Expanded and Free Resources for VMware Experts

Back in October, w announced some new resources from Microsoft to help VMware Experts “Future-Proof” their career.  The resources included the new Microsoft Virtualization Certification, free live training to prep for the cert, and a voucher to take the new cert exam for free.  And here’s the good news for you:  We are now making… Read more

New Virtualization Certification Announced – Future Proof and go Bilingual

The IT industry never slows down and IT pros are constantly assessing what’s next and what’s best – not only for their business, but also for their careers. The virtualization world is going through a big inflection point, and this is leading to a lot of noise and conflicting information in the marketplace. Over the… Read more

Customers, Clouds and Choice

As competition in the cloud space heats up, things are looking better than ever for customers, as they have access to increasingly better solutions and hence, more choice. However, this competition is making at least one vendor uncomfortable – how else does one explain recent comments from an AWS executive that private clouds are “ill-advised”… Read more

Monitoring Microsoft Hyper-V Replica using System Center Operations Manager

Customers asked us if they can have a monitoring mechanism for Hyper-v Replica in a rainy day scenario. With System Center Operations Manager 2012 SP1, customers can now monitor Hyper-V Replica using a Management Pack available for free from the catalogue of SCOM. This blog post will deal with adding the management packs to SCOM… Read more

San Francisco’s Finest Custard – Get the Scoop with the Hyper-V Team

VMWorld is in full swing and Microsoft is there.  The most obvious question that VMworld attendees (and IT professionals that are familiar with VMware) are probably asking right now – “why would I want to learn about Hyper-V while attending VMworld?” The answer is simple – to help their careers as technology professionals. Research shows… Read more

Linux Support on Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V

The ability to provision Linux on Hyper-V and Windows Azure is one of Microsoft’s core efforts towards enabling great Open Source Software support. As part of this initiative, the Microsoft Linux Integration Services (LIS) team pursues ongoing development of enlightened Linux drivers that are directly checked in to the Linux upstream kernel thereby allowing direct… Read more

x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure Magic Quadrant from Gartner

On Thursday Gartner released their 2013 Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure, in which they positioned Microsoft as a “Leader” in the industry. The Magic Quadrant is used by Gartner to present an apples-to-apples review of the capabilities of vendors in a specific part of a market. While the position of each vendor on… Read more

Migrate from VMWare Using MVMC Automation Toolkit (MAT)

The MVMC Automation Toolkit (MAT) provides a series of sample PowerShell scripts which automate the migration of large numbers of virtual machines using the MVMC.exe as the conversion engine. Since the MVMC.exe doesn’t provide a method for collecting virtual machines from the VMware environment, MAT will collect all the machines that meet the criteria for… Read more

SMB Shares with Hyper-V Replica

SMB is getting a lot of attention with Windows Server 2012, and we’ve had questions from a few customers regarding the inter-play between SMB shares and Hyper-V Replica. In this post we’ll share our experience around setting up and using various configurations involving SMB shares and Hyper-V Replica. The issue we were expecting to run… Read more