MICROSOFT HYPER-V SERVER 2008 R2 SP1 RELEASED!

Virtualization Nation, The good news just keeps coming and we’re pleased to keep the momentum rolling with the latest release of our rock stable, feature rich, standalone Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1! For those who need a refresher on Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2, it includes key features based on customer… 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

Hey channel partners: Microsoft and Citrix V-Alliance

 For you channel partners out there, if you don’t know about the Microsoft and Citrix V-Alliance, then speak with either your Microsoft or Citrix contacts. The program is rolled out in Europe, is rolling out in the U.S., and will kick-off soon in Asia. The website is here.  Here’s a brief video that I recorded… Read more

MED-V 2.0 beta is available – for Windows 7 migrations

You’ll be interested to know that MED-V 2.0 beta is available to download today. Karri blogged about it over at the Windows team blog [here]. Here’s an excerpt from Karri’s blog: With MED-V 2.0 Beta, we have been listening to customer feedback to further simplify the MED-V experience by enabling one-time sign on to the… Read more

Microsoft and Citrix share their feedback on today’s keynote from VMworld Europe 2010

I’ve had the priviledge to attend Citrix Synergy in Berlin last week, and then attend VMworld Europe in Copenhagen this week. 3,500 attendees last week, and 5,700 this week. It’s great to see the enthusiasm. Today’s keynote at VMworld Europe 2010 was 95% the same content as the San Francisco show at the end of August. Paul… 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

VDI reference architecture with HP and Citrix

At HP’s Tech Forum conference, HP started to market a VDI reference architecture, and deployment offer, with us and Citrix. The brochure can be seen here. The VDI offer can be seen here. The nuts and bolts of the architecture includes: HP ProLiant BL460c server blades HP StorageWorks P4800 SAN HP Insight Control for System Center… Read more

Got Questions on Desktop Virtualization? You’re Not Alone…

For those of you who think about desktop management strategies, and how virtualization might fit, I’d recommend reading Edwin Yuen’s new blog post. Some of you may know Edwin as he’s contributed to this blog, now blogs at Virtualization Planet, and has done lots of demos during keynotes. Edwin’s latest post describes our approach to desktop… Read more