Video:Virtualization 101 Part 2 of 4

In part 2 of the Virtualization series we focus in on Type 2 or Hosted Hypervisor solutions.  This would be tools Like Virtual PC and Virtual Server.  These type 2 hypervisor products are hosted on top of an existing Operating System such as Windows 7, or Windows Server.  Because they run on top of an…

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Video: Virtualization 101 Part 1 of 4

Well, after the series of popular blog posts on Virtualization 101 I decided I would record a couple of 1 hour webcast sessions around some of the basics of virtualization.  The first session is on the history of Virtualization and encompasses Virtualization from its beginnings in the late 1960’s all the way up to Hyper-V. …

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Hyper-V: Microkernelized or Monolithic

Type 2 Hypervisors (Virtual PC, VMware workstation, Virtual Server 2005R2 etc.) all have one thing in common.  They all have 2 Hardware abstraction Layers (HALs,) which means in a nutshell that they are useless for any kind of infrastructure workload.  When I say infrastructure workload what I mean is any server workload that has a…

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Windows XP Mode

In our last Virtualization 101 discussion we introduced you to Windows Virtual PC and discussed some of the basics of that particular type 2 hypervisor with its associated Virtual Machine Manager (VMM.)  We also introduce the topic of Windows XP Mode.  Today I want to spend some time highlighting what I believe are some of…

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Windows Virtual PC

In our last discussion we talked about the differences between type 1 and type 2 hypervisors.  I told you that the type 2 hypervisor had some significant drawbacks because of the fact that there are 2 Hardware Abstraction Layers to deal with.  Performance will certainly be impacted, and Microsoft does not support infrastructure workloads running…

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Boot from .VHD file

One of the cool new features that can be utilized in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 is the ability to boot from a Virtual Hard Disk.   My friend and co-worker Keith Combs has done a great video of how the process works. He even takes the process up a notch by dual booting…

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Netflix Watch Instantly and Windows 7RC1

Let’s begin with the fact that I am a huge fan of Netflix!  I love that this company has had the vision to see the future of movie distribution channels and the guts to stand in the face of the Blockbusters and Hollywood videos of the world and move ahead with technology.  I love that…

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Amazing TechNet Plus Direct Deal

This is the best deal in the Microsoft World!  TechNet Plus Direct is the subscription of choice for the IT professional. TechNet Plus Direct offers full version non time bombed Microsoft software.  Windows Vista, Office 2007, Exchange 2007,SQL, ISA, Windows Server, and so much more.  Subscribers can download ISO images of the software, burn them…

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It's Official! Virtualization in Windows Server 2008 RC0

 Keith Combs Blog is showcasing what I think is the only screencast currently available demonstrating the latest Virtualization bits to be included with Windows Server 2008.  Want to know what a hypervisor is?  Ever heard of Veridian?  What the difference between a parent VM and a child VM.  If you would like the first look at the…

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System Center Virtual Machine Manager

Virtualization is upon us.  It is not trivial to think of managing large number of virtual machines.  In response to the obvious need Microsoft introduces System Center Virtual Machine Manager.  My friend and coworker Keith Combs has recorded a great screencast called Everything You Need to Know About SCVMM in 15 Minutes This is a…

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