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  • Blog Post: How can Hyper-V Server be a member of a cluster? (So many questions. So little time. Part 54.)

    At our IT Camp in Minneapolis a few weeks ago, Kris asked me a valid question. “How does a Hyper-V Server (not the full windows install) do clustering if you can’t install the cluster role?” Kris’s question is a good one, because we had just been discussing how limited Hyper-v Server is in terms of what...
  • Blog Post: Learn Microsoft Virtualization in Your Own Easy-to-Build Virtual Lab

    Many of you in the U.S. may be familiar with the Microsoft “IT Camps” that we host now and then, where we teach you some great stuff and then give you the opportunity to work with the technology through hosted hands-on lab exercises. These free in-person events have become very popular. They’re so popular...
  • Blog Post: How fast is fast? Virtual Machine Live Migration Improvements

    When you’re doing a Live Migration ** of a virtual machine between hyper-v hosts, you want it to go quickly.  You may be doing the migration of one or several or dozens of virtual machines all at once, and the performance of the network and the network paths you choose are going to determine how...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Unleashed – Kevin’s Resources Page

    http://blogs.technet.com/kevinremde/pages/Q42009TNRes.aspx As I’ve been telling my friends attending our TechNet Unleashed events, I’ve put a copy of the resource page that I give to them up on the web as well, so they don’t have to type in so many URLs. And also add items to the online version as...
  • Blog Post: A whole ‘nuther level of high availability – Guest Clustering: 20+ Days of Server Virtualization (Part 14)

    Did you know that virtual machines can also be clustered?  “Really?” Yep.  We call it “guest clustering”, where a cluster of application-hosting computers, sharing storage, are actually virtual machines.  In this way we provide a “whole ‘nuther level of high availability” in the fact that...
  • Blog Post: 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud – What are my OS choices? (Part 3 of 31)

    If you’re considering extending your datacenter by running some (all?) of your servers “in the cloud” in Windows Azure , you might be asking, “What operating systems does Windows Azure support?” “What operating systems does Windows Azure support?” Yeah...
  • Blog Post: Our Serieses

    What is the plural of Series? (And how is it pronounced?) Well.. that’s not so important. What’s important is that we – the Technology Evangelists of Microsoft DPE in the U.S. have been busy busy bloggers these past several months. You’ve seen many articles, and many links to...
  • Blog Post: Watch This Space

    My Central Region IT Pro Evangelist teammates and I are going to be delivering a series of 31 blog posts in October, all about Windows Server 2012 .  Check back here on Monday at 8:00am Central Time for the introduction to and part 1 of our series. …and have a super weekend! 
  • Blog Post: April-June 2009 - TechNet UNLEASHED Event Resources

    Feedback e-mail to my boss: Harry Caldwell – HarryCal@microsoft.com Future Live, In-Person Event Information TechNet (for IT Pros): http://www.technetevents.com/kevinremde MSDN (for Software Developers): http://www.MSDNEvents.com NEW - IT Managers Community Hub - http://technet.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: 31 Days of our Favorite Things: It’s like vMotion, but better. It’s Hyper-V. (Part 4 of 31)

    Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V , and Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 include some really exciting and flexible new capabilities for moving virtual machines and their resources (storage) around from here to there – all without any virtual machine down-time. In today’s installment of our “...
  • Blog Post: 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud – Linux. Yeah, you heard me. (Part 11 of 31)

    “Seriously? Linux?” Absolutely. Windows Azure will run pretty much anything you can run as x86/x64 virtual machines. And Microsoft even supports several “flavors” of Linux running in our cloud. In today’s part eleven of our “ 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud ”...
  • Blog Post: Managing Hyper-V Server (So many questions. So little time. Part 16.)

    David U. asked this of us at our Saint Louis TechNet Event :  “Free Hyper-V Server can be installed on bare metal.  Do I need Windows Server 2008 R2 plus Hyper-V running elsewhere to manage the Hyper-V Server, or is there another way I can manage that?” Great question David.  Thanks! For...
  • Blog Post: SCVMM in System Center 2012 and managing Citrix XenServer (So Many Questions. So Little Time. Part 5.)

