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April 27, 2009  2:52 PM

Consolidation ratios are yesterday’s news

Craig Hatmaker Craig Hatmaker Profile: Craig Hatmaker

Ever notice that when you talk to someone about virtualizating, it always seems to come down to, "So, what's your consolidation ratio?" Everyone seems to care only about the number of virtual machines you can house on a single host system. While consolidation ratios are important, they're...

April 17, 2009  1:36 PM

Bricks or blades?

Craig Hatmaker Craig Hatmaker Profile: Craig Hatmaker

Bricks (standard rack-mount servers) are a known entity. You've been buying and deploying them forever. You are comfortable with bricks. Blades (blade servers) are cool. They're small. They look really neat in your rack. Your vendor really wants you to buy blades. The question is,...


April 8, 2009  6:48 PM

I just virtualized my data center. Was I successful?

Craig Hatmaker Craig Hatmaker Profile: Craig Hatmaker

I've been involved in many data center virtualization projects and one thing that continues to amaze me is that, far too often, the senior management team has no way of knowing if the project is a success. Oh sure, the manager of the data center is thrilled! He's got only 10% of the systems he had...


November 20, 2008  12:04 PM

Where regular desktops fear to tread

Alex Barrett Alex Barrett Profile: Alex Barrett

Have you ever marveled at how fast desktops and laptops start breaking down, even under normal working conditions? Try putting a desktop on the floor of a plastics manufacturing facility. You’ll be lucky if you get a week out of the desktop before something fails, said Kunal Patel, IT director at...


November 17, 2008  4:20 PM

Virtualization tool bundles assist older OSes

Rick Vanover Rick Vanover Profile: Rick Vanover

Virtualization administrators are in a unique situation where older operating systems (OSes) can potentially "live forever" in the virtual world. While we may not wish to enable older OSes to remain in our environments indefinitely as virtual machines (VMs), situations arise where we need to do...


November 12, 2008  10:16 AM

Key concepts of Hyper-V Integration Services

Rick Vanover Rick Vanover Profile: Rick Vanover

Integration Services is Microsoft Hyper-V's installation interface on guest virtual machines that is designed to optimize the drivers of the virtual environments and provide the best experience. Here is a rundown of what you want to know about Integration Services when getting started with...


November 7, 2008  1:17 PM

Getting Started with Hyper-V Manager

Rick Vanover Rick Vanover Profile: Rick Vanover

Every good virtualization administrator owes it to themselves to survey the field. In today's virtualization climate, this includes looking at Microsoft's Hyper-V. Various Hyper-V configurations,...


November 6, 2008  12:57 PM

Making a P2V conversion: Tricks for systems with large storage

Rick Vanover Rick Vanover Profile: Rick Vanover

Converting a system with a large amount of locally attached storage can be a challenging task given the time required to perform the conversion. Here area a few tricks I've found that can help ease the pain on these types of conversion tasks.


October 30, 2008  4:01 PM

Piloting a VDI requires partner involvement

Rick Vanover Rick Vanover Profile: Rick Vanover

A successful VDI pilot is a critical step toward embracing desktop virtualization technology when migrating from traditional desktops. In this video blog, Rick Vanover discusses how to go about creating a pilot to obtain optimal results without engaging vendors in the pre-sales capacity.


October 29, 2008  10:09 AM

Market share: So what?

Eric Siebert Eric Siebert Profile: Eric Siebert

A recent report from IDC claims that Microsoft’s market share in the virtualization arena grew drastically in the second fiscal quarter of 2008 because of the release of Hyper-V. While...


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