Reducing the cost of virtualization using Microsoft Hyper-V and System Center

My name is Elliott Morris, manager of what’s known within Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business as the “War on Cost team.” The team’s role is to collect operational data from business and public sector customers to understand their costs for deploying, operating and managing Microsoft server and desktop software. We use this information to improve our products, and… Read more

Installing Service Pack 1 on Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2

 With the release of Beta of Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 a number of you have asked about Service Pack 1 for the standalone Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2, and whether the new capabilities of Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX will be available for it. Absolutely, both Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX have been… 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

RT: Opalis Software Availability and Roadmap News

Louise Johns blogged about software availability and roadmap news for the Opalis software we acquired in December. Since all of you care about systems management as much as virtualization, I wanted to make sure you saw Louise’s post. Here’s some excerpts: We have started the process of sending notifications of the grant of Opalis software… Read more

Big news: Microsoft and HP team up to move IT forward

This morning Microsoft and HP announced a three-year, $250 million agreement to jointly deliver a new infrastructure-to-application model, advance cloud computing and generally reduce the costs and complexities of IT.      The press release, executive videos and other information about the agreement are available here.   This is a big commitment on the part… Read more

Live Meeting for Influencers, 1.12.10 at 10:00 am PST: Moving from VMware to Microsoft

On Tuesday, January 12, 2010 10:00 AM-11:00 AM., we are hosting a Live Meeting presentation for System Center influencers entitled, “So you Want To Move from a VMware Infrastructure to Microsoft,” presented by Kenon Owens, Microsoft Virtualization product manager. Please note: This Live Meeting presentation is exclusive to members of the System Center Influencers Program. … Read more

LiveMeeting on Microsoft’s Integrated Virtualization Strategy: Thursday, Nov. 19, 8:00 AM PST

Join us Thursday, November 19, 8:00 AM PST for a LiveMeeting session on “Microsoft’s Integrated Virtualization Strategy, Products and Solutions” presented by Kenon Owens, Technical Product Manager. This LiveMeeting is exclusive to members of the System Center Influencers Program (which is also open to virtualization enthusiasts).  Not a member?  Visit the program overview on TechNet… Read more

Announcing the availability of the updated Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides for Virtualization and System Center

Microsoft has a comprehensive portfolio of technologies when it comes to Virtualization ranging from Presentation Virtualization with Remote Desktop Services to Server Virtualization using Hyper-V with many more in between as below. ·        Server Hardware Virtualization. Also known as a hypervisor, Server Hardware Virtualization runs a very lightweight core operating system. The hypervisor can host… Read more

Microsoft Virtualization: Best Choice for MS Server Applications

Hello, I’m Zane Adam, general manager of Virtualization and Systems Management.  As more and more customers are looking at virtualization to help reduce cost and decrease complexity in their infrastructure, we are seeing lots of questions around virtualizing MS server applications such as Exchange, SQL and SharePoint.  What benefits should I expect to see? What do I need… Read more

Strong end to end management required for Virtualization to be successful (VMworld day 2)

I am pleased that it is being acknowledged by VMware (evidenced by their keynote announcements yesterday on the vCenter additions) that for a strong virtualization platform a complete end-to-end solution is required. We agree completely!! We at Microsoft provide solutions for configuration/change management, operational/health monitoring, virtual machine management and data protection and have been doing… Read more