Archive for July, 2009

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 RTMs!

Microsoft Releases Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 to manufacturing:
Windows 7 will be generally available to customers around the world on October 22
Technet, MSDN, and MVLS will have access in the coming weeks.
Read More here:
Categories: Win7

Microsoft releases source code for Linux Vm ICs (Integrated Components) – formerly called VM Additions

Get the offical story here:

External Article on the Subject

"Microsoft stuns Linux world, submits source code for kernel "

First and foremost, the title is very misleading. We did not release any source code for "our" kernel. We released source code for virtualization support on Hyper-V to be included into the Linux Kernel’s source code.

This is an open source requirement as Linux operates off a more macro kernel and requires kernel re-compilation for  driver support. This is, in essence, driver code, not Windows kernel code.
The next question you may have is: Why? Well, to quote the following article "Microsoft is making a compelling case that it could be the virtualization vendor of choice for consolidation of Windows and Linux applications."

Categories: Hyper-V

Good Blogs for SCVMM

With SCVMM 2008 R2 on the way, and SCVMM 2008 RTM well baked at this point, we have numerous formal and informal resources for assisting in developing further in-depth knowledge on virtual machine management. In addition, granular issues involving more detailed, targeting troubleshooting arise periodically.
As the SCVMM team discovers these issues, we look to try to get this information out to users as quickly as possible. We find the Technet blogs to be a good resource for this.
The following lists five good blogs for keeping up with SCVMM. Almost daily, you will find something new between the following blogs:
Michael Michael’s Blog
Michael is an Architect working in the System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) team
Cheng Wei’s Blog.
Cheng is a program manager with the System Center Virtual Machine Manager team st Microsoft.
Jonthan Jordan’s Blog
Jonathan who is a support escalation engineer with the SCVMM team. He is also the principal beta engineer for SCVMM 2008 R2.
Mike Briggs’ Blog
Mike is another SEE with the SCVMM team. He often relays a lot of cluster-related and Hyper-V related issues into his blog as well.
And last but not least, the SCVMM Team Blog:
Categories: SCVMM

Virtualization Support Policy Wizard Now Publicly Available

Microsoft has a Virtualization Support Wizard on the internet that can help them determine if a virtualization configuration is supported without calling Microsoft support.

The URL of the Wizard is

There are also external resources available through the Virtualization Troubleshooting and Support TechCenter on TechNet at: 


Categories: Virtualization