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VDI Day Sessions online

6:20 am in Uncategorized by evilbart

Last week we organized a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure day together with Citrix. We’ve published the sessions onto TechNet Edge.

Session 1: VDI Day: Citrix & Microsoft Desktop Virtualization Strategy

In this session we will guide you through the desktop virtualization strategy and show you how Citrix and Microsoft will help you reduce the costs of Managing your virtual desktop infrastructure. We will answer questions like: “Will desktop virtualization really fit every user?”

Speakers: Jurgen Van Duvel & Andreas Van Wingerden

Session 2: VDI Day: Planning and Deploying VDI with Citrix and Microsoft Technology – Part 1

In this more technical session we will drill down into the Microsoft virtualization architecture of VDI and determine what key questions need to be asked and answered around required components, networking, capacity and end user experience. In the second part of the Presentation we will drill down into the Citrix components of our joint VDI solution. You will learn what the different key components are and how to setup your own test environment.

Speaker: Arlindo Alves –

Session 3: VDI Day: Planning and Deploying VDI with Citrix and Microsoft Technology – Part 2

In the second part of the Presentation we will drill down into the Citrix components of our joint VDI solution. You will learn what the different key components are, what they add on top of the Virtualization back-end. By then end of this session you will be geared up with the knowledge to setup your own test environment.

Speaker: Andreas Van Wingerden – Citrix

New White Paper: High Performance SQL Server Workloads on Hyper-V

7:17 am in Uncategorized by evilbart

This new white paper discuss how you can run SQL server workloads on our Hyper-V (R2) infrastructure.

The tests in this white paper demonstrate that Hyper-V provides the performance and scalability needed to run SQL Server workloads in consolidation scenarios. As an example, the following diagram compares OLTP workload performance of 8 stacked native instances and 8 stack virtual instances.


You can read the details of the results and analysis in the whitepaper.

Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 3.0 – Now in Beta Release!

1:59 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

VMST 3.0 helps customers more effectively—and safely—manage the workflow of updating their offline virtualization environment. Using VMST 3.0, customers can now service:

· Offline virtual machines in a SCVMM library.

· Stopped and saved state virtual machines on a host.

· Virtual machine templates.

· Offline virtual hard disks in a SCVMM library by injecting update packages.

· Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V host clusters.


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Manage your Virtualized infrastructure with System Center Essentials 2010

11:08 am in Uncategorized by evilbart

I often get the question if you can use System Center Essentials 2010 (SCE) to manage your Virtual Infrastructure. The answer depends on how many virtual machines you want to manage today and in the future. SCE 2010 includes Virtual Machine management but only a subset of the capabilities of System Center Virtual Machine Manager. Let’s have a look at the differences:


Essentials 2010





VM Cloning



Candidate Identification



Physical to Virtual Conversion



Virtual to Virtual Conversion



Migration across physical machines



Virtualization Reports



Monitoring VMs



Physical resource optimization (PRO)









VM configuration & properties



VM state



Checkpoints (Snapshots)



64 bit guest OS



Hardware Assisted Virtualization



Live thumbnail



Synthetic Network Support



Import VM (multiple VHD + snapshot)



Configure advanced network settings



Inspect Disk



VMWare Management



Self-service console



If you don’t need VMWare management and the self service portal you will be able to use SC2010.

There is also the licensing aspect that you need to take into consideration:

Licensing for Managed Virtual Machines in Essentials 2010
Essentials 2010 is licensed per device. Only physical computers consume server or client management licenses and are required to have a license. However, Essentials is limited to managing up to 50 server operating system environments and 500 client operating system environments. For example, you might have purchased licenses to manage 20 physical servers, are managing all 20 physical servers, and are also managing 30 virtual servers. Because you are managing 50 server operating system environments, you cannot manage any additional physical or virtual servers.

In conclusion you can manage 50 servers being Virtual or Physical and you only need to license your physical servers.

Watch the What’s New with System Center Essentials 2010 webcast for more information.

TechDays: New session about Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX

1:32 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

There was still one session in the IT Pro track that I could not disclose because the announcement was not made yet. But now that we announced the Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX capabilities in SP1 I can disclose the following session: 

Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and NEW SP1 features!

In this session, we will look at Hyper-V’s progression from Windows Server 2008, to R2, and will also give you a sneak peek of the new Hyper-V features coming in SP1.  SP1 will include both Microsoft Remote-FX and Dynamic Memory. These features are designed to meet the increasing needs of our customers as they utilize virtualization in their environments with Windows Server 2008 R2.  We will investigate how Hyper-V has continued to advance and how SP1 will address critical business and technology requirements.

Speaker: Bryon Surace – Microsoft Corp

Do you want to know how Microsoft IT does Virtualization?

5:24 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

Come to the TechDays 2010 and attend the following session:

Virtualization in Microsoft IT

Lessons learned in 5 years of implementing Microsoft’s virtualization platform and System Center Virtual Machine Manager, driving from 5 pilot Virtual Server 2005 hosts to 1100 virtualization hosts with 7000 Hyper-V guests. The changes in the computing hardware, storage solutions and Networking implementations. And what we envision for the next two years.

