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  • 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: Guest Blog: The Role of IT in an Economic Downturn: Spend Smarter, Not Smaller

    Hello everyone, Richard Campbell here from Campbell & Associates based in Vancouver, BC. I am not only the host of RunAs Radio ( www.runasradio.com ) but also a Microsoft Regional Director and MVP. It’s fun being an IT consultant during boom times – my clients are only focused on getting more...
  • 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: Re: Windows Server 2008 SP2 Hyper-V

    Hi Isaac Roybal here. I’m a technical product manager on the Windows Server team covering Hyper-V. It’s been 3 weeks since the release of Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2) and we’re seeing great adoption. From a Hyper-V point of view, we’re excited because the final Hyper-V release is an...
  • Blog Post: Strong end to end management required for Virtualization to be successful (VMworld day 2)

    I am pleased that it is being acknowledged by VMware (evidenced by their keynote announcements yesterday on the vCenter additions) that for a strong virtualization platform a complete end-to-end solution is required. We agree completely!! We at Microsoft provide solutions for configuration/change management...
  • Blog Post: Guest post: Moving VM automation and inventory beyond Excel files

    Hi, I’m John Suit, CTO and principal founder of Fortisphere , which is a member of the Microsoft Startup Accelerator Program . In this tough economy, the cost savings of virtualization are driving faster adoption – and the introduction of Microsoft Hyper-V is exposing more companies, large and small...
  • 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: The Virtualization platform vs. the Operating System

    Day 1 at VMworld was mostly about Labs and content which builds up to the main event starting with the keynote on Tuesday morning. Looking forward to today. In the meanwhile I have been hearing about a concept being put forth that the virtualization platform is it and the OS is but relegated to the...
  • Blog Post: LiveMeeting on Microsoft’s Integrated Virtualization Strategy: Thursday, Nov. 19, 8:00 AM PST

    Join us Thursday, November 19, 8:00 AM PST for a LiveMeeting session on “Microsoft’s Integrated Virtualization Strategy, Products and Solutions” presented by Kenon Owens, Technical Product Manager. This LiveMeeting is exclusive to members of the System Center Influencers Program (which is also open to...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 (Free live migration anyone!) available for download

    We are really excited to announce that Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 is available for download here . It’s been a long an exciting journey bringing this product to our customers. The chart below tells it all, we have listened to our customers and have designed the product to meet their needs. This...
  • Blog Post: Linux ICs for Hyper-V and GPLv2

    A funny thing happened on the way to work this morning ... the Hyper-V Linux integration components (ICs) appeared in Greg Kroah-Hartman's tree (aka, the Linux Driver Project ) of the Linux community. This is the first time Microsoft is contributing code to the Linux kernel; see the Q&A announcement...
  • Blog Post: Installing Service Pack 1 on Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2

      With the release of Beta of Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 a number of you have asked about Service Pack 1 for the standalone Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 , and whether the new capabilities of Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX will be available for it. Absolutely, both Dynamic Memory...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization Feed for Your RSS Reader

    With a "tip of the cap" to creators of Planet V12n blog , we've just launched a blog and Twitter aggregator for virtualization. It's called VirtualizationFeed . Like Planet V12n, this site aggregates virtualization blogs from lots of sources. In this case, 18 independent bloggers and 14 Microsoft bloggers...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: Virtualization and Cloud Computing

    Hello, my name is Karl Schulmeisters, director of alliance technology and architecture for the Microsoft global alliance at Unisys. We are a global systems integrator that focuses on large scale-up solutions particularly in the public sector, financial services, federal government and pharmaceuticals...
  • Blog Post: Analyst perspectives on Microsoft's Integrated Virtualization strategy & System Center evolution, from MMS 2008

    Greetings! My name is Robb Mapp and I’m the analyst relations manager in Server & Tools focused on System Center management tools and Integrated Virtualization. This week at MMS, we had nearly 60 industry analysts participate in a summit focused on strategies for systems management and virtualization...
  • 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: RT: Opalis Software Availability and Roadmap News

    Louise Johns blogged about software availability and roadmap news for the Opalis software we acquired in December. Since all of you care about systems management as much as virtualization, I wanted to make sure you saw Louise's post. Here's some excerpts: We have started the process of sending...
  • 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: Server & Tools Business Exec to discuss state of IT, answer your questions on June 23

    Do you have questions about Microsoft’s efforts to deliver new server infra (Windows Server, virt, System Center, Forefront security) to customers and partners? What is Microsoft doing about enterprise security? Are you interested in hearing how other IT pros are reacting to economic conditions...
  • Blog Post: Guest post: virtualization requires the proper perspective

    Hi, I’m Doug de Werd, technical marketing manager for Windows Virtualization at Hewlett-Packard . In the past few weeks following the Microsoft virtualization launch event in Bellevue the virtualization buzz keeps growing louder and louder. We keep hearing more and more from customers that virtualization...
  • Blog Post: System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 beta available

    Exciting news for Windows Server Hyper-V, System Center, and VMWare customers. The beta of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 is now available on the Microsoft Connect site for download . If you don't already have access to VMM on the Connect site you can get to it here by simply filling out...
  • 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: VMworld is over, but the facts remain

    I’ve been to Las Vegas too many times to count and have always left with good stories, but I never thought that my best Vegas story would be work-related. That story of course is about last week’s marketing activity at VMworld . Definitely not your typical day at the office. While I have enjoyed...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtualization: Best Choice for MS Server Applications

    Hello, I’m Zane Adam, general manager of Virtualization and Systems Management. As more and more customers are looking at virtualization to help reduce cost and decrease complexity in their infrastructure, we are seeing lots of questions around virtualizing MS server applications such as Exchange, SQL...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the availability of the updated Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides for Virtualization and System Center

    Microsoft has a comprehensive portfolio of technologies when it comes to Virtualization ranging from Presentation Virtualization with Remote Desktop Services to Server Virtualization using Hyper-V with many more in between as below. · Server Hardware Virtualization . Also known as a hypervisor, Server...