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Hyper V R2 + SCVMM R2 are better together, Can they be any more better….???
Yes, they can and Teams here at Microsoft are constantly making it better and better than the best.
Today Edwin Yuen, Senior Technical Product Manager at Microsoft's Integrated Virtualization team introduced a much awaited feature in System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 called Quick Storage Migration(QSM) in a great post on Microsoft Virtualization official blog.
In addition to Live Migration, I get to hear a lot about storage migration when i interact with our partners and customers, How can they migrate the Hyper V storage (VDHs) from 1 SAN box to another. Lots of customer uses Shared storage like SAN to store their VMs VHDs to create a failover cluster to make high available VMs and when it comes to move the Storage from 1 SAN box to another storage location, that causes a considerable amount of downtime.
Now with System Center Virtual Machine Manager R2 and Hyper V with Server 2008 R2, You can do the storage Migration with less than 1 minute of Downtime.
You know the best part i like about this post and this technology, How it helps our customers to further lower the TCO.
In Edwin’s words,
“ One thing our customers have been telling us loud and clear is that they are very, very happy we are offering Live Migration for FREE with Hyper-V R2. With Quick Storage Migration, we knew we had another opportunity to drive down the costs for storage migration capability that has been largely priced out of the reach of most customers. Specifically, VMware Storage VMotion is only available in their Enterprise/Enterprise Plus SKUs ($2875 & $3495 per processor respectively). Contrast this with the fact that Quick Storage Migration is included with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 both the Enterprise Edition and the Workgroup Edition which will be available for starting at about $500.
For a small five node cluster consisting of two and four processors servers, that would cost at a minimum:
That's customer focus.”
Isn’t this piece of technology so irresistible and adds so much value to your existing investments with so lower cost??
I strong recommend you to please read the full blog post of Edwin Yuen to understand how Microsoft Quick Migrations works and how it can benefit business continuity HERE
And do let me know your feedback and comments. :-)
Yeah.. its been three weeks i have posted anything on my blog, just trying to organize some stuff which keeping me really busy these days..
Anyways.. i don't think i talk enough on this blog about Microsoft VDI aka Virtual Desktop Infrastructure solution.
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure is a delivery solution where administrators can centralize the user desktop with OS like Windows Vista as Virtual Machines on servers in your datacenter and make these Virtual Desktop workspace available to users via Remote Desktops, Terminal Services or through connection broker like Citrix.
Why do we need VDI?
Through virtualization, employees can access their applications and data very safely over a network and the risk of data loss is minimized. On the IT side, virtualization accelerates deployment of new capabilities without needing to acquire new hardware and configure components. It also reduces application testing requirements and compatibility issues and simplifies disaster recovery and compliance.
With Desktop Virtualization, It administrators can decouple layers like Operating System, Application and data from Hardware and store them at centralized servers.
Microsoft VDI solution comprises of following Technologies
• Windows Server® 2008 with Hyper-VTM — provides great value with a reliable virtualization platform and integrated management that enables customers to virtualize their desktop infrastructure.
• System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 — simplifies the deployment, provisioning, and management of virtualized desktops.
• Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services — virtualizes the presentation of entire desktops or specific applications in a virtualized desktop.
• Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) — is part of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack and delivers desktop applications that are never installed, and are dynamically delivered on demand.
• Windows VistaTM Enterprise Centralized Desktop — is a unique licensing option of Windows Vista for VDI
Microsoft also has a strategic alliance with Citrix to create a Dynamic desktop delivery model. With Citrix Connection broker Virtual Desktops gets created On Demand as user logs in. This way administrators don't have to create Multiple Virtual Machines, they just create a master copy of the Windows Image which gets provisioned as user logs in.
It works something like this.
When user logs in with his thin client PC or Rich Client PC,
So three layers Operating System+Application+Data gets combined together and presented to the user.
This way user always have access to his desktop, his application and his data no matter what device he is using,
He can use any PC in office or even from home PC. he will always have access to his Desktop.
Click here for more information on Microsoft VDI solution.
