Q&A on Windows Server virtualization 

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Mike Neil, a product unit manager on the virtual machine team (core OS) did a Q&A with Virtualization.info that’s worth a read. The Q&A covers Windows Server virtualization, System Center virtual machine manager and the Softricity acquisition. And a week ago the download center published instructions for installing Virtual Server 2005 R2 on Windows Small Business…Read more

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Virtual Server 2005 R2 service pack 1 now available 

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Beta 1 of Virtual Server 2005 R2 service pack 1 is available to download. General availability is expected in calendar Q1 2007.  Here’s a quick description from Microsoft Connect download site: It provides improved reliability and performance across mixed workloads by leveraging hardware virtualization assists, high availability for both planned and unplanned downtime and improved…Read more

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LinuxWorld grab bag 

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This is not your father’s LinuxWorld conference. Well maybe “father” is the wrong person, but you get the idea. Along with a collection of T-shirt clad, bearded computing mavens, there was a large collection of Men’s Wharehouse shoppers and men in suits. It’s times like this that I wish I brought my camera … it was…Read more

The March of the Virtualized Penguins, in April 

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I haven’t been to Beantown in two years. While the Big Dig is now 99% complete, driving around Boston is as difficult as predicting the weather with a raised, wet finger. It’s not for the feint of heart. I met with some partners and public sector colleagues today, and sure enough virtualization is all the talk. In…Read more

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The March of the Virtualized Penguins 

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LinuxWorld-Boston is shaping up to be dominated by virtualization news. Be it the major Linux distributors talking about the incorporation (or attempt to incorporate) of Xen hypervisor into the Linux kernal. We’ll also hear about expanded uses of virtualization and the possible virtualization format battle between vendors. The pace of the discussion has certainly picked up with…Read more

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Virtualization as a Platform Feature – Part III 

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Putting it all together: There are several key scenarios that are now possible with server virtualization technology in the volume server space. I touched on a few of them, but drill down into the next level of detail:   More Efficient and Rapid Development and Test Moving development and test systems to a virtual environment will…Read more

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Virtualization as a Platform Feature – Part II 

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“Should I virtualize everything?” This is a question I am frequently asked by customers who are in the earlier phases of virtualization. There are a number of things to consider, including both technology and other factors. A couple of years ago, even some virtualization industry players encouraged customers to attempt to virtualize everything right now….Read more

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Virtualization as a Platform Feature – Part I 

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Server virtualization is really not a new concept. Virtualization for the mainframe platform was available in the early 1970’s as a way to securely and reliably share the server resources among different operating system instances and the applications they supported. In the last few years, virtualization for volume servers has not only greatly improved technically,…Read more

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Virtually Everywhere 

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So I’m super late sharing info on MSFT’s first time presence at VMworld conference and other spots. VMworld took place Oct. 18-20. Instead of me saying it, here’s comments from a guy down the hall who attended the show: “What are you doing here?” was by far the most frequently asked question at our booth at…Read more

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Virtualization Licensing Changes with Windows Server 2003 

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Today we announced some significant licensing changes with regards to virtualization and Windows Server 2003: (1)  Starting with Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition – customers can run up to 4 virtual instances of Windows Server 2003 (any edition) with no additional licensing costs.  Zero, nil.  Additionally, Starting with Longhorn, If you purchase Datacenter Edition…Read more

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Virtual Server 2005 now offered in MSDN 

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We have received overwhelming customer and partner feedback requesting that Virtual Server 2005 be part of MSDN. We have listened, and as such, effective today Virtual Server 2005 Standard Edition will be available as part of MSDN Enterprise, and Universal and the future Premium subscriptions. Remember though……like other MSDN products, subscriptions are limited to single-user licensees for design, development,…Read more

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