Article: “PCI Express Spec Updated” (06/07)

Here’s a tidbit I learned about from Dave Kowalsky. Thanks Dave! Summary: At its annual conference in SanJose, the PCI Special Interest Group detailed updates and extensions to the PCI Express specification that could drive annual silicon updates through 2007. The SIG outlined six new directions for Express, taking the serial technology into areas…


Branch Office Infrastructure Solution — with automation tools

The Branch Office Infrastructure Solution has been published on TechEd. It uses virtualization technologies and includes tools for automating the creation of virtual machines, among lots of other good stuff. Go take a look!  From the download page: “The Branch Office Infrastructure Solution (BOIS) deliverables provide conceptual information to facilitate the definition and deployment…


Recent articles on Microsoft’s virtualization roadmap

From ComputerWorld, “Q&A: Microsoft’s Bob Muglia discusses virtualization plans” –,10801,102332,00.html  Also from ComputerWorld, “Sidebar: Under the Hood: The Soul of a Virtual Machine” (they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!) –,10801,101243,00.html From The Register, “Microsoft’s Virtual Server to become a ‘feature’ in 2009” – 


New article: Virtual Server Performance Tips

Jeff Woolsey has written this article to help you optimize the performance of your virtual machines – Thanks Jeff! PS: I’m back from my vacation (which was grand!).


Virtual Server Performance Tips

Here are some guidelines for optimizing the performance of your virtual machines from Jeff Woolsey, Lead Program Manager for virtual machine technologies here at Microsoft. Thanks Jeff! ———————————- Hardware virtualization is an extremely powerful tool. When wielded properly, virtualization can result in benefits such as: Higher Server Utilization: Fewer physical servers needed and running with…


Virtual Machine Additions for Windows Server 2003 SP1

The virtual machine team is “pedal to the metal” developing and testing an update for Virtual Machine Additions. This update will make Windows Server 2003 SP1 run better in virtual machines running under the release version of Virtual Server 2005. As soon as the new VM Additions are available, I’ll let you know.


Displaying a virtual machine in a PowerPoint presentation

Did you know that you can display your virtual machine from within a Microsoft Powerpoint presentation? Here’s how: On a computer with Virtual Server installed, open Microsoft Powerpoint. On a PowerPoint slide, click “Insert,” and then click “Object.” Select “Create new” (the default), in the list click “Microsoft Virtual Server VMRC Control,” and then click…


Virtual PC vs. Virtual Server whitepaper now available for download

This whitepaper is now available on at Thanks to those of you who gave me comments on the draft. Abstract: Microsoft® Virtual PC 2004 is a virtual machine solution for desktop operating systems. Microsoft Virtual Server 2005, on the other hand, is a solution for server operating systems. Although Virtual PC and Virtual Server…


SSL and Virtual Server

Q: Rod has this question: “I recently made the switch over to Virtual Server 2005 from VMware.  I love the web based interface but am having troubles with enabling SSL. Can I use SelfSSL from the IIS6 Reskit?  Could I set up a CA in a virtual machine to create the website and VMRC SSL certificates?…


Migrating Windows Server 2003 SP1 to a virtual machine

If you want to use Virtual Server 2005 Migration Toolkit (VSMT) to migrate a computer running Windows Server 2003 SP1 to a virtual machine, you’ll need to copy some system files from your installation of Windows Server 2003 SP1 to the computer running VSMT. Normally VSMT automatically swaps out certain system files in your installation for…