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  • Blog Post: Download beta of Windows Server 2008 R2 sp1

    Over at the Windows Server Division blog , Oliver says the beta is available to download . Oliver focuses on Windows Server 2008 R2 sp1, but Windows 7 sp1 beta is also available. All of this was announced today at our Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, D.C. Here's an excerpt from Oliver's...
  • Blog Post: Hey channel partners: Microsoft and Citrix V-Alliance

    For you channel partners out there, if you don't know about the Microsoft and Citrix V-Alliance, then speak with either your Microsoft or Citrix contacts. The program is rolled out in Europe, is rolling out in the U.S., and will kick-off soon in Asia. The website is here . Here's a brief video that...
  • Blog Post: Go vote

    The savvy editors of NetworkWorld chose 3 weeks before VMworld 2010 conference to publish an online tech debate between Microsoft and VMware. The topic: who has the better virtualization platform. The editorial summary reads: VMware is the kingpin of virtualization, but the game is changing fast and...
  • Blog Post: What you won't see at VMworld 2009 - a demo of SCVMM 2008 R2

    Ordinarily it'd be great news that we RTM'd System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 ahead of schedule, so close to the RTM of WS08 R2 Hyper-V and one week before VMworld conference. You can't beat the timing of it all. And the ~10,000 beta testers of SCVMM08 R2 are a big part of why we were able...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Cloud Program for private cloud

    Hello from Berlin. Microsoft TechEd Europe started today with Brad Anderson's keynote. Aside from the keynote, you can read the news release here . There are several items that you'll be interested to know if interested in private cloud computing, virtualization and systems management. The Hyper-V...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Europe Days 2-4: Blogs, Tweets, and Videos

    The first day’s keynote out of the way, online chatter about TechEd Europe 2010 turned to session reporting, the announced naming of Configuration Manager 2012 (formerly “v.Next”), and continued absorption of Microsoft’s initiatives in cloud computing, Hyper-V Cloud in particular. To give you a kind...
  • Blog Post: MMS 2009: Application Virt for Servers

    I'm a bit behind is sharing the following demo video. On Tuesday at Microsoft Management Summit, we did a demo of application virtualization for servers. Both Mary Jo and Alessandro predicted this demo a couple weeks ago - so not a real surprise. The demo was described as a technology preview, meaning...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft and Citrix share their feedback on today's keynote from VMworld Europe 2010

    I've had the priviledge to attend Citrix Synergy in Berlin last week, and then attend VMworld Europe in Copenhagen this week. 3,500 attendees last week, and 5,700 this week. It's great to see the enthusiasm. Today's keynote at VMworld Europe 2010 was 95% the same content as the San Francisco show...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: TechEd Europe 2010 Day 1: Voices from the Community

    We’ve been seeing quite a bit of chatter on the “internets” about the goings-on at TechEd Europe 2010 in Berlin, and it’s great to see the diverse impressions of attendees as the event happens. Net Noteworthies The announcements and news about a range of things—including Hyper-V Cloud , the VMM SSP 2...
  • Blog Post: Mark your calendar: Watch the MS Management Summit keynotes

    Next Tuesday (20th) and Wednesday (21st) be sure to visit the Microsoft News Center to view the Microsoft Management Summit executive keynotes live on the web. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Bob Muglia and Brad Anderson discuss the latest IT Management news, MS strategies for datacenter and desktop...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track Architecture Brief

    So you heard about the Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track program and wonder … what exactly is it? Is it marketecture or is there some meat to it? What do these “pre-architected, pre-validated” solutions consist of, and how were those decisions arrived at? What was the architecture and validation...
  • 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: City of Frisco (Texas) saves big with Hyper-V and NetApp

    Hi, I'm Jim Schwartz, a director of virtualization solutions marketing in Redmond. A great example of why companies are adopting virtualization and the resulting benefits can be seen in Texas, at the City of Frisco . The city, one of the fastest growing in America, needed to scale a siloed IT infrastructure...
  • Blog Post: Register for 'Is There a Cloud in Your Future?' Webcast

    On Tuesday, April 28 at 11:00am PDT, Microsoft will continue its webcast series on 'How to Invest in the IT Infrastructure You Have While Preparing for Tomorrow' with Part 2 : "Is There a Cloud in Your Future?" Register here Join Zane Adam, Microsoft Senior Director of System Center and Virtualization...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s new VDI licensing: VDI Suites

    Hi, my name is Manlio Vecchiet, and I am a director of product management on the Windows Server marketing team. I'm in New Orleans right now attending the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) , and wanted to update you on new licenses we’ll offer for hosted virtual desktops, or virtual desktop...
  • Blog Post: Update to private cloud toolkit for System Center

    Back in February we started working with partners and TAP customers on a toolkit to create private cloud environment. See our February blog about the Dynamic Infrastructure Toolkit for System Center. A couple updates were announced Monday at our Worldwide Partner Conference . First, the tool has a...
  • Blog Post: VMWare figures out that virtualization is an OS feature

    Every now and again, we like to use this forum to provide commentary and context on happenings in the industry. Today’s news from Waltham, Mass. and Palo Alto, Calif. is a good example. On the one hand, there’s a Microsoft competitor . On the other hand, there’s a Microsoft partner...
  • Blog Post: Big news: Microsoft and HP team up to move IT forward

    This morning Microsoft and HP announced a three-year, $250 million agreement to jointly deliver a new infrastructure-to-application model, advance cloud computing and generally reduce the costs and complexities of IT. The press release, executive videos and other information about the agreement...
  • Blog Post: Kroll Factual Data: 85% virtualized, 30:1 VM density

    You may have never heard of Kroll Factual Data. But ever since personal credit became harder to acquire, lenders held tighter to their money, and interest rates went up/down like a roller coaster, Kroll has been on a wild ride of their own. In short, Kroll Factual Data offers business information to...
  • Blog Post: Re-blog: Microsoft Site Recovery Solution Launch

    I'm re-blogging here. Over at Virt Planet blog , Jim wrote the following: This week Microsoft is launching a comprehensive solution to help customers implement cost effective, end-to-end site recovery programs. Built on proven capabilities in Windows Server 2008 R2 and the System Center management...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft at Citrix Synergy 2010: From the Desktop to the Cloud

    Hello from San Francisco, host city of Citrix Synergy , where I will be joining Citrix’s CEO, Mark Templeton, for a keynote on desktop virtualization, Microsoft’s vision for the datacenter, and how we will extend our partnership to help you in the cloud. Helping business and IT manage across shifting...
  • Blog Post: Why Does Microsoft exhibit at VMworld?

    I’ll be posting more this week about what you’ll see when you visit the Microsoft booth (#1431) at VMworld 2010 U.S. conference next week. You can read an overview at NetworkWorld . But last week a virtualization industry insider and consultant who has followed Microsoft virtualization...
  • Blog Post: Update: What you won't see at VMworld 2009

    This post is for the readers out there that will be attending VMworld, or have colleagues attending VMworld. There’s been some speculative statements made in the press and blogs in the past 24 hours, so I want to try to set the record straight: 1. Microsoft will be exhibiting at VMworld 2009...