The Validated Hypervisor

By now you might have seen that VMware ESX 3.5 update 2 has passed the Microsoft Server Virtualization Validation Program. They announced it here. today announced it has qualified its industry-leading VMware ESX hypervisor under the Microsoft Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP). VMware ESX 3.5 update 2 (ESX 3.5u2) is the first hypervisor to be… Read more

Backing Up Hyper-V Virtual Machines

Today’s post is from Kathy Davies one of the excellent Hyper-V technical writers.  Enjoy!   Here is some preliminary documentation on planning for backing up Hyper-V VMs. It will eventually be made part of our Planning and Deployment guide on TechNet. Planning for Backup When you plan a backup and recovery strategy for a virtualized… Read more

Virtualization Feed for Your RSS Reader

With a “tip of the cap” to creators of Planet V12n blog, we’ve just launched a blog and Twitter aggregator for virtualization. It’s called VirtualizationFeed. Like Planet V12n, this site aggregates virtualization blogs from lots of sources. In this case, 18 independent bloggers and 14 Microsoft bloggers on either TechNet or MSDN. I’m sure you’ll… Read more

Guest Post: Virtualization; Something Old, Someone New and Some Really Big Cost Savings

Hello, I’m Kevin Knox, VP Worldwide Commercial Business at AMD. Microsoft invited me to do this guest blog post in conjunction with our sponsorship of Microsoft’s “Get Virtual Now” event on Sept. 8. I always find it interesting to hear people singing the praises of x86 virtualization and talking about how this recently introduced technology… Read more

Thoughts on today’s virtualization licensing and support news

Today we announced some changes to server application licensing and support policies related to running MS server apps on top of anyone’s hypervisor. Several folks have written or blogged about it, here are some: Chris Wolf (Burton Group) NetworkWorld Windows IT Pro  Thoughts on application mobility licensing As of Sept. 1, 41 Microsoft server… Read more

Guest Post: MaximumASP and Hyper-V

Hi, my name is Dominic Foster, Chief Technology Officer at MaximumASP, which is a web hosting and IT services provider that sells/markets/services Microsoft technologies to the SMB business market. A core element of the MaximumASP business model is a complete commitment to exclusively offering hosting solutions that deliver Microsoft technologies.  This overall market and product… Read more

Guest Post: Why Microsoft and Hyper-V for HostBasket

Hi, my name is Bert Van Pottelberghe, business unit manager at Hostbasket, which is the leading hosting company and SaaS-provider in Belgium with over 30,000 SMB customers. In a recent survey of our datacenter with over 1,000 servers, we saw that the average CPU-usage was only 12%. On the other hand, investments in new server… Read more

Guest Post: Going Live with Hyper-V for

Hi, my name is Stephen Nichols, VP of sales and marketing for SoftCom Technology Consulting, which is the company behind, a leading global provider of affordable web, email and application hosting. We have been actively engaged with Microsoft technologies since we began in the hosting industry back in 1997. We are part of Gold… Read more

VM standards, offline patching tools

Quick post here on two items. Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool can be downloaded here. As blogged about at by the System Center team blog,, and InfoWorld blog. This product allows the update of large-scale deployments of virtual machines, leveraging PowerShell, System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2007 and WSUS 3.0 (or Configuration Manager… Read more

Rumor Mill: Dispelling the "Microsoft Virtualization is not Ready for ‘Prime Time’" Myth…

  Greetings! Chris Steffen here again from Kroll Factual Data. I want to share some thoughts on what I have heard about Microsoft virtualization in the enterprise data center. I will also be the first to admit that I am not the average user of Microsoft’s virtualization technologies and that I probably have a bit… Read more