Archive for the ‘Virtualisation’ Category

Microsoft Virtualization with Hyper-V

January 19, 2011 Comments off

This book deals with Microsoft’s server virtualization solution and is for those who want to implement Hyper-V “the right way”.

As the author’s quote in the book’s Introduction, the Gartner research group believes that “IT infrastructure and operations <will> be deeply impacted by virtualization by 2012”. If you are new to virtualization as a whole or Microsoft’s offering this book provides a solid foundation to both.

Using a comprehensive and logical approach in response to established business requirements the book covers the topics of planning, installation, configuration, management, backing up, restoring, disaster recovery, monitoring and securing of a Hyper-V environment.

Read the rest of my review.

Microsoft Virtualization with Hyper-V
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 1 edition (July 30, 2009)
ISBN-10: 0071614036


VMWorld Subscriptions

September 5, 2010 Comments off

For those unable to attend VMWorld this year, VMWare offers on-demand re-runs. For $699 (US), subscribers get year long online access to all of the sessions and labs (in a variety of formats) for both the US and Europe events as well as those of previous years. More here.

Categories: Tools, Virtualisation

How Secure Is Your (Virtual) Data Really?

April 5, 2010 Comments off

The Monitor logoRead my latest article for The Monitor magazine – this time on the topic of security in virtualized environments.

AMD Virtualization™ Technology and Microsoft® Hyper-V™ System Compatibility Check Utility

April 4, 2010 Comments off

Following on my previous article I came across this AMD equivalent utility from its inclusion in Tony Soper’s article on “How to run Hyper-V on a Laptop” which for those interested or working on the Hyper-V platform is in itself well worth a read.

Categories: Tools, Virtualisation, Windows

Intel Processor ID Utility

March 21, 2010 Comments off

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Have an Intel based server or workstation and need to quickly confirm some of its features  – such as wether it includes supports for Intel Virtualization Technology (VT) and Execute Disable Bit (XD) (two hardware requirements for Hyper-V Server 2008)? The Intel Processor does this and more; Older Intel processors can be identified with the Intel Processor Frequency ID Utility.

One to add to your USB toolkit.

Bootable Version.

Windows Version.

Categories: Tools, Virtualisation, Windows

Common Sense System Management Advice

February 12, 2010 Comments off

I came across this awhile ago, it’s a single page document that contains sound advice in a very readable style and covers several topics related to systems management.

Kudos to Michael Prokop who created it.

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The Desktop OS is dead! Long live the (Virtualized) Desktop?

January 10, 2010 Comments off

Check out my first article for The Monitor – a general interest IT and Information Systems journal, which will be published quarterly more..