Virtualization Planet

  • VMworld Day 2 wrap-up

    So we’ve just wrapped up day 2 at VMworld. I certainly have to say that day 2 went much better than day 1. I met so many great people down on the show floor. Since I’ve been to the last four VMworlds (US and Europe), I’m not surprised that so many at...
  • VMworld Day 2 Start – Keynote Thoughts

    Well, just finished up with the opening keynote by Paul Maritz at VMworld 2009. They had a similar theme to VMworld Europe 2009 from last February. Lots of Hello and Goodbye phrases. My favorites: Goodbye Commodore 64, Goodbye Dial-up, Hello Kitty, Hello...
  • VMworld Day 1 Recap

    The first day of VMworld is closing down for me. The best word I can use to describe the mood was grumpy. There was grumpiness about the lines, the self-paced labs, the lines. Did I mention the lines? Still, everyone was actually in pretty good spirits...
  • VMworld Day 1 – Win a ZuneHD even if you aren’t there!

    Good morning everyone. It’s day one of VMworld. I plan on going around the show, trying to get into some sessions (I spoke to several other attendees on the way day and no one seemed to have a confirmed session today :( ). One of the key things I’m...
  • Is Desktop Virtualization for Everyone?

    TechRepublic posted an article last week about Desktop Virtualization and it’s adoption. TechRepublic asked their CIO Jury and also their panel of IT leaders “Is your IT department strongly considering a deployment of virtual desktops?” Of the CIO...
  • VMM2008R2 is RTM!

    Great news! Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 is now RTM and the GA will be available on October 1st. A new feature added post RC is support for vSphere 4. For more information, see this post . If you want to get started now, you can download the 180 day...
  • University of Miami chooses Microsoft over VMware

    While I was out on vacation, I missed out on a couple of case studies that were published about Microsoft Virtualization. One of the great case studies that came out was for the University of Miami . This is a large university that used VMware and the...
  • World's Largest PKI on Hyper-V

    I often get asked for examples of using Hyper-V for large scale applications. Well, the Microsoft Windows Server Custom Engineering announced that is helping build the world largest Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), using Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V...
  • More on Nissan and Hyper-V

    DailyTech has a great article , an interview with Nissan on how they are using Virtualization and why they picked Hyper-V over VMware. There are some great details on their implementation and I think the final quote sums up what we keep saying "For...
  • Follow me on Twitter

    I've added a twitter account, edwinyuen , where you can follow my thoughs on Virtualization and other topics. Also, I'll be at VMworld in September and I heop to meet some blog and twitter followers who might be at the show. See you there!
  • VMworld 2009

    I’m back on my blog. Sorry but I’ve been out on vacation (Disneyland for three days with a three year old is not the best for rest). :) Coming up at the end of the month, I’ll be at VMworld 2009 in San Francisco. For anyone else going to the show,...
  • Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V earns Common Criteria Certification

    There’s been a lot of great news out lately on Hyper-V but I want to highly an important security related item. Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V has just received Common Criteria Certification at EAL 4+ assurance. This certification is vital for many virtualization...
  • Microsoft gets it edge back

    In July, we held our Worldwide Partner Conference and our COO, Kevin Turner, gave a great speech. This post from ZDNET is really interesting, addressing more than just virtualization but also where Microsoft in several areas.
  • How can VMware compete in the desktop space?

    Recently, Brian Madden made a blog posting about the whole Desktop Virtualization space and the main competitors. While the headline is eye catching, the posting is very well written and even the comments posted are a good read. Definitely food for thought...
  • Virtualization: Challenging VMware's dominance

    Here is an article from Washington Technology that talks about the challenges that VMware faces from competition, not just Microsoft. One interesting line from the article comes from Dave McCrory of Hyper9 that said “"People are looking to have mixed...
  • Microsoft Takes Virtualization Game To Next Level

    With our Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) going on this week, there have been some big announcements on Microsoft Virtualization. I’ll probably post some highlights at weeks end but here is a Channel Web article on how some non-Microsoft people see...
  • Will VMware become the next Novell?

    I know that’s a provocative headline but I didn’t write it. It comes from this blog post http://blogs.gartner.com/david_cappuccio/2009/06/30/just-a-thought-will-vmware-become-the-next-novell/ I think David raises some interesting questions and perspectives...
  • Virtualization No Panacea for Data Recovery

    Another interesting post on how Virtualization impacts DR/HA. http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Data-Storage/Survey-of-IT-Execs-Virtualization-No-Panacea-for-Data-Recovery-832514/ I think a lot of people just assume that once you virtualize systems, that...
  • Free tools from Microsoft for Green IT

    I'm back from the holiday weekend. I saw this great post on a number of free tools we make available here at Microsoft, to make things easier for IT. http://www.infoworld.com/d/windows/no-cost-help-virtualization-and-green-it-720 Ther eare some...
  • Nissan chooses Hyper-V for Virtualization

    Here is just another example of companies that are choosing Hyper-V and Microsoft Virtualization. It's also a good example of how to plan on VM density and growth. http://www.informationweek.com/news/software/server_virtualization/showArticle.jhtml...
  • Best and Worst of Windows 7 and Windows Server

    Network World and PC World picked out their best and worst of Windows 7 and WIndows Server 2008 R2. Best features #1 and #2 are both Virtualization related. http://www.pcworld.com/article/165844/best_and_worst_of_windows_7_and_windows_server.html
  • Why one hoster picked the Microsoft Solution

    This is a great article on why one Microsoft partner, MaximumASP, went with a Hyper-V based solution for their new scalabe virtual hosting service. While MaximumASP is Microsoft partner, they evaluated almost every vendor in the segement before deciding...
  • DABCC Podcast with David Greschler

    This is a great listen for those who want to learn a little more about what's next with Microsoft Virtualization! http://www.dabcc.com/media.aspx?id=445
  • Limitations with vSphere Fault Tolerance

    One of the touted new features of vSphere is the inclusion of a Fault Tolerance (FT) capability. As with many solutions, it's a catch-all solution to having highly available VMs. This blog post just covers some of the limitations around using the FT solution...
  • Windows 7 on a Pentium II?

    This has nothing to do with Virtualization but it's fun to look at anyway. This forum had a user who loaded Windows 7 on his Pentium II 266 with 128MB of RAM. Maybe we could replicate this in a VM? http://forum.thewindowsclub.com/windows-hardware-devices...