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  • Blog Post: Try Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Features in new Virtual Machine

    A new Visual Studio 2012 RC ALM Virtual Machine lets you try out the seven main scenarios supported by Visual Studio 2012. You also get 18 hands-on-labs / demo scripts and another 11 scenarios which were introduced in Visual Studio 2010. The virtual machine provides a single virtual environment for learning...
  • Blog Post: How to Sign up for the New Windows Azure Virtual Machines

    My colleague Hanu Kommalapati provides the step by step instructions on how to go from your Windows Azure account and add the new Windows Azure Virtual Machines features. See Sign-up Process for Azure Virtual Machines Preview . About Windows Azure Virtual Machine Windows Azure Virtual Machine...
  • Blog Post: Try Private Cloud Tools with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 RC

    The Virtual Machine Manager team has released the release candidate for System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 (VMM). VMM helps enable centralized management of physical and virtual IT infrastructure, increased server utilization, and dynamic resource optimization across multiple virtualization...
  • Blog Post: Learn to Build Your Private Cloud at TechNet Sessions in Western US

    Cloud Power! What are the options? Public Cloud, Hybrid Cloud, Private Cloud? Which one is right for your business? Join us as we discuss the basics of cloud infrastructures and the details of how to build your own private cloud. In 4 hours we will build a private cloud with you! We will talk about...
  • Blog Post: Roadmap – Updates Announced for Data Center at Tech•Ed

    Announcements this week at Tech•Ed included new products for System Center, Forefront, and new support for Linux-based CentOS in Hyper-V. The announcements include: System Center Orchestrator (formerly Opalis) provides an IT process automation platform that orchestrates workflows across...
  • Blog Post: Service Pack for the Free Hyper-V Server Ships with Dynamic Memory, RemoteFX

    The free standalone Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1 has shipped with two features that enhance your virtualization scenarios: Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX. These features help you better utilize memory resources of Hyper-V hosts and provide rich end user experience for VDI and...
  • Blog Post: New System Center 2012 Helps Deploy, Manage Customer’s Public, Private Cloud

    The new System Center 2012 , announced at Microsoft Management Summit , will enable your IT managers and your customers’ IT Managers build private clouds with the infrastructure they know and own today — including other vendors’ platforms and virtualization technologies. ISVs are...
  • Blog Post: How to Set Up SharePoint 2010 Developer Machine without Hyper-V

    SharePoint Easy Setup Script is a new tool released by Chris Johnson and Paul Stubbs to help you set up a SharePoint 2010 developer machine without requiring Hyper-V. The Easy Setup script will set up the machine, either as a native install or on a bootable VHD file. Paul and Chris have a video on...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track Program Offers On Ramp for Private Clouds

    If you're looking to get started implementing a Microsoft private cloud infrastructure, the Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track program can offer invaluable help by delivering pre-validated reference architectures. Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track solutions are currently being offered by six Microsoft hardware partners...
  • Blog Post: Cloud, Server, Tools Lead Application Platform Announcements at PDC

    Cloud Roadmap Announced for Windows Azure Platform At the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) , Microsoft is announcing a host of new enhancements and services that make it easier to move to platform as a service, to enhance current applications and workloads, and to transform applications to...
  • Blog Post: PDC10 Announces Ways to Help Bring Existing Apps to the Cloud

    During the keynote address at Developers Conference (PDC), Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Server and Tools Business President Bob Muglia showed how the company is advancing the Microsoft platform, spanning the PC, phone and cloud. Microsoft specifically highlighted the momentum of Windows Azure, Windows...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Roadmap Includes Virtual Machine Role, SQL Azure Reporting, Windows Azure Marketplace, and More

    At the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) , Microsoft is announcing a host of new enhancements and services that make it easier to move to platform as a service, to enhance current applications and workloads, and to transform applications to take full advantage of the underlying platform. These...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Release Candidate - New Virtualization Innovations

