Contents tagged with Virtual Server

  • Virtualization Saves Microsoft Customers Nearly a Half-Million Dollars Per Year

    Posted by vasudev on February 10 2009, 1:11 AM. Posted in Virtual Server.

    Microsoft Corp. today announced that some business customers around the world have saved on average $470,000 (U.S.) per year through IT projects using Microsoft virtualization software. Microsoft’s business customers have been able to use virtualization to help reduce operations and capital expenses via reduced electrical power consumption and cooling within datacenters, reduced hardware acquisition costs, automation of desktop and server management, and centralized application deployment.

     The cost of running IT systems has increased as electrical power, cooling and physical space has become constrained. In his 2008 refereed journal article, “Worldwide electricity used in data centers,” Jonathan Koomey, Ph.D., of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Stanford University concluded that total datacenter power was about 1.5 percent of all U.S. electricity use in 2005, with 80 percent of that amount going toward powering and cooling servers. A separate report, by Gartner Inc., stated that “the effective use of virtualization can reduce server energy consumption by up to 82 percent and floor space by 85 percent” (Gartner: “Energy Savings via Virtualization: Green IT on a Budget”; Nov. 12, 2008)...................Continue At Source

  • WinHEC 2008 agenda confirms native VHD support

    Posted by sumeethevans on October 15 2008, 4:53 AM. Posted in Virtual Server.

    A couple of months ago in May I wrote about an interesting Microsoft job posting that hinted at the idea of native Virtual Hard Disks (VHD) support in Windows 7 that would allow users to create, mount, unmount and even boot from these disk images without additional software allowing for interesting use-scenarios for not just enterprise users and home users as well.

    Well the good news is that the rumor is now confirmed as a recently updated WinHEC 2008 agenda touts a session dedicated to this particular functionality with one subtle difference - targeted at Windows Server 2008 R2.

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  • VMC to Hyper-V import tool

    Posted by RayC on September 20 2008, 5:36 AM. Posted in Virtual PC, Virtual Server, Hyper-V.

    Matthijs ten Seldam has produced a very cool tool that enables you to import your existing virtual machines from Virtual PC and Virtual Server in Hyper-V.

    VMC to Hyper-V Import Tool, VMC2HV for short, imports the configuration from a Virtual Machine Configuration (VMC) file. Both Virtual PC and Virtual Server use VMC files to store the hardware and other properties of a VM. It reads the VMC file and maps all relevant properties to those for a Hyper-V VM. For those properties that did not exist, it provides additional options. Those properties that no longer exist are ignored.

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  • Microsoft and Partners Help Customers “Get Virtual Now”

    Posted by vasudev on September 8 2008, 11:53 AM. Posted in Virtual Server, Hyper-V.

     Kicking off a global series of “Get Virtual Now” events that will reach more than 250,000 customers and partners, Microsoft Corp. today announced strong customer and partner adoption of Microsoft virtualization software, new tools and programs to drive partner success.Microsoft also announced the upcoming availability of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 and the new Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 as a no-cost download during today’s keynote addresses streamed live at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/events/virtualization/default.mspx.Microsoft executives will further outline virtualization solutions for customers and also demonstrate the live migration capabilities of the upcoming release of Windows Server 2008 R2.“Now is the time for customers to get virtual,” said Bob Kelly, corporate vice president of infrastructure server marketing within Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business. “With desktop and datacenter virtualization offerings available from Microsoft and its partners, customers are adopting Microsoft solutions because they have better value and will make IT operations more dynamic. At a lower cost than other datacenter virtualization solutions, Microsoft software meets customers’ needs from the desktop to the datacenter in an integrated offering on the platform they know.”.................................Continue At Source

  • Microsoft migrates MSDN and TechNet on Hyper-V virtual machines

    Posted by sumeethevans on May 23 2008, 9:11 PM. Posted in Virtual Server.

    For a prospect customer there's nothing better than a real-world implementation to realize the potential or a certain technology. And this is very true in an almost unexplored technology like virtualization.

