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Yes, I’ve been missing from blogosphere for quite some time now, was busy with lots going on in personal and professional life
If you have been following me on twitter and read my last blog posts, I have been pretty busy with regular engagements with the partners including delivering Practice Accelerator. The other thing which was keeping me busy was preparation for Microsoft Tech-Ed Europe 2010 to be held in Berlin, Germany from 8-12 Nov 2010. After Tech-Ed India 2010 and Tech-Ed North America 2010, this would be the third time I’ll be presenting in Microsoft Tech-Ed Conference, and its always nice to see the enthusiasm among attendees to learn, talk and play with cutting edge Microsoft Technologies.
We all have been pretty busy with the preparation for this event which includes working on the right content so that we can meet the expectations of the attendees, setting up the demo lab, presentation slides, Travel arrangements, Hotel, Visa and flight tickets etc… Phew!!! I am almost there…
I will be presenting two sessions in Tech-Ed Europe this year, they are listed as follows:
If you are planning to attend Tech-Ed Europe this year and Virtualization is the technology you are interested in, add these sessions to your schedule builder and come to say Hi!. You can also catch me at Microsoft Virtualization booth with the entire Microsoft Virtualization Product Team in the TLC Area and we can chat over a coffee.
Registration is still open for the event – join your colleagues and learn more about the newest technology from Microsoft.
I hope to see you in Berlin.
If you’ve been following me on Twitter , You may have seen some recent tweets about Microsoft Practice Accelerator for Server Virtualization and Advance Management which i have been delivering to Microsoft partners. In my opinion its a great workshop and will help the partners in developing a Virtualization practice in their organization and gain expertise to work on end to end Virtualization engagements with their customers.
Build a Services Practice to Fast Track Your Business
Practice Accelerator (PA) is a Microsoft offering designed to help partners build a technical services practice around Microsoft solutions. PA is a comprehensive set of reusable tools, resources, and best practices introduced in training delivered via Microsoft Live Meeting. PA enables you to identify customer requirements, analyze their needs, scope projects, plan solution requirements, and deploy Microsoft solutions. Practice Accelerator can help you build your business capacity. The complete, reusable documentation set includes project guides, templates, architecture guidance, and planning and design guides, as well as leave-behind materials for your customers.
PRACTICE ACCELERATOR FOR SERVER VIRTUALIZATION WITH ADVANCED MANAGEMENT
Virtualization is a key technology for reducing the cost and complexity of IT management. Microsoft business customers have reported saving on average almost half a million dollars (U.S.) per year through IT projects using Microsoft virtualization products. As organizations around the world deploy The Microsoft® Server Virtualization with Advanced Management (SVAM) they look to skilled Microsoft partners to assist with their planning and deployments.
Designed to help you build a services practice around Microsoft SVAM, Practice Accelerator is a comprehensive set of reusable tools, resources, and best practices introduced with training via Microsoft Live Meeting. Enabling you to successfully identify customer requirements and project scope, analyze customer needs, plan solution requirements, and deploy a solution, Practice Accelerator can help you build your capacity. The complete documentation set includes project guides, templates, architecture guidance, planning and design guides, as well as leave-behind materials for the customer.
Day 1 Module 1: Delivery Management Module 2: Component Walk-Through Module 3: Best Practices: Discovery Phase Day 2 Module 4: Best Practices: Architecture: Hyper-V ™, Clustering, High Availability (HA) Module 5: Best Practices: Sub-system Architecture Day 3 Module 6: Best Practices: Management Module 7: Best Practices: Advanced Management Day 4 Module 9: Best Practices: Security and Performance Module 10: Tips for Success Module 11: Ensuring Value
For a limited time, these sessions are at no cost. Starting in October, you can use your Advisory Hours to purchase Practice Accelerator.
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For registration details please contact me @ Iftekhar.email@example.com
I would be lying if I say that i don't get this question anymore from our customers and partners.
I just bought a new server and it appears to have a multitude of BIOS options for virtualization. Which BIOS options should be enabled and/or disabled to use with Hyper-V?
I recently received a well drafted message by our friends in Virtualization product group here in Microsoft. Here is what suggested by Microsoft Virtualization Team with respect to HYPER-V, BIOS & PROCESSOR FEATURES and i cant resist to share it with you all because it makes things so clear and easy.
Hyper-V RTM/R2 Hardware Requirements --
When it comes to hardware requirements for Hyper-V, the hardware requirements are relatively straightforward and have been mainstream for many years and many generations of systems.
Again, these are Hyper-V requirements and Hyper-V will not run without these capabilities.
