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Free eBook "Virtualization Solutions" Desktop to Datacenters

Taking your first steps in the virtualization world and you don’t really know where are you standing? Getting to know what virtualization products are available? Want to understand about VDI (Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) or App-V (former known as SoftGrid)? Confused about virtualization licensing? Well this is for sure a must reading book for you. And the best thing, it’s here for free! You can get the PDF (~14mb) at this link (link updated): “Virtualization Solutions from the Desktop to the Datacenter” Chapter 1: Microsoft’s Virtualization Solution Introduction to the virtualization world, benefits and how to implement it. Chapter 2: Server Virtualization – Hyper-V Start to know about the hyper visor released by Microsoft from Windows Server 2008 platform. How it works, benefits and different scenarios. Chapter 3: Managing Virtualization – VMM 2008 The latest centralized platform from System Center, Virtual Machine Manager 2008. Where you can manage different type of servers: Virtual Server, VMWare and Hyper-V. Chapter 4: Application Virtualization – App-V How App-V works (former known as SoftGrid) and how it can be delivered to users. Chapter 5: Presentation Virtualization – Terminal Services How Terminal Services complements the different virtualization solutions and their benefits. Chapter 6: Desktop Virtualization – MED-V and VDI Explaining Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) and Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). Chapter 7: User State Virtualization Complementing Romaing Profiles, Folder Redirection, Offline Files, Group Policies with virtualization and how to implement it on an organization. […]

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Looking for VHDs?

Some of you already know about the official Microsoft VHD Download Page; where you can get the VHD file of a pre-builded virtual machine with an special configuration, like Exchange Server 2007, Windows 2008 Server Core, etc. All of them of course are trial versions (including the operating system).   The latest relase was made in late December, Intelligent Application Gateway 2007 SP2 with Applications Optimizer. You can download it from here. IAG 2007 SP2 Overview Intelligent Application Gateway (IAG) is a remote access gateway that boosts productivity by giving mobile and remote workers, partners and customers easy, flexible and secure access to virtually any application from a broad range of devices and locations.IAG enables IT administrators to truly enforce compliance and address virtually any remote access scenario by providing easy to configure, built-in, policies that address common applications and user environments.IAG SP2 delivers a range of new, important enhancements for customers: 1. Runs as a virtual machine on Hyper-V for low TCO, flexible/secure deployment and simple disaster recovery.2. Interoperability for non-Windows environments with support for Firefox, Linux and Mac.3. New application support for Microsoft Dynamics CRM and OCS Web client. Looking around and reading some blogs, I found also a very useful post related to this Microsoft Site: The links of every VHD available to this date, including several other interesting tools and links. http://blog.windowsvirtualization.com/downloads Also I highly recommend you to visit the main blog where I found those […]

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Hyper-V Server: Installing, configuring and troubleshooting

It’s been a few weeks since its release but I finally managed to put my hands on to Hyper-V Server. I was very curious about it: A free operating system released by Microsoft working only as an HyperVisor it makes wonder about a lot of things. Also recently I’ve been working with VMWare ESX Server 3i, that is also the hypervisor working directly on the machine, and I had a good experience (I really loved the monitoring and reporting features that you can use). From the moment I started using Hyper-V Server few troubleshooting tasks needed to be done. Installing Hyper-V Server If you ever installed any operating system, ever, you should not have any problem with this. You’ll of course see that the process is identical from Vista and Windows 2008. To get started with Hyper-V Server there’s available the Hyper-V Server 2008 Configuration Guide. If you want to avoid almost any command line to be executed from now on, Hyper-V Server has a simple tool where you’ll load a menu to access most of the configurations you will need. You can access it using this cmd: C:windowssystem32hvconfig.cmd But I’ll execute the next steps using the command line features, so this procedure will apply as well for Windows 2008 Server Core. Managing Remotely To start using Hyper-V Server you will need Hyper-V Console on your Vista SP1 (remember: there’s no other option for an Hyper-V Server to be managed […]

