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  • 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: Hyper-V Release Candidate available

    YES, RC0 of the Microsoft virtualization solution Hyper-V is available for download. John Howard has an excellent and extensive blog post about the details. Please pay close attention to his post and read 'til the end before you install the bits! It is important to follow the steps outlines in John's...
  • 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: Virtualization Starter

    TechRepublic published an article about the" 10 things you should know about virtualization." If you are new to the whole virtualization thing, it will certainly get you started. The author, Debra Littlejohn Shinder, is right, "Virtualization is a huge topic, and this article is only meant to provide...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V WMI API Sample Code

    Ben kept word . Yesterday he started his "Week of Hyper-V Scripts".
  • Blog Post: Series of Virtualization Podcasts on InfoWorld

    A series for five short and comprehensive podcasts will be published on InfoWorld's blog. This week the first has been posted. Below some info about the complete series. The podcasts can be found here . Podcast Descriptions Episode One : Top Virtualization Myths Industry Analyst, Dan Kusnetzky, Principal...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V WMI Interfaces published

    Well, I guess this is something all developers and IT Pro's have been anxiously waiting for. The Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) provider for virtualization and the hypervisor API enable developers, and IT professionals, to quickly build custom tools, utilities, and enhancements for the virtualization...
  • Blog Post: Hafnium helps increasing performance of virtual environments

    On Nov 11th Intel already announced a "Fundamental Advance in Transistor Design," extending  Moore's Law and therefore computing performance. You find the full press announcement here . Why's it important in the context of virtualization? Well, not only are these new chips using the element...
  • Blog Post: One of the largest Virtualization conferences

    One of the largest Virtualization conferences of the industry seems to happen this week in Barcelona, Spain. Microsoft Teched IT Forum . Obviously not a pure virtualization conference but the Microsoft technical event for IT professionals. But if you look at the number of sessions and the many different...
  • Blog Post: Hypercall API published under OSP

    Today Microsoft announced that it will extend the Open Specification Promise (OSP) to the hypercall API within Windows Server virtualization, and the final version will be available at the RTM milestone of Windows Server virtualization. Today Microsoft posted an updated draft of the hypercall API to...
  • Blog Post: Series of Webcasts and chats on Windows Server Virtualization

    TechNet Webcast: Virtualization and Windows Server 2008 Wednesday, September 26, 2007, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time The new Windows Server Virtualization infrastructure will be a core feature in Windows Server 2008. This session will provide you an overview of virtualization role, the scenarios and...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtualization has a new home

    Microsoft Virtualization information has a new home. Check out the new URL: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/virtualization/default.mspx . The content available here cover all virtualization technologies in one place as you can see: Looking forward to the house warming party. Virtually Yours
  • Blog Post: New set of Microsoft Virtualization videos available

    Virtualization in Windows Server Mike Neil, General Manager http://www.microsoft.com/emea/itsshowtime/sessionh.aspx?videoid=515 Virtualization technology roadmap and an outline of Microsoft's vision for how these technologies will combine with future capabilities in hardware. Application and Presentation...
  • Blog Post: How Green Is Viridian?

    Today I met with DaveO, an old colleague of mine. He left the company some time ago to pursue his own thing. Now he's kind of back. At least for a project. He recently finished working on an article for Technet about Green Computing. The article should be in the next magazine or so. Made me think of...
  • Blog Post: Windows Virtualization Team Blog adds new member

    Starting yesterday Jeff Woolsey, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft in the Microsoft Virtualization team started blogging. You can read his first blog post here . If you have not yet subscribed to the team blog. Here's one more good reason. Moving forward Jeff will start educating us in great depth...
  • Blog Post: Want to be paid for having fun?

    Now that I have your attention, I just got approval for another position in our developer evangelism team . The job description is up on the Microsoft careers website . Look for Job Code 201681 . The Windows Server Virtualization project is well under way and we need more help evangelizing Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization at TechEd 2007

    Don't miss the sessions about Virtualization at TechEd 2007 in Orlando, FL. Patrick over at the Windows Server Division Weblog has the info . Excerpt: Looking for something a bit more technical? Well I'd recommend the following sessions: SVR239 - Virtualization 360: Microsoft's vision and strategy for...
  • Blog Post: Hardware Virtualization Check Utility

    How do I find out if the processors in my laptop, desktop or server supports resource virtualization? Does my system run on Intel-VT or AMD-V ? There are a few tools out there allowing to check either one or the other vendor's processors or they just return the build and stepping and you have to look...
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