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Aug 31, 2011

Views from VMworld: VMware Takes Aim at SMB Virtualization 1

VMware’s position as the leading enterprise virtualization platform has been secured for many years. However, their position in the SMB market is not nearly so well entrenched. In the SMB market price and complexity have been hurdles that VMware has had trouble getting over. Timothy Stephan, Senior Director of Product Marketing met with me during VMworld 2011 to explain how VMware’s vSphere 5 release takes aim at SMB organizations....More
Aug 31, 2011

Views from VMworld: Private Cloud Licensing - Microsoft vs. VMware

There are important differences in the way Microsoft and VMware license their cloud offerings...More
Jul 15, 2011

Test Live Migration using Microsoft’s Free iSCSI Target

If you’ve been interested in testing Hyper-V’s Live Migration but you don’t have a SAN well wait no more. Microsoft has released a free iSCSI Target software that allows a Windows Server 2008 R2 system to act like an iSCSI SAN. The Microsoft iSCSI Target software is fully supported with Hyper-V and it allows you to set up shared storage for multiple iSCSI clients – including multiple Hyper-V hosts....More
Jun 16, 2011

Keeping Mission Critical Applications Available - 16 Jun 2011

If you’re interesting in learning about increasing the availability of your mission critical applications you should check out the free Virtual Conference put on by Windows IT Pro magazine on June 29th.  John Savill, Paul Robichaux, Mike Campbell, and I will be presenting the following sessions: Windows Server Clustering: the Good, the Better, and the Best Keeping Exchange Available: DAGs in Exchange 2010 High Availability Isn’t Disaster Recovery Choosing Between SQL Server’s...More
May 31, 2011

Industry Bytes: Virsto VSI for Hyper-V

At this past TechEd 2011 in Atlanta I met with Gregg Holzrichter, the VP of marketing for Virsto. Virsto makes Virsto VSI for Hyper-V which is storage virtualization software for Microsoft’s Hyper-V virtualization platform. Virsto claims that it can achieve a 3X improvement in Hyper-V storage performance and can decrease storage by up to 90% in some VDI scenarios. Vistso works by optimizing the I/O that the Hyper-V host writes to disk....More
Mar 23, 2011

Microsoft releases System Center Configuration Manager 2012 beta 2

On the second day’s keynote at MMS 2011 Brad Anderson announced the Microsoft was releasing the second public beta of System Center Configuration Manager 2012....More
Mar 22, 2011

Virtual Machine Manager 2012 public beta is available

At MMS 2012 in Las Vegas Microsoft demoed various members of the the new System Center 2012 management suite. All of the products showed a strong cloud and service focus. One of the products with the most changes was Virtual Machine Manager 2012....More
Mar 15, 2011

Microsoft Releases Visual Studio LightSwitch beta 2 - 15 Mar 2011

Visual Studio LightSwitch is Microsoft’s newest development tool. LightSwitch is designed to allow non-developers to create data driven applications for Windows or the Web.LightSwitch uses predefined templates to make it easy to develop new applications. LightSwitch generates either VB or C# code....More
Jan 19, 2011

Microsoft and HP Release New BI Appliances 3

Today, January 19th 2010, Microsoft and HP released three new business appliances as well as announcing that two additional business appliances would be available before the end of the year. Each of these new appliances will come with the operating system and server software preinstalled simplifying their deployment into the enterprise....More
Jan 13, 2011

Microsoft Releases Web Matrix - 13 Jan 2011

Web Matrix is a new  low-end web development tool from Microsoft. Web Matrix is completely free. It’s designed to make it easy for novice developers to incorporate open-source web applications like Word Press, Drupal and nopCommerce into their new sites by providing built-in templates for these applications....More
Nov 11, 2010

Microsoft announces SQL Server code-named “Denali” at PASS

At this year’s PASS conference in Seattle Microsoft announced the next release of SQL Server code-named “Denali”....More
Oct 28, 2010

From PDC: Microsoft Pushes Windows Phone and Announces Azure Enhancements

This morning’s PDC keynote was highlighted by presentations by Steve Ballmer, Bob Muglia, Scott Guthrie, Mark Russinovich and Don Box. Steve Ballmer pushed Windows Phone 7 and announced that all the lucky PDC paid attendees would get a free Windows Phone 7 device. Pretty cool. The other portions of the keynote were all about Windows Azure and SQL Azure. ...More
Sep 1, 2010

NEC Express5800/R320a Fault Tolerant Server 1

Another very interesting product I saw at VMworld was NECs Express5800/R320a server. This server is particularly well suited to mission critical workloads like virtualization and database serving because it offers in-the-box fault tolerance. NEC’s server line of products aren’t well known in the US but they are in widely used in Japan....More
Sep 1, 2010

Virsto One Accelerates Hyper-V Storage Access

One of the most interesting meetings I had at this year’s VMworld 2010 conference was with Mark Davis CEO of Virsto Software. Virsto Software is new company that specializes in optimizing the way Hyper-V uses storage. Virsto One both speeds up the I/O for Hyper-V VMs as well as reducing the storage required by virtual machine VHD files....More
Jul 20, 2010

Rolling Back Device Drivers on Windows Server

If you’ve ever been in the situation where Windows Server has just performed a system update and some piece of hardware has quit working you’ll need a way to roll back the change. Windows Server doesn't have the System Restore feature found in Windows XP, Vista and 7 but it does have a handy driver roll back feature....More
May 20, 2010

Testing VMware Workstation 7.0

It has been awhile since I used this product and I forgot how much I liked it. Running a desktop test environment with Workstation is a quite a bit easier than Hyper-V which I usually use. My normal setup is running WS2008R2 in desktop mode with the Hyper-V role installed. Great for a lab but it doesn’t travel well....More
May 19, 2010

What’s new in Windows IT Pro Labs 1

As you all probably know we do quite a bit of product testing to help keep you informed about the latest and greatest new product developments. Currently I’m in the process of testing the latest desktop virtualization products for an upcoming comparative review. I’m currently testing VMware Workstation 7 Parallels Desktop 4 Virtual PC 2007 Sun’s Virtual Box VMware Player Is there’s any particular feature that or capability that you’re interested in be sure to let me know....More
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