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  • Blog Post: Virtualization TechCenter

    New last month, the Virtualization TechCenter offers IT Pros links to technical documentation relative to the breadth of Microsoft’s virtualization products. Documents on the site include assessment, evaluation, deployment information as well as news and announcements about virtualization products. For...
  • Blog Post: Where should I look for Hyper-V Information?

    So your looking for information on Hyper-V and struggling for where to look! So I wanted to get a nice bit of compiled information that Jeff did....   Websites Microsoft Virtualization Home Page http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization/default.mspx Virtualization Case Studies http://www.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: How far will you take virtual

    We Launch a new campaign around Virtualisation, powered by Microsoft Siliverlight.  Get a refreshing new take on Microsoft Virtualisation, watch video’ and read case study of the impact that Virtualisation could have to you and your business.  Visit www.microsoft.com/virtualization and check...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator

    This is friking cool! You need to have a play with this! download this now and play around on this bad boy! The tool is so easy and funky to use its great! Try it out...... Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator Beta 1 Now Available! Are your existing servers and desktops capable of running...
  • Blog Post: Installing System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 Beta Part II

    Arlindo posted a 2nd part of the VMM Beta 2008 work that has been played with to date! ================== In the first part of this blogpost I’ve explained how you can install and what to expect during the installation of the server components of SCVMM 2008 Beta. Now we are going through the Console...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft IT Showcase proudly presents Insight Workshops - New! Virtualization at Microsoft

    I get asked this question all the time.. How does Microsoft IT use Virtulization internally? Well now you can find out! http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb687787.aspx#Virt Duration: 2-day workshops Fee : Based on location (email Insightw@microsoft.com for details) Dates, regional registration...
  • Blog Post: Event: Microsoft Virtualisation and Management Technologies - UK

    Are you from the UK?  Can you get to Reading?  If so you may want to attend this event Register NOW! Abstract: This event will take you through our latest management and Virtualisation technologies. We’ll start the day with a thought provoking keynote explaining how to use System Center to...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtualisation User Group UK

    This Thursday starts week of speaking and travelling. I’ll be presenting at the Microsoft Virtualisation User Group here in London before I rush of on the Friday to fly of to Seattle to do some talking internally. If you are in town and would like to come along (and we’d love to see you there), you can...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office Visio 2007 Professional Add-In for Rack Server Virtualization (Virtual Rack)

    Duane Thomas a buddy of mine, pinged me a link to this darn cool add-in to Visio. This amazing Add-in from Microsoft Office Visio 2007 Professional helps you plan virtualization. With over 70% of server hardware being under-utilized, this very valuable tool can draw a clear picture of your hardware utilization...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Quick Migration & VMware Live Migration Part 2

    Just wanted to put part 2 up of Jeff's post ! ------------------- Virtualization Nation, Last week, I blogged about the importance of HA for unplanned host downtime. By the number of responses, this is clearly a hot topic. Today, I was going to discuss planned downtime, specifically, the differences...
  • Blog Post: How Microsoft Does IT – Deploying Virtual Machines using Hyper-V

    Again another great set of materials showing how we do Virtualisation and the potential value of this technology.  Microsoft IT virtually deploys more than 80% of new servers using Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V. To ensure optimal performance, Microsoft IT has developed configuration best practices...
  • Blog Post: Get Virtual Now?!

    Now in case you have not heard there is a big event going on soon! The theme of the event is “Get Virtual Now” ( Monday’s (Sept. 8) virtualization event in Bellevue) – translation, with Microsoft software and partner solutions, customers can virtualize from the datacenter to the desktop, and manage those...
  • Blog Post: Windows 2008 R2 Failover Clustering and Hyper-V Host Clustering

    Andy Vierthaler pinged me earlier with some cool details and info on Windows Server 2008 R2 Failover clustering and hyper-v Clustering which he got forwarded from the cluster teams blog . Microsoft have some upcoming webcasts covering both introductory material and R2 features.  If you’re new to...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment and Planning 3.1 beta program

    May be old news but worth calling this out again! One of the most valuable tool for virtualisation is free and comes from Microsoft. It's called Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP), it's a capacity planning product that supports hardware and application virtualisation platforms, and it's able to...
  • Blog Post: How Microsoft IT does server Virtualization and Hyper-V

    How Microsoft IT does server Virtualization and Hyper-V So you want more evidence on Hyper-V, our friends at TechNet Edge have just posted this great interview.  Worth a watch. In this interview we met up with Devin Murray (Group Manager) and David Lef (Technology Architect) who are in charge of...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Quick Migration & VMware Live Migration Part 3

    Jeff has been posting up a great number of articles to give the world better clarity on the subject! He posted part 3 earlier on..... and wanted to keep this series up to date! Part 1 Part 2 ---------------------------------------------- Virtualization Nation, In the last two blogs, I discussed the importance...
  • Blog Post: PFE Hyper-V Ops Day – October

    We ran a Hyper-V day at the end of October, and collated a series of useful links and best practice guidance. Well here we go: Architecture Informal Hyper-V Architecture Disucssions http://edge.technet.com/Media/Hyper-V-how-it-works-Interview-with-PMs-Part-1/ http://edge.technet.com/Media/Hyper-V-how...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V R2 sizing tool now available from HP

    Good Old Patrick Lownds pinged me today to let me know that HP have released there Hyper-V R2 sizing tool. The HP Sizer for Microsoft Hyper-V 2008 R2 is an automated, downloadable tool that provides quick and helpful sizing guidance for “best-fit” HP server and storage configurations running in a Hyper...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Security Guide – Now Available!

    The Hyper-V Security Guide is designed to provide you with guidance, instructions, and recommendations to help further elevate the security of virtualized Windows Server® environments and address their business-critical needs. Here’s your chance to efficiently manage the security of their virtualized...
  • Blog Post: Cool Hyper-V Registry Settings

    Andrew Auret is one of our hot shots MCS consultants in the UK. He emailed me earlier with some bits and pieces with regards to Hyper-V and sent me a really handy tip! Well like any handy tip I do like to pass it onto the community at large! Cool registry entries in the Child guests under “HKLM...
  • Blog Post: Will Hyper-V exceed VMware ESX production workloads?

    So I have been talking to many customers with regard to our Visualization strategy in the context for both the Data centre and Desktop as of late.  Typically you to asked about VMWare.  I am not going to get into this conversation right now.  However I came across this interesting view...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate

    Today the Windows Virtualization Team , Blogged the availability of Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate .  Jeff Woolsey and the team awesome. I am off for a week and a bit so over to Mr Zarb for some MS insight :) The Virtualization team is pleased to announce the availability of...
  • Blog Post: Virtualboy.tv

    This is a great resource, delivered from my good friend Matt McSpirit.  Demo’s, training and a really good insight of our end to end Virtualisation strategy.  Check Virtualboy.tx out and of course check out Matt’s Blog    
  • Blog Post: Managing Remote Hyper- Servers from Windows 7

    How to access Hyper-V servers from Windows 7! So its done all PC’s and Laptops in my possession are running Windows 7.  This is cool, however I was building out a demo and need to manage Hyper-v from my main laptop running Windows 7.  Ahhh, not quite straight forward at this point.  so...
  • Blog Post: Cheng's Random Thoughts!

    One of the virtualization products that are close to my heart is System Centre Virtual Machine Manager. Honestly this is one rocking product! Its a product that really pulls together our hardware virtualization technologies and really is a lynch pin for organizations getting the benefit and management...