*Note: When you enable hardware assisted virtualization (Intel VT or AMD AMD-V) in the BIOS, you must TURN THE SYSTEM OFF. NOT REBOOT. OFF. If you don’t power cycle the system completely, you will not enable hardware assisted virtualization on the majority of systems in the market.
Hyper-V R2* & SLAT Hardware
For traditional server virtualization or virtualization desktops without RemoteFX, SLAT hardware is not required, but HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. The use of SLAT capable hardware offers significant performance improvements across the board.
If there are BIOS option to enable these features (they’re usually on by default), these options should be enabled.
For virtualizing desktops using RemoteFX, SLAT hardware is REQUIRED. The use of SLAT capable hardware offers significant performance improvements across the board and is especially important when using RemoteFX. These technologies are an extension to the traditional TLB that allow Hyper-V to use the hardware to handle multiple TLBs – one for each virtual machine. This is fundamental requirement for RemoteFX.
Personally, I wouldn’t purchase any system for virtualization that is not SLAT capable.
*Note: To take advantage of SLAT hardware, you must be running Windows Server 2008 R2 or later or Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 or later. Previous versions (Windows Server 2008/2008 SP2 & Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008/2008 SP2) do not support SLAT hardware and will simply ignore these hardware capabilities.
Hyper-V : What to Disable in the BIOS
There are some hardware features that Hyper-V does not utilize and enabling them will prevent Hyper-V from loading. Specifically, please be sure that:
If either of these options is enabled, Hyper-V won’t launch and errors will be posted to the Event Log.
Q: I’m trying to run Hyper-V on my system and Hyper-V won’t launch. When I look in the event log I see events such as:
I’ve ensured that both:
What am I doing wrong?
A: It sounds like you’re doing a lot right, but there are a few additional BIOS settings you should check. Please be sure that:
Hyper-V does not utilize these hardware features and enabling them will prevent Hyper-V from loading.
Q: I see that Hyper-V requires hardware Data Execution Prevention. What does that mean? What does DEP do?
A: For more information on DEP, check out this article Data Execution Prevention on MSDN and a useful KB here.
Thanks Virtualization Team for such a great written article, I am sure our customers and partners will find them really useful.
Do send your feedbacks, comments and suggestions, they are always appreciated.
With the words like VDI catching up real fast in IT world, Curosity among customers and partners about this new way of deploying Windows has increased. About 40 percent of the time whenever I am in a conversation with customer and partners that relates to Virtualization, we talk about VDI and what are the best use case for VDI,
Here is Microsoft Definition:
Here are few whitepaper and other resources that we have released recently to help customers understand the VDI solution, Identify if VDI is the best solution for your organization and if it is, then how to do the capacity planning and deployment.
1. Achieving Business Value through Microsoft VDI Together with Session Virtualization: This whitepaper discusses the benefits and considerations when planning a Microsoft® Windows Server® Remote Desktop Services solution and the choices associated with a lowest cost deployment for both Session Virtualization and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). DOWNLOAD NOW
2. RD Virtualization Host Capacity Planning in Windows Server 2008 R2 This white paper is intended as a guide for capacity planning of RD Virtualization Host in Windows Server 2008 R2. DOWNLOAD NOW
3. Remote Desktop Services Deployment Guide This guide provides instructions for deploying Remote Desktop Services in a production environment running the Windows Server® 2008 R2 operating system. This guide provides instructions for deploying Remote Desktop Services in a production environment running the Windows Server® 2008 R2 operating system. It is intended for information technology (IT) professionals who want to implement an end-to-end, Remote Desktop Services solution. This guide covers deployment best practices for configuring Remote Desktop Services. DOWNLOAD NOW
4. VDI Licensing: There has been some changes made in VDI licensing from Jul 1, 2010 with respect to VECD, its now known as VDA (Virtual Desktop Access), Lets understand when do you need VDA.
Scenario 1: If you are running Windows OS on the endpoint devices and its covered with Software Assurance, You dont need VDA anymore as accessing a Virtual Desktop is now a added benefit of Software Assurance.
Scenario 2: If the endpoint devices are running non Windows OS or its a thin Client terminal, then you need to purchase VDA for those endpoint devices
Below are couple of resources which can help you with understanding of VDA and VDI Suites.
VDA and VDI suites FAQs
VDA Licensing brochure
Hope it helps, please feel free to send in your feedback and questions.
Bye for now!
Service Pack 1 Beta
If you haven't seen it already, Microsoft has released an FAQ document related to Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 BETA
Notable thing here is this one:-
Q. Can I upgrade from the beta builds to the final build of SP1? A. No. You will have to uninstall the Service Pack or do a clean install of Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.
