Hello Virtualization Planet followers!  I’m back for a quick update on a couple of items from the past month a couple new ones. 

First, I made what I considered a really important post right before the holidays.  The post, Cutting through the FUD: Facts you should know about Hyper-V and System Center, really is a response to some of the negative attacks that I saw late last year.  Now, I want to stress again that this isn’t all the articles out there (it’s really in the minority), but I felt compelled to respond.  Still, I think that 2010 is going to be a good year for everyone.

Second, I think that I forgot to highlight the release of the Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2.1.  The Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool provides tested guidance and automated tools to help keep virtualized machines updated, without introducing vulnerabilities into the existing IT infrastructure.  The tool combines the Windows Workflow programming model with the Windows PowerShell™ interface to automatically bring groups of virtual machines online, service them with the latest security updates, and return them to an offline state. This latest version supports all our latest R2 releases and is available for download at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc501231.aspx.

Finally, I wanted to highlight two new whitepapers that have been released.  They are

How Customers Are Cutting Costs and Building Value with Microsoft Virtualization: http://download.microsoft.com/download/6/0/2/6025DD0C-CC79-4D06-B4F6-EDAF5993CE86/HyperV-VMware-Cost-Comparison-Jan2010.pdf

In-Guest Monitoring with Microsoft System Center: http://download.microsoft.com/download/A/7/7/A77AB5C5-8ABA-4C3F-B0DB-12F51D789775/In-Guest-Monitoring-with-SC-Jan2010.pdf

You can find these two whitepapers and more like them at the Microsoft Virtualization Compare site.

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Edwin Yuen
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