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  • Blog Post: Windows Server in an Amazon Cloud

    This week Microsoft began allowing the modification of the terms of some of its Enterprise licensing agreements to allow large customers in the United States to run their Windows Servers in the Amazon Cloud.  Larry Dignan at ZDNET posted a great article on the details of the process and the potential...
  • Blog Post: New Independent Virtualization Conferences Starting to Make their Mark

    With more companies moving towards a virtualized datacenter and thinking about how to gain efficiencies through integrated management, there’s strong interest for good information on how to achieve these results. There are a few “industry” events that cater to virtualization, but the most popular ones...
  • Blog Post: The Secret to Great Hosting isn’t Finger Food at TechEd, It’s Workloads on Windows!

    TechEd North America in New Orleans is only a month away, and I’ve start thinking about those cool TechEd parties hosted by Microsoft and partners.  Attending special events outside of the sessions gives everyone time to socialize and connect up.  It’s a lot of work to host a successful party...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V: CSV not Required for Live Migration

    I received a great question about something I said in my post on the great value of Hyper-V backup - that CSV is not required for Live Migration. One reader (thanks Dan), called me on this, because all of the documentation he had seen spoke of them together - including this article: “Hyper-V: Using Live...
  • Blog Post: Don't Compromise Your IT! Modernize It!

    Customers that I work with, like many of you, are actively seeking ways to reduce costs. Whether they are managing the IT department for a large organization or a small business, they are experiencing increasing pressure to do more with less. Are you feeling the "pinch" too? What does this mean...
  • Blog Post: Modernization Doesn’t Mean Using Mainframes in Expensive and Wasteful Ways!

    You may know that I’m part of the Windows Server Platform Strategy team and am involved with Open Source engagement at Microsoft. I do my best to keep up to speed with the comings and goings of Open Source and Linux in enterprises, and how Windows can best be used by organizations in cost effective and...
  • Blog Post: Ready to Virtualize? Do you need a MAP?

    Hopefully by now you are looking at virtualization of your servers, application, and various other IT needs as viable candidates to support your business. As you may have found during your research, there are several benefits virtualization can give your organization. Virtualization will help to: Reduce...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 R2 Virtualization gets Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX

    Windows Server 2008 R2 also got some great enhancements as well. RemoteFX is a new enhancement for Hyper-V, which will allow the ability to run 3D applications within a Hyper-V VM. This allows the virtual desktop experience to get even closer to the look and feel of an actual desktop. IT provides a great...
  • Blog Post: Blain Barton Interviews Max Trinidad around Windows Server 2008 R2 and Window 7 dealing with TCO

    As my first blog post for BIEB, I decided to highlight a video Interview I had with Max Trinidad, a local IT Professional in South Florida and more recently - A Microsoft PowerShell MVP! I talked to Max about his work in rolling out Windows 7 during the beta and RC builds and using virtualization...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization on a Shoestring

    Server virtualization promises huge costs savings through consolidating underutilized physical servers to fewer systems. Microsoft, VMware, and other virtualization vendors provide tools and guidance on how to virtualize existing systems. In fact, just today, ReadWriteWeb ran an article on the subject...
  • Blog Post: HP and Microsoft Expand Partnership: Virtualization

    This is an exciting time to be in the IT industry. When you see two companies working together for the common good of their customers, it is very exciting. Today, Microsoft and HP announced an extension to their 25 year Frontline partnership. This is an agreement to invest $250 million over...
  • Blog Post: Welcome from John Kelbley: Who I Am and What I do Around Here

    Hey everyone - I just wanted to let you know who I am. My name is John Kelbley and I'm a Senior Technical Product Manager with the Windows Server Platform Tech Strategy Team. Unfortunately, my title and team name don't say much about what I actually do! I'm part of a team at Microsoft very much focused...
  • Blog Post: Windows MDOP 2010: Desktop Virtualization Software that Makes Deploying Win7 More Efficient

    You have probably heard the term MDOP before and wondered what it is and why it is important to you. MDOP 2010 stands for the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, and it will help take your Windows 7 deployments to the next level . On Monday, Microsoft announced the release of the software in an blog...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V and Open Source: A Powerful (PowerShell) Combination

    In a post last week , I highlighted a number of ways to harness the power of virtualization with little or no costs. One tool I mentioned was the open source PowerShell Hyper-V Management library written by James O’Neill available on CodePlex . This library of PowerShell commandlets can enable you to...
  • Blog Post: Are SQL Servers good candidates for Virtualization...YES!

