Virtualization wrap from TechEd IT Pro

Virtualization wrap from TechEd IT Pro

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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

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