Contents tagged with Windows Virtualization

  • Infrastructure Planning and Design guide: Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization

    Posted by bink on April 7 2009, 2:48 AM. Posted in Windows Virtualization.

    This guide outlines the critical infrastructure design elements that are crucial to a successful implementation of Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V). The reader is guided through the four-step process of designing components, layout, and connectivity in a logical, sequential order. Identification of the MED-V server instances required is presented in simple, easy-to-follow steps, helping the reader to deliver managed virtual machines to end users. Following the steps in this guide will result in a design that is sized, configured, and appropriately placed to deliver the stated business benefits, while also considering the performance, capacity, and fault tolerance of the system. Download the guide by visiting and selecting “Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization” under the IPD One-click Downloads, listed on the bottom right of the page. Infrastructure Planning and Design streamlines the planning process by:

    • Defining the technical decision flow through the planning process.
    • Listing the decisions to be made and the commonly available options and considerations.
    • Relating the decisions and options to the business in terms of cost, complexity, and other characteristics.
    • Framing decisions in terms of additional questions to the business to ensure a comprehensive alignment with the appropriate business landscape.


  • Microsoft’s Hypervisor Technology Gains Traction Among Hosting Providers

    Posted by bink on July 30 2008, 3:39 AM. Posted in Windows Virtualization.

    Q&A: John Zanni, general manager of Worldwide Hosting for Microsoft discusses the progress of Hyper-V since its release to hosting providers last month.

    Since its general availability one month ago, several hosting providers have begun using Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, an engine that allows virtualization of mulitple operating systems on the same server. This week at HostingCon 2008, Microsoft is showcasing the Hyper-V adoption by four hosting providers and discussing how the new virtualization technology is designed to help maximize datacenter efficiency, scalability and manageability while lowering costs.

    John Zanni, general manager of Worldwide Hosting
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    As part of Microsoft’s broader platform strategy for hosting providers, the Worldwide Hosting group is also featuring the latest tools and programs to further help partners to be successful in the world of software-plus-services. This includes Microsoft’s SQL Server 2008 early adoption program, as well as the Windows Hosting Deployment Accelerator (HDA) tool that now includes Hyper-V and SQL Server 2008.

    Leading up to the HostingCon event, PressPass discussed Hyper-V’s momentum with John Zanni, general manager for Worldwide Hosting, and what the new technology can bring to customers and partners.

    PressPass: First off, what is Hyper-V?

    Zanni: Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V is a virtualization engine that provides what we call “hypervisor-based virtualization.” It is a feature built into select versions of Windows Server 2008 that allows virtualization of multiple operating systems, including Windows and Linux, on the same server.

    PressPass: What are you conveying to partners this year at HostingCon?

    Zanni: We’re highlighting how Hyper-V can help hosting providers reduce costs and boost efficiency by consolidating datacenter resources. In just over a month, a number of hosting providers have already experienced such benefits in deploying Hyper-V, including Layered Technologies, Hostbasket, SoftCom and SoftLayer. These providers participated in the Hyper-V Go Live program, which allowed them to deploy the beta version into live production, and engage in the testing process as early adopters.

    In addition, we’re also announcing the upcoming addition of Hyper-V and SQL Server 2008 to the HDA tool in September. These accelerators will contain guidance and best practices for hosting providers implementing the technologies, enabling them to understand the features of Hyper-V and quickly deploy new offerings based on the latest technologies.

    PressPass: Why is Hyper-V relevant from an industry perspective?

    Zanni: With the growing adoption of virtualization technology, it’s evident that hosting providers across the industry are looking to retire old hardware and consolidate servers with fewer machines that are better utilized.

    Addressing the existing concerns of hosting providers that stem from the limited availability of datacenter resources, Hyper-V significantly increases the efficiency and helps reduce many of the costs associated with running and managing datacenters by consolidating resources. As a scalable, reliable and highly available virtualization platform, Hyper-V allows hosting providers to continue to run heterogeneous environments by running both Windows and Linux on the same server using a single management interface.

