Tag | Virtualization Posts

So there has been all sorts of news coming out regarding Citrix's purchase of XenSource, including the following articles below But what has been really interesting to read this morning is that apparently Novell were wooing XenSource about 9 months ago according to Allessandro's post Novell wanted to acquire XenSource 9 months ago, but so far the two best that do put it all in perspective are: The Truth Behind The Citrix XenSource Deal? from Michel at Thincomputing.net With XenSource, Citrix Sees ...
Leeeeeettttsss get ready to Rumble...... It seems the gloves are off and we could be looking at a cage match here if this early shot from VMware is anything to go by? From Alessandro - VMware heavily attacks Citrix/XenSource through its partner channel Apparently VMware is in hurry to clarify its channel how much better its technology is compared to new Citrix/Xensource platform. And do this without kind words. virtualization.info has received a letter addressed to VMware partners just one day after ...
Thanks to Dugie, this is starting to lift the veil a little on what it might look like? ;-) BTW he also has a nice link to a slide deck from WinHEC regarding this Some perspective on the ‘thickness’ of Windows Virtualization Virtualization August 17th, 2007 I wanted to blog some more on recent chats I had at TechEd, particularly with some confusion with Windows Server Virtualization (aka Viridian). There was a common misconception that Microsoft Virtualization was “very fat“. So in an attempt to ...
Well, you have to hand it to the boys at El Reg, they certainly sound confident it's on for tomorrow? Citrix to reveal XenSource buy tomorrow Gets hypervised By Ashlee Vance in Mountain View ? More by this author Published Tuesday 14th August 2007 20:45 GMT Citrix will announce its acquisition of XenSource tomorrow, The Register has learned. In a bid to expand its software management play, Citrix will grab the developer of the open source Xen hypervisor. The deal will give XenSource heftier corporate ...
So…. Question? Would I use TS/Citrix or would I use VDI if I was building or designing the Front-Office of a Greenfield site today? This is a quite a hot topic, because as much as VDI/xDI/DDI is the latest craze that’s sweeping the IT sector, is it really all it’s cracked up to be? What has changed? My thoughts are that until relatively recently Corporate IT was rock solid and unchangeable, absolutely rooted in Change Management, driving Mainframes and COBOL – but now we are living in a much faster ...
So thanks to Doug at DABCC there is this article - this also contains a downloadable PDF of Credit Suisse's research on Citrix Is Citrix Making A Broader Virtualization Play? Posted on Friday, August 10, 2007 2:47:00 AM - E-mail Printer Friendly Version Written by: Philip Winslow and Dennis Simson Implications. In our opinion, one of the Xen developers—either XenSource or Virtual Iron—could represent an attractive target for Citrix, as we believe that hypervisor and associated management solutions ...
From Allesandro comes this news - this is a huge list of updates, shouldn't this be 3.5 or so? ;-) VMware ESX Server 3.1.0 / VirtualCenter 2.1.0 features list - Updated with full details Tuesday, August 07, 2007 | 0 Comments With maximum secrecy VMware is preparing next minor version of its flagship platform: VMware Infrastructure 3.1. Despite numbering this release will bring on the table remarkable features to further increase the gap between virtualization leader and its competitors. virtualization.info ...
Courtesy of Dugie: Windows 2008 VHD available Virtualization August 9th, 2007 Here at TechED at the moment, but I’m taking a moment to blog that the Windows 2008 VHD is now on Microsoft Downloads It’s a 5 part download totalling 2.8Gb — Gotta run to a session, but I’ll post back in a couple of days ...
I noted this yesterday and I must confess that initially I had a brief look at Desktone's web site and after looking everywhere for some technical detail it would appear that the most you are going to get at this stage is the very nice graphic and not much else? I must confess that I'm quite curious about the "dynamic best fit protocol" and what that might entail? At the moment everyone is trying to jump on the xDI bandwagon and try to carve out a slice for themselves and yet they all still appear ...
