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Matt McSpirit on Virtualisation, Management and Core Infrastructure

February, 2009

  • New virtualboy.tv video: Hyper-V and Pass-Through Disks

    Video #9 in the Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V series, is this video focussed on the use of Pass Through Disks with Hyper-V.  All the videos so far have used the .vhd file format for the virtual machines, of which there are 2 types; dynamic, and fixed...
  • Microsoft Partner Network

    I received a funny email the other day, via my blog, which, on first glance, said one thing to me.  SPAM.  It went on about viral videos and spoof setups, but I clicked the link anyway – it was only linking to a YouTube video, so, what would...
  • Microsoft UK Partners: Become a Data Protection Manager Hero

    DPM is one of those technologies that not enough people know about.  Those that do know about it, and understand how it works, along with how it’s licensed, quickly see the benefits of the technology, particularly when customers have infrastructures...
  • Explore the Future of Virtualisation…

      Are you free (and in the London area) on the 20th March?  If so, one of our Partner’s, VirtualizeIT, along with a host of household names (well, in the virtualisation world anyway!) such as VMware, Microsoft, Citrix, Falconstor, IBM and more...
  • New virtualboy.tv video: Hyper-V Failover Clustering with Sanbolic Kayo FS

    Hot on the heels of my announcement a few days back , I’m pleased to announce a new addition to virtualboy.tv.  This video, builds on #7 in the series ( Hyper-V: Multiple VMs per LUN ) by showcasing how the use of a 3rd Party Clustered File System...
  • More Microsoft Virtualisation UK Unplugged Dates Added

    If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, or if you’ve seen me present before, you’ll have seen me go on about this ‘Datacenter to the Desktop’ approach to Microsoft Virtualisation , and how we have pretty much all the components you’d need to build...
  • Thriving with Technology

    Are you in IT?  Thinking about getting into IT?  Where do you start?  How do you develop in the future?  If you’re already in IT, how do you build on your investments so far? These are just some of the questions that are answered at...
  • Announcing virtualboy.tv!

    For the last few weeks, in any spare moment I’ve had, I’ve been working away on a little side project to help enable our Partners and Customers to better understand our Virtualisation technologies.  Today, I’m happy to announce the launch of virtualboy...
  • Windows 7 Beta: Going…Going…G…

    That’s right folks – you’ve only a few more days to grab the beta of Windows 7 – if you don’t get it soon ( before 10th February! ), you’ll have to wait for the Release Candidate I think, unless of course, you’re an MSDn / TechNet subscriber, in which...
  • Hyper-V and NIC Teaming Part II

    Just hours after I posted about Patrick’s work with the Broadcom NIC Teaming solution for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, he’s done it again ! Well, technically, it’s HP this time, but Patrick does work for them :-).  They’ve published guidance on NIC...
  • Microsoft UK Partners: Windows 7 Online Readiness

    Windows 7 is coming fast.  The beta has been available for a few weeks now, and there are newsgroups, forums and blogs popping up all over the place, talking about features, functionality, and providing feedback. What about Partners? Readiness has...
  • Article: Hyper-Scalability for Virtual Machine I/O

    Using Virtual Service Clients and Virtual Service Providers Microsoft’s Hyper-V creates a low-overhead environment for virtual machines that can provide a high degree of scalability on a state-of-the-art SAN. A colleague here at MS UK forwarded me a link...
  • Hyper-V and Failover Clustering Guidance Posted

    Great content on the TechNet site: Design for a Failover Cluster in Which All Nodes Run Hyper-V Requirements and Recommendations for Failover Clusters in Which All Nodes Run Hyper-V    Checklist: Failover Cluster in Which the Servers Run Hyper...
  • Free Microsoft Virtualisation eBook – Desktop to the Datacenter

    I found this via Patrick Lownds’ MVUG blog – looks like a beauty!  (The book, not Patrick ;-)) Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions The above eBook is available for free if you register at http://csna01.libredigital.com/?urmvs17u33 . ...
  • Hyper-V and NIC Teaming

    Patrick   (of Microsoft Virtualisation User Group fame!) pinged me an email referencing a blog post he’d written over at the MVUG blog, covering his experiences (so far) with Broadcom NIC Teaming and Hyper-V.  I didn’t even know Patrick was...
  • Finally Shipped – The System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 Reporting MP for System Center Operations Manager 2007

    I think that’s my longest title ever!  I could have acronym’d it up I suppose, but that would have been too easy :-)    System Center Operations Manager 2007 has been out for a fair while now.  It’s had it’s SP1 update, and now it...
  • My Current Presentation Deck

    Whenever I deliver a presentation with Partners and Customers, one of the requests I receive is, can I have the deck.  So, through the power of my blog, and a bit of jiggery-pokery with SkyDrive , I’ve uploaded my latest deck up onto the web, for...
  • Useful Article on Planning an SCVMM 2008 Deployment

      This article was sent around internally a week or so back, and having given it a quick read, I thought it was useful to share. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc793146.aspx The article is divided into a couple of key sections: Planning...
  • Hyper-V Clustering – Virtual Machine Failover Behaviour

    When you create a Windows Server 2008 Failover Cluster, with 3 nodes or more, and start running virtual machines on those nodes, what happens when one of those nodes fails? Well, as you’d expect, the VMs on the now-down-physical-node, reboot onto another...