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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.

Windows Server 2008 R2 Feature Components Poster for IT Pros.

4:24 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

Selecting the Right Virtualization Technology

2:51 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

The Infrastructure Planning and Design team has released two updated guides, Selecting the Right Virtualization Technology and Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services.

With the release of these updated guides, the Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) series of guides further assists organizations in selecting the right virtualization technologies for their business needs.

To select an appropriate virtualization technology, organizations can look to the updated IPD Guide for Selecting the Right Virtualization Technology. This guide walks the reader through the technology selection process for each workload—and is now updated to include coverage of Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).

If the IPD Guide for Selecting the Right Virtualization Technology points the organization to Remote Desktop Services as a best fit for their business needs, the guide then directs the user to the updated IPD Guide for Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services, which then outlines key infrastructure planning and design guidance for a successful implementation of Remote Desktop Services. The IPD Guide for Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services leads the reader through the nine-step process of designing components, layout, and connectivity in a logical, sequential order. Identification of the RD Session Host farms is presented in a simple, easy-to-follow process, helping the reader to design and plan centralized virtual data centers.

Used together, these updated guides provide comprehensive planning and design guidance for implementing a Remote Desktop Services infrastructure. The IPD Guide for Selecting the Right Virtualization Technology also teams with other virtualization guides in the IPD Series—to provide end-to-end planning and design guidance for a variety of virtualization technologies.

Download the IPD Guide for Selecting the Right Virtualization Technology at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=160981

Download the IPD Guide for Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=177881

For users of Windows Server 2008 R2, the Remote Desktop Services guide is a complete replacement for the Terminal Services guide. The Remote Desktop Services guide reflects the new capabilities introduced with Windows Server 2008 R2 as well as the rebranding of Terminal Services. The Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services remains available at http://www.microsoft.com/IPD.

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:  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/dd565807.aspx


Architect Forum: Connecting your Business Objectives with IT initiatives

1:55 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

As Infrastructure Architects, you obviously are passionate, knowledgeable and experienced in IT infrastructure technology and want to keep in touch with the upcoming technology trends.
Evenly important, and increasingly important in these crisis period, is that you need to clearly connect business objectives with IT initiatives, in order to make sure that business understands the value of the IT platform and hence will free up those critical budgets for your initiatives. Below you can find the links towards the different sessions.














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Connecting IT to Your Business Objectives: A conversation about the Microsoft Optimization Models


Is it possible to connect business objectives with IT initiatives? Haven’t we tried too many times just to find that it is too hard? Well, in this session we will go through a proven process to asses you current Infrastructure and Business Productivity capabilities using the Microsoft Optimization Models, and proceed to demonstrate the new Infrastructure Capabilities Integration business solution catalogue for horizontal and industry solutions, which are the latest addition to the Microsoft Optimization Framework then we will go through a practical example of how to bridge a set of example business objectives to with their corresponding IT initiatives.


http://www.microsoft.com/belux/technet/nl/chopsticks/default.aspx?id=1486


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Are you designing your User Experiences? How does Dynamic IT feel in the real world?… a proven CIO conversation


Can you say that you design the experience your user has on the IT environment they use day to day? Since 2003 Microsoft has been promoting the Dynamic IT initiative and producing software that delivers on this vision. The Dynamic IT vision promotes a virtual infrastructure, an Infrastructure that is designed for operations, a model based management tool set, and best practices such as ITIL, all of these to enhance the quality, reach and operational tempo of an IT organization, and by doing such, also enhance the end users experience. In this session we will go over several scenarios where we will compare current real world scenarios such as new en user desktop deployment, developers environment management, web service monitoring, and remote branch deployment to highlight not only the difference but with demonstrations how does it actually look and feel to have a Dynamic IT working for you and your end users.


http://www.microsoft.com/belux/technet/nl/chopsticks/default.aspx?id=1487


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Microsoft Software Roadmap: Portfolio Strategy For IT


As the role of IT continues the shift from cost cutting and efficiency to business strategy and people enablement, you need partners who are well positioned across the depth and breadth of technologies.  Technologies which enable you to implement a Dynamic IT environment. Technologies that fit within your plans for a Services Oriented Architecture and fit well with the future promise of Software Plus Services.  Technologies that you can trust to provide the best reliability and security.  Technologies that work together to amplify the impact of the people in your organization.  In this workshop you will have a chance to see and discuss Microsoft’s Software Roadmap of enterprise class technologies for delivering a People Ready Business from infrastructure to productivity applications.


http://www.microsoft.com/belux/technet/nl/chopsticks/default.aspx?id=1488


Video New Efficiency: Introduction to Hyper-V and Windows Server 2008 R2 with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 – Dutch

10:04 am in Uncategorized by chanelwlkTB

This session focuses on the new capabilities of Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and the free Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2.

