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  • Blog Post: Virtual Domain Controllers and Time Synchronisation

    The question of how to handle virtual Domain Controllers has been around for quite some time. The answer really depends on what product you have decided to use as your virtualisation platform: Microsoft or VMWare. Regardless of the product you have choosen, you will still have to make the same decision...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V : Link madness

    Need some light reading for the weekend?  Have a look at the links below.  All part of the growing body of knowledge around Hyper-V. Websites Microsoft Virtualization Home Page http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization/default.mspx Virtualization Case Studies http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization...
  • Blog Post: Expensive Hypervisors - a bad idea even if you can afford them

    Here is a great post from James O'Neill. http://blogs.technet.com/jamesone/archive/2008/03/13/expensive-hypervisors-a-bad-idea-even-if-you-can-afford-them.asp As Microsoft get ready with Hyper-V, VMware are beginingg their marketing blitz in an attempt to justify their pricing.  As James points...
  • Blog Post: Virtualisation Candidates – How to identify

    In my post yesterday I spoke about virtualisation candidates (amongst other things) and how we now know what loads and systems are viable.  Have a look at the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) tool.  Its the tool for identifying candidates.  There is also a nice video demo from Baldwin...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V RC1 is out!!!

    Check out the posting on the Windows Virtualization Team blog here for more details. As usual its a one way upgrade process. Once you go forward there is no coming back! :) Hyper-V RC0 to RC1 Upgrade Considerations *Saved-state files are not supported between RC0 and RC1 releases of Hyper-V. All...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V: Where do I start?

    There are plenty of docs and blogs out there digging deep into Hyper-V.  However, a few customers have asked a simple question: “What do I need to think about before I start testing Hyper-V?" Well, first things first.  The product still hasn’t RTM’d so DONT use it for production environments...
  • Blog Post: Scripting: Hyper-V - Mount VHDs by right clicking

    There are plenty of posts on the interweb that show you how to mount and unmount vhds via powershell. I downloaded the Hyper-V PowerShell management library from CodePlex.com here as created by James O'Neil . In it he kindly provides two scripts (mount-VHD.ps1 and Unmount-VHD.ps1) along with a REG file...
  • Blog Post: Step-by-Step Guide for Testing Hyper-V and Failover Clustering

    I blogged recently on “How to create a Windows Server 2008 Cluster within Hyper-V using simulated iSCSI storage”.  This is enough to get you familiar with how clusters work in Windows Server 2008.  The next logical step is to understand the high availability options available for VMs running...
  • Blog Post: Technology Day – Microsoft Virtualisation (Level: 300)

    We are running an event this December for Microsoft Premier customers.  I'm pretty excited about it actually.  Premier Field Engineering and Microsoft Consulting Services are teaming up to present real world details on Hyper-V, System Centre Virtual Machine Manager 2008 and Application Virtualisation...
  • Blog Post: Virtualisation : Support statements and Licensing

    Over the past week or so Microsoft have clarified the support statement for server products running in virtual environments. The most significant announcement was the Server Virtualisation Validation Program (SVVP). To quote "The Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP) is open to any vendor who...
  • Blog Post: How to P2V Windows 2000 server using SCVMM 2008

      With the economic down turn and the green agenda Virtualisation has become a hot topic with my customer. These days its all about getting the best value for money as possible with your IT budget, so when my customer had a number of servers out of warranty and due for replacement the Hyper-V platform...