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June, 2008

  • Hyper-V WMI – Cloning Virtual Machines Using Import/Export

    I have officially given up on the “Hyper-V WMI Using PowerShell Scripts” serious, not because of lack of interest but because or extreme interest implying that I would need to do Part 5, 6, 7, 99…  Counting past 5 is hard so from now on I will just...
  • WU-hoo! Only 12 Days to WU

    It���s Christmas in July… As you may have heard, Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V was released today, and is now available to download . July 8 th will mark Hyper-V’s Release to Windows Update . You may remember when we released the first Hyper-V beta , it...
  • Great source of Hyper-V performance oriented information

    Virtualization Nation, Greetings! Quick note today. :-) If you are looking for some good performance oriented information on Hyper-V please check out Tony Voellm's blog. Tony is the Hyper-V Performance Team Lead, Performance Architect, Performance Nut...
  • Hyper-V WMI – Startup-Shutdown-Recover/Snapshots/Error Messages

    On Saturday I posted that I have started my own blog and promised to provide summery post to this blog for a while…  There are new three posts at http://blogs.msdn.com/taylorb that are not on this blog. Hyper-V WMI – Configuring Automatic Startup...
  • Achtung! 3,500 BMW dealerships going virtual

    Continuing with yesterday's theme... on the first day of "Virt-Mas" my true love brought to me - 3,500 BMW dealerships that will be deploying Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V later this year. Before sharing BMW's story, I first wanted to say "thanks" to Mark and Dugie for their comments to me today. And Frank at QLogic launched a Web page today where you can learn more about their benchmark measuring QLogic HBA and Hyper-V performance. Their results surpass VMware's May 2008 test, which may surprise some people. Now onto BMW ... Unless you read German and troll the German newswires, you probably missed Microsoft's news release on a project that BMW is deploying to 3,500 dealerships around the world built on the Windows platform. I don't speak German ["Ich spreche nicht Deutsch"], but a colleague in MS-Germany translated the announcement for me. Following is a translation of some of the news release:
  • Virtualization wrap from TechEd IT Pro

    I'm NOT in Orlando this week attending TechEd IT Pro conference. That means I get to enjoy Redmond's "wintery" spring weather and not Orlando's hot/humid thunderstorms. For those of you also NOT in Orlando, you can follow along with the happenings at a few spots: Scott Lowe's blog, focus on virtualization (and expect comparisons to VMware's tools) Margie Semilof from Techtarget will be publishing articles Go here for blog roll and a bunch of news sources from the conference I'll point out a few cool items from today's keynote: You can now get cooperative technical support from Microsoft and four (initial) vendors [Citrix, Novell, Sun, Virtual Iron] when running Windows Server 2008 (or 2003, or 2000). How so? Microsoft's Server Virtualization Validation Program is now operational and vendors have begun validating their configs. So you'll soon see additional vendor names added to KB article 944987. This program is only intended for the dozen or so vendors that make/sell their own Type 1 or Type 2 hypervisor, and want their customers to receive technical support from them and Microsoft. MS Application Virtualization (formerly SoftGrid) 4.5 Release Candidate will be available by the end of June. And interestingly enough it's been almost 2 years since the Softricity acquisition. Tim Mangan blogged about this over at BrianMadden.com. Double-Take, an ISV partner, announced that their GeoCluster technology will run on Hyper-V once the latter is released. GeoCluster works with Windows Server 2008 failover clustering, and offers somethign that VMware can't. Forefront Client Security is adding host and guest VM support for Hyper-V upon its release. See more here. Enjoy, Patrick
  • SCVMM - System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 Beta: Update For Hyper-V RC1

    The SCVMM (System Center Virtual Machine Manager) team has released an update to Virtual Machine Manager 2008 beta for Hyper-V RC1.  Instructions to download and install the update can be found on Clive Watson’s blog at SCVMM 2008 beta (Update for...
  • Taylorb’s New Blog

    I have been posting on the Virtualization Team Blog for the last month or so now and it’s been a blast!  From the comments on the posts and the e-mails I have been getting it seems like the content is helpful – which is great!  So I have started...
  • Virtualization and Interoperability

    Two weeks ago three members of the interoperability Vendor Alliance were in Redmond to test the interoperability capabilities of their virtualization technologies. Citrix, Novell and Sun tested some interoperability scenarios with us here at Microsoft...