Answering Exchange Virtualization Questions and Addressing Misleading VMware Guidance

I recommend anyone who is considering virtualizing MS Exchange read Jim Lucey’s blog post and the comments below his post. VMware’s HA guidance on virtualizing Exchange could be mis-interpreted, resulting in increased storage costs and placing data at risk. Here’s an excerpt: We love that our customers are excited to deploy Exchange Server within virtualized environments. While VMware… Read more

Why Does Microsoft exhibit at VMworld?

I’ll be posting more this week about what you’ll see when you visit the Microsoft booth (#1431) at VMworld 2010 U.S. conference next week. You can read an overview at NetworkWorld. But last week a virtualization industry insider and consultant who has followed Microsoft virtualization for 5+ years and has met with Microsoft at the last… Read more

VMWare figures out that virtualization is an OS feature

Every now and again, we like to use this forum to provide commentary and context on happenings in the industry. Today’s news from Waltham, Mass. and Palo Alto, Calif. is a good example. On the one hand, there’s a Microsoft competitor. On the other hand, there’s a Microsoft partner (see today’s joint webcast). And if… Read more

Microsoft and Red Hat Complete Cooperative Technical Support

Hi, I’m Mike Neil, general manager of Windows Server and Server Virtualization. Back in February we announced our work with Red Hat to enable cooperative technical support for virtualized environments. I’m excited to announce we’ve completed certification in each others’ programs! Customers now can deploy Microsoft Windows Server and Red Hat Enterprise Linux and a… Read more

Linux ICs for Hyper-V and GPLv2

A funny thing happened on the way to work this morning … the Hyper-V Linux integration components (ICs) appeared in Greg Kroah-Hartman’s tree (aka, the Linux Driver Project) of the Linux community. This is the first time Microsoft is contributing code to the Linux kernel; see the Q&A announcement here. The Hyper-V Linux device drivers will… Read more

Microsoft and Red Hat Cooperative Technical Support

Hi, I’m Mike Neil, general manager of virtualization at Microsoft. It’s been a while since I’ve blogged here, but today’s post is worth a read. Ever since we released Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and Terminal Services, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 and Microsoft App-V 4.5 last year, customers and partners have been getting huge… Read more