Virtually Yours..

  • Managing Hyper-V Server from Windows 7

     

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    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.

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    2. Click on Programs and Features and click on Turn Windows Features on/off

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    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.. smile_regular

  • Welcome to my blog…!!!!

    Hi All.

    Welcome to my brand new blog, My Name is Iftekhar Hussain (You can call me Ifti).

    I am working with Microsoft Corporation as a Partner Technology Specialist and i work on Microsoft Virtualization technologies and System Center Manageability Solutions like System Center Configuration Manager, System Center Virtual Machine Manager.

    So Ifti why this blog????

    Hmmm.. I am starting this blog to communicate my experiences, my opinion, my thoughts about certain technologies with Internet Community, my partners, my customers and of course my friends.

    Virtualization is the next big thing..ummm wait a min.. What is Virtualization???

    if you dont know what Virtualization is.. here is Microsoft’s definition.

    Server virtualization, also known as hardware virtualization, is a hot topic in the IT world because of the potential for serious economic benefits. Server virtualization enables multiple operating systems to run on a single physical machine as virtual machines (VMs). With server virtualization, you can consolidate workloads across multiple underutilized server machines onto a smaller number of machines. Fewer physical machines can lead to reduced costs through lower hardware, energy, and management overhead, plus the creation of a more dynamic IT infrastructure.

    Stay Tuned to my blog for more updates and more and more of tech talks and few non tech talks as well…. :)

    ENJOY !!!!

    Iftekhar

  • Microsoft Virtualization: Windows XP Mode for Windows 7

    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?

    1. You will need to install Windows 7 release candidate 
    2. You need to have a PC with virtualization feature turned on in the CPU (e.g.  Intel-VT or AMD-V feature should be enabled on CPU through BIOS)

    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.. ;-)

  • Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Beta F&Qs

     

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    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?
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    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?
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    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?
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    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?
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      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?
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    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?
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      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?
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    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?
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    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. Can I upgrade from the beta builds to the final build of SP1?
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    No. You will have to uninstall the Service Pack or do a clean install of Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.

    Q. Will there be a slipstream build of SP1 beta?
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    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?
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      For beta, we will release English, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.

    Q. Will I be able to uninstall the service pack beta?
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      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?
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      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?
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    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

    Cheers Smile

     


  • Hyper V RC: BIG BANG ANNOUNCEMENTs : 64LPS and Processor Compatibility Mode.

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    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.

    1. 64 Logical Processor Support for Hyper-V R2!

    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:

    • Server 2008 Hyper-V                                         16 LP Support
    • Server 2008 Hyper-V +update (KB95670)             24 LP Support
    • Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Original POR                 32 LP Support
    • Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V RC/RTM                       64 LP Support!

    2. Processor Compatibility Mode for Live Migration!

    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”.

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    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

  • 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.. ;-)

  • Microsoft Management Summit 2012 : Las Vegas, Here I Come, Again!

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    This is the time of the year when anybody who works on Microsoft Virtualization and System Center technologies gets excited about Microsoft Management Summit which happens every year where thousands of IT PROs joins to share knowledge, exchange ideas, indulge in networking and get to do some deep dive technical learning on new technologies and make themselves aware about new innovations that are happening around Microsoft Virtualization and System Center Technologies.

    Historically MMS has gained its reputation of a platform for major product announcements and launches, Last year at MMS 2011, we announced the availability of System Center 2012 Beta and discussed through our keynotes and sessions how it enables Microsoft Private Cloud Platform. It was really nice speaking and meeting lot of you last year at Mandalay Bay.

    I am really excited about our upcoming MMS 2012 which is scheduled to be held from April 16 – 20, 2012 at The Venetian, Last Vegas for so many reasons.

    We published the following abstract of Brad Anderson’s Keynote Speech to give you an insight what is stored for you in MMS 2012.

    Day 1: Microsoft Private Cloud. Built for the Future. Ready Now.
    Cloud computing and the delivery of true IT as a Service is one of the most profound industry shifts in decades. Join Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft’s Management and Security Division, as he shares Microsoft’s vision for cloud computing and shows how System ...Center 2012, as part of the Microsoft private cloud, will enable you to deliver the promise of cloud computing in your organization today.

