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  • Blog Post: Microsoft IT Leverages its Compute Service to Virtualize SharePoint 2010

    Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of Microsoft IT Leverages its Compute Service to Virtualize SharePoint 2010 , which discusses how MSIT uses server virtualization to address data-center power consumption, and space issues.  At Microsoft, server virtualization has become...
  • Blog Post: System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 – Release Candidate Available!

    System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Servicing Portal 2.0 (SSP), a key component of Microsoft’s cloud strategy and gives you the tools and tested guidance you need to build the foundation for a private cloud infrastructure.  Using SSP, you can deliver IT as a service to you organization, enabling...
  • Blog Post: Results of the Green IT Datacenter Pilot: Consolidating Data Centers Using Virtualization

    Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of Results of the Green IT Datacenter Pilot: Consolidating Data Centers Using Virtualization , which discusses a green IT initiative for data centers. In 2009 MSIT proposed a Green IT initiative which included anticipated power consumption...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 – Service Pack 1 Announced

    http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/business/archive/2010/06/07/virtualization-updates-at-teched.aspx Today, at TechEd in the US, we are pleased to announce that by the end of July we will be releasing the public beta of Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. During our Desktop Virtualization...
  • Blog Post: How Microsoft IT Reduces Operating Expenses Using Virtualization

    Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of How Microsoft IT Reduces Operating Expenses Using Virtualization , which discusses how Microsoft adopted an aggressive approach for implementing virtualization on the Windows Server 2008 operating system with Hyper-V technology, changing...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtualization TechNet Live Meetings in May

    We are doing a series of free Microsoft Virtualization TechNet Live Meetings in May . Each Live Meeting is scheduled to run for 90 mins and the target audience is IT Pros and IT Managers. Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V – Technical Overview and changes Friday, 7 May 2010 11:00 AM Australia (East) Speaker...
  • Blog Post: Virtualisation and Management Summit – Register now for this FREE event

    Ready, Set, Virtualise. You are invited to attend the Microsoft Management and Virtualisation summit and h ear from international Microsoft guest speakers. What's the best desktop management strategy? How can a virtualised dynamic datacenter save you time and money? What is the best migration path to...
  • Blog Post: Improving Branch-Office Services Through Virtualization

    Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of Improving Branch-Office Services Through Virtualization , which discusses how Microsoft IT developed a strategy based on the Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V to meet changing business requirements.  To ensure that the services of...
  • Blog Post: Help IT Pros Deploy The New Efficiency - today!

    Increase technical readiness, accelerate deployment, fuel usage and boost platform adoption. Saving Money with Virtualization · Conflict: As you fill the last empty slot on the server rack, a question comes to mind, "Why so many server boxes? Is there a better way?” · Resolution: By using Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Machine Machine R2 has RTMed - evaluation version now available for download!

    We’re pleased to announce the RTM of System Centre Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 .  VMM 2008 R2 RTM is the latest upgrade to VMM 2008, Microsoft’s comprehensive management solution for the virtualised datacentre which enables consolidation of physical servers, rapid provisioning of new virtual...
  • Blog Post: Server Virtualization Validation Program

    Hi All, To improve customers' support experiences when running Windows Server on virtualization technologies other than Hyper-V™ and Virtual Server, Microsoft has launched the Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP). SVVP is open to any vendor that delivers a machine virtualization solution that...
  • Blog Post: Spotlight on... Microsoft App-V

    To assist you with operating App-V, I have collated these links to highlight some of the online content available which you might find useful. If there is anything in particular you’d like to hear about, please let me know. App-V White papers on Microsoft.com · App-V 4.5 Server Sizing Guide · Virtual...
  • Blog Post: Best Practices for Deploying Virtual Machines using Hyper-V Virtualization Technology

    Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication Best Practices for Deploying Virtual Machines using Hyper-V Virtualization Technology , which discusses how Microsoft IT developed configuration best practices, based on the application workloads or services being provided by the virtual machines...
  • Blog Post: Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2.0

    Hi All, The Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2.0 helps organizations maintain virtual machines that are stored offline in a Microsoft® System Center Virtual Machine Manager library. While stored, virtual machines do not receive operating system updates. The tool provides a way to keep offline virtual...
  • Blog Post: Easing the Path to Virtualization

    Hi All, Microsoft recently updated its software licensing terms for 41 server applications, and updated its technical support policy for 31 server applications so that customers can receive technical support when deploying those applications on Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V Server, or...
  • Blog Post: Support policy for Microsoft SQL Server products that are running in a hardware virtualization environment

    Microsoft provides technical support for SQL Server 2005 and for SQL Server 2008 that are running in the following hardware virtualization environments: • Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 • Configurations that are certified through the Server Virtualization Validation...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 Released!

    Hi All, Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008, a bare metal hypervisor-based server virtualization product, is now available as a no-cost Web download at http://www.microsoft.com/Hyper-VServer . Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 provides a simplified, reliable and optimized virtualization solution for customers...
  • Blog Post: MDOP 2008 R2 Release to Manufacturing!

    Hi All, Some good news for those of you who have been asking about the availability of App-V 4.5, it is now available on the volume Licensing Site for customers to download. Just a week Shanen Boettcher wrote about virtualization and its role in the Optimized Desktop, specifically announcing the RTM...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft and Partners Help Customers “Get Virtual Now”

    Today more than 20 partners announce plans for Microsoft virtualization solutions; Microsoft Hyper-V Server, Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 and System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 available within 30 days. New Server Virtualization and Management Products Product-related news at today...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization Strategy Provides Tools, Processes, and Compliance Capabilities to Enhance Business Support and Drive Adoption

    Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of Virtualization Strategy Provides Tools, Processes, and Compliance Capabilities to Enhance Business Support and Drive Adoption, which discusses how Microsoft IT indentified virtualization as an important strategy to reduce space and power...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 3.1 (MAP) Solution Accelerator NOW AVAILABLE!

    Officially released on 30-June-2008 to the general public, this tool could be very useful to you to perform hardware inventory, compatibility analysis and readiness reporting on our newest products. If you are interested in assessing your IT infrastructure and planning to migrate to Windows Server 2008...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s Hypervisor Technology Gives Customers Combined Benefits of Windows Server 2008 and Virtualization - RTM!

    Hi All, Following the launch of Windows Server 2008, Microsoft reached another milestone today with the release of Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, the hypervisor-based virtualization technology that is a feature of select versions of Windows Server 2008. The nearly 1.5 million copies of the Hyper-V beta...
  • Blog Post: Identifying Server Candidates for Virtualization

    Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of Identifying Server Candidates for Virtualization , which discusses how Microsoft IT identified virtualization as one of the prime strategies to address the issues of server underutilization and data-center capacity.  For several years...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 Release Candidate Availability!

    Hi All, A new release candidate for Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) is now available!! Along with building new features, the team has been working hard to bring the product into compliance with Microsoft shipping standards. TAP customers will be expanding their deployments to thousands...
  • Blog Post: New Zealand Virtualisation Breakfast for IT Decision Makers

    Microsoft invites you to breakfast to hear how Revera – one of New Zealand’s up and coming technology leaders – is taking Virtualisation to greener pastures. Following the successful launch of Windows Server 2008, Microsoft invites you to breakfast to share with you their vision and strategy for...
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