Visual Reference of Key Hyper-V Technologies in Windows Server 2008 R2

Like the Windows Server 2008 R2 component poster, the Hyper-V poster is a great visual reference to better understand the key features and components of Hyper-V, and Microsoft virtualization solutions in general including: Architecture Virtual Networking Virtual Machine Snapshots (shown below) Live Migration Storage Interfaces Storage Types Storage Location and Paths Import and Export I…

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Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 announcements @ TechEd

TechEd was a great experience and thank you to everyone, all 428 of you that decided to see Chris and I talk about the 10 hottest topics for Windows Server 2008 R2 Administrators.  We hope you enjoyed the session and more importantly, if you chose to buy our book after the session, Thank You! As…

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The Secret to Great Hosting isn’t Finger Food at TechEd, It’s Workloads on Windows!

TechEd North America in New Orleans is only a month away, and I’ve start thinking about those cool TechEd parties hosted by Microsoft and partners.  Attending special events outside of the sessions gives everyone time to socialize and connect up.  It’s a lot of work to host a successful party at a premier technical event…

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Ghost Town Tech

Have you ever noticed how sometimes sweeping changes can occur without pomp and circumstance right under our noses and we fail to notice that anything has happened because we are so used to doing things the same old way.  Have you been to a ghost town… uhhh.. I mean the local branch of your bank…

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Linux on Hyper-V Makes Even More Cents Now!

One of my early posts on this blog went into detail about value of Hyper-V, and the ability to easily backup and recover servers in new and inexpensive ways.  I explained that encapsulating all sorts of (even non-Windows) operating systems in Hyper-V enables backup snapshots of running systems at no additional cost. In another post,…

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RDS, VDI, and App-V User Experience

The ability to deliver a desktop with full fidelity over a network, while deploying applications on demand and with hardware independence, is an IT reality with Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Application Virtualization (App-V) which is part of Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP). This screencast highlights how these three amazing technologies work as…

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Windows Server 2008 R2 Virtualization gets Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX

Windows Server 2008 R2 also got some great enhancements as well.  RemoteFX is a new enhancement for Hyper-V, which will allow the ability to run 3D applications within a Hyper-V VM.  This allows the virtual desktop experience to get even closer to the look and feel of an actual desktop.  IT provides a great multimedia…

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The “Many-Core” Application Platform – Take 2, "Tools”

In a recent post I wrote about the new platform scalability features available with Windows Server 2008 R2.   For Developers, the platform is only half of the equation.   Developers require corresponding tools and libraries in order to make the most of the platform.   These tools are now making their way out of development and into…

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The Giant in Your Data Center

First and Foremost,  I need to say on behalf of myself and Microsoft: THANK YOU!  Thank you for betting your business’ on Windows Server!  You all have slowly built your data centers on Windows Servers, allowing us to become the preferred giant in your data center and you are not alone. IDC just recently released…

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New Independent Virtualization Conferences Starting to Make their Mark

With more companies moving towards a virtualized datacenter and thinking about how to gain efficiencies through integrated management, there’s strong interest for good information on how to achieve these results. There are a few “industry” events that cater to virtualization, but the most popular ones are not always the most vendor-neutral. As a result, independent…