iSCSI Target Software for 3 Easy Payments of Zero Dollars

I had to double-check the date before I blogged about this because it seemed like an April Fool’s joke. But it’s true – we’ve just released a free iSCSI Target Software download for Windows Server 2008 R2. Previously our iSCSI Target is something you’d only have access to after purchasing Windows Storage Server hardware, or…

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Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter: Which License Key to Use for Guest VMs?

I wanted to share the following customer Q&A in case you run into this yourself. Q: I own Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter Edition for each physical processor in my Hyper-V host, which provides unlimited guest virtual machine (VM) rights. What license key do I use to activate the individual guest VM if we aren’t…

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(Supported) Solutions for Virtualizing Internet Explorer 6

The question “How do I virtualize IE 6 for legacy web apps?” is common when discussing a Windows 7 rollout. There are quite a few interesting solutions floating around the Interwebs. However, not all of them are recommended or supported. If you need IE 6 compatibility for your Windows 7 deployment, please read Solutions for…

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Virtual on Virtual: Deploying a Virtualized Remote Desktop Services Environment

I’ve been a fan of Presentation Virtualization since the days of Citrix WinFrame 1.7 (in fact the CCA was one of my first industry certifications). However, the idea of running Terminal Services/Remote Desktop Services inside a virtual machine never seemed like a good idea. Well – times have changed thanks to x64 processors, oodles of…

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MDOP 2010 Gets a Refresh with MED-V SP1 RTM

Today marks the release of Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) SP1, which includes support for Windows 7. The official announcement appeared on the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) team blog since MED-V is one of six MDOP components. This code refresh comes right on the heels of the February release of MDOP 2010. I’ve been…

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Desktop Virtualization Announcement Wrap-Up

In case you missed the webcast yesterday, Microsoft announced several product and licensing enhancements related to desktop virtualization. Here’s a summary from the official press release. Improved licensing model for virtual Windows desktop. Beginning July 1, 2010, Windows Client Software Assurance customers will no longer have to buy a separate license to access their Windows…

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User Group Follow-Up: MED-V Presentation on SkyDrive

We had an excellent turn-out for Tuesday’s User Group meeting. Thanks to Richard Ruiz and Bernie Weldon for presenting on MED-V and the overall Microsoft virtualization stack. I’ve posted Richard’s MED-V deck on SkyDrive if you want a copy. Stay tuned for info on our next meeting – tentatively scheduled for April.

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