Understanding the Costs of Virtualization and Management Operations

Taking a look at virtualization technologies and the benefits it brings to customers can help build an understanding of some of the potential areas cloud computing can also help businesses. Cloud computing takes the concept of virtualization to a whole new level, far beyond the simple server consolidation that many people still associate it with….


Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0: Software Usage Tracker part 6

Welcome to part 6 of a 6 part series talking about a great FREE tool, which has released it’s 5th major version on Monday (7-12-2010).  The new version, MAP 5.0, has some exciting new features to help with discovery and software usage.  In this screencast we will take a look at MAP can help right-size…


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…


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…


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…


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,…


Ready to Virtualize? Do you need a MAP?

Hopefully by now you are looking at virtualization of your servers, application, and various other IT needs as viable candidates to support your business.  As you may have found during your research, there are several benefits virtualization can give your organization.  Virtualization will help to: Reduce Costs Hardware Facility Energy Simplify Management and Support Reduce…


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…


Windows Server in an Amazon Cloud

This week Microsoft began allowing the modification of the terms of some of its Enterprise licensing agreements to allow large customers in the United States to run their Windows Servers in the Amazon Cloud.  Larry Dignan at ZDNET posted a great article on the details of the process and the potential costs of this operation.  …