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Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 3.0 released

September 30, 2010 1 comment

Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 3.0 helps you reduce IT costs by making it easier to update your offline virtual machines, templates, and virtual hard disks with the latest operating system and application patches—without introducing vulnerabilities into your IT infrastructure.

This Solution Accelerator provides automated tools and guidance that IT professionals can use to update offline virtual machines, templates, and virtual hard disks efficiently and without exposing them to security risks.

Click here to download : http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/confirmation.aspx?FamilyId=8408ECF5-7AFE-47EC-A697-EB433027DF73

To install the .msi package (VMServicing_X86.msi or VMServicing_X64.msi):

  1. Navigate to where you extracted the .zip file content on your hard drive.
  2. Double-click the .msi file you want to install.
  3. Accept the Microsoft Software License Terms.
  4. Follow the steps in the installation process to complete the installation.
  5. Find the installed files in C:\Program Files on your computer in the folder Microsoft Virtual Machine Servicing Tool.

Everyone should read this : Reducing the cost of virtualization using Microsoft Hyper-V and System Center

September 30, 2010 Leave a comment

One of the first things you should do when thinking about virtualization is to understand the client environment : Asessment phase. During this phase you should list, understand and write down all workloads .

It’s that only? No, that are so many other variables. I found a good article at Microsoft Virtualization Blog Team that talk about this. Take a look at http://blogs.technet.com/b/virtualization/archive/2010/09/22/reducing-the-cost-of-virtualization-using-microsoft-hyper-v-and-system-center.aspx

Free eBook:Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions — From the Desktop to the Datacenter

September 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Learn about the benefits of the latest virtualization technologies and how to plan, implement, and manage virtual infrastructure solutions based on these technologies.

Free eBook:Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions — From the Desktop to the Datacenter

Virtualization: Top 10 Virtualization Best Practices

September 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Source:TechNet Magazine  , by Wes Miller *

Virtualization has gone from being a test lab technology to a mainstream component in datacenters and virtual desktop infrastructures. Along the way, virtualization has occasionally received a “get out of jail free” card, and has not had the same degree of efficient IT practices applied to virtual deployments as would be expected of actual physical machines. This is a mistake.

If you had an unlimited budget, would you let everyone in your organization order a new system or two and hook it up to the network? Probably not. When virtualization first appeared on the scene, unlimited and unmanaged proliferation was kept in check by the fact that there was actually a cost associated with hypervisor applications. This provided some line of defense against rogue virtual machines in your infrastructure. That is no longer the case.

There are several free hypervisor technologies available, for both Type 1 and Type 2 hypervisors. Anyone in your organization with Windows installation media and a little free time can put up a new system on your network. When virtual machines are deployed without the right team members knowing about it, that means a new system can become an unwelcome honeypot for new zero-day vulnerabilities, ready to take down other systems on your network that are business critical.

Virtual systems should never be underappreciated or taken for granted. Virtual infrastructures need to have the same best practices applied as actual physical systems. Here, we will discuss 10 key best practices that should always be on your mind when working with virtual systems.

To read to full article go to http://technet.microsoft.com/en-au/magazine/gg131921.aspx

*Wes Miller is the director of Product Management at CoreTrace (CoreTrace.com) in Austin, Texas. Previously, he worked at Winternals Software and as a program manager at Microsoft. Miller can be reached at wm@getwired.com.

Windows Small Business Server “7” (SBS7)

September 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Built on Windows Server® 2008 R2, this exciting new edition of the all-in-one solution server for small businesses will include Microsoft® Exchange Server 2010 SP1, Microsoft SharePoint® Foundation 2010, and Windows Software Update Services. Small business customers will find significant security and management enhancements over previous versions, as well as much richer features for providing file-and-print, email and Internet services.
Together with Windows SBS code name “Aurora” (available for download since 16 August), SBS7 is dedicated to providing small business customers with a highly manageable, low complexity solution to help cut costs, save time and be more efficient. SBS7 offers on premise email and collaboration suite functionalities that Aurora’s customers can add through online services.

Take advantage of advanced technologies

SBS7 also offers a great opportunity for small businesses to upgrade their servers and simultaneously take advantage of advancements in security, reliability, and connectivity technology. For this reason, SBS7 offers enhanced migration tools, extensive pre-migration checks, and prescriptive guidance included in the software.

Secure access to communications remotely

Furthermore, with SBS7, small businesses gain the freedom to securely access all of their communications from virtually any Web-browser or mobile device – getting more done wherever they are with the integrated Exchange Server 2010 and Microsoft Outlook® Web Access (OWA) capabilities.

Share and edit documents online

Customers using SBS7 will also have the opportunity to view, edit, and share Microsoft Office documents online with SharePoint Foundation 2010 and Microsoft Office Web Apps. As the online companion to Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel(R), Microsoft PowerPoint(R), and Microsoft OneNote(R), Office Web Apps gives users the freedom to access documents from virtually anywhere.

New version of the Linux Integration Services for Hyper-V

September 27, 2010 1 comment
 

A new version (2.1) of the Linux Integration Services for Hyper-V have just been made available.

This new version has some significant improvements:  

  • Driver support for synthetic devices: Linux Integration Services supports the synthetic network controller and the synthetic storage controller that were developed specifically for Hyper-V.
  • Fastpath Boot Support for Hyper-V: Boot devices take advantage of the block Virtualization Service Client (VSC) to provide enhanced performance.
  • Timesync: The clock inside the virtual machine will remain synchronized with the clock on the host.
  • Integrated Shutdown: Virtual machines running Linux can be gracefully shut down from either Hyper-V Manager or System Center Virtual Machine Manager.
  • Symmetric Multi-Processing (SMP) Support: Supported Linux distributions can use up to 4 virtual processors (VP) per virtual machine.
  • Heartbeat: Allows the host to detect whether the guest is running and responsive. 
  • Pluggable Time Source: A pluggable clock source module is included to provide a more accurate time source to the guest. 

This version of the integration services for Hyper-V supports Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP3, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.2 / 5.3 / 5.4 / 5.5.

 

 

Dell Streak will be available 1st October in Australia

September 24, 2010 Leave a comment
 
DELL STREAK will be available on OPTUS from OCTOBER 1.

 

Dell Streak’s unique size will help people discover new ways to enjoy the web and connect with friends

The Streak has front and rear-facing cameras, 2GB of internal memory (plus an included 16GB card) and access to turn-by-turn navigation and social networking apps.

Advantages over the iPad are the MicroSD slot, front and rear-facing cameras, and mobile phone capability.

Price : Outright at $649, or $0 upfront on a $59 Plan. if you’ve been waiting for it, go for it!