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Hyper-V Server 2012 is Microsoft's completely free type-1 hypervisor product.  Unlike some other competing free hypervisors, Hyper-V Server 2012 has the same virtualization scale and availability features as the Hyper-V role in licensed editions of Windows Server 2012, but it's optimized for running only the Hyper-V hypervisor on bare metal.  It's a great solution when you're looking to deploy dedicated hypervisor hosts within your shop.  The result?  An enterprise-scale type-1 hypervisor for FREE! You can get more details on Hyper-V Server 2012 here. Recently, I was involved in a project that was migrating from Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 to Hyper-V Server 2012.  Due to architectural changes involved in implementing the new features in Hyper-V Server 2012, a direct in-place upgrade is not possible.  However, the across-the-wire migration process we used below was strai... (more)

Eight New Platform Features Coming to Windows Phone 8

Did you miss the Windows Phone 8 Summit?  The phone team announced a number of platform features that are coming to Windows Phone 8 when launched later this year that are based from a new Shared Windows Core between Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.  Below is a recap of the session delivered by Joe Belfiore, Windows Phone Engineering Director, that provides a great technical overview of the features coming to a Windows Phone 8 near you Eight Platform Announcements for Windows Phone 8 I've provided a summary of these Windows 8 Platform Announcements with a video index to each new fe... (more)

Software-Defined Networks - Is the Hypervisor Your Next Router?

In the world of virtualized datacenters, many of us have long enjoyed the ability to abstract application workloads from the underlying physical server infrastructure by virtualizing those workloads inside VM's running atop a hypervisor, such as Microsoft Hyper-V or VMware vSphere. This has proved to be a valuable approach for reducing the cost and complexity of provisioning new application workloads, as many organizations have benefited from improvements in application agility, disaster recovery, ease of migration and consolidated server hardware. Software-Defined Networking (SD... (more)

Microsoft Announces Availability of Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate

Microsoft has announced the immediate availability of Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate as the next milestone in the product release lifecycle.  With over 300,000 downloads of Windows Server 2012 Beta, unparalleled excitement has been seen for this next version of Windows Server, which has been described in the industry as Microsoft's most ambitious undertaking to-date. Management, Virtualization, Networking and Storage capabilities have all been significantly improved in Windows Server 2012, and all of the IT Pros I've met are anxious to begin leveraging these en... (more)

Windows Azure Offerings Are Expanded with New IaaS Offerings

On June 7th, Microsoft announced several new infrastructure-as-a-service offerings within the Windows Azure cloud that are now available as a customer preview: Windows Azure Virtual Machines, Virtual Network, Web Sites and Media Services.  A full release of these features is anticipated later this calendar year. In particular, the new Windows Azure Virtual Machine and Virtual Network capabilities offer increased flexibility in planning private cloud deployments through the introduction of "hybrid" scenarios that leverage both private and public cloud resources. Private Clouds, t... (more)