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  • Blog Post: TechEd Dubai– 2011 (8-10March)- Presenting 3 sessions

    I just like to inform you that I will present this year following session at TechEd in Dubai I will update this post after Teched and provide the download of the presentations and the provided Powershell scripts   Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2: Advanced Virtualization Management...
  • Blog Post: WINDOWS SERVER 8 HYPER-V OVERVIEW

    In case you see didn’t this blog post http://blogs.technet.com/b/server-cloud/archive/2011/10/11/windows-server-8-hyper-v-overview.aspx
  • Blog Post: HYPER-V, BIOS & PROCESSOR FEATURES

    Question of the Day… Q: I just bought a new server and it appears to have a multitude of BIOS options for virtualization. Which BIOS options should be enabled and/or disabled to use with Hyper-V? A: Great question. Let’s break this down into what features are required, what is recommended and what should...
  • Blog Post: Nexus 1000 and other Cisco technologies are coming to Windows Server 8 Hyper-V

      Cisco publicly announced today that the Nexus 1000 and other Cisco technologies are coming to Windows Server 8 Hyper-V. Here: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/netsol/ns1154/index.html and here: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/solutions/collateral/ns340/ns517/ns224/ns955/ns963/solution_overview_c22-687087...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization: patching\reboots comparison between Hyper-V and VMware

      WS 2008 (9/14/2010) Reduction (vs. 2008 Full) ESX 3.5 / 4.0 (12/30/2009) WS 2008 R2 (9/14/2010) Total Patches (no reboot/months) 115 (9/31) 39% 239 / 43 42 (6/12) Without AD/DNS/Print /Media/Telnet/IIS 57 (10/31) 50% na 21 (6/12) Necessary 60 (12/31) 48% 25 (6/12) Total Reboots / eliminated 90...
  • Blog Post: MORE QUALITY ISSUES FOR VMWARE...

    Virtualization Nation, Shortly on the heels of their latest vSphere 5.0 release, VMware has already recalled one of their new features, telling people to disable it manually and developing a patch to disable the feature. This is the latest in a long string of QA SNAFUs for VMware. In this latest incident...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization:Free Gartner Webinar:From Virtual Machines to Clouds

    Server Virtualization: From Virtual Machines to Clouds http://my.gartner.com/portal/server.pt?open=512&objID=202&mode=2&PageID=5553&resId=1382132&prm=twweb072310 Tom Bittman is Gartner’s lead virtualization analyst so this may be worth tuning in to.
  • Blog Post: Demomate SCVMM SSP 2.0 Available

    ` there is a Demomate about SCVMM SSP 2.0 available on the following URL http://www.demomate.com/content/demos/System Center VMM Self-Service Portal 2.0 Demo.zip Enjoy !!
  • Blog Post: Now Available for Download: Windows User State Virtualization

    The Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) team is working on a new guide and would like your feedback. The Infrastructure Planning and Design guide for Windows User State Virtualization (USV) helps IT get started planning a Windows USV solution. Windows user state virtualization helps IT find the...
  • Blog Post: SC VMM 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 RC is now ready for the general public

    SC VMM 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 RC is now ready for the general public! This release adds support for Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 RC .  It is being uploaded to Microsoft Connect now. Since this is a pre-release version, usage of this is limited to test environments. Customers...
  • Blog Post: Cloud: System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 - Now Available!

    The System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 (SSP) is a fully supported, partner extensible solution that enables customers to dynamically pool, allocate, and manage their compute, network and storage resources to deliver a private cloud platform in their datacenter. Learn more ...
  • Blog Post: Reducing the cost of virtualization using Microsoft Hyper-V and System Center

    external source: Microsoft Team's blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/itbizval/ One of Microsoft's recent studies was to understand the recurring labor costs in managing and operating Microsoft Hyper-V versus VMware’s competing platforms. The licensing costs of these products are an important consideration...
  • Blog Post: VDI Reference Architecture

      Some docs that may help: - RDS Architecture Summary: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=9bc943b7-07c5-4335-9df9-20e77ed5032e - Virtualized RDSH guide (including costing): http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization: HYPER-V & DPM 2010 ITEM LEVEL RECOVERY

