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  • Blog Post: Performance Smack Down - Hyper-V vs. VMware vs. Citrix

    Virtualization Review posted the results of a performance shootout between Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware ESX, and Citrix XenServer…  The launched three tests against the various platforms.  First was a small number of heavy workload systems,  one database server running a midsize database...
  • Blog Post: Red Hat Support Coming To Hyper-V

    Last night Mike Neil posted to the Virtualization Team Blog regarding a new agreement between Microsoft and Red Hat to bring Red Hat guest support to Hyper-V.  Take a look at Mike’s full blog post Microsoft and Red Hat Cooperative Technical Support and/or the Red Hat press release Red Hat Moves...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta Download Public

    Ok the Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta is now available for public download… Take a look at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/R2-Beta.aspx for all of the information.  Or here’s the direct link to the download: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=85cfe4c9-34de-477c...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta… Ohh and Windows 7 too…

    Unless you’ve been under a rock all day you know that Windows 7 Beta was announced and released last night – along with Windows 7 Beta we also announced and released Server 2008 R2 (formally known as Windows 7 Server).  If you have an MSDN subscription you can download the new hotness right now...
  • Blog Post: Life w/out Internet

    As some of you might know Seattle had a rough few weeks with snow – for some parts of the country a few back to back 4”-6” snow storms isn’t a big deal but in Seattle it’s a “snow event”…  Well the day before it started snowing my internet at home went out, effectively anyway, downstream was all...
  • Blog Post: PDC Update Day 2 – Windows 7

    Day 2 started off with Ray’s talking about the convergence of the conventional pc platform and the internet, cloud, devices.  He quickly handed the floor over to Steve Sinofsky who almost immediately handed to the floor to Julie Larson-Green (VP of Windows Experience aka WEX).  She demoed several...
  • Blog Post: PDC Update Day 1

    Day 1 has come and gone by the time I got back to my hotel last night I was pretty much dead on my feet.  I had to miss the keynote to finish configuring my demo machines and put the finishing touches on my slides.  I also realized yesterday that I completely forgot my camera which really limits...
  • Blog Post: PDC Update: Day –1 and Day 0

    I flew in on Saturday and I think the flight was about 90% Microsoft employees including Mike Swanson – so the migration has begun.  I got in rented a car and got checked in to my hotel,  I am staying at the Hilton Checkers hotel in downtown LA.  I think the hotel is about 90% PDC attendees...
  • Blog Post: PDC T-1 Week…

    Wow it’s almost time… For the past 20 weeks or so I have been getting an email from Mike or one of the other PDC planners with titles like PDC2008 T-20 Weeks, PDC2008 T-10 Weeks, PDC2008 T-5 Weeks, PDC2008 T-02 Weeks and I know what’s coming on Monday!  I had the dry run of my session last week...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization Sales Strong, Hyper-V Strong First Quarter

    IDC released a report this morning entitled “Virtualization Continues to See Strong Growth in Second Quarter, According to IDC”…  Among the data they report Virtualization licence shipments in Q2 of 2008 increased 53% year over year.  Vmware holds the largest market share at 44% (combined VMware...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Hyper-V Server Available Now – For FREE!

    You can now download Microsoft Hyper-V Server for free from Microsoft Download center.  It’s pretty cool take a look (after all it’s free). Download Links: English | Chinese Traditional (ZH-TW) | All Other Languages   Taylor Brown Hyper-V Integration Test Lead http://blogs.msdn.com/taylorb
  • Blog Post: Are You Signed Up For PDC Yet?

    Seriously are you?  Today it was announced that in addition to Ray Ozzie and Rick Rashid they have added Bob Muglia (who demo’ed Live Migration last time he was on stage – what’s he going to show this time?) and they have added Steve Sinofsky to give some first looks at *shhh* Windows 7… They also...
  • Blog Post: 24 Core Support For Hyper-V Hosts!

    There is a newly released update for Hyper-V that will increase the support limit from 16 logical processors (cores) to 24 logical processors!  Since we support up to eight virtual processors for every one logical processor (8:1 over subscription) this increases the maximum number of virtual machines...
  • Blog Post: Free Hyper-V + Live Migration + SCVMM

    Yesterday was the official launch for Hyper-V.  I was able to attend a good chunk of the day and there was a lot of excitement around Hyper-V and more about the direction and the future of Virtualization. If you missed the event a lot of the content including the key note session from Bob Muglia...
  • Blog Post: Happy Virtualization Launch Day!

    Today is the launch for Microsoft Virtualization including Hyper-V.  I will be attending parts of the launch event (unfortunately I have a few other commitments in Redmond so I can’t stay for the whole event).  I will post any major news at it occurs though out the day.  See http://www...
  • Blog Post: New Virtualization Feed

    The Microsoft marketing team has setup a Virtualization blog RSS aggregator at http://www.virtualizationfeed.com … They are syndicating the first part of every post related to Virtualization, Hyper-V, SCVMM etc… from ‘the most knowledgeable bloggers on the topic of virualization’ ( obviously they where...
  • Blog Post: What Applications Are Supported Running On Hyper-V Virtual Machines?

    I had a Microsoft partner ask me about SQL and Exchange support on Hyper-V earlier today – being that when I say something it’s “Microsoft said…” I had to find the official KB/TechNet articles to refer to.  Well after spending about 20 minutes searching I finally the articles I was looking for. ...
  • Blog Post: Open Source PowerShell Editor -- PowerGUI

    Many of you know I have been a fan of PowerShellPlus for quite a while, but I was turned on to a new editor the other day that’s pretty slick – PowerGUI . Winner of this years Windows IT Pro Magazine’s Best of Tech Ed IT Pro Breakthrough Product Award this editor/GUI is not to shabby… The editor and...
  • Blog Post: New Hyper-V WMI Doc’s… Plus It’s Official I’ll Be Speaking at PDC… Plus Cluster Fix for Hyper-V…

    Hyper-V WMI Documentation First off I am happy to say the Hyper-V WMI documentation is finally post beta quality!  I want to personally thank a few members of the test team for writing much of the sample code and working very hard to get it posted.  There are now samples in C# and VBScript...
  • Blog Post: PDC 2008 Here We Come!

    Hyper-V will be well represented at the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC) this year. Additional sessions where posted today ( http://www.microsoftpdc.com/Agenda/Sessions.aspx ) and they include two Hyper-V sessions. The first is Developing Solutions For Hyper-V Using WMI and the second...
  • Blog Post: Lazy Monday… Link’s to other great blog posts.

    I've been a little light on content the last few weeks (the post RTM hangover is stating to fade finally)...  But luckily my collogues have been active with some great content.  Take a look.   HyperVoria http://hypervoria.com/hyper-v Hyper-V Best Practices - Quick Tips (1) Hyper-V Best...
  • Blog Post: Windows Sidebar Gadget For Hyper-V

    Ben Armstrong (Virtual PC Guy) told me about this today… Tore Lervik just released version 2.2 of it on Saturday.  I played around with it and it’s pretty cool… Anyone that is monitoring a few servers would definitely find this useful. Check it out http://mindre.net/post/Hyper-V-Monitor-Gadget-for...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V: Will My Computer Run Hyper-V? Detecting Intel VT and AMD-V

    Update 12/5/12: I was reviewing blog posts with the highest hit count and to my surprise this post is still receiving more than 10 hits per day on average…  In many ways I though this article would have lost it’s relevance given that pretty much every CPU shipped in the last 4+ years supports virtualization...
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