We will also covers the base architecture of Hyper-V and provides guidance on key areas high availability, live migration, deployment and managing your virtual infrastructure using System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2.

 

TechNet Event: Learn how to use Virtualization from the Desktop to the Datacenter

1:58 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

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TechNet Event: Learn how to use Virtualization from the Desktop to the Datacenter

Using products that span the desktop to the data center, you can bring capacities online in real-time, as needed; streamline and provision applications, services and data on-demand; accelerate backup and recovery, and enhance availability so that your users are well protected against system failure and service interruptions.
This event will consist out of two tracks one for Data Center Virtualization and one for Desktop Virtualization.

 

Following technologies will be covered:

  • Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization
  • Application Virtualization
  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 – Hyper-V
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager
  • ….
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Server Virtualization Track:


Storage and Hyper-V: The Choices You Can Make and the Things You Need to Know

Storage and virtualization are two of the hottest technologies in IT right now — and they’re even better together. Microsoft is delivering new products into both spaces. , and Understanding the impacts that storage has on a server virtualization design is key to understanding and successfully building a virtual infrastructure. This session talks about where we are, where we’ve been, and where we are going. We give you the information you need to know to make the right storage decisions in this new virtual world.

Security Architecture and Best Practices for Hyper-V
It is critical to ensure that your virtualization infrastructure is secured and protected against malicious intent. This session will outline the security architecture of Hyper-V and provide guidelines and best practices from a security viewpoint.

Disaster Recovery and Failover Clustering:
As Windows Server operating systems become increasingly accepted in the large scale and high-end mission-critical parts of organizations, the requirements for disaster tolerance and business continuance become more and more important. The goal of this session is to cover the considerations on how you can build a complete solution with Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering to achieve not only High Availability, but also Disaster Recovery.

Microsoft’s Builds the Foundation for your Private Cloud

Learn about Microsoft’s Private Cloud Infrastructure offering and find out how the latest technologies, tools and resources which are enabling the foundation for a private cloud infrastructure. Learn about the two extensible FREE Dynamic Data Center Toolkits; Dynamic Data Center Toolkit for Hosters (available now!) that enables hosting partners to offer managed

 

Client Virtualization Track:


Desktop Virtualization: Providing You with Clear Guidance

This business value session will review the different desktop virtualization solutions available and provide you with the context you need to create a meaningful and actionable plan to leverage Desktop Virtualization technologies to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) and increase business agility.  You will learn about VDI, App-V, MED-V, and other virtualization options in the context of selecting the "right tool for the right job" for your business needs.

Desktop Virtualization – The App-V side
App-V explained, what it is, how it works, what is the relation to Desktop Virtualization and how can App-V help us to achieve the Optimized Desktop vision. We will discuss deployment options and show an App-V Sequence and Deployment demo.

MED-V Client Hosted Desktop Virtualization
Client Hosted Desktop Virtualization – How can MED-V help us to achieve the Optimized Desktop vision. The difference between managed and unmanaged XP mode and we will show a MED-V demo.

 

Speakers:

Isaac Roybal – Product Manager Virtualization – Microsoft Corp

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.

 

Vijay Tewari – Program Manager Virtualization – Microsoft Corp

Vijay Tewari is a Principal Program Manager with the Windows Server Virtualization team at Microsoft. He has over 15 years of experience in the industry and has authored multiple specifications relating to systems management such as WS-Management. He owns the development of the Hyper-V role and the Microsoft Hyper-V Server.

 

Alexander Rublowsky – Group Manager, Desktop Virtualization for Windows Commercial – Microsoft Corporation

Alexander Rublowsky is responsible for leading Microsoft’s Desktop Virtualization Sales Strategy for Windows Client. Responsibilities include the sales management of  Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) and Desktop Virtualization technologies like Virtualized Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), Application Virtualization (App-V) and Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V).

