NOW RTM!!!!

    Its a huge day for Microsoft as we made much awaited Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM today.!!!!

    If you are following my blog, You have noticed we have discussed a lot about features and watched the developments in release of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

    Finally customers worldwide will be able to take computing into the next level with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

    I am a Virtualization guy so as i am excited with new enhancements in Hyper V R2 in Server 2008 R2, I am equally excited about Windows 7 coming up in the market. I am big fan of Windows 7 and using it on my work and home PC since the pre beta days and its awesome.

    I have seen Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 growing from better to the best and now i can say Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 are without a doubt the best platform ever.

    Please see Server 2008 R2 RTM announcement on Microsoft Official Virtualization Blog and also Windows 7 Official Team Blog

    I speak to lots of Partners and customers and i cant even begin to explain how much they are excited about Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 and of course Hyper V R2 with features like

    • Live Migration
    • Clustered Shared Volume
    • Core Parking
    • Virtual I/O
    • 64 Logical Processor Support
    • Dynamic Storage
    • Processor Compatibility mode for Live Migration
    • Support for SLES 11 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.2 and 5.3 for both x86 and x64.
    • RDS for VDI

    And lots of Additional features with Server 2008 R2 like Branch Caching, Direct Access, Remote Desktop Services will add great value to the customer investments and reduce cost.

    The next milestone is making Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 available to the general customers on Oct 22, 2009, though these will be made available to business customers little earlier in September for our Volume Licensing Customers.

    And a great THANKS to all those who are running Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 BETA, RC and helping the team here with your feedback and reporting bugs.

    And CONGRATULATIONS to WINDOWS Team here in Microsoft for such great work with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 and exceeding all expectations in terms of sticking to milestone without compromising the product Quality.

    If you have not joined the party yet.. go download the Windows 7 RC and Windows Server 2008 R2 RC still available. You can still use it till June 1st 2010.

    That's all for today, as always do share your feedback and comments

  • Microsoft Hyper V R2: Linux Integration Services RC Released

    Hyper V Team here in Microsoft today announced RC2 release Integration Services for Linux.

    Now customer will be able to run following Linux distributions on Hyper V Virtualization platform in addition to SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 SP2

    · Red Hat Enterprise Linux (5.2, x86/x64)

    · Red Hat Enterprise Linux (5.3, x86/x64)

    · SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 (x86/x64)

    The integration components support the following virtualization platforms:

    • Windows Server® 2008 Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter (x64 only)
    • Microsoft® Hyper-V Server 2008
    • Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V RC (Build 7100) Standard, Enterprise, and   Datacenter (x64 only)
    • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 RC (Build 7100)

    Read it again – Microsoft contributes code to the Linux kernel under GPL v2!

    This is first time in history Microsoft Contributes Linux Drivers to Linux Community, This is really exciting as now customer has a more choice of OS running on Hyper V Platform.

    Now that the IC’s will be a part of the Linux kernel, other distributions that chose to pick these up will be compatible with Hyper-V. A customer will have to work with their Linux distribution vendor for support.

    Customers can obtain the Linux IC’s via access to the Microsoft Connect program: https://connect.microsoft.com/SelfNomination.aspx?ProgramID=1863&pageType=1&SiteID=495

    Here is Microsoft Press Release.

    REDMOND, Wash., July 20, 2009 — Today, in a break from the ordinary, Microsoft released 20,000 lines of device driver code to the Linux community. The code, which includes three Linux device drivers, has been submitted to the Linux kernel community for inclusion in the Linux tree. The drivers will be available to the Linux community and customers alike, and will enhance the performance of the Linux operating system when virtualized on Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V or Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V.

    Read more….

  • Microsoft Virtualization: Online Event, July 21, 2009

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    Hi All,

    Microsoft Virtualization is a Sponsor at this online event organized by Windows IT Pro. The event is an interactive experience with staffed booths by Microsoft, Citrix, Certeon and Symantec. The event also includes educational chats to complement each conference session. If you miss the real-time event, the virtual platform will be available on demand for 1 year.

    This event is targeted at IT Professionals who want to learn about virtualization and Hyper-V. During the day's presentations, independent technical experts Michael Otey, Michael Campbell, and John Savill will discuss:

    • Hyper-V architecture
    • The differences between Hyper-V and VMware's ESX Server
    • Hyper-V high-availability features
    • The capabilities of Live Migration

      Microsoft will provide

    • Microsoft Virtualization booth featuring product information, presentations and booth  reps during live event.
    • Keynote Participation: Co-presentation with Citrix (Dai Vu and Gordon Mangione)
    • Virtualization 360 Technical Webcast  with 15 minutes Live Q&A (Edwin Yuen)

    Register for this event

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    Happy Learning you guys !!!! ;-)

  • Implementing Microsoft VDI with Server 2008 R2 RDS

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    If you are following my blog, I discussed about Microsoft VDI solution and how it can proved to be a great solution for organizations to lower their management cost and enable flexible work scenarios such as work from home and hot-desking, increased data security and compliance, as well as easy and efficient management of the desktop OS and applications.

    Today I’ll talk about enhancements in Terminal Services in Server 2008 which is now renamed to Remote Desktop Services,

    Now RDS, in addition to other Terminal Service roles, provides an platform for companies to implement a centralized desktop strategy and for partners to provide additional innovation.

    It introduces the new Remote Desktop Connection Broker – an expansion of the Session Broker in Windows Server 2008 – which provides the administrator with a unified experience for setting up user access to both virtualized desktops (running as a full Windows client OS on top of Microsoft’s virtualization infrastructure) and traditional session-based remote desktops.

    Together with Hyper-V and System Center Virtual Machine Manager, the Remote Desktop Connection Broker enables a VDI solution for low-complexity, departmental environments, and a platform for partners who are delivering rich, extensible solutions where heterogeneous client support is a prerequisite, and when enhanced management and scalability is a requirement.

    The Remote Desktop Connection Broker it complements other, shared RDS infrastructure components in Windows Server 2008, such as Remote Desktop Web Access or Remote Desktop Gateway. With the Remote Desktop Connection Broker, partners will find an extensive set of APIs that will allow them to continue innovation and deliver added value to customers.

    Other important improvements in our virtualization platform in Windows Server 2008 R2, such as Live Migration, will further contribute to making Windows Server 2008 R2 an excellent platform for VDI, improving both availability and scalability of a virtual desktop deployment.

    RDS in Server 2008 R2 supports two VDI Scenarios:

    1. Personal Virtual Desktops

    • One OS image per user
    • Administrator access, desktop customizable
    • User state typically part of the image

    2. Virtual Desktop Pool

    • Shared OS images, identically configured
    • No administrator access
    • User state temporary (discarded at session end)

    The Architecture of VDI deployment using RDS would look something like this.

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    Learn More about Microsoft VDI and RDS, Please follow the links below

    http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization/products/desktop/default.mspx

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/rds-r2.aspx

    Isn’t that Interesting, I know you cant wait to do a hands on with Microsoft VDI with RDS in Server 2008 R2.

    How to setup a VDI lab with RDS?? I’ll be posting step by step soon.

    Please stay tuned.. ;-)