This is of particular interest to me as I'm keeping an eye out on the Server Core as it gets more airplay - I'm hoping to have some very neat ideas about how this can be used? Virtualization listed in the Windows 2008 Component Posters WSS, Virtualization July 18th, 2007 Microsoft just released the 2x two “Lonhorn Component Posters” from the July TechNet Magazine (thanks to Keith Combs for the heads up). Anyway, you can download both the Windows Server 2008 Component Posters from Microsoft Downloads, ...
Windows Server® 2008, Visual Studio® 2008 and Microsoft SQL Server™ 2008 will launch together at an event in Los Angeles on Feb. 27, 2008, kicking off hundreds of launch events around the world. As the next wave of innovation from Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business, these three products will provide a reliable and security-enhanced enterprise platform, serve as the foundation for the next generation of Web-based service applications, and broadly support virtualization and business intelligence. ...
So why is Server Virtualization sweeping IT as the next best thing? Here are some real world examples of what I would term a medium sized deployment showing what sort of cost savings are available (Capital and Monthly) just based on Real Estate/Data Centre and Power costs. The other crucial point to this is that so many business's are now asking IT to be able to provide services and applications *quickly* - in line with business requirements - and by providing the ability to deploy or provision Servers ...
Something else that I hadn't noticed before was Alessandro's Rent-a-lab available from his web site If you need to complete a Proof of Concept and lack of cold hard cash for hardware is holding you back then this is quite possibly a way forward - still with only 14 days max you'll need to be up and ready to roll before you get the gear? Nice innovative way of being able to prove the concept though ;-)) Rent-A-Lab virtualization.info Rent-A-Lab is a fully-redundant enterprise infrastructure available ...
Well it's hardly a suprise, but it is nice to see some one serious like Gartner actually stating the obvious regarding MS's tardiness in the Virtualization space - coutesy of Alessandro. Gartner predicts a hypervisor for Vista by mid-2009, accuses Microsoft to slow down virtualization adoption Tuesday, July 03, 2007 | 0 Comments Quoting from ComputerWeekly: Gartner fellow, Brian Gammage, said, "Microsoft's licensing terms for Windows Vista running in VMs are unjustified; in addition, these terms ...
So how are things progressing with regard to any serious Virtual Desktop scenarios? Do you know of any? VMware still touts the effort by Prudential in the UK as a success story, but that was done nearly two years ago, well before MS came to appreciate the level of interest in Virtualizing the Desktop. From what I've seen and heard down here in Australia the major roadblock to any movement on this is the lack of clarity from MS Licensing regarding releasing of any Pricing for the VECD unless of course ...
I can see I will need to check the price of the Sony MicroVault as Dugie is right, it certainly is small enough to fit in your wallet I would simply add to this with TeraCopy (previous post) being a tool that can support the resume function in traditional SMB, LAN, WAN connections just as it is possible via FTP. I have found myself stuck with trying to download 100mb or more over a VPN just knowing that it will timeout at some stage but being absolutely helpless - well now it doesn't matter with ...
Now this is interesting as it follows on from an earlier post just the other day.... ;-) Technical Overview of the Thinstall Application Virtualization Solution Thinstall has created a white paper to give a technical overview of application virtualization and their product. Thinstall is an Application Virtualization Platform that enables complex software to be delivered as self-contained EXE files which can run instantly with zero installation from any data source. The core of Thinstall VS is the ...
Rebranding Neoware With the advent of virtualization technology, increasing security breaches, stiffer regulatory compliance, and renewed interest in energy savings, thin client computing is becoming a stronger challenger to the traditional desktop and laptop PC. By earning a position as a trusted, experienced player, Neoware is poised to deliver the benefits of thin client computing to more companies than ever. Together with our new Web site and logo, we’ve adopted a new “tag line”… “redefine computing.” ...
OK, so let's stop right here, this is getting silly isn't it? Is it April the 1st? ;-)) Virtualization on your iPhone? June 20th, 2007 by Alex Barrett No, Apple hasn’t made any announcements about virtualization for the iPhone, but all this reporting about VMware ESX Lite jogged my memory of a conversation I had recently with XenSource CTO and founder Simon Crosby. While talking about Xen 3.1, Simon mentioned that since Xen is an open-source project, some developers in the consumer electronics space ...