Prior to managing Client Virtualization Sales Strategy, Rublowsky managed the Enterprise Partner Ecosystem for Windows Client including the development of the Application Compatibility Factory and led the Windows Client Deployment Team. Prior to joining Windows Client Rublowsky held Product Management, Product Marketing positions for product with revenue over $2.5 Billion and developed a unique demand based pricing strategy for Hardware Systems.  Rublowsky holds a Master Degree from the George Washington University’s GSPM and an undergraduate degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

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System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 and 2008 R2 Configuration Analyzer VMMCA

5:25 pm in Uncategorized by chanelwlkTB

Hey All,

Microsoft just released the new VMMCA for vmm 2008 and vmm 2008 r2.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=02d83950-c03d-454e-803b-96d1c1d5be24&displaylang=en

 

Brief Description

Virtual Machine Manager 2008 and 2008 R2 Configuration Analyzer (VMMCA) is a diagnostic tool that you can use to evaluate important configuration settings for computers that either are serving or might serve VMM roles or other VMM functions.

 

Important

  • You must install and run the VMMCA on the computer that either currently is or will become your VMM 2008 server.
  • You should use this version of the VMMCA with VMM 2008 and VMM 2008 R2 only. To download the VMMCA for VMM 2007, go tohttp://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=132136.

 

The VMMCA is a diagnostic tool you can use to evaluate important configuration settings for computers that either are serving or might serve VMM roles or other VMM functions. The VMMCA scans the hardware and software configurations of the computers you specify, evaluates them against a set of predefined rules, and then provides you with error messages and warnings for any configurations that are not optimal for the VMM role or other VMM function that you have specified for the computer.

 

I will soon post a blog about the results of the VMMCA.

 

Thanks,

Alexandre Verkinderen

MVUG Event Securing Hyper-V

5:49 pm in Uncategorized by chanelwlkTB

Securing Hyper-V (with the Winsec User Group)

Date and time: THURSDAY 1st October 2009, start at 18u30 until around 21u00.
Event Location:
Microsoft BELUX – Corporate Village – Leonardo Da Vincilaan 3 – B-1935 Zaventem
Entry: Free
Registration: send a mail to benoit@mvug.be
Focus: with
the rising popularity of virtualization, it is time to start thinking
about how you secure your virtual environment. During this
presentation, best practices for securing a virtual environment based
on Microsoft’s Hyper-V are discussed, both from the angle of the
Hyper-V host as from the angle of the guests. Further it will be shown
how you can use Authorization Manager (AzMan)
to provide role-based access control for Hyper-V, separating host
administrators from guest administrators and precisely delegating
control to them, which will also be shown using System Center Virtual
Machine Manager (SC VMM).

 

More information can be found on the MVUG site http://mvug.be/content/Events.aspx

Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 4.0

8:43 am in Uncategorized by evilbart

Now that Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 are released to manufacturing you could need some help to deploy those operating systems.Get a head start with Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 4.0. Over 690,000 Microsoft customers and partners including Costco Wholesale Corporation, Continental Airlines, and Banque de Luxembourg have already downloaded and used this toolkit to date.

Introducing Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit

The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 4.0 is an integrated planning toolkit that makes it easier for Microsoft customers and partners to quickly identify what servers, workstations, and network devices are in their IT environment. This agentless and scalable toolkit has the ability to discover all computers within Active Directory and workgroup environments. It performs key functions that include hardware and device inventory, hardware compatibility analysis, and generation of actionable, environment-specific IT proposals for migration to most major Microsoft technologies.

What’s New with v4.0?

Version 4.0 of this toolkit has the following new features:

  • Windows 7 Hardware and Device Compatibility Assessment
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Hardware and Device Compatibility Assessment
  • Virtualization Candidates Assessment for Hyper-V R2 Server Consolidation
  • Integration with the Microsoft Integrated Virtualization ROI Calculator
  • Inventory of VMware Server Hosts and Guests
  • User Interface and Proposal Customization for Partner co-branding
  • Enhanced Usability and Improved Inventory Performance

Additional Features

In addition, most of the features from version 3.2 have also been carried over to version 4.0:

  • Virtualization Candidates Assessment for Hyper-V Server Consolidation
  • Windows Vista Hardware and Device Compatibility Assessment
  • Windows Server 2008 Hardware and Device Compatibility Assessment
  • 2007 Microsoft Office Readiness Assessment
  • SQL Server Instance Discovery
  • Desktop Security Assessment for Anti-virus and Anti-malware Programs Installation
  • Forefront Client Security/NAP Readiness Assessment
  • App-V Infrastructure Readiness Assessment
  • Power Savings “Green IT” Proposal

Next Steps–How can I get Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 4.0?

Download the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 4.0

Learn more about the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit on TechNet

Get the latest news from the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit Team Blog