    With the release of Windows Server 2008 R2, we went back to our SQL team and asked them if we could get some guidance on virtualizing SQL Server. They have posted a video on the benefits of SQL Server consolidation as well as a great whitepaper on SQL Server consolidation. I posted a blog about this...
  • Blog Post: Linux on Hyper-V Makes Even More Cents Now!

    One of my early posts on this blog went into detail about value of Hyper-V, and the ability to easily backup and recover servers in new and inexpensive ways.  I explained that encapsulating all sorts of (even non-Windows) operating systems in Hyper-V enables backup snapshots of running systems at...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0: Software Usage Tracker part 6

    Welcome to part 6 of a 6 part series talking about a great FREE tool, which has released it’s 5th major version on Monday (7-12-2010).  The new version, MAP 5.0, has some exciting new features to help with discovery and software usage.  In this screencast we will take a look at MAP can help...
  • Blog Post: Visual Reference of Key Hyper-V Technologies in Windows Server 2008 R2

    Like the Windows Server 2008 R2 component poster , the Hyper-V poster is a great visual reference to better understand the key features and components of Hyper-V, and Microsoft virtualization solutions in general including: Architecture Virtual Networking Virtual Machine Snapshots (shown...
  • Blog Post: Understanding the Costs of Virtualization and Management Operations

    Taking a look at virtualization technologies and the benefits it brings to customers can help build an understanding of some of the potential areas cloud computing can also help businesses. Cloud computing takes the concept of virtualization to a whole new level, far beyond the simple server consolidation...
  • Blog Post: The Giant in Your Data Center

    First and Foremost,  I need to say on behalf of myself and Microsoft: THANK YOU!   Thank you for betting your business’ on Windows Server!  You all have slowly built your data centers on Windows Servers, allowing us to become the preferred giant in your data center and you are not alone...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization and a Virtual Introduction

    I just wanted to say hello. My name is Kenon Owens, and I am a Product Marketing Manager here at Microsoft specializing in our Integrated Virtualization Message. Over the coming weeks, you are going to see some posts from me about our virtualization capabilities and our vision for Integrated Virtualization...
  • Blog Post: Low Cost Virtualization: The Undiscovered Benefits

    Someone pointed out to me the InfoWorld article this week titled “5 things VMware must do to fend off Microsoft.”  Looking at the article reminded me of the scene in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country when Starfleet came to the realization that the Klingon Empire (their longstanding rival) was...
  • Blog Post: Switching To Microsoft Virtualization Expected To Net More Than $3 Million In Savings

    I've been away on vacation this month so it's been a while since I posted, but I wanted to share the story of a Fortune 500 customer I just came across that really helps demonstrate the potential savings of Microsoft virtualization over competitive offerings. CH2M HILL is a Fortune 500 company...
  • Blog Post: Telco Reduces Costs While Improving Datacenter Services - A Case Study

    With over 1.4 million wireless subscribers and 400 employees, a Jordanian telecommunications company, Umniah, recently deployed Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V server virtualization technology to their enterprise. Here's how they were able to reap the benefits of reduced IT costs (reduced hardware...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V R2 Can Give You Backup / Recovery Options You Never Had Before!

    Times are tough, and belts are tight. Many companies have looked to server virtualization to reduce costs through hardware consolidation. Cutting costs by combining server instances onto fewer physical systems can reduce costs, but could you do more? Are you squeezing the right cost without putting your...