A very good blog from Daniel Petri regarding the strengths and weakness of VDI How can VMware's Virtual Desktop Infrastructure help you? VMware has released a new "solution" called Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). If you are using VMware's products to serve up desktops to your end users, you may already be using a more basic form of VDI and not even know it. Let's find out more about VDI... What is VDI? This is a VMware solution, not a product because it involves using Virtualization to provide ...
So it's great to see that the info is slowly starting to emerge and be defined - to be sure it'll be a slow process... Vista Enterprise: Licensing FAQ for Virtualization ABOUT LICENSING RIGHTS TO 4 VIRTUAL OPERATING SYSTEMS Q. What does licensing rights to 4 virtual operating systems mean and why is this valuable for customers? A. Customers who deploy Windows Vista Enterprise receive a new benefit: the ability to install up to four copies of the operating system in a virtual machine for a single ...
Well I guess this is all too fast for MS to handle? Microsoft flip-flops on Vista virtualization Company reverses plan to expand rights to allow home versions of the operating systems to run inside virtual machines. By Ina Fried Staff Writer, CNET News.com --> Published: June 19, 2007, 6:25 PM PDT TalkBackE-mailPrint del.icio.us Digg this Microsoft planned this week to announce that it was broadening the virtualization rights for Windows Vista, but decided at the last minute to reverse course and ...
So hopefully we're begining to see light at the end of the Tunnel? Microsoft, VMware Agree: They Better Cooperate By sumeethevans@bink.nu on Virtual Server VMware and Microsoft both said they're working behind the scenes to make it easier for virtualization users to migrate across their differing virtualization environments and run each other's virtualized files. But so far, it's only virtual kumbaya. Neither one is saying how they're going to do it. XenSource, the company sponsoring the open-source ...
Some more comments on the way MS appears to be keeping all the details about pricing and licensing around VECD very close to it's chest? More from Alessandro below: Microsoft torn on extending Vista virtualization license Wednesday, June 20, 2007 | 0 Comments Several news magazines (ComputerWorld, ZDNet and others) are reporting a news about Microsoft moves in Windows Vista license for virtualization scenarios. After a private pre-announcement to extend rights to virtualize all Vista editions, Microsoft ...
Hmm.....I have a very under utilised Blog. Very sad indeed. Not sure if that's because I have nothing to say or I am just too lazy to put it up. Probably the latter. Anyways, I attended a Windows Server 2008 Technical Readiness event yesterday in Melbourne. As I was too busy in the past, I never had a chance to look into what new goodies Windows Server 2008 will bring, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to find out more. Surprisingly, the session was quite informative and did not turn ...

Earlier this year Microsoft created the Microsoft/Novell Interoperability Lab. A few days ago they quietly hired Tom Hanrahan, the former Director of Engineering for the Linux Foundation, to become their Director of Linux Interoperability.

According to Sam Ramji, Microsoft's Director of Platform Technology Strategy, the Interoperability Lab "will focus on interoperable virtualization between Windows and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server."

I finally have some free time tonight from all of the activities at Tech·Ed 2007, so I wanted to take some time to summarize what I've seen and done so far. To start with, I was able to get a front-row seat for the Keynote on Monday morning. The keynote started out with a short "movie" showing Bob Muglia going back in time with Christopher Lloyd reprising his role as "Doc" Brown from the "Back to the Future" movies. The theme to the video was to try and show how Microsoft has sometimes fallen short ...
In my role I look at storage technologies and try to decide the future strategy for the organisation that I work for. I am seeing quite a hard push from IBM on their SVC offering. The device is in band and hides disparate storage behind it, this effectively allows you to present a single LUN to an OS from multiple disk arrays at the back end, the host is none the wiser. There is also a competing technology from Hitachi in it's USP, the premise is exactly the same although the architectures are quite ...
After my 2 cents worth earlier I also discovered this detail courtesy of Alessandro at Vitrulisation.info Microsoft will use Virtual Machine Manager as desktop broker for VDI Despite it's not considering Virtual Desktop Infrastructures (VDIs) ready for enterprise deployment, Microsoft is embracing the technology pretty fast, modifying the Windows Vista licensing to be VDI-friendly. At WinHEC 2007 Microsoft reveals even more, disclosing upcoming System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) will act ...