    In addition, Hyper-V allows hosting providers to offer businesses a secure development, testing and staging environment, business continuity services and dedicated virtual private servers (VPS). Hyper-V also makes it easy for hosters to create offers for developers, giving them a secure application development environment at a competitive price point.

    As part of the Windows Server 2008 Datacenter Edition, Hyper-V also helps hosting providers reduce costs by allowing for unlimited virtual environments on a server for a predictable and low monthly licensing fee. Simplifying the migration process, Hyper-V also enables hosting providers to easily migrate existing physical servers to Hyper-V with only a few clicks of a mouse, minimizing time and associated costs.

    PressPass: How does Microsoft help hosting providers manage Hyper-V?

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  • Microsoft Hyper-V: the day after

    Posted by bink on July 1 2008, 8:15 PM. Posted in Windows Virtualization.

    Obviously, when a market leader like Microsoft releases a new key product like a hypervisor in an exploding industry like virtualization, and re-focuses every department on it, there are some repercussions.

    It doesn't really matter if the product is long overdue, if it comes with a limited feature-set, or if it the market is already crowded. The fact that Microsoft is (finally) fully committed on virtualization has repercussions on the landscape, at strategical and financial levels.

    What follows is a summary of the first reactions from the market players with some additional analysis from us.

    The partners and competitors positions

    Citrix is currently the stronger partner for Microsoft despite it recently acquired a product, XenServer, which can compete with Hyper-V on every aspect (they even have a similar architecture) and in many cases has more features.

    The two companies already declared their cooperation strategy in the past, so Citrix had not much to say but wait for some of our products able to interact with and manage Hyper-V (the reference is to XenDesktop 2.0).

    Now that Microsoft product is out we'll see if this synergy is really positive to Citrix (like the years-old one on Terminal Services) of self-defeating.

    The Virtual Iron position is very different. The company offers a Xen-based hypervisor like Citrix and it's currently targeting the SMB market, exactly the one that Hyper-V can attract at this first release.

    Virtual Iron tries to knock down the Microsoft product using four arguments: the new hypervisor obliges to adopt a new OS (Windows Server 2008), it's a 1.0 release so customers won't trust it in production environments, it lacks of many features that most customers want, Microsoft is not the best vendor to run mixed data centers where some virtual machines are powered by Linux.

    Most of these statements are arguable as follows....Continue At Source

  • Hyper-V Alert: Beware of the Broadcom Nextreme II

    Posted by RayC on June 30 2008, 9:06 PM. Posted in Windows Virtualization.

    Ever since I first installed my Dell PowerEdge 2900 with Virtual Server I have been experiencing issues with the Broadcom Nextreme II Gigabit adapter also known as the BCM5708C. After my latest disaster at a client with Hyper-V RTM with the same network adaptere in an HP Proliant ML 370 G5, I think it's time to send out an alert.

    In my case I the two hosts I was installing with Hyper-V ended with corrupted network stacks on Virtual Machines and hosts that initially worked flawlessly and all of a sudden caused strange error messages. This in the end forced me to completely reinstall all systems from scratch.

    Read full story at source.

  • It’s here! Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V is available for download…

    Posted by bink on June 26 2008, 11:25 PM. Posted in Windows Virtualization.

    Today, Microsoft reaches a significant milestone for customers and partners with the release of Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, the hypervisor-based virtualization feature included in select versions of Windows Server 2008. Those who have already deployed the x64 versions of Windows Server 2008 can receive Hyper-V from Windows Update beginning July 8, while new customers and partners can download Hyper-V later today (12:00 pm PT). The Windows Virtualization team will be counting down the days to download from Windows Update, so be sure to visit the Windows Virtualization Team blog to see daily spotlights on specific features and benefits of Hyper-V technology, as well as to read about customer stories and see postings from guests. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p minmax_bound="true"></o:p>

