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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Guest post: Moving Virtualization into the Mainstream

    I’d like to start this post by saying thank you to our friends at Microsoft for running my blog post here. As AMD is mid-way through Virtualization Ecosystem Month (VEM), it has been exciting to see the partner support around the topic of virtualization and I encourage you to check out Microsoft’s guest...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: Intel Inside for Hyper-V Virtualization

    Hi my name is Radhakrishna Hiremane, a senior product marketing engineer at Intel based in Portland, Oregon, and I’m responsible for marketing of virtualization technology on Intel servers and workstations. Microsoft recently extended the processor core support for Hyper-V to 24-cores. A shift from...
  • Blog Post: Native VHD Support in Windows 7

    This blog entry describes the support in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 for creating and managing Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) files as a native format, and booting a physical machine from a VHD file. Native VHD support helps our enterprise customers and developer community use a common image format...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: Virtualization; Something Old, Someone New and Some Really Big Cost Savings

    Hello, I’m Kevin Knox, VP Worldwide Commercial Business at AMD . Microsoft invited me to do this guest blog post in conjunction with our sponsorship of Microsoft’s “Get Virtual Now” event on Sept. 8. I always find it interesting to hear people singing the praises of x86 virtualization and talking...
  • Blog Post: MMS 2009: Application Virt for Servers

    I'm a bit behind is sharing the following demo video. On Tuesday at Microsoft Management Summit, we did a demo of application virtualization for servers. Both Mary Jo and Alessandro predicted this demo a couple weeks ago - so not a real surprise. The demo was described as a technology preview, meaning...
  • Blog Post: HP whitepapers on NIC Teaming for Hyper-V

    HP has published 2 white papers describing their NIC teaming support for Hyper-V. First is a 5-page "how to" document specific to HP ProLiant. Here's the abstract: HP ProLiant Network Teaming Software allows ProLiant systems running Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V to take advantage of...
  • Blog Post: Beware The VMware Core Tax & More

    Virtualization Nation, We'd like to again offer congratulations to AMD on the release of their new 6-core Opteron ("Istanbul") processors . As Bryon mentioned , Hyper-V R2 goes hand in hand with these new processors with support for AMD's Rapid Virtualization Indexing, advanced power savings with...
  • Blog Post: Linux Integration Components for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V

    Daniel asked about the Linux integration components for Hyper-V. They've now reached RC2 status, according to Mike Sterling , and are available from http://connect.microsoft.com/ Hang on – did you say RC2? Due to customer feedback from the beta version, we added a couple of additional features...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and AMD's 6-core Opteron

    Hello, this is Bryon Surace . I’m a senior program manager on the Windows virtualization team at Microsoft. The recent announcement by AMD regarding the 6-core AMD Opteron processor (codenamed ‘Istanbul’) marks another milestone in AMD’s continued mission to create processors designed to provide performance...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Security Guide – beta now available

    The Hyper-V Security Guide can help you elevate the security of virtualized Windows Server environments to meet your business-critical needs. This accelerator provides IT professionals like you with recommendations to address your key security concerns around server virtualization. The guide provides...
  • 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: Online sessions, book and more

    Admittedly this post is a stew and not a meal (if that metaphor works). But you might be interested in the following items. I'll keep it short: John Kelbley will host a webcast on Friday, May 8 at 8:00am PDT titled, "Running Linux on Hyper-V." The session will discuss install, configure, run, backup...
  • Blog Post: Pre-VMworld: Check out Hyper-V Server and Live Migration demos

    While you getting ready for the weekend, or getting ready to head to Vegas, you might be interested to check out these first-look demos of Hyper-V Server 2008 (standalone hypervisor, due in a few weeks) and live migration with Windows Server 2008 R2. Adam wrote this about the Hyper-V Server demo:...
  • Blog Post: WU-hoo! Only 12 Days to WU

    It’s Christmas in July… As you may have heard, Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V was released today, and is now available to download . July 8 th will mark Hyper-V’s Release to Windows Update . You may remember when we released the first Hyper-V beta , it was right around Christmas. We’re bringing the joy...
  • 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: 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: 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...