Download the PowerShell Management module for Hyper-V

9:38 am in Uncategorized by evilbart

The PowerShell management module for Hyper-V contains about 100 cmdlets that will let you manage your Hyper-V infrastructure by using scripts. Out of the box you can only manage this through WMI and we all know that WMI is not so user friendly.

The PowerShell module is available onto codeplex

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Get trained with the TechNet “Get Ready” sessions

3:12 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart


Get Ready Sessions are 1 day level 200-300 technical trainings given by top level speakers, generally acknowledged as experts in their field. The sessions are organized by Microsoft Partners, more specifically Certified Partners Learning Solutions (CPLS), warranting a high quality learning experience for the trainees.

The participating Microsoft Partners are Devoteam/Guidance, Global Knowledge, InfoSupport, Ordina and U2U. Below is an overview of the different topics for which each Partner is organizing Get Ready Sessions.


Here is a list of upcoming “Get Ready” Sessions:

Feb 9

Get Ready Session: SQL Server 2008 infrastructure
The ideal start for any IT professional who wants to know everything about
managing a SQL Server 2008 infrastructure. This one day seminar is provided by the best trainers from the Microsoft Certified Learning Solutions Partners. No loose collection of topics but a solid base of information on new management functionality in SQL Server 2008.


Feb 11

Get Ready Session: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010
This Microsoft Get Ready session by U2U covers the new features in Exchange Server 2010 compared to Exchange Server 2007. Topics: Exchange Server 2010 design goals. Client access features. Message policy and compliance features. Unified messaging features. Federated sharing. Message transport features. Mailbox server features

Feb 19

Get Ready Session: Windows 7 : The Next Generation Windows Collaborative Platform: An Opportunity To Optimize Your Desktop Service
In this demonstrations-packed session, Devoteam experts will show you how to bring your desktop service to new levels of operational excellence. DevoTeam experts will demonstrate how to integrate the latest Microsoft desktop technologies, highlighting how they really change the migration game, improve your service levels, and lower the client platform TCO




Feb 24

Server Virtualisation: Building Your Virtualisation Infrastructure Using Hyper-V and SCVMM
Discover the benefits of the virtualization capabilities in Windows Server 2008 R2 and System Center. Take advantage of the cost savings of virtualization through Windows Server 2008 R2. Optimize your server hardware investments by consolidating multiple server roles using server virtualisation, efficiently run multiple different operating systems in parallel and fully leverage the power of x64 computing.
Guidance/Devoteam TBC

Feb 26

Get Ready Session: SharePoint 2010
This Microsoft Get Ready session by U2U gives you an overview on what is new in SharePoint 2010, for Power Users, Developers and Administrators. Topics: SharePoint 2010 Overview What’s new in the SharePoint User Interface List and Document Management Improvements Introducing SharePoint Designer 2010 The new Business Connectivity Services (BCS) What is new in InfoPath 2010 SharePoint Workspace 2010 Introducing the SharePoint Development Platform What are Sandboxed Solutions? The new Client Object Models LINQ and REST in SharePoint 2010 Building Web Parts with Visual Studio 2010 SharePoint 2010 Administration Overview

March 12

Get Ready Session: Exchange 2010
Since its early conception, Exchange Server has been one of the world’s favourite email server platforms. Now with a whole new level of 64bit architecture Exchange 2010 provides a fully unified messaging and communications platform.

With world class email, voice, data and fax Exchange 2007 delivers enterprise class services with improved speed, storage growth, manageability and security. In this Get Ready Seminar you will discover what’s hot and what’s not in Exchange 2010, so make sure you sign up to this exclusive one day session!!!

Global Knowledge

More to come as soon as we have launched the official TechNet “Get Ready” site.

Offline Virtual Machine Servicing tool 2.1

4:29 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

The Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2.1 has free, tested guidance and automated tools to help customers keep their virtualized machines updated, without introducing vulnerabilities into their IT infrastructure.  

The tool combines the Windows Workflow programming model with the Windows PowerShell™ interface to automatically bring groups of virtual machines online, service them with the latest security updates, and return them to an offline state. 

Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2.1 now supports the following products:

  • Hyper-V-R2
  • VMM 2008 R2
  • SCCM 2007 SP2
  • WSUS 3.0 SP2

OVMST 2.1 also supports updates to Windows® 7 and Windows Server® 2008 R2 virtual machines.  

To learn more about the Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2.1., just click here.   To download the tool, click here.

Hyper-V Technical Information and Resources on TechNet

1:02 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

Are you looking for Technical information to help you with your Hyper-V Infrastructure?

We have quite a lot of resources available to help you with:

  • Planning

  • Installation

  • Guidance

  • Best Practices

  • Deployment

  • Pre-Deployment Tools

  • Management

  • Performance

  • Workload Specific Guidance

It’s here: