Hyper-V Dynamic Memory

Posted by bink on June 8 2010, 3:59 AM.


Hyper-v Dynamic Memory Summary

  • Will be included in Hyper-V R2 SP1
  • Designed for production use with minimal production impact
  • Design and integrated with the Hyper-V memory management on the Host
  • Enabled via an enlightenment in the Guest

How it works

  • Memory is pooled and dynamically and securely distributed across VMs
  • Memory is dynamically added/removed based VM usage with no service interruption
  • Guest enlightened: guests & Hyper-V work TOGETHER

How it is configured

VM memory configuration includes:

  • Initial   
  • Maximum   
  • Memory Buffer
  • Memory Priority


  • Memory is added via kernel elightenment for suppport OSes
  • Memory is removed via Balloon driver (supported OSes)

System Requirements


Parent Requirements:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 SP1

Supported Guests:

  • Windows Server 2003, 2008 & 2008 R2 All Editions (New) 32-bit & 64-bit versions Windows Vista and Windows 7 Enterprise and Ultimate Editions only, 32-bit & 64-bit versions

Nice that even Windows 2003 is included!


BPOS will go in Exchange 2010 beta

Posted by bink on June 7 2010, 11:33 PM.

I’m in a post-keynote press conference at TechED USA 2010.

Bob Muglia just stated that Exchange Online (part of BPOS) will go in beta program with Exchange 2010 later this year. However there are large BPOS customers that have dedicated Exchange environment in BPOS are already on Exchange 2010.

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Exchange Voicemail: A story of unrealized potential

Posted by bink on June 7 2010, 11:20 PM.

This whitepaper details the value that Exchange 2010's Unified Messaging capabilities offer to empower your users, reduce cost and manage risk by replacing your voicemail system.

Voicemail is a relatively mature technology. It is so thoroughly established in users’ daily workflows that it has become practically invisible to the organization except as an ongoing expense. Because of their origins in telephony, voicemail systems tend to exist in their own silos, managed separately from other IT systems in general, and business messaging in particular. Many fail to provide the features and ease of use that users have come to expect from other types of messaging.

Yet voicemail is a critical communication tool for most workers. Given the right strategy, it can go from a basic service to a productivity-enhancing tool. One way to do this is to treat voicemail as just one more messaging modality. It is then possible to manage it using the same tools administrators and users know from email. A universal inbox is also the foundation for delivering advanced voicemail features across devices and platforms. Microsoft calls this capability Unified Messaging. Microsoft® Exchange Server is the key technology that enables it. The newest release, Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, delivers voicemail functionality engineered from the ground up to improve productivity while helping you reduce the cost and complexity of your voicemail system.

Download details Voicemail A story of unrealized potential

Exchange Server 2007 SP3, soon…

Posted by bink on June 7 2010, 11:14 PM.

MS Exchange team announced the release of Exchange 2010 Sp1 beta today. They also announced that Exchange Server 2007 SP3 is on track and will ship soon.

Major need for SP3 is the support for Windows Server 2008 R2.

I’ll try to get a better release date than “soon”

Better VDI USB support in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

Posted by bink on June 7 2010, 10:42 PM.


Besides the previously announced RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory feature which will come in SP1, which will greatly improve VDI scenarios, Microsoft today announced a new RemoteFX feature specific for VDI on Hyper-V:

Generic USB redirection

  • Allows you to redirect virtually any USB device transparently over RDP
  • Support for more devices than previously
  • Support for USB devices with thin clients
  • No client drivers necessary
  • Applications are transparent to redirected devices
  • Only one session can use USB device at a time

So Webcams, headset, Windows Mobile devices Printers, scanners work great!


Note this is not supported for Remote Desktop Services (Terminal Server)

System Center Roadmap 2011

Posted by bink on June 7 2010, 9:28 PM.

Nearly every member of the System Center family gets updated in 2011.

