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  • Blog Post: Creatively using a VHD file for development

    Image Usage In a previous post I discussed the creation of a fully configured Windows based virtual machine for various Windows development work. Now let's use it. This post assumes the availability of a fully configured VHD file as outlined in the previous post “ Setup a Windows Development...
  • Blog Post: Setup a Windows Development Environment in a Virtual Machine and Beyond

    Let me explain how you can build your own Windows development system for anything Windows development from Windows Store app and Windows Phone, all the way to Windows Azure. All based on free and/or trial software. Over the past couple of weeks I have been working on a small project to do exactly...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V News at TechEd in LA

    Jeff Woolsey – after the #TechEd session – posted an update on Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 on the Virtualization team blog . Here’s test gist of it: Support 64 logical processors 384 concurrently running VMs per server Greatly enhance processor compatibility Read the full post at the source .
  • Blog Post: New Hyper-V Resources on TechNet

    Just got word about an amazing collection of resources about Hyper-V and virtualization in general. Anything you ever wanted to know about Hyper-V but didn’t know where to find. Hyper-V Technical Information and Resources for IT Professionals Technical Library, How To… videos, Go Green, Labs, Step-by...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V with Windows Server 2008 R2

    Want to know more about Hyper-V and what’s coming with R2? Here’s a collection of resources: TechNet Virtualization landing page What's New in Hyper-V Download the Beta of Microsoft® Hyper-V™ Server 2008 R2 Beta Using Live Migration in Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V R2 and Management NICs Managing MAC...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft webcast series on Gartner 2009 Predictions

    Starting in March Microsoft folks in the UK run a series of webcasts for IT managers covering the top predictions from Gartner for 2009 from a Microsoft perspective. Curious George lists then nicely. Date and Time in GMT Title Event ID Wed 18th March, 4pm Virtualisation 1032404083 Wed 25 th March, 4pm...
  • Blog Post: Sleep and Hibernate in Windows Server with Hyper-V installed

    With Windows Server 2008 R2 you can enable hibernate and sleep even though the Hyper-V role is installed. Ben explains how on the Virtual PC Guy's WebLog . The only catch is, you have to boot w/o “starting” the Hypervisor.
  • Blog Post: Windows Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Beta

    Right after Windows 7 beta now the beta version of Windows Server 2008 R2 is available too. For links see my previous post . At the same time Windows Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Beta – what a mouthful – is available too. So no better time to check out the new and enhanced features of the standalone virtualization...
  • Blog Post: SAP officially supports Hyper-V

    Colleagues over at SAP have done an awesome job and provide a lot of information and guidance on how to take advantage of Virtualizing SAP on Windows with Hyper-V. You find details about SAP on Hyper-V on the SAP on Microsoft Windows webpage. Excellent technical information can be found in the Virtualizing...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V on TechNet Edge

    After the Virtualization launch earlier this week, Adam was working hard to get us some more detailed videos about Hyper-V up on TechNet Edge : Demo - Hyper-V Server and Live Migration and First Look: Hyper-V Server are now up on the IT Pro portal. Find out more about Hyper-V on TechNet Edge, on TechNet...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V

    "Customers “Get Virtual Now” with increased flexibility and broader support when virtualizing Microsoft server applications." Hard to beat that line from the recent Microsoft press announcement . But what does it mean? Microsoft clearly shows more and more skin in the game of virtualization...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtualization launch

    Mark your calendars, September 8th in Bellevue, WA. If you are in the area, don't miss this opportunity! Microsoft will launch "Microsoft Virtualization". While others build pieces of the puzzle, Microsoft is able to provide the whole picture! Sign up and join. You won't regret it. Later you...
  • Blog Post: Customer ready document on Hyper-V

    One of the PMs on the Windows team sent around a list of valuable resources about Hyper-V today. Somebody was asking for technical documents on Hyper-V on an internal email list and Baldwin Ng was kind enough to share some. I am just forwarding this quite useful list: Hyper-V on TechNet:  http:...
  • Blog Post: Windows, Memory and the limits to it

    First of all, no matter how much memory you put into your system, it ain't enough. And this is true for all or at least most of the operating systems. Earlier this week Mark Russinovich wrote a blog post about "Pushing the Limits of Windows: Physical Memory." Needless to say, it is another...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V RTM is today

    What else to say? Let the fun begin or - like Patrick says - "We’re bringing the joy of the holidays back to you with the “12 Days of Virt-Mas.”
  • Blog Post: Exchange Server support in virtual machines

    On Scott Schnoll's weblog " Is this thing on? " Scott provides details on the support for Exchange Server 2007 in Hyper-V hosted guest OS as outlined in a TechEd 2008 session earlier this month. Some key points of his post: Within 60 days of Hyper-V's RTM, the Exchange team will publish a detailed...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization or How Microsoft Does IT

    In case you wonder how mature virtualization technology from Microsoft, namely Hyper-V, is, you should sign up for the upcoming life TechNet webcast "How Microsoft does IT: Management and Operations in Windows Server 2008". But be warned, this is a level 300 session and you should expect some...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Check Tool for AMD Processors

    Ben just pointed to a page on AMD's website containing valuable processor related tools for free download. The one of importance here is obviously an " AMD Virtualization™ Technology and Microsoft® Hyper-V™ System Compatibility Check Utility." Who said only Microsoft comes...
  • Blog Post: Future in the Cloud

    These days there's a lot of talk in the industry about cloud computing. This is no different inside Microsoft. The hallways are full of "cloud talk" and "could action". I guess we will see quite some impressive announcements and products coming over the next months and beyond. I personally...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Windows Server Performance team blog

    A new blog has appeared on the Microsoft TechNet blog website. The Windows Server Performance team started their blog with a pretty exciting topic: " Hyper-V and Multiprocessor VMs ." As you can image, really interesting stuff. The post from John Sheu, a senior dev lead on the team, talks about...
  • Blog Post: VHD compatibility between Hyper-V and Virtual Server

    Honestly I was shocked when I read John's recent post about " Are VHDs compatible between Hyper-V and Virtual Server and Virtual PC? " Hestarts off with some "No, not supported" cases and I almost immediately started felling nauseous. Thankfully I read the full post. Towards the end...
  • Blog Post: Storage Options for Hyper-V

    As always, Andrew beat me on this one too. Jose Barreto, he's technical evangelist in the storage team, posted a blog entry about "Storage options for Windows Server 2008's Hyper-V." Very nice, very complete. Content Exposing storage to the host VHD or offline disk on the host IDE or SCSI on...
  • Blog Post: Windows IT Pro took a first look at Hyper-V

    Mike Otey from Windows IT Pro took a look at our next generation virtualization product. Looks like he's pretty impressed. My favorite: "... Hyper-V, is a significant new competitor that has the potential to change the market." You'll find the article in the Feb issue and an excerpt here .
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V WMI API Sample Code

    Ben kept word . Yesterday he started his "Week of Hyper-V Scripts".
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