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  • 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 “Many-Core” Application Platform – Take 2, "Tools”

    In a recent post I wrote about the new platform scalability features available with Windows Server 2008 R2 . For Developers, the platform is only half of the equation. Developers require corresponding tools and libraries in order to make the most of the platform. These tools are now making their...
  • Blog Post: Optimize Deployment of Your Desktop Environment

    Are you looking to deploy Windows more effectively and efficiently, but not sure how?  You most likely have several questions: How do I plan? What hardware do I need? What about compatibility? How do I handle migration? How do I create standards? Is there any guidance? Chances are if you ever deployed...
  • 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: 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: About Phil Pennington…

    My current role involves writing, teaching, and publishing content that enables Developers to build Windows Server solutions. Regular contribution venues include: MSDN Channel 9 MSDN Code Gallery My Blog TechNet Edge My career as a "computer guy" began in the U.S. Navy when I was assigned...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) 4.6 User Experience

    The main delivery of App-V 4.6 is 64-bit supportability. The rest product features and functions are much the same, if not identical, with those of App-V 5.1 SP1 .The following shows App-V 4.6 Windows Desktop Client and App-V 4.6 Client for Remote Desktop Services (or Terminal Services) installed in...
  • 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: Nothing RISCy About SQL Server on Windows!

    Buck Woody has a post this week about sensational combinations like peanut butter with chocolate (taste sensation) and SQL Server with Windows (processing sensation). It reminded me of another recent post out on Intel’s “ The Server Room ” blog by Eoin McConnell urging people to get ready for the...
  • Blog Post: RDS, VDI, and App-V User Experience

    The ability to deliver a desktop with full fidelity over a network, while deploying applications on demand and with hardware independence, is an IT reality with Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Application Virtualization (App-V) which is part of Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack ( MDOP ). This...
  • Blog Post: "To Windows Server, the Quiet King of Communication and Collaboration!"

      During my college days long ago I learned that all communication is built on a framework.  Whether the communication is interpersonal or intercontinental, between individuals or nations, written, spoken, or even unspoken.  All communication is based on a framework of rules and maxims...
  • 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 Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) V1 SP1 User Experience

    Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization, or MED-V, is a desktop virtualization solution providing a self-contained computing environment including the OS, intended applications, and customized settings, if any. Desktop virtualization allows an application to run in a specific OS environment different...
  • 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: 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: Ghost Town Tech

    Have you ever noticed how sometimes sweeping changes can occur without pomp and circumstance right under our noses and we fail to notice that anything has happened because we are so used to doing things the same old way.  Have you been to a ghost town… uhhh.. I mean the local branch of your bank...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Explained

    This is a follow-up posting and a continual discussion of desktop virtualization and Remote Desktop Services (RDS) relevant to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 (WS2008R2) . I highly recommend those who are not familiar with RDS taking a moment to review the architecture and know what role RDWA, RDG...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 announcements @ TechEd

    TechEd was a great experience and thank you to everyone, all 428 of you that decided to see Chris and I talk about the 10 hottest topics for Windows Server 2008 R2 Administrators.  We hope you enjoyed the session and more importantly, if you chose to buy our book after the session, Thank You! As...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 BranchCache™ User Experience

    This is a follow-up posting of Windows 7 BranchCache™ Explained . BranchCache, an exciting feature introduced in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, enables content from file and Web servers on a wide area network (WAN) to be cached on computers at a local branch office. Once BranchCache is configured...
  • Blog Post: Because It's Everybody's Business is Just That - For EVERYBODY

    Our Customers want to see the best benefit for their IT dollars. Whether they are a large organization with thousands of servers, or a small home based business with just a few, they need to be agile in responding to their business needs, which means they need the flexibility virtualization provides...