Vijay Tewari Briefs Us On Hyper-V In 2008 R2 SP1

There should be an image here!In this RunAs Radio podcast, Richard flies solo to talk to Vijay Tewari about the new features being added to Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1.

The beta of Service Pack 1 was announced at Tech Ed US for release in July 2010. Vijay talks about two key new features being added to Hyper-V: dynamic memory and remoteFX. The conversation also explores the future directions of virtualization. You can read Vijay’s blog here.

Vijay Tewari is a Principal Program Manager in the Windows Server Virtualization team. He has been involved with Virtualization since 2000 and is deeply passionate about the benefits that virtualization brings in making IT infrastructure responsive to business needs. He has over 18+ years of experience in the industry and is a co-author of the WS-Management protocol. Vijay has a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota.

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Mastering Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2

There should be an image here!If you’re a systems administrator, Windows Server 2008 R2 can help you streamline workflows, automate functions, virtualize, and get the most out of Windows 7. And with the step-by-step instruction in this comprehensive guide from leading Windows authority Mark Minasi, you’ll get there even faster.

This book not only walks you through Windows Server 2008 R2 from the ground up, it also describes features and workarounds to help you optimize your Server 2008 environment. It’s packed with information — you’ll soon master the new Active Directory, Remote Desktop Services, Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V, and much more. This is the perfect go-to reference on Windows Server 2008 R2.

Coverage includes:

  • Getting up to speed on all the new technology and features in R2
  • Performing a clean, manual installation on a virtual or lab machine, or doing an unattended installation
  • Understanding Server Core and what is new in Windows Server 2008 iPv4
  • Creating a one-domain, one-location, simple Active Directory (AD)
  • Managing user accounts, group policies, and files and filesharing
  • Setting up routing, VPNs, additional sites in Active Directory, and more
  • Adding Mac clients and administering Remote Desktop Services
  • Updating your system with Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)

Cisco To Help Channel Partners Evolve And Accelerate

As collaboration, virtualization, video, and cloud-based services transform the information technology industry, Cisco is helping its channel partners accelerate their growth and evolve.

Yesterday at its global partner conference, Cisco announced a series of initiatives designed to help the company’s global community of channel partners evolve their business models. The initiatives include a partner incentive program to encourage early engagement with Cisco, a collaborative partner-to-partner sales model to help partners respond to the globalization of business, and the evolution of Cisco specializations from individual technologies to architectures.

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Dave Sobel On Virtualization For Small Businesses

There should be an image here!In this RunAs Radio podcast, Richard talks to Dave Sobel of Evolve Technologies about how small businesses can benefit from virtualization technology.

The conversation ranges over migration to virtualization, how upgrades change with virtualization, the benefits to disaster recovery, and more. Virtualization on the desktop is explored as well.

Dave Sobel is the founder and CEO of Evolve Technologies, a consulting firm that provides information technology (IT) and computer networking services to the small business, faith-based and nonprofit communities in Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Evolve Technologies provides a wide array of services including server installation, virus protection, network security, backup services, and complete information technology outsourcing. The first Microsoft Small Business Specialist located in the Washington, D.C. area, Evolve Technologies is a Microsoft Certified Partner.

Parallels Desktop 5.0 For Mac For $39.99!

With more than 2 million users worldwide, the award-winning Parallels Desktop for Mac is easier than ever to use with its brand new Mac user interface and lightning-fast performance. This new version is packed with over 70 new features that make running Windows programs on a Mac completely seamless.

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Parallels Desktop for Mac delivers brand new features plus performance enhancements including full support for Aero in Windows Vista and 7, faster virtual machine performance, expanded USB device compatibility, enhanced 3D graphics and optimization for Mac OS X Snow Leopard. New Features in Parallels Desktop for Mac include:

  • Run Windows up to 3 times faster than previous version.
  • Support for Aero in Windows Vista & 7: Get the complete Windows experience with Aero animation.
  • Smart Copy and Paste: Easily move formatted text and images between Windows and Mac Applications
  • Coherence Mode: Seamlessly run Windows programs alongside Mac applications.
  • 3D Graphics Support: Run 3D applications with DirectX 9Ex and OpenGL 2.1
  • Optimized for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard: Take advantage of Apple’s latest operating system.
  • Plus additional performance and general enhancements, such as:
    • Runs Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and more
    • Improved USB device connectivity and performance
    • Use Multi-touch gestures, Spaces and Expos√©
    • Up to 7 times faster graphics performance than previous version
    • Full support for Mac OS X Server, 8 virtual CPUs and 64-bit Windows

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VMware Cookbook

There should be an image here!If you want to gain insight into the real-world uses of VMware ESX and ESXi, this book provides scores of step-by-step solutions for working with these products in a wide range of network environments. You’ll not only learn the basics — how to pool resources from hardware servers, computer clusters, networks, and storage, and then distribute them among virtual machines — but also the stumbling blocks you’ll encounter when you monitor systems, troubleshoot problems, and deal with security.

