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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Management Summit 2008 - Day 1

    The Microsoft Management Summit 2008 is off to a stellar start.  I think this is the biggest MMS I’ve ever seen.  The location (Las Vegas) has a lot to do with it.  There are people from all over the world here.  I did notice one thing that was consistent… excitement and...
  • Blog Post: Test Lab Guide: R2 Hyper-V Network Virtualization with System Center 2012 R2 VMM

    This Microsoft Test Lab Guide (TLG) provides you with step-by-step instructions to create the Windows Server 2012 R2 Network Virtualization with System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) test lab, using computers running Windows Server 2012 R2. This test lab is based on four physical computers...
  • Blog Post: VMM 2008 R2 documentation – now available

    Haven’t had a chance to download and install System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 yet?  No worries, get a head start by looking at the relevant documentation for the product. File Name: File Size VMM08R2_Deployment.docx 150 KB VMM08R2_OMIntegration.docx 110 KB VMM08R2_Operations.docx 379...
  • 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: 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: 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: System Center RTM bits break cover - now available for TechNet subscribers

    The astute TechNet Subscriber might have noticed some new downloads on the download center.  Yep, the RTM binaries are available for download ahead of the coming out party at the Microsoft Management Summit . If you have a subscription, go get em .
  • 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: System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2008 Beta now available for download

    This morning at the Microsoft Management Summit we demonstrated a number of new technologies we’ve had under wraps for a while. See the press release for more information on Bob Muglia’s keynote. One of the products I really dig is System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 .  No, that...
  • 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: TechNet Plus Direct 25% Discount Code – Use TMSAM07

    Now is a really good time to purchase the TechNet Plus Direct subscription.  Think about it for a second, Windows 7 is already on the download area.  So is Windows Server 2008 R2.  Exchange 20101, Office 2010 and many others are on the way.  So what better way to get access to all...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V wrap up

    Most likely by now you’ve been bombarded with the news. We entered the virtualization market today with a new product called Hyper-V. It’s a downloadable and installable Windows Server 2008 role. It’s pretty simple to install and use and I would advise taking your time learning what is happening under...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization Roadshow – register now before it fills up

    If you have not signed up for the Virtualization Launch Tour that is getting ready to kick off, be sure to sign up fast before all of the seats get reserved.  Here’s the agenda and city list for registration.  Looks like they are going to have some good hands on labs, too. Agenda Welcome: Understanding...
  • Blog Post: IT Pro Momentum Program Results – Anon Company 4

    Public disclosure of your name and company name allowed?  No Objectives of the project:  What problem did you set out to solve?   The objective was to reduce the dependencies for the onsite technicians, and to completely automate the OS deployment with PXE boot. Products used in the project...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V “Needs Attention” after SCVMM 2008 RTM install

    If you are like most people and start doing installs without Reading The Fabulous Manual (RTFM), then you’ll likely see the same issue nearly everyone I know has hit. You see, after installing the RTM bits of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 you’ll notice your Hyper-V server(s) have a status...
  • Blog Post: System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 – RTM and download

    System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2008 R2 RTM is now available for public evaluation download. VMM 2008 R2 RTM is the latest upgrade to VMM 2008, Microsoft’s comprehensive management solution for the virtualized datacenter which enables consolidation of physical servers, rapid provisioning...
  • Blog Post: The 8GB RAM Laptop Era Begins

    If you've been paying really close attention, you noticed Dell quietly began to sell Windows Vista 64 bit Precision M6300 workstation class laptops.  They've actually been selling them for a while.  What's new is that they are shipping them with Windows Vista x64 and 8GB of RAM.  As you...
  • Blog Post: Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2.0 now available for download

    The Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2.0 helps organizations maintain virtual machines that are stored offline in a Microsoft® System Center Virtual Machine Manager library. While stored, virtual machines do not receive operating system updates. The tool provides a way to keep offline virtual...
  • Blog Post: SCVMM 2008 R2 Beta – now available for download

    The beta software is now available for download on Microsoft Connect. To download, simply go to our site on Connect and sign in with your Live Id. Call to action : Download either the Full Software install or the pre-configured VHD from https://connect.microsoft.com/site/sitehome.aspx?SiteID=799 To get...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 VMM add-on and extensions available

    VM Recovery Tool The stand-alone Virtual Machine Recovery Tool works with System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) to temporarily remove a host, cluster, virtual machine, or service from VMM when that object is in a failed or persistent warning state due to environmental conditions, third-party...
  • Blog Post: System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 coming in 30 days

    System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 provides a management solution for the virtualized data center that helps enable centralized management of IT infrastructure, increased server utilization, and dynamic resource optimization across multiple virtualization platforms. Support for VMs Running on...
  • Blog Post: System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 RTM’s !!!

    System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 provides a management solution for the virtualized data center that helps enable centralized management of IT infrastructure, increased server utilization, and dynamic resource optimization across multiple virtualization platforms. Highlights of System Center...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio - SCVMM 2008 with Edwin Yuen

    Here's the latest installment of the popular TechNet Radio program.  In this audio only episode, I had the chance to catch up with friend and colleague Edwin Yuen.  Edwin is a Senior Program Manager in the System Center Virtual Machine Manager development team. Download the audio - l ength...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 RC Virtual Machine Manager documentation - download available

    I just wanted to make sure you were aware of the location for the RC documentation for the VMM 2012.  In this case we’ve updated the cmdlet reference guide so if you are working with and learning about PowerShell, you’ll probably want to grab the update.   Go get it @ http://www.microsoft.com...