    Improve the efficiency and availability of IT resources and applications with the new virtualization innovations provided in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 RC. Dynamic Memory and Microsoft RemoteFX TM , to help businesses further optimize their datacenter and desktops. Dynamic Memory...
  • Blog Post: Service Pack 1 for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 Reaches Beta

    Tami Reller , corporate vice president and chief financial officer for the Windows business, detailed the tremendous partner opportunity with Windows 7 at Worldwide Partner Conference. She announced the beta release of Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1, which enhance...
  • Blog Post: ISV Video: PowerShell Automates Datacastle Testing with Hyper-V, Reduces Deployment Costs

    Datacastle uses PowerShell to work with Hyper-V for quicker tests across many configurations and for quicker and improved deployment at customer sites. ISV Video: PowerShell Automates Datacastle Testing with Hyper-V, Reduces Deployment Costs Datacastle Vice President of Quality Assurance Barry...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Dynamics CRM Benchmark: 100K Concurrent Users with Hyper-V

    Recently we conducted a new benchmark test involving 100,000 concurrent users. Benchmark testing was performed on a Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 implementation that included Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008 R2 Hyper-V and Microsoft SQL Server® 2008 R2, two Dell PowerEdge servers running Intel® Xeon® Processors...
  • Blog Post: Try Out Visual Studio 2010 RC on VPC

    Virtual PCs images and Hyper-v images of Visual Studio 2010 RC are now available. You can try out the new Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate and Team Foundation Server without having to change your current machine. Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate simplifies solution development, lowering risk and increasing...
  • Blog Post: Windows XP Mode No Longer Requires Virtualization Hardware

    In several announcements virtualization at Microsoft Accelerates Desktop Virtualization , Microsoft announced new investments around desktop virtualization technologies and solutions, including virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), to help organizations of all sizes increase flexibility, employee productivity...
  • Blog Post: Watch Advanced Training Online for Windows Server 2008 R2

    Windows Server 2008 R2 Advanced Series is an on-demand series about the advanced features of Windows Server 2008 R2 . Topics will include Building a Seamless Enterprise, Virtualization Enhancements, Remote Desktop & Remote Apps, Managing with Server 2008 R2 and Web Server Improvements. Here’s...
  • Blog Post: Sign Up Now for Code-Fest Online Virtual Lab for Windows Server 2008 R2

    You’re invited to attend a virtual deep dive for developers who are actively working on projects to leverage the Windows Server 2008 R2 features December 8-10, 2009. This event is a 3-day remote-access "code-fest" type event for developers.  The event is for Microsoft Partners and customers...
  • Blog Post: Free Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Supports Live Migration

    Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 that includes live migration is now available from Microsoft Download Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 . Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 a stand-alone hyper-visor that includes live migration and expanded processor and memory support for host systems. You can consolidate workloads...
  • Blog Post: How to Ready Your Web Applications for Windows Server 2008 R2

    The Chief Technology Officers (CTO) of ISVs that I work with are asking me how they can set their applications apart from their competitors. One of the most visible ways is to show you are a thought leader and support the next generation technology, like Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 . So this...
  • Blog Post: Get Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM from MSDN, Dev Training Kit Available

    Windows Server 2008 R2 provides new virtualization tools, Web resources, management updates, and Windows 7 integration reduces costs, and provide for a dynamic and efficiently managed data center. Windows Server 2008 R2 is available today through your MSDN and TechNet subscriptions. You can also download...
  • Blog Post: Windows Virtual PC (WVPC) and Windows XP Mode for Windows 7 are currently in RC

    Windows Virtual PC (WVPC) is seamlessly integrated into the Windows 7 desktop and among many new features offers one called Virtual Applications. You can work in full desktop mode with the new WPVC, but the Virtual Applications feature enables applications that run in the Virtual Machine to present themselves...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 R2 Released to Manufacturing

    Windows Server 2008 R2 has been released to manufacturing and has the same release dates to customers as Windows 7. Partners & OEMs will be able to download from Microsoft Connect or MSDN on August 6th. Action Pack Subscribers will be about to download English versions starting August 23rd. Developers...
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