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Microsoft Virtualization Technologies

Here is a good use for a new technology, virtual machines. Using virtual machines you can quickly evaluate software in minutes by downloading the virtual hard disks that are preconfigured and be setup in no time because there is no need for specialized servers or complex installations. The Microsoft VHD format is a common virtualization format that provides uniform product support systems, and provides more seamless manageability, security, reliability and cost-efficiency for customers.

Microsoft is among the leaders in developing a new generation of IT infrastructure technology and tools, such as server virtualization, application virtualization and virtualization management tools, to help customers increase agility while lowering costs.

At VMworld 2006, Microsoft is making available their new virtual hard disk (VHD) Test Drive Program, which allows customers to confidently evaluate enterprise software from Microsoft and its software partners in a fraction of the time. In addition, Microsoft will have booth demonstrations of its application virtualization, server virtualization and virtualization management tools.

This program enables Microsoft and its partners to distribute their enterprise software and applications within a virtual machine so that IT professionals can confidently and quickly evaluate Windows Server-based software. A similar program for Windows Vista will be available in the first quarter of 2007.

These virtual machines, which are provided in Microsoft’s virtual hard disk image format, are pre-built and pre-configured so that they can be downloaded or distributed for easy setup and evaluation. This allows customers to evaluate software in a fraction of the time it usually takes, such as setting up SQL Server 2005 in minutes instead of hours. Source: Microsoft

Microsoft expects more than 20 partners to distribute their software via the VHD Test Drive Program later this quarter, including Altiris, BEA Systems, Check Point, Citrix, CommVault, Dell, FullArmor, HP, Network Appliance, Platespin, Portlock, Quest Software, SourceCode Technology Holdings, Symantec and UGS.

Virtualization is an important part of the Dynamic Systems Initiative (DSI) commitment from Microsoft. The goal of DSI is to deliver self-managing dynamic systems to help IT teams capture and use knowledge to design more manageable systems and automate ongoing operations, resulting in reduced costs and more time to proactively focus on what is most important to the organization. Sounds good in theory and should definitely make software testing and deployment much easier.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - November 7, 2006 at 4:43 am

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Virtual PC 2007 Now Available for Download

Microsoft announced Wednesday that Virtual PC beta 2007 is now available for download from, it is free and is optimized to run Windows Vista as both host and guest in the Virtual PC environment. They said it has improved performance and support for hardware virtualization technologies from Intel and AMD. If you were afraid to try out Windows Vista, because it’s a beta and you don’t want to trash your machine, then this is the perfect opportunity to give it a test drive. Running Windows Vista in a virtual environment leaves your PC exactly the way it was, it just allows you to run another operating system inside of it, a window in a window, so to speak.

  • Support for hardware virtualization (Intel and AMD)
  • Support for Windows Vista as a host operating system
  • Support for Windows Vista as a guest operating system
  • Note: No support for Aero Glass though – just Aero Basic
  • Support for 64-bit host operating systems Note: Virtual machines are 32-bit only
  • Improved performance

There are also a plethora of bug fixes. Some notable ones include:

  • Lots of work to allow Virtual PC to play better with laptop power management
  • Fix for IntelPPM issue (
  • Virtual PC now supports greater than 2.2GB ISO images

Source: Virtual PC Guy’s WebLog

You can also run Virtual PC 2007 under Windows Vista and run Windows XP or an older operating system inside of it, if you have that one program that won’t run under Windows Vista or has a problem. They posted instructions on how to install Windows Vista or Windows XP in a virtual machine here. They did note that you should not judge Windows Vista on how it runs in Virtual PC,

Note: VPC is a great way to experiment with some of the functionality of Windows Vista. But it should not be used to judge the full experience of Windows Vista as some features virtualize better than others. For example, performance of any operating system will typically not be as high in a virtual environment as it would be when running natively. Also note that while you can try out many of the great new features such as user account control, integrated search, the sidebar etc. virtualization technology is not yet suitable for use with 3D graphics so Aero Glass is not available and save the DirectX 10 gaming to your physical PC.

I’m downloading it now, see how it compares to VMWare, whenever I get time….

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - October 13, 2006 at 11:44 am

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New VMware beta

Just saw this posted on, “VMware on Monday released a test version of its next workstation software that’s able to run 64-bit and dual-processor virtual machines.

VMware Workstation 5.5, scheduled for final release by the end of the year, lets one computer simultaneously run several operating systems. Each OS is called a virtual machine. The feature is handy for programmers testing crash-prone prototypes or simulating the interaction of several servers.”

I haven’t used this program near as much as I thought I was going too, but it was great a few years ago, and now, version 5.5 adds support for 64-bit Windows, Linux and Solaris, as well as support for FreeBSD 5.3. It’s also added support for multi-processor machines, a feature that used to only be available in their high end product. This software is great you can actually run a server os and then install a client os and login into the server os! You can test so much stuff with this program on one computer, it’s unbelievable.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - September 14, 2005 at 3:35 pm

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