So there wont be any support for upgrading from Beta to SP1 Final version, so its recommended to run SP1 beta in Test and evaluation environment only and not in production.
Here is the complete FAQ:
Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Beta Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is Windows 7 SP1? A. Windows 7 Service Pack 1 is an update for consumers and IT Pros that helps keep your PCs supported, provides ongoing improvement to the operating system, by including previous updates delivered over Windows Update as well as continuing incremental updates to the Windows 7 platform based on customer and partner feedback, and is easy for organization to deploy a single set of updates.
Q: What is Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1? A: Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 is an update for enterprises and IT Professionals that includes virtualization enhancements, previous improvements delivered via Windows Update, and addresses feedback from customers.
Q. What are the system requirements for the Service Pack 1 beta? A. Your current operating system must be the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 (build 7600).
Q. Can I install the beta on an evaluation version of Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2? A. Yes. The beta of SP1 can install on RTM evaluation versions of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.
Q: When will SP1 be released? A: Service Pack 1 will be released within the first half of calendar year 2011.
Q: Who should download and install the Service Pack public beta, when it’s available? A: The public beta is best suited for IT Pros and developers who need to test the service pack in their organization or with the software they are developing. The ISO download for Windows 7 SP1 will contain both 32 and 64 bit versions. The final release of Service Pack 1 will be available through Windows Update for consumers when it is ready.
Q: Should customers who are considering deploying Windows 7 wait for SP1? A: No. Windows 7 is a high quality release and provides many benefits to consumers and businesses alike. SP1 will include all updates previously available to Windows 7 users through Windows Update, so there is no reason to wait or delay their use of Windows 7.
Q. Will there be a slipstream build of SP1 beta? A. No. The beta will only be available as the Service Pack update itself. You will need to have a Release to Manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 to install the beta of the Service Pack.
Q. What languages will be released at beta? A. For beta, we will release English, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.
Q. Will I be able to uninstall the service pack beta? A. Yes, you will be able to uninstall the service pack beta if you need to.
Please Note, it is always a best practice to back up your data prior to installing any beta software.
Q. Will the beta stop functioning after a certain amount of time? A. Yes. You will be reminded beginning March 30, 2011. The beta will expire on June 30, 2011. You will have to upgrade to a newer build or uninstall and return to the RTM build by that time.
Q: What other improvements are included in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 besides the virtualization enhancements? A: Please see the Notable Changes document for detail on the additional improvements in SP1.
Q: Is RemoteFX different than Remote Desktop Services? How do they integrate? A: RemoteFX describes a set of rich media capabilities that are available to customers using the Remote Desktop Services platform to deploy a virtual machine- or session-based remote desktop infrastructure. Specifically, RemoteFX enhances the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) in Remote Desktop Services, so that remote workers can access any type of application or screen content, including rich media and 3D applications, improving end user productivity.
Q: Will Dynamic Memory be available on Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2? A: Yes.
You can access the online version here
I have been getting lots of questions from customers and partners about what are the guidance on updating Service Pack 1 for Server 2008 R2 to enable Dynamic Memory and Remote FX for Virtual Machines on Hyper V.
I have been discussing them verbally and now we have a official guidance released by Virtualization product team. so here i am conveying the message.
There are three steps and you should perform them in this order:
Step 1: Ensure Virtual Machines are ready for the update. Completely shut down (not save state) your virtual machine and merge snapshots. Saved States are not compatible between different Hyper-V versions.
Step 2: Update the host. Install Service Pack 1 on the parent partition. Restart when prompted.
Step 3: Update the Guest Integration Services
1. VMs running Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2: Update the guest operating system with SP1. Updating the guest OS with Service Pack 1 will, in turn upgrade the Integration Services
2. VMs not running Windows 7 SP1/Server 2008 R2 SP1: (e.g. Windows XP/Vista/7 RTM/2000/2003/2008/2008 R2 RTM) For other operating systems you will need to upgrade their Integration Services. To do so:
For more information on Dynamic Memory available in Service Pack 1 Beta, I would strongly recommend you to read the following blog posts on Microsoft Virtualization Team Blog.
I hope it helps and as always do send your feedbacks and comments.
If you are waiting for the Service Pack 1 of Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows7 to evaluate Hyper V Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX, your wait is over
Today at Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington DC, we announced the availability of Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7
While there are some minor updates to Windows 7, for Windows Server 2008 R2 has some great new capabilities added like Dynamic Memory and Remote FX.
Download Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 Service Pack 1 from the link below
Looking for a solution that helps you reduce IT costs, while increasing agility for your organization?
