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  • Blog Post: Guest Post: The Green Benefits We've Experienced with a Virtualized Data Center

    Greetings! I’m Chris Steffen, Principal Technical Architect with Kroll Factual Data and you may have seen some guest posts from me before. At Kroll Factual Data, we’ve done a lot of work with virtualization and while flexibility and cost savings were major considerations for initiating our virtualization...
  • 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: 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: Partner Resources: Windows Error Reporting & More

    Virtualization Nation, In my last blog, I discussed the importance of a Security Development Lifecycle and how we're making resources available to our customers and partners. Today, I want to discuss a more resources Microsoft provides our partners to develop and refine their products running on Windows...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 8: Standards-Based Storage Management

    Take a look at Jeffrey Snover's blog post, Distinguished Engineer and Lead Architect for Window Server, where he discusses standards-based storage management in the next release of Windows Server codenamed "Windows Server 8". Read Jeffrey's post on the Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform blog .
  • 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: Follow us on Twitter and get a chance to win a Zune HD

    I now have the final list of sessions that I will be attending at VMworld. As I noted last time I had a lot of waitlists which it now appears I have not made the cut for most of the sessions. That means I will be at our booth (#2422) almost all of today (Aug 31, 2009) and at the times when I am not attending...
  • 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: 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: Visual Studio Lab Management 2010 beta 2

    Hello, this is Bryon Surace again . I’m a senior program manager on the Windows virtualization team at Microsoft. Recently , the Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 beta 2 became available for public download. Part of this release is the Beta 2 version of Visual Studio Team System 2010 Lab...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Dynamic Memory test for VDI density

    Hi, I’m Michael Kleef, senior technical product manager within the Windows Server and Cloud division. As Brad Anderson and I discussed at the TechEd Europe keynote today , Dynamic Memory, a new feature in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, can increase Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) densities...
  • 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: HYPER-V QUICK MIGRATION & VMWARE LIVE MIGRATION PART 1...

    Virtualization Nation, Generally speaking, I like to focus my blogs on what we’re doing at Microsoft regarding Hyper-V virtualization and pretend the rest of the Internet doesn't exist. However, there’s some buzz on the web about a topic that I feel I need to address. Today, this blog is the first...
  • 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: Isolation of VMs

    Our resident VM security dev lead, Brandon Baker, posted a blog today about isolation of VMs. Brandon shares his thoughts on VM security, many of which he also shared to attendees of the BlackHat security conferences in U.S. and Japan last year. Brandon discusses the design goals of Hyper-V development...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: All Eyes on SteelEye with DataKeeper Support for Hyper-V

    Hi all, My name is Dave Bermingham and I’m the director of Windows product management for SteelEye Technology, a provider of business continuity and disaster recovery solutions. I’d like to thank Microsoft’s Virtualization team for the opportunity to guest blog on SteelEye’s continued support for...
  • Blog Post: MMS 2011 LABS POWERED BY HYPER-V, SYSTEM CENTER & HP...

    Virtualization Nation, We just completed a great week at MMS 2011 in Las Vegas. To say it was a busy week would be a huge understatement. To everyone that attended, our sincere thanks. I spoke to a lot of folks at the show and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Whether it was the announcements...
  • 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: 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: Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V iSCSI Performance Webcast

    My friend and teammate Jim Schwartz on our Virtualization Solutions Marketing Team has asked me to post this entry about a very exciting webcast coming up, but he can describe it much better than me... Hi, I’m Jim Schwartz, a director of virtualization solutions marketing with Microsoft in Redmond...
  • Blog Post: Live Migration and Host Clustering available at no charge in Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2

    I’m Zane Adam, senior director of virtualization and System Center. It’s been a while since my last post , and wanted to update you on our standalone hypervisor, Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Last Fall we released Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008, a standalone hypervisor-based virtualization product...
  • Blog Post: WinServer 2K8 Hyper-V is alive

    Fellow Virtualization Fans, Bryon Surace here. I’m a senior program manager on the server virtualization team. Last week Steve Ballmer officially announced the public availability of Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta! So did my friends over at the Windows Server Division blog . With this release, there...
  • 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...