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…

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My slides on using newsgroups to improve the customer experience

Below is a link to the presentation slides for my Society for Technical Communications talk on using newsgroups to improve the customer experience. At the bottom of each slide are my detailed notes. To view them more easily, you can drag the divider bar upwards. Happy posting! Megan http://megandavis.members.winisp.net/Resources/Newsgroups_MD.mht

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Steve Ballmer's remarks on virtualization at MMS 2005

In his keynote address this morning at Microsoft Management Summit 2005, Steve Ballmer talked about Microsoft’s virtualization strategy. The following is excerpted from the transcript of this address. To read the complete transcript, go to: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/exec/steve/2005/04-20ManagementSummit.asp. Increased Virtualization CapabilitiesVirtualization, I think, is an area of intense interest and activity throughout our industry these days, certainly…

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Script: Show the state of all virtual machines

Here’s another script from John Kelbley, written in VBScript. It shows the current state of all virtual machines on the current instance of Virtual Server. Remember that this script is provided as-is, with no warranties, and is not supported by Microsoft. VMStateCodes = Array(“Invalid”, “Turned Off”, “Saved”,_  “Turning On”,  “Restoring”, “Running”, “Paused”, _  “Saving”,”Turning Off”, “Merging Drives”,…

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Script: Generate a list of virtual machines

These two scripts from John Kelbley, written in VBScript, list the virtual machines that are currently registered on a given instance of Virtual Server. Remember that these scripts are provided as-is, with no warranties, and are not supported by Microsoft. This script shows the virtual machines registered on the current instance of Virtual Server: Set vpcApp…

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Script to perform a warm backup of a virtual machine (faster)

Here’s an example of a script written in VBScript that you can use to make a warm backup of a virtual machine using UNC paths. It was written by John Kelbley. He says using this script that relies on UNC paths is faster than using the other script with the same title, so I added…

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Script to perform a warm backup of a virtual machine

Here’s an example of a script written in VBScript that you can write to perform a warm backup of a virtual machine. It was written by John Kelbley, who’s a technology specialist for Microsoft. Please pay attention to the warnings and caveats given in the script. Thanks John! ‘ READ THIS LINE!!!   The sample scripts are…

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Draft whitepaper: Virtual Server versus Virtual PC

Update: This whitepaper is now available on Microsot.com at http://download.microsoft.com/download/1/4/d/14d17804-1659-435d-bc11-657a6da308c0/VSvsVPC.doc. Thanks to those of you who gave me comments on the draft. ———————————————————————— Here’s a draft of a whitepaper I’m working on that will ultimately be posted on Microsoft.com. Comments and suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks! ** This information is provided as-is with no warranties. **…

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Estimating system capacity requirements

I’ve gotten a number of queries about estimating how many virtual machines can be run on a given host computer. In order to provide a general answer from which you can extrapolate for your own situation, I’m going to approach this issue from the other side — estimating the host system capacity required to run…

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Sysprepping a virtual machine

I learned how to do this at TechEd 2004 in a lab led by Robert Larson, one of our resident Virtual Server gurus. You can create a “base” virtual machine with the operating system and applications you want, and then copy its .vhd file to use for other virtual machines. When you do this, it’s…

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