    Microsoft, which eats its own dog food since the Virtual Server 2005 era, just announced the complete migration of both MSDN and TechNet, two of the most popular web sites in the world, on virtual machines.

    Microsoft kept the back-end database on physical boxes, but moved 100% of its IIS7 frond-ends on Hyper-V RC0 VMs with 4 virtual CPUs and 10GB RAM. The virtualization hosts (no mention of the brand obviously) are powered by 2 Intel quad-core CPUs and 32GB RAM (2GB are reserved for the Windows Server 2008 parent partition).

    MSDN on Hyper-V

    The performance report after this migration is very interesting:

    • Hyper-V CPU overhead (as measured by the parent partition utilization) was 5% to 6% with linear progression as the number of requests increased.
    • CPU oversubscription (three four-processor VMs on an eight-processor physical server) resulted in 3% lower overall performance per physical server based on overall requests per second per 1 percent CPU.
    • Requests per second per 1% CPU performance of MSDN over the previous physical server platform improved. This demonstrates to us the viability of efficient consolidation from dedicated older physical servers to shared virtualized platforms.
    • Physical MSDN handled 21% more requests per second per 1% CPU than virtualized MSDN.

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  • Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 Service Pack 1 Update

    Posted by bink on May 16 2008, 4:10 PM. Posted in Virtual Server.

    Support for Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista SP1 and XP SP3
     
    This update for Microsoft Virtual Server R2 SP1 includes support for the following additional Host and Guest Operating SystemsAdditonal Guest Operating System support: Windows Vista® Ultimate Edition with Service Pack 1 (SP1) Windows Vista® Business Edition with Service Pack 1 (SP1) Windows Vista® Enterprise Edition with Service Pack 1 (SP1) Windows Server® 2008 CoreWindows Server® 2008 StandardWindows Server® 2008 DatacenterWindows Server® 2008 EnterpriseWindows Server® 2008 Small Business ServerWindows XP Professional with Service Pack 3 Additional Host Operating System support: Windows Vista® Ultimate Edition with Service Pack 1 (SP1) (non-production use only)Windows Vista® Business Edition with Service Pack 1 (SP1) (non-production use only)Windows Vista® Enterprise Edition with Service Pack 1 (SP1)(non-production use only)Windows Server® 2008 CoreWindows Server® 2008 StandardWindows Server® 2008 DatacenterWindows Server® 2008 EnterpriseWindows Server® 2008 Small Business ServerWindows XP Professional with Service Pack 3 (non-production use only)
     
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  • Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool - Beta Program Now Available

    Posted by sumeethevans on May 9 2008, 8:32 PM. Posted in Virtual Server.

    Are you having a growing number of virtual machines that may not be patched on a regular basis because they are offline?  Wouldn't it be nice to have a way to maintain them with the most up-to-date security patches?  Now, you have a free solution!  Yes - FREE!

    Introducing Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool (Beta)

    The Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool manages the workflow of updating large numbers of offline virtual machines according to their individual needs. To do this, the tool works with Microsoft® System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007 (VMM) and with software update management systems (at present, either Microsoft Windows Server® Update Services 3.0 (WSUS) or Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007).

    The tool uses "servicing jobs" to manage the update operations based on lists of existing virtual machines stored in VMM. Using Windows Workflow Foundation technology, a servicing job runs snippets of PowerShell scripts to work with virtual machines.

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  • Windows Dominates On Virtual Machines

    Posted by bink on January 3 2008, 8:41 PM. Posted in Windows (general), Virtual Server.

    Sage Research said 96% of the respondents use Windows on their virtual servers and 52% are running Linux.

    Virtual machines need an operating system with which to run, and the operating system most frequently being used in the current wave of virtualization is Windows, according to a survey sponsored by Sage Research and published in its recent Sage/CMB market Pulse newsletter. Sage Research is the technology practice branch of custom market research firm Chadwick Martin Bailey. Sage surveyed Chadwick Martin Bailey's panel of technology service providers and panel of professional technology users and found 96% of the respondents use Windows on their virtual servers.

