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  • Blog Post: 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 hearing, "This is too good to be true, is Live Migration...
  • Blog Post: March 31 live web chat

    On Tuesday, March 31, Microsoft's Edwin Yuen will be hosting a live web chat 11am-3pm EST. Edwin is a sr. technical product manager. Edwin came to Microsoft with the acquisition of Softricity (and the SoftGrid application virtualization technology). He now also covers Hyper-V and System Center VMM. Sign...
  • Blog Post: Thoughts on today's virtualization licensing and support news

    Today we announced some changes to server application licensing and support policies related to running MS server apps on top of anyone's hypervisor. Several folks have written or blogged about it, here are some: Chris Wolf (Burton Group) Virtualization.info NetworkWorld Windows IT Pro ...
  • Blog Post: VMworld 2009 an oppurtunity to meet our customers

    Hi, I am Vijay Tewari a program manager with the Virtualization team here at Microsoft. Having spent the last 15 months or so deeply involved in the development of Hyper-V I am really looking forward to meeting customers and partners at VMworld 2009 . Much is being made about the fact that we are...
  • Blog Post: Answering Exchange Virtualization Questions and Addressing Misleading VMware Guidance

    I recommend anyone who is considering virtualizing MS Exchange read Jim Lucey's blog post and the comments below his post. VMware's HA guidance on virtualizing Exchange could be mis-interpreted, resulting in increased storage costs and placing data at risk. Here's an excerpt: We love that our customers...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 lab management uses virtualization

    There are 4 million .NET developers in the world, so I figure one or two might read this blog, or you might know someone. A couple weeks ago at the Professional Developers Conference , we began discussing , and announced a CTP, of Visual Studio 10 . One of the many features of VS10 is lab management...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft at VMworld Europe 2009

    VMworld Europe's tagline this year is "virtually anything is possible". Kinda reminds me of Mike's blog post on Monday about Red Hat. And for many IT pros, "virtually anything is possible" might apply to the fact that Microsoft is exhibiting at, and sponsoring, VMworld Europe for the second year in a...
  • Blog Post: Items of interest from VMworld 2010

    Hi - by now you might have read there's 17,000 of us attending VMworld in San Francisco. Huge crowds, just as Rick Vanover predicted . Lots of energy and excitement as you can imagine. This post is designed to bring some of the show to you, assuming you're not attending and queuing up to a session 45...
  • Blog Post: Pre-VMworld: Check out Hyper-V Server and Live Migration demos

    While you getting ready for the weekend, or getting ready to head to Vegas, you might be interested to check out these first-look demos of Hyper-V Server 2008 (standalone hypervisor, due in a few weeks) and live migration with Windows Server 2008 R2. Adam wrote this about the Hyper-V Server demo:...
  • Blog Post: RT "Cutting through the FUD: Facts you should know about Hyper-V and System Center"

    I'm not sure the retweet tag (RT) also applies to blogs or not, but I thought I'd give it a try. Now to my point. Edwin posted a good blog this evening about re-occurring Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt the spreads via traditional journalism or blogs. I don't know for sure, but I suspect his post had something...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization: desktop to datacenter

    It's been a while since I've posted a blog ... but that one really caused a stir in the Virt circles in the Bay Area. Hopefully it doesn't mean I can't hit up those people for Sharks tickets. I've stumbled across some interesting items that I wanted to share with you. Microsoft Desktop Optimization...
  • Blog Post: MS Hyper-V Server: in 30 days for $0

    The show begins in 10 hours, but the news it out: Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008, a new hypervisor-based server virtualization product (like ESXi), will be released within 30 days and be available at no cost via the Web Microsoft will demonstrate live migration feature of Windows Server 2008...
  • Blog Post: System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 beta has arrived

    Hi - this is Hector Linares, I am a Program Manager on the team that built System Center Virtual Machine Manager. I'm happy to report that we released the feature complete public beta of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 (formerly known as vNext) today! We've heard a lot of great feedback...
  • Blog Post: Reducing the cost of virtualization using Microsoft Hyper-V and System Center

    My name is Elliott Morris , manager of what's known within Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business as the "War on Cost team." The team’s role is to collect operational data from business and public sector customers to understand their costs for deploying, operating and managing Microsoft server...
  • Blog Post: Industry Buzz about Hyper-V

    Greetings! Robb Mapp here again, I’m the analyst relations manager in Server & Tools focused on Integrated Virtualization and System Center management tools. Post-MMS, and leading up to general availability this summer, we’re hearing a lot of great buzz in the industry about Hyper-V + VMM 2008 and...
  • Blog Post: Repost: Resellers and SIs check out our virtualization partner profitability toolkit

    This post is for all the Microsoft channel partners who read this blog. You'll want to check out our new virtualization partner profitability toolkit ( here ). David Greschler's blog here sums it up better than I could. Here's an excerpt: Every partner knows about the great opportunity to sell virtualization...
  • Blog Post: Too many Virtual Iron customers in the fire?

    With the recent announcement by Oracle to stop Virtual Iron development and sales, the past few weeks have certainly been eventful for Virtual Iron customers. A related announcement came out from VMware about a program to offer Virtual Iron customers discounts to move over. But a closer look at the VMware...
  • Blog Post: The Virtualization Essentials from Citrix

    Bonjour from Cannes . This is just a quick post about Citrix making public the Essentials for Hyper-V new s . It's been talked about already by Alessandro and others . There's lots of opinions of what this means for the virtualization software vendor landscape. But that's less important really than...
  • Blog Post: Before we get to VMworld Vegas

    My ears are still ringing from Monday's virtualization event in Bellevue. Not necessarily from the keynotes or demos, but mainly from being 10 feet away from the stage as the band Live played a 60+ minute set during the party. Here's a photo I snapped with my T-Mobile Dash. I was fortunate enough...
  • Blog Post: The vSphere Cloud Operating System: Extra Layer, Extra Cost?

    Hi, I’m David Greschler, director of Microsoft virtualization and management. Today VMware announced their new “Cloud OS,” called vSphere. It’s an interesting announcement in that it points out more clearly than ever that VMware adds an extra layer to the computing stack. This extra layer, a virtualization...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: Why Microsoft and Hyper-V for HostBasket

    Hi, my name is Bert Van Pottelberghe, business unit manager at Hostbasket , which is the leading hosting company and SaaS-provider in Belgium with over 30,000 SMB customers. In a recent survey of our datacenter with over 1,000 servers, we saw that the average CPU-usage was only 12%. On the other hand...
  • Blog Post: System Center Ops Manager management pack for Hyper-V

    A quick note that a beta of the Hyper-V management pack for System Center Operations Manager (2007, 2007 R2) is available. In combination with SCVMM (for advanced monitoring of VMs across your Hyper-V, ESX and Virtual Server environments), this SCOM management pack enables health/perf monitoring of the...
  • Blog Post: SCVMM and VMware ESX management

    The threat of virtualization sprawl. That was a theme my colleagues heard last week at IDC's "Directions" conference in San Jose. And true to IDC's form, they backed up their predictions with some numbers. Here's an excerpt from one article : Virtualization has often been seen as something of a...
  • Blog Post: Videos to watch: Mark Russinovich; Virt and cloud computing panel

    Before I start hunkering down for what's supposed to be a snowy weekend in Redmond, and without college football on TV, I wanted to pass along a couple videos that are worth a watch. First, TechTarget interviewed Mark Russinovich, technical follow, about Windows 7, WS08 R2, virtualization and Vista...
  • Blog Post: Update: More than recession: IDC's server virtualization tracker report

    Update : The folks at IDC asked that I remove this blog post until further notice. That said, do check out Roger Johnson's post . He discusses Dell PowerEdge R910 and his Hyper-V deployment at Crutchfield. I met Roger at VMworld 2009. He's a VCP, having run an ESX Server-based datacenter for some...