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  • Blog Post: Important Update Released on 8/24 for you Hyper-V laptop users

    First things first.  Hyper-V isn’t supported on laptops.  However, a lot of you run a variety of products that work well enough. Windows Server 2008 R2 of course includes the Hyper-V role and I’ve been running this for years now on the Lenovo ThinkPad T61p.  For those of you that have...
  • Blog Post: Lenovo ThinkPad W500 - mini review

    I recently had the opportunity to take a look at the Lenovo ThinkPad W500 (model 4061-2KU).  This machine is really similar to my ThinkPad T61p in many ways, but there are some improvements that have been made in some key areas.  Click the image at right for a high resolution image of the ThinkPad...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Security Guide – beta now available

    For organizations that seek cost-effective operations, the benefits of virtualization are more evident than ever. Microsoft® Hyper-V technology allows consolidation of workloads that are currently spread across multiple underutilized servers onto a smaller number of servers. This capability provides...
  • Blog Post: Implementing SMB Shares with Hyper-V Replica

    SMB is getting a lot of attention with Windows Server 2012, and we’ve had questions from a few customers regarding the inter-play between SMB shares and Hyper-V Replica. In this post we’ll share our experience around setting up and using various configurations involving SMB shares and Hyper-V Replica...
  • Blog Post: Get Hands-on with Virtualization – 8 US Cities Left To Go

    Attend the event that lets you touch, talk about, and experience Microsoft® virtualization solutions. Hear from Microsoft virtualization experts on how Microsoft uses virtualization in its own data centers. Dive into robust hands-on labs and gain a technical understanding of the Microsoft virtualization...
  • Blog Post: And you think your ThinkPad is fast…

    Lenovo ThinkPad W500 out-of-box experience.   I received a new Lenovo ThinkPad W500 evaluation unit Friday morning and thought you might be interested in the screenshot above.  I’ll be writing more later but until then, suffice it to say that this baby is fast.  I also have another hard...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V Replica Take On Hurricane Sandy

    When the winds and waves of Hurricane Sandy bore down ferociously on New York City, at least two Microsoft SMB customers were ready. Microsoft partner WorkITsafe had just helped these customers upgrade to the Windows Server 2012 operating system with the new built-in Hyper-V Replica feature. As a result...
  • Blog Post: Talk TechNet airs 4/27 at 9am PST - Topic for the day - Virtualization

    This morning we’ll be taking questions live from you.  Join us at 9am PST as we host an episode on the topic of Virtualization.  Our guest this morning is Aidan Finn.  Aidan has many years of experience on this topic so please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to ask a question...
  • Blog Post: SCVMM 2008 is now on the TechNet Plus Subscriber downloads

    System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 is now available on the TechNet Plus Subscriber download center.  All 3.5GB can be had in a variety of languages.  If you aren’t familiar with the product, now’s the time to start trying it our with your Hyper-V, Virtual Server 2005 R2 and ESX servers...
  • Blog Post: SCVMM 2008 Configuration Analyzer - now available for download

    The VMMCA is a diagnostic tool you can use to evaluate important configuration settings for computers that either are serving or might serve VMM roles or other VMM functions. The VMMCA scans the hardware and software configurations of the computers you specify, evaluates them against a set of predefined...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals - Free Training - Register Now!

    Just one week after Microsoft Management Summit 2011 (MMS), Microsoft Learning is hosting an exclusive three-day Jump Start class specially tailored for VMware and Microsoft virtualization technology pros. Registration for “ Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals ” is open and will be delivered...
  • Blog Post: SCVMM 2008 Management Pack released – download now

    The VMM 2008 Management Pack monitors virtual machines running on Hyper-V, Microsoft Virtual Server, and VMware ESX Server hosts that VMM is managing, as well as the managed virtual machine hosts, library servers, and other VMM components. This management pack is tightly integrated with VMM 2008 to implement...
  • Blog Post: Interop Road Show Webcast - live this week on 5/6/2009

