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Windows Server 2008 screencast - Virtualization 10 Minute Tour

Windows Server 2008 screencast - Virtualization 10 Minute Tour

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Windows Server 2008 is going to ship its next public release candidate very soon.  Inside that release will be a CTP of Windows Server virtualization (WSv).  WSv will be setting the stage for a whole new wave of technologies so with that in mind, I thought I'd give you a quick peek at the product via a screencast video I created.


ws2008 I love that name.  It's catchy and kewl.  It sounds like a supervisor for hyper space or something.  It does of course refer to the new thin layer that is installed on Windows Server 2008 also know at the virtualization parent partition.  It's also a a term used industry wide so when you hear the term, it doesn't just refer to the Microsoft implementation.

Our hypervisor, code named "Viridian", is an installable Windows Server 2008 role.  After installation of this role, you can start installing one or more child partitions in which to run your virtualization workloads.  Installation of those virtual machines is fairly straight forward although there are some things you need to be aware of.

Virtual Machine Additions

In order to use the new high speed VMBUS, you'll want to uninstall any previous additions from Virtual PC or Virtual Server, then install the integration components for WSv.  We're looking at making that transition as painless as possible, but you'll have to work through some of this manually until we get that work done.


You'll notice when you start looking at the CTP (and the screencast demo below), that we've added the ability to take snapshots of your virtual machines in either an online or offline state.  This gives you a look into the VSS capabilities that are coming. This is going to offer much more flexibility in your high availability and disaster recovery planning.

Management Tools

We do of course ship a management console with WSv which you'll see in the demos.  However, our strategy is to take advantage of the System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007 product for advanced management of the virtualization partitions, VM workloads, monitoring, reporting, resource assignments, etc.  You simple won't believe what's coming and I'm not going to spill all of the beans just yet, but you can count on some deep dives later.

The Screencast

Take a look at the screencast and go on a tour of Windows Server virtualization (WSv).  The video is a little over ten minutes in length and I tried to hit some of the key areas so you can get a quick technical overview of the product.  If you want to save this local and review it offline, please right mouse click the second link and "SAVE AS".

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Other Resources

A number of new websites have gone live in the past week or so.  Here are a few of my favorites.  You haven't seen anything yet.  We are just getting started.

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  • Keith:

    What do you use for the screencasts and what are the specs of the machine that you were demoing WS08 Virtualization?


  • What does this mean? You'll be able to try out using hypervisor. The biggest advantage of hypervisor

  • Keith Combs has done an excellent screencast demonstrating some of the features of the upcoming Customer

  • I used the x64 Windows Media Encoder located at  I'm testing Expression Studio as well.

  • Oops.  I forgot to describe the machines I use.  Right now, I'm 100% Lenovo ThinkPads.  The machine used for the recording is a ThinkPad T60p, Intel Core 2 Duo T7600, 3GB RAM, 15.4" WSXGA+ screen, ATI® MOBILITY™ FireGL™ V5250, Mobile Intel 945PM Express Chipset, SIIG eSATA ExpressCard, Vantec External eSATA enclosure, Maxtor 1TB SATA drive, etc.

    With the external eSATA drive, I can execute a number of virtual machines without taxing the laptop.  On this particular machine, memory capacity is the issue.

    Encoder capture drives the CPU utilization up, so you need a pretty powerful machine to demonstrate a wide array of busy VM's.

    All of the Microsoft technologist are moving to laptop, portable desktop, and remote server platforms.  

    My upcoming platform of choice will be two "Santa Rosa" laptops loaded with 4GB of RAM each, followed by 8GB RAM upgrades in the spring of next year.

    You can see my notes on the next gen ThinkPad at  I have not had time to test WSv on it yet because I've been extremely busy since I ordered and received it.  We have tested a T61p in the lab and it turned in great results.

  • Hi Keith

    The download link doesnt seem to work. Has it been removed? Looking forward to seeing this running.



  • Sorry David, I'm a dork.  I thought I pushed it to my server a couple of weeks ago when I added the SCVMM screencast files.  It's there and working now.

    Go for it!

  • Keith has provided a screencast/blogcast (or whatever you wish to call it) on Windows Server virtualization,

  • Is there a difference between “snapshots” under WSV and “checkpoints” under SCVMM?

  • If you have not had a chance to check out Keith Comb's blog, take some time to do so now. He is publishing

  • I've been talking about and showing you Windows Server Virtualisation (WSV) for a good while now (it's

  • fyi..

    the streaming link is bad

  • The streaming link is not bad.  However I have seen other reports of issues connecting to video streams from the mms:// streaming media cluster.  If you are having issues, please use the contact form at the top of my blog and let me know what ISP you're using, speed of your connection, etc.  We'll need to collect some evidence to send over to our operations staff.  Thanks.

  • Keith Combs Blog is showcasing what I think is the only screencast currently available demonstrating

  • Regarding the question on snapshots versus checkpoints (which is a really good question), I'm going to hold off answering that one until we release the CTP and you can try things out.

    Of course that generates the next question... when will the WSv CTP and the WS 2008 RC be available.

    When it's ready!  Soon, very soon!