In addition to the recipes, VMware Cookbook includes background information to help you determine your virtualization needs. You’ll come to view VMware as part of the real environment, alongside operating systems, storage, and logical and physical network components.

  • Follow best practices for installing VMware in your environment
  • Discover how to secure and monitor your network
  • Understand disk storage implementation and configuration
  • Learn resource management using the distributed resource scheduler, shares, and resource pools
  • Configure logical and physical networks
  • Learn how to clone and migrate servers
  • Gain valuable tips for configuration and fine-tuning

Many resources can teach you about virtualization and the basics of VMware. This book is for system administrators who are ready to go beyond an introduction.

Isaac Roybal Is On A Private Cloud

In this RunAs Radio podcast, Richard and I talk to Isaac Roybal about Microsoft’s efforts in creating private cloud technologies.

Private cloud focuses on using cloud technologies — within the organization’s firewall. Isaac talks about how Microsoft has been using its own cloud technology internally for PSS and digs into the Dynamic Data Center Toolkit. Also take a look at the Private Cloud initiative here.

Isaac Roybal is a Product Manager in Microsoft’s Virtualization Marketing team. His responsibilities cover the Cloud Computing Infrastructure Initiative from a private cloud perspective, Dynamic Datacenter Toolkits for both hosters and enterprises and the Dynamic Datacenter Alliance. Isaac’s career started in Systems and Network Engineering working with Windows Server since NT 3.51. Prior to his current role, Isaac managed Microsoft’s Hyper-V and IIS product marketing efforts. He has been involved in IT for over 13 years (8 with Microsoft), received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from New Mexico Highlands University and has his MCSE certification in NT 4.0, Windows 2000 and 2003.

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The Book Of Xen

There should be an image here!Xen, the open source virtualization tool, is a system administrator’s dream. Xen is a free, high-performance virtual machine monitor that lets you consolidate your hardware and finally put those unused cycles to use — without sacrificing reliability, performance, or scalability.

The Book of Xen explains everything you need to know in order to use Xen effectively, including installation, networking, memory management, and virtualized storage. You’ll also learn how to use Xen and standard Linux tools to take snapshot backups, perform QoS operations on network traffic, and limit over-aggressive disk users.

Authors Chris Takemura and Luke S. Crawford show you how to:

  • Provide virtual hosting for dozens of users, each with their own individual needs
  • Install and manage multiple guests, including various flavors of Linux, NetBSD, Solaris, and Windows
  • Choose the right virtual storage options for your needs
  • Migrate your systems seamlessly and create new images
  • Tune and benchmark your systems to make them as fast as possible
  • Troubleshoot Xen’s most common problems like network and memory management

Expert advice is priceless when it comes to running a complicated open source virtualization technology like Xen. You’ll get the advice you need in The Book of Xen.

What’s New In Windows Virtual PC

Virtualization software lets you run multiple operating systems on a single computer at the same time. Instead of using a dedicated computer for every operating system, you can run them all from your Windows desktop. This provides a cost efficient way of testing and supporting application compatibility.

Windows Virtual PC is Microsoft’s latest virtualization software and includes new capabilities and enhancements over its predecessor Virtual PC 2007. Here are just a few of the new things that you can look forward to seeing in the Windows Virtual PC.

  • Integration with Windows XP Mode — Lets you run Windows XP productivity applications in Windows XP Mode.
  • USB Support — Provides support for various USB devices such as printers, scanners, digital cameras, etc.
  • Clipboard Sharing — Lets you cut and paste between the Windows 7 host and the virtual machine.
  • Drive Sharing — Provides more flexible sharing options, including the ability to share any mass storage device.
  • Known Folder Sharing — Lets you access Windows 7 Known Folders, such as My Documents and Pictures, from within the virtual machine.
  • Printer Redirection — Lets you redirect printing from the virtual machine to printers attached to the Windows 7 host.

