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Matt McSpirit on Virtualisation, Management and Core Infrastructure

May, 2008

  • Getting my head around the Hyper-V architecture...

    Hyper-V is a very cool technology.  It's also a very complex technology, with a lot going on under the covers.  When I deliver sessions on Hyper-V, and I talk about the architecture, it's a difficult concept to discuss quickly, hence, hopefully...
  • Microsoft Licensing - FAQ Blog Feed!

    Microsoft Licensing is complex.  I think most people accept that! Since September, the licensing and response management teams have been working together to publish the answers to your top licensing queries. Every month, these FAQs are put together...
  • Hyper-V RC1 and SCVMM 2008 Beta - no longer in love?

    Well, SCVMM 2008 Beta & Hyper-V RC0 had a great time together, however, some of the major interface changes that have gone into Hyper-V RC1 mean that RC1 and SCVMM 2008 Beta are on a bit of a break. Fear not, as Rakesh details on his blog , the relationship...
  • Now this is GENIUS - Server Core Configurator...

    If you are doing anything with Server Core in Windows Server 2008, you'll know that there are always certain tasks you need to do upon installation to enable things like remote connection, pinging etc etc.  Now, doing this from the Command Line is...
  • Managing Server 2008 from Vista SP1

    Not particularly new news, but it's been sat in my inbox for a while, and you may still find it useful. One of my demos I often show around Windows Server 2008 is Server Core; a scaled down version of the OS with a command line interface for local management...
  • Cool Tool - Offline Servicing of Virtual Machines in SCVMM

    Think about this scenario.  You're embracing virtualisation.  More specifically, using Virtual Machine Manager.  Your running VMs are happily up to date, healthy and compliant and stay that way, thanks to a constant connection to Windows...
  • Want to protect your company information?

    I've been doing a couple of events recently with my manager, James and one of the points he always raises is around protection of information, especially things like emails and documents.  The example James gives is around the internal Microsoft...
  • XP SP3 in the public domain

    XP SP3 has been released into the public domain after a short delay.  Get all the info, and the updates themselves, by following this link: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsxp/0a5b9b10-17e3-40d9-8d3c-0077c953a761.aspx There's also an interesting...
  • Interesting article on the impact NAP is having...

    "Microsoft is winning the NAC war, expert says" Taken from the article: " ...the key is that people seem to be willing to let Microsoft take a leading role in NAC (Network Access Control). So we really focused on that: what comes built...
  • It's all hotting up with VDI & Hyper-V

    This is something I'm really excited about - Virtualisation of desktops.  Now, it's not the silver bullet that everyone thinks, and it's important to understand the licensing implications etc, plus I'm always in favour of a TS solution over VDI in...
  • Partner TV - System Center Videos

    James and Andrew from my team have been busy with the video camera (careful :-)) recording some more interesting Partner-TV videos.  The latest series of video's are focusing on System Center; Microsoft's management platform.  The guys have...
  • SBS & EBS Videos

    James unearthed a couple of beauties from YouTube, which take a comical, yet informative look at the next generation of Server Suites, namely, Small Business Server 2008 and Essentials Business Server 2008 . Nice find James :-)
  • Failover Clustering in 10 minutes!

    Dave Northey , from Microsoft Ireland, has recorded a cracking little video where he shows the ease with which he can create a highly available file server, built on the Failover Clustering technology in Windows Server 2008 (Enterprise and Datacenter...
  • Applying a 'Hyper-V Enabled' Image to a Physical Machine...

    How do you deploy Windows Server?  With Windows Server 2008, I typically install from the DVD, then, once complete, I connect to Windows Update, get the latest patches, then, I'll typically enable the Hyper-V role in Server Manager, reboot the machine...
  • Hyper-V: Processor Functionality?

    If you're using Hyper-V, and you've gone into the settings for a Virtual Machine, under the CPU section, you may have seen this: What does this mean?  How do you 'limit processor functionality' and what exactly is being 'limited'? Well, these blog...
  • VMware is 10 today...

    They may be a competitor, but there's no denying they've driven the Virtualisation industry forward massively over the last 10 years.  Virtualization.info has a brief, but interesting post talking about the last ten years.  It's hard to believe...
  • Understanding Storage Explorer in Windows Server 2008

    Great post from Jose in the US, who discusses Storage Explorer, a great new tool in Windows Server 2008 to help you understand how your server SAN storage is configured. Read the full post here .
  • Step by Step Guide - Hyper-V and Failover Clustering

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=CD828712-8D1E-45D1-A290-7EDADF1E4E9C&displaylang=en Useful whitepaper on setting up, and testing Hyper-V HA and Quick Migration.
  • New Microsoft Sales Toolkit

    Emma has just emailed this information through, and it's a useful addition to any Partner's arsenal, big or small.  For those of you who aren't familiar... What is the Sales Toolkit? The Microsoft Sales Toolkit is your partners’ source for...
  • Windows Server 2008....SP1, already?

    You'll notice, from the image above, that Windows Server 2008 RTM is already listed as SP1.  Is this a good thing?  I think so.  Iain McDonald, of the Windows Server team, agrees, and explains how the Windows Server / Windows Client relationship...
  • Unattended installation of Windows Server 2008 and Hyper-V RC0

    Useful blog post over on the Virtualisation blog, which covers unattended installs of WS2008 and Hyper-V, so you're ready to rock as soon as the install is complete.  Check it out here: http://blogs.technet.com/virtualization/archive/2008/05/07/unattended...
  • Updates for Virtual PC 2007 & Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1

    Now that Windows Vista has reached the SP1 milestone, and, Windows Server 2008 has released, it's important to update your virtualisation applications to run in the most optimal way on the platforms.  Now, I know what you're going to say - why would...
  • More on Hyper-V Storage...

    Jose pinged a great email across a discussion list a few days back, with this diagram in, which really helps to sum up Hyper-V's storage options with the most common scenarios: As you can see, there are a couple of more common scenarios.  The first...
  • Hyper-V RC1 now available to download!!!

    It's getting closer....! Get all the information from the Virtualisation Team Blog! http://blogs.technet.com/virtualization/archive/2008/05/20/hyper-v-rc1-release-available-on-microsoft-download-center.aspx Important caveats to remember: Saved-state files...
  • Partner TV - System Center Videos Part II

    I blogged about the Partner TV - System Center Videos a week or so back, where James and Andrew chatted about System Center Configuration Manager and Operations Manager respectively.  This time round, they're chatting about another 2 of the System...