Demo any Virtualization Scenario with this Portable Setup

This week I had some folks ask me about the hardware and setup I use for customer meetings and demonstrations. Since I’m in the Consulting side of the business, usually my customer discussions are multi-product scenarios or solution-oriented, not just single product scenarios so I need to have a pretty robust and well-integrated setup because…

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VMM 2008 R2 in a Multi-Forest Environment

In my continuing work on building a private cloud offering with Hyper-V and System Center, I started work on a scenario today where the “fabric” management infrastructure is in a different Active Directory forest than the fabric hosts. This would be something you could see in a multi-tenant hosting scenario or similar situation where you…

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Managing Virtual Switches and Networks Across Hyper-V Hosts

I was asked a question this morning about the following customer requirement: “Managing virtual switches should be done from a central point and the configuration should be automatically distributed to the host operating system in such a way as to eliminate the need for a separate configuration switches for each of the hosts.” The requirement…

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10 VDI Resources for Microsoft + Citrix Implementations

While preparing for an upcoming VDI project I went through my archives and inventoried some trusted blogs for architecture, scale, and implementation guidance for the Microsoft + Citrix VDI solution which consists of Hyper-V, VMM, and APP-V from Microsoft and the XenDesktop suite from Citrix. A year or so ago, I created a VDI module…

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RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory Documentation

Concurrent with the release of Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta (available here), a bunch of documentation and step-by-step guides have been released. These two posts have a good list of links for RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/rds/archive/2010/07/13/beta-testing-microsoft-remotefx-in-service-pack-1.aspx http://blogs.msdn.com/b/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2010/07/13/dynamic-memory-resources.aspx For RemoteFX, be sure to closely review the hardware considerations document to ensure your test systems…

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From Virtualization to Dynamic IT

Issue 24 of the Microsoft Architecture Journal focuses on virtualization. My paper, From Virtualization to Dynamic IT, has been published in this issue. My thesis: Virtualization is a critical infrastructure-architecture layer that is required for achieving higher IT-maturity levels, but several others layers—such as automation, management, and orchestration—are equally important. For the last several months…

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Creating a Microsoft Virtualization Practice

With the release of Hyper-V R2 and Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2, many service organizations are seeing a business opportunity around providing design, planning, and implementation services around Hyper-V and the rest of the Microsoft virtualization and management platform. To encourage this trend among our partners, Microsoft has created a Virtualization Practice Accelerator: Designed to…

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The Year Ahead

What is a dynamic datacenter? How does a dynamic datacenter enable private cloud computing and fit within a long term, enterprise cloud strategy? What can be achieved now with Microsoft and partner solutions while laying the ground work for future product and service waves? These questions and many more like them will be my focus…

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