Virtualization: Linux Integration Services version 2.1 goes RTM

For those who may not have seen this on the Microsoft Virtualization blog, the Hyper-V Linux Integration Services for Linux Version 2.1 just went RTM! This is great news for customers using virtualization in a heterogeneous data center environment. Hyper-V has supported Linux as a guest OS for a long time, and this new release…


Virtualization:Free Gartner Webinar:From Virtual Machines to Clouds

Server Virtualization: From Virtual Machines to Clouds http://my.gartner.com/portal/server.pt?open=512&objID=202&mode=2&PageID=5553&resId=1382132&prm=twweb072310 Tom Bittman is Gartner’s lead virtualization analyst so this may be worth tuning in to.


Virtualization: UPGRADING HYPER-V TO R2 SP1 BETA

  There are three steps and you should perform them in this order: 1. Ensure Virtual Machines are ready for the update 2. Update the Host 3. Update the Guest Integration Services Step 1: Ensure Virtual Machines are ready for the update. Completely shut down (not save state) your virtual machine and merge snapshots. Saved…


Windows: RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory in R2 Sp1 (Beta) Demo

  John Savill has put together a great 20 minute demo showing how (and why) to use  Hyper-V Dynamic Memory and Remote FX (both available now in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta). Click the image to play the video. At around the 15 minute mark check out Disney World in 3d over RFX: And…


Virtualization: System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 – Release Candidate Available!

  Customers are looking to cloud-based solutions that will help them reduce IT costs, while increasing agility for their organization.  System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Servicing Portal 2.0 (SSP), a key component of Microsoft’s cloud strategy, gives customers the tools and tested guidance they need to build the foundation for a private cloud infrastructure.  Using…


Virtualization: Dynamic Memory Coming to Hyper-V

  Part 1: Dynamic Memory announcement. This blog announces the new Hyper-V Dynamic Memory in Hyper-V R2 SP1. It also discussed the explicit requirements that we received from our customers. http://blogs.technet.com/virtualization/archive/2010/03/18/dynamic-memory-coming-to-hyper-v.aspx Part 2: Capacity Planning from a Memory Standpoint. This blog discusses the difficulties behind the deceptively simple question, “how much memory does this workload…


INSTALLING HYPER-V MANAGER ON WINDOWS 7…

  Download and install the RSAT tools for Windows 7 from here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=7D2F6AD7-656B-4313-A005-4E344E43997D&displaylang=en. Install either the 32-bit or 64-bit depending on what version of Windows 7 you’re using. Next, go to Start – Control Panel and click on Programs. Next, you’ll see an option to Turn Window features on or off. Click on this option….

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vConverter , enabling virtual-to-physical, virtual-to-virtual and physical-to-virtual server conversions

 External source: This new version of vConverter moves the product from an occasional-use migration utility to a daily application that can greatly increase the IT professional’s ability to respond to the needs of the business, whether it’s disaster recovery or improved resource-allocation flexibility,” said George Crump, senior analyst, Storage Switzerland, an IT analyst firm focused…

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The dark side of server virtualization

 External source: http://www.infoworld.com/d/virtualization/the-dark-side-server-virtualization-542?page=0,0 Pretty good article on the state of network management in the virtualization space. It covers several different methods for distributed networks and virtualization integration. It  provides a good semi-technical overview of the different approaches taken today on the other platform. It mentions only VMware since Microsoft Hyper-V don’t do anything on this front today,…

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