Check Microsoft Desktop Virtualization Strategy
Also see the Demo
So this was just an Introduction, i will get back with some advance information on Microsoft VDI solution very soon.
And as always, do send me your comments and suggestions..
Today, Microsoft announced a new avatar of its search engine – Bing. I’ve been playing around with Bing www.bing.com since morning, and what I liked is that it’s not just a search engine, but designed to help make decisions.
In fact we are making a paradigm shift and calling it a ‘Decision Engine’ because of the way It empowers people to gain insight and knowledge from the Web, moving more quickly to making the important decisions.
Its pretty cool! The new snazzy design will have a beautiful daily image on the homepage which will have hotspots embedded in it to let you explore the picture in detail
Try the Best Match feature that makes finding relevant information, by putting up front information like customer service numbers for retail sites, the ability to track a package right from the search page, deep links to common pages within the site and much more.
It also has this cool explorer pane on the left that lets me easily get to related searches, past searches, news on the topic etc. It even has a quick tabs feature that anticipates my intent when searching. For example, when I’m searching for a favorite musician, it filters results by albums, biography, videos and images….amazing!
Check out the Video and image search – it has these handy filtering tools that let me sort by size, color, style and much much more. In fact, when I search for videos, it even gives me a preview, when I simply hover over one!
Bing launches globally on 3rd June and some of the features will roll out in India in the coming months. You must check it out at www.bing.com. Check out this Tour Video to know what BING is all about..
So Stop Searching… START BINGING… !!!! Releasing June 4th on a PC near you..
Here is how Microsoft sees the FUTURE:
Ian Sands, Director of Envisioning at Microsoft, steps through the video scene by scene and describes in greater depth the story behind the people and technology on display.
So what you think.. ?? ;-)
I just cant stop talking about never ending list of enhancements in recently released Server 2008 R2 RC, I'll continue the bandwagon with some of new functionalities in this release.
If you have just joined the party, please look at the other enhancements i talked about earlier here, here and here
Today I’ll communicate the message from our Windows Clustering Team here in Microsoft about Clustering enhancements in Server 2008 R2 from the Hyper V perspective.
1. No Automatic Failover and Restart When VM is Shutdown: We have seen in BETA that if you shutdown a Virtual Machine in a Clustered environment through Hyper V Manager, Failover Cluster automatically restarts it on a different node, its a great feature and intended behavior of Failover clustering. But sometimes you may really want to shutdown your VM without having it restarted. Now its POSSIBLE with RC.
Now, when you shut down a VM for Hyper-V Manager, the VM resource is marked as offline and Failover Clustering does not restart it. This default behavior can be changed to mark the virtual machine resource as failed from the ‘Settings’ dialog of the virtual machine resource property in Failover cluster manager. This change provides better control to enterprise administrator and provides more consistent behavior.
2. VM Settings from Cluster Manager:
Directly from the Failover Cluster Manager console, you can now make changes to VM settings. When using the Failover Cluster Manager to change the VM settings, it will automatically refresh the VM’s configuration. However, if you change the settings using Hyper-V manager, you still must select the VM in Cluster Manager and choose ‘more actions’ -> ‘Refresh virtual machine configuration’ to ensure that the configuration for the VM in the cluster is correct.
For a clustered VM, changing the VM settings from Cluster Manager is the recommended way to manage configuration changes. This will ensure the VM configuration is refreshed in the cluster.
3. Live Migration default Network Order
Now in RC, the default order of networks for live migration (LM) has been changed. By default, Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) and Clustering use a private network with the lowest value for Metric property. To prevent CSV and Clustering from sharing the same network with live migration, the default network order used for live migration is changed so that a network with the lowest value for Metric property is at the bottom of the list of networks for live migration. This will reduce the possibility of CSV, clustering, and live migration using the same network. This helps ensure live migration speeds by placing live migration traffic in a separate network path.
4. Auto Start
With RC, we added a new capability called “Auto Start” to manage your cluster environment more efficiently. “Auto Start” allows you to change the default VM failover behavior. If the VM Auto Start option is set to ‘No’ when a cluster node fails, the VM will not automatically restart.
