When to use Hyper-V Dynamic Memory versus Runtime Memory Resize

Starting in Windows 10/Windows Server Technical Preview, Hyper-V allows you to resize virtual machine memory without shutting down the virtual machine.  You might be thinking, “Hyper-V already has dynamic memory… what is this about?”.  I get a lot of questions about why you would use memory resize if enabling dynamic memory already automatically adds or removes… Read more

Hyper-V VM Density, VP:LP Ratio, Cores and Threads…

Virtualization Nation,   With Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Hyper-V and Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 SP1, we focused Hyper-V development on enhancing Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) scenarios, which resulted in the introduction of Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX. In addition, we increased the maximum number of running virtual processors (VP) per logical processor (LP) from… Read more

More on Service Pack 1 & VMware ASLR Guidance

Virtualization Nation, In my last blog, we announced the RTM (Release to Manufacturing) of Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. The bits will be available for download on Feb. 22, so mark your calendars. A frequent follow-up question to hit my inbox was from folks interested in a list… Read more

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Add New Virtualization Innovations

Virtualization Nation, On behalf of the Windows Server and Cloud teams at Microsoft, I’m pleased to announce that today we released Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 – adding two new virtualization capabilities: RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory.  SP1 will be made generally available for download on February 22. To learn… Read more

From 2010 to 2011: Walking the Cloud Talk

My colleague David Greschler wrote a blog post for David Marshall’s blog, VM Blog. DavidGr’s blog post is part of a series this month on VM Blog where vendor representatives write about 2011 predictions and looking ahead. See DavidGr’s post here. Following is an excerpt: 2010 was the year of the cloud. We saw some massive changes across the… Read more

Hyper-V Dynamic Memory test for VDI density

Hi, I’m Michael Kleef, senior technical product manager within the Windows Server and Cloud division. As Brad Anderson and I discussed at the TechEd Europe keynote today, Dynamic Memory, a new feature in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, can increase Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) densities by 40% compared to Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2 and… Read more

Guest post: Storage Loves Dynamic Memory

Hi, I’m Alex Miroshnichenko, chief technology officer of Virsto Software. One of the most exciting events of my summer was the announcement of Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1). Though still in beta, SP1’s stability has lived up to production standards in Virsto’s test labs. SP1 brings Dynamic Memory to Microsoft Hyper-V. … Read more

Go vote

The savvy editors of NetworkWorld chose 3 weeks before VMworld 2010 conference to publish an online tech debate between Microsoft and VMware. The topic: who has the better virtualization platform. The editorial summary reads: VMware is the kingpin of virtualization, but the game is changing fast and Microsoft is baking the technology into the very… Read more

Download beta of Windows Server 2008 R2 sp1

Over at the Windows Server Division blog, Oliver says the beta is available to download. Oliver focuses on Windows Server 2008 R2 sp1, but Windows 7 sp1 beta is also available. All of this was announced today at our Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, D.C. Here’s an excerpt from Oliver’s post: The two most important developments… Read more

Hands-On-Labs at TechEd, Virtualization at work!!!

One of the fun parts of being in a team that develops Hyper-V is seeing it in action. Here at TechEd 2010 in New Orleans, Hyper-V and the System Center Suite are running the Hands-On-Lab infrastructure. Powering the labs for the 11,000 people here at TechEd are 25 x HP380G6’s. The detailed specs of each… Read more