    Day 2: A World of Connected Devices
    Clouds and cloud-connected devices are changing the world of work and our daily interactions. Tech-savvy and always-connected, people want faster, more intuitive technology, uninterrupted services, and the freedom to work anywhere, anytime, on a variety of devices. Join Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President of the Management and Security Division at Microsoft to learn how System Center 2012 and Windows Intune can help IT embrace this new reality today, and in the future, by making the right intelligent infrastructure investments.

    I am also excited to present this year about all new capabilities of System Center 2012- Virtual Machine Manager with following objectives in mind.

    • To provide you a Technical Overview of new Virtualization and cloud management capabilities in VMM 2012 and how it solves todays administrator's pain points.
    • Make you aware about the things you can now do with VMM 2012 which you couldn’t do earlier with VMM 2008 R2
    • Empower you to deploy or upgrade to VMM 2012 with minimum effort.

    You can get more information about the session below and if you are a registered attendee you should be able to add it to your Session builder.

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    In addition to the speaking opportunities, I would also be available to meet you all during "Speaker Q&A" session at the end of the day of the session and also at Microsoft Pavilion.

    Since I work very closely with Microsoft partners, I would like to meet few of you and discuss how we can enable you to drive, develop and design System Center and Microsoft Private Cloud solutions for our customers.

    Please use the Email Author link to drop me an email if you would like to meet, please mention your partner id so that I can get more information about your organization.

    And if you are a twitter enthusiast like me and would like to keep up with the event,  follow me at www.twitter.com/iftekharh

    See you at Las Vegas.

    Cheers,

    Iftekhar

  • What’s new with SP1 for VMM 2008 R2

    This article is cross posted from my post on PTS Official Blog

     

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    As you all know that SP1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 just gone RTM adding two new virtualization capabilities: Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX

    Let’s first understand these capabilities in details.

    Dynamic Memory: An enhancement to Hyper-V R2, Dynamic Memory pools all the memory available on a physical host. Dynamic Memory then dynamically distributes available memory, as it is needed, to virtual machines running on that host. Then with Dynamic Memory Balancing, virtual machines will be able to receive new memory allocations, based on changes in workload, without a service interruption.

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    RemoteFX: Microsoft RemoteFX leverages the power of virtualized graphics resources and advanced codecs to recreate the fidelity of hardware-assisted graphics acceleration, including support for 3D content and Windows Aero, on a remote user’s device. This allows for a local-like, remote experience.

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    In the light of new features, service Pack 1 will also be released for VMM 2008 R2 to manage Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX on multiple Hyper V Servers from a single pane of glass.

    Lets understand the requirements on your Hyper V hosts and VMs to be able to manage by VMM 2008 R2.

    System Requirement for Manage Dynamic Memory:

    • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Host
    • Supported Operating System in the VM
    • Upgrade Integration Services in the VM

    RemoteFX Requirements on Hosts

    • CPU must support SLAT
    • One or more GPUs (Graphics Processing Units) that support DirectX 10
    • Enough GPU Memory available for max monitors and resolution
    • RemoteFX feature enabled under the Remote Desktop Services Role

    RemoteFX requirements on VMs

    • Supported Operating System in the VM
    • New Integration Services (part of Windows 7 SP1)
    • Can be combined with Dynamic Memory

    VMM 2008 R2 SP1 now has settings to manage Dynamic Memory setting of VMs which are as follows:

    • Startup Memory (8 to 65536 MB)
    • Maximum Memory (8 to 65536 MB)
    • Memory Buffer (0 to 95%)
    • Memory Priority
    • Normal, Low, High
    • Custom (0 – 10000)

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    To manage the RemoteFX , following settings have been added

    • Default Standard video adapter
    • New RemoteFX 3D video adapter
    • Maximum number of monitors: 1,2,3,4
    • Max monitor resolution
      • o 1024x768 (4 monitors max)
      • o 1280x1024 (4 monitors max)
      • o 1600x1200 (3 monitors max)
      • o 1920x1200 (2 monitors max)
    • Additional VM property
    • GPU ID (PowerShell only)

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    Since RemoteFX requires you to have SLAT CPU and specific GPU and available GPU memory, VMM 2008 R2 SP1 will also let you identify the following on the hosts.