The ‘Auto Start’ setting can be set as ‘No’ on a group of less important VMs (default value is yes). This ensures that during a node failure, the more important VMs will start if there are limited resources on the remaining nodes.
5. Connect to VM from Cluster Manager
Now, from Failover Cluster Manager, you can ‘Connect…’ to the Virtual Machine like you can from Hyper-V Manager. It doesn’t matter what node you are running Failover Cluster Manager on. It can connect to any VM that is in the cluster.
Note: If you modified the VM configuration from Hyper-V Manager or connected to the VM using “Connect…” started from Failover Clustering, you will need to refresh the VM configuration from Failover Clustering Manager.
6. Multi-select in Cluster Manager
When you select ‘Services and Applications’ or ‘Nodes’ view in the navigation pane of Failover Cluster Manager, the center pane will allow you to select more than one group and take actions. For example, you can select a several VM’s and Turn them all off or Move them to another node. This is very helpful when you are trying to move VMs off of a node in order to perform maintenance on that node.
Of course, don’t forget that if you are using System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2, you can use the new maintenance mode feature which will automatically coordinate the Live Migration of all VMs off of a single host.
7. Actions for moving VMs in Cluster Manager.
Previously, there were 2 actions exposed for moving a VM in Failover Cluster Manager. Now there are 3:
1. Live Migrate virtual machine to another node: Will initiate live migration of the selected VM. 2. Quick Migrate virtual machine(s) to another node: Will initiate a quick migration of all VMs in the same group. Quick Migration puts the VMs into Saved state before moving them, then resumes them from saved state on the new node.
3. Move virtual machine(s) to another node: Will move the VMs using the Cluster-controlled offline action that is configured in the ‘Settings’ tab of the VM’s properties. Possible Values are Save, Shutdown, Shutdown (forced), and Turn off. The default is ‘Save’, which is effectively the same as a quick migration. If a VM had this setting selected for ‘Shut down’, then the move action will cause the VM to shut down, move, then start on the new node.
Great efforts by Hyper V and Clustering Team here in Microsoft. Just cant praise them enough. Great work guys.. !!!
And all you people who are evaluating Hyper V in Server 2008 R2 RC, go ahead and test these features, its already available to you..
And as always, do leave your comments and feedback..
I leave you with this Hyper V Video.. Have fun and Enjoy !!!!
There is no end of road for Virtualization Team here in Microsoft for coming up with great features in Hyper V.
So what's the BIG NEWS ??
Microsoft Announces following two features now supported on Hyper V R2 which is included in the Windows Server 2008 R2 RC and Hyper V Server 2008 R2 RC released recently.
Very Soon we all be working with 8 Core processors in our servers increasing the Logical processor no. to 64 ( 8 Processors X 8 Cores ). So now Microsoft Hyper V Supports 64 Logical processors, now you can consolidate more Virtual Machines on a single Host.
Hyper V Evolution from 16 Logical Processor Support to 64 Logical Processor Support:
Why do we need Processor Compatibility mode??
The OS and applications within a VM are exposed to the processor features on that server. However, when the VM is quick/live migrated to another server, the destination server may have a processor with a different set of features. An OS or application may try to execute CPU features that it discovered when it was started on source host but may not be present on the destination host - resulting in a failure.
Now You can do the live migration of Virtual Machines from one host to another in a cluster even if the processors features sets are different (But same Family Intel-Intel, AMD-AMD)
So far we need to have identical processors on all the nodes in our cluster for Live Migration to work, but what if other node has different feature processor. Processor Compatibility Mode comes to rescue.
When a VM is started with processor compatibility mode enabled, Hyper-V only exposes guest visible processor features that are available on all Hyper-V enabled processors of the same processor architecture, i.e. AMD or Intel. This allows the VM to be migrated to any hardware platform of the same processor architecture.
