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  • Microsoft and Red Hat Cooperative Technical Support

    Hi, I’m Mike Neil, general manager of virtualization at Microsoft. It’s been a while since I’ve blogged here, but today’s post is worth a read. Ever since we released Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and Terminal Services, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 and Microsoft App-V 4.5 last year, customers and partners have been getting huge value from server consolidation projects, have been able to increase business continuity at much lower costs than with VMware, and have decreased the time and cost required to deliver applications to end users. And while doing this, they’ve been able to use a familiar set of system management tools for both their virtualized and non-virtualized systems and applications across the datacenter and desktops. In fact, Chris from Kroll Factual Data wrote about his DR project on this blog last year. So in many ways I’m pleased that we’ve been able to help so many customers and partners break down the barriers to enterprise-wide virtualization. But until today there’s been one barrier, not product related, that we haven’t been able to overcome to meet customer and partner demand: the ability to run and support Red Hat Enterprise Linux within a guest VM on WS08 Hyper-V and Hyper-V Server 2008. For all of those who have emailed me, my colleagues and your Microsoft account teams and partners, I’m pleased to say that today is the first big step to delivering that support. Microsoft and Red Hat recently signed agreements to test and validate our server operating systems running on each other’s hypervisors. Customers with valid support agreements will be able to run these validated configurations and receive joint technical support for running Windows Server on Red Hat Enterprise virtualization, and for running Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V or Hyper-V Server 2008. You can see Red Hat’s news release here, and watch a public webcast [live and archived] discussing this news.
  • Explaining Microsoft RemoteFX

    Hi, my name is Max Herrmann, and I am part of the Windows Server Remote Desktop Services marketing team at Microsoft. Two years ago, Microsoft acquired Calista Technologies where I came from – a startup that set out to create technology that allows remote workers to enjoy the same rich user experience over a network as with a locally executing desktop. This experience includes full-fidelity video with 100% coverage for all media types and highly-synchronized audio, rich media support including Silverlight and 3D graphics, and of course Windows Aero. Today, Microsoft announced during its Desktop Virtualization Hour that Microsoft RemoteFX, a platform feature being developed for Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 will bring a rich, connected user experience to the virtual desktop market. So what is RemoteFX, and how are Calista and RemoteFX related? Just to be clear, RemoteFX is not a new standalone product from Microsoft. Rather, it describes a set of RDP technologies - most prominently graphics virtualization and the use of advanced codes - that are being added to Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1; these technologies are based on the IP that Microsoft acquired and continued to develop since acquiring Calista Technologies. So think of Microsoft RemoteFX as the ‘special sauce’ in Remote Desktop Services that users will be able to enjoy when they connect to their virtual and session-based desktops and applications over the network. With Microsoft RemoteFX, users will be able to work remotely in a Windows Aero desktop environment, watch full-motion video, enjoy Silverlight animations, and run 3D applications – all with the fidelity of a local-like performance when connecting over the LAN. Their desktops are actually hosted in the data center as part of a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) or a session virtualization environment (formerly known as Terminal Services). With RemoteFX, these users will be able to access their workspace via a standard RDP connection from a broad range of client devices – rich PCs, thin clients and very simple, low-cost devices.
  • Dynamic Memory Coming To Hyper-V

    Virtualization Nation, I’ve had the pleasure of talking with customers in the last few months and the Hyper-V R2 reception has been nothing but unequivocally positive. Whether it’s been folks in small, medium or the enterprise, they appreciate the...
  • Linux Integration Services v2.1 Now Available

    We are really excited to announce the availability of the Hyper-V Linux Integration Services for Linux Version 2.1. This release marks yet another milestone in providing a comprehensive virtualization platform to our customers. Customers who have a heterogeneous...
  • Hypervisor Footprint Debate Part 3: Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V & VMware ESXi 3.5

    In my last two blog posts ( Part 1 & Part 2 ), I started an in depth analysis tackling VMware's claims head on that because their disk footprint is smaller and ESX/ESXi are single purpose hypervisors, they are therefore more secure. If that's the...
  • Migrate virtual machines from a VMware environment to Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 using a free, simple, standalone tool

    Windows Server 2012 is generally available for evaluation and purchase by all customers around the world. Additionally, there is great news for organizations that are looking for a way to migrate virtual machines hosted on VMware vSphere to the Hyper...
  • Hyper-V Replica Certificate Based Authentication - makecert

    We have had a number of queries on how to enable replication using certificates created from makecert. Though the Understanding and Troubleshooting guide for Hyper-V Replica discusses this aspect, I am posting a separate article on this. The below steps...
  • Enabling Linux Support on Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V

    This post is a part of the nine-part “ What’s New in Windows Server & System Center 2012 R2 ” series that is featured on Brad Anderson’s In the Cloud blog. Today’s blog post covers Linux Support on Windows Server 2012...
  • Windows Server “8” Beta – Hyper-V Replica

    Hyper-V Replica (HVR) is a new feature in Windows Server “8” Beta that provides asynchronous replication of Hyper-V virtual machines for BCDR (Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery) scenarios. Watch this space for in depth blogs from the Hyper-V Replica...
  • 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...
  • 5Nine Manager for Hyper-V