    1. CPU Supports SLAT

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    2. GPU and available Memory

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    3. Intelligent Placement

    While creating a new VM or migrating a new VM from one host to another, VMM 2008 R2 SP1 added new check for Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX in the Intelligent placement.

    o Use Current Memory footprint for DM VMs on hosts: While doing the migration or creating new VM, VMM will check how much is the current memory the VM is running with, for E.g, you have specified startup memory as 1 GB and max memory as 6 GB but at the time of migration the VM is running at 2 GB memory. In that case, VMM will check if the other host has at least 2 GB free memory to be able to migrate this VM.

    o Check for GPU-compatibility when migrating RemoteFX VMs : While migrating a RemoteFX based VM, VMM 2008 R2 checks if identical GPU is available on the other hosts with required memory, Remote FX should be enabled in RDS.

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    4. Updates to Performance and Resource Optimization

    PRO ties specific Operations Manager alerts to remediation actions in VMM, VMM moves a load-balance VMs in a cluster when CPU or Memory exceed a threshold. SP1 update to VMM PRO Pack a consider Current Memory utilization and not the fixed memory for DM VMs and matches it with the memory available on the other nodes.

    How do I upgrade from SCVMM 2008 R2 to SP1.

    Pretty simple, just 4 steps to upgrade

    • Backup VMM Database
    • Launch setup and follow the Upgrade Wizard
    • Repeat on each box [Console, Self-Service Web Server, Operations Manager Server]
    • Remove, then import new PRO Management Pack in Operations Manager
    • R2 Agents are supported in SP1, no need to re-deploy agents to Hosts and Library Servers
    • Upgrade the Integration components on all the VMs.

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    VMM 2008 R2 SP1 will take the virtualization management to a whole new level and is scheduled to be released within 30 days of SP1 released by the Windows Server Team. So we can expect it sometime next month.

    I hope this post was of some help for those who are expecting VMM to be able to manage Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX on multiple hosts from a single console instead of managing it locally using Hyper V manager on each box.

    If you have any further queries, please feel free to reach me

    Cheers

    Iftekhar

  • Microsoft Virtualization: Optimized Desktop

    Today we’ll talk about Optimized Desktops and how its different from Traditional desktops.

    There is lots of buzz word around for Optimized Desktop but do we really know what exactly a Optimized desktop means.

    Enterprise IT infrastructures are increasingly complex to manage. Microsoft Optimized Desktop model enhances application deployment and compatibility, increases IT responsiveness and end user uptime, and helps reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) of your desktop software and IT management. With Microsoft VDI, a true optimized Desktop solution can be achieved.

    There is this never ending war between Users and IT department. User wants more flexibility, IT wants control and security. Now Optimized Desktop is THE Solution here.

    When do you need a Optimized Desktop over Traditional Desktop in your organization?

    Lets have a look in these scenario when you need Optimized Desktop:

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    Microsoft Optimized Desktop is perfect solution to these scenarios taking care of both user and IT department’s requirement.

    With Microsoft Virtual desktop Infrastructure(VDI) and Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack(MDOP), a true Optimized Desktop can be achieved.

    PLEASE WATCH THIS GREAT 15 MINS DEMO OF MICROSOFT OPTIMIZED DESKTOP.

    If you are one of these above User you MUST watch it to see what flexibility and productivity it brings to you and how it can completely change the way you work.. And if you are an IT PRO, you should DEFINITELY watch it to realize the potential of Optimized desktop for your IT and Business. YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT..!!!

    Get Microsoft Silverlight

    Watch this in FULL SCREEN MODE by double Click on the video.

    Technologies Involved:

    1. Microsoft Server 2008 Hyper V R2
    2. MED-V
    3. Folder Redirection, Client Side Caching and Roaming User Profile.
    4. Application Virtualization (APP-V)
    5. Terminal Service Remote App
    6. System Center Virtual Machine Manager

    NOW that’s MICROSOFT VIRTUALIZATION.

    As always.. do send me your feedback, comments or views, they are really appreciated. :)

  • Its VACATION TIME baby..!!!

    Its finally the time of year when you need a break to recharge yourself.. Yes.. Its vacation time for me, I ll be on a vacation for next two weeks starting this Saturday.

