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May, 2009

  • Native VHD Support in Windows 7

    This blog entry describes the support in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 for creating and managing Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) files as a native format, and booting a physical machine from a VHD file. Native VHD support helps our enterprise customers...
  • Hyper-V R2 Import/Export – Part 1 – The Case for New Import/Export Functionality

    This is the first blog entry of a multi-part series of blogs that addresses Import/Export in Windows Server 2008 R2. This blog talks about the scenarios enabled by the changes made to import/export in R2. Ben Armstrong had blogged earlier about the...
  • Hyper-V R2 Import/Export – Part 6 - So, what happened to Configuration-only export?

    There have been multiple customers who have voiced concern that the Configuration-only export feature is gone. It has not. Configuration-only export is still very much present in Hyper-V in R2. It just so happens that we have taken the option out from...
  • Hyper-V Winning Daily/VMware FUD Reaching New Heights.

    Virtualization Nation, I prefer to spend my time talking about the great things we're doing with Hyper-V and Microsoft virtualization. We have a lot of very happy customers today with Hyper-V R1 and the upcoming R2 release delivers even more in terms...
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate! (Free Live Migration/HA Anyone?)

    Virtualization Nation, The Virtualization team is pleased to announce the availability of the Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate for download. Hyper-V Server 2008 R2, our free standalone hypervisor, represents our continued commitment...
  • Hyper-V R2 Import/Export – Part 3 – The UI

    Given the rather compressed schedule of Windows Server 2008 R2, we did not have time to get too ambitious with the UI. However, the UI has been modeled to enable the following 3 scenarios: 1. Export VMs with data 2. Import VMs with data 3. Export...
  • Day Two of the Scott Drummonds VMware FUD Fiasco.

    Virtualization Nation, I thought we were done with this topic yesterday. I really did. If you missed my last article and aren't sure what I'm talking about, it's here . Scott Drummonds, VMware Product Marketing, apparently saw my response and attempted...
  • VMware FUD Fiasco Part 3...

    Virtualization Nation, We were very busy last week with numerous virtualization announcements from TechEd. If you missed them, you should check them out here , here and here . In addition, some of the early reviews of the Windows Server 2008 R2 Release...
  • Tech Ed: Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V News!

    Virtualization Nation, Greetings from Tech Ed in Los Angeles! It's been a busy couple of days and you've probably heard the big news by now, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 will be shipping for the holidays! On the Hyper-V R2 front, we're pleased...
  • Hyper-V R2 Import/Export – Part 2 - The New Import/Export APIs

    To enable the new functionality of Import/Export we now have new ‘Ex’ versions of the Import/Export APIs along with settings data objects that allow the user to tweak the necessary parameters upon export or import: Export: Before you run an export...
  • VMware vSphere pricing - Meet the new price; same as the old price, only more

    Hi, I'm Edwin Yuen, a Senior Technical Product Manager at Microsoft's Integrated Virtualization team. This past week, there were two key announcements made, one by Microsoft and one by VMware, that have an impact on how we compare Microsoft and VMware...
  • Hyper-V R2 Import/Export – Part 4 – Export code sample

    In the following sample, we do a basic export of a VM using the new Export API. Here we export a VM with all the data associated with it. In a later blog, I will cover configuration-only export. Many thanks to Madhan Gajendran and Dinesh Kumar Govindasamy...
  • Hyper-V R2 Import/Export – Part 5 – Import code sample

    In the following sample, we do a basic import of a VM using the new Import API. This script essentially does what the import UI does; it assumes all the necessary files are present in the import folder and imports from that directory. In a later blog...
  • Hyper-V in WS08 R2 Release Candidate: Bringing More to the Table

    You'll want to read Isaac's blog post about the RC milestone of Windows Server 2008 R2. His post focuses on 64 LP support and processor compatibility mode for live migration. Read the post here . Here's an excerpt: 64LP Support We have seen...
  • Online sessions, book and more

    Admittedly this post is a stew and not a meal (if that metaphor works). But you might be interested in the following items. I'll keep it short: John Kelbley will host a webcast on Friday, May 8 at 8:00am PDT titled, "Running Linux on Hyper-V." The session will discuss install, configure, run, backup and monitor non-Windows systems. See here. On May 14, 8am-noon PDT, Edwin Yuen will host a live chat on TechTarget. He'll answer questions about our virt products, be it datacenter, desktop or managemment. See more here. Wondering what to read when you're flying to TechEd, or your next trip? The Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Resource Kit book is it. One of the authors, Robert Larson, architect in MS Services and TechNet blogger, told me that the book is in final formatting and some sample chapters are available to download (here). The book will be available via Amazon and Barnes and Noble in June. Read more from one of the authors here. Enjoy.