Sorry for the blurry pic, click to see full size.



Windows Server AppFabric available now

Posted by bink on June 7 2010, 9:16 PM.

Released to manufacturing today, Windows Server AppFabric simplifies the development and management of composite applications by providing improved speed, elastic scale and high availability through distributed caching capabilities and new tools. Customers with licenses for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 (Standard and Enterprise editions) can download Windows Server AppFabric at no additional cost.

Download details Windows Server AppFabric

TechED 2010: SQL Azure up to 50GB

Posted by bink on June 7 2010, 9:14 PM.

Microsoft announced it will offer spatial data support and access to 50 GB of SQL Azure Database capacity, allowing for higher scalability, flexibility and easier management of applications and services. Further enhancements to management capabilities include the public preview of SQL Azure Data Sync Service, which provides more flexible control over where and how data is distributed and synced across multiple datacenters, and Microsoft SQL Server Web Manager, a lightweight and easy-to-use tool to help develop, deploy and manage data-driven applications on the cloud.

TechED 20010: Windows 2008 SP1 Public Beta end of July

Posted by bink on June 7 2010, 9:12 PM.

Public beta of service pack 1 (SP1) for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 coming by end of July. The new virtualization tools in SP1 will help Windows Server 2008 R2 users prepare for cloud computing, Remote FX provides rich 3-D graphical experience for remote users, and Dynamic Memory enables more control to adjust memory usage without sacrificing performance. The service pack also will include a series of incremental updates, previously delivered through Windows Update, for both Windows Server and Windows 7 users.

Tech•Ed North America 2010 : Live Keynote

Posted by sumeethevans on June 7 2010, 8:22 PM. Posted in Events.

Join Bob Muglia, president of the Server and Tools Business, for his keynote address on Monday, June 7 at 9 a.m. (Central) to discuss the company’s vision for the future of IT and cloud computing

Live Keynote:  Tech•Ed Online

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 SP1 Beta

Posted by sumeethevans on June 7 2010, 8:20 PM. Posted in Exchange.

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 helps IT Professionals achieve new levels of reliability with greater flexibility, enhanced user experiences, and increased protection for business communications.
  • Flexible and reliable - Exchange Server 2010 gives you the flexibility to tailor your deployment based on your company's unique needs and a simplified way to keep e-mail continuously available for your users.
  • Anywhere access - Exchange Server 2010 helps your users get more done by giving them the freedom to securely access all their communications - e-mail, voice mail, instant messaging, and more - from virtually any platform, Web browser, or device.
  • Protection and compliance - Exchange Server 2010 delivers integrated information loss prevention, and compliance tools aimed at helping you simplify the process of protecting your company's communications and meeting regulatory requirements.
This pre-release software is intended for evaluation purposes only. You must accept the license terms before you are authorized to use the software. There is no product support for this trial software. You are welcome to participate in the forums to share your trial experiences with others and to ask for advice.

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Bing cashback program will be discontinued

Posted by sumeethevans on June 7 2010, 8:19 PM. Posted in bing.

We are writing to notify you that the Bing cashback program will be discontinued, and the last day to earn cash back on your Bing Shopping purchases will be July 30, 2010. Until July 30, 2010 9:00 pm PST, it’s business as usual so continue to take advantage of great offers from your favorite merchants. You can redeem all of your earned cashback savings consistent with the cashback terms and conditions and access the Bing cashback customer support system through July 30, 2011. We encourage you to redeem your cashback savings and to further support redemption, we are waiving the $5 minimum payout effective July 31, 2010. To assist with prompt delivery of your cashback earnings, please visit http://cashbackaccount.bing.com to ensure your account information is current. For more details and answers to your questions, please visit our frequently asked questions page.Thank you very much for being a loyal cashback user.  We remain committed to delivering great value to our customers, and we are currently working on an exciting new program which you will hear more about from us later this summer. Sincerely,Bing cashback Team