    On Saturday afternoon I’ll fly to my home city New Delhi and will spend quality time with my Family and hangout with my childhood friends.

    File:Barakhambaroad.jpg                     New Delhi

    This vacation is also special as I looking forward to celebrate Eid (great Islamic Festival) with my family and friends this Sept 21st .

    Eid ul-Fitr or Id-ul-Fitr (Arabic: عيد الفطر ‘Īdu l-Fiṭr‎), often abbreviated to Eid, is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. Eid is an Arabic word meaning "festivity", while Fiṭr means "to break the fast" (and can also mean "nature", from the word "fitrah"); and so the holiday symbolizes the breaking of the fasting period. It is celebrated starting on the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal

    I know what i am going to pray to God this Eid.. to bring end to this economic recession and bring peace and prosperity to the world. Ameen!

    I’ll leave you with this funny video when Terry takes a vacation.. Enjoy!

    I’ll see you when i come back :)

  • RDS Hardware Sizing and Capacity Planning Guidance.

     

    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:

    • 2GB Memory (RAM) is the optimum limit for each core of a CPU. E.g. If you have 4 GB RAM then for optimum performance there should be Dual core CPU.
    • 2 Dual Core CPU perform better then single Quad core processor.
    • Recommended bandwidth for LAN of 30 users and WAN of 20 users.  Bandwidth (b) = 100 megabits per second (Mbps) with Latency (l) Less than 5 milliseconds.
    • On a Terminal Server 64 MB per user is the Ideal Memory (RAM) requirement for GP Only use + 2 GB for OS E.g. (100 users * 64) + 2000 = 8.4 GB i.e. 8GB RAM.
    • More applications used (i.e. Office, CAD Apps and etc.) will require more memory per user to be added to this calculation over the 64 MB base memory per user.
    • 15 TS session per CPU core is the optimum performance limit of a Terminal Server.
    • Network should not have more than 5 hops, and latency should be under 100ms.
    • 64 kbps is the Ideal Bandwidth per user session. (256 color, switched network, bitmap caching only)
    • CPU performance degrades if %processor time per core is constantly above 65%.
    • Terminal servers performance doubles when it is running on a X64 HW and OS.

    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

    Download it here

    I hope it helps, Let me know if you have any questions.

    Cheers..

  • Windows Phone 7 Series Announced

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    Hello Friends,

     

    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.. :)

  • Free Microsoft Ebooks: Windows 7, Server 2008 R2, Virtualization R2, Office 2010

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    We all have seen the great series of products coming out from Microsoft this year, For all you knowledge thirsty out there, who are eager to learn new technologies like Windows 7, Server 2008 R2, Microsoft Virtualization R2 Solution and office 2010 and if you haven’t seen them already here are some of the E Books released by Microsoft and best part is they are all FREE 

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     eBook    Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2

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    Let me know what you think.. :)

    Cheers !

  • Microsoft VDI with Citrix XenDesktop : Virtual Lab Now Available

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    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

  • Microsoft Virtualization: Hyper V Live Migration Network configuration.

    Its quite hectic these days in Virtualization world as i am actively involved in planning Practice Accelerator for Virtualization. In addition to that I’ve been engaged in lots of Virtualization opportunities and whenever i speak to customers and partners, I tend to get lot of questions about setting up preferred network for Live Migration on Hyper V based clusters.

    Its highly recommended to use Cluster Shared Volume (CSV) while setting up the storage for Live Migration, CSV has following advantages:

    1. All the nodes in the cluster has concurrent access to the shared storage.
    2. Multiple VHDs can be stored on a single shared Volume.
    3. No Drive letter problems
    4. Faster failovers

    It looks like something like the diagram below, You can see in this diagram, that all the three nodes has simultaneous access to the same share running their respective VHD files. In the event of one node failure there is no drive ownership change and hence faster failover.

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    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.

    In the Failover Cluster Manager, right-click on the virtual machine and select Properties:

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    By selecting the “Network for Live Migration” tab, you can specify what network is used for Live Migration. You can specify multiple networks in order of preference. For me, I normally have my 10 Gb/E network set as the first network.

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    See this screenshot:

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    Once you select the appropriate network, you will see the performance enhancement and decreased failover times However your Virtual Machine is always high available while its being migrated.

