August, 2009

  • Microsoft Product shower continues: System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 RTM..!!!!






    I hope all you technology enthusiasts like me enjoying the shower of all great new releases of products and technologies from Microsoft.

    To name a few…

    1. Windows 7 RTM
    2. Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM
    3. Hyper V Server 2008 R2 RTM
    4. Windows Server 2008 Storage Server.
    5. Virtual PC 7
    6. Internet Explorer 8
    7. Office 2010 Technical Preview
    8. Exchange 2010 Beta
    9. Microsoft Bing.
    10. SharePoint Server 2010 Beta.
    11. System Center Ops Manager 2007 R2 RTM
    12. Windows Azure
    13. Microsoft Zune HD
    14. Windows Mobile 6.5 Coming Soon
    15. SQL Server 2008 R2 Coming Soon

    And trust me there are more coming your way..

    Despite the most challenging economic scenarios we are coming up with maximum product releases this year in the history of Microsoft.

    Being an Proud Microsoft Employee, I get to be among the first ones to play with cutting edge new technologies right from their alpha/pre beta phase.. and trust me it feels awesome to be involved in dogfooding (Internal Microsoft term) and help product teams here in Microsoft to build and deliver great technologies which touches lives of millions of people on this planet.

    To join the party… Presenting System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 RTM.

    Yes, We have final product ready to take the management of your Virtual Infrastructure to the next level.

    If you’ve been following my blog, we’ve discussed earlier about enhancements in SCVMM 2008 R2

    To summarize the great enhancements:

    • Live Migration Support for Server 2008 R2
    • Hot Add/Remove of VM Storage.
    • Clustered Shared Volume (CSV) support that enables multiple Highly Available Virtual Machines (HAVM) per LUN.
    • Support for VMware vSphere 4 (VMware VI3 feature parity only)
    • SAN Migration into and out of clustered hosts
    • Processor flexibility
    • Network optimization
    • Quick Storage Migration
    • Maintenance Mode for Hosts
    • Support for 3rd Party Clustered file system, Sanbolic Melio FS
    • Support for 3rd Party Storage Class Resource, Veritas Storage Foundation for Windows
    • Expanded support for iSCSI SANs
    • Support for VMware port groups for Virtual Switches
    • Support for Virtual Machine Permissions assigned in Hyper-V
    • Dynamic Policy Based Load Balancing

    Phew..!!!! Isn’t that GREAT???. !!!!


    To learn more about SCVMM 2008 R2 click here

    And as let me know your feedback, comments :)

    Bye for now, Stay tuned…

  • Top Facts VMware Does Not Want You to Know About Microsoft Hyper-V

    Now this is Interesting…

    Top Facts VMware Does Not Want You to Know About Microsoft Hyper-V.

    This video describes key facts that VMware does not want customers to know about Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

    Top Facts VMware Does Not Want You to Know About Microsoft Hyper-V

  • Remote Server Admin Tools (RSAT) for Windows 7 : Now Available

    We all know about RSAT tool to manage Windows Server remotely from a desktop or Laptop PC. Microsoft has just released brand new version of RSAT tool for Windows 7.

    RSAT tool also includes Hyper V manager to manage Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper V and Hyper V Server 2008 R2 remotely.

    How to Enable the Hyper-V Manager from the Remote Server Administration Toolkit (RSAT)

    Step 1: Download RSAT from the following link and install

    Step 2: Go to Add/Remove Programs.


    Step 3: Turn Windows Features On or Off and Enable the Hyper-V Tools as shown below.


    Step 4: After enabling the Hyper-V Tools, go to the Administrative Tools in the Start Menu where you will see the Hyper-V Manager. (If you don’t see the Administrative Tools, you can enable this by right clicking on the Start Menu, clicking Properties, click Customize and choose to Display the Administrative Tools in in the Start Menu.)



    Or, just type Hyper-V Manager at the Start Menu



    And you are good to go..!!

    With RSAT for Windows 7, You can manage roles and features that are installed on computers that are running Windows Server® 2008 R2, Windows Server® 2008, or Windows Server® 2003, from a remote computer that is running Windows 7.

    Those who have not tried or used RSAT before, Go for it..!!!

    Let me know how that works for you..