Detecting a Virtual Machine

How do I detect that the Operating system I‘m using is running under Virtual Server?  This question is a popular one and there is a simple answer, which is to look at the Motherboard manufacturer, if it’s “Microsoft Corporation” you’re running in a guest, why, well it’s because Microsoft doesn’t make motherboards.  Once again Ben…


Upcoming Virtual Server Webcasts

There are 3 webcasts next month for Virtual Server, you can register over at this Virtual Server page.  The second session on Clustering and HA may be the first time some of you can hear and see these new features – not to be missed!   The three sessions are: • Understanding Windows Hypervisor and Virtualization in…


Windows Server 2003 R2 – Webcasts and Chats

Upcoming and recorded webcasts on Windows Server 2003 R2 (you can still sign up for those you may have missed to get access to the information) 12/10/2005 TechNet Webcast: Branch Office Technologies in R220/10/2005 TechNet Webcast: Branch Office Benefits in Windows Server 2003 R2 (Level 200) 21/10/2005 TechNet Webcast: TechNet SWMI Series:A More Secure and Well-Managed Infrastructure (Part 3…


More Virtual Server – whitepapers to download

For those who don’t read Ben’s blog where this information is also posted.  There are two new whitepapers available that extend what was announced on Monday, the first is a short licensing document, the second whitepaper goes over common scenarios and implications of the licensing changes.


Virtual Server licensing changes and other news

Check out the PressPass site for information on Virtual Server licensing changes that have been just announced. In summary the changes are: • New virtualization use rights for Windows Server™ 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition and Windows Server “Longhorn” Datacenter Edition enable cost-effective consolidation.Licenses for the upcoming Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition will allow customers…


MSCS, first time for a while

Sorry for the lack of posts in the last few weeks (holiday season!), hopefully I will start to post regularly again from now on.  I presented on clustering today which I enjoyed doing (and I hope the audience liked it), as usual I was asked for links to the resources I mentioned in the discussion,…


Security – what and when

Loads of announcements today – check it out here.  Details on our security strategy, client protection and Antigen are mentioned.