rakeshm's VM Management Blog

Managing a virtualized environment

rakeshm's VM Management Blog

  • Backup - Somebody has to do it!

    Not necessarily a glamorous topic I know, but absolutely essential as part of any deployment. Contrary to popular belief (or what other vendors might have you believe) you don't need to re-engineer your backup infrastructure or license new technology...
  • Our Team is Hiring!

    There is never a shortage of feature requests and ideas hitting my inbox. Like most technology companies, the single biggest thing that helps us deliver more of the stuff you need faster is an abundance of smart, passionate people. I thought I'd take...
  • SCVMM "VNext" is getting closer

    Sorry for the large gap between posts here folks but as you might imagine, we've been pretty heads down working on the next release of SCVMM. Our immediate goal is to get the beta out so that you all can start managing your Hyper-V deployments and also...
  • Why we decided to manage VMware and what that means

    Since we announced a few months back that our next release of VMM (VNext) would manage VMware, I've received lots of questions with respect to why we made this decision and what "manage VMware" really means. Let me walk you through some of the reasoning...
  • SCVMM and the Hyper-V Beta

    I've been getting lots of questions about SCVMM and the recently announced Hyper-V beta (more info about that here ). The version of SCVMM that we released a couple of months back supports Virtual Server running on Windows Server 2003 only. Support...
  • Shelf-ware - the SCVMM Library

    One of the things we heard fairly early on while planning VMM was that offline storage of VHDs was going to become an increasingly large management task. Based on this need, we created the "VM Library" feature to allow users to save virtual machines that...
  • Whoops....glad at created a checkpoint

    Sorry for the gap between posts. I was on the east cost for the thanksgiving holiday and then stayed for the week to talk to some customers about our future road map and get their feedback. Anyhow, today we're gonna talk about checkpoints. One of the...
  • Putting together the next version of SCVMM

    Even though I'm writing a lot about V1, the engineering team here in Redmond is hard at work on the next release of SCVMM slated for next year. In V1 we had a lot of 'plumbing' code to write including a task infrastructure, the Powershell integration...
  • Placement....how do you do that voodoo?

    Placement is the term we use to describe the processes of matching VM requirements to available host resources. This is useful when you initially create a VM, migrate a VM or deploy a VM from the library. We broke down VM placement requirements into...
  • So you wanna build a VM....

    Sorry for the delayed post....I was visiting my family in Canada and didn't get a chance to post before I left. In this post I'll get into how you go about building a VM. We wanted to make the product as flexible as possible and allow for the creation...
  • The ins and outs of host management

    Kind of a long post but helpful I hope.... When we started working on this product, we tried to wrap our heads around what it really means to provide a "VM Management Solution". A great way to figure it out is to spend a few days doing the work of...
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager Version 1 is now available....

    Hi - I'm Rakesh Malhotra and I'm the Group Program Manager for SCVMM. My team is responsible for prioritizing features, staying in touch with customers and partners, understanding the competition and driving the overall project forward. With the first...