    <o:p minmax_bound="true"> </o:p>Since the beta release of Hyper-V in February, more than 250 customers have participated in Hyper-V’s early adoption program. Microsoft’s own deployment and results with Hyper-V is showcased today in Rob Emanuel’s guest blog and video on the Windows Server Division blog, specifically on customers using Hyper-V and partner benefits, visit the Microsoft PressPass site. <o:p minmax_bound="true"></o:p><o:p minmax_bound="true"> </o:p>Also, check out the new Hyper-V videos on TechNet Edge:<o:p minmax_bound="true"></o:p>TechNet Edge Interview: Hyper-V Overview with Mike Neil <o:p minmax_bound="true"></o:p>TechNet Edge Interview: Hyper-V Program managers interview Part 1<o:p minmax_bound="true"></o:p>TechNet Edge Interview: Hyper-V Program managers interview Part 2<o:p minmax_bound="true"></o:p><o:p minmax_bound="true"> </o:p>Other Resources:<o:p minmax_bound="true"></o:p>Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit<o:p minmax_bound="true"></o:p>Virtualization Solution Accelerators <o:p minmax_bound="true"></o:p>
  • Hyper-V RTM'ed !

    Posted by bink on June 26 2008, 7:58 PM. Posted in Windows Virtualization.

    Hyper-V has RTM'ed ! That is way earlier than the initial 180 days after Windows Server 2008 release. Expect more information and official press release later today.





  • 10 commonly asked questions or issues seen during Hyper-V beta

    Posted by RayC on June 26 2008, 5:49 AM. Posted in Windows Virtualization.

    With the RTM release of Hyper-V just around the corner, I thought it would be a good idea to re-visit some of the top things we have seen customers encounter when installing and configuring Hyper-V for the first time and give pointers to resources we have available to eliminate those when you start rolling this out in production for the first time.

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  • Hyper-V RC1 Release Available on Microsoft Download Center

    Posted by bink on May 20 2008, 11:05 PM. Posted in Windows Virtualization.

    Improvements Over Hyper-V RC0 In addition to bug fixes and stability improvements we also made some additional changes largely based on feedback from customers, I might have missed a few I’ll add to this list if so…    *Integration Components For Windows Server 2008 guest’s included in Integration Services Setup Disk    *New Graphics for Hyper-V Manager and Virtual Machine Connection – including a “Now” icon in the snapshot pane    *IPv4 Address Migration - when creating a new Virtual Network bound to an adapter with a static IPv4 address the IPv4 settings are migrated to the new virtual adapter


    Update for Windows Vista (KB949587) 

    Install this update to enable remote management of a Windows Server 2008 computer running the Hyper-V RC1 role.

    Update for Windows Server 2008 x64 Edition (KB950049)

    The Release Candidate 1 (RC1) update to the Hyper-V role provides improvements to security, stability, performance, user experience, forward compatibility of configurations, and the programming model.

    Update for Windows Vista for x64-based Systems (KB949587) 

    Install this update to enable remote management of a Windows Server 2008 computer running the Hyper-V RC1 role.

    Hyper-V RC1 is an optional upgrade for customers and partners, providing the latest code for those who want to continue testing the technology within their infrastructure environment.  The current beta of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 (SCVMM) is not compatible with Hyper-V RC1. [:@] Customers who are simultaneously testing the recently-released SCVMM 2008 Beta should continue evaluating it with Hyper-V RC0.  <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p minmax_bound="true"></o:p><o:p minmax_bound="true"> </o:p>For customers who need to evaluate support for Windows Server 2000 as a guest operating system, we recommend upgrading to RC1, but not manage those systems with SCVMM 2008 Beta. Because Hyper-V and SCVMM 2008 are on separate development schedules, an update for SCVMM 2008 Beta to enable support for Hyper-V RC1 will be made available at a later date.  <o:p minmax_bound="true"></o:p><o:p minmax_bound="true"> </o:p>While Hyper-V RC1 is feature complete, RC1 includes the following added support and functionality:<o:p minmax_bound="true"></o:p><o:p minmax_bound="true"> </o:p>Additional Guest OS support:  Hyper-V RC1 adds guest operating system support for Windows 2000 Server SP4 (1-way, emulated only) and Windows 2000 Advanced Server with Service Pack 4 (1-way, emulated only).  <o:p minmax_bound="true"></o:p><o:p minmax_bound="true"> </o:p>Simplified install for Windows Server 2008 ICs: With RC1, Hyper-V provides a simplified and consistent process to install the integration components for Windows Server 2008 guests.<o:p minmax_bound="true"></o:p><o:p minmax_bound="true"></o:p>


