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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: Cloud Computing – Bring Your Own Skills

    IT professionals, we know the drill. Every now and then a new technology or a new paradigm comes our way. Cloud being one of them. They all want to alter all our lives for good. Some enforce adoption, other allow for a smooth transition. But often enough these shift are disruptive in nature. Sometime...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtualization for VMWare Professionals – Free Online Classes - March 29-31

    Just one week after Microsoft Management Summit 2011 (MMS), Microsoft Learning will be hosting an exclusive three-day Jump Start class specially tailored for VMWare and Microsoft virtualization technology pros.  Registration for “ Microsoft Virtualization for VMWare Professionals ” is open now and...
  • 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: 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: VMware now part of SVVP

    As seen on The Console , VMware is now part of the SVVP. Welcome to the program! Recently Microsoft made some significant changes to its licensing terms to reflect the increased use of virtualization in datacenters across the globe. Earlier, back in June, Microsoft announced the SVVP or Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: VHD Test Drive - Update

    Time for an update on the VHD Test Drive program. The current program was launched in November 2007. It comes in 2 flavors. The first part allows customers to download and test preinstalled and preconfigured virtual machines from Microsoft via MSDN and TechNet. The images can be used as-is under the...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Installing Vista on a MacBook Air

    Unable to resist I got myself a shiny, slim new MacBook Air (MBA). While I am used to Mac OS X, I wanted it to run Vista so I can also take it to work. My MBA has a 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo and a 64GB solid state drive and I bought a SuperDrive . Here's how I installed Vista and why I did it 3 (three...
  • 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: 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".
  • 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: Executive Email on Virtualization

    Yesterday Microsoft published an executive email from Bob Muglia, Senior Vice President, Server and Tools Business, Microsoft Corporation on the Microsoft Virtualization strategy. It is titled "Harnessing the Power of Virtualization for Dynamic IT" and can be found here . The email covers the...
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