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  • Blog Post: 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 users, especially government agencies)....
  • Blog Post: 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 other companies considering virtualization, but unsure...
  • Blog Post: Looking Back at Some Key News and Two New Whitepapers

    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...
  • Blog Post: 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
  • Blog Post: System Center Essentials 2010 Beta Preview Video

    Just a quick blog post for now. The TechNet Edge video site just posted a video blog that David Mills and I did, with a preview of the new System Center Essentials (SCE) 2010 Beta. What’s really exciting about SCE 2010 is that in addition to the existing great Small and Medium Business (SMB) systems...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Site Recovery Solution Launch

    Hi, I’m Jim Schwartz, Director of Virtualization Solutions at Microsoft and I’m writing as a guest on Edwin’s blog today. Despite tough times, an Enterprise Strategy Group study shows that 31% of businesses surveyed said DR will be their main driver for Virtualization in 2009. This shows a continued...
  • Blog Post: Guest Clustering with SQL Server supported

    In my job, I spend a lot of time meeting with customers and users, talking about Microsoft Virtualization and their virtualization needs. One of the items that customers raise with me is whether having high availability (HA) VMs means that they don’t have to cluster their applications anymore, with SQL...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Case Study – PEAB

    I’ve been highlighting Microsoft case studies recently because they do such a great job of showcasing tangible benefits from using Microsoft virtualization. Highlighting more real-world examples is something that a lot of you have been asking for when I meet you at shows and meeting. I just saw another...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V R2 Case Study - Podravka

    Hello again! I’m back with another Microsoft Virtualization case study. Here is another great real-world example of how much impact Microsoft virtualization can have on your business. This time, it’s Podravka , a Croatian food company competes with global giants like Kraft and Nestlé. Competing in this...
  • Blog Post: News: Pricing Comparisons, Red Hat, and More

    Hello everyone! It’s been a little bit of time since I last posted but I promise to post more regularly, as soon as I get back from my vacation in Hawaii :). This week, I wanted to cover some new news and some items I tweeted about but didn’t blog. I wrote a new post, Virtualization Reality...
  • Blog Post: Lab Validation Report for Hyper-V

    We just published a Lab Validation Report for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, which was written by Enterprise Strategy Group. This report goes over the installation and configuration of Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and management of those servers with Virtual Machine Manager 2008. More importantly, the...
  • Blog Post: More Case Studies: Companies in Norway and Switzerland Choose Microsoft Over VMware, Saving Money and Improving Efficiencies

    Happy New Year to all my readers. In keeper with the positive tone I’ve been on recently, I wanted to again highlight more case studies about Microsoft Virtualization. We recently published two case studies that exemplify the cost savings, scalability, and flexibility benefits that customers consistently...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization and Cloud Key to Future IT

    This is another great article http://www.internetnews.com/dev-news/article.php/3820691/New+Technologies+Showcase+ITs+importance.htm that goes into the role that virtualization plays in future IT. Thomas Bittman from Gartner and others really get into not just the importance of Virtualization and...
  • Blog Post: 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 System Center family of products. They looked at...
  • Blog Post: 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 our new offerings. http://www.crn.com/software...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 RC Available

    In case some of you missed it on Friday, the Release Candidate for Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 is now available for download! http://www.virtualization.info/2009/06/virtual-machine-manager-2008-r2-hits.html
  • Blog Post: 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
  • Blog Post: Guest Blog: How AMD and Microsoft Help Redefine “Efficiency”

    In late September I was lucky enough to get a chance to attend Microsoft’s “New Efficiency” event in San Francisco to talk about the importance of the new products they are bringing to market – including Windows® 7, Windows Server® 2008 R2 and Exchange Server 2010. Each of these solutions brings an exciting...
  • Blog Post: FPWEB.net Case Study

    I’m back with another great case study . This time, it’s Fpweb.net, a Sharepoint hosting provider. Fpweb.net switched from VMware ESX to Microsoft Virtualization, resulting in so many benefits by using Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V and Virtual Machine Manager that I can’t list them all. But I do...
  • Blog Post: How the Microsoft and HP Agreement Impacts Virtualization

    If you haven’t heard by now, today, Microsoft and HP announced a three-year, $250 Million agreement to build a strategic partnership to simplify technology for our customers. This agreement between Microsoft and HP will result in collaborations in engineering roadmaps, prepackaged application solutions...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization Case Study of Jefferson County Schools

    Hello Virt Planet! When I meet with customers and partners about Microsoft Virtualization, I often get asked about similar companies or case studies. We have a great resource of case studies on Microsoft Virtualization but I am going to start highlighting some of the new ones, as they come out. ...
  • Blog Post: Great Technical Resources for Hyper-V: How to get started and find advanced configurations

    I wanted to highlight a couple new resources that are available for Hyper-V. The first is an amazing update to the Hyper-V Technical Information and Resources page on TechNet. There is great information for Hyper-V including: Installation Guides Deployment and Performance Guidance Deployment...
  • Blog Post: 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 on the Microsoft solution. The insights on hosting...
  • Blog Post: 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.
  • Blog Post: 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 eval right now!