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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: 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: Guest post: NetApp and Microsoft See Virtualization Success Together

    Hi, I’m Friea Berg from NetApp’s Virtualization Solutions team. Today, I’d like to share how Microsoft and NetApp have been helping customers get the most out of their virtualized infrastructure. Microsoft is a leader in applications, Windows, and management while NetApp leads in highly...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: MDOP 2010 Launches, with 64-bit version of App-V 4.6

    Earlier today we announced important updates for IT pros considering Windows 7 deployment. Specifically, we released Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2010 , which includes App-V 4.6 , supporting Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 for RDS and Office 2010. The App-V support for Office 2010 means you...
  • Blog Post: Dynamic Memory Coming To Hyper-V

    Virtualization Nation, I’ve had the pleasure of talking with customers in the last few months and the Hyper-V R2 reception has been nothing but unequivocally positive. Whether it’s been folks in small, medium or the enterprise, they appreciate the new capabilities in Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V...
  • Blog Post: Dynamic Memory Coming to Hyper-V Part 4

    ===================================================================== Preamble: The point of this series, and the spirit in which it is written, is to take a holistic approach at the issues facing our customers, discuss the complexities with regard to memory management and explain why we're taking...
  • 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: R2 Veeam Too

    Hello, I’m Doug Hazelman and I’m the director of the Global Systems Engineers Group at Veeam Software. I’ve been with Veeam for almost two years, and prior to that I was with Aelita Software (which was acquired by Quest Software) where I worked with the same management team now behind Veeam Software...
  • Blog Post: BEWARE THE VMWARE MEMORY VTAX; PLUS--GOOD NEWS FOR HYPER-V...

    Virtualization Nation, The last few weeks have been buzzing with virtualization news. Just two examples are the Windows Server “ 8 ” Hyper-V Sneak Peek at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) and VMware’s creation of the Memory vTax. WPC: A Sneak Peek at Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: Dynamic Memory Coming to Hyper-V Part 2…

    ====================================================== Preamble: The point of this series, and the spirit in which it is written, is to take a holistic approach at the issues facing our customers, discuss the complexities with regard to memory management and explain why we’re taking the approach we...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization: desktop to datacenter

    It's been a while since I've posted a blog ... but that one really caused a stir in the Virt circles in the Bay Area. Hopefully it doesn't mean I can't hit up those people for Sharks tickets. I've stumbled across some interesting items that I wanted to share with you. Microsoft Desktop Optimization...
  • Blog Post: Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool v2.1

    Virtualization affects how we plan, build, deploy, operate, and service workloads. C ustomers are creating large libraries of virtual machines containing various configurations. The patch-state of these virtual machines are not always known. Ensuring that offline virtual machines are properly patched...
  • Blog Post: Explaining Microsoft RemoteFX

    Hi, my name is Max Herrmann, and I am part of the Windows Server Remote Desktop Services marketing team at Microsoft. Two years ago, Microsoft acquired Calista Technologies where I came from – a startup that set out to create technology that allows remote workers to enjoy the same rich user experience...
  • Blog Post: 5Nine Manager for Hyper-V

    Virtualization Nation, With the release of Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 SP1, we have once again raised the bar for providing a robust, enterprise class virtualization platform at no cost. For example, did you realize that Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 SP1 includes RemoteFX? This new feature...
  • Blog Post: Repost: Dynamic Memory Coming to Hyper-V Part 5…

    ===================================================================== Preamble: The point of this series, and the spirit in which it is written, is to take a holistic approach at the issues facing our customers, discuss the complexities with regard to memory management and explain why we’re...
  • 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...