Big Windows Server 2008 and Virtualization Announcements

At TechEd in Barcelona today, we made several major announcements. It’s important to look at the details but to really see the scope and impact you need to step back a bit and look at the big picture these announcements describe. In my view there are four key points: Microsoft is listening to customer feedback and…

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Hypervisor Functional Specification

If you really want to go deep on Windows Server Virtualization, check out our announcement of the publication of the Hypercall API under the Open Specification Promise. Here is the download: Hypervisor Functional Specification

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Very Interesting Virtualization Video

Eric Traut, a Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft and one of the key architects behind our kernel and virtualization teams gave a great presentation at the University of Illinois on our virtualization architecture. Eric gave a very detailed description of WSV and even glimpes of some components of a future windows release. The initial link was from…

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Want to learn about Microsoft’s virtualization solutions?

Below is a link to a great virtualization webcast. I met Edwin and Jeff at TechReady this year, both good guys. Jeff is a PM on Windows Server Virtualization and Edwin is an EM with the Virtual Machine Manager team. Abstract:  Virtualization is a high-priority topic for many enterprise IT organizations. Virtualization technology helps to…

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Installing the Windows Server Virtualization Preview (Viridian)

As many have heard by now, a preview version of Windows Server Virtualization has shipped on the CD with Windows Server 2008 RC0! I was going to write up a post detailing the prerequisites, installation process, etc. but some others have already done a good job with that so here are the links: http://blogs.msdn.com/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2007/09/24/windows-server-virtualization-community-technology-preview-now-available.aspx http://blogs.msdn.com/mikekol/archive/2007/09/24/installing-viridian-ctp-on-windows-server-2008-rc0.aspx http://blogs.technet.com/aralves/archive/2007/09/25/how-to-install-windows-server-virtualization.aspx…

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Virtual Server Cookbooks

The links below are to a series of cookbooks for Virtual Server by Microsoft and Partners that are detailed how-to guides for a series of topics such as management, high availability, disaster recovery, etc.   Name Description Microsoft® Virtual Server 2005 R2 Service Pack 1 and Microsoft® System Center Virtual Machine Manager The goal of…

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Great List of SQL 2008 Resources

If you want to learn more about SQL 2008, here is a great list of resources.

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Major Virtualization Announcements!

Wow, some big news over on the Windows Virtualization Team Blog! SCVMM is released to manufacturing. The pricing model is very reasonable and is priced per physical host with management of an unlimited number of VMs. There is a midmarket solution available at a very low price. The biggest news of all howvers is that…

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Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 Upgrade Tip

Robert Larson has a good post on an issue that is cropping up quite a bit for folks upgrading to Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 who don’t read the fine print of the release note 🙂 The gist of it is make sure you shut down (not save state, actually shut down) your VMs before…

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Sun’s Red Shift Theory

This is a very interesting article on a theory by Sun’s CTO Greg Papadopoulos that over the intermediate term, computing and data centers are going to consolidate so much that eventually a very large percentage of all computing will be done in massive data centers owned by a very few large companies such as Google,…

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