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Windows Server 2008 – Virtualisation Licensing

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At the Heroes Happen Launch here in Sydney today, Microsoft have clarified their licensing of Virtualisation.  My particular interest is with the licensing surrounding the Standard edition of Windows Server 2008.  The information on this so far has been that Microsoft will allow you to run one physical instance of Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition and within that you can run one virtual instance of the Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition as well.  Well today in Sydney they are saying that yes you can do this, BUT that the physical installation can only be used as a host for the virtual installation.  I might be wrong here, but that seems to be pretty pointless for the most point.

Strangely however, the Microsoft website FAQ on licensing for virtualisation does not seem to be as clear. http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/licensing-faq.aspx#virt

I’d really like clarification on this and if you know where to they say on their website what they have said here in Sydney, please let me know!

Category: Windows Server 2008
Published: 28/02/2008 12:49 PM

Heroes Happen 2008 Launch – the pitch

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So the pitch here is to the IT Pro’s where they are saying that the real Heroes in the industry are us  the IT Pro.  They want to change the current 80/20 Maintenance/Innovation ratio to enable us as Pros to be able to spend 80% of our time on innovation and only 20% of our time for maintenance.  Finally – I think Microsoft get it.  We as IT Pros should NOT be spending our time looking after the systems – we should be spending our time trying hard to make the infrastructure a strategic asset for our customers.  Heck – it’s only something I’ve been trying to do for over 10 years now! 

Interesting – Bob Kelly – Senior VP of Microsoft is saying that Vista SP1 is intended for the IT professional and not the consumer.  He’s saying that now it’s here, we can start to deploy Vista… I could look at this two ways, one being that Microsoft themselves did not REALLY feel that Vista was ready for deployment now, or the other way is that they recognise that WE IT Pros’ are not deploying their products en masse until they have a Service Pack 1.  If it’s the later then I can only hope that they don’t decide for marketing purposes to pus Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 1 out next month – just to convince us that it’s ready for mass deployment 🙂

Secure out of the box – Server Core is being touted as having higher security because it does not have lots of the same attack surface as the full Server 2008 product.  Lower patching requirements too as most things are turned off by default.  They claim that Server core gives a 60% reduction of the need to patch the server due to this.  I guess that will also translate into reduced reboots too which contributes to higher uptimes.

Virtualisation – aka HyperV technology.  apparently only 10% of the server hardware out there is being used for Virtualisation – that means that 90% of the servers are running a single copy of Windows Server.  With the licensing changes to Windows Server of late, such that a Windows Server Standard edition can run a single virtual instance for no additional cost, this gives us the capabilities to segregate applications into a virtual environment far more easily and cost effectively than before.

Terminal Server Remote Apps – another great feature that exists only with Windows Server 2008.  This cool feature will allow you to deploy applications on a Terminal server and have them run on an end users machine virtually.  The application will run on a Terminal Server, but the users experience will be that of a local application.

Category: Windows Server 2008
Published: 28/02/2008 10:19 AM

Heroes Happen 2008 Launch – Sydney

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You know – I’ve been watching the marketing for this launch just like everyone else.  Microsoft are using cartoon characters as the prime "face" of this launch, and I’m not really sure just how well that is being taken in a business world for a serious business product.  Sure it’s different, but in realist how much of the marketing hype affects our decision to purchase a product vs the product features itself? 

Ok – so let’s look at the line up, we have TJ which represents  Windows Server 2008, Cor – SQL Server 2008 and RAIN – Visual Studio 2008 – Cartoon characters used to present serious products. Is this the way of the future with marketing?  Will we suddenly see a cartoon character called Vlad being used to promote the next version of Exchange?  Maybe one called Duggie to promote the Hyper V extensions for Server 2008?  Hmm – maybe I can get my daughter into this and she can make some money from it 🙂

So the show’s about to start here in Sydney, people have been walking in to the tune of the Star Wars theme – I guess that represents the Heroes aspect of it.  More on this later today.

Category: Windows Server 2008
Published: 28/02/2008 10:16 AM