    Mouse integration support for Linux Integration components: Integration components for supported Novell SUSE 10 Linux operating systems will also include mouse integration support, released simultaneously with Hyper-V RC1.  The integration components can be downloaded from<o:p minmax_bound="true"></o:p><o:p minmax_bound="true"> </o:p>In addition to the several RDP and TAP customers who have deployed Hyper-V into full production, both MSDN and TechNet have been successfully running on Hyper-V for several weeks.  For more information on Microsoft’s deployment and results with Hyper-V, check out Rob Emanuel’s guest blog on the Windows Virtualization Team blog.<o:p minmax_bound="true"></o:p>
  • Hyper-V RC0 released, download now

    Posted by bink on March 19 2008, 5:27 PM. Posted in Windows Virtualization.

    Today Microsoft delivered the Hyper-V release candidate (RC) code broadly to customers and partners. This is a key milestone signaling that Microsoft is on track to deliver Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V virtualization by August 2008. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p minmax_bound="true"></o:p><o:p minmax_bound="true"> </o:p>Hyper-V RC is a feature-complete version and has three main enhancements from the beta release: <o:p minmax_bound="true"></o:p>
    • An expanded list of tested and qualified guest operating systems including: Windows Server 2003 SP2, Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP1, Windows Vista SP1, and Windows XP SP3. <o:p minmax_bound="true"></o:p>
    • Host server and language support has been expanded to include the 64-bit (x64) versions of Windows Server 2008 Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter - with English, partial German, and partial Japanese language options now available and the ability to enable the English version of Hyper-V on other locales. <o:p minmax_bound="true"></o:p>
    • Improved performance & stability for scalability and throughput workloads.<o:p minmax_bound="true"></o:p>
    <o:p minmax_bound="true"></o:p>The release candidate provides updated, near-final code that customers and partners can download at to begin planning and testing the end deployment scenarios.<o:p minmax_bound="true"></o:p><o:p minmax_bound="true"> </o:p>With less than 10% of all servers virtualized, Microsoft has a broad set of cost-effective products (spanning the desktop to the datacenter) that position the company to take advantage of significant growth opportunities in the virtualization space. Hyper-V provides customers with efficient and cost-effective virtualization infrastructure software, and now with the availability of the latest test code, Microsoft is one step closer to making virtualization a reality for customers.<o:p minmax_bound="true"></o:p><o:p minmax_bound="true"> </o:p>For more information on the announcement visit: <o:p minmax_bound="true"></o:p><o:p minmax_bound="true"></o:p>Windows Server Division Weblog <o:p minmax_bound="true"></o:p>Windows Virtualization Team Blog <o:p minmax_bound="true"></o:p>System Center Team Blog


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  • My interview with Bob Muglia: Hyper-V R2 and more

    Posted by bink on March 11 2008, 1:32 AM. Posted in Windows Server 2008, Internet Information Services (IIS), ISA, OneCare, System Center Virtual Machine Manager, ForeFront, Windows Virtualization.

    March 10 2008: 2 weeks ago during the Windows Server 2008 launch event in Los Angeles, I had the opportunity to have a 10 minute talk with Bob Muglia. Bob is head of the Server & Tools devision at Microsoft.

    I'm not a professional journalist, I did not record this session, nor did I write down a transcript of what was said, I just took some notes . We talked about Windows Server 2008 and its future.


