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March 18, 2008  12:33 PM

Virtual machine creation in Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Microsoft, Microsoft Hyper-V, Rick Vanover, Virtualization, Virtualization platforms, Virtualization strategies

We continue our first look at Hyper-V technology in Windows Server 2008 . While Windows Server 2008 has been released, Hyper-V is still in pre-release form. Hyper-V is scheduled to...

March 14, 2008  10:36 AM

Bundling support services with hardware purchases?



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover, Servers, Virtualization, Virtualization management, Virtualization strategies

Just about every large hardware vendor can bundle support services for virtualization platforms with your equipment and software purchases. This may seem like a good idea, but let us take a moment to identify the mechanics of the support services that you are expecting. The types of support...


February 29, 2008  12:54 PM

Buying servers for virtual machines? Think blades



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Blade servers, Networking, Rick Vanover, Servers, Virtualization, Virtualization management, Virtualization strategies

You may be considering new blade servers for your virtual host environments, and you are not alone. Gone are the days of the perception that blade servers have less horsepower than their general purpose counterparts. I recently attended a local virtualization user group meeting, and we talked at...


February 27, 2008  10:41 AM

VMware’s “rookie” Seminar too lightweight



Posted by: Bridget Botelho
Application virtualization, Desktop virtualization, VDI, Virtual machine, Virtualization, Virtualization management, Virtualization strategies, VMware, XenSource

With virtualization adoption teetering on mainstream, I am sure it is difficult for VMware to find the balance between what to explain about the technology and what is considered common knowledge. Judging by a show of hands, a lot of what the 40-or so IT admins who attended


February 15, 2008  2:54 PM

Stressing the value of virtual test environments



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Lab management, Rick Vanover, Virtualization, Virtualization management, Virtualization strategies

We all know that test environments are an important part of the quality process within IT. Unfortunately, we may not always follow through and provide good test environments. Virtualization changes all of that. This tip will share some of the strategies that I have found to truly enable robust test...


February 11, 2008  5:11 PM

VirtualMan helps IT pros explain virtualization’s benefits



Posted by: Ryan Shopp
Links we like, Servers, Virtualization, Virtualization strategies, Why choose server virtualization?

VirtualMan blog posts co-authored by Hannah Drake and Matt McDonough. Trying to grasp the basics of server virtualization? Or, do you face the even more challenging task of explaining and/or pitching server virtualization projects to non-IT execs? Definitions from

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February 7, 2008  1:10 PM

Virtualization strategies for the SMB



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Microsoft Virtual Server, Rick Vanover, Virtualization, Virtualization management, Virtualization strategies, VMware, Xen

The small and medium businesses (SMB) are unique in their approach to virtualization. In attending a recent VMware Users Group (VMUG) meeting it became clear that virtualization is much easier to embrace for the large enterprise, whereas the smaller IT shops have an entirely different dynamic....


February 6, 2008  12:36 PM

Staffing and virtualization, a response



Posted by: Joe Foran
Joseph Foran, Virtualization, Virtualization management, Virtualization strategies

I read an article here on SSV entitled "Virtualization and Staffing" the other day, and decided I had to add my two cents in and comment. I was going to do a...


January 30, 2008  2:27 PM

Technosium 2008: Virtualization takeaways for business continuity



Posted by: Rick Vanover
High availability and virtualization, Rick Vanover, Storage, Virtualization, Virtualization strategies

I am blogging from the inaugural Technosium Global Conference and Expo at the Santa Clara Convention Center. I’ll be signing on intermittently to provide you with everything I consider beneficial to...


December 26, 2007  12:15 PM

VMware ESX 3.5, VirtualCenter 2.5: To upgrade or not to upgrade?



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Linux and virtualization, Rick Vanover, Servers, Virtualization, Virtualization management, Virtualization platforms, Virtualization strategies, VMware

The virtualization world was very excited for the release of VMware ESX 3.5 and Virtual Center 2.5 last week. However, should everyone jump on to the new platforms quickly? I say no. To be fair to myself, I have performed a limited set of upgrades already within the week, and some are planned over...


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