    I hope it helps, please feel free to reach me if you need more information.

    Cheers..

  • Presenting experience at Microsoft TechEd India 2010

    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:

    • Regular Virtualization demos and presentation for customers and Partners.
    • Presentation preparation for Tech-Ed India 2010.
    • Will be delivering a presentation on Windows 7 deployment in Virtual Tech Days for UK and Ireland on April 29th.
    • Will be presenting at a Partner event on Server Virtualization this April.
    • Preparation for Presentation at Tech-Ed North America 2010 imagethis June.

    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:

    • Creating Hardware profile
    • Creating Software profile
    • Creating Virtual Machine template using Hardware and Software Profile
    • Using template to Provision new Virtual Machine
    • Creating a self service user
    • Provisioning new Virtual Machines using Self Service Portal

    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)

    http://northamerica.msteched.com/Topic/List?fbid=Ui7LNjfs1F1#a

    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.

    Cheers

    Iftekhar

  • Windows 7 Beta: You Said it.. We heard it.

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    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. smile_sick

    So thats me..So how’ve u been??smile_regular

    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:

    Desktop Experience

    1. Windows Flip (ALT + TAB) with Aero Peek.
    2. Windows Logo + <#> keyboard shortcut
    3. Needy State
    4. Taskbar “Open With”
    5. Taskbar scaling
    6. Anchoring taskbar thumbnails
    7. Newly installed programs
    8. Jump List length
    9. Increased pinning flexibility with Jump List
    10. Desktop icon and gadget view options

    Color Hot-track stays active when the mouse hovers over taskbar thumbnails

    Touch

    1. Aero Peek for touch
    2. Multi-touch touch keyboard
    3. Multi-touch right-click
    4. Drag/Drop and selection

    Networking

    1. Internet access feedback

    Control Panel

    1. User Account Control
    2. Locking a machine without a screensaver
    3. Faster access to High Performance power plan
    4. Custom theme improvements

    Windows Media Player

    1. Improved Internet Radio playback
    2. Improved playback support for video content from digital camcorders and cameras
    3. Cleaner Now Playing view
    4. Filtering content that cannot be played
    5. Resume from sleep
    6. Quieting Windows Media Player sync relationships
    7. Easier access to advanced settings
    8. Jump List improvement

    Device Stage

    1. Enriching the Device Stage ecosystem

    Device Stage

    1. Improving the headphone experience

    Windows Explorer and Libraries

    1. Improved header
    2. Reduced confusion with drag/drop
    3. Reviving familiar entry points
    4. FAT32 support
    5. Arrangement view enhancements

    Performance

    1. Improving performance through data

    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.

    Stay Tuned..

  • Here it Comes: Internet Explorer 8 Live NOW

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    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:

    1. You want a web that moves as fast as you do: Highlight an address, click the blue "Accelerator" button (clip_image001), and see all the things you can do instantly – like mapping, searching, and translating. Check out Accelerators from Digg, Facebook, eBay, and others.
    2. You want to know if it's raining outside: Visit live.com, search for “Seattle Weather” (or any major city), hover over the search result, and click the green "Web Slice" button (clip_image002) to add a weather Web Slice to your Favorites Bar. As of this morning there are over 1,200 Web Slices, Accelerators, and add-ons available worldwide in the IE8 add-on gallery.
    3. You like everyone to get along:  And that includes wanting the web sites you visit to work well with your browser. IE8 is the only browser to include multiple rendering engines to address backwards compatibility— hit a site that doesn't seem right, hit the Compatibility View button, and you're on your way.
    4. You're a visual learner: See pictures of what you’re looking for as you type in the Instant Search box – rich search results in action!
    5. You want to find it again, fast: To quickly find sites you’ve visited before, simply use the new Smart Address Bar which searches your history, favorites, and feeds.
    6. You like your privacy: Enjoy more control over your personal information and privacy on the Web with InPrivate.
    7. You want an edge against the bad guys (aka security): Internet Explorer 8 offers unparalleled protection against malware – it's 10 times safer than Internet Explorer 7, 4 times safer than Chrome, 2.8 times safer than Safari, and 2.3 times safer than Firefox.
    8. You hate interruptions: If one tab crashes, you can re-launch it without affecting your browsing experience – your other tabs keep right on working.