Microsoft Clarifies Windows XP Mode For Windows 7

As Microsoft continues to refine their Windows XP Mode application designed to run virtually within Windows 7, the company is also explaining the purpose of the Mode option. If you are not familiar with how this works, it is rather simple. For those users who purchase Windows 7 it is best described this way:

Announced last April and issued as a beta several weeks later, XP Mode creates a virtual environment using Virtual PC, Microsoft’s client virtualization technology, then stuffs it with a pre-activated licensed copy of Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3), the current version of the 8-year-old operating system. Users can launch XP applications within the virtual machine from the Windows 7 desktop, and those programs appear in Windows 7 windows, rather than in a windowed virtual machine.

But there has been some confusion exactly why Windows XP Mode is being made available and Microsoft has clarified the purpose of the XP Mode module. In a recent article, Scott Woodgate, director of Windows enterprise and virtualization strategy, describes it this way:

“XP Mode is for those situations when users have tried [running XP applications] on all the other avenues,” Woodgate said in an interview today. “It’s the last mile for XP compatibility.”

Woodgate acknowledged that Microsoft had not made that clear months ago when it unveiled XP Mode. “We always had that clearly in our minds, but we didn’t articulate it to customers,” he said. “Windows 7 is always going to be the better choice for running XP applications.”

Many XP applications will run “just fine on Windows 7,” Woodgate claimed. “The best experience will be running XP applications on Windows 7.”

In a blog post announcing XP Mode RC this morning, Woodgate noted that many XP programs run in Windows Vista, and because Windows 7 uses the same underpinnings as its immediate predecessor, those applications should also run without problems in the new OS. “In most cases, we recommend running applications natively in Windows 7,” Woodgate said in his post.

So it would appear that users are being encouraged to try their older applications using Windows 7 first, prior to just using Windows XP Mode. This makes sense since as stated, the application may work just fine in Windows 7.  Microsoft is still not going to offer Windows XP Mode to users of Windows 7 Home Premium. Woodgate also states that:

Microsoft has not changed its plans to offer XP Mode to users of Windows Home Premium, Woodgate added. “This is not a typical consumer thing,” he said. XP Mode RC is available only to users of Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise, either pre-installed on PCs by computer manufacturers or as an after-market free add-on. Hewlett-Packard Co. is one of the OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) that has promised to install it on the machines they sell, Woodgate said.

So if you have reason or need to use older software that may still require Windows XP and you have decided to upgrade to Windows 7, just be aware of what version you will need to purchase in order to qualify for Windows XP Mode.

Comments welcome.


Windows 7 RC – XP Mode – Intel & AMD CPUs – Virtualization – Essentials

On May 5th, most of you who are interested in trying out the next operating system from Microsoft will hit the servers to get a copy of Windows 7 RC [Release Candidate]. Be patient. There is going to be a huge crowd trying to get the download. Once you get the download and have it installed stop on over at Windows Live Essentials to get the following free toys:

IM and e-mail

Stay in touch. With Messenger, you can chat, swap photos, and see what’s new with friends. Mail brings together your Hotmail, Gmail, and other accounts, along with multiple calendars.


With Windows Live Writer, blogging is a breeze. You can add photos and videos, format everything just so, and publish to most blogging services.

Photos and movies

Use Photo Gallery and Movie Maker to edit and organize your photos and movies, and then post them online or send them to friends.

Web browsing

With Toolbar, you can customize your browser and find what you need, fast. Family Safety helps you keep your kids safer online.

Get Windows Live Essential here.

You can select which items you want to install and which ones you do not.

If and when Microsoft releases the public beta of XP Mode, which is the virtual mode for running XP within Windows 7, confirm that your Intel CPU supports the virtualization process which is required. Some do. Some Don’t.

Intel Processor Spec. Finder is here.

Ed Bott also has a great article covering the Intel processors and XP-Mode under Windows 7.

Ed Bott’s article is here.

I found this tool at the AMD site to check your AMD processor to see if it is V ready.

AMD Compatibility Tool Is Here.

If you do decide to try the RC please let us know what you think.

Comments welcome.

coLinux Virtualization

Gnomie Anthony writes:

I’m Anthony and I just dug up your YouTube channel (and I’m glad I did!). I’ve been watching many videos on Linux and virtualization and was wondering if you had ever heard of coLinux.

You only have the option of virtualizing Linux under Windows but I have found it to be reasonably fast on my system; coLinux does not currently have support for 3D Acceleration from the GFX card. The other drawback is that coLinux is a pain to get set up fully, however that may be because I set mine up using an existing Ubuntu Linux install while still keeping the ability to boot into Linux natively.

Alternatively you can use a preconfigured image from five different distros although some configuration is still required. Going even further you can use forked projects that aim to ease the installation and configuration of the coLinux box. These options come completely configured with audio and video. Using co-virtualization is probably not the most optimal option, but I did learn a lot about how Linux works — by the way, I do fail because it took me ten days to get it fully set up!