    First of all I asked the obvious question about Hyper-V, if he would be more detailed on the release date than "after 180 days of the release of Windows Server 2008" He smiled and just repeated "180 days of the release of Windows Server 2008"

    I asked him about Hyper-V and the stand-alone SKU it will be released in, can you walk in a store and buy it from the shelve for the announced $28?He said it probably will be popular in the OEM channel and not in the retail.

    Then I asked him if this stand-alone SKU would also be available embedded in OEM server hardware. He responded, not in this release but the next version will support that.

    We talked about Vmware ESX and its features like shared memory between VMs, "we definitely need to put that in our product" later he said it will be in the next release. Like hot add memory, disk and nic's will be and Live migration of course, which didn't make it in this release.

    He also stated that Microsoft was surprised how well Hyper-V performed for a first release product, compared to Vmware.

    Hyper-V R2 will also support the virtualization hardware (CPU's)



    Now that Hyper-V beta is out, it is a pity there is no System Center Virtual Machine Manager that can mange Hyper-V. When can we expect a beta of SCVMMv2? He said the beta will be out this spring (which meteorological) is now) The final version is to be expected the same time as Hyper-V RTM is available.

    I told him that I was kind of surprised when Microsoft announced a few months ago that SCVMMv2 will manage Vmware (ESX) servers. He said this was all customer demand, It should be manageable, integrated and easy. So also not just Microsoft but also Vmware, not just Windows VM's but also Linux.

    Was one of the reasons that you hope customers will "V2V" Vmware virtual machines to Hyper-V hosts? That would be nice he said, but generally customers dint migrate OS in a servers life-cycle, so ESX will stay in that customers environment next to Hyper-V, which then can be manged with one tool SCVMM v2

    SCVMM will manage ESX host through Vmware Virtual Center API, wouldn't it be more efficient if SCVMM would talk directly to the ESX host?"I wish I could!" he replied. Vmware ESX host has no API so it is closed for SCVMM to talk to.

    .NET Framework for Windows Server 2008 Core installations

    It is a shame that some great applications cannot run on core, like powershell and apps on IIS7. Bob told me about that the current makes call to OS parts that are outside the core and therefore is not compatible. Windows Server 2008 R2 will have .NET framework support for core installations. Thats great, but...

    When can we expect WS08 R2?

    -2010 and it will be only x64, some stats from the server 2008 beta, over 60% installations were 64bit.

    IIS7 and PHP

    Now that IIS7 supports PHP out of the box, do you expect php sites to transition to Windows? I dont remember his exact answer here, but Bob told me that it performs very well and that most of PHP development is done on Windows.

    ForeFront Client Security

    A while ago I attended in Microsoft seminar where a MS speaker was demoing stuff on his laptop, I noticed that his corporate laptop was not running ForeFront Client security. I thought Microsoft "dogfooded" it's own products during beta, but this product is already 6 months available and still not running on this laptop. Bob responded by saying Microsoft has over 100,000 users, internal and external (vendors, partners), ForeFront Client Security does not scale that much, currently it is deployed on 10,000 desktops. ForeFront v2 will scale much better and will be deployed company wide.

    ForeFront Family has a lot of products in its portfolio, even for me this is sometimes confusing, now I hear that OneCare comes with a server edition too? Bob: Yes but OneCare server is focused on the Small Business customers, so a solution for Windows Small Business Server.

    ISA 64bit

    I hoped Microsoft would have pushed more for 64bit to get it mainstream, but ISA Server cannot run on x64, what kind of a message does that send out. Bob: yes this is because of the filter drivers ISA uses, the next version will support 64bit.

    Unfortunately my time was up, so I couldn't ask more on ISAvNext and when it will be released 


  • Hyper-V Democritizing Virtualization

    Posted by bink on February 28 2008, 4:14 AM. Posted in Windows Virtualization.

    Steve Ballmer made an interesting statement during his keynote: "Microsoft is Democritizing Virtualization" bringing another player in the high-end virtualization market. With System Center Virtual Machine manager you will be able to deploy and manage Novell and Suse Linux VM's and Microsoft Hyper-V, Vmware ESX and Citrix virtual hosts.