Microsoft denies any delay for its virtualization administration tools (updated)

According to information published by the Microsoft System Center team on their blog, the publisher decided to postpone the launch of Virtual Machine Manager 2008 (originally expected before the end of September) until the fourth quarter. After checking with the publisher, VMM 2008 is expected to be ready very early in October, following the final tests and validations. The blog provides a good news: Giving in to the demand of users, the software should be available as part of SMSE as well as on its own. It also talks a little about the price of these tools.

At the launch of its Windows hypervisor Hyper-V, Microsoft announced the launch of its administration tools for virtual environments within 90 days of Hyper-V. Theoretically, the publisher should have delivered Virtual Machine Manager 2008, equivalent to Hyper-V Virtual Center for VMware ESX Center, before the end of September.

In a post published yesterday on their blog (link here), the System Center team seems to suggest that the arrival of VMM 2008 is slightly delayed because Diane Prescott, a product manager usually in charge of licensing, said that VMM 2008 will be available in the last quarter.

The blog appears to have surprised even Microsoft since, in France, most of the company’s partners are still preparing for a launch and since preparations for the tools’ new training programs are in full swing.… Read More

Microsoft Windows 2008 Hyper-V RTM Installation & Configuraiton step by step (Part 2).

As Hyper-V being the biggest fuzz in the Virtualization solutions today, thanks to the Microsoft marketing forces. They can generate the biggest noise about each product they produce. As a lot of people hearing the fuzz, but did not have the chance to discover Hyper-V, I have decided I will discover it and take every one with me in a Hyper-V Tour with explanation and snapshots. This discovery trip consist of 5 parts & Intro as below:

Intro: Introduction to Microsoft Windows 2008 Hyper-V RTM & Our Discovery Trip.
Part one: Microsoft Windows 2008 Hyper-V RTM Installation
Part Two: MS Hyper-V Virtual Networks Configuration & Hyper-V Server settings.
Part Three: MS Hyper-V Virtual Machine Creation.
Part Four: MS Hyper-V Virtual Machine Settings.
Part Five: Microsoft Hyper-V Snapshots Technology.

Bonus: Install SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 SP1 & Component Integration for Linux on Hyper-V

Part Two: MS Hyper-V Virtual Networks Configuration & Hyper-V Server settings:

As in the earlier part I have explained the Installation of Hyper-V RTM on Windows 2008 64-bit. In this part I will cover the configuraiton & Managment of Hyper-V RTM. I will discover most of Hyper-V Menus as well.

The first step after you have installed Hyper-V is to Add Hyper-V manager to your MMC.… Read More

Microsoft manages hyper-v & ESX Machines at the same time [is this a fact?]

Few days ago, Microsoft announced at the Microsot Management Summit 2008 launch of the beta of SCVMM (System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008), eagerly awaited in the market. This console management aims to make the shade of VMware VirtualCenter. According to Microsoft, the product is not only capable of handling both the VMs of Virtual Server 2005 R2 and hyper-v but also machines based on ESX.

Microsoft hopes to entice users (especially SMBs), especially those who chose VMware for a long time, to use its console to manage their VMs. The later would not need Virtual Center, or VMotion, one last point that still leaves dreamer, if we are to believe the numerous criticisms of QuickMotion, the equivalent VMotion at Microsoft, which is not the leader arrival.

Anyway, SVCMM integrates fine features, in addition to its early openness to heterogeneous environments, as the function and Resource Performance Optimization (PRO), which allows better management of the VMs according to customer needs.… Read More