Microsoft Virtualization and Interoperability

As many of you know from announcements we have made that Microsoft continues to enhance our support for non Microsoft operating systems on our Virtualization stack. Thru our partnership with XenSource and now Novell (SUSE) the Linux operating system support is being enhanced to keep up with advancements taking place on the Microsoft Virtualization stack.  Some enhancements include supporting…

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System Center Virtual Machine Manager (Carmine)

Microsoft has just released Beta 1 of System Center Virtual Machine Manager. This product is Microsoft’s answer to Virtual Machine Lifecycle Management. I will not discuss all of the features as the System Center Development Team will be discussing that is detail on their blog.  I will be lurking in the System Center Virtual Machine…

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We need our directory to replicate immediately!

A customer of ours is in the process of evaluating Active Directory and ADAM for use as their primary enterprise application directory. I was just informed that they’ve dropped Active Directory from the running (it’s not in their “top three” directory servers) because “AD replication is scheduled and not event driven”. When pressed for more…

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More on multiple forests

I’ve received a few interesting email messages about my last post on multiple forests (http://blogs.technet.com/wincat/archive/2006/05/23/429988.aspx). Here’s a good excerpt from one of them, verbatim: “More forests equals more administrative tasks”.  I’d say that it necessarily must also be more complex administrative tasks.  It may not seem that way to folks that have been working with…

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Windows Server Virtualization and System Center Virtual Machine Manager

Ok, so I am sure all interested in virtualization have heard about the demo of the next generation Microsoft Server Virtualization platform at WinHEC 2006.  The demo gave a brief look at some of the newest features like multi-processor 64bit virtual machines and the ability to hot add memory and network devices.  Also at WinHec…

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Myth debunking: "Multiple forests help us reduce the risk of a forest-wide Active Directory failure"

More and more customers seem to be using “lower risk” as justification for their multiple forest plan. It may seem reasonable at first glance, but something about it doesn’t feel right to me. Since recognizing this pattern a couple of months ago, I’ve spent a lot of time mulling it over with numerous colleagues. The…

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WinHec 2006 Conference Virtualization Content

WinHEC 2006 and Windows Virtualization The Windows Hardware Engineering Conference 2006 being held in at the Washington State Convention and Trade Centre in Seattle on 23rd to 25th May this year will provide a lot of further information on Windows Virtualization. There is a whole (sub-)track devoted to ‘System Fundamentals – Virtualization’ which includes in-depth…

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Time for an Active Directory Redesign?

Hi all… I’m Robert DeLuca, the Identity Management guy on WinCAT. After a year or two of slowly dwindling requests for AD design reviews, there appears to be a growing trend among many of my enterprise customers – full Active Directory redesign. I guess 5 years of living with suboptimal AD designs (You have HOW…

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Gene Ferioli Program Manager Windows Customer Advisory Team

Hi Everyone.  My name is Gene Ferioli and I’ve been at Microsoft for 9 years and I focus on PKI, IPsec, Network Access Protection and anything else related to the security workloads in Windows Server.    Network Access Protection Network Access Protection (NAP) provides policy enforcement components that help ensure that computers connecting to a…

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Allen Stewart Program Manager Customer Advisory Team

Hello everyone welcome to the Windows Server Division Customer Advisory Team Blog.  First a little about myself, I am a Program Manager in the Windows Server Division focused on the Core Virtualization, Virtualization Management and DSI workloads.  I have worked at Microsoft for 7 years. I am also a Microsoft Certified Architect (Infrastructure) Enough about me how about the…

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