    On Wednesday May 6th, we’ll be broadcasting the Interop Road Show .  Actually it’s going to be a bit of a simulcast.  Matt Hester will be in Downers Grove, IL doing a live delivery of the sessions, and we’ll pick up the audio and demonstrations via the magic of Microsoft LiveMeeting. In addition...
  • Blog Post: The Exchange Team goes on camera

    At TechEd 2008 Harold Wong managed to snag a bunch of the Exchange Team and get some interviews on camera.  Harold does a really good job of interviewing them and as you can see he has now posted some of the videos to the edge.technet.com website. To simplify matters a bit, I grabbed the embedded...
  • Blog Post: Pure Microsoft

    I’ve been listening to our customers a lot lately.  I get a lot of good feedback here, but it’s no substitute for the direct frank conversations we’ve had at the live events, launch events and conferences like MMS or TechEd. One of the complaints I’ve been hearing more and more is centered around...
  • Blog Post: New Hyper-V Linux Integration Components - now available for download

    When installed in a supported Linux virtual machine running on Hyper-V, the Linux Integration Components provide: Driver support for synthetic devices : The Linux integration components include support for both the synthetic network controller and synthetic storage controller that have been developed...
  • Blog Post: Setting up your laptop to run SCVMM 2008

    Now that System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2008 has released, I’m sure many of you are wanting to kick the tires.  The good news is that we’ve made that relatively easy to accomplish on a laptop but there are some assumptions to make so let’s discuss a couple of them. First and foremost...
  • Blog Post: Top 10 IT Pro Tasks Made Easier by Windows Server 2008 R2

    Do more with less. This has been the server manager’s mantra for several years but never moreso than now. Fortunately, Windows Server® 2008 R2 has got your back with numerous and varied features designed specifically to address IT’s current challenges while making day-to-day life a little easier. Here...
  • Blog Post: IT Pro Momentum Program Results – Active-Office Systems Ltd.

    Your name: James Hunter-Paterson Company name: Active-Office Systems Ltd Your geographic location (country): UK Public disclosure of your name and company name allowed? ( Yes or No ) YES Objectives of the project:  What problem did you set out to solve? To establish opportunities to host a client...
  • Blog Post: SCVMM 2008 R2 – now available for download to TechNet subscribers

    It took a while, but the System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 released bits are now on the TechNet Direct Plus subscriber download area.  Looks like it’s right at 3.4GB so expect it to take at least twenty minutes to download.  Grin.  This is the 64 bit download and here are the...
  • Blog Post: Glass on Glass – Coding in the Virtualized World with a ThinkPad W700

    Today I trekked down to the Microsoft Developers Conference (MDC) being held in the Dallas Westin Galleria. For this particular event I decided to bring along some Lenovo ThinkPad W700 bling. I wanted to see if a 17” laptop running the latest and greatest operating systems on the planet would attract...
  • Blog Post: The 4GB Maximum Laptop Myth

    One of my blog readers just sent me a message about a recommendation for a machine. Let’s talk about the current state of the market.  It’s a pretty interesting time to be buying a machine.  Here’s the message I received: how is it going..Love your webcasts by the way..I was wondering if you...
  • Blog Post: Windows Thin PC Customer Technology Preview (CTP) - now available for download

    We are happy to announce that the Windows Thin PC public CTP is now available! Although the final release of Windows Thin PC will be provided as a benefit for Software Assurance customers, we heard feedback that you wanted us to broaden the access of the CTP, so we’re pleased to announce that this CTP...
  • Blog Post: Lenovo ThinkPad W520 - mini review

    High end portable workstations are a special class of computer.  The Lenovo ThinkPad W520 belongs to that class and in many ways sets the bar.  As a daily user of a ThinkPad W510, I was certainly interested in seeing and testing the new W520 to see what improvements were made. Keep in mind...
  • Blog Post: Running A Bunch Of Vista SP1 VMs on Hyper-V With A Single Laptop

    In this case, a picture is worth a thousand words.  I spent some time this afternoon and evening setting up for a fun little test of the Lenovo ThinkPad T61p I have.  As you’ll recall from my previous post, my laptop is loaded up with 8GB of memory.  So I thought it would be cool...