VDI, as a Enterprise Technology ,is one of the key growth areas I'm seeing. Just catching up on some Industry News this evening...and not sure about all the readers here, but there is No Escape from the acronym VDI, i.e, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, in today's market space. Big players are coming to the table folks and we are truly about to see a INFRASTRUCTURE REVOLUTION where I feel the non-virtualised infrastructure will be a thing of the past, both SME and Enterprise. So who's got a place ...
I have a Dell Latitute D820. And I run VPC for all the development I'm doing now. I drove me crazy that the Hardware Virtualization check box was grayed out with this DUO Core2 baby. After some research and upgrading, I finally got it work! Here is some advise in case you have same laptop and run VPC2007 too. There are four things you need to check and do something about it if you haven't: Download and install the latest BISO from DELL it's revision A6 as of today. My D820 came with A5. After upgrade ...
As of SP2, Exchange 2003 was supported in production in a Microsoft virtual environment. Now that Exchange 2007 requires 64 bits to be supported in production and Microsoft does not have a virtualization platform that supports a 64 bit guest, Exchange 2007 is not supported in production in a virtual environment. From the Microsoft document Technical Architecture of Exchange 2007: Exchange 2007 and Virtualization Exchange 2007 is not supported in production in a virtual environment; however, as stated ...
There are 14 core tracks and 2 virtual tracks at Tech·Ed this year, which will cover more than 1,000 sessions. In case you're wondering, a virtual track is a collection of sessions or labs that share a common theme but span several tracks. Microsoft has revised the technical tracks slightly since my original post, so I have updated my summary. Architecture Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) Office Business Applications Software as a Service (SaaS) Business Capabilities Software+Services Industry ...
From Arlindo's blog I found an awesome Longhorn Hypervisor Virtual Server demo given at Microsoft. This is the new Longhorn server running the server core role with 8 cores! They show a few different things in the demo like hot adding a NIC to a running VM with PowerShell. Technorati tags: Longhorn, Virtualization, Server Core, Virtual Server, Hypervisor ...

Very comprehensive article about running and optimizing VMs from Scott Hanselman...

I haven't blogged in while... I've been so busy it's hard to think strait sometimes... I'm back from a trip to Argentina where it was the summer (+30C) leaving a nice (-20C) in Montreal ;-). So many things happened it's like we can't go to bed... 1) SQL SP2 shipped 2) Virtual PC 2007 shipped (and it's FREE!!!) now this is great news and I love the fact it's released now (I just need a new PC that supports virtualization now ;-)). 3) March CTP of Orcas just released. Now this is great since we finally ...
There are 14 core tracks and 2 virtual tracks at Tech·Ed this year, which will cover more than 1,000 sessions. In case you're wondering, a virtual track is a collection of sessions or labs that share a common theme but span several tracks. The Session Scheduler launches in April and we will get our first real look at the actual sessions available in each track. Until then, we have to be content to speculate. Looking at the technical tracks page, it became clear to me that there is a lot of information ...
Some have wondered why Vista took so long to get to us. What's the big deal about it anyway? Well, it's much more than a pretty face and the fancy new communication features of WCF. Okay, so that was all it was going to be originally. A marginal upgrade. A hop between Whistler and Blackcomb, and its code-name told it all: Longhorn is just a small bar nestled between those two giant mountains. But when Blaster and other embarassing attacks surfaced in the 2003 timeframe, the original plans to make ...
So, for Christmas I got my wife a Palm Treo 700wx. It's one that runs Windows Mobile 5. Now, why did I pick the one running Windows Mobile 5? Well, becuase I think its a superior operating system to the Palm of course! I mean, seriously, who in this day and age would willingly take the Palm OS over Windows Mobile? What possible scenario would drive someone into the gaping jaws of mobile death that is the Palm OS? Well, let me tell you a story... So, my sister in law has a Palm as well...not a Treo, ...
