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  • Blog Post: Disaster Recovery to Microsoft Azure – Part 2

    Continuing from the previous blog - check out the recent TechEd NA 2014 talk @ https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2014/DCIM-B322 which includes a cool demo of this product. Love it??? Talk about it, try it and share your comments. Let’s retrace the journey - in Jan 2014, we announced...
  • Blog Post: MICROSOFT HYPER-V SERVER 2008 R2 SP1 RELEASED!

    Virtualization Nation, The good news just keeps coming and we’re pleased to keep the momentum rolling with the latest release of our rock stable, feature rich, standalone Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1! For those who need a refresher on Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2...
  • Blog Post: VMware vSphere pricing - Meet the new price; same as the old price, only more

    Hi, I'm Edwin Yuen, a Senior Technical Product Manager at Microsoft's Integrated Virtualization team. This past week, there were two key announcements made, one by Microsoft and one by VMware, that have an impact on how we compare Microsoft and VMware pricing. The first announcement was actually off...
  • Blog Post: For $50,000, I could pay someone to move my virtual machines for me

    The title of this post will make sense in a moment. It's a quote from a customer in Australia ... and pretty funny one, too. But before that, a few items crossed my inbox that I thought I'd share: Software vendor AspenTech has a process engineering/manufacturing application called aspenONE. Today...
  • Blog Post: Top 10 VMWare myths video

    Edwin and David recently sat down in front of a video camera to talk about the top 10 myths from VMWare. Here's a quick outline of the topics discussed during the 11 minute video: Live migration clustered shared volumes Hyper-V scalability Hyper-V performance Hyper-V footprint Hardware...
  • Blog Post: The Validated Hypervisor

    By now you might have seen that VMware ESX 3.5 update 2 has passed the Microsoft Server Virtualization Validation Program . They announced it here . today announced it has qualified its industry-leading VMware ESX hypervisor under the Microsoft Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP). VMware...
  • Blog Post: Top 5 things to know about Hyper-V

    My name is Ronald Beekelaar. I'm a Microsoft MVP of Virtual Machine Technology, based in Amsterdam. I have my own consultancy firm, and since 2002 I focus on virtualization. At first, this was strictly VMware-oriented, but a few years later this included Microsoft's virtualization products as well. ...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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 case, then it stands to reason that ESX/ESXi: should...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization for Server Workloads: Avanade Case Study, NetApp Whitepaper

    Our customers often deploy Microsoft server workloads, such as SQL Server, SharePoint and Exchange, on Microsoft Hyper-V and System Center, and want to know how other customers have deployed these workloads and if there are deployment guidelines from specific solution partners that can help optimize...
  • Blog Post: Series on virtualizing SharePoint

    The Microsoft-UK services team recently posted an in-depth virtualizing SharePoint series. It is a culmination of their experiences over the last couple years helping customers successfully host SharePoint in virtualized environments. · Introduction · Optimizing the performance of a virtualized...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: Going Live with Hyper-V for myhosting.com

    Hi, my name is Stephen Nichols, VP of sales and marketing for SoftCom Technology Consulting, which is the company behind myhosting.com , a leading global provider of affordable web, email and application hosting. We have been actively engaged with Microsoft technologies since we began in the h osting...
  • Blog Post: VM standards, offline patching tools

    Quick post here on two items. Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool can be downloaded here . As blogged about at by the System Center team blog , Virtualization.info , and InfoWorld blog . This product allows the update of large-scale deployments of virtual machines, leveraging PowerShell, System...
  • Blog Post: Guest post: Hyper-V Performance Scales Well in 24-Core Dell Server

    My name is Todd Muirhead and I’m one of the engineers behind Dell’s online community for IT professionals – DellTechCenter . This means that I get to work with all of the latest Dell servers and storage and provide technical guidance and assistance to customers. The goal is to help people understand...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V available via Windows Update today

    The update will be classified as a "recommended update", which means it will flow down automatically according to the settings you’ve selected for your Windows Server 2008 OS. It’s also being released to Windows Server Update Services. Taylor has a nice screen capture here . Let the fun times begin...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Acquires Opalis Software

    Good news for a Friday. Brad's post (with video interview) announces the acquisition of Opalis Software. Why is this important to virtualization projects? Thoughts below, but first some background on the business. Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business (STB) is a $14.1 billion business. Within...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V in WS08 R2 Release Candidate: Bringing More to the Table

    You'll want to read Isaac's blog post about the RC milestone of Windows Server 2008 R2. His post focuses on 64 LP support and processor compatibility mode for live migration. Read the post here . Here's an excerpt: 64LP Support We have seen processors grow from 1, 2, 4, and now 6 cores on...
  • 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: Upcoming Webcasts on Best Practices for Virtualizing MS Server Applications

    We’ve got some great webcasts coming up in the next few weeks to discuss recommendations for virtualizing MS server applications and the benefits of choosing hyper-V + System Center as your virtualization solution. Each technical webcast will focus on a specific server application- Exchange, SQL and...
  • Blog Post: Guest post: IU Hoosier virtualizes 75% of workloads - saving time and money with System Center, PowerShell, and Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V

    Hi, I’m Janssen Jones, and I’m the Associate Director of Auxiliary IT Infrastructure at Indiana University. Since April, my team has been evaluating the beta of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 (SCVMM) as part of the SCVMM Technology Adoption Program, and in the past six months, we’ve made...
  • Blog Post: Guest post: Hyper-V gives every Windows shop a free pass into “innovation”

    Hi, my name is Matt Lavallee and I am the Director of Technology at MLS Property Information Network, Inc., based in Massachusetts. Although you may not recognize the company name, we are one of the 700+ multiple listing service (MLS) companies that provide data warehousing for the Real Estate industry...
  • Blog Post: Bare metal hypervisor is here, along with new training, services

    "Bare metal" was my attempt at being dramatic ;-) Anyway, I really wanted you to know that the standalone hypervisor, Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 , was released today for download. This is the no-cost, bare metal hypervisor. Think ESXi, but with Windows and not Linux. More on this in a bit. Today...
  • Blog Post: Beta of standalone hypervisor: Hyper-V Server 2008 R2

    Hello fellow virtualization fans, Bryon here again . With all the excitement around the beta release of Windows Server 2008 R2 , it’s important to call attention to another important beta release: Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2! To ensure there is no confusion, let me be clear that I’m talking...
  • Blog Post: System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 RTMs and what I’m hearing from customers and partners about Microsoft’s virtualization solutions

    I’m Zane Adam, sr. director of virtualization strategy here in Redmond at Microsoft. I’m writing today to announce the exciting news that we’ve released to manufacturing (RTM’d) System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 and to talk a bit about its critical role in the broad set of virtualization offerings...