System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Servicing Portal 2.0 lets you build the foundation for an on-premise cloud infrastructure, enabling you to deliver IT as a service for your organization.
Using SSP, you can respond more effectively—and at a lower cost—to the rapidly changing needs of your organization. SSP is freely available, and fully- supported by Microsoft.
The self-service portal is a fully supported, partner extensible solution built on top of Windows Server 2008 R2, Hyper-V and System Center VMM. It enables you to pool, allocate, and manage resources to offer infrastructure as a service and deliver the foundation for a private cloud platform inside your datacenter. It includes a pre-built, role-based self-service portal for both the datacenter managers and the business unit IT consumers and a dynamic provisioning engine. The portal reduces the time needed to provision infrastructures and their components by offering business unit “on-boarding” , infrastructure request and change management. It also includes detailed guidance on how to implement the portal inside your environment.
Download System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Servicing Portal 2.0
Its always a great experience presenting in Microsoft’s premier conference like TechEd, this year TechEd at New Orleans, LA was really special as we as a company has released so many new products last year and it was the time to demonstrate and educate the IT PRO and Developer community about all of them. A total of 11,000 people have attended TechEd this year going beyond the expectations.
I reached a day before (Sunday 6th June) after 25 hours of journey from Bangalore-Dubai- Houston – New Orleans to attend the TechEd Staff Meeting and helped preparing the Virtualization Booth for Microsoft Attendees, I was also responsible for staffing the Virtualization booth and talking to customers and partners and showcase, educate and talk about Microsoft Virtualization Strategy and solution offerings.
I spoke to close to 300 customers on the Virtualization booth and it was exciting to see huge turnout of attendees on Microsoft Virtualization booths. Its always nice to speak to the customers and partners face to face talking about their scenario and how Virtualization can help them solving real business problems.
It was a great honour to share the Speaker Lounge with people like Mark Russinovich and other great Microsoft Speakers. The night before my presentation was a bit tiring as there were some last minute glitches with the Demo Lab setup onsite, though I had a backup lab here in Bangalore. We fixed the lab few minutes before my presentation.
There were close to 150-160 attendees in my session ( Advance Virtualization Management) and It was really exciting to see them asking questions and showing interest. Post my session, few of the attendees came to meet me at the Virtualization booth to discuss more.
I hope who were present there did like my session and i hope to see you all next year in Atlanta for TechEd 2011.
Are you deploying or planning to deploy Hyper V Virtualization in production and need guidelines how you can design the best in class infrastructure with optimum utilization of resources. As a Technology Advisor, I often get the request from customers and partners who are doing real life deployments for best practices and guidelines for Hyper V.
Virtualization product group has done a commendable job to offer some of these best practices documents related to
I have collated some of these documents for your reference in here..
Hyper-V Best Practices Analyzer is now available for Windows Server 2008 R2
Best Practices Analyzer (BPA) is a server management tool that is available in Windows Server 2008 R2. BPA reports best practice violations to the administrator after BPA scans the roles that are installed on Windows Server 2008 R2. Administrators can filter out unnecessary information or exclude results from BPA reports. Administrators can also perform BPA tasks with either the Server Manager GUI, or Windows PowerShell cmdlets
Here are some of the whitepapers you would need to build up a great Virtual Infrastructure with Hyper V.
Best practices: Microsoft Hyper-V Dynamic Data Center in an HP BladeSystem environment
Hyper-V Planning and Deployment Guide
Hyper-V Deployment & Best Practices
Hyper-V Configuration & Deployment Guidance
Virtualization Security Best Practices
Performance Tuning Guidelines for Windows Server 2008- Hyper-V
Hyper-V: Live Migration Network Configuration/best practices Guide
Small Business Server/ Domain Controllers
Best Practices for Using Hyper-V with Windows Small Business Server 2008
Running Domain Controllers in Hyper-V
SharePoint Server Role Recommendations for Virtualized Environments
Virtualization of SharePoint Products and Technologies
Microsoft Virtualization Best Practices for SharePoint
Microsoft Virtualization Best Practices for Exchange
HP recommended configuration for Exchange Server 2010 and Hyper-V R2 for 5,000 users
Exchange Server 2007 and Hyper-V: Best Practices Blog Post
Policies and Recommendations for Exchange Servers in Virtualization Environments
Running SQL in a Hyper-V Environment
Consolidation Guidance for SQL Server
High Performance SQL Server Workloads on Hyper-V
Hope you all find them useful, as always your feedbacks and comments are welcome.
Virtual Partner Tech Days is currently in progress in EMEA (27-29 April, 2010), I will be presenting a Webcast on Windows 7 deployment on 29th April.