Note: You cannot do a Live Migration from Intel to AMD or vice versa. Processor family should be the same. :-)
Note: Processor compatibility mode does not leverage Intel’s FlexMigration or AMD’s AMD-V Extended Migration technologies. Processor compatibility mode has no dependencies on these technologies.
VM’s processor compatibility mode is OFF by default. It can be turned on by one of the two ways:
Using Hyper-V Manager: from Hyper-V Manager, select CPU setting wizard of the VM. Check a check-box labeled “Migrate to physical computer with a different processor version”.
You can change this setting only when VM is not running.
Using System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 RC : Releasing SOON
This is just amazing, Hyper V Team is outperforming themselves over and over again. WAY TO GO TEAM!!!!
Let me know your comments and feedback
Read this great post from Jeff Woolsey Principal Group Program Manager from Microsoft Virtualization Team on Microsoft Official Virtualization Team Blog.
And you know what attracts me more about that Post..
“ you may be thinking we're crazy to provide virtualization live migration and high availability at no cost. Well, I wish we could say we were first, but the folks at Xen have been providing free Live Migration and HA for a few months. In fact, the only one still charging for Live Migration and High Availability ($2245+ per socket) is VMware.
Now that's crazy “
Read the full post here
And as always do send your comments…
In addition to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 RC, Microsoft also announced the public availability of Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 RC (the stand-alone Hypervisor based product) this week.
Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 RC is a bare metal hyper Visor without the Operating System, and Its FREE download from Microsoft.com
So what are the new features of Hyper V Server 2008 R2?
Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 contains the same Virtualization enhancements as in Windows Server 2008 R2 RC.
To name a few:
Configuration Utility (SConfig) and is included with both Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Core.
New configuration options have been added for R2 including:
So how its different from the previous Hyper V Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2?
Here is the chart:-
So go ahead and download the Windows Hyper V Server 2008 R2 RC from here and GET VIRTUAL NOW and do let me know what you think..
If you are read my last Blog post, you are all aware that Microsoft has just released Windows 7 RC for TechNet and MSDN subscribers, and it will be available for general public on May 5th 2009.
Microsoft Virtualization Team today introduced a new feature in Windows 7 where Windows XP Mode is a virtual Windows XP environment that customers of Windows 7 Pro, Windows 7 Ultimate and Windows 7 Enterprise can use to run older Windows XP applications with virtualization technologies such as Windows Virtual PC.
And now Windows XPM and Virtual PC will be new features of Windows 7.
Windows 7 Pro provides Windows XP Mode to run many older Windows XP productivity applications. With Windows Virtual PC, you can run Windows XP applications with a single click, directly from Windows 7 desktop.
Hmm… Isn’t it same as MED-V??
Well.. XPM is targeted for small businesses where there is no IT department.
Businesses with IT Professionals can reduce the cost of deploying and managing Windows Virtual PCs by using Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) which is part of Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack.
New Features of Virtual PC for XPM:
Easy setup of Windows XP Mode – Once both the Windows Virtual PC and the virtual Windows XP environment are installed, Windows Virtual PC provides a simple wizard to setup the Windows XP Mode with just a few clicks.
USB Support - Users can access USB devices attached to Windows 7 directly from Windows XP Mode. These devices include Printers and Scanners, Flash Memory/Sticks and External Hard Disks, Digital Cameras and more.
Seamless Applications – Publish and Launch applications installed on Windows XP Mode directly from the Windows 7 desktop, as if they were installed on the Windows 7 itself.
Folder Integration between Windows 7 and Windows XP Mode– Access your Windows 7 Known Folders: My documents, Pictures, Desktop, Music, Video, from inside the virtual windows environment, such as Windows XP Mode
Clipboard Sharing – Cut and paste between your Windows 7 and Windows XP Mode.
Printer Redirection – Print directly to your attached printer from your Windows XP Mode applications either in application mode or desktop mode.
So what is the system requirement to run Windows XP Mode?
You can download the Evaluation Guide of Virtual PC to setup XPM from here
So for all those who have already downloaded Windows 7 RC from TechNet and MSDN sites, go ahead and evaluate this great feature while others will be able to do that after May 5th 2009 when Windows 7 RC releases for general public.
