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Microsoft TechEd 2011 reporter’s notebook


ATLANTA — Thoughts collected while going up and down seven or eight escalators to get from one TechEd session to another…

VMM 2012: The beginning of the end for Virtual Server?

According to various reports around the blog- and Twittersphere from Microsoft users and partners, System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2012 will not support Microsoft’s Virtual Server 2005 R2 as a virtual machine host. This has users wondering if the release of SCVMM 2012 will represent the beginning of the end for Microsoft’s original hypervisor technology.

More items from the Hyper-V wish list

Users at TechEd explored Dynamic Memory and storage integration for Hyper-V, but there were also some miscellaneous items on their wish lists:

  • “Bare metal provisioning will be nice to see in VMM 2012,” said Nathan Lasnoski, a Microsoft MVP who does field deployments of Hyper-V for clients as a systems integrator. “Right now we’ve developed an efficient pattern for doing deployments, but it will be much easier just to spin up a Hyper-V host through software.”
  • Joseph Henrich, assistant vice president of technology for a community bank in the Midwest, also said he’d like to see more consistency between various Microsoft virtualization management tools. For example, he said, deleting a VM in Hyper-V Manager will only delete information about that machine, not the VHD where it lives. This is a different story when it comes to SCVMM, which deletes the VHD completely, Henrich said.
  • Janssen Jones, associate director of IT infrastructure at Indiana University, said he’d like to see more reporting included with Hyper-V, rather than having to rely on third-party tools. “Third-party tools tend to come in behind [new features] and be expensive,” he said.

Microsoft adds to Linux guest support

Hyper-V will now support another flavor of Linux guest: CentOS. The Linux distribution competes with Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), which has a  kernel-based virtual machine (KVM) hypervisor that competes with Hyper-V.

Vendors tout support for Hyper-V

  • Vision Solutions’ Double-Take replication software is sporting new Hyper-V-friendly features, including host-level support for protecting and managing VMware VMs, support for Microsoft Hyper-V cluster protection and real-time replication for Microsoft Exchange 2010 Database Availability Group installations.
  • DataCore Software announced that cloud services provider AcXess is among customers using its SANsymphony-V storage virtualization software with Hyper-V.
  • KEMP Technologies unveiled its Virtual LoadMaster Exchange for Microsoft Hyper-V. The new virtual appliance application delivery controller (ADC) is designed for Microsoft Exchange 2010 running on Hyper-V.

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