Virtual Clusters: A Tamagotchi for Your Network!

First of all, if you missed out on the whole digital pet revolution, a Tamagotchi is a virtual pet.  It comes in a small computer (usually attached to a keychain) and requires attention to keep it from dying.  It needs to be fed, played with, and cleaned up after, all accomplished via buttons on the…

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So You've Gone Virtual.... Now What?

One of the main things that separates Microsoft’s efforts in virtualization from those of our competitors comes down to what happens after you get your virtual machines created.  It becomes all about the management of those machines.  The question I hear a lot is, "How do I manage my machines?"  The answer, when using Hyper-V…

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Microsoft's New Hyper-V Server -- A Blog Post 5 Days in the Making!

I got home from San Francisco on Friday afternoon.  I had one thing in mind (this is going to be very telling about me, by the way) — get Hyper-V Server installed.  (See?  VERY telling.  I was on the road for a week (a couple days of it vacation) and the first thing I wanted…

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Microsoft Hyper-V Server Goes Live!

If you aren’t familiar with Hyper-V Server 2008 (which is not the same as Microsoft Hyper-V), you can find out more about the actual product here.  In a nutshell, this is the standalone virtualization server that Microsoft announced a few weeks ago.  The reason I am bringing it back up?  It went live on Microsoft.com…

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Virtualization gets bigger....

We announced this week that our own virtualization product, Microsoft Hyper-V, is now capable of scaling to an entirely new level.  Hyper-V now supports 24 logical processors to take advantage of the latest processors (six core).  In addition, the maximum number of virtual machines running on a Hyper-V installation has been raised from 128 to…

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A New Choice in Virtualization

In previous posts, I’ve discussed Hyper-V.  We have a new product out now, offering yet another option for your virtualization needs — it’s called Hyper-V Server 2008.  How, you may wonder, is this product different from the Hyper-V I discussed here?  Hyper-V is Microsoft’s hypervisor — the layer of the operating system that manages the…

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What Happens in Vegas.... Gets Blogged About!

I’m sitting on an airplane as I type this.  An airplane bound for Vegas.  We’re headed out for a team meeting.  Imagine that many geeks all in one place.  Then, imagine the place is Las Vegas.  🙂  It really is nice to get together with all my co-workers, since I rarely see more than a…

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Microsoft Changes Its Stance on Virtualization

Huge News in the virtualization world.  I’m a little late getting to it, but better late than never.  Microsoft has changed the official stance on virtualized environments.  One of the questions I get quite often is, "Can I virtualize X?"  My answer was typically the same.  You can probably do it, though it may be…

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Which Virtualization Solution is Right for Me? (continued) -- Hyper-V

In the past two posts, I have covered Virtual PC and Virtual Server 2005 R2.  Now, it’s time to explore the Microsoft Flagship Virtualization product — Hyper-V.  Hyper-V is a part of Windows Server 2008.  It is a role that is installed just like DHCP or DNS.  This means that no software needs to be…

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Which Virtualization Solution is Right for Me? (continued) -- Virtual Server 2005 R2

In yesterday’s post, I talked about Virtual PC.  While this product absolutely has a place in most organizations, it’s not always the ideal choice for your virtual machine needs.  It is, as I said, a great end-user tool.  It’s good for demos, training, and a better solution for running multiple OSes than dual-booting.  But if…

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