Citrix has a rich history of embracing and extending Microsoft’s platform. As such, Microsoft endorses XenDesktop as the premier desktop virtualization solution for enterprise and complex environments.
XenDesktop 4 strengthens our partnership and product alignment by plugging into App-V, Remote Desktop Services, Hyper-V Server and System Center, providing the most comprehensive solution to virtual and physical desktops.
Microsoft shares our view that desktop virtualization is broader than VDI and shares a common vision of user centric computing. Together, the joint solution provides the best user experience, integrated management and the most comprehensive and cost effective solution to service the different user types and business drivers.
Partner Campaign: http://www.citrixandmicrosoftvirtualization.com/Anonymous/Default.aspx
The MEDV Reporting database is very basic as it is only used by the server for logging events, errors, and status messages. This makes the portability of the database all the more easy and the process to move a MEDV database from SQL server to another can be done in a few easy steps.
The MED-V Team Blog : Moving the MED-V Reporting Database from one SQL Server to another
In the previous post “Managing your Microsoft world” the focus was on management of Windows Servers and the applications that run on them regardless of if they are physical machines or virtual machines. This post focuses more on the virtualization infrastructure and looking primarily at Hyper-V and System Center Virtual Machine Manager.
To recap the previous post, System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 or System Center Essentials 2007 are not particular about whether the servers they are monitoring are physical or virtual; both products happily manage servers in either configuration. When you implement virtualization, management of these virtualized servers does not change from when they were physical; maintenance tasks still need to performed, albeit some are handled differently. An example is the task of ensuring there is enough space on the machine’s discs. For a physical server this could mean cleaning up or compressing old files, or buying a new disk. For virtual servers this may mean moving the VHD file to a different storage device so it can grow, or simply creating and add a new VHD file to the virtual machine.
Managing Your Virtual World – Tech Focus November 2009 Part 2 | Media | TechNet Edge
This download consists of a Hyper-V-based virtual hard disk image that contains a pre-installed demonstration version of Microsoft® Forefront (TM) Identity Manager (FIM) 2010 RC1. The image includes all components needed to experience the full integration of FIM 2010 with Active Directory, Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and Microsoft Outlook 2007.
The image uses evaluation software and will only continue to work as expected until March, 2010.
Download details: FIM 2010 RC1 Demo Hyper-V VHD
I am proud to announce we have just released our latest addition to the F5 Management Pack, the F5 PRO-Enabled Management Pack for Microsoft Virtual Machine Manager 2008 (MS VMM). If you haven’t heard MS VMM is a member of the Microsoft System Center family that enables a host of different technologies and scenarios including Hyper-V management, VMWare instance integration, optimization of virtualized resources (PRO), and monitoring integration with System Center Operations Manager.
Introducing the F5 PRO-Enabled Management Pack for Microsoft Virtual Machine Manager 2008
There will be a new product category added to your WSUS server Products and Classifications dialog under the existing System Center Virtual Machine Manager family, titled Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2. This product provides a comprehensive management solution for the virtualized data center that enables centralized management of virtual machine infrastructure. The new category will allow all classifications of updates to be offered to the Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 product.
This new category should be available in the near future for updates for this product.
WSUS Product Team Blog : New Product Category for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2
Windows Virtual PC is the latest Microsoft virtualization technology. You can use it to run more than one operating system at the same time on one computer, and to run many productivity applications on a virtual Windows environment, with a single click, directly from a computer running Windows 7.
For more information about Windows Virtual PC, please visit the Windows Virtual PC website.
The Setup and Install instructions document describes how to install and setup Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode. You should familiarize yourself with all of the information especially if you are upgrading from the Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode Beta or Release Candidate builds.
The Release notes provide important information you should know prior to installing and using Windows Virtual PC, including known issues. You should familiarize yourself with all of the information prior to installing the software.
Download details: Installation instructions and Release Notes for Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode
Built upon the IBM X-Architecture® blueprint, System x and BladeCenter servers offer innovative technology and industry-leading availability and reliability features. System x and BladeCenter servers incorporate technologies–hardware, firmware and software–which make these servers highly manageable, thereby helping you reduce operational costs and increase service levels. IBM works together with Microsoft to offer a portfolio of software offerings which helps integrate these technologies with your Microsoft environment to enhance your physical and virtual systems management experience.