TechNet Radio: (Part 3) Hyper-V from a VMware Admin’s Perspective – Storage Options

In part 3 of their "Hyper-V from a VMware admin's perspective" series Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze, explore the world of storage and its many options for users. [2:44] What are the storage options found in VMware and how does this compare to Hyper-V? [12:54] DEMO: How to set-up tiered storage space for Hyper-V in…


TechNet Radio: (Part 2) Hyper-V from a VMware Admin’s Perspective – Live VM Migration in Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V

Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze, are back for part 2 of their "Hyper-V from a VMware admin's perspective" series and in today's episode they look at live VM migration in Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V and how this compares to VMware's service offerings. [3:08] What is Live VM Migration and how is this comparable to…


VMware or Microsoft? Community Follow-up to Comparing vSphere 5.5 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V

Thanks very much for all of the passionate feedback and input on my original technical comparison article, VMware or Microsoft? Comparing vSphere 5.5 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V At-A-Glance!  This article has most definitely been one of my most broadly reviewed and commented articles out of all articles that I’ve published to-date with well over…


TechNet Radio: (Part 1) Hyper-V from a VMware Admin’s Perspective – Managing Virtual Machine Hardware Resources

Keith Mayer welcomes Andy Syrewicze, a Virtual Systems Administrator from Trivalent Group to the show as they kick off a multi-part series that examines Microsoft Hyper-V from a VMware Admin’s perspective. In this episode they’ll showcase the differences between managing virtual machine hardware resources between the two. [3:10] As an experienced VMware Admin, what’s some of…


VMware or Microsoft? Comparing vSphere 5.5 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V At-A-Glance

UPDATES: Based on strong feedback from the community, I’ve made the following updates to this article … Added new row for Virtualization of Serial Ports. Added new row for Web-based Management. Added new rows for Boot from Flash, Boot from SAN and VM Guest Clustering Maximum Nodes. Added new rows for VDI management, Disk Footprint…


VMware or Microsoft? What does Availability mean in YOUR Cloud?

When evaluating public and hybrid cloud services, carefully inspecting a cloud-provider’s Service Level Agreement (SLA) is an important step in understanding the level of availability you can expect.  Of course, we all want our applications and VMs to be as close to 100% available as possible, and at an initial glance, the SLA’s of many…


VMware or Microsoft? Evaluating Hyper-V Network Virtualization as an alternative to VMware NSX

UPDATE: New Test Lab Guide Released: Deploying Windows Server 2012 R2 Network Virtualization with System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager. DO IT: Download the Test Lab Guide Below Network Virtualization, and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) at-large, have been getting a lot of attention recently.  After reviewing the network traffic patterns in heavily virtualized datacenters, many…


VMware or Microsoft? Dynamic Storage Management in Private Clouds

No matter which virtualization platform you may be using today to power your Private Cloud, storage is probably one of your biggest costs, and perhaps one of your biggest pain points, too.  Virtualized environments are, by their very nature, dynamic environments where storage requirements from one VM to the next can grow and evolve over…


VMware or Microsoft? Shopping for Private Clouds

At a recent community event, I met “Scott”, a savvy IT Pro who was in the process of planning the architecture for a new datacenter location at his company.  Scott is an experienced datacenter engineer who manages several other virtualized datacenters.  Although he is currently running VMware for the hypervisor platform in his existing datacenters,…


VMware or Microsoft? Automated Server Workload Balancing for Heterogeneous Private Clouds

VMware vSphere 5.x includes automated server workload balancing in the vSphere Enterprise and Enterprise+ premium suites via two feature sets: Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) and Distributed Power Management (DPM).  DRS and DPM together are intended to provide an automated method for balancing compute capacity and reducing energy consumption in a highly virtualized datacenter.  It does…