    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..

  • System Manageability Solution: Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager

     

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    From today I’ll be writing a series of posts regarding my experiences with deploying and managing Microsoft System Center Configuration manager in my test lab scenario.

    Before I start today, I would like to give a brief description about System Center Configuration Manager and what it does:

    Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 (ConfigMgr) provides a comprehensive solution for change and configuration management for the Microsoft platform, enabling organizations to provide relevant software and updates to users quickly and cost-effectively.

    Configuration Manager 2007 provides the following features:

    ■ Collecting hardware and software inventory.

    ■ Distributing and installing software applications.

    ■ Distributing and installing updates to software, for example security fixes.

    ■ Restricting computers from accessing the network if they do not meet specified requirements, for example having certain security updates installed.

    ■ Deploying operating systems.

    ■ Specifying what a desired configuration would be for one or more computers and then monitoring adherence to that configuration.

    ■ Metering software usage.

    ■ Remotely controlling computers to provide troubleshooting support.

    Please see the following figure to understand where does the SCCM fits into the System Center Solution:

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    Configuration Manager provides a comprehensive solution for change and
    configuration management, enabling organizations to provide relevant software
    and updates to users efficiently. Configuration Manager features provide solutions
    for many key issues that IT administrators face while managing Windows-based PC
    environments today.

    So now we have a overview of what exactly Configuration manager does and how it helps managing Windows based IT infrastructure, we’ll go into deploying it into my lab.

    Stay tuned.. smile_wink

  • Microsoft Virtualization: MED-V

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    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:

    • Virtual images creation, repository and delivery
    • Centralized management and monitoring.
    • Usage policy and data transfer control like access permissions
    • End-user experience like taskbar customization

    The architecture of the Med-V looks like this.

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    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

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    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

    Additional Resources

    Let me know what you think. smile_regular

     

  • Microsoft Virtualization: How far will you take Virtual?

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    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 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….

  • 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

  • We Listen : Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX Coming Soon to Hyper V

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    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)

    1. New VDI promotions available for qualified customers to choose from today. Microsoft and Citrix Systems are offering the “Rescue for VMware VDI” promotion, which allows VMware View customers to trade in up to 500 licenses at no additional cost, and the “VDI Kick Start” promotion, which offers new customers a more than 50 percent discount off the estimated retail price. Eligibility and other details on the two promotions can be found at http://www.citrixandmicrosoft.com.
    2. Improved licensing model for virtual Windows desktop. Beginning July 1, 2010, Windows Client Software Assurance customers will no longer have to buy a separate license to access their Windows operating system in a VDI environment, as virtual desktop access rights now will be a Software Assurance benefit.
    3. New roaming use rights improve flexibility. Beginning July 1, 2010, Windows Client Software Assurance and new Virtual Desktop Access license customers will have the right to access their virtual Windows desktop and their Microsoft Office applications hosted on VDI technology on secondary, non-corporate network devices, such as home PCs and kiosks.
    4. Windows XP Mode no longer requires hardware virtualization technology. This change simplifies the experience by making virtualization more accessible to many more PCs for small and midsize businesses wanting to migrate to Windows 7 Professional or higher editions, while still running Windows XP-based productivity applications.
    5. Two new features coming in Windows Server 2008 R2 service pack 1. Microsoft Dynamic Memory will allow customers to adjust memory of a guest virtual machine on demand to maximize server hardware use. Microsoft RemoteFX will enable users of virtual desktops and applications to receive a rich 3-D, multimedia experience while accessing information remotely.
    6. New technology agreement with Citrix Systems. The companies will work together to enable the high-definition HDX technology in Citrix XenDesktop to enhance and extend the capabilities of the Microsoft RemoteFX platform.

    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 :)

  • Hyper V Live Migration Network Configuration Guide: Now Available

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    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:

    • “How Many Network Cards do I needs in my host?”
    • “What if my host has 2 NICs, 3NICs, 4NICs, more?”
    • “What network traffic should I consolidate if I have limited NICs?”
    • “Are the recommendations different if I have 1Gbps NICs or 10Gbps?”
    • Etc.

    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 :)

    Cheers.