    Virtualization Nation, With the release of Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 SP1, we have once again raised the bar for providing a robust, enterprise class virtualization platform at no cost. For example, did you realize that Microsoft Hyper-V Server...
  • Hyper-V Replica - Prerequisites for certificate based deployments

    An often asked question from early HVR deployments has been about the product’s certificate requirements. This post captures the pre-requisites for enabling replication using certificate based authentication. HVR uses machine level mutual authentication...
  • Guest post: "Setting the Record Straight - 9 Reasons Why Hyper-V is a Great Choice for Enterprises"

    Hi, my name is Chris Steffen, architect with Kroll Factual Data. You may have read one of my prior guest posts. Recently, I came across an InformationWeek Analytics Weblog that asserted a bunch of half truths and misinformation about Microsoft’s Hyper-V virtualization solution. Usually, I can just let it go (everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, right?), but in this case, the article was so skewed and so misleading that I felt that I needed to respond. Full disclosure – I am a Microsoft MVP for virtualization and a very happy Microsoft Hyper-V customer. Over the years, I have written about and presented many times on the topic of virtualization in general (including Hyper-V, ESX and Xen), and the benefits my company has experienced implementing the of the Microsoft virtualization solution. I certainly recognize my particular biases, but my biases originate from the ability of Microsoft’s virtualization solutions working in my enterprise environment. In my position as a technology architect, I try to stay on top of all of the latest advances in technologies that could benefit our business. As my company is heavily invested in virtualization, I am keenly aware of the constantly changing virtualization platforms and their continued claims of superiority over each other. But some of these arguments from VMWare are just getting old. I will try to separate some of the “myths” from the reality of the debate.
  • Dynamic Memory Coming to Hyper-V Part 6…

    ====================================================== Preamble: The point of this series, and the spirit in which it is written, is to take a holistic approach at the issues facing our customers, discuss the complexities with regard to memory management...
  • Linux Integration Components for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V

    Daniel asked about the Linux integration components for Hyper-V. They've now reached RC2 status according to Mike Sterling, and are available from http://connect.microsoft.com/ Hang on – did you say RC2? Due to customer feedback from the beta version, we added a couple of additional features. · Mouse Support: Support for the synthetic mouse device has been added in beta. This new mouse support allows the mouse to move in and out of the window without having to use the CTRL-ALT-LEFTARROW key command to break out. · Fastpath Boot Support: Support for faster single disk configurations has been added to the RC2 release. Boot devices now take advantage of the storage VSC to provide enhanced performance. We’ve reached RTM on the hypercall adapter, Linux implementation of VMBus, and the network and storage VSC. Patrick
  • Backing Up Hyper-V Virtual Machines

    Today’s post is from Kathy Davies one of the excellent Hyper-V technical writers.  Enjoy!   Here is some preliminary documentation on planning for backing up Hyper-V VMs. It will eventually be made part of our Planning and Deployment guide on...
  • More on Service Pack 1 & VMware ASLR Guidance

    Virtualization Nation, In my last blog, we announced the RTM (Release to Manufacturing) of Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. The bits will be available for download on Feb. 22, so mark your calendars. A frequent follow-up...
  • Dynamic Memory Coming to Hyper-V Part 3…

    ====================================================== Preamble: The point of this series, and the spirit in which it is written, is to take a holistic approach at the issues facing our customers, discuss the complexities with regard to memory management...
  • How to fix: Hypervisor not running

    This is a Hypervisor 101 case that keeps showing itself every so often the forums, mailing lists, etc: A message to the effect of “The Hypervisor is not running” when a user tries to launch a VM. Felipe Ayora, one of our awesome UA people, has created...
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 RTM & More.

    Virtualization Nation, It's been a very good busy since the Windows Server 2008 R2 & Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 RTM announcements. We're pleased that these releases have been warmly met by our early adopter customers and industry analysts alike...
  • Hypervisor Footprint Debate Part 1: Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 & VMware ESXi 3.5

    Virtualization Nation, After my recent blog discussing the release of Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 , we received overwhelmingly positive feedback. At the same time, there's still some skepticism about free Live Migration and almost daily we keep...
  • Hyper-V RC1 Release Available on Microsoft Download Center!

    Apologies for a lack of a new post on the WMI scripts, look for a new double part post Wednesday morning. I was a bit busy with Hyper-V RC1! As of 2AM PST I am very happy to be the first (I think) to announce Hyper-V RC1 is now available for public...
  • What’s new in Hyper-V Replica in Windows Server 2012 R2

    18th October 2013 marked the General Availability of Windows Server 2012 R2. The teams have accomplished an amazing set of features in this short release cycle and Brad’s post @ http://blogs.technet.com/b/in_the_cloud/archive/2013/10/18/today-is...
  • Linux Integration Services 3.5 Announcement

    We are pleased to announce the release of Linux Integration Services version (LIS) 3.5. As part of this release not only have we included several awesome features much desired by our customers but we have also expanded our distribution support to include...
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Core: Introducing SCONFIG.

    Virtualization Nation, It's been very busy in the world of Windows Server. With the launch of Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate, Tech Ed and the announcement of several new Hyper-V R2 capabilities such as 64 logical processor support and processor...