If you are a Microsoft certified or Gold Certified Partner in UK and interested in latest deployment enhancements for Windows 7, please join my session on Windows 7: Help Deploy session.
April 29th 2010, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM GMT
Click here to register for the event. I hope to see you all there.
As always your feedback, comments are always welcome.
Hello everybody, yeah yeah.. i know its been a while i blogged, actually was kinda really busy with loads of things, To name a few:
My Speaker profile can be seen here:
Microsoft premier technology conference Tech-Ed India 2010 is currently happening in Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore.
After hours of planning, dry runs, preparation of presentation slides, demo labs.. it all finally paid off with a error free presentation on Day 1 of Tech-Ed India 2010.
Had to get up really early for last minute touch up, dry run and final tech check of Demo lab setup. Lab setup not working at last minute is a presenters nightmare.. We as a presenters always pray to deliver a error free technical demo but sometimes when you are LIVE things tend to go wrong… and nothing is more disheartening than that.
Thank god nothing like this happened this time.. :)
Reached Microsoft Bangalore office in the Morning at 7:30 AM, had a little breakfast and left for Hotel Lalit Ashok with other Presenting team, the Tech Ed India 2010 event site.
Met my track owner, Ranjana Jain, Collected my Speaker Badge and then head towards the Speaker Lounge. had a bit of coffee to be up for the presentation and then went in to attend the Keynote speech,
It was a great day as Visual Studio 2010 was released worldwide
Had to leave the keynote speech in the middle as I had to do a final Tech check of my laptop with the Conference hall projector, Audio Video check, final review of the slides and demo check.
Before my presentation, there is another presentation in the same hall
Building the Foundation for a Cloud Computing Infrastructure with Dynamic Datacenter Toolkit. Tejas Shah and Anand did a great job in articulating Microsoft Cloud Strategy.
My presentation on Virtual Machine Advance Provisioning using System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2. This session was all about how can we reduce the provisioning time of Virtual Machines with effective use of Templates, Hardware profile, Software profile. Rapid Provisioning and extending provisioning rights to user using Self Service Portal.
The session started on time and i had exact 60 mins to complete the slide deck, Technical Demonstration and answers questions from the attendees.
Yeah, it was tight schedule and we’ve been instructed to keep the time check as there were back to back sessions in that hall and I have to give the way to the other presenters to do their final check before their presentations.
The presentation went really well.. i hope it helped the attendees understand the value of Microsoft Virtualization with advance management and understand the real potential of flexibility and advantages of Virtualization. there was good participation from the attendees, they came up with loads of questions, which were really good, i found them really engaging and eager to learn new things. there is no fun giving one sided presentation when there is no participation from the attendees. Since i was running completely out of time, I had to end the Q & A session as next presenters was getting ready.. though i did take few questions offline on the hallway and at Microsoft Partner Network Booth.
If any of you attendees are reading this blog, i am really sorry i couldn’t take all your questions, but i do appreciate them and please feel free to send them using Email me link here on my blog. I will surely answer them,
Technical demonstration went really well. Following scenario were shown in the demo:
After the presentation, had a great lunch and then relaxed a bit at the Speaker Lounge, chatting with other speakers who were preparing for their presentation in next 2 days.
Did spend some time with interacting with partners at Microsoft Partner Network Booth at Tech-Ed India 2010 Site.
Also attended some of the other sessions which my colleagues delivered. In the evening attended the Demo Extravaganza at the keynote hall. It was back to back demos, no slides.
Just Demos and demos of cool Microsoft Technologies like, Bing Search, Bing Maps, Windows Phone 7, MS office 2010, MS Office Communicator, MS LifeCam. etc,
What a event to end the day 1 of Tech-Ed India 2010. Lots of goodies were distributed to the attendees.. they were seem to be really enjoying a lot at the event.
After the session, Attended a special gala dinner organized specially for the Speakers at the hotel.
What a day it was.. It was a well spent day, met some great minds of technology world, catchup with some colleagues and really enjoyed the day 1 of TechEd 2010. Will cherish it for a long time.
Next Destination: Tech-Ed North America 2010 in new Orleans, LA. Here i come :
If you are attending Tech-Ed North America 2010, hear me speak on Advance Virtualization Management with SCVMM 208 R2 (Session Code: VIR309)
And if you are not attending Tech-Ed North America 2010, here is the reasons why you should, Also tips how you can convince your boss. Click here
See you all there.
Just came across a great article on deploying Hyper V R2 with NetApp with some specific guidance setting up High Availability and Disaster Recovery solutions.
