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  • Blog Post: Free Microsoft Virtual Academy Courses on Hyper-V and Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals

    Hey everyone, This is some pretty exciting stuff being brought to you by our Microsoft & VMware virtualization experts Symon Perriman , Jeff Woolsey and Matt McSpirit. I know that it may be difficult to block out an entire day for this training, but here is what you can do if you can't make it...
  • Blog Post: Sign-up for the Microsoft virtualization newsletter

    You'll be interested to register to receive the Microsoft virtualization newsletter, which features blogs and articles by Microsoft virtualization experts, customer success stories, news and links to key resources. Patrick
  • Blog Post: SBS myths dispelled...by "Tom"

    In the course of talking to many Microsoft partners and customers, the Windows Small Business Server team has learned that there are sometimes misperceptions about the product, in many cases based on experiences with the earlier versions of SBS. In hopes of dispelling some of these "myths," the team...
  • Blog Post: Next Stops for the Windows Server 2012 Community Roadshow: Germany, UAE, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Australia, and Spain!

    Hi, this is Christa Anderson, Community Lead for the Windows Server and System Center Group. We’ve got just a little bit more than a month left in the roadshow but we’re still going strong. Register now for an event in Berlin, Germany on January 21 Register now for an event in Dubai...
  • Blog Post: Faster Eval Setup of SQL, Exchange and Windows Server

    The VHD Test Drive Program is now live. If you've heard of VMware's appliances, then you get the idea behind this program. We're making the Windows Server OS and a number of Microsoft server-based apps available for evaluation via a single virtual hard disk (VHD) file. So it's all pre-built and pre-configured...
  • Blog Post: Get the “Scoop” on Hyper-V during VMworld

    VMworld kicks off this week in San Francisco. I happen to know a few loyal VMware IT professionals, and the event is clearly a very exciting time of the year for them - an opportunity to meet other fellow enthusiasts, as well as to learn more about new releases from VMware. But I wonder if they would...
  • Blog Post: LA Traffic - 1,500 Shirts in 150 minutes

    The show floor proved to be really busy this morning. One piece of evidence: we distributed 1,500 shirts in 2.5 hours. The orange shirts say "Virtualize World Peace" and the crowd was 2-deep at demos for Virtual Machine Manager (in beta now), SoftGrid and Windows Server virtualization (the hypervisor...
  • Blog Post: New management tool for Virtual Server and Viridian

    You'll be interested to read Chris' post about the release of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007. This first version is for managing VMs and apps within Virtual Server 2005. The next version of SCVMM will manage VMs and apps running within Viridian/Windows Server 2008. But not only that, Chris...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V certificate expiration and resolution

    For those of you who’ve enabled the Hyper-V role in WS08. It has been determined that a certificate error can occur resulting in the inability to start or connect to virtual machines running on Windows Server 2008 or Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008. The Hyper-V virtualization host and the existing virtual...
  • Blog Post: Xen in the Windows kernal or Hyper-V? Ha-ha

    Every now and again we'll use this blog to correct errors in the public domain, mainly by journalists or analyst trying to do a good job but who come up short on fact checking due to time constraints. Of course some of these errors are more obvious than others. The latest form of error pertains to Hyper...
  • Blog Post: Tech support for all those different VMs

    Arrived back to Redmond late yesterday from Reno where I was attending Supercomputing 2007 conference . I suspect SC07 will be best remembered for the power outage that hit the convention center and most of downtown Reno, and Ashlee's stellar headline . While I was in Reno, there were lots of colleagues...
  • Blog Post: Survey says: IT pros weigh in on the role of solution providers

    Microsoft recently worked with MarketTools's Zoom Panel Tech to conduct an online survey of 2000 IT professionals about if, how and why they use solution providers (IT consultants, resellers, system integrators and hosted service providers.) The results verify what we've heard repeatedly from customers...
  • Blog Post: Available for Download: Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta!

