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  • 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: New VDI, Management Technology Announced

    A few items to call out. First up is Manlio's post about the renaming of Terminal Services - it'll be known as Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2008 R2 -- and the new VDI features. Here's an excerpt: The key here is that RDS in Windows Server 2008 R2 makes the new server OS the ideal...
  • 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: Hosting Virtualization MVPs

    This week, Microsoft hosted 1,800 tech professionals here in Redmond for the annual MVP Global Summit , and I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to chat with a number of Virtualization MVPs from the community. Since you might not be familiar with the Microsoft MVP Awards, let me give a quick...
  • 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: 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: 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: What's coming up with the next versions of SCOM and SCVMM

    Check out Anant's blog post over at Dynamic Datacenter Alliance blog. He writes about updates to System Center Operations Manager and SC Virtual Machine Manager. These updates were made this week at MS Management Summit. Here's an excerpt from Anant's blog: System Center Virtual Machine Manager...
  • 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: 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: RT: Happy Data Privacy Day from System Center

    As many of you are using Hyper-V to host Exchange, SQL and Sharepoint, I'm sure many of you think about backup and recovery of those workloads. If you do, then you'll be interested to read Jason's blog post in honor of Data Privacy Day, which is today if you didn't already have parties planned ;-). Jason...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft customers showcased at VMworld Europe 2009

    This week at VMworld Europe 2009 we're showcasing a number of European customers who have deployed Windows Server Hyper-V, System Center and App-v 4.5. You can watch two videos below. One is of Bouygues Construction based in France . Bouygues does civil engineering, electrical contracting, and maintenance...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V, your journey starts here!

    I have been inundated by people here at VMworld 2009 with tons of questions on Hyper-V and who want to see demos of Hyper-V. This blog post attempts to put together a list material for folks. Given the large amount of material this list is only a snapshot but one which will provide you enough to get...
  • 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: 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: Promotion of Brad Anderson to Corporate Vice President, Management and Services Division

    It comes as no surprise to the regular readers of this blog, that a key tenant of Microsoft’s virtualization strategy is that customers should be able to manage their physical and virtual IT resources from the same set of easy to use tools. It seems that customers agree, as demonstrated through the growth...
  • Blog Post: 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 compatibility , it's been pretty non-stop. In...
  • 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: 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: 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...