    Many sites use more than one brand of operating system to run virtual machines. The runner-up was Linux, with 52% of the respondents using the open source operating system. Unix was third at 30% and Solaris fourth at 29%. The figures do not add up to 100% because sites in some cases are using multiple brands of operating system in their virtual machines.

    The Mac OS was used by 12% of respondents and NetWare by 6%.

    The findings were a broad brush stroke picture of server virtualization. They did not specify how many virtual machines of each kind was running on the virtualized servers or who the virtualization software supplier was.

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  • More VHDs available

    Posted by sumeethevans on November 14 2007, 4:08 AM. Posted in Virtual Server.

    Just poking around the Microsoft VHD site and there have been some new VHDs added.  New on the VHD site recently are: Biztalk Server 2006, Windows Server 2008 Beta 3, Exchange Server 2007 SP1 Beta 2 and Windows Vista Enterprise 30-day Eval Edition.  There is also a new VHD available for Microsoft Search Server 2008 Express.

    Lot's of things to look at - so have a good time checking them out.

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  • Microsoft IT Virtual Machines numbers

    Posted by bink on November 7 2007, 2:42 AM. Posted in Virtual Server.

    Microsoft internal IT uses Virtual Server for over 18 months now, some 1250 VMs

    Savings:

    Consolidation Ratio 8 to 12 million USD saved by consolidationFrom 30 racks to two racksPower form 525 Amps to 8 Amps!Storage from 19 TB to 11 TB

    Update: see all stats in this pic (www.virtualization.info)

  • VMware ESX Server 3i

    Posted by bink on October 16 2007, 4:55 AM. Posted in Windows Server 2008, Virtual Server.

    Microsoft's Dave Northey's Blog: I was reading this article about the up-and-coming ESX Server 3i from VMware.

    It calls out a bunch on "new features" that we have either been doing for ages, or have announced that we will have in Windows Server Virtualisation (WSV), when we ship Windows Server 2008 - I'm confused (seems like someone is trying to introduce a load of FUD - Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt).

    They call out 64GB virtual machines and 128GB physical machines.  We'll do 64GB virtual machines with WSV and 64-bit Windows will work with systems with up to 1 Terabyte of physical memory.  The reason for this, if you're interested is that our hypervisor is 64-bit and ESX is still 32-bit.

    They call out support for virtualisation-aware (para-virtualised) Linux operating systems.  We are working with both Novell and XenSource, so we'll do that too (we already support both RedHat and SUSE Linux on Virtual Server).

    There's more, but the 'funniest' is the reference to expanded hardware support (storage and networking).  Both Virtual Server and WSV use native Windows device drivers - have a look at http://www.windowsservercatalog.com, you'll see that we already support over 6,500 storage items.  Both our server virtualisation offerings (Virtual Server and WSV) are completely hardware independent - as long as there is a Windows device driver, you're OK.  VMware has a very small, limited sub-set of hardware that they can run on.

    Just thought I'd call it out - there's a lot of FUD out there - don't believe any of it.

    via www.winbeta.org

     

  • Microsoft Virtualization Cookbooks

    Posted by bink on October 11 2007, 5:06 AM. Posted in Virtual Server, Data protection manager server.

    • Backup and Recovery using Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 Service Pack 1 and Acronis True Image 9.1 Enterprise Edition• Deployment Cookbook: Branch Office—Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 Service Pack 1 • Deployment Cookbook: High Availability with Virtual Server Host Clustering • Deployment Cookbook: Hosted Backup—Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 and Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 Service Pack 1 • Deployment Cookbook: Offsite Backup—Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 and Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 Service Pack 1 • Deployment Cookbook: Onsite Backup—Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 and Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 Service Pack 1 • Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2007, Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 Service Pack 1, and Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager • Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 Service Pack 1 and Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager • Mobile User Access of Applications. Terminal Server running on virtual machines using Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 Service Pack 1 • Quick Migration with Virtual Server Host Clustering Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition & Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 Service Pack 1
     
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