    We're at the sold out Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington D.C. talking to our partners about the public beta release today of Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. We managed to get this puppy out the door a few weeks early, so take advantage and download the code...
  • Blog Post: The March of the Virtualized Penguins

    LinuxWorld-Boston is shaping up to be dominated by virtualization news. Be it the major Linux distributors talking about the incorporation (or attempt to incorporate) of Xen hypervisor into the Linux kernal. We'll also hear about expanded uses of virtualization and the possible virtualization format...
  • Blog Post: Q&A on Windows Server virtualization

    Mike Neil, a product unit manager on the virtual machine team (core OS) did a Q&A with Virtualization.info that's worth a read. The Q&A covers Windows Server virtualization , System Center virtual machine manager and the Softricity acquisition. And a week ago the download center published...
  • Blog Post: VMyths

    For those of us interested in virtualization, we now have a new definition of white paper , to say the least . It appears the Dan’s pre-VMWorld 2006 blog was good enough to qualify and package as a white paper. Not only did Mike Neil reject VMWare’s claims today, but there have been many questions in...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server virtualization calculator

    Check out the new Windows Server virtualization calculator to get an estimate on the number of OS licenses needed, and the costs, to virtualize different datacenter configurations. The calculator is pre-populated with the US dollar Open agreement Estimated Retail Prices for Standard Edition, Enterprise...
  • Blog Post: P-states. Stay cool this summer

    Reuters/Tokyo reports that Intel is set to announce a new Xeon processor line, to date it has been codenamed Woodcrest. The article reads in part: Intel executives have previously said the new chip would deliver an 80 percent gain in performance with a 35 percent reduction in power use. The...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: Marathon and Microsoft fault tolerant computing

    Hi, I'm Jerry Melnick, ch ief technology officer at Marathon Technologies. Today we announced an expanded development and marketing agreement with Microsoft that underscores industry recognition of the growing need to eliminate downtime for your most important applications. Working together, Marathon...
  • Blog Post: Customers Save Big $$ with Windows Server Hyper-V

    Looks like many of you are saving big money with Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V. And today we announced that, on average, it's $470,000 per customer per year. Not bad at all and very gratifying to see. Here's just one example provided today: Saxo Bank had an average physical server utilization of...
  • Blog Post: MSD evolution and leadership

    Hi, my name is Brad Anderson and I’m the General Manager, leading product development and engineering for Microsoft’s Management and Solutions Division. Many of you have heard that I recently assumed leadership for MSD after Kirill Tatarinov moved over to lead MS Business Solutions Division. Looking...
  • Blog Post: VMworld 2007: bigger, broader and Viridian

    VMworld 2007 kicked off with Diane Greene, Pat Gelsinger (Intel) and Hector Ruiz (AMD) speaking to what must have been 10,000 people in the Moscone Center. The crowd was larger than the hey-day of JavaOne. Greene announced some new items; Gelsinger dove into the benchmarks to show the virtues of Intel...
  • Blog Post: Master Chief says to Download Virtual Machine Manager beta 2

    For those of you running Virtual Server 2005 R2 -- and I know there's been more than 1 million downloads -- then you'll want to download beta 2 of System Center Virtual Machine Manager . And if you do so before May 24, you'll be automatically entered to win an Xbox 360 console. And that's HUGE, since...
  • Blog Post: This Week's Virtualization Chatter

    Lots of movement within the virtualization industry this week. From monitoring the chatter, I’m reminded again of the dynamic nature of this market, and the significant opportunities for customers to gain cost savings and IT gains from incorporating the technology into their business. I foudn Larry Orecklin...
  • Blog Post: Where we're headed with virtualization

    Hi, Mike Neil here. It’s been a while since I've posted . To update you, I now oversee the development teams, plans and strategy for our virtualization software - both the desktop and server. In this role, I’m really fortunate in that I get to meet with a broad range of customers and partners. I value...