Why so critical to have a management solution in virtualization?

One key benefits of Virtualization is the ability to offer more with less. Many of us first visualized virtualization through previously called server consolidation and now Server Virtualization, by running multiple server incidences on a single physical machine. The case studies of business values and infrastructure optimization brought by virtualization are well documented and available…


Windows Vista SP2 Beta

Upcoming beta release of Windows Vista SP2 has been announced. It will be available to a small group of Technology Adoption Program customers on Wednesday, October 29, and we anticipate broad availability for Windows Vista SP2 in the first half of 2009. Some information is available here. Do notice Windows Vista SP1 is a prerequisite…


Microsoft System Center Application Virtualization (App-V) 4.5 Rapid Prototyping

One key focus of an App-V solution is the ability to run multiple versions of application software within the same OS instance without the concern of conflicts among those versions. To quickly prove the concept, I prototyped a solution with 2 virtual machines based on Hyper-V. Here are the configurations: Hyper-V Parent Partition: Windows Server…


System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2008 RTM

Consistent user experience, one skill set, rich capabilities, a single view to transparently and seamlessly manage Microsoft and non-Microsoft virtual machines with the solution you will have. Enough said. What’s new (PDF) Demo Download


Microsoft System Center Application Virtualization (App-V) 4.5 Management Server Installation Screen Flow

This post is to provide a quick reference of the installation flow of Microsoft System Center Application Virtualization (App-V) 4.5 Management Server. The steps  to configure the server, import applications, and validate the settings are not included in this post and to be discussed in a screencast currently in development and soon to be published…


Windows 7, the official name of the next version of Windows

Yes, the official name of the next version of Windows is now “Windows 7” as announced in Mike Nash’s post on the Windows Vista Team Blog. More details are to be available at the upcoming PDC 2008 and WinHEC 2008. In both shows, a pre-beta “developer only release” is to eb shared with attendees.  Going…


Web Page Translator

 To place a translator on your web page, add the following code <script type=”text/javascript” src=”http://www.windowslivetranslator.com/TranslatePageLink.aspx?pl=en”></script> You can set it to English to Chinese, Chinese to English, or German to Chinese just for the kick and see what happens. This translator feature will be included in upcoming IE8. With this feature, you will be able to…


Silverlight 2.0

Silverlight 2.0 has been just been released. Here’s a teleconference playback. Silverlight 2 delivers a wide range of new features and tools that enable designers and developers to better collaborate while creating more accessible, more discoverable and more secure user experiences. Personally I have seen so much richness brought to my Web experience by Silverlight. For content…


Microsoft Hyper-V Server is a single purpose virtualization solution.

Unlike a Windows Server, Microsoft Hyper-V Server does not provide any other roles amd services that Windows provides (AD, DNS, File/Print, IIS, etc.). Microsoft Hyper-V Server is a single purpose virtualization solution. The linked table outlines which Hyper-V–enabled product would suit different virtualization needs.


It’s not just {Hyper-V}. It’s {Hyper-V Server 2008}.

Hyper-V was available in late June. And today another milestone, Hyper-V Server 2008, is released. Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 provides a simplified, reliable, and optimized virtualization solution, enabling improved server utilization and reduced costs. Since Hyper-V Server is a dedicated stand-alone product, which contains only the Windows Hypervisor, Windows Server driver model and virtualization components,…