Our partners over at NetApp and Avanade have written an article discussing a real world deployment of hundreds of virtual machines on Hyper-V R2 and what they learned.
This article covers:
Figure 1) Avanade DCS Hyper-V R2 environment.
Read the entire article here
And as always do post your comments, feedback, suggestions, I love to read them all. :)
Microsoft Virtualization Hour is currently in progress and lots of announcements is made to day with respect to Microsoft Virtualization.
Following Announcement is made : (from PressPass)
So now Licensing for VDI is very simplified as VECD is now part of SA, So all SA customers dont need to purchase VECD separately to access their Virtual Desktops.
DYNAMIC MEMORY: Another great announcement is new capabilities in Hyper V like Dynamic Memory, We have received lots of feedback from our customers about not having Dynamic Memory as in some scenarios they’d like to increase VM density with their current memory.
Read more on Microsoft Official blog here
Remote FX: Now experience Aero Glass, 3D Graphics and rich multimedia applications in Virtual Desktops without any changes into the VM. Run rich audio and HD video support like MP4, H.264 formats and more.
Both these capabilities will be available in Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2:
No Announcement made today with respect to release of the SP1 but watch out this space, you’ll be first one to know when that get announced. :)
With all these announcements, Microsoft has made it very clear that how seriously we are committed to Virtual Desktop Infrastructure and with our great portfolio of Virtualization Solutions from desktop to Datacenter.
If you have missed today's Virtualization Desktop Hour Live… On Demand will be available Soon here http://www.desktopvirtualizationhour.com/
Watch out this space for more….
Bye for now :)
In my last post Part 1 of Virtualization and Cloud, I mentioned about Microsoft Cloud computing strategy and how strongly we are committed to this new area of computing and how Microsoft Virtualization can help a great deal in setting up a private cloud.
Today, I’ll talk about Microsoft’s Offerings in the Public Cloud, we’ll review some of the offerings and how it can help our customers to realize the full potential of their investments.
Microsoft is uniquely equipped to help customers transition to the cloud by:
We have already discussed Windows Azure in my last few posts, who have just joined the party read Here, Here
Microsoft Software+Services : A greater Sum
As always do send your feedback, comments, suggestions. :)
Aren't we hearing this word a lot these days? In almost all the technical conversation, Technical journals and magazines, Technical conferences,.. whole world talking about Cloud.
Though there are large number of Companies, group and individuals talking about Cloud, everybody has their own understanding and interpretation of Cloud.
So what is Cloud Computing??
Okay, very simple way to explain is that cloud is a services with certain set of tools and resources on the internet or inhouse where you can perform all your computing task, save your data, generate reports and analyze it, connect with people or even have fun like playing games or watching TV or movies from any device like PC, TV, Phone from any place.
Recently Steve Ballmer in his speech in University of Washington discussed Microsoft strategy of Cloud and how Cloud computing will change the way people and businesses use technology.
You can watch Steve’s complete speech here
Cloud computing is based on these components:
Virtualization and automation
Interchangeable (fungible) resources such as servers, storage and network
Management of these resources as a single fabric
Elastic capacity (scale up or down) to respond to business demands
Applications (and the tools to develop them) that can truly scale out
Focused on the service delivered to the business
There can be two type of Clouds:
Private Cloud: Its an internal service that can be hosted inhouse with set of tools like Windows Server, Virtualization and management solutions like System Center, it provides compatibility with local applications and keeps your data and information within premises.
Public Cloud: Provided by service providers, public cloud offers customers the ability to deploy and consume services. In this category, Azure™ is a highly scalable services platform providing pay–as-you-go flexibility delivered from Microsoft’s datacenters.
In the cloud, Automation is a great driver, without automation the whole purpose of cloud is defeated and its true potential cannot be realized. Following kind of automation is critical in the cloud:
And thus Virtualization and integrated Management becomes a super critical component of a Cloud Platform.
Following technologies from Microsoft can help creating a fully automated cloud services.
Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper V: Virtualization Platform to host multiple Virtual Machines running business critical applications increasing the utilization of your hardware, saving cost in terms of power, space and management.
System Center: With Integrated management feature of System Center products like Virtual machine Manager 2008 R2 and System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2, a whole lot of automation can be achieved, Automated provisioning of Virtual Machines using templates and scripts, Optimize resources and performance of VMs and applications in them using PRO TIPS, End to End monitoring of Virtual Workloads, Physical Hardware, Applications, networks and other devices.
With the help of System Center Configuration Manager, OS and Software, Applications can be deployed both in Virtual machines and on physical servers, Patching OS, Applications, applying security updates, service packs was never so easy before.