      With the release of Data Protection Manager 2010, DPM adds significant scalability, reliability, and manageability enhancements such as: • Up to 100 servers, 1000 laptops, or 2000 databases protected by a single DPM server • Significant auto-protection, auto-healing, and reduced alerting for a...
  • Blog Post: Virtualizing SQL

    Running SQL Server with Hyper-V Dynamic Memory - Best Practices and Considerations http://sqlcat.com/sqlcat/b/whitepapers/archive/2011/08/02/running-sql-server-with-hyper-v-dynamic-memory-best-practices-and-considerations.aspx   Onboarding SQL Server Private Cloud Environment http://sqlcat.com/sqlcat...
  • Blog Post: WINDOWS SERVER 8 SESSION VIDEO...

    This session will introduce the next release of Windows Server, code-named Windows Server “8”. Microsoft will talk about the engineering investments we have done in this release along with their benefits.  This session will include lots of demos illustrating how Windows Server 8 lets our customers...
  • Blog Post: NEW VIRTUALIZATION TRAINING CONTENT @ MS VIRTUAL ACADEMY

    Microsoft released a series of virtualization training videos and assessments on the Microsoft Virtual Academy: www.MicrosoftVirtualAcademy.com .   Virtualization Overview Differentiating Microsoft & VMware Hyper-V Deployment Options & Architecture High-Availability & Clustering The...
  • Blog Post: Free Private Cloud trainings

      Here are some  private cloud trainings which is available on the www.MicrosoftVirtualAcademy.com training site.  This content is available without registration on TechNet Edge . Platform o 01: Virtualization Overview o 02: Differentiating Microsoft & VMware o 03a: Hyper-V Deployment...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization: Guest Failover Clustering with Hyper-V

    This blog discusses running a Windows Server Failover Cluster (WSFC) in a Virtual Machine (VM) on top of a Hyper-V host. Running a cluster in a virtualized environment is commonly referred to as "Guest Clustering". Guest Clustering provides two key values: 1. Application Health Monitoring ...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track Architecture Brief

    External Source: View article... Private Cloud Concepts Resiliency over Redundancy Mindset – This concept moves the high-availability responsibility up the stack from hardware to software. This allows costly physical redundancy within the facilities and hardware to be removed and increases...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V and VMware Technology and Terminology Comparison

    In many cases we compare Hyper-V and VMware technologies. But do we always know that we compare apples with apples ?  The following table helps to map Microsoft Hyper-V technologies and  terminologies to VMware terminologies. Hyper-V VMware Parent Partition Service Console VHD (Virtual Hard...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V DYNAMIC MEMORY INFO

    Part 1: Dynamic Memory announcement . This blog announces the new Hyper-V Dynamic Memory in Hyper-V R2 SP1. It also discussed the explicit requirements that we received from our customers. http://blogs.technet.com/virtualization/archive/2010/03/18/dynamic-memory-coming-to-hyper-v.aspx Part 2: Capacity...
  • Blog Post: PRE-VALIDATED PRIVATE CLOUD INFRASTRUCTURE WITH HYPER-V CLOUD FAST TRACK

    The Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track program can offer invaluable help by delivering pre-validated reference architectures. T Te Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track solutions are being offered by 6 hardware partners. Hit the Fast Track site and you can browse solution briefs from all these partners, including: Dell Fujitsu...
  • Blog Post: How to manage VMware with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2

    Various Technet article: · Managing a VMware Infrastructure in VMM (conceptual overview and management discussion) · Configuring VMM to Manage a VMware Infrastructure 3 Environment (Step by Step approach, from VMM Help) · Configuring Security for a Managed VMware Environment in VMM   Here is a great...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization: System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 – Release Candidate Available!

      Customers are looking to cloud-based solutions that will help them reduce IT costs, while increasing agility for their organization.  System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Servicing Portal 2.0 (SSP), a key component of Microsoft’s cloud strategy, gives customers the tools and tested...