Technology Day – Microsoft Virtualisation (Level: 300)

We are running an event this December for Microsoft Premier customers.  I’m pretty excited about it actually.  Premier Field Engineering and Microsoft Consulting Services are teaming up to present real world details on Hyper-V, System Centre Virtual Machine Manager 2008 and Application Virtualisation.  We plan on running as many demonstrations as possible during the event…

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Virtualisation : Support statements and Licensing

Over the past week or so Microsoft have clarified the support statement for server products running in virtual environments.  The most significant announcement was the Server Virtualisation Validation Program (SVVP).  To quote “The Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP) is open to any vendor who delivers a virtualization machine solution that hosts Windows Server 2008, Windows 2000 Server Service Pack 4 and Windows…

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Hyper-V : Link madness

Need some light reading for the weekend?  Have a look at the links below.  All part of the growing body of knowledge around Hyper-V. Websites Microsoft Virtualization Home Page http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization/default.mspx Virtualization Case Studies http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization/case-studies.mspx Virtualization Solution Accelerators http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/solutionaccelerators/cc197910.aspx Windows Server 2008 Virtualization & Consolidation: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/virtualization-consolidation.aspx Hyper-V FAQ http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/hyperv-faq.aspx Optimized Desktop Infrastructure (VDI and much more):…

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Virtualisation Candidates – How to identify

In my post yesterday I spoke about virtualisation candidates (amongst other things) and how we now know what loads and systems are viable.  Have a look at the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) tool.  Its the tool for identifying candidates.  There is also a nice video demo from Baldwin Ng, showing the tool in action. …

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MSDN and TechNet now run on Hyper-V

I’ve had a lot of interest in Hyper-V from customers and quite a few questions too.  One of the most common being, “Who is using it in a production environment?”.  Up until now I didn’t have an answer. … but now I do. Microsoft are now running the MSDN and TechNet sites on Hyper-V.  So,…

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Step-by-Step Guide for Testing Hyper-V and Failover Clustering

I blogged recently on “How to create a Windows Server 2008 Cluster within Hyper-V using simulated iSCSI storage”.  This is enough to get you familiar with how clusters work in Windows Server 2008.  The next logical step is to understand the high availability options available for VMs running in your Hyper-V environment.  The good news…

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Virtual Domain Controllers and Time Synchronisation

The question of how to handle virtual Domain Controllers has been around for quite some time.  The answer really depends on what product you have decided to use as your virtualisation platform: Microsoft or VMWare. Regardless of the product you have choosen, you will still have to make the same decision when it comes to…

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