And ofcourse, protecting, securing and backing up the critical cloud components can be done using Data Protection Manager.
With the help of PowerShell2.0 scripting, automation can be taken into great level.
In my next post, we’ll see some scenarios where Cloud services can add great value and other Microsoft offerings to enable Cloud Computing.
At this time, we are saying.. We’re All In (The Cloud) !!!
Stay Tuned :)
Whenever I speak to partners and customers about new Microsoft cloud platform, I always get a question “ What is Windows Azure?” and how it can help their business. I take more than 10 minutes to make them understand about Microsoft cloud strategy and all about Windows Azure.
Now this 4 mins video save all of us some time :)
Steve Marx from Microsoft Windows Azure team created this great hand drawn video which can help customers and partners to get familiar with new Windows Azure Platform.
If you want to learn about behind the scene story how Steve made this awesome video check out his blog post.
Hope you all like it :)
As a part of Partner Academy, following session is being hosted by Product group for Microsoft partners who are involved in selling and building Microsoft VDI Solutions.
Any discussion around the future of the desktop includes a discussion on virtualization. Usually, customers want to start the conversation with VDI, before they discuss other desktop virtualization topics. On this Academy live, you will learn:
Target Partner Marketing Audience: Partner Business Decision Maker, Partner Marketing, Partner Sales, Partner Training, Partner Developer, Partner IT Professionals.
Presented by Balagopalan Nikhil (Senior Product Manager, Microsoft)
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
9:00-10:00am Pacific Time
Click here to calculate your local time
Before the Webcast:
To attend our upcoming Webcast you will need:
As always do send your comments, feedback and suggestions.
If you are following my blog, couple of weeks before i posted a blog post on Live Migration Network configuration. Now its time to learn the official way to configure the Live Migration network.
Microsoft has just released Hyper-V: Live Migration Network Configuration Guide.
This guide describes how to configure your network to use the live migration feature of Hyper-V™. It provides a detailed list of the networking configuration requirements for optimal performance and reliability, as well as recommendations for scenarios that do not meet these requirements.
Some of the common questions which are answered in this guide are:
It also talks about Hyper-V live migration network requirements, Identifying the network access needs for live migration and Networking considerations for live migration.
We 'have always felt the need of this kind of best practices document on how to setup a live Migration network which can help in efficient and effective live Migrations in Hyper V Clusters. This document should now help us to get there and design the best Virtual Machine. infrastructure.
Access it here
If you wish to learn more about Microsoft Hyper V R2 Live Migration, Please download the Hyper-V Live Migration Overview & Architecture whitepaper
This document describes the live migration feature of Windows Server® 2008 R2 Hyper-V™ in detail, including how live migration moves running VMs and requirements for implementing live migration.
Hope it helps for now.
As always do send your comments, feedback and suggestions :)
Microsoft has just released Virtual Lab for Implementing Citrix XenDesktop 4 on Hyper V R2.
This lab is intended for IT Professionals who would like to deliver virtual desktop computers using Microsoft Hyper-V Server, Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager and Citrix XenDesktop.
Users will work through the steps to simulate deploying multiple virtual desktops, and will first capture a reference image using the Citrix Provisioning Server for Desktops. Next, the user will verify that the computer can be booted from a diskless client computer. The user will create multiple virtual machines using the reference computer as a template.
Finally, the user will use the Citrix Desktop Delivery Controller and System Center Virtual Machine Manager to create a group of virtual desktops and deploy them to end devices. At the end of this lab, the user will have worked through all the steps required to implement Citrix XenDesktop using Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager and Microsoft Hyper-V Server.
Access the LAB here
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Yes its time to raise the curtains from much awaited, much rumoured, most anticipated next version of Windows Phone.
Today, at Mobile World Congress 2010 in Barcelona, Microsoft Announced Windows Phone 7 and demonstrated the new Mobile Platform. Watch Video on Demand
Windows Phone 7 is build to take the mobile experience to a whole new level. With Windows Phone 7 Series, we have taken a generational leap forward to deliver a unique, delightful customer experience with inspiring hardware from our OEM partners.
Windows Phone 7 Series includes six hubs built on specific themes reflecting activities that matter most to people:
• People. This hub delivers an engaging social experience by bringing together relevant content based on the person, including his or her live feeds from social networks and photos. It also provides a central place from which to post updates to Facebook and Windows Live in one step.
• Pictures. This hub makes it easy to share pictures and video to a social network in one step. Windows Phone 7 Series also brings together a user’s photos by integrating with the Web and PC, making the phone the ideal place to view a person’s entire picture and video collection.
