Building my Demo Laptop (Part 3)

In this post I’ll talk you through how I have created a Hyper-V Failover Cluster on my single laptop. To build a Failover Cluster you need a SAN.  I use the Microsoft iSCSI target software that ships with Windows Storage Server.  Being a Microsoft employee I have access to the bits, so I have installed…


Hyper-V on a Laptop

This post is an introduction to how I have configured my demo laptop.  I can comfortably run eleven VMs on the one laptop, including a two node Hyper-V cluster, App-V and the four main System Center products (Virtual Machine Manager, Data Protection Manager, Operations Manager and Configuration Manager). I have built this to enable me…


What are you doing on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th April?

Welcome to the Irish Microsoft Technology Conference 2008 Co-organised with the Irish  Microsoft Technology User Group and First Port Jobs, it’s an event by the Irish technology community for the Irish  technology community.  The registration fee (€189) is just to cover costs but it does get you lots – Registration Drinks Reception, two Technology Packed Conference…


Server Virtualisation – Live Migration vs. Quick Migration.

I’d really like to get to the bottom of this. In the event of a hardware failure, both VMware and Microsoft’s Server Virtualisation solutions are equal – the guest machines will be restarted on another physical node. In the event of some planned downtime, we both have the ability to move the guest machines to…


It’s good to talk..

Thanks for your comments on my last post.  I’ve commented myself, but just in case you aren’t reading the comments – here’s my reply to Kim: So is a great comparison of a production product (VMware) and a beta (Hyper-V).  So it’s kind of like comparing apples with oranges? I’d have to agree on…


Comparing Microsoft and VMware Virtualisation

I was just reading Yankee Group’s report – "Virtualization Price War: VMware’s Little Big Horn?", and just had to share this with you (I think it speaks for itself): If you haven’t got access to the report (which we didn’t pay for – before you ask), just ask & I’ll get you a copy. Dave.


Hyper-V beta bits now available

Windows Server 2008 Release Candidate zero (RC0) and Release Candidate 1 (RC1) came with Windows Server Virtualisation (and Hyper-V) in them as a Customer Technology Preview (CTP). We’ve just released a build of Windows Server RC1 with the Beta of Hyper-V in it. This beta has loads of features/functionality that was not in the CTP,…


Sorry – couldn’t resist it.. Dave


Windows Server Virtualisation Announcement

Microsoft has just announced that we are extending the Open Specification Promise (OSP) to the hypercall API within Windows Server Virtualisation. The hypercall API enables partners to develop solutions with Windows Server virtualisation allowing customers to achieve dynamic IT environments.   These APIs are available for use by any organization seeking to integrate or extend their…


Last Friday’s post (VMware ESX Server 3i)

Looks like I’ve upset a few people.  Sorry, that wasn’t my intention. I get to talk to a lot of people about a lot of stuff.  Virtualisation is one of them, and all I ever hear is VMware this and VMware that (and next to no one knows what Microsoft currently offer – or have…