    This question came from Randy at our TechNet Event in Saint Louis: “Are the VMM management capabilities for a Citrix XenServer based VM the same as for a Hyper-V based VM?  (example: can you still live migrate, change RAM, etc?)” The simple answer is: The capabilities are pretty much the same. ...
  • Blog Post: VMware or Microsoft?–The Naked Server

    “Heh heh… You said naked.” Yep.  But when I say “naked servers”, I mean bare-metal servers.  “So.. was that just a trick to get more people to read this article?” Yes. “Okay.  Proceed...” And by bare-metal servers, I mean.. a server that has no operating system installed.  It’s racked...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: (Part 3) Virtualization: Did You Know...

    In Part 3 of our “ Virtualization: Did you Know…” series, Jeff Woolsey and I conclude our Top 10 list of Virtualization solution facts. Download MP3 (Audio only) MP4 (iPod, Zune HD) High Quality MP4 (iPad, PC) Mid Quality MP4 (Windows Phone, HTML5) High Quality WMV (PC, Xbox, MCE) Missed Part 1 or Part...
  • Blog Post: What’s New in R2 – The Executive Interviews

    A couple of months ago I had the privilege to interview Brad Anderson.  Brad is a Sr. VP at Microsoft , responsible for the System Center and Windows Server product lines.  So… “So this guy knows what he’s talking about?” Exactly.  As a companion to his blog - In the Cloud – we recorded...
  • Blog Post: Host Clusters and Hyper-V: 20+ Days of Server Virtualization (Part 13)

    You may ask, “How easy is it to set up a cluster of virtualization hosts for Hyper-V virtual machine high availability?” “How easy is it to set up a cluster of virtualization hosts for Hyper-V virtual machine high availability?” I’m glad you asked. Short answer: Very Longer answer: Let’s let my friend...
  • Blog Post: As I’m off to yet another VMUG…

    “Seriously, Kevin?  Are you going to VMware User Groups now?” Yes, I am.  As an IT Professional, and as one who does his best to represent the IT Professional Community as a whole, I think it’s useful to keep in touch with as many technologies and as many other IT Pros as possible.  And...
  • Blog Post: Something cool I just learned: Windows 8, Hyper-V, and Wireless Networking

    This is neat… I was searching the Intertubes (“Googling it on BING ”), looking for knowledge on some topics and some answers for future blog posts, and I happened upon one of John Savill ’s excellent series of Q&A posts on the Windows IT Pro Magazine site.   One of the articles answers...
  • Blog Post: Do you want to test SharePoint 2013 without dedicating your own hardware?

    Well, do you? “Yes!  And I bet you’re going to tell me to use Windows Azure .” You’re catching on!  In today’s article in our “ 20 Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services ”, my friend Keith Mayer shares some excellent tips, resources, and a step-by-step for building a SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Cloud on Your Terms Part 23 of 30: Windows Azure for the IT Professional

    You might recall that in April 2011 I introduced you (or perhaps re-introduced you) to Windows Azure in part 6 of my “ Cloudy April ” blog series. Windows Azure , in case you’ve forgotten (or have been living under a rock) is Microsoft’s Platform as a Service ( PaaS ) offering...
  • Blog Post: VMware or Microsoft? – The Series Introduction

    Hello out there all of you virtualization fans!… all of you datacenter supermen and superwomen!… all of you who get excited when skillfully and elegantly applied information technology makes your work lives and the work lives of the people you support – and the businesses you provide...
  • Blog Post: Migrating from Microsoft Virtual Server to Hyper-V (So Many Questions. So Little Time. Part 7.)

    At our TechNet Event in Saint Louis, Matt J asked: “How do I migrate from Microsoft Virtual Server to Hyper-V?” I haven’t been asked that for quite awhile (about 3 years, actually).  But we did have a few people at our event in Saint Louis that are still using Microsoft’s previous virtualization...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News from MMS: SCCM 2012 Beta 2 is RTW!

    (RTW = Released to the Wild Wild Web) At the Microsoft’s Management Summit ( MMS 2011 )  Microsoft announced the availability of BETA 2 of System Center Configuration Manager 2012 .  “What are the new big improvements?” I was just getting to that.  Here’s a quick summary: “User-Centric...
  • Blog Post: Resources for TechNet Webcast: Windows Server 2008 R2 Technical Overview (Part 2 of 2) (Level 300)

    Here are some resources relating to webcast I delivered on June 11, 2009, entitled " TechNet Webcast: Windows Server 2008 R2 Technical Overview (Part 2 of 2) (Level 300) ” I will also be recording the demos as screencast videos. Watch my blog for when those go live on TechNet Edge . I hope you...