Its time

“…Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start…” Nido Qubein. Yes, this is one of those emails. I honestly never thought I’d ever leave but here it is… After nearly 11 years at Microsoft I’m leaving for the leading user state virtualization company called AppSense where I’ll be…

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Hyper-V new performance updates

Aussie legend Cameron McBride and good friend Tony Sanchez from Citrix sent a heads up to me recently on some performance related hotfixes. They are specific to proc and SP1. Nevertheless they are definitely worth applying for the best performance.   Issue 1: Performance is not as awesome as it could be on Westmere or…

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App-V and Console protocol mismatches

Ive recently been building out some awesome Microsoft and Citrix demos for our internal field organization running the full stack of XenDesktop 5, XenApp6, Hyper-V, App-V 4.6 and AppSense. Ive been having these weird problems with App-V and the App-V management console that I couldnt work out. Mysteriously, after a period of time and without…

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RemoteFX and the case of the ATI FirePro V5800s

Right now Im preparing for Microsoft Management Summit next week in Las Vegas. Sure it will be a tough time being in Vegas again with lots of hard work (and play) and another keynote appearance 🙂 Anyhow, Im also preparing one of the booth demos. This one will be showing the Microsoft VDI stack, inclusive…

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Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 released!

Hot off the press, Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 today released and is now live on the Microsoft download center for evaluation. This is an exciting new release that delivers some fantastic new features such as: Desktop Thumbnails –Through the Management Console, teachers can orchestrate activities across the classroom including sharing any specific desktop across all stations….

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Cisco CVD completed with Hyper-V and XenDesktop!

I love Friday news. Its even better when I get to announce something that others havent done yet! Cisco has recently wrapped up testing with their UCS platform using Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and Citrix XenDesktop 4 on top of NetApp SANs. I love how thorough these CVD guides are! And for those…

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SCVMM RDS Connection Broker plugin released!

From the desk of Vishwa Kumbalimutt: We’re pleased to announce RTW of SCVMM RDV plug-in that enables dynamic placement of VDI VMs for both personal and pooled VMs. The key benefit of using this plug-in is that it reduces the number of Hyper-V servers required since VMs are placed on demand rather than statically placed. …

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Hyper-V SP1 increases support for VMs/core for Windows 7

Awesome news, hot off the press. We have just completed a new round of testing for Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 with Hyper-V and Dynamic Memory. What showed was that Hyper-V SP1 could scale a lot more with Windows 7 SP1 than we were actually supporting previously with 8 VMs/core. I should be clear here…

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