If you haven’t checked out this project then I highly recommend you do. coLinux is also still in development stages, so don’t expect amazing things just yet.


Brian Randell Educates Us On Virtualization Services For Developers

Richard and I talk to Brian Randell about what the IT Pro needs to know around virtualization for developers. The topics range from automating (and limiting) the creation of virtual machines for developers, licensing issues, testing, using virtualization to control IP and work the remote developers.

Brian A. Randell is a senior consultant with MCW Technologies, LLC. For over 20 years, Brian has been building software solutions and educating his fellow developers. Brian spends his time teaching Microsoft technologies to developers, working with new and emerging technologies like Visual Studio Team System 2008, and consulting worldwide for Fortune 500 companies like Microsoft, state and local governments, and small businesses. Brian enjoys helping people get the most out of their software. He does this through training for Pluralsight, and speaking at events such as VSLive!, TechEd, and the PDC. In addition, Brian shares through the written word. Brian currently writes the Team System column for MSDN Magazine. He is the author and lead instructor of Pluralsight’s Applied Team System and Applied Windows SharePoint Services courses. You can reach Brian via his blog.

Microsoft's Virtual Server 2005 (Part IV)

Microsoft has made VS2005 R2 accessible to more people by including support for additional languages. Along with English and Japanese, R2 is also available in the following languages:

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • Traditional Chinese
  • Simplified Chinese

Active Directory Integration
Active Directory lets you group objects in a hierarchical fashion based on the logical organization of the network, making it easier to manage resources such as users and computers. Active Directory in Windows Server 2003 introduced many new and improved management features for managing physical computers. Virtual Server 2005 R2 now integrates with Active Directory and as a result you can now use those management features to manage your virtual machines as well as physical computers.

The integrations of R2 with Active Directory enables delegated administration and authenticated guest access. You can achieve fine-grained administrative control over virtual machines with per-virtual machine Access Control Lists (ACLs) that can be managed from within Active Directory’s Group Policy Management Console. Furthermore, event logs are now incorporated into Active Directory and Microsoft Management Consoles.

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Microsoft's Virtual Server 2005 (Part III)

When setting up a physical server, administrators often perform network based installations. The virtual machine network adapter in VS2005 R2 now supports Pre-boot Execution Environment (PXE) boot. This lets you perform network-based installations of guest operating systems as you if you were setting up a physical server.

F6 Disk
Virtual Server R2 includes a SCSI Shunt Driver.vfd (virtual floppy disk) for loading the SCSI emulated drivers during the installation of the guest operating system. Using the virtual floppy disk can speed up the installation process when the VHD is attached to an emulated SCSI adapter.

Note: During the installation of the guest operating system, press F6 when prompted. You will need to capture the SCSI Shunt Drive.vfd. For more information, see the Virtual Server 2005 Administrator’s guide.

Clustering Enhancements
To provide high-availability and fault tolerance for mission critical servers, applications and services, businesses often implement clustering solutions. Clustering provides high availability by automatically detecting when an application or service fails. Downtime can be as little as a few seconds and can go completely unnoticed by users.

Virtual Server 2005 R2 supports clustering of guest operating systems and host computers. Clustering host computers offers a cost-effective means of increasing server availability, enabling migration and failover of virtual machines among the Virtual Server hosts in the cluster. Using Windows Server 2003, Microsoft Cluster Service and Virtual Server 2005 R2, businesses can create a cost-effective, high availability solution for virtual machines.

VS2005 R2 now makes it even more cost-effective for businesses that want to implement guest clustering. The availability of iSCSI in R2 eliminates the need to purchase the specialized hardware typically required in a cluster solution. The only additional hardware required is network adapters to connect to the storage device to the cluster nodes.

Virtual Server 2005 R2 offers three different clustering scenarios:

  • Virtual Machine Guest Clustering(iSCSI) – Virtual Machines are clustered on different hosts.
  • Virtual Machine Guest Clustering (Shared SCSI) – Virtual Machines are clustered on the same host.
  • Virtual Server Host Clustering – Virtual Servers are clustered on different hosts.

With Virtual Machine Guest Clustering, each Virtual Machine (VM) is a cluster node. Cluster-aware applications that are running inside a guest are considered resource groups. If an application within a resource group fails or if the guest fails, the VM containing the failure will automatically failover to another VM on the same host or on a different host. This protects against application failure.

Virtual Server Host Clustering, on the other hand, protects against host failure. If a VS2005 R2 host fails, the virtual machines running on the failed host can be automatically migrated to another host in the cluster.

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