• Games. This hub delivers the first and only official Xbox LIVE experience on a phone, including Xbox LIVE games, Spotlight feed and the ability to see a gamer’s avatar, Achievements and gamer profile. With more than 23 million active members around the world, Xbox LIVE unlocks a world of friends, games and entertainment on Xbox 360, and now also on Windows Phone 7 Series.
• Music + Video. This hub creates an incredible media experience that brings the best of Zune, including content from a user’s PC, online music services and even a built-in FM radio into one simple place that is all about music and video. Users can turn their media experience into a social one with Zune Social on a PC and share their media recommendations with like-minded music lovers. The playback experience is rich and easy to navigate, and immerses the listener in the content. • Marketplace. This hub allows the user to easily discover and load the phone with certified applications and games.
• Browse and Bing Search: Quick access to local results and maps in one glance-able view. With a search hardware button on every Windows Phone, you’re only a click away from maps, directions and the web. Search like a pro when surfing by highlighting the word and hitting “search”.
• Office. This hub brings the familiar experience of the world’s leading productivity software to the Windows Phone. With access to Office, OneNote and SharePoint Workspace all in one place, users can easily read, edit and share documents. With the additional power of Outlook Mobile, users stay productive and up to date while on the go.
Windows Phone 7 is scheduled to be available in Holiday 2010.
Here is the feature Video of Windows Phone 7 Series.
For more Demos, videos, Features, discussion please visit http://www.windowsphone7series.com/
I am currently carrying HTC Touch Diamond 2 powered by Windows Phone 6.5 and cant wait to have a hands on Windows Phone 7. Let me know what you think.. :)
We always felt the need of Hardware capacity guidance and sizing information for Terminal Services or Remote Desktop services for Server 2008 R2, Whenever I am engaged in any architectural guidance discussion for RDS deployment i always get a question what needs to be taken into consideration while deciding the hardware configuration and to do capacity planning.
Here are some bullet points which I recommend to my partners and customers to consider:
In addition to that, Microsoft has just released a whitepaper on Capacity Planning in Windows Server 2008 R2.
Download it here
The Remote Desktop Session Host (RD Session Host) role service lets multiple concurrent users run Windows®-based applications on a remote computer running Windows Server® 2008 R2. This white paper is intended as a guide for capacity planning of RD Session Host in Windows Server 2008 R2. It describes the most relevant factors that influence the capacity of a given deployment, methodologies to evaluate capacity for specific deployments, and a set of experimental results for different combinations of usage scenarios and hardware configurations.
You can also use this document for sizing Terminal Services on a Hyper V Platform
Also use the Remote Desktop Load Simulation Tools available at following link to do the load testing for number of users on RDS Server
I hope it helps, Let me know if you have any questions.
May be I don't say enough.. I just love this company, its culture, Diverse people.. I am just amazed to see the passion each one of us has for our customers and building products that change the world..
I am Microsoft and a proud one.. :)
Today Microsoft announces general Availability of Windows Azure platform.
Windows Azure is a new cloud computing services platform from Microsoft designed to host web services and applications in Microsoft-owned, Internet-accessible data centers.
Here goes the official definition..:)
Introducing Windows Azure—an Internet-scale cloud services platform hosted in Microsoft data centers, which provides a platform and a set of services that can be used individually or together. Windows Azure’s flexible and interoperable platform is used to build new applications to run from the cloud or enhance existing applications with cloud-based capabilities. Windows Azure simplifies maintaining and operating applications by providing on-demand compute capabilities and storage to host, scale and manage web services and connected applications.
Windows Azure provides a platform and a set of services that can be used individually or together. It is a flexible and interoperable platform used to build new applications to run from the cloud or enhance existing applications with cloud-based capabilities.
Windows Azure comprises of following components:
Here is how a Windows Azure architecture looks like:
Billing for following countries starts today:
• Austria • Belgium • Canada • Denmark • Finland • France • Germany • Ireland • India
• Italy • Japan • Netherlands • New Zealand • Norway • Portugal • Singapore • Spain • Sweden
• Switzerland • UK • United States
Other billing locations will come up very soon.
I know there is lot of curiosity to understand this new platform and how you can develop applications for Azure, Please have a look at the following Windows Azure Demo.
Also download the latest Windows Azure training kit from here which has complete set of technical documentation that you would need to learn about Windows Azure
Customers can visit www.windowsazure.com to sign up to start building and deploying cloud applications today on the Windows Azure platform.
I am not a Windows Azure specialist as of now but i would be really interested in this platform as its going to be revolutionary.. let me know what you think?