You can download it from: https://connect.microsoft.c... Important changes from the previous version: PXE Boot Keyboard and performance issues on laptops fixed Virtual Networking on wireless adapters enabled Fixed to include installing Vista off of physical DVDs Technorati tags: Virtual PC 2007, virtualization ...
Well, it was a busy summer. With events ranging from sporting events with the kids, mowing the lawn, and writing a book the summer just flew by. Book? Yes, I wrote a book. Around March of this year I was contacted by Wiley Publishing to write a title for their Wrox imprint on VMware Server. You know, VMware Server, the free virtualization package for servers that VMware released around August of this year. This is one of the first titles released that covers VMware Server, which is something I'm ...
Wow. I get buried for a week and get transported into a parallel universe. Microsoft and Novell make an historic agreement. And while some folks in the open source community aren't happy, it seems most (including me) think this is a pretty good deal for building software in general... I mean, being able to just these three things: "...Microsoft and Novell will jointly develop a compelling virtualization offering for Linux and Windows..." - Right on! "...make it easier for customers to federate Microsoft ...
Post from NewsGator.com: VMware Virtual Appliance MarketplaceAt the same time that Microsoft is releasing virtual machines for download for evaluation purposes VMware has launched the VMware Virtual Appliance Marketplace. The purpose of this market place is to download virtual machines to evaluate specific software, these virtual machines are completely configured for you so that you can immediatly start playing around with the product. A nice addition is that you can also download several clean ...
At the same time that Microsoft is releasing virtual machines for download for evaluation purposes VMware has launched the VMware Virtual Appliance Marketplace. The purpose of this market place is to download virtual machines to evaluate specific software, these virtual machines are completely configured for you so that you can immediatly start playing around with the product. A nice addition is that you can also download several clean Linux distro's. Take a look at the marketplace here. If you ...
Call me a geek, but I like to play old dos games (like stelcon3, jazz jackrabbit, epic pinball, etc). I've tried a couple of solutions to get them to work. First is FreeDos running under either VMWare or Virtual PC. FreeDos is a great program, and I'm sure it works well for many people, but it does not work well for playing the old games. Running under either virtualization platform, it frequently gives weird errors with Emm386 (vmware 4.5 and ems just don't get along well together I guess--if you ...
Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2007 Microsoft® MVP Award! The Microsoft MVP Award is our way of saying thank you and to honor and support the significant contributions you make to communities worldwide. As a recipient of Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional award, you join an elite group of technical community leaders from around the world who foster the free and objective exchange of knowledge by actively sharing your real world expertise with users and Microsoft. Microsoft ...
Well, Code Camp Montreal was a huge success, we add 320 register and about 260 showed up on a Saturday to attend the camp. We had 12 speakers and 15 sessions. In my two sessions I had about 70-80 people and it was great fun. Lots of great questions and interest. As I suspected, about 5% of the people are "actually" using TFS but it still generates a lot of interest, people want to move off of VSS but can't get their employer for small teams to purchase VSTx. I suspect this is the main reason. Another ...
Microsoft has released Beta 1 of Virtual PC 2007. You can apply for participation in the program here. New Features (emphasis mine): Support for hardware virtualization (Intel and AMD) Support for Windows Vista as a host operating system Support for Windows Vista as a guest operating system Note: No support for Aero Glass though - just Aero Basic Support for 64-bit host operating systems Note: Virtual machines are 32-bit only Improved performance There's much more information on the Virtual PC Guy's ...
Grab it here while you can! Read more about it here. Features include: Support for hardware virtualization (Intel and AMD) Support for Windows Vista as a host operating system Support for Windows Vista as a guest operating system Note: No support for Aero Glass though - just Aero Basic Support for 64-bit host operating systems Note: Virtual machines are 32-bit only Improved performance Technorati tags: Virtualization, VirtualPC, VirtualPC2007 ...
If you use Vista as you main desktop OS like I do, we'll need to run Virtual PC 2007 since VPC 2004 in "incompatible" with Vista, As of today, the Connect site for the beta is accepting self-nomination. We currently can't download the bits but they should be there shortly. Can't wait to this build... Virtualization Rocks!! Cheers, ET Update: The bits are now available to download... Technorati tags: vpc, vista ...