And please do share your feedback and experience while evaluating XPM for Windows 7…
And stay tuned for the lots of exciting news and revelation related to Microsoft Virtualization coming up.. ;-)
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 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.
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 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.
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 for Hyper-V provide the following functionality:
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..
Let me know what you think..
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
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.
I have come across a great blog post by Rakesh from Microsoft SCVMM Group thrashing VMware claims that Microsoft System Center Provides Incomplete VMware Infrastructure Support.
Some of the points discussed on his post.
I think this is a great post and make things pretty clear for the customers to understand the capabilities Microsoft provides and the value they get when they invest in Microsoft. This is the time to get multifold returns on each dollar you spend. As a customer its your right and you deserve it.
Please read the full post on his blog here.
As always do share your views and comments..
IE 8 now ready to take your Internet browsing to a new level.
Much awaited Microsoft Internet Explorer is now released and available for download.
I have been using the IE8 RC1 for sometime now and now cant wait to have my hands on IE8 final release.
Top Eight reasons to have Internet Explorer 8:
Check some of the great Videos here.
Windows 7 Beta users: A windows update with specially updated version of Internet explorer is on its way.
Download IE8 NOW
Let me know how you like it..
Here you go.. Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager R2 BETA is out now.
VMM 2008 R2 Beta is a comprehensive management solution for virtualized infrastructure that takes advantage of many of the great new features of Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta.
Key new features in R2
· Live Migration support
· Clustered Shared Volumes (CSV) support
· SAN enhancements:
· Networking enhancements:
· Maintenance mode support
· Disjoint domains support
· BITS compact server support
Download either the Full Software install or the pre-configured VHD from https://connect.microsoft.com/site/sitehome.aspx?SiteID=799
To get assistance with the beta please participate in the public forums for SCVMM. These forums are linked here: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/virtualmachinemanager
To provide feedback on the beta, use the "Feedback" link on the Connect site to log your feedback.
Yeah.. i know its been a long time i blogged.. I am not keeping well these days.. with a really busy schedule.. Actually not keeping pace with the changes in life and weather in Bangalore.
So thats me..So how’ve u been??
Today i am posting a really exciting news..
Microsoft’s Windows 7 Team is working hard to review and correcting and implementing those feedback which you have sent for Windows 7 Beta.
Here is a Post from Microsoft Windows 7 Engineering Team which has mentioned some changes to Windows 7 which will show up in RC1 ( Release Candidate 1).
To name a Few changes:
Windows Media Player
Windows Explorer and Libraries
Wooh!!! thats lots of changes to BETA 1.. Yeah.. thats right and i am sure the RC1 will bring more enhancements than what is listed here..
I am currently evaluating Windows 7 Build 7057 released for Microsoft Internal Employees and trust me its getting better day by day.. and we are on our way to have THE Best Windows EVER.
Microsoft has launched a new campaign on Microsoft Virtualization.
Checkout the cool site based on Microsoft Silverlight 2.0 technology.
Learn about Microsoft Virtualization product portfolio from Desktop to Datacenter, checkout some cool videos and study some great case studies.
This is a great video which is posted on the site.
Visit now http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization
As always, please send your feedback/comments.
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:
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 https://connect.microsoft.com/site/sitehome.aspx?SiteID=665
Download MED-V datasheet (PDF, XPS)
Download MED-V Architecture White Paper (PDF, XPS)
Read about Microsoft Desktop Virtualization
Watch an Introduction video or demo
Listen to a Technical Springboard session about MED-V
Let me know what you think.
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.
Come Lets THRIVE WITH TECHNOLOGY
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 ??,
You’ve gotta be kiddin’ me…
Check it yourself.. Very funny though.. its full of Love and laughter
Microsoft guide to Valentines day by Laura Foy
The Microsoft Guide to Valentine's Day
Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone.
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..
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.
So i would like to raise a toast for all the happiness of world to the newly wedded couple. cheers to them
So here i am back to the world of technology..