Joe Richards posted an interesting blogpost a while ago on why Active Directory VM-GenerationID functionality is not an alias for Active Directory anti-USN Rollback functionality. In it, he makes some valid claims: You are only protected in very limited set of very certain very specific circumstances. The VM-GenerationID "triggers" are dependent upon the virtualization platform. … Continue reading "Cases where VM-GenerationID doesn’t help make Active Directory virtualization-safe, Part 1"
Five Must-Have Hardware components to get the most out of Windows 8 (and Windows Server 2012)
Windows 8 offers many new features, compared to Windows XP, Windows Vista and even Windows 7. Some of these features are fantastic, but come with a top of the bill hardware price tag. In this blogpost I’ll explain why you’ll need to scour the specifications of your hardware components for these five acronyms
An early look at new Hyper-V features
The Windows Server 2008 R2 timeframe will also bring the next version of the Hyper-V technology. This new version can either be seen as Hyper-V R2 or Hyper-V v2.0 (depending on your opinion on Hyper-V) and comes with a load of new features and hardware support.
Active Directory in Hyper-V environments, Part 4
Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 Enterprise and Datacenter Edition offers the ability to make virtual machines highly available by leveraging failover clustering. This however is not a good idea in the case of Active Directory Domain Controllers. In this post I’ll explain why Hyper-V High Availability for Domain Controllers is not a good idea and … Continue reading "Active Directory in Hyper-V environments, Part 4"
How to install Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008
Microsoft released a new server hardware virtualization product yesterday: Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008. I've already discussed this product in full detail a while ago, so today I'll show you how to install this free and optimized Hyper-V product in five easy steps
Setting the Record Straight One Post at a Time
Setting the Record Straight One Post at a Time … That's the tagline of the Virtual Reality VMWare blog, but I don't think Eric Horschman did a good job in his blogpost where he compared VMWare's ESXi 3.5 and a Hyper-V enabled installation of Windows Server 2008 Server Core.
The importance of Server Core
Server Core is an important piece of technology advancement for Microsoft. Although people tend to look at MinWin, Singularity and Midori for future versions of Windows, it's actually Server Core that will play an important role in Microsoft's infrastructure products for the coming couple of years.
Deadlines and the sound they make (Hyper-V)
Douglas Adams once said: I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. Microsoft has been scrutinized by many for not delivering on time, but this time it's the other way around. Microsoft promised to release Hyper-V within 180 days from the Windows Server 2008 release. Since Windows Server 2008 … Continue reading "Deadlines and the sound they make (Hyper-V)"
Hyper-V RC1 Released
Microsoft is definitely making progress on its Virtualization line-up. Yesterday they released the Release Candidate 1 (RC1) bits for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V to supersede the Release Candidate 0 (RC0) bits, many of us might already be running. Now is the right time to start testing Hyper-V if you haven't already begun doing so. This … Continue reading "Hyper-V RC1 Released"
That settles it! Server Core Hyper-V comparison
After my recent post on Server Core being the ideal Hyper-V root partition I received some questions regarding my wasted CPU cycles claim. I claimed a Virtual Host running Hyper-V in a Server Core installation would offer more performance than a Virtual Host running Hyper-V in a Full Installation.