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Cells on Camp 08: Mendoza

Like I mentioned before, I participated on another Microsoft Universidades event here in Argentina. This time I visited the City of Mendoza, at the Universidad Tecnologica Nacional. The event was mainly organized by an old Student Partner collegue Fernando Hualpa together with Ángel Arcoraci and Marcelo Quevedo. On the Microsoft side, I made the trip with Pablo Listingart and the one and only Alejandro Ponicke. Some of the topics on this one day event were: XNA: Little story about gaming and with a short example about XNA. Expression Blend: Using Expression suite of Visual Studio. Hyper-V: Using Hyper-V together with Physical to Virtual migrations. Windows 2008 + IIS 7: Linux interoperability. Ponicke’s machine with 192 cores and 200gb of memory Even though  I didn’t have much time to walk around Mendoza, it is a lovely city that I recommend to visit. I really hope I get the chance soon enough to spend some time there. Cheers!

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@augustoalvarez: Twitted

Ok, for several weeks now I’ve been a twitter user. It started when I saw a little sketch about the evolution of blogs. Sounds like a discuss topic isn’t? This “twittering world” is something that got me thinking: why it does exist and why so many people us it?. I’m sure that can be a lot of answers about it, from twitter lovers and twitter haters. I’m pretty sure that can be hundreds of examples where people only twitters for no reason other that to twitter (and to get other people’s attention). But what about if it’s more than that? What about if you also want to share experiences, knowledge, information? It would take something like a geek twitter to do that… but be certain that there are million of those from whom you can learn a lot of things.   And what about if you it’s not a geek twitter? I think this is still a great social experiment where you can learn a lot of things, like start to knowing other persons on their normal (not in a geek way) life. I’m a believer that smallest and simplest aspects on people’s life is what defines a person. Why not twitter can be a tiny way to understand all that?.   Don’t want to make a whole deal of philosophical discussion about it; so I want to share with you my experience and some of the people that I […]

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Getting certified: MCITP DBA

Since forever I’ve been excited about taking a Microsoft’s certification: the different types of certification you can get within Microsoft technologies, the deep knowledge and experience, and the recognition value were some of the things that always made me feel like good reasons to get certified. But I never thought that my first achievement regarding to this was going to be a SQL Server certification: Microsoft Certified IT Professional Database Administrator (SQL Server 2005). 70-444 just passed. Alberto Ortega (left), me and Pablo Cababie (right) I never was an expert on SQL, but it sure sound like a great challenge to take when we started discussing this with my team-mates. So, we started a few weeks ago with some practicing and learning practically from scratch in many aspects.   70-431 SQL Server 2005: Implementation and Maintenance This is in deed the exam where you should start your SQL certification. Not only you get to know about installing SQL Server, you also get to know the differences between the different versions, and several basis about SQL management. This exam has 35 questions and 12 simulations. The simulations are mainly oriented about using backup features. Certifying this exam you will get also the Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist (since it was my first exam I also got the Microsoft Certified Professional, MCP,  with this). More info here. 70-443 Designing a Database Server Infrastructure by Using Microsoft SQL Server 2005 This exam was a little […]

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Code Camp 08: Now back to Buenos Aires

Another Microsoft’s Academic event and this time the UAI (Universidad Abierta Interamericana) received the Code Camp. Hundreds of students and professionals attended to this event organized by Microsoft Universidades that introduced over 40 conferences along the day, on which I had the pleasure to present a renewed version of Windows 2008 + II7. On this occasion, besides working IIS with PHP, I showed a simple way using a working Linux + Apache server, making this an iSCSI server that can provide storage to remote machines, that they see this remote storage as local attached hard drives. And of course, all the benefits of serving this sites on IIS7 with Failed Request Tracing, Reporting, etc. NAS solution using iSCSI (graphic from http://www.wikipedia.org/) Taking a side all the geeky stuff, it was really fun working on this event with Southworks and other friends that also participated as speakers or organizers. The other southies that presented here: Alberto Ortega, Matias Woloski, Johnny Halife, Pablo “Lito” Damiani, Ezequiel Jadib, Martin Salias, Angel “Java” Lopez, Paulo Arancibia, Federico Boerr and, now a former southie, Miguel Saez; also good and old tech partners like Alejandro Ponicke and his crew participated. And talking about my home town, GENTI and .NetSgo (academic cells also) came all the way from Santiago del Estero to participate. Some of the southworks crew at the event stand Introducing the company to a few people also SDE’s cells With Miguel Saez And continuing […]

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