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Reader poll - what topics to cover in this blog

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So far, I've been scanning internal and external newsgroups to figure out what the "hot" topics are to cover in this blog. But judging by the consistent number of visitors I'm getting, this blog has quite a few regular readers. So I'd like to find out what topics you'd like to see covered. Along with your wish list, it would be helpful to know (optionally) what you're using Virtual Server for, your role, and the size of your organization. Thanks!
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  • I'm a technical Consultant who works at the moment (I'm for hire) for a mid-sized company in Rotterdam.
    The customer has a lot of 2000 (80) servers and SQL 2000 and v7.0 databases. I recently suggested them to investigate Windows 2003 and if possible, because the AD there is a big mess thanks to an in-place upgrade from NT4.0 Dutch to W2K English, building a new forest with an empty root domain and a new sub.
    Sounded good so they decided to migrate in march. But because saving money is the buzzword, they also asked me to have a look at consolidation. First thing I was thinking of, hey they got some strange applications that we're not sure off running under W2K3. And all those SQL servers? Why not a virtual server?
    I am specialized in Active Directory, GPO's and Security. have done some things with VPC, but Virtual Server is a new beast I will have to tame.
    Now I read your call. As far as I am concerned you and Virtual PC Guy are guru's. :-}
    I want lots of Virtual Server info. What are the tricks of the business and I mean hardcore tech stuff as you always have. Just burn our minds. You can mail me if you need more info. Just click the picture on the Blog. (I'm not advertising!)
    Oh yes, consolidation of SQL servers on a virtual server, what sorts of hardware do I need etc..., what do I need to test? And if I can help you with something I will. Luc.

  • I've been evangelizing virtual machines for some time now and what I'd like to see covered is performance how-tos, disaster recovery methodologies, and best-practices for Virtual Server hosting.

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge!

    JMM

  • Great content...keep it coming.
    How about best practices, tips & tricks, undocumented features, gotchas, favorite scripts...

    Thanks for the effort. :-)

  • Hello,
    I would like to learn more about programming/scripting virtual server 2k5, and about writing virutal aware software that will be able to run more efficently on virtual server guests.

  • For what I've been missing for is some best practices about backup solutions around MS VS 2005.

    It's a new area for many administrators, because virtualization brings a whole new scope of crash recovery backup solutions.

    I support one host server and several VM's in a server-hosting environment. I've done few simple and ugly VBScripts to pause and resume VMs and copy their .vhd files to safe place. I imagine that there are much mo sophisticated ways around...

  • I'd love to see more about combining Virtual Server 2005 with ISCSI.

    Ok - I'll start. Here is an MS case study concerning how Denver Health made use of MSVS 2005 and a ISCSI solution from LeftHand Networks:

    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/casestudies/CaseStudy.asp?CaseStudyID=15978

    Happy Virtulization,
    David
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    David Blaisdell
    Systems Administrator
    Colby-Sawyer College
    dblaisdell@colby-sawyer.edu

  • I know this isn't exactly on the topic of this post, but it was the closest one I could find that still allowed comments...

    I'm running Windows XP SP2 on my host computer, running Virtual PC 2004 SP1. No matter the OS I run in my guest VMs, when I lock the host computer (Window-L or Alt-Ctrl-Del, Lock computer) then unlock it, I can no longer send keystrokes to my VMs, and my "host key" doesn't work either. To fix it, I have to right-click the Virtual PC icon in my systray on the host machine, go to the 'keyboard' section, and click OK. Once I do that, all keyboard functionality in the guest VMs works fine.

    Is there a solution to this? My office environment is rather strict about locking PCs when leaving them unattended, so having to do this every time I come back to my desk is a little annoying.

    P.S. My "host key" is the ` key (left of 1 on a standard US keyboard)

    Thanks for any help anyone can give me on this.

  • Hi Jonathan,

    Ben Armstrong, our resident Virtual PC guru (http://blogs.msdn.com/Virtual_PC_Guy) would like to